During this time of social distancing we all have seemingly endless hours of time to fill while we stay at home. To help we’ve started a series of articles from our Romance.com.au regulars just giving a quick snapshot of what they’re watching, reading and listening to each week to uplift, entertain and deep-dive into on your weekend!
The Beauty & The Baker
Eloise: This show JUST dropped on Stan (new episodes every Tuesday afternoon) and I am SO EXCITED to watch it! It looks a little Notting Hill meets a Mills & Boon Forever, as an average baker falls in love with a mega superstar model/entrepreneur, and drama ensues as their love has to compete with her superstardom and his close-knit family. THIS IS ALL I NEEDED! Filled with romance, drama and cakes this show looks like the perfect confectionery treat to enjoy with a mug of hot chocolate on a chilly April evening and just forget about the world for a while…
Where to watch: Stan
Saskia: So the only reality show I watch started back up on Tuesday and honestly, I don’t know how to feel. On one hand, I’ve pretty easily sunk back into the routine of drooling on my doona over sumptuous dishes I’ll never be able to replicate each evening, but on the other hand, I just don’t know how to feel about all of this ‘newness’ (despite the fact that none of the contestants are actually ‘new’ in this All-Stars round, I’m clearly just not coping well with the change). Either way, Masterchef is a comfort blanket. Everyone is nice, the only real ‘drama’ is someone forgetting a key ingredient and even then the judges are NICE about it – honestly it’s pretty low stress and that is exactly what I’m craving right now. Well, that and just about every dish that graces my TV come 7:30, Sunday – Thursday.
Where to watch: Channel 10 / 10 Play
Talk of the Town by Rachael Johns
Eloise: Rachael Johns’s classic rural romance Talk of the Town was released waaay back in 2017 and it is a heartwarming delight of a read! Best of all, the sequel, Something To Talk About is coming out ON MONDAY! So this weekend I’m cosying up to re-read this book and fall back in love with the town of Rose Hill…
Find it here
Have Your Cake by Elise K. Ackers
Saskia: London, cupcakes, a swoon-worthy couple healing themselves through love and understanding? Sign me up! Have Your Cake is equal parts depth and delight, with characters that are sure to charm you. Clearly this week is food themed (must be induced by the leftover food-coma from Easter) because the desserts in this book have me drooling! There are definitely some darker parts to this story, but the humour and sweet mess of a boy that is Dillon bring it back up into the happy feels territory.
Find it here
Off Book: The Improvised Musical Podcast
Eloise: If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the world and want to switch off from it for a while I thoroughly recommend this wonderfully silly and irreverent podcast. And yes, as the name implies, this is a podcast where two (CRAZY TALENTED) people improvise an ENTIRE musical! Yep they sing (solos and duets), create stories and dialogue, play music to suit, AND the whole thing is made up on the spot! As such the stories are totally WILD. In one they tell the story of the intrigue, romance and deviousness of an ‘As-Seen-On-TV’ product competition, in another they’re pirates pillaging on the high seas! Each episode also features a special guest star, and some of the guest stars have included Rachel Bloom, Jason Mantzoukas and Darcy Carden! Seriously, this show is a DE-light and the perfect uplifting listen for your weekend!
Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts…
Saskia: It’s a bit of a generic answer, but this Friday is AusMusic T-Shirt Day – an annual celebration of Australian music that you can join in on by donning some merch and parading your music tastes around in style. This year is a little different since you can’t show off your favourite band to the whole office, but you can still wear a shirt and support your musos from home (pants optional this year!). Whilst you’re swanning around in your bangin’ band shirt, be sure to pop on some Aussie tunes to really complete the mood. I’ve been pumping my favourite local bands all week in celebration and it’s definitely made every day in the (home)office a dance party for one!
Have a great weekend everyone!