Highly Enthused

Highly Enthused

By Highly Enthused Podcast
A podcast by two women named Sophie, concerning all the cool things you should consume online and IRL.
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Ladies-Only Swimming, Perfect Dough & Korean Lip Trends
This week we talk ladies-only watering holes in Sydney AND London, SoMo tries to perfect her Italian amaro pronunciation (and nails it, I may add), SoRo has a very effective hack for trawling through Etsy for earrings and we bond over buttery pie dough and one of the milestones of becoming an adult. Oh, and you're gonna need this specific Korean lip tint! So smooth! Thanks to our supporters at DRNKS.com! Enter the code HIGHLYENTHUSED at check-out for 10% off your order, you natural wine addicts, you. Sign up to our Friday newsletter for all the links to everything mentioned in this ep, and more! Come chat on Instagram @highlyenthused or email us at highlyenthused@gmail.com 
35:13
September 17, 2019
A Highly Enthused Guide to Sydney!
It’s a Highly Enthused guide to the perfect weekend in Sydney! Whether you live here, you’re visiting, or you know someone who will be, we’ve got you covered with all the pastries, breweries, dog spotting locations, swims and pasta bars your heart could desire. Sign up to our Friday newsletter for the written run down of everything mentioned in this episode, plus the full list of our other Sydney recommendations from Season One. As always you’ll find a few other treats in there too.  This episode of Highly Enthused is supported by Australia's original natural wine retailer, drnks.com. This week, we're all about their Fresh Pack of vino for spring. Enter the code HIGHLYENTHUSED at check-out for 10% off your order.   You can join the conversation on Instagram @highlyenthused, or email us at highlyenthused@gmail.com
23:25
September 10, 2019
Menstrual Cup Disasters, Spontaneous Tattoos and Better Conversations
We’re back! Did you miss us? We missed you. So much so that we went slightly off-rails during our break. We got tattoos on a whim, we experimented with alternative period tools, we ate a lot of carbs. We’re here to tell you all about it.  Sign up to our Friday newsletter for all the links to everything mentioned in this episode, plus Sophie M’s Google Map for the best of Seoul.  This episode of Highly Enthused is supported by Australia's original natural wine retailer, drnks.com. Enter the code HIGHLYENTHUSED at check-out for 10% off your order.  Join the conversation on Instagram @highlyenthused, or email us at highlyenthused@gmail.com
37:46
September 3, 2019
Chai Kombucha, Ecstatic Pop and Really Incredible Films (For Free!)
The final episode of Highly Enthused, Season 1, is here. No need to be sad though, because it's jam packed with good stuff, from slow-roasted eggplants with lamb and tamarind, to quick and fast soupy beans,  high-end kombucha, Sicilian-themed blush and recommendations to use less plastic, travel better and down your screen time.  For a list of all items mentioned in this and every episode, sign up to our Friday newsletter at highlyenthused.substack.com!  We're taking August off to take a break and get even more enthused, we'll see you and your ears in September. In the meantime, follow us on Instagram.
35:42
July 30, 2019
Snack-Sized Ep: Books!
It's the last snack-sized episode of Season 1! We're sad about that, but we're excited about books.  McComas leans into her love of memoir (seriously, apparently it's all she reads) while SoRo tries to convince you that a book about the end of the world can be 'uplifting'. For a list of all the books mentioned in this episode - and a whole bonus list of our second favourites - subscribe to our weekly newsletter at highlyenthused.substack.com, and come yell at us about Jane Austen on Instagram @highlyenthused. 
27:52
July 23, 2019
Identity Crises, Surviving a Plane Crash & Buttery Kimchi Noodles
What happens when you drift away from your gang? Or what if your gang drifts from you? Both your hosts are feeling a bit out of sorts this week. But we're cheered, as always, by insanely tasty spicy noodles, terrifying podcasts, a print that Sophie R describes as "Diane Keaton Does a Lot of Acid", buttery foreign pastries and weird Scottish kitchen tools. One of us also dives back into the art of journaling, because why not go FULL teenager? For a list of all the links mentioned in this episode (and every episode), subscribe to our weekly newsletter - sent on Friday mornings - at highlyenthused.substack.com, and follow the conversation on Instagram @highlyenthused. 
38:05
July 16, 2019
Sicily & Santa Fe Travel Spectacular!
SoRo is back from her travels! And she's pretending to be ok with that! SoMo probably still has New Mexican Mezcal in her blood. To keep that holiday spirit rolling we take you through our top recommendations from our respective trips to the conveniently alliterative Sicily & Santa Fe. From granita and wine that tastes like peaches to trippy "interactive installation art" and the best margarita in the South West - this episode covers a lot of ground. And look we tried to keep it short but we failed miserably. As we mention FREQUENTLY this week, you can now only find all the details of our recommendations in our newsletter, which you can sign up for at  highlyenthused.substack.com. Come chat to us on instagram @highlyenthused.  Until next week - ciao regazzi!
37:51
July 9, 2019
Chic House Plants, Wiggle Studs and Fluffy Breakfast Carbs
This week we're debating whether the fiddle leaf fig tree trend is over (it is), where to find the best crumpets (in Syd + Melb), cliches in marriage and relationships (it happens) and what to watch when you're hungover on the couch (we have two choices).   EAT SR:  Crumpets with whipped ricotta and rooftop honey, Cumulus Inc (Melb) Dr Marty’s Crumpets, Melb Crumpets by Merna, Syd SM: Butter and Cinnamon Waffle, Cornersmith Breville The Crisp Control Waffle Maker, Myer (I like this ridiculously easy recipe for basic waffles) READ SR: Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, Booktopia SM The Course of Love by Alain de Botton, Booktopia BUY SR Net Baggu bag in Marigold, Baggu  Another, cheaper, and very fun option here. SM Umbrella plant! Also known as Schefflera. (Apartment Therapy says they’re under-appreciated and they’re right) Dragon Tree (also known as Dracaena Marginata. Also LOL they do sell these at Ikea my bad.) I buy all my plants in Sydney from My Plants and Garden Centre in Darlinghurst.  THE FAST FIVE SR Bartender’s Citrus Squeezer, Barware Kitchen & Co. by French & Grace, World of Books Tiny Wiggle Stud, Pip Stent Nick Cave on Grief, The Red Hand Files The Last Days of Disco, YouTube SM P.Franco Posters, Tegan Hendel The Gimlet Cocktail (Combine 60ml gin, 30ml fresh lime juice, 15ml sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker over ice, shake hard and strain) Mystic Pizza, Stan Spicy Kimchi Soup (Kimchi Jjigae), Sang by Mabasa (Syd) BYREDO Flowerhead Roll-on Perfume Oil, Mecca 
31:11
July 2, 2019
The Guest List: Saturday Night Pasta with Elizabeth Hewson-Chapman
This week we're leaning in to the pure joy of pasta with Elizabeth Hewson-Chapman - author, restaurant marketing whiz and instigator of the fast-growing #saturdaynightpasta movement. She's fresh off the plane from Rome, in fact, where she spent a week immersed in the stuff. Lizzie talks us through treating pasta-making as a form of self care, her favourite pasta restaurants and all her little tricks to making dough from scratch.  Full list of Lizzie's recommendations below!  Follow the conversation on Instagram @highlyenthused, email us at highlyenthused@gmail.com and sign up to our weekly newsletter at highlyenthused.substack.com for Lizzie’s favourite pasta recipes and MORE MORE MORE.  EAT: Italian Pork Sausages, Romeo’s Fine Food OTTO Ristorante, Woolloomooloo Sagra Restaurant, Darlinghurst Tipo 00, Melbourne Templo Restaurant, Hobart DO: Pasta School in Rome, Grano & Farina READ:  Geometry of Pasta, Jacob Kenedy and Caz Hildebrand, Booktopia Encyclopaedia of Pasta, Oretta Zanini De Vita, Booktopia BUY Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine, Victoria’s Basement Dough Scraper, Kitchen Warehouse Fluted Pasta/Pastry Cutter, Williams Sonoma WATCH Pasta Grannies, YouTube (orecchiette, and agnolotti dal plin) THE FAST FIVE Caputo “00” Flour, Harris Farm Use farm-fresh eggs. Try the Gunning Bum Nuts from Harris Farm, or seek our your local farmers’ market.  Use a spray bottle of water to moisten your dough evenly, rather than wet hands.  Use tongs to bring your pasta straight out of your cooking water directly into your pan of sauce, to perfectly emulsify (don’t forget to add a knob of butter to make it all glossy) Roald Dahl on being an enthusiast.
26:13
June 25, 2019
Astrology Therapy, Unparalleled Sparkle and Matcha in Your Lemonade
Hello! This week we're recommending a LOT of good TV (it is winter, after all), eating fragrant rice porridge and discussing our futures with astrologists for a small fortune over Skype. SoRo has a chilli paste recommendation which will blow your metallic socks off, while SoMo is here to add glitter to your eyelids and interest to your mid-week meals. Huzzah! Sign up to our newsletter for a full run-down and all our archived lists, at highlyenthused.substack.com EAT SR Fancy Broccolini Sandwich (inspired by Brickfields) - roast some broccolini with this amazing Muraca spicy hot cream peppers from Harris Farm, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix some more chilli into some mayo, add scamorza cheese over the top, add a cheat’s salsa verde (parsley, vinegar, capers), add lettuce, melt in a panini press.  SM Rice Porridge with Chicken and Lemongrass, Corinne Trang via The Wednesday Chef (SM also adds ginger) WATCH SR Fleabag, Season 2, Amazon Prime Video (watch season 1 on YouTube) SM The Society, Netflix BUY SR One Year Ahead Astrology Reading, Dru Ish Astrology SM Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub, Mecca  Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma + Diamond Dust, Mecca THE FAST FIVE SR Small Salad Spinner, Zyliss  LOST iN City Guides, LOST iN Freeze Your Parmesan Rinds! Harris Farm sells them if you have to buy them (no online link) NYT Cooking, iTunes Metallic Lurex Socks, COS (in store only) SM Easy, Netflix (specifically, Episode 5, Season 3 for all the feels) Diana Transparent Bag, Counteract Shop Ask a Manager Blog, Alison Green Add a shot of matcha to your lemonade (as drunk at The Teahouse, Santa Fe) @everynightoftheweek, Instagram
38:49
June 18, 2019
Snack-Sized Ep: 10 Delicious Condiments With Condimental!
See, dear listeners? Ask and you shall receive! This snack-sized episode is thanks to a suggestion via our Instagram account. Condiments! What a good one. Obviously we had to bring in a professional, and who better than Cam Stephens, founder of cool condiment network Condimental. Cam curates seasonal boxes full of extremely unique and hard-to-find small-batch pickles, ferments, hot sauces and toasted-sandwich stuffers.  Cam has kindly set up a nifty code for FREE SHIPPING on his boxes, just for us! Add the code ENTHUSED at check-out and you’ll be stocked up in a jiffy. Remember, sign up to our newsletter for all the deets on each ep delivered to your inbox each Friday: highlyenthused.substack.com Without further ado: EVERYDAY CONDIMENT BASICS YOU CAN FIND IN THE SUPERMARKET Kewpie Mayonnaise  Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce. (Ticks all the boxes) Chinkiang Black Vinegar. Dumpling Fuel. (turbo version of Worcestershire) Carwari Cold Pressed Toasted Sesame Oil Tabasco Chipotle Sauce (on eggs or oysters) SR Recommends: Masterfoods Corn Relish SM Recommends: Ottogi Gochujang (Korean chilli paste, I like to use it in this Bon Appetit recipe) FANCIER STUFF YOU’LL PROBS FIND IN YOUR CONDIMENTAL BOX Rough Rice Borlotti Bean and Rosemary Miso (look out for this in an upcoming Condimental box!) Fleetwood Macchiato’s Watermelon Pickle (available at the cafe or through Condimental) Church Farm General Store’s Billinudgel Brown Sauce Red Cabbage Arame Kraut by Holly Davis (make it using this recipe!) Habanero Hot Sauce by The Fermentalists (available via Condimental) Music by Oly Marlan.  Click here for the dulcet pop tunes of Cam’s band, Baby Beef.
24:54
June 11, 2019
Pimple Mud, Watermelon Pickles & Dirty Neon Dressing
This week Roberts rides her birthday week through to the bitter end, dressed in obnoxiously bright colours the whole time. McComas tracks down pickles that taste just like sour coca cola bottle lollies and HAS SOME OPINIONS about espresso martinis. As always you can find us on Instagram at @highlyenthused, or email us at highlyenthused@gmail.com.  Subscribe to our newsletter here, to get all our recommendations in your inbox! Music for this episode by Oly Marlan.  Full list of recommendations below! EAT Sophie Roberts recommends: Alison Roman's Savoury Granola: Get the recipe in Dining In from Booktopia or you can find it here. Sophie McComas recommends: Condimental Gift Boxes: Condimental READ Sophie Roberts recommends: Email Newsletters!: Ann Friedman Weekly; The Collected AHP; Good People; Better have My Money; Read Like the Wind; London Review of Looks. WATCH Sophie McComas recommends: Street Food: Netflix BUY Sophie Roberts recommends: Bright clothes! Like the Lykke Floral Dress in blue: Permanent Vacation Or dirty, neon green jumpers from COS (available in store) Sophie McComas recommends: Fat & the Moon Pimple Mud: Fat & The Moon FAST FIVE Sophie Roberts recommends: Co-Star App: Itunes Store Espresso Martinis! Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser: Mecca (AU) Emailing politicians about climate change Wide Tooth Comb: Chemist Warehouse Sophie McComas recommends: Not washing your face in the morning Oh Crap biodegradable dog poop bags: Oh Crap Knock Down the House: Netflix LUMA Primer: Priceline Jauma Peekaboo Pet Nat: Jauma
39:16
June 4, 2019
The Guest List with Elle McClure
This week Highly Enthused hosts our first Guest List! Elle McClure - Culture Director for ELLE and Harper's BAZAAR - drops in to share the things she's currently enthused about and teach us how a professional finds the things she wants to recommend. As always you can find us on Instagram at @highlyenthused, or email us at highlyenthused@gmail.com.  Subscribe to our newsletter to get all our recommendations in your inbox here! Music for this episode by Oly Marlan.   Full list of Elle's recommendations below!  DRINK Amaro Montenegro: Dan Murphy's The Bitter Orange: The Adelaide Hills Distillery READ The Farm by Joanne Ramos: Booktopia WATCH Russian Doll: Netflix BUY Vintage homewares from Sun Folk Vintage homewares from Details Store  THE FAST FIVE SOS Sense of Self Bathhouse Natural Reader App: iTunes Courtney Barnett Playlist on Spotify Where Should We Begin by Esther Perel The Radical Act of Embracing Your Own Mediocrity by Meghan Nesmith for Man Repeller
33:30
May 28, 2019
Fish Collars, Grief Gifts & Creepy Little Novellas
This week McComas talks us through how to cook the "fish equivalent of a pork shoulder" (over coals if you're fancy, in the oven if you're not), Roberts reminisces over her trip to Adelaide and we try to figure out what to give friends who are grieving.  As always you can find us on Instagram at @highlyenthused, or email us at highlyenthused@gmail.com.  Subscribe to our newsletter to get all our recommendations in your inbox here, including the saffron spaghetti recipe from this ep! Music for this episode by Oly Marlan.   Full list of our recommendations below!  EAT  Sophie Roberts Recommends  The Tea Sandwich at Africola, Adelaide Sophie McComas Recommends  Cooking Fish Collars from Faros Brothers in Marrickville, Sydney (or your local fishmonger). Here's a good recipe! READ  Sophie Roberts Recommends  The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark: Booktopia  Sophie McComas Recommends  The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper: Booktopia  BUY  Sophie Roberts Recommends  Incense Burner: Subtle Bodies  Instagram Vintage sellers: @luciazolea @waywardcollection @subrinaheyinkvintage  Sophie McComas Recommends  Moleskin Notebooks: Milligram  FAST FIVE  Sophie Roberts Recommends:  Smitten Kitchen's Pasta e Ceci recipe  Cuca Anchovies  Obnoxious, highlighter colour clothing like this coat from Zara  Moonshine Viognier by The Other Right   The Bold Type on Stan  Sophie McComas Recommends:  White Converse High Tops  Alice Waters on How I Built This  Shichimi Togarashi  @nottildaswinton  The OA Part 2 on Netflix
37:19
May 21, 2019
Snack-Sized Ep: Skincare Special!
This week we're talking about one of our favourite ways to spend our money - things to put on your face! McComas likes a new face every day, whereas Roberts is all about hydration on a cellular level. As always, you can find us on Instagram at @highlyenthused, or email us at highlyenthused@gmail.com. You can sign up for our newsletter with all our recommendations here. Skincare Recommendations  Sophie Roberts recommends:  Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator: I am Natural Store  COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence: Nudie Glow  Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster: Priceline  Living Libations Rose Glow Serum: Luna Beauty & Apothecary  Camellia Nut Oil: Australian Wholesale Oils  The Chemistry Brand Retin-Oil: Deciem  Sophie McComas recommends:  Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Mask: Aesop  Bioderma Micellar Water: Priceline  Organic Cotton Face Cloths: Kora Organics  Sunday Riley Good Genes & Luna Sleeping Night Oil Duo: Mecca   Mecca To Save Face Sunscreen SPF 50: Mecca   Odacite Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque: Luna Beauty & Apothecary
22:33
May 14, 2019
Mezcal, Martinis & Sentimental Garbage
This week we're downing mezcal, encouraging you all to take  a second look at commercial women's fiction and learning a liiiiittle too much about McComas' social media 'orbiting' habits.  As always you can find us on Instagram at @highlyenthused, or email us at highlyenthused@gmail.com. Music for this episode by Oly Marlan. Full list of our recommendations below.  Episode Recommendations: EAT Sophie Roberts Recommends Mezcal Margaritas: Cantina OK Del Maguey Vida Mezcal: Dan Murphys Sophie McComas Recommends Clam pizza: Bella Brutta  LISTEN Sophie Roberts Recommends Sentimental Garbage: Apple Podcasts Sophie McComas Recommends The Moth Story Slam: The Moth BUY Sophie Roberts Recommends Levi's Wedgie Straight Leg Jeans: Levi's Sophie McComas Recommends Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth: Dan Murphys Grey Goose Vodka: Dan Murphys THE FAST FIVE Sophie Roberts Recommends Cornflake Ritter Sport Bon Appetit Gourmet Makes Plums! Stutterheim Rain Jacket Christophe Robin Sea Salt Hair Scrub Sophie McComas Recommends The Cut on Tuesdays with Sally Rooney @alex_delany and his Spotify Playlists Braised Miso Eggplant in Cornersmith Salad and Pickles Cookbook Fruit by Chez Panisse Lunch Hopper Set at Lankan Filling Station
31:01
May 7, 2019
Snack-Sized Ep: TOAST!
On our first snack sized episode we go deep on our favourite use for bread - toast! When should you eat it? (Whenever you want!) What should you put on it? (We have suggestions!) What's the difference between simple toast and party toast? (Mostly it's whether you have to turn on the oven!) As always, you can find us on Instagram at @highlyenthused, or email us at highlyenthused@gmail.com.  Toast Recommendations: Simple Peanut butter, honey, sea salt and chilli flakes (Aleppo Pepper specifically) Taramasalata and pickles Ricotta, honey, toasted fennel seeds and sea salt  Butter, anchovies, pickled shallots  Party Toast Gorgonzola, roasted black grapes and rosemary Goat’s curd or cream cheese with roasted sliced portobello and thyme  Giant crouton toast with garlic,  mascarpone, tomato and vinegar Nut butter, sliced banana, cinnamon, honey and toasted sliced almonds
11:43
May 2, 2019
Spicy Stories, Solo Dining Snacks & Japanese Homewares - Welcome to Highly Enthused!
Welcome to the first episode of Highly Enthused. A podcast about things worth consuming on the internet and in IRL, presented by two women named Sophie who spend way too much time on the internet. This week we get started with introducing ourselves and have a few 'spicy' recommendations to share. Full list of our recommendations below. You can find us on Instagram at @highlyenthused, or email us at highlyenthused@gmail.com.  Episode Recommendations:  EAT  Sophie Roberts Recommends  Aleppo Pepper: The Essential Ingredient  Sophie McComas Recommends  Japanese Vegemite Toast: Love, Tilly Devine  LISTEN  Sophie McComas Recommends  Dipsea: dipseastories.com  READ  Sophie Roberts Recommends  Circe, by Madeleine Miller: Booktopia  BUY  Sophie McComas Recommends  Lavender Carafe and Glass: Maison Balzac   Sophie Roberts Recommends  NOUSAKU Round Incense Stand: Mr Kitly  THE FAST FIVE  Sophie Roberts Recommends  Geranium Oil, Natio  Maggie Rogers - Heard it in a Past Life, Spotify  Cotton On Body Activewear  Cold Brew Coffee  @70sbabes: Instagram  Sophie McComas Recommends  Hair Clips: Valet Studio  Luxe Rib Tees in Saffron: Nobody Denim  Dolly Aldrin Sour Beer: Yulli’s Brews  Pen15: Stan  @thisispattismith: Instagram
32:07
April 25, 2019
Coming Soon: Highly Enthused
Highly Enthused is a podcast by Sophie McComas and Sophie Roberts. Two women who want to force upon you their unsolicited recommendations for things to eat, drink, watch, read, listen to and buy.  First episode coming soon.
00:42
April 18, 2019
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