SPONSORED: Inspired by GUESS UOMO ACQUA – 5 easy dishes to make at your next dinner party

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SPONSORED: Inspired by GUESS UOMO ACQUA – 5 easy dishes to make at your next dinner party

When hosting, planning your menu is just as important as planning your outfit. Inspired by the new Guess fragrance for men, GUESS UOMO ACQUA, we’ve planned an effortless menu that will transport you to a breathtaking Mediterranean terrace.

Global lifestyle brand GUESS continues its UOMO story from the Casino to the Sea. Building on the brand’s men’s fragrance pillar, GUESS UOMO ACQUA is the second fragrance to join the GUESS UOMO collection. This fragrance offers a bold new expression of freshness through its ode to the Mediterranean.

The fresh, woody and adventurous fragrance has top notes of cardamom, lemon and cucumber. The middle notes are sage, cypress and juniper, while the base notes are salted sea moss, sandalwood and Palo Santo.

Perfumer Clement Gavarry of Firmenich was inspired by the concept of duality and the different characteristics of the ocean. The unpredictable nature and strength of the ocean are symbolised by the cardamom and smoke of Palo Santo. To represent the calm, serene nature of the ocean, he chose sage, cucumber and wood. The juxtaposition of these two opposing characteristics creates the perfect harmony that Gavarry believes encompasses the diversity of the sea and the UOMO man.

The design of the fragrance’s bottle is inspired by Italian architecture and is a blend of heritage and modernity. GUESS UOMO ACQUA separates itself from the preceding bottle with a striking turquoise-coloured bottle reminiscent of Mediterranean waters. Gold accents and the GUESS UOMO ACQUA logo complement the European aquatic stylisation.

If you can’t go on a summer holiday to the Mediterranean, bring the Mediterranean home by planning a close-knit dinner party. We’ve got the menu sorted to make sure your night goes smoothly.

1. Starter: Salt-and-pepper squid

Crispy, golden fried squid is the perfect starter for this menu. This recipe offers a spicy twist by using Cape Malay curry spice and, rather than serving the squid with a garlic aioli, it’s served on a creamy, fragrant coconut broth with a sweet pineapple chutney.

Salt-and-pepper squid

Get the recipe for salt-and-pepper squid here.

2. Salad: easy caponata

The Mediterranean is famous for its tomatoes, lemons and olives. This fresh, simple salad offers the best of those flavours. We suggest frying the brinjal as your guests arrive to avoid serving it soggy and limp. The other components can be made ahead.

Get the recipe for easy caponata here. 

3. Mains: “Vitello” tonnato

This is an Italian version of surf-and-turf. Traditionally, veal cutlets are pan-seared and served with a creamy tuna sauce and crispy fried sage. This is a more affordable version that swaps veal for pork. The result is still mouthwatering and we guarantee your guests will pile up second servings.

Get the recipe for “Vitello” tonnato here.

4. Side: Spanakorizo

This Greek spinach-and-rice dish with lemon and dill is delicious served hot, cold or at room temperature in the Mediterranean way.


Get the recipe for spanakorizo here.

5. Dessert: No-churn lemon ice cream

What’s better than eating gelato on a stroll through Italy? You might think you can’t recreate those flavours at home without the use of fancy equipment, but this no-churn ice cream comes close to those mountains of dessert at a gelateria.

 Get the recipe for no-churn lemon ice cream here. 

Now that your menu is planned, you can focus on getting ready for the evening. Remember to complete your look with a striking fragrance to match. GUESS UOMO ACQUA is the obvious choice for a night that pays homage to holidays in the Mediterranean.

Win a GUESS UOMO ACQUA fragrance worth R1 399!

To enter, click here. 

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