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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 253 | March 11 2015 New Column: Meet the Bay Bitch Jenny Vs Penny Who is more hip? Open Studios, The Best of the MOST and LOST trails West! Inner ndale, e h t r ng ove chhardt, Anna , is taki town n Lei uted i e, New , anmor Distrib t S , berfield m ha ne, Ha y o Peters m , um ord in, Dr , Conc Balma e Dock iv F , e ill Rozell mer H & Sum WIN! Young at Heart Movie TIX: DVD PACK: Infinitely Polar Bear Family passes to giveaway EASTER SHOW: Celebrate Seniors Week Coming together for Ashfield’s Carnival of Cultures CARNIVAL COLOUrS 201 5 GOLD SPONSOR SILVER SPONSORS


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CARNIVAL OF CULTURES SUNDAY 22nd of March, 10am - 4Pm Stroll around and experience the colourful sights and smells of the Carnival International food stalls Come and taste all the flavours at the Carnival of Cultures. Why not try Latino food held by ‘Caminito’ food truck or Turkish ‘Dare Gozleme’ or Nepalese food provided by ‘AD’s Kitchen’ and indulge in some authentic Italian gelato by 'Da Vinci's Ape Gelato' provided by local business Da Vinci's Italian Restaurant in Summer Hill for dessert. Plus there’s many more different stalls and international cuisines. The Carnival of Cultures has called on representatives from Nepal and India to share some of their rich cultural history. The Nepalese Group, formed around 6 years ago in the Inner West and work together in Ashfield. They run a number of activities throughout the year including celebrating different Nepalese festivals, though The Nepalese Group say their most exciting group is their dance group. They also run a seniors group, called their ‘Grandparents’ group’ that gather together every morning in Ashfield park and lead activities such as yoga. The Nepalese Group can’t wait to participate in the Carnival of Cultures to celebrate different communities coming together from all across the globe. Market Community Stalls For the shopaholic there will be a variety of market stalls set up on the day. Joseph Stellino, who owns Stellino shop on Newtown’s King st will be running a stall. 'Patty's Plaster Painting and Gift Pack' will be selling crafts, 'Case di miele' will have a range of condiments and honey, local business 'Ashfield Cycles' will have a commercial stall or check out Jewellery stall 'Carol de candia' who will be showcasing their latest range, while 'Jollie Gourmet Dog Treats' will be selling snacks for furry companions. What to expect on the day… The Nepalese group will be showing off their cultural pride at the Carnival of Cultures. The children’s group will perform their stage dance and they will be presenting a senior’s fashion show where the models will wear traditional Nepalese cultural dress. The Resourceful Australian Indian Network (RAIN) The Resourceful Australian Indian Network (RAIN) who began in 2006 participate in activities all over NSW. The group are proud to announce that they have bought their own place in Penshurst where they operate volunteer training for aged care and run day care facilities. RAIN’s mission is to provide social support and social inclusion for senior members of the Indian community living in NSW. RAIN are really looking forward to the multicultural exposure that comes with performing at the Carnival of Cultures. RAIN believe that the Carnival of Cultures is great event for new migrants, its inner city culture at its best and that’s what they hope to experience. Sustainability Workshop Greenies are encouraged to come along to the sustainability workshop where Cameron Little will set up his education trailer and provide information on composting and worm farming. Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, headlining the main stage Emma Donovan is an Indigenous soul singer, performer and community contributor who has performed internationally and won “best Female Artist” and “Best R&B Artist” at the Bump Awards in 2009. This year Emma Donovan will be performing with The Putbacks, headlining the main stage at this year’s Carnival of Cultures. Emma Donovan who can be described as a soul singer with country, R&B, reggae and jazz influences began her musical career by writing original pieces once she completed high school. Donovan shows her dedication to the community through facilitating music workshops for people of all backgrounds and ages. In addition to this Donovan has supported disadvantaged persons in juvenile justice and correctional services and within Aboriginal communities. Emma is really excited about performing at the 2015 Carnival of Cultures in Ashfield with The Putbacks. “The Putbacks are an amazing band and respectful people. We play together and rehearse together a lot yet each gig we play together is different. The Inner West has always been my home and it’s a privilege to come back and play here. It feels more personal playing in a place that feels like my backyard. “I love what the Carnival of Cultures stands for, culture and expression and being part of a community, celebrating cultures and multiculturalism. It’s about understanding what our similarities are as humans and celebrating that instead of our differences. “I feel proud to have been invited to an event like Carnival of Cultures, it’s not often you get to play a gig in Ashfield. There is an old Aboriginal hostel in Ashfield that I used to live in when I was a young girl so it feels like home for me. It’s going to be a good one.” Medieval demo Miklgard Garrison, a local Medieval group will present costuming and non-combative performances throughout the day. This group meets and trains in Ashfield Park on a monthly basis and the group are ecstatic to have been given the opportunity to perform at the Carnival of Cultures! Come along and see this very popular component of the day demonstrating costuming, weaponry and other artefacts from medieval times. For further details visit What to expect on the day…. RAIN will be presenting a senior’s fashion parade. The models come from all over NSW and represent the different states of India. They will be dressed in traditional wedding finery of their respective states. Art space Art space is a creative area under the trees. There will be free interactive and hands-on activities for all the family, including crafts from around the world, sketching classes, henna art and traditional costume dress ups with photograph opportunities plus much much more! There will also be a collaborative artwork being installed on the day by artist Jayanto Damanik. Art work description: Paper Prayers symbolises 'a better world'. People are encouraged to write or draw their prayers in their own language, contributing to a beautiful, multifaceted mobile installation. MAIN GATE GATE C Free Shuttle Bus ORP I S ON NGT TRE ET GATE A PAR Main Stage RA MA TTA RO MC Linda Jaivin AD Tree Giveaway Water Bottle Barefoot Bowls 10.00 – 10.30 Pocket Trio – feel good jazz to start the day 10.45 – 11.15 Indian & Nepalese Grandparent Fashion Parade & Korean Drumming and Fan Dance 11.30 – 12.00 Three Brothers – local brothers play the Beatles 12.15 – 12.30 Official Opening , with The Yamma Boys dance troupe 12.45 – 1.30 Cultural Dance showcase, featuring highlights from Council’s weekly Frolic in the Forecourt program 1.45 – 2.15 King Tide – rock steady/roots reggae 2.25 – 2.45 Cook Islander group 3.00 – 4.00 Emma Donovan & The Putbacks - funk/soul Bowling Club Animal Displays Ma Ma rke Giant Slide Medieval Demo Face Painting rke t St alls For lost children, lost property and general information, visit the t St alls Active Zone Main Stage Food Court Bike Valet Parking Sponsors Zone i Library Book Sale Second Stage Art Space PE MB RO KE ST RE i Jumping Castles Second Stage MCs – Caitlyn & Lizzie, Ashfield Youth Theatre 10.30 – 11.30 Citizenship Ceremony ET Pony Rides ORM ST OND REE T CARNIVAL OF CULTURES 12.30 – 1.00 Ashfield Library presents Story Time 1.15 – 1.45 King & Queen of Green – sustainability and eco fun for the kids 2.00 – 2.30 Ashfield Boys High School Concert Band 2.45 – 3.15 De La Salle School Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 GATE B 2


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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Promises, promises from WestConnex, Alexandria rocks, vegan reactionaries?! l The raucous full house at the Public WestConnex WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul Nothing is as old hat as being LGBT-friendly. Here’s a guide to today’s activist acronyms. ADVERTISING Sonya Madden Meeting, held at Enmore Theatre, inspired many promises from the WestConnex managerial team. Here are some commitments to keep an eye on that came straight from the horse’s mouth: “There are no plans to extend the existing clearways on King St.” “The widening of Campbell Street in St Peters will not encroach on Simpsons Park.” “There will be little or no additional traffic [to local streets] when the St Peters Interchange goes in.” “Affected homeowners and businesses will be compensated according to the Just Terms Act.” “High quality and direct pedestrian connection from Mascot town centre will bring Sydney Park in easy walking distance for the first time.” l Up and coming Sydney rockers (who share their band name with a Rolling Stones’ album) have been filming their latest music video on Maddox Street, Alexandria. If all goes to plan the video should be released this year featuring some very funkalicious animations. l A petition is circulating requesting the Sydney Vegan Festival (held in Marrickville) withdraw their headline act – Thug Kitchen. The pair behind the vegan food blog and cookbook ‘Eat Like You Give a F**k’ have been accused of performing ‘The digital age’s version of blackface’, for their stereotyping of African American speech. Dear LL – I thought I was pretty right on describing myself as LGBT-friendly but in the lead up to Mardi Gras one of my frenemies has taken to broadcasting her LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderf*ck, Polyamorous, Bondage/Disciple, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism) credentials. I’d like to get ahead of the curve and ensure this bitch doesn’t out-diversity-friendly me again at the next dinner party we mutually attend – any tips? On a not entirely unrelated note, can you advise whether it’s more progressive for Newtownians to vote for the lesbian Labor candidate or Eurasian Greens candidate at the state election. Joanne, Petersham LL replies: Your first problem is easily dealt with. The next time that posturing cow breaks open her can of transgressive-tolerant alphabet soup, counter that you adopt a LGBTQQIAPOCGNCTS (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/ queer/questioning/intersex/ally/people of colour/gendernonconforming/two-spirit) perspective. You might then want to cuttingly observe you’re a little disturbed by the lack of intersectionality your ‘friend’ displays. The second issue you raise is far thornier and we can only be thankful the Libs were too out of touch with local sentiment to pull off the masterstroke of running a disabled, Indigenous, transsexual Muslim as their candidate to further bewilder progressive Inner Westies. Undoubtedly the Greens are more LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM/LGBTQQIAPOCGNCTS sympathetic than the ALP, with its regrettable pandering to the reactionary sensibilities of bogan suburbanites. That noted, it’s difficult to pull off faking E (Eurasianess) while even H’s (heterosexuals) can attain some LG cred by, depending on their gender, either adopting a short haircut or a fashion-forward wardrobe. Judging from your name, Joanne, I’m thinking you should vote your interests by voting for the lesbian then working hard to create the impression you’re L, B or Q. n Email your dilemma to JOURNALIST Max Kobras FOOD Melissa Leong LOCAL history Mei Quong Tart Mei Quong Tart, whose memorial bust keeps watch over Ashfield Park, was a leading merchant and importer from China in the 19th century. The statue of him was erected in 1998. Born in China in 1850, Quong Tart came to Australia in 1859 with his uncle and became a naturalised British subject in 1871 after making a small fortune from gold claim investments. It was in 1881 that he first entered the tea trade in Sydney and soon after he began opening the tea rooms that were to make him even wealthier and much better known. Quong Tart was an active and beloved philanthropist, involved in many community groups and causes. In 1903 he tragically died after being attacked with an iron bar. n Max Kobras WINE Winsor Dobbin ART DIRECTOR Paden Hunter EDITORIAL Phoebe Moloney More Like Mei Quong Suave! Things we love: Hold the line – this pumping telephone box is right on time! The ‘Disco Infono’ (as Telstra marketing creatives would have us call it) has arrived on Brown St, Newtown (just off King) to kick start Mardi Gras season with a smoke machine, mirror ball and rainbow décor to boot. Is Australia’s largest telco just taking Newtown to the ‘Pink Wash’? Definitely. Will this serve as a final reminder of Telstra CEO David Thodey’s business nous? Surely. At least those Telstra execs Phone sexiness have devised a lucrative use for their troglodytic telephone boxes. If only two people (and a celebrant) could fit in one at a time - Telstra might have had a sincere reason to support Marriage Equality on their hands. PUBLISHING Sonia Komaravalli FREE EVENT - Bring a picnic L h eic ncil Cou t d ha r & Sydney College of t he Ar t Contributors: Jared Ingersoll, Nigel Bowen, Kassia Aksenov, Millie Cotes, Lianna Taranto, Maddie Pfull Illustrations: Paden Hunter Ciao loves you, and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent. We try and make you look your best. No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. We welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions. The opinions expressed in Ciao Magazine are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. © All rights reserved. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Ciao Magazine is a free publication. Distribution, advertising & editorial enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 (02) 9518 3696. 0402 202 951 – Sonya 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Cover: Arjunmani Poudel (Nepal) and Daksha Vaishnav (India) will showcase their heritage at Ashfield’s Carnival of Cultures. Image: Ben Cregan. sp re s en t Sunday 29 March 2015 4 – 7pm Sydney College of the Arts, Callan Park Rozelle Featuring The Metropolitan Orchestra Chamber Players & Pacific Opera Fit and Fat in Five Dock xxx C!ao’s voice In • Kazbah Balmain’s sister restaurant Kazbah Souk opening in Potts Point • The Inner West Light Rail Extension • Boutique festivals • Protests for mercy for the Bali Nine in Newtown • The new seat of Newtown Out • Sport scandals • Top knots – #stoptheknot • Reality TV shows – what happened to real actors? • Greyhound racing • Fast swimmers who make us slowpokes feel... slow • Clickbait • Pulled pork being everywhere 4:00pm–4:45pm Please walk, ride or bus to the event Tonic String Quartet The Metropolitan Orchestra Chamber Players & Pacific Opera 5:00pm–7:00pm Fundraising organisation: Bridge for Asylum Seekers Foundation This is a Leichhardt Council free event 4 For all event details, times and transport information visit: • Early Mardi Gras celebrations • Adopting greyhounds C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West!


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SMARTY PANTS Trivia Wednesday 7-9pm TRIVIA NIGHT WEDNESDAY 7-9PM Gather your friends, family or even rent a crowd of smart people to test your knowledge, and compete for the title of trivia champions, every Wednesday at The Pier! We can’t guarantee you’ll know all the answers, but we do know that you’ll have a great night, enjoy award winning food and experience a barrel of laughs with Trivia Master, Jason Montgomery. With happy hour pricing for all trivia players, excellent prizes to compete for, a jackpot round and one of Australia’s best Trivia Masters, we can’t think of a better way to spend a Wednesday night with friends! ALSO ON WEDNESDAY Members Jackpot Draw and Pot Pies for $14! Enquiries 02 9817 2204 Visit 2 Gale Street, Woolwich NSW 2110 Visit Follow @woolwichpier


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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Millie Cotes A change of tune Where to go when all you have is a song in your heart! Sydney is a great city to live in, boasting beautiful beaches, parks and our very own vibrant Inner West! But there’s no denying that when it comes to culture sometimes Sydney’s scene can be a little lacklustre, especially when compared to international cities or (dare we say it) Melbourne. Part of this is the lack of free and cheap spaces in which creativity can be fostered, especially when it comes to music. To put it frankly, Sydney’s music scene is in dire need of a revival; with limited live music venues and few good rehearsal spaces it hasn’t exactly been an encouraging environment for young talent in the past. A new City of Sydney initiative, however, sets to tackle this problem by converting up to 17 public buildings into free venue spaces for young musicians. This exciting development is sure to make a few households happy, with a couple less Van Halen covers floating up from the basement. We've done the groundwork for you and checked out what’s on offer across the Inner West for your next jam session! RANT AusGrid – Shooting the messenger Rock on, Inner West dudes (and dudettes) St Helen’s Community Centre Near Glebe Library, the centre has large rooms and spaces that would be great for any band rehearsal. It's also a stone's throw from local cafes and restaurants that will keep your muso muscles fuelled. n 184 Glebe Point Road, Glebe If you are the million dollar manager of a public utility who is likely to earn millions more in a privatised utility you'd think your first order of business would be to get your business in good shape for privatisation, reduce costs and make sure you don't run into any bad publicity. Not, however, if you are Vince Graham, CEO of AusGrid who thinks that he is paid a million dollars to waste taxpayers money on stifling public debate and suppressing a democratic process that goes back almost a century. Having spent years ripping dollars out of electricity consumers with rampant gold-plating of the network, Vince now has his hands deep in the taxpayer's pockets again paying private contractors to take down the election posters of the Greens and Labor, the two main political parties opposed to the privatisation of poles and wires. Apparently, Vince thinks it's a good idea to make sure that anyone who gets between him and a pot of gold is silenced. To this end he wrote to the Greens threatening to charge them for the costs of taking down our signs opposing privatisation and other campaign materials (stifling public debate) and has now followed this up with a bill of $7000 for removing those signs. The Electrical Trades Union who also used Vince's poles (or rather the poles that actually belong to you and I) to oppose privatisation has been hit with a bill rumoured to be about $20,000. Vince is, apparently, concerned about the welfare of the various people who might get injured putting signs up on his poles, even though his public enterprise has never, ever been concerned at any other time in the past 100 years or so, or at least not enough to take action any of the years prior to the privatisation debate. He is not, however, concerned about the workers he is likely to want to sack after privatisation, nor the thousands of Australians that cannot pay their power bill due to the exorbitant network charge increases, nor apparently the tens of thousands of people likely to die or be displaced as a result of the emissions created by the electricity in his grid. There is no sign of Vince using his office to campaign for better working conditions for his employees, reduced electricity consumption, undergrounding of transmission wires or anything remotely useful. He is more interested in using the exorbitant salary paid by you and me to harass organisations speaking out against privatisation and to stifle freedom of speech. Erskineville Town Hall n 104 Erskineville Road, Erskineville The high ceilings of this Town Hall will really let your music be heard! It is available for hire seven days a week from 7am to 12am. Glebe Town Hall In the heart of Glebe, this restored Town Hall is truly breathtaking. Built in 1880 its large halls and Victorian style are sure to inspire some creativity. n 160 St Johns Road, Glebe Sydney Park Pavilion The pavilion includes an entry foyer, a hall and an outdoor terrace overlooking Alan Davidson Oval. It is available for hire seven days a week from 7am to 12am. n Euston Road, St Peters Alexandria Town Hall dance floor, a stage, window drapes, and a refurbished kitchen located on the first floor, which is serviced by a lift. Also available for hire seven days a week from 7am to 12am. n 73 Garden Street, Alexandria This hall features high ceilings, carpeted floor, a small wooden Booler Community Centre The centre sits in a quiet residential area of Camperdown. It offers enclosed facilities with a garden. It is available for hire seven days a week from 9am to 11pm. n 25-27 Lambert Street, Camperdown Sound your horn at the local hall To book any of the rehearsal spaces call the City of Sydney on: 9265 9333 That Classic Sunset As part of the ever-popular Sunset Series put on by Leichhardt Council, Classics at Callan Park will be returning again after its incredible run in 2013. This biannual production will be held in the picturesque grounds of The Sydney College of the Arts on Sunday March 29th. The classical concert will kick off at 4pm with a performance from the Tonic String Quartet, directed by violinist Dan Russell (while he’s not playing with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, or travelling with the Kammer Philharmonie Köln). The main event of the evening, a magnificent combined performance by the Metropolitan Orchestra Chamber Players and Pacific Opera, will begin at 5pm, first with a series of popular chamber pieces before being joined by the Young Artists of Pacific Opera for an unmissable collaboration. This performance will finish around 7pm and will coincide with the setting of the sun, making for a glorious finale. n For more information, visit What’s on n Compiled by Max Kobras. Email Saturday 14th March FREE Community are en ev ts listings n Words by Chris Harris NSW Greens State Campaign Coordinator email info@ Attn: Max Wed 18th Mar-Sat 22nd March Thursday 19th March Walking With Dinosaurs The Big Ride 4 Parkinson’s why not join in and help make a difference? For more information, visit www.thebigride4parkinsons. Tues 17th Mar-Sun 22nd March Hundreds of bikers will set out from Sydney for the 360 km Big Ride to Parkes in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease. The riders will comprise of motorbike enthusiasts; from weekend warriors to corporate cowboys, from members of Ulysses to Long Riders and anyone who just loves those weekend rides to nowhere. They will be on Harleys, Victorys, Triumphs, Hondas, Kawasakis, Yamahas and Beamers but they will all have one destination in sight - Parkes for Parkinson’s. If you have a motorbike, 6 Short + Sweet Bollywood Known worldwide for its famous form of 10-minute theatre, Short + Sweet is now proud to introduce the new star of the Sydney theatre scene: Bollywood! While Short + Sweet has stepped into the Indian performing art scene before, this will be the first time they’ve featured the Bollywood genre in their program. Performers will be coming from all across Sydney to take on this new theatrical challenge. Tickets start at $28. For more info, visit www.shortandsweet. org/bollywood. To make a booking, visit Are you excited for Jurassic World? Pfft, why wait for that when you can experience the thrill of gigantic reptiles from the past in the flesh? Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular, based on the BBC television series, is returning to Sydney's Allphone's Arena this March with an updated and incomparable showcase. Depicting the evolution of dinosaurs with almost cinematic realism, this production will show the interaction of different species, show how carnivores evolved to walk on two legs and will feature 20 life-sized and incredibly detailed dinosaurs! For all you herpetologists, this is an unmissable event. For more info or to book your tickets, visit Hear ye, hear ye....Australian Hearing is sponsoring the Young at Heart Film Festival as part of NSW Seniors Week. Young at Heart is Australia's 10th Seniors Film Festival, a 9-day long showcase for film premieres, beloved classics and social events for seniors, their friends and relatives. Australian Hearing will be providing free hearing checks on the evening at their mobile hearing service bus. We have 5 double passes for the Short Film Awards Gala on the 19th of March, at the Palace Norton St Cinema in Leichhardt. See www. for more Bikers rally for charity ride See page 8 for more what's on...


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n Local Gigs Friday 20th March n Local screens Miners Mmmm, gaze at them shoes! This is more in the style of older shoegaze acts like My Bloody Valentine than the pop or psychedelic-infused sounds you usually get these days. It's a great throwback, I am super pumped for this show, everyone should come and have a sway. n Oxford Art Factory, $5 FREE TICKETS Win 2 for 1 movie passes Pornography for lawyers Fifty Shades of Grey Oiling the vocal chords Mad dad? Mark Ruffalo stars in the off-kilter domestic drama, Infinitely Polar Bear Thursday 26th March Infinitely Polar Bear MofoIsDead This is a Brisbane trio, playing mostly metal with a healthy dose of prog rock in there. There are some really awesome guitar riffs but they sometimes drift into glam metal territory (no thank you), otherwise they are really cool. Singer does pretty well too. n The Bald Faced Stag, $10 Saturday 28th March Jurassic 5 A real classic of hip-hop that deserves so much respect. Love the effort put into the backing tunes, rather than just the basic repetitive beat that plenty of current rappers use and love the rhymes to match. n Enmore Theatre, $98 There’s a deeply troubling early scene in Maya Forbes’ drama about a dad with bi-polar disorder. Cam (Mark Ruffalo) is screaming, out of control, half naked while his wife (Zoe Salanda) is locked in the family car, trying to comfort their terrified, young girls. “Don’t worry,” she says. “Daddy would never hurt us.” Well, no, not a Hollywood star like Ruffalo! He plays one of his usual rumbled guys – unemployable, likeable but also just a bit mad. The story, set in 80s, is a surprisingly tough one, even for an indie. Cam is convinced he’s recovering from his breakdown and can cope, so when his wife has to go to NY for work, he’s desperate to prove, most of all to his kids who he loves, that he can look after them on his own. Yes he fails some early tests – dismally! But there’s plenty of humour here too, and mostly the darkness at the core of this story, which is based on the writer/director’s own family past, is replaced with laughter and tears. It earns them both, and the critical accolades it's been getting in spades. M from Mar 26. Inherent Vice Remember how utterly useless you and your pot-head mates were in the 70s? Watching Joaquin Phoenix as the permanently whacked private detective “Doc” Sportello in Paul Thomas Anderson’s inspired adaption of an unadaptable Thomas Pynchon novel may bring it all back. It's set in 70s LA just as the stoner-age turned sour, paranoid and corrupt, and do not drive, operate heavy machinery afterwards or try to follow the plot – it’s even twistier than The Big Sleep (which it oddly resembles). But this is just as good as that pulp-noir classic! MA15+ on now. A big section of Sam Taylor-Johnson’s coy soft-core (no genitals, a bare glimpse of one Tasmanian map – more like NZ’s South Island anyway) has Ana (Dakota Johnson) and Christian (James Dorman) haggling over a contract. Maybe this is meant to turn-on lawyers. Terms and conditions need defining; what for example is meant by “the Submissive?” What is a “butt plug”? No media previews, so I was in a daytime public screening at Dendy Newtown with only two others in the cinema, both young women. Which suggests that in Newtown at least, everyone already knows what a butt plug is. MA15+ Love Is Strange Relax... even though this about a same sex marriage, it's not strange. Nor is it a political issue movie, bludgeoning us over the head with a “What You Should Think” message. George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow) are an aging gay couple who’ve been together for decades, but they lose their NY apartment after they get married. George posts honeymoon snaps on Facebook (Facebook! Foolish man...) and is sacked from his music teaching job at a Catholic school as a result. Ira Sach’s movie then follows the fractures, the sort that would happen with any couple facing stress and reduced to couch surfing with family and friends. And goes off on tangent into one of those family’s lives. It’s beautiful, sweet, lyrical and so utterly surprising… You might even cry. But if the sight of sagging bodies and grey bearded men snogging upsets, stick to 50 shades of hype. M from Mar 19. n Reviews – Russell Edwards ★ Thanks to Icon Films we have 10 “buy one, get one free” passes to give away. Details below. Don't trust the dame, Doc! WIN DVDs! The Royals are back in town WIN FREE TICKETS It is that wonderful time of the year again where the nation’s premier Easter celebration returns. It seems to get bigger and better every year; so why would 2015 be any different? Running from the 26th March to 8th April, the Royal Easter Show will bring the best of the country to the heart of the city, celebrating excellence in Australian agriculture and showcasing the heroes and characters that bring this iconic event to life. Whilst at the show, make sure to poke your head into the District Exhibit; a collection of creative and colourful tapestries made from the country’s best produce. These displays will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC Gallipoli landing and there will be plenty of fresh produce available for purchase. Also don't miss kids new dirt workshops, Food Farm and the Natural Fibre Showcase. n We have FREE family passes to give away. To go into the running, simply email info@ciaomagazine. and tell us in 25 words or less what you are most excited to see at the Show. thought something’s missing? You may not have known at the time but what you were missing was a good, fully costumed opera performance. Come on down to the Roxbury Hotel in Glebe from 7:30pm and watch a complete performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, completed in just 45 minutes, as well as a variety of famous arias and guest ensembles. Tickets are $35 per person. For more info visit Thursday 26th March Family Drama DVD pack To coincide with the release of the challenging and heartfelt family drama Infinitely Polar Bear starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Salanda, everyone who enters our "two-for-the-price of one" ticket competition will also go in the draw for a family drama DVD pack. Courtesy of Icon Home Entertainment, this includes The Burning Plain (with Charlize Theron) The Beaver (Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster), Last Chance Harvey (Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson) and the lighthearted Dan in Real Life with Steve Carell. ★ See below. Note, only one winner for the DVDs The iconic fireworks display at the Royal Easter Show 17th March – 19th March Friday 20th March SENIORS BINGO Drop into MarketPlace Leichhardt for a round of Seniors Bingo. From 10 am-12am, seniors can play to win a gift card. Just present your seniors card to join. If you don’t win, don’t worry, e will be given a free Mr Fothergills grow kit to take home. Saturday 21st March Konstantina Angelique Gribilas Fundraiser This fund was begun by Poppy and Kosta Gribilas after the tragic passing of their young daughter Konstantina to give back to the doctors and nurses who worked tirelessly to try and save her life and to ensure that they can keep on doing their good work. To raise money for the ICU at Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick, a charity dinner event is to be held at Le Montage from 7pm. Tickets cost $185, which include a three-course meal with beverages and there will be raffles and auctions throughout the night. The Bohemian Bazaar On the third Saturday of every month the Addison Road Community Centre becomes the great Bohemian Bazaar with a delicious blend of music, art, food, workshops and amazing live performances. Whether you’re there for a bite, or just to soak up the atmosphere, with an entry fee of just $5, you have no reason to miss it! For more info visit 8 PR SEMINAR To make a booking or a donation email Wednesday 25th March Opera at the Pub Have you ever sat down at your local with a beer in your hand and some awesome pub grub in front of you and Join international presenter, Rohn Walker as he takes you through a brand seminar and workshop teaches you to use PR skills to improve your business, your well-being and your communication paradigm. $15, refreshments provided. Ph: 9518 3442 to book. Presented by Leichhardt Mission. "I see a little silouetto of a man" WIN MOVIE PASSES & DVDs Only at the movies March 26 Young at Heart, email your name and address to au telling us where you picked up your copy of Ciao. To be in the running to win one of ten “two for the price of one” tickets to Infinitely Polar Bear, one Family Drama DVD pack, or a double pass to


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n Your say n Sustainability n Local news Mountains, the Central Coast, Hunter and Illawarra areas, by train, bus, ferry and light rail. What do you think the quality of life is like for seniors in the Inner West? n "If you are able bodied there seems to be lots on in terms of exercise, like at the swimming pool. The seniors aquaerobics class at AKAC is livelier than any pump class!" New dogs, old tricks Our most sustainable citizens will be celebrating Seniors Week next week. While you might think you’ve stumbled into 'Hipster Week' due to the prominence of black-framed glasses and knitting needles, our elders have always been the trendsetters, not the followers. Here are a few tips and techniques from an age where green was just a colour and pickling was a weekly social event. Local vegans meat up Marrickville has been confirmed the capital of ethical eating the second time over, with Inner West and free-range herbivores getting prepared to head to the Sydney Vegan Festival held at the Factory Theatre on Sunday March 22nd. The festival will feature some flavourful heavyweights including the authors of New York Times bestseller Eat Like You Give a F**k. For those feeling a little anaemic, Vegan Bodybuilder Jim Morris will be hosting a presentation on keeping up an animal-friendly diet whilst maintaining a shredded physique. Sydney locals getting in on the action include Suzy Spoon Vegetarian Butcher and Sadhana Kitchen. Pickling Sam, Stanmore "I've only lived in the Inner West for 10 days but from what I've seen there seems to be a lot on (for seniors). It seems like a very active community." Jenni, Petersham I think it depends on the person. I get by OK. There are things to do and places to go. I find that the pension is sufficient. It does annoy me when I see people at the TAB, while they complain about their pension. Thomas, Camperdown Most suburbs here have that real village feel to them which I think is pretty suited to older generations. Max, Newtown Seniors should be the most cared for and respected people in our community, instead they are the most neglected. Charmaine, Drummoyne We should all learn from our elders. Caleb, Leichhardt Gardening It’s OK to say that anyone born after 1960 is probably a pathetic gardener. It's great that community and balcony gardens have given Inner Westies a chance to get grubby but nothing beats gardening with the grandparents. Tip: Use newspaper as mulch or as a weed mat Pickling is a great way to preserve food and deal with over-purchasing. Pickling did exist before Cornersmith Café, and is easy to master. Here is the quick version: combine and bring to boil, 1 and ¼ cups of vinegar, 3 tablespoons of pickling salt, 2 tablespoons of sugar. Then add 2 cups of cold water, this is the brine. Find a clean jar with non-rusty lid and stuff your fresh cucumbers (or whatever) with a sprinkling of your favourite spices like coriander seeds, cloves, mustard seeds or cumin. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Will keep for a month. Tip: As long as there is enough salt and vinegar the contents will preserve. Add sugar to sweeten. Sew, crotchet, knit and create Childcare centre with water views Tenders have been released for a Childcare Centre that will accommodate 60 children in Mary Street, Lilyfield. This site is beside the existing children’s playground in Leichhardt park and close to Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre. The centre will be focused on the provision of services for children below two years of age, which are the places most in demand in the LGA. Bicarbonate Soda is the bomb It’s said that bicarbonate soda can replace 51 supermarket products. Before the cleaning product revolution of the 1950s, most cleaning pastes were made at home and used household ingredients like vinegar, lemon juice and bicarbonate soda. The latter can be used for things like brushing your teeth, scrubbing your bath and deodorising your fridge. Tip: Sprinkle in the bottom of your bins to absorb nasty smells. Mix with lemon juice to remove all types of marks from most surfaces. Making clothes for the family was once part of the homemaker’s role. Having an eco-friendly wardrobe of a few high-quality (homemade) garments means less waste. Tip: Can’t get motivated? Leave the sewing machine out and ready to go. You will be sew (yes, that's a pun) you did! n Seniors Week is 14 – 22nd March. Go to www. or your local council for we morewebsite for more. Use public transport So if you are not yet eligible for the pensioner excursion ticket ($2.50), it is probably still more economical for you to use public transport. The other alternative is to try and walk to more destinations more often. Tip: Travel on Family Funday Sunday, where for $2.50 per person your can enjoy unlimited travel all day in Sydney, Newcastle, the Blue Kick it old-school Affordable Housing The end of an era. Photo credit: Eamon Donnelly Leichardt Council’s Ordinary Meeting voted down an opportunity to contribute a potential $3 million to Leichhardt Council’s Affordable Housing Fund from a Voluntary Planning Agreement. The VPA is linked to a development bid to rezone the industrial land at 141 and 159 Allen St for housing, proposing 178 units in total be built across the two sites.  While the VPA has been endorsed, at this time only $519,805 of the potential $3.2 million has been allocated to their affordable housing fund. Labor councillor Simon Emsley has issued a statement saying that the Council has, “Missed out on an opportunity to kickstart its affordable housing program.” Mayor Rochelle Porteous has maintained the rest of the contribution will not be allocated until the council has assessed the needs of residents effected by the development in Leichhardt’s west. To bulk up its fund the Council has endorsed a recommendation to introduce a levy on developments that increase the need for affordable housing in the area. Mayor Porteous says that although the levy will increase Inner West housing remains unaffordable Farewell Anna Last weekend brought the sad news of Newtown personality Anna Youseff passing away. Anna was wellknown for the takeaway shop (bearing her name) that has been on Australia Street since 1973. To this day the shop has most of its original signage and Anna often sat just outside the door. The Youseffs migrated to Australia from Egypt in the 1960s and were greatly respected by the local authorities – Anna Take Away typically fed the officers of Newtown Police and Fire Station (opposite the store) throughout the 1980s. Anna's cousin, Yzette Lorraway, said she will remember Anna as a dear friend. “Anna was everybody's confidante. The shop doors were always open long after trading hours because all her friends wanted to come and have a meal. “That shop was really a home,” she said. Leichhardt’s affordable housing stock, further regulations are definitely required. “Developers are always going to build high-end projects to generate profit,” she said. “State and federal governments really need to step up on this (affordable housing) because without legislation there is little Councils can do.” Petersham RSL helloworld, Petersham Travel Gloria’s Café Petersham Liquor Mart 10


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Giant Suburban Garage Sales Saturday 14th March 2015 9.00AM- 2.00PM BALMAIN 15 Ann Street 3 Ann Street 107 Beattie Street 16 Booth Street 18 Booth Street 1 Bridge Street 25 Cardwell Street 2 Colgate Avenue 5 College Street 42 Curtis Road 18 Fitzroy Avenue 23 Glassop Street 34 High Street 47 Mullens Street 1 Palmer Street 7 Palmer Street 3 Palmer Street 15 Pashley Street 26 Phillip Street 57 Roseberry Street 22 Roseberry Street 38 Thames Street 14 Vincent Street 1 Wortley Street 8 Gilchrist Place 16 William Street BIRCHGROVE 12 Bay Street 119 Birchgrove Road 26 Cove Street 10 Grove Street 37 Gipps Street 5A Water Street BALMAIN EAST 113 Darling Street 6 Gallimore Avenue More information? T: 9367 9222 See what’s for sale at each household and grab your handy map! Visit Proud sponsors of the Bairro Portuguese Food and Wine Fair and servicing our clients travel needs for 45 years Come in and visit our team of destination specialists 47 New Canterbury Road Petersham Phone: 95606722 email:


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■ PETERSHAM BAIRRO PROMOTION Petersham is packed with dining options to suit any taste or budget. Although known as Little Portugal, Petersham is not just Portuguese tarts, chicken burgers and salted cod (although these are an essential experience). There is modern Greek and Mediterranean, world class Chinese, Indian and hearty Brazilian. You could have a plate of Petersham once a week for a year and have ticked all the boxes of international flavours. This little pocket of the Inner West also has lots of free parking! Enjoy…… DELI Maria opened this restaurant five weeks ago to give locals an authentic dose of regional Portuguese cooking. She has been cooking traditional Portuguese food for over 30 years, and in a short time gathering a huge local following. Specialty dishes include Boxexas de Porco, Vitela Estefada (veal in a pot), Galinha com Pimentos (chicken with capsicum) and fresh salad with bacalhau. The staff are friendly and the restaurant is open from early morning to late at night. ■ 98-106 Audley St 9572 7887 DELI Gloria's Portuguese Restaurant is one of Sydney's most iconic restaurants. Opened in 1988 by a single Portuguese mum of four kids (Gloria), with a mission to serve only the most authentic Portuguese dishes such as salted cod. Gloria’s real charm lies in the taverna feel, which lends homeliness, as if you’ve stumbled into the kitchen of your newfound Portuguese family. ■ 82 Audley St, Petersham 9568 3966, Silva’s is one of the most popular spots for Portuguese traditional food. The colourful set menu provides a wide selection of quality Portuguese cuisine. Silva’s is a fully licensed establishment, with the finest local and Portuguese wines and traditional home style preparation of Portuguese chicken. There's a take-away counter at the front serving chicken, chips and salad but most of those packing the tables in the restaurant are eating seafood and char-grilled meats. A great lunch or dinner spot, Silvas is a tried and tested longtime favourite. ■ 82-86 New Canterbury Rd 9572 9911, BON GUSTO This trattoria is one of the few genuine Italian restaurants left in the Inner West. Bon Gusto has everything you want from a good Italian restaurant; the food is simple, home-style and traditional. You’ll be greeted by the smell of tomatoes and roasted garlic, and speedy staff, Bon Gusto is a standout restaurant. It’s great for delivery and with friendly and reliable service it makes for a nice night out too. If you’re after a pizza don’t go past the Prosciutto & bocconci with fresh tomato, basil, bocconcini, prosciutto for $19. Or grab the Penne Sicilian with onion, eggplant, olives, tomato all topped with ricotta. Be sure to finish with a scoop (or two) of gelato. ■ 98-106 Audley St 9560 5358 Seed Cuisine opened in Petersham in August 2012 as a Mediterranean, Greek influenced restaurant. After two great years, chef, Tim Vatsaklis, who appropriately named his restaurant “Seed” after the seed that was planted in his mind as he watched his grandmothers cook their wonderful Greek dishes, has decided to return to his roots and concentrate on the wonderful flavours that Greek food has to offer. The demand and popularity of the existing Greek dishes and his desire to introduce more exciting dishes has further influenced this new direction that Seed is taking in 2015. 88 Audlley St 9560 7798, This family-friendly Portuguese restaurant is a local haunt, and has gathered a following among fans of the cuisine. The menu is wellpriced with bacalhau (salted cod), vongole (clams), being the top entree picks. For main course, try the signature espetada: skewers of meat or seafood, served dangling from a wrought-iron stand - it is a visual spectacle as well as a culinary one. With complimentary bread and olives, attentive service and a warm atmosphere, this local favourite is also well priced. ■ Shop 3, 82-86 New Canterbury Rd 9560 2898 Local value bistro meals and pub grub! L h or D i JP's Kitchen Kitch h has h something for all tastes. Lunch Dinner Monday Madness, Terrific Tuesdays and $10 mains 125 New Canterbury Rd 9569 9645 ■ tacos burgers, bur rgers snittys and vibe Great tacos, 1 New Canterbury Rd 8019 9351 ■ Cook your own ■ 292 Stanmore Rd 9568 3703 New Ne ew management manageme m nt and an impro improving bistro ■ 116 New Canterbury Rd 9560 6638 Value meals with entertainment 7 Regent St 9560 8355 ■ Friendly, casual vibe ■ 30 Terminus St 9569 4675 11


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Still hungry...? There is lots of well-brewed coffee, delicious Panini and even sushi at some of Petersham’s other eateries. Portuguese tarts and Sweet Belem’s dessert window cannot be missed or you could also pop past Daisy’s or Big Brekky Café for a mid morning juice fix. Whatever you’re craving, Petersham can serve it up. COSTA DO SOL Since 1996 Costa Do Sol has offered diners a vibrant and cultural Portuguese dining experience. Chef and owner, Joao and his partner, Maria, use their 25 years of experience to recreate an exotic blend of traditional Portuguese and continental flavours. Experience the zesty and aromatic seafood platters, char-grilled lamb fillets or giant beef and chicken skewers. Make the most of exceptional blackboard specials, home made desserts, Portuguese wines, beers, sangria. It's hard to choose only one dessert, with a list that includes rice pudding, caramel pudding, baba de camelo, molotof and of course gelato. The wine list has a good selection of both Portuguese and Australian wines. There is also home made sangria. If you fancy a beer, why not try Portuguese beers such as Sagres or Super Bock? The restaurant offers an intimate atmosphere with authentic artworks lining the walls including a hand painted picture of The River Douro from the north of Portugal and the Harbour of Porto. ■ 102 New Canterbury Rd 9560 2319 Nice sunny café with good coffee ■ 101 Audley St If you like to taste authentic Indian cuisine with lots of flavorful herbs and spices, you can come to Tandoori Dhaba. They offer a huge selection of Indian specialties such as our biryani, chicken tikka masala and lamb roganjosh. Our Indian dishes are not complete without the main courses from Tandoor which includes full Tandoori chicken, lamb cutlets, Tandoori fish tikka, Tandoori dhaba, king prawn and Tandoori dhaba... ■ 65 New Canterbury Rd 9518 1400 staff where the locals go Friendly staff, ■ 96 Audley St, 95602949 Famous for their tarts ■ 96 New Canterbury Rd 9564 2389 Also Al famous f f for their h i tarts ■ 45 New Canterbury Rd 9569 1107 Japanese and and d much more ■ 100 New Canterbury Rd In Petersham since 2007, Casa Brasil has become a favourite among the Brazilian community. Their menu brings all the flavours of traditional Brazilian cuisine to Sydney, with our specialty being the Churrasco Brazilian BBQ. Make sure you come with an empty stomach as the portions here are gigantic. Honest fare ■ 99 New Canterbury Rd 9008 7202 ROCKETBO Rocketboy isn’t your average pizza joint. With dine in and takeaway options, their fresh and home-style ingredients make their pizza a quick, healthy meal (yes their pizzas are healthy). ■ Shop 3, 88-94 New Canterbury Road 9550 9988 They can also accommodate groups and special occasions, whether large or small. 77 New Canterbury Road 9560 9595 ■ Scrumptious, you’ll be back. ■ 35B New Canterbury Rd 9572 6685 On O trend t d dining di i with ith home h made d potpies t i ■ 340 Stanmore Rd 8065 3466 Lunch and br breakfast reakfast in one ■ 316 Stanmore Rd 9569 8588 MOON KOON This restaurant prides itself on being the best Chinese restaurant in the Inner West. Owner/Chef, Ricky Li, has over 40 years of experience in Cantonese cuisine. He received training at some of Hong Kong’s top restaurants. Prior to starting his own business back in 2008, Ricky was Head Chef of three renowned Chinese restaurants in Sydney - East Ocean, Port Orient and Flavors of Peking (all frequented by Chinese nationals). Ricky is passionate about his cooking, he says that the key to good food is by using the freshest of ingredients to bringing out the natural flavours. At Moon Koon, they use the freshest ingredients in their dishes. The standard is maintained by ordering in small amounts and by retaining a large customer base so the stock is always rolling. When you dine at Moon Koon you can expect freshness every time. ■ 81 New Canterbury Rd 9560 3500 House toasted muesli with natural yoghurt, FRANGO Addictive and delicious, the Fernandes family have been making world renowned chicken burgers in Petersham since 1992. With recipes that have been passed down through generations, blending the spices of ancestors in Angola and the traditional charcoal techniques from Portugal, the food here has been rated by SBS Food Safari and. SMH Good Food Guide The chicken’s sticky, salty skin and succulent meat teamed with a generous squeeze of our secret recipe Piri Piri Chilli sauce and mayonnaise on a specially baked soft white bun with a marinated chicken breast fillet (opt for a double if you dare), shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato and cheese, is amazing. ■ 98 New Canterbury Rd 9560 2369 Restaurant, Café and Tapas ■ 301 Stanmore Rd 8084 9849 ■ Compiled by Millie Cotes 12


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in the kitchen Ingredients 1 kg chuck steak, diced into large chunks 1 cup plain flour, seasoned with a little salt 1 tin of chopped tomatoes in their juice 1 cup beef stock ½ cup red wine (if you wouldn’t drink it, don’t cook with it) 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped 1 stalk of celery, peeled and chopped 1 brown onion, peeled and chopped 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced Salt and pepper to taste  with Melissa Leong, n One pot wonder ‘Set and forget’ food is the order of the day when you have zero time but don’t want to feed yourself or your family from the local pizzeria six nights a week. All you really need is a slow cooker, or an oven proof cast iron pot with a lid, and you’re good to go. Wine with Winsor n Brilliant buy De Bortoli 2013 Villages Pinot Noir Method Preheat an oven to 180°C. Dust the diced beef in the seasoned flour and heat the pot on a medium to high heat. Add a little vegetable oil and brown the cubes to seal them. Remove the beef and set aside. Turn down the heat and add the onions, garlic, carrot and celery and cook until the onions turn translucent (about 2-3 minutes). Add back the beef to the pot and pour over the top the tomatoes and their juice, the red wine and the stock. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper, and bring the liquid to the boil. Once boiling, cover with the lid and place the pot in the oven. Turn down the oven to about 130°C and allow the stew to do its thing for 4-6 hours or until the beef is tender. If there is a lot of liquid at the end of the cooking process, you can remove the beef and veg and reduce the liquid until it thickens a little more before serving. Nice and chunky It is hard to find quality pinot noir at an affordable price but this one offers both exceptional quality and excellent value. Made using fruit from several different districts in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, this is hand-picked and hand-sorted by winemaker Steve Webber and his team. It has everything you’d want in a “drink now” pinot with softness, plump juicy notes on the palate and plenty of textural interest. Pair this with a barbecued duck from Dixon Street. $22. Snazzy savvy Matua 2014 Smooth Sauvignon Blanc You rarely see reviews of New Zealand sauvignon blancs because many wine critics can’t stand them. Lots of drinkers, however, can’t get enough of them because of their zesty up-front flavours. This is a good example from Hawkes Bay, a more soft and elegant style than many of its Marlborough cousins. It is one of three different expressions of Matua sav blanc that highlight the taste profile of each wine on the front label; Smooth, Crisp or Lighter. $20. Serve with steamed greens, some rice or polenta. Italian stallion Coriole 2013 Sangiovese At the markets n Fruit: Gala apples, Pink lady apples, grapes (green, red and black), limes, nectarines, William pears, plums, figs and pineapple. Avocados and bananas are becoming expensive as are mangoes. Heirloom tomatoes, sorrel and woodland sorrel are in limited supply. New arrivals include quinces and cipollini onions (great for roasting). Cipollini onions are great for roasting n Vegetables: Capsicums, kale, onions and carrots are plentiful. xx x The Lloyd family were way ahead of the game when they planted the Tuscan grape variety sangiovese in McLaren Vale almost three decades ago. With Italian varietals now all the rage, Coriole has the oldest sangiovese plantings in the country. Fruit quality shines through here in an attractive medium-bodied wine that combines bright red fruit flavours with savoury characters and a lovely structure. This is the style of versatile food wine that is perfect for when friends drop around for a bite, or you need to grab a bottle for a visit to the BYO. $25. AT Home with Roberta Muir Cookbook author, food writer and manager of Sydney Seafood School Roberta Muir shares her whale-sized passion for travel, wine and delicious fish! What is the best time of day at Sydney Fish Market? I love early mornings at the Market with all the hustle and bustle of the buyers and wheelers in the car park – I usually arrive around 7am when the auction is still in full swing - my office overlooks the auction floor and it has a wonderful atmosphere at that hour. Grilled fish or battered? I can’t pass up fish in a really light beer batter! Who taught you to cook? I started to teach myself out of the wonderful Women’s Weekly Cookbooks, when I was still at school. I remember my mother encouraging me by going out and buying all the (at the time) exotic ingredients I needed to cook from their first-ever cookbook which was the Chinese one. Then, over the years, I’ve learnt so much from all of the wonderful chefs who’ve taught at the Seafood School. What is your favourite thing to munch on during your days off? On a rare quiet evening at home, Franz (my husband) always asks me to make a croque monsieur with leg ham, lots of grated Swiss gruyere and Dijon mustard. When did you eat your most memorable oyster? I remember it so clearly – we were in Margaret River in November 2000, chef Cheong Liew invited us down there, and one of the other chefs handed me a Sydney Rock Oyster (they grow off Albany in WA as well as on the southeast coast of Australia) that he’d just shucked – it was salty, sweet and creamy 14 Jared Ingersoll Sweet enough already all at once … and I’ve never forgotten it! Working at Sydney Fish Market, do you get any mates rates with the fishmongers? You’d think I would – wouldn’t you? But the reality is that the margin on fresh seafood is so low that they really can’t do much in terms of ‘mates rates’ – the important thing for me, and the thing I love about working at Sydney Fish Market, is the quality and range of produce available. What is your relationship with the pelicans that have made Sydney Fish Market their home? We love our pelicans – they are an iconic part of the site… so much so that we even have one painted on the Sydney Seafood School kitchen wall along with all the paintings of different fish species … he points the way to the dining room. Is there any sea creature you particularly identify with? That’s an interesting question – as we asked the question in our office the other day: “If you were a fish, what fish would you be?” – and I decided I’d like to be a Whitespotted Eagle Ray because they are so elegant and their black skin covered in delicate white spots is such a fashion statement! The idea of a Sugar Tax is being knocked around in America again with a couple of states actually considering on implementing it as a way to negate some of the costs caused as a direct result of poor health from a diet high in sugar. The very concept of taxing ‘unhealthy food’ will achieve no good as it’s a defective concept, ludicrous. Some people follow the argument that, “if it is making people unhealthy then why not tax it, after all it is a measurable expense to society.” This argument simply ignores the facts of the food industry. Queen of the seafood! Ingredients 24 quail eggs 1 teaspoon caraway seeds, lightly crushed 700g piece salmon fillet, skin off, bones removed, chopped Salt flakes, to taste 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs Vegetable oil, for deep-frying Whole-egg mayonnaise, for serving   Here is the thing, sugar is massive in our diets because we love eating sweet things and because it is a really cheap ingredient. It is super cheap, and one of the reasons for this is because it is a subsidised industry, which basically means that sugar-making gets assistance from tax payers money to make sure American sugar is cheap enough for it to maintain a competitive edge. In other words, tax money makes sugar cheap enough so that food companies can make stacks of money making cheap, sugary food. Due to the subsidy, we can afford huge amounts of sugary food, so much so that we become unhealthy, then more tax dollars get forked out to the health sector. If we introduce a sugar tax it will be a horrible thing to manage and it will only mean that the cost of high sugar foods will go up and people will pay more. Food companies will still make loads of cash and there will still be subsidies and health costs. If you want an actual solution, remove the subsidy on sugar! All the cheap and nasty food that offers little nutritional content will go up, no tax required! Method Salmon Scotch Eggs Hens’ eggs wrapped in sausage mince and deep-fried, Scotch eggs are popular British picnic fare. I’ve used quail eggs and salmon to create this cocktail-sized seafood version. Boil eggs for 2 minutes then refresh in iced water and peel them. Fry caraway in a dry frying pan for a few minutes until aromatic. Place in food processor with salmon and salt and blend into a coarse paste. Divide paste into 24 pieces and wrap each piece around a quail egg. Roll in breadcrumbs. Heat oil in a wok or deep-fryer to 180°C. Deep-fry eggs, in batches, for 3-4 minutes, until golden. Drain on paper towel, sprinkle with salt and serve with mayonnaise.


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Weekly specials, delicious produce, excellent value MarketPlace Leichhardt, Cnr Marion and Flood St Leichhardt. Located next to Aldi Tel: 9572 6886 Santa Vittoria sparkling mineral water 6 x 750ml $5.99 Gala apples (new season) 79cents/kg Carrots $1.99/kg $7.99 Sicilian green olives a tub $5.99 a tub Ricotta 99cents/kg Seedless watermelon (whole) Soccerball ham Homemade Prosciutto Parma Whole Tomato Passata $9.99/kg 2 for $5 $20.99/kg *Specials until Wednesday 18th of March



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