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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 262 | July 17th 2015 China’s hippest hotspot Meet Hugh Jackman’s acting teacher WIN! Far From Men A Midsummer Night’s Dream TIX: DVDs: ‘71 Could you survive an all canned diet? the Inner W Distribute est! d in Leichh ardt, Annan Petersham d ale, , Stanmore , Newtown Balmain, D , rummoyn e, Haberfiel Rozelle, Fiv d, e Dock, Co ncord, & Summer Hill is taking o ve r Celebrating Local Business Awards winners! Great FermentATION Local foodies create a preservation society Entries close: 31 July 2015 Your short environment film could win you some of the $5000 worth of great prizes up for grabs. Entries close Friday 31 July, so start filming. For information on how to submit your film and for full terms and conditions, go to: The footprints film festival entries will be screened at this year’s Footprints Eco Festival on Sunday 23 August. Come along to see some of the best local short films going around and help power the screening in our bicycle-powered cinema!


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LO LO SIN L BU A U B SIN C AL C SS ESES AW A WA R D S ARDS 2015 2015 Like & follow FMKhair on and INNER WEST INNER WEST Finalist for Business Person of the Year and Finalist for Outstanding Youth Award LO U B S L I N A C 2015 FMK hair 70 Dalhousie street Haberfield 2045 Tel: 97991857 AW S ARD INNER WEST


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n Promotion Tell us a bit about your specialist range and maternity lingerie…. Nocturnal Designs is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the consumer. That is the trick to stay ahead of the game in lingerie. We have increased our specialist range of bras to include small back and large cup, large back and small cup, large back and large cup, maternity, mastectomy bras and breast forms, as well as post op bras to accommodate mastectomy, lumpectomy, breast reconstruction, breast reduction, and breast augmentation. We also offer a large selection of styles to suit most shapes and sizes. We like to tell our customers that we can give them an amazing lift for as little as $89.95! As you have told us your Mastectomy range caters for breast cancer patients, what was the reason behind this range? How does offering this service make you feel and what has this done for your business? Best Fashion Shop Winners, Nocturnal Designs WINNERS NOCTURNAL DESIGNS Nocturnal Designs offer leading lingerie services and are located in Norton Plaza in Leichhardt. This year Nocturnal Designs won the Leichhardt Business of the Year Award. Not only does Nocturnal Designs offer incredible lingerie products, they also have a range of speciality products as well as always giving exceptional customer service to their clients. Their specialty products now include a range for women who have had a mastectomy as well as other surgery compatible products, showing how Nocturnal Designs are concerned with benefiting the community. It is no surprise that Nocturnal Designs have grown as a small business over the 12 years they have been up and running. Congratulations on taking home your award Nocturnal Designs! At what point in your life were you at when you decide to go into small business? And what was the inspiration for setting up Nocturnal Designs? It all began in The Gladesville Shopping Village back in 2003 when my 4th child began high school and I was left with a ‘I now need to find myself ’ feeling. I had always wanted to begin my own business but I wasn’t too sure what that business would be. However, I knew all along that it would have to be about a product I love. I also knew that I had to start a retail business because of my love of helping people, so I tried to incorporate all of that into what is now Nocturnal Designs. Why lingerie? I’ve always admired international lingerie designers and have had an interest in garment construction and body shape. This all comes from my early days of studying Fashion Design. Lingerie, to me, is a product that can give away a lot about a woman. The choice of colour, shape and fabric is often indicative of personality. After I had decided on a lingerie shop as my area of small business I made Who supports you and what motivates you? certain to learn as much as I could about lingerie fitting so I completed an advanced course to become a certified mastectomy fitter. My husband and family are my biggest supporters. I couldn’t do what I need to do in business without my husband’s support. There are times when I need to travel or work long hours outside of business hours. Like with anyone who owns their business, there is always that pressure, and my family continues to remind me of all the great work we are doing. My motivation comes from the knowledge and experience I have gained and want to share with other women. We have so many customers that come to see us because they have been fitted elsewhere incorrectly. It frustrates me so much because of the importance lingerie has on a woman’s health, comfort and confidence. But when these women do come in I embrace the chance to really make a difference in these women’s lives. Each day is different as each and every customer is different and that’s why I find my work so rewarding. It was decided to increase our mastectomy services as unfortunately the demand became greater. The decision to increase our mastectomy service also meant more time needed to be given to make sure we offered the best service to our mastectomy customers. It is extremely rewarding and satisfying knowing that we, as women, can make a difference to another woman’s life, particularly in their time of need. The satisfaction we receive makes us want to work harder and offer more products and support to women who have been affected by breast cancer. In order to make it known to the consumer that we have these products we developed Nocturnal Designs Mastectomy Brochures. These brochures have been designed, printed and delivered to breast care nurses, breast surgeons and breast clinics. I make a point of visiting them myself to introduce the services of Nocturnal Designs personally. As we are located in Leichhardt is convenient for patients who attend Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown since we are close by. Nocturnal Designs Leichhardt is also on the directory of Concord Hospital, Strathfield Private Hospital and The Mater Hospital in Crows Nest. Several plastic surgeons within a 10km radius have also been contacted with information regarding our specialist bra fitting service at Nocturnal Designs. Nocturnal Designs is often invited to attend breast surgery seminars to reach breast care nurses from all over Sydney so they can learn about the services that we offer. It feels great to know that we are reaching out to people all over Sydney, I feel like we are really making a difference! What’s in store for the future for you and for Nocturnal Designs? Nocturnal Designs currently has a web presence however we are developing an e-commerce site which should be up and A shop filled with treasures ‘The satisfaction we receive makes us want to work harder and offer more products and support to women who have been affected by breast cancer.’ ‘At Nocturnal Designs our customers’ needs and feelings are our highest priority and we do our best to ensure this comes through with our service.’ What service do you aspire to deliver? My standards have always been extremely high so it’s only natural that I aspire to deliver the best lingerie fitting service in Sydney. Whether it be the customer service I give, how I buy stock, how the store is presented or even what music I play in the store I have always maintained a high standard. With the pressures of daily life, it can be difficult at times to be sincerely compassionate, sensitive and honest with our customers. However at Nocturnal Designs our customers’ needs and feelings are our highest priority and we do our best to ensure this comes through with our service. Nothing is as important though as the people you have working for you, and I am very lucky to have an excellent team of staff supporting me. To ensure that customers receive a quality experience, staff undergo 12 months lingerie fitting as on-the-job training and are also sent to attend a mastectomy course. I can honestly say that we offer platinum customer service from all of our staff memebers! running by end of August. The ecommerce site will give us more exposure and increase our customer data base nationally and internationally. This is our main focus for the near future however the ongoing support of the community, our customers and my staff and family has allowed me to really focus on developing Nocturnal Designs as being the ‘Best Specialist Lingerie Store in Sydney’. I feel like we are on the right track but as with most things there is still so much more work to be done! I know that I will be enjoying every step of the journey as running the small business that is Nocturnal Designs has strengthened my passion for helping people, lingerie and delivering outstanding customer service to the community. n Nocturnal Design Special gits Norton Plaza, Norton Street Leichhardt Ph: 9518 3355 facebook/ Winners of Best Fashion Shop 2015 3


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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Sizing up our councils? - cruelty free cuisine – Stag gets ready to party l Leichhardt Council should be feeling smug after the NSW government’s “Your Council” report found that Leichhardt Council is the third most financially sustainable council out of Sydney’s 41 LGAs. The financial waste of small councils is the hotly contested premise of the state’s Fit for the Future reforms, which would see Leichhardt merged with five surrounding councils. A representative of Leichhardt Council says the report actually shows the largest councils in Sydney are the least sustainable, with Blacktown, Sutherland, Fairfield, Bankstown and Liverpool all ranking below 25 on the list. Leichhardt does have plenty of well-off residents and high-land values though. Other factors at play, perhaps? l The vegan restaurant Superfood Sushi in Newtown, which claims it is the only cruelty free sushi shop in Australia, is experiencing huge success. However, few locals understand the potential the restaurant has to rip Newtown’s WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul ADVERTISING Righteous Rightie calls for the dismantling of the Trojan Horse renewable energy industry. Dear RR – I refer to your recent comments characterising wind farms as, “dark, satanic windmills… blades of death beheading birdlife like giant, glinting terrorists that have declared a fatwa on the noble parrots of Australia… crazy-making torture devices created by inner-city elites to depopulate the God-fearing countryside by causing decent rural folk to keel over dead from vibrationinduced neurasthenia.” Given the challenge posed by global warming, do you believe it is responsible to call for, “Everybody associated with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to be placed in a giant chaff bag and hurled down the smokestack of the nearest coal-fired power station”? If you’re so down on wind power, is it smart to also demand “unsightly solar panels that cheat our beleaguered power companies of rightful profits be ripped from the roofs of houses”? Finally, have fossil fuel company funded junkets to Saudi Arabia to study ‘best practice conservative governance’ influenced your hostility to renewable energy? Jenny, Newtown RR replies: Let me first deal with your outrageous slur upon my credibility, you degenerate hippy. While it’s true I’ve accepted assistance with my travel costs, I’ve never let that prevent me reprimanding the towelheads or corporate Australia. In fact, I’ve recently called for the disemboweling of that cannabis-leaf-headgear-flouting Islamist lout Zaky Malla with a feral pig’s tusk. Plus, I’ve expressed my disappointment with those captains of industry who thought it was appropriate to temporarily suspend their noble campaign to slash their employees’ wages in order to embark on a diabolical mission to force Tony Abbott to allow his sister, and the rest of her kind, to lez it up within the bounds of holy matrimony. And, yes, ‘green’ energy is unarguably the thin edge of the wedge of one-world eco-communist government. The sooner we all start powering our homes with smokebelching petrol generators, the better off we’ll all be. n Email your dilemma to Sonya Madden fragile, leftie social fabric apart, with progressive types seen milling around outside the shop ruminating over which is worse – hipster appropriation of Japanese cuisine or the self-serving murder of innocent fishy friends? Cod only knows. l The Bald Faced Stag on Parramatta Road is undergoing a major revamp, renovating its auditorium to host all ages music events and livening up their menu. Behind the changes is spunky new venue manager, Luke Reimann, imported from 1940s-themed restaurant and bar The Flynn, in the CBD. New event coordinator Cleyton Ries is the guy behind the infamous One Day Sundays at The Vic in Enmore. The kitchen is already serving up newly gentrified pub meals (think pulled pork tacos and cheesy risotto balls) but we hope this is just the start of the shenanigans these boys will be dishing up. Watch this space! JOURNALIST Kassia Aksenov WINE Winsor Dobbin ART DIRECTOR Paden Hunter LOCAL history Marrickville Manufacturer’s Exhibition It’s back to 1935 for this photo, taken at Marrickville Council’s Manufacturers’ Exhibition. Held at Marrickville Town Hall, this exhibition was an opportunity to showcase the benefits the area could offer to manufacturers. It consisted of 64 exhibitors, from international companies such as General Motors to small manufacturers like Shelleys Ltd (cordials). Believe it or not, manufacturers such as ETA Peanuts were once a core part of the Inner West’s economy. n Image courtesy of Marrickville Council Marrickville has always been a bit nutty EDITORIAL Phoebe Moloney Contributors: Bella Taylor, Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Edoardo Mesiti Publisher: Sonia Komaravalli 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. Enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 (02) 9518 3696. 0402 202 951 – Sonya Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Lara O’Reilly and Dr Matt Ball, the creators of Wild Kombucha by Ballsy, fermenting tea at their Collaboratory space in Leichhardt on Parramatta Road. Image: Ben Cregan C!ao’s voice In • Black lace dresses were all the rage at the Inner West Business Awards Out • Parkland being acquired in Strathfield for Westconnex • Having no clean underwear because your washing gets constantly rained on • That moment when a beautiful sunset you have appreciated in solitude goes viral on the Internet • Running out of tissues! Enjoy a range of Whisky Cocktail s for the month of July in apprecia tion of Whisky flavours from around the world! 4TH & 25TH SATURDAY • The summery vibes of The Bach Eatery on King St • Pay as you feel yoga classes at Lentil As Anything • Learning to ferment and pickle your own food • Codral J U LY BOOT SCOOT’N KARAOKE JOHNNIE WALKER WHISKY DINNER Taste 5 Whiskies in the Johnnie Walker Premium range, matched with 5 tasty morsels WED 29TH J U LY an evening talk with the author on her success as a young adult novelist at One off opportunity, a night of historians discussing Ludwig Leichhardt Emily Maguire Leichhardt Library LUDWIG LEICHHARDT at Both events start Free - All welcome Book online or call Leichhardt Library 9367 9266 Leichhardt Town Hall -6:30pm- BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Call or email Bridget to reserve your place or 02 9569 2638 Dr Tom Darragh, Emeritus Curator, Museum Victoria Britt Henning, Curator, Ludwig Museum, Trebatsch Dr Andrew W. Hurley, Snr Lecturer, UTS WEDNESDAY 22 July Monday 27 July 2015 Leichhardt Library Piazza Level, Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street 4


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n Promotion Inner WEST iconic spaces Glebe Town Hall Workshop Space, 160 St Johns Rd, Glebe A 36sqm workshop and a 10sqm storage room are available in the heritage-listed building about 400m from Glebe Point Rd. Glebe Town Hall has a number of different spaces, including three different halls, that can be booked by community members or organisations. Other accommodation grant tenants include the Glebe Community Development Project and the Glebe Early Childhood Centre. The Glebe Town Hall building is a beautiful example of free-standing Victorian architecture. Recent upgrades have included efforts to make the hall an accessible space, installing lifts and tactile paving. Walter Burley Griffin Incinerator, 53 Forsyth St, Glebe Located on the Glebe foreshore, the Walter Burley Griffin Incinerator overlooks Blackwattle Bay and Anzac Bridge. If you have ever walked along the foreshore, it is likely you will have noticed this iconic building that features an impressive Art Deco facade and an entrance way through a landscaped garden. Offering 70sqm of floor space, the Incinerator would suit a group that can host up to 20 people at once. It is close to public transport, but access requires navigating a short staircase. Special criteria to be a successful applicant for this space: • Agreement and understanding that no more than twenty people can be within the space at any time. • A willingness to recognise the heritage aspect of the building • A community-focused service run by people with considerable expertise and/or qualifications in the nominated industry More info at: community/grants-and-sponsorships/communitygrants/accommodation-grants/ walter-burley-griffinincinerator Special criteria to be a successful applicant for this space •A cultural focus • An intention to engage with local community • A community- focused service run by people with considerable expertise in the nominated industry • An open and accessible management structure and membership structure More info at: au/community/grants-and-sponsorships/ community-grants/accommodation-grants/ glebe-town-hall-workshop work(space) it City of Sydney is offering subsidised workspaces for social enterprises and non-profit organisations! Do you have a wonderful idea to benefit your local community but need a leg up to get started? Time is money, and in a city like Sydney, money is definitely space. The City of Sydney is offering five workspaces at reduced rents (or for free) to community groups willing to tender for the spaces. The workspaces are intended to be used by non-profits and community-minded enterprises that work towards achieving social justice outcomes, cultural enrichment or environmental change. Currently, City of Sydney’s grants and funding program supports 69 community organizations across 46 City-managed sites. The Festivalists, a non-profit company that delivers cultural events, such as film festivals, was granted space in Erskineville Town Hall last year. “Moving into the Erskineville town hall as part of the City of Sydney accommodation grant has been been a fantastic opportunity for us as our budgets are limited but our ambitions needed room to grow,” Festivalists Director Matt Ravier said. “Having more space allowed us to recruit more staff and run an internship program.” A wicked workspace has helped The Festivalists host magical events across Sydney Other enterprises currently using the grants include a men’s shed, a junior footy club and an artists’ collective, as well as many more. So why not apply on behalf of your organisation; you’ve got absolutely nothing to lose, really only something to gain in the form of an accessible workspace. Applications are open until Monday 3 August. See below for details on how to apply. “The City is always seeking to put spaces across our local area to good use by granting them free or at substantially discounted rates by supporting local community-based organisations and creative enterprises,” Clover Moore Abraham Mott Activity Centre, 15A Argyle Street , Millers Point A multi-purpose 61sqm facilitiy with office and storage room is available; ideal for small informal meetings, art classes and workshops. This space is conveniently located close to Circular Quay and the Walsh Bay arts precinct. Out of town offerings Waterloo Town Hall, 770 Elizabeth St, Waterloo NSW 2017 Two adjoining spaces spanning 36sqm in the Waterloo Town Hall would make ideal offices, workshop spaces or learning labs. Interested applicants must explain how they would partner or engage with the Waterloo Library and the City’s library programs. Bourke Street Community Shed, Woolloomooloo This 96sqm shed is located in Bourke Street Park next to a community garden. The successful occupant could complement activity in the garden or set up a Mens’ or Sheilas’ shed. Art and craft workshops, job-ready courses, lessons in sustainable landscaping, and bicycle maintenance are also possibilities. The successful applicant will be responsible for fitouts, tools and benches. Could you make Waterloo Town Hall work for you? Build a community in Woolloomoolo’s shed Case Study: Big Fag Press The City of Sydney funding and grants program has helped one standout arts organisation in the Inner West. Big FAG Press is an entirely voluntary print collective dedicated to supporting the work of activists and emerging artists. The City of Sydney currently provides them with a subsidised space to house their printing press and gallery beneath the arches of Jubilee Park. Diego Bonetto of Big FAG Press says the collective would not have been able to perform its work without the City of Sydney’s assistance. “The grant allows us to ease the pressure of real estate. As such we are able to devote our energy to foster artist, collaborate with community groups and provide facilities for even,” he says. “We would not be able to survive in this city without a facilitated accommodation, as we are not in the position to pay commercial rent.” Big FAG’s work is vital to the growing sociallyminded arts and design scene developing in Sydney, performing a variety of functions beyond printing.“We provide access to a printing process that would not be available to artists, designers and the public,” Diego says. “We have a gallery space where we can showcase the work by emerging, international and artists with disabilities. We act as promoters and also program events.” Big FAG Press has two events coming up in which you can view their use of a very unique space. On August 8 and 22, Mirra Whale will be hosting day-long printing workshops focussing on the production of still life images. John Demos at the Fag, is a solo exhibition of drawings, prints and pottery showcasing the possibilities of a supported studio for artists with a disability. Opening event is on August 29. Find out more at: Volunteer with Big FAG Press How to apply Prospective applicants can check property inspection times and lodge application forms here: au/community/grants-and-sponsorships/ community-grants/accommodation-grants 5


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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Georgia Roach Whether it's long hours or shallow pockets, making gourmet meals with fresh produce isn't always a viable option. I'm not suggesting you sacrifice all protein, fruit and veg for their preserved counterparts, but sometimes it's okay to whip out your can opener. I thought Food like your dad used to make it! I'd go against the organic and artisanal food trends and set out to see how edible, economic and fallout shelter-friendly a totally canned diet can be... YES WE CAN! LUNCH: Burrito bowls, microwavable rice, refried pinto beans, seasoning sachet, shredded chicken tins, diced tomatoes, diced capsicum Now this is a meal I CAN get on board with. It's a simple, one pan, ten minute kind of deal, and the flavours just work. Throw it all in together and simmer, and by the time it's bubbling, that yummy smell will have lured your loved ones to the kitchen, guaranteed. Just whack it all in a taco, burrito or Mexican-themed vessel of your choice, add a sneaky bit of avocado and sour cream, and this one's a real hero. Cost: $13.84 | Taste: 8/10 | Serves: 4 RANT Processed to perfection Leichhardt resident Chris Gall explains why he finds gourmet food fads somewhat uncanny. The best food, we are told, is rustic. It’s grown the oldfashioned way and cooked traditionally. It’s slow, not fast. Fresh, not processed. Industrial food production is out and the simple richness of the way it used to be is in. It’s easy to find yourself thinking this way and I’ll admit I’ve been swept along myself. But recently I stumbled on an article written for Jacobin magazine by a historian called Rachel Laudan – and now I doubt this whole trend. In history, ‘fresh and natural’ was not a good thing. Before industrial food production, freshness was to be avoided. Food was insecure - next month might bring bounty or it might bring famine. In such conditions, people picked the sack of long-lasting grain over the quickly-perishing green vegetables every time. Likewise, ‘natural’ meant ‘bad tasting’. Fruit wasn’t always sweet and juicy. Before we bred it that way, it was sour and almost inedible. Vegetables were bitter, roots were often poisonous. Don’t believe me? Punch ‘wild corn’ into a Google image search and take a look at what corn, a staple of industrial agriculture, looked like naturally. With food the way it was no wonder people salted, smoked, curdled, fermented, treated, bred and processed their food however they could. Preservatives were a godsend and whatever worked was used, in great quantity. Paradoxically, it’s industrial food that delivered much of what we associate with these nostalgic ideals. Many ‘traditional’ dishes are not thousands of years old, but less than a hundred, invented when global trade delivered a new variety of ingredients to all parts of the world. Tomatoes aren’t native to Italy, nor can you find wild salmon anywhere near Hawaii. Industrial food also liberated us from incredible drudgery. No longer did women (and it was mostly women) spend hours preparing dough, churning butter, butchering meat and toiling just to get a meal on the table. The ‘artisanal’ ideal forgets this drudgery. But if we want food prepared the old way, we’re asking for the drudgery back. In a world where billions go without food, the idea that the world’s wealthiest would want food produced less efficiently to satisfy a false historical ideal of how they think food ‘used to be’ is just well … weird. The opposite evil is fast food. Take McDonalds foodies hate it because it’s low quality and terribly unhealthy. But it is also cheap, accessible, mindbogglingly efficient and arguably pretty tasty. For all its flaws the way Ray Kroc's creation serves food reliably and accessibly at such a scale is quite impressive. I think we can all agree fatty, over-processed fast foods are crap. But why shouldn't we demand more from industrial food? Let’s have food that’s reliable, cheap, and efficient but also high quality, healthy and creative. Let’s have the best of both worlds – and let’s make sure everyone in the world can afford to eat this way too. n Words by Chris Gall DINNER: Pumpkin soup (for entree - optional, but BREAKFAST: Bacon spam, baked beans, tiny sausages, mushrooms in butter sauce. Being similar to my usual Sunday breakfast line-up, I had high hopes for this first meal. Turns out soupy mushies and tinshaped logs of bacon aren't the best wake-up combo. One's a fun blend of flavourless rubber and a hint of slime, while the other ... is a tin-shaped log of bacon. The baked beans at least were comfortingly familiar, but the teeny tiny sausages were a novelty I could do without. Cost: $8.80 | Taste: 3/10 | Serves: 4 (more depending on how much your gag reflex will allow you to consume) recommended), mixed veg, whole potatoes, corned beef, Gravox, rice pudding (for dessert - optional, but also recommended), mangoes in juice (see above) Pumpkin soup: always a winner. Rice cream pudding: aces. Everything else in between ...yeah, no. When your solid veggies turn out mooshier than your mash, you ought to be a little concerned. Follow that up with a nice slice of salty, tin-shaped beef and you've got a recipe for "more of that entree, please!" Luckily dessert's a failsafe of fruity, starchy goodness to cleanse the palate. Not much else I can say for this meal, other than, "more Mexican food, anyone?" Even if there were leftovers from lunch, I recommend you eat canned food 'freshly' opened ... it kind of stratifies in the fridge. Cost: $9.72 | Taste: 2/10 | Serves: 2 Some things just shouldn't be canned. Or if they must, disguise them in a generous portion of seasoning - your tastebuds will thank you. As for the other factors of cost and convenience, I'd recommend the occasional canned ingredient, rather than abiding by the apocalyptic-wasteland diet. Food that can survive an atom bomb Get on the cans! SMASH! SYDNEY MANGA AND ANIME SHOW The annual SMASH! event, held this year at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, is fast approaching. Run by non-profit association SMASH Inc and originally set-up as an art-focused event, SMASH! has now broadened its scope to include all areas of Japanese popular culture. This year the event will feature a Ball Jointed Doll (BJD) extravaganza! This means crafting, photography and lucky draw competitions as well as trading tables. In addition to this, workshops will be held on BJD styling and face-ups. There will be video game chill-out lounges as well as various tournaments operating over the weekend. Lose yourself in cosplay, come to the event dressed as your favourite manga or anime character, or watch the dressed-up patrons strut their stuff on stage. Audition now so you can participate in the karaoke competition supported by DAM! or register on the day to play Karaoke Roulette. And if you get hungry, grab a delicious snack from the dressed up waitresses at the Maid Café. n Ciao has a weekend double pass to hand out to a lucky reader. Email with your names and details to win. Get in quick to take advantage of this unique giveaway! For tickets and more information visit What’s on n Compiled by Max Kobras. Email From Monday 20th July FREE Community are en ev ts listings email info@ Attn: Max This performance is held at PACT in Enmore with each night starting at 7pm and costing $25 per person. For more info or to make a booking, please visit Thursday 23rd July Ready, Steady, Sumo Sumo Citrus Mandarins, a cross between navels and mandarins, took decades to properly breed and are named for their distinctive topknot growths that are reminiscent of those worn by sumo wrestlers. To celebrate the return of the season, Sumo Citrus is holding a cooking competition, open to the public, with the winner receiving a $2000 voucher to Woolworths. There are no recipe restrictions, as long as sumo orange is an ingredient. Think you're a culinary master? Put yourself to the test and make something delicious. Submissions open on July 20th. 6 For more information or to make a submission, please visit www. Wed 22nd-Sat 25th July Listen! I'm Telling You Stories Just a Magic Show Make your own Sumo salad On 20th April 2015, nine artists travelled 1273 kilometres into the heart of Australia, a new and life-changing experience for all of them. However, what they saw is in dispute. In an innovative new performance examining how we see and the nature of truth, Listen! I'm Telling You Stories explores how the life experiences of individuals shapes what we see. They say that if someone bears witness to a fact, it must be true, but if nine people bear witness to it, whose truth do you believe? Step into a world of impossible possibilities and enjoy an escape from reality (as well as the cold) as this troupe of magicians take you on a journey that will blow your mind and change your perception of reality forever! Hosted by the Red Rattler from 7:30pm with a line-up of some of Sydney’s finest magic men and women, Just a Magic Show promises to entrance and excite you. It might “only” be magic, but I think you’ll like it. Where: The Red Rattler, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville Look into his eyes, not around the eyes... See page 8 for more what's on...


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n Local Gigs Sunday 19th July n Local screens Spyglass Gypsies This could be the soundtrack to pretty much any Woody Allen film, or any film set in Paris for that matter. I’d love to hear this kind of music while exploring a foreign city, not sure if I’d need to sit down and give it my entire attention though. Glebe Town Hall, $20 FREE TICKETS Win movie passes and DVDs n Your screens Belfast street life in the 1970s '71 Viggo Mortensen: Caught in the crossfire WAAX on, WAAX off Far From Men Sunday 19th July Tigers Jaw I’m not big on the lead singer’s generic sounding and whining voice (he would be perfect for a hits of the noughties cover band) but they have some really interesting, soft guitar riffs and keys over a steady bass that really works for me. The Red Rattler, $31.65 Friday 24th July WAAX This Brisbane band is way cool, sweet garage elements melding with a bit of a desert rock sound. Throw in a singer with some awesome punk vocals and you got a great recipe. The Bank Hotel, FREE Viggo Mortensen’s outstanding performance alone makes this gripping morality tale set in the remote Algerian mountains in 1954 an absolute must-see. He plays Daru, a man of few words, once a tough, battle-hardened French soldier and now a village schoolteacher who is conscripted to escort a dissident villager (Reda Kateb) to a regional police station to face trial for murder. As they travel through a ruggedly beautiful land quickly spinning out of French control, they encounter bandits, vengeful rebel settlers and murderous French soldiers – and gradually all the certainties about what should happen change. While the political context is important, director David Oelhoffen’s film is really a foreboding Western that could be set anytime in any lawless wasteland. It’s sparse, hauntingly melancholic, but (surprisingly) hopeful too. Based on a short story by Albert Camus, it features an atmospheric score by Warren Ellis and Nick Cave. M from July 30. Self / less New York property developer Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley) is dying, but fortunately for him, for a mere $250 million (no Medicare rebate, sorry) he can purchase a healthy buff body. The one he gets belongs to Ryan Reynolds and to stop himself reverting back into the person that once inhabited it, Damian has to keep swallowing a bunch of red pills. So far so good – a smart sci-fi pondering immortality and the creepy business model that provides it? It could have been, if Tarsem Singh hadn’t so quickly shifted gear into frenzied chase and shoot-‘em-up mode. M from July 23. Yann Demarge’s grindingly taut thriller, which centres around a day and night of terror on the streets of Belfast at height of “The Troubles”, is unnervingly even-handed when it comes to doling out responsibility for the utter barbarity of this conflict – one of the murkiest of all civil wars. The drama starts as Pte. Gary Hook (Jack O’Connell) a rookie English conscript who finds himself cut adrift from his unit and behind enemy lines. As he quickly finds out, both sides of the sectarian divide have warring factions. Can he even trust his own side – the British Command? Certainly not the cynical undercover cops who have agendas of their own. The violence is up close and personal, the tension visceral and the grimy, shadowy noir-ish camerawork just perfect for the film's potent message. War really is hell – just in case we needed reminder! MA15+ Available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital from July 22. ★ Thanks to eOne Home Entertainment we have five DVDs to give away. Details below. CIAO's PICKS! ★ Thanks to Palace Films we have 10 double passes for the preview weekend Fri 24 – Sun 26 July to give away. Details below. A brand new bod Out of Nature: Just Do It A Midsummer Night's Dream Let the Sydney University Drama Society (SUDS) take you away on a journey to somewhere magical in their production of this classic Shakespearean play with a queering twist. Interweaving multiple stories all revolving around and related to the marriage of Theseus, Duke of Athens and Hippolyta, this play has swapped some casting around to explore the poignant theme of love and lust between people of the same and different genders. The play follows four lovers who flee into the forest, away from their parents and a society that says they can’t be together. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will leave its audiences with the elusive question of how we understand each other. This play will be running for three days only, 30 July-1 August at the Seymour Centre. Prices start at $25 per person. Thanks to SUDS and the University of Sydney Union, we have a FREE double pass to giveaway to the show on Saturday 1st August. Email info@ with your details to go into the running. Monday 27th July Scandinavian Film Festival With two weeks to run, the Scandinavian Film Festival still has plenty of unusual and hard-tofind gems on offer… One of the quirkiest and most confronting must surely be Ole Giæver’s Out of Nature, a film that burrows deep inside the head of Martin, a 30ish family man on a solo weekend hike in the mountains. We listen to his scattered thoughts – mostly mundane first-world problem stuff. They say walking alone cleans out the mind, well, maybe… The first thing Martin decides to do is have a wank, just one of the many astonishingly cringe-making scenes that Giæver (he’s the star, writer and director) inflicts on himself (and us). OK, just look at the scenery instead! Another stunninglyshot eccentricity from rural Iceland, Grimur Hakonarson’s Rams, is about men and their sheep. A huge hit at Cannes (Un Certain Regard winner) it makes New Zealanders look normal. Almost. ★ July 8 –26th: n Reviews – Russell Edwards A summery treat country and western, and on Wednesday 29th there will be a Johnnie Walker Whisky Dinner with five whiskies Whisky or whiskey? Scotch or rye? matched to canapes from the kitchen, There will be a special cocktail menu costing $49 per person to attend. throughout July, featuring classic For more info or to book whiskey drinks such as the New York tickets, please email hello@ Sour and the Vieux Carre. There are also two special events: on Saturday 25th will be a Boot Scoot'n Karaoke night Sunday 26th July in celebration of all things American Sat 25th & Wed 29th July Annual Rye July Scientist in a Strange Land Council Community Forum Residents can expect a lively afternoon at The No Amalgamations Community Forum. Speakers include David Shoebridge, Angelo Tsirekas, Tony Oldfield, Pauline Tyrrell and Caroline Corrigan. The Community Forum will be held at Concord Library on Sunday 26 July 2015 from 2-4pm. Sunday 26th July Cry treedom! National Tree Day Whisk yourself away to the Royal 8 Marrickville Council is hosting their support of National Tree Day this year from 10am-1pm at Tempe Reserve, one of seven priority biodiversity spots in the area. All necessary equipment will be supplied as well as refreshments. For more information, visit www. To many, Ludwig Leichhardt is little more than the inspiration for the suburb name but to those who study him, he was a fascinating man of local, national and international significance. Leichhardt Council is celebrating their namesake by hosting an evening of intriguing talks by three prominent historians and a botanist. Held from 6:30pm, come and join this night to find out about an intrepid explorer and scientist who helped make Australia what we know it as today. Where: Leichhardt Town Hall, Norton St, Leichhardt WIN MOVIE PASSES & DVDS To be in the running to win a double pass to Far From Men at Palace Cinemas, or DVDs of '71, email your name and contact details to info@ telling us where you got your copy of Ciao. Remember to include your postal address!


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only aussie music playing all day leichhardt bowling & recreation club battle OZ Saturday 8th August Saturday 15th of August trans-Tasman The Ultimate -VSM at c h D at e s : NZ Qantas Wallabies face off against arch rivals the All Blacks ANZ Stadium, Sydney Eden Park, Auckland WATCH IT ON THE BIG SCREEN AT LEICHHARDT BOWLING CLUB 88-92 Piper St Leichhardt Ph: 9569 1936 / 9560 3574 LEICHHARDT BOWLING CLUB


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n Your say Would you send your child to a private school? "We will probably be sending our children to a private school. I lost the fight with my husband, who went to a private school. From what I've heard from friends, the public school options are not great. I am happy to do it so long as it is not a posh private school. I don't want to send them if it encourages elitism." Sarah, Leichhardt "It's all relative, if there's a good public school in the area send them there. Depends what you want to achieve." Dennis, Stanmore "Nope. Because, first of all, all teachers go through the same education and qualifications. Just because you are paying more doesn't mean you get better teachers. Sending more children to public schools will encourage the government to give less money to private schools." Giuseppe, Strathfield "God, no! I grew up very poor and my parents worked to the bone to be able send me to a Catholic school. Even those schools are expensive and private Catholic schools can be expensive. That they provide a better education is bullshit. I've seen what those schools do to children – just let kids be kids." Sarah, works in Leichhardt In recent times it has become more and more clear that green is the way to go. And the best way towards this is education in sustainable living and working. Because how can we have a green future without green education? Sustainability has become one of the fastest growing industries in the global economy and has seen the need for education in a diverse range of “green jobs”. Increasing concerns relating to climate change have seen businesses turn towards greener methods when it comes to the way they operate. New jobs are becoming available in areas such as renewable energy, sustainable water, transport and design and construction of buildings and products. Businesses are now up-skilling their current employees, and hiring new employees with qualifications in green skills to take advantage of new money-saving technologies. Tertiary institutions are also getting on board this boom. Sustainability has become part of the vast selection of courses available at TAFE, universities and community colleges. TAFE currently offers a broad range of technical green courses. These can lead to career paths in urban planning, home and business assessing, horticulture, land management, renewable technology and safe work practices to name a few. Sydney Institute TAFE offers a Certificate IV in Business Sustainability Assessment and Home Sustainability Assessment. A diploma of Sustainability can also be undertaken. Similar sustainability courses are available at the University of Sydney. These courses range from graduate certificate, diploma and a master of sustainability. Sustainability has also become a priority in the syllabus in primary and high schools over the last decade. Through the Australian Sustainable Schools Ivy League n Sustainability n Local news Sculptures cartwheel to Rhodes A series of six sculptures by internationally renowned artist Caroline Rothwell have been installed along Rhodes foreshore. The sculptures all represent the movement of a child cartwheeling. Canada Bay Council commissioned the sculptures, which took 16 months to create. The series is reminiscent of Rothwell's, similarly hooded life-size sculpture, Youngster, on the corner of George and Barrack street in the CBD. To enhance the pieces' local significance, Rothwell also made a call out for a children's pair of sand shoes to be used in the cast. Inner West local, Ellen Hemmes snatched up the chance. Her old sneakers are immortalised in the sculptures, cast as the shoes on each of the cartwheelers' feet. Make a sock snake! Show us your environmental credentials Initiative (AuSSI), students are receiving early environmental education on ways to live sustainably. Research shows that schools integrating an environmental focus into their syllabus improve student results across the curriculum. It is also said to improve social and relationship skills, build creative thinking and nurture leadership abilities. Food gardens are another great activity for school students. These are said to improve test scores of students by up to 15 per cent. The Kitchen Garden initiative by the NSW Government is said to lower energy wastage by cutting out the need for the transportation of food to schools. It also encourages sustainable practices among students in the future and encourages healthier food choices. Sustainability is here to stay. Be a worker for a better future by taking up one of the many courses available for the new green jobs. n Edoardo Mesiti This is how Caroline rolls Peddling funds With lingering concerns regarding the NSW Government's proposal to enforce extra punitive measures on cyclists, Leichhardt Council has announced they will be contributing close to $1 million in funding to cycleway upgrades in Leichhardt. The funding will be split between three different projects: widening the existing cycle path along Hawthorne Canal, improvements to the light rail overpass on Catherine Street and a new separated bike path along Lilyfield Rd leading from Iron Cove to the ANZAC Bridge. Deputy Mayor of Leichhardt, Daniel Kogoy, said committing funds to bike paths encourages more people to cycle more often. Five Dock Violinist plays in the House Five Dock’s busiest violinist, producer and production coordinator Victoria Jacono-Gilmovic will be performing her masterpiece at the Sydney Opera House this Sunday. Wild Swans is an all-age friendly (five years plus) concert suite that revives the tale of neglected princess Elise and her expedition to find her eleven brothers, driven away by their malicious stepmother. She encounters eleven swans who aid her voyage. The story is narrated by Amanda Muggleton, who will deliver the enchanting mystery of Hans Christian Andersen's tale over a stirring score. Victoria and her accomplice, pianist John Martin, have taken Elena Kats-Chernin’s Wild Swans concert suite and revamped it to make an even more exhilarating arrangement. Victoria has been playing violin consistently since she was six years of age. Not only is Victoria involved musically within the production, she has taken on a coordinating role. “I perform in the show as the violinist but before that I had to work with the other musicians and director to create the show from scratch. I had to book the Opera House and I’ve been behind the production, the marketing, and pretty much been hands on with everything.” She has put the show together while also being a mum and running a business. “I have taken on a lot of commitments but I wouldn’t change a thing. I am very lucky that I have a great team behind me… I have a lot of support from my family. It wouldn’t be possible without them.” This is Victoria’s first show at the Sydney Opera House. n For tickets visit sydneyoperahouse. com/whatson/wild_swans.aspx A Five Dockian swanning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Council Leichhardt Council are looking for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander volunteers to join a consultative committee to the council. Residents, local organisations and stakeholders with a commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues are also welcome to participate. Leichhardt Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee (LATSIC) was created to work on significant projects such as recording life histories, create signage that recognises Aboriginal heritage and form connections between LGA residents. If you are interested in joining the committee contact Leichhardt's Aboriginal Programs Officer at or 9367 9246. BEE ACTIVE PERSONAL TRAINING With Bee Active Personal Training Bee Active Personal Training has been recognised as the Best Fitness Centre in the Inner West with a team of nationally recognised personal trainers including the Australian Fitness Network’s Trainer of the Year in 2015. Unlike other personal training studios with cookie cutter programs that fail to deliver lasting results, our clients say they most love the way they’re cared for by a team of coaches who understand their unique goals and challenges, and deliver personalised training programs in a motivating, supportive, and fun environment that you’ll love. 41.8 kilos lost in under 7 months Special Offer No joining fee when you mention this ad 10 Level 1, 48-62 Majors Bay Rd, Concord (above Coles) Call BEE ACTIVE on 8765 1628 or visit What sets you apart from other fitness services? Bee Active Personal Training has been recognized as the Best Fitness Centre in the Inner West with a team of nationally recognized personal trainers including the Australian Fitness Network’s Trainer of the Year in 2015. Unlike other personal training studios with cookie cutter programs that fail to deliver lasting results, our clients say they most love the way they’re cared for by a team of coaches who understand their unique goals and challenges, and deliver personalised training programs in a motivating, supportive, and fun environment our clients love. We offer Personal Training and Small Group Training in a very convenient and well equipped gym plus 11 Bootcamp sessions each week. Our 7am Saturday Bootcamp is a free community Bootcamp where clients, their friends and the general public are welcome to join in for free. Our other services include Nutrition Consultations and Exercise Physiology to help clients improve their quality and enjoyment of life. What are your goals as a fitness institution for the year ahead? We are celebrating Bee Active’s fifth birthday at our Concord studio this year. We will be initiating new training service options to continue to help even more locals be healthy, be motivated and Bee Active. n Bee Active Level 1, 48-62 Majors Bay Rd, Concord 8765 1628 visit


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$1,000 rebate for owner occupied home loans* RAMS offers flexible, competitive and innovative solutions to suit a wide range of home loan needs. First home or next home, RAMS can help. Rebate Offer Details • $1,000 Rebate for owner occupied home loans $150,000+ • Apply by 31 August 2015 and settle by 30 November 2015 RAMS Home Loan Centre Sydney Inner West Suite 2, 99A Great North Road, Five Dock Rebecca McFadyen – 0408 918 518 Jacki Doldissen – 0421 223 939 That should make life easier Rebecca McFadyen and Jacki Doldissen More Information: Credit criteria apply. *$1,000 rebate available on RAMS home loan products where the loan purpose is owner occupied. Available for new applications $150,000+ submitted between 29 June and 31 August 2015. Loan must settle by COB 30 November 2015. Not available for increases, variations, pre-approvals, applications submitted prior to 29 June 2015, loans that have already settled or company and trust borrowers. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Rebate is limited to one payment per application. RAMS Home Loan Centre Sydney Inner West is owned and operated by 11PM Financial Services Pty Ltd ACN 602 543 966. Credit Provider & issuer of RAMS Deposit Products: Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141 AFSL and Australian credit licence 233714. 15542/0715 LO LO B L US BU SIIN A L N C A C S ES ES AW A WA R D S ARDS INNER WEST INNER WEST 2015 2015 LO L A C BUSIN E 2015 3


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in the kitchen Spiced Pickled Fennel  with Olivia Mackay, n www.scoffandquaff. With a delicate balance of sweet, tangy, warm and spicy, this pickle is a great way of making an inexpensive seasonal vegetable into a beautiful side dish. The fennel doesn’t sweeten and mellow the way it does when roasted, but instead transforms into something light and refreshing, perfect served alongside rich dishes like roast pork or paired with a salty cheese. When slicing your fennel, you always end up with some slices a bit thicker than others, pack these at the bottom of your jar. These are eaten last and therefore have the longest to pickle – they’ll be perfect by the time you get to them! Wine with Winsor n Leeuwin Estate 2014 Siblings Sauvignon Blanc Semillon The wines from Leeuwin Estate are always excellent – but are sometimes priced so they can only be enjoyed on special occasions. This is one of the entry level wines from the benchmark Western Australian producer and comes with a bright new label. One for those who enjoy zingy, zesty fruit-driven styles with some elegance. A great companion for seafood dishes. $22.50. Refreshing white Method 1. Wash a canning jar (the kind with the rubber seal) in hot soapy water and rinse well. 2. Wash fennel and cut away any bruises or bad spots. Reserve some of the delicate fronds if you wish to include them to boost the licorice flavour of your pickle. Slice bulb into very thin rings. 3. Carefully slice a piece of thin peel from the skin of the orange, avoiding the white pith, then cut into strips. 4. Thinly slice the chilli on an angle, discarding the seeds. 5. Pack your jar with a third of the sliced fennel, then add some of the strips of orange rind, chilli and fronds (if using). Repeat until all the ingredients have been used up then pack it down with a clean spoon. 6. Bring the water, vinegar, salt, and sugar to a boil. Pour into the jar, making sure that the fennel is completely covered. 7. Seal the jar and allow to cool. Keep in the fridge and use within two weeks. Risque rosé Luna Rosa 2015 Rosado Wines don’t come much younger or fresher than this racy little number from the Cumulus brand, made from grapes grown in the Central Ranges of NSW. Bottled just a few weeks ago, this blend of merlot, shiraz and mourvedre is brisk and refreshing with vibrant strawberry and cherry fruit flavours and a few grams of residual sugar to give it lift. This lighter-style blush coloured rosé, mimicking the wines of Portugal, is lovely when chilled. $16. Is your fennel in a pickle, or slightly ajar? Ingredients • 1 bulb of fennel • 1 orange • 1 red chilli (cayenne pepper chillies are ideal) • 1 cup white vinegar • 1 cup water • 1 tablespoon seasalt • 1 teaspoon sugar Red treat McHenry Hohnen 2013 Rocky Road Shiraz Sometimes wines - like athletes - are right in the zone; and that is certainly the case with this brilliantly balanced shiraz from Margaret River in Western Australia, a region that is much better known for its cabernets. Made from fruit grown on the McHenry and Hohnen families’ own vineyards this has concentrated dark fruit flavours, plenty of line and length and some silky soft texture on the finish. A ripper. $25. At the markets n Fruit: Blood oranges and ruby navel oranges have arrived to grocers this week, and those other round, red fruits (true fact), tomatoes, are currently great value. Hold on to any avocados you have in your fruit bowl as avo prices are greening again. however, usual staples such as broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers and eggplants are experiencing a price surge. Time to get creative! n Veggies: A huge variety of vegetables are available at the moment, There will be blood LO L BUSIN CA S ES 2015 AW ARDS INNER WEST Can San Valentino in Haberfield get any sweeter? San Valentino As the winner of 2015’s Inner West Local Business Awards Best New Business, San Valentino has Haberfield locals celebrating the pride of having the hottest new thing in their area! Located right in the heart of Haberfield, San Valentino is an al fresco patisserie that provides nothing other than the best and most authentic tastes of traditional Italy. Owner and operator John Colacicco prides himself on having all of the chefs at San Valentino originate from Italy, specifically Puglia along the nation’s southern coast, and specialising in food unique to the region. This includes a wide variety of breads, cakes, gelato and savoury dishes. While Haberfield and the surrounding suburbs certainly do not lack for Italian eateries, it is no surprise that many people from all across the Inner West have been flocking to San Valentino in the brief time that it has been open. Whether you are in for a casual meal or to pick up a delicious dessert for that special occasion, this cafe and patisserie really has something to please all and the organic coffee shipped directly from Italy is simply to die for. They 12 also cook and bake all their produce on the premises and serve it fresh from the oven, just like Mamma used to make. This seems like the perfect recognition for John Colacicco, who has lived in the Haberfield area for his entire life, as not only does it demonstrate the fantastic contribution he has made to the community he loves, it also shows the success of the philosophy behind San Valentino. When first founded, the idea of this eatery was to spread the taste of traditional Italy to any and all and it’s impossible to say that this has not been achieved. With such a wonderful range of traditional delights, from sweet little cannoli to authentic fare like antipasto to lighter meals such as a delicious foccacia with freshly cut cured meat, San Valentino is the perfect choice for any type of meal and a sure delight for any who are yet to visit. As it has been for generations, all their food and produce is made by and, as their name suggests, with a healthy dose of love. n San Valentino 199 Ramsay Street, Haberfield, 2045 Ph: 9799 9799 Web: LO BUSIN L A C 2015 LO L BUSIN CA S ES AW ARDS INNER WEST E 2015


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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 79cents/kg Carrots Sandhurst Anchovies 100gms Mortadella Bertocchi, plain or peppered 2 for $5 $8.99/kg 99 cents/kg $1.49/kg Mandarins Zarotti fillets of tuna 200gms Bananas^ $2.99 each Rocca gnocchi 3 for $5 Primo prosciutto $24.99/kg Swiss cheese $9.99/kg Cashiers and Deli operators wanted Enquire within, ask for Maria *Specials until Wednesday 22nd of July Bananas until end Sunday 19th of July


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n FEATURE Soon to be on the calendar are workshops on fermenting kombucha (and other cultured edibles). Lara says this collaboration with the local community was always part of their vision. Wild Kombucha is also about keeping the environment healthy. “We’re very much about supporting the concept of sustainability,” Matt says. They have specifically made their glass, take-away bottles so that they can be returned and refilled with their different Kombucha flavours, or one of their seasonal blends, such as spicy cayenne and turmeric or nettle and rosella. For more info visit: F e r m e n t i n g a community The king of culture Mishae Bailitis, creator of The Culture Guys, makes a traditional raw organic sauerkraut and his own interpretation of kimchi. “I like the ginger up front but a background heat with the chilli,” Mishae says. He uses certified organic produce, which he sources locally, and a mineral rich Celtic sea salt, and then ferments the vegetables in traditional ceramic crocks. Fermented vegetables are full of living bacteria and enzymes that aid in digestion. Mishae Bailitis of our health. “When we empower ourselves to health,” she says, “we’re also reconnecting with family; building community.” “We connect to the soil because all of the sudden it becomes crucial that we’ve actually got microbes on our food. You need to ferment food that is healthy, so you start to ask questions about insecticides and what is being done,” she says. This attitude also leads us to seek out the people growing and making our food. “It’s like our whole world subtly shifts through this. It’s a gradual waking up; it’s an energising, an adventure, and it’s beautiful.” Cultured Artisan classes are available at a variety of venues in the Inner-West. fermented vegetables are full of living bacteria While the foundations of his product remain consistent, the personality transforms according to the season and produce available. “Everything varies and changes the dynamic of the kimchi, so I embrace that,” says Mishae. A surplus of chillies has resulted in an extra-spicy batch of kimchi coming up. Mishae’s own medical issues inspired his turn to fermenting. It was the first thing he found that made an immediate and significant impact on his health. “Something that makes you feel better when you’re suffering is a wonderful thing,” he says. He then decided he wanted to share this passion for fermented foods with the public through The Culture Guys. When asked about the renewed interest in cultured foods, he tells me, “Dis-ease, people not feeling well,” is what draws people to fermenting. A majority of people he’s met have some sort of gut imbalance or digestion issue, which he attributes to overuse of antibiotics, as well as pesticides on foods, knocking out our natural gut flora. “The further we move away from nature, the more we are going to suffer,” he says, noting this creates a yearning to return to health. The Culture Guys sauerkraut and kimchi are available at Orange Grove and other farmers markets. Learn more at: Bobbi Lewin lifts the lid on a new artisanal community growing in the Inner West. These so-called ‘fermentos’ are not afraid to let the good things grow.     Great-grandma didn’t know what a probiotic was, but when she lifted the lid from the sauerkraut crock, she knew by the pungent, earthy aroma when it was ready, and that it was good for her family. Almost all traditional cultures fermented various foods as a means of preservation, or to make alcohol. Lacto-fermentation goes back to the earliest agricultural societies, who dug pits in the earth, lined them with leaves and filled them with vegetables, grains, meat, tubers and other foods. In this anaerobic environment, the good bacteria (mostly lactobacillus) already present in the foods breaks down sugars present and produces lactic acid, which prevents the food from rotting. Crocks and jars of European sauerkraut, Korean kimchi and Mexican posole are all examples of lacto-fermentation. Cultured dairy products such as milk kefir from the Caucasus Mountains and yoghurt from South-Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean all contain lactobacillus. Kombucha, from ancient China, and water kefir or tibicos, from Mexico, are both fermented, non-alcoholic (less than 1/2-1%) beverages. These traditional fermented foods all provided probiotics: good bacteria that are beneficial to our health. However, with the advent of modern means of food preservation, fermented foods fell out of favour. Today, a community of health-conscious people are bringing back the culture of fermenting, a culture which is bubbling over in Sydney’s Inner West. Kombucha from the heart Matt and Lara Ball create their signature Wild Kombucha at the Kombucha Bar & Art-FoodMedicine Collaboratory in Leichhardt. “It’s a living drink,” Matt tells me, a mix of green and black tea and raw organic cane sugar, fermented with a mother culture. (This is called a SCOBY: symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Kombucha has experienced a huge resurgence in recent years. Devotees of the beverage swear by its benefits for the digestive system. Matt and Lara tell me that the Wild Kombucha brand is about more than just kombucha. “It’s a fun, different aspect … not just a bottle off the shelf,” Matt says. “It’s about the experience.” The experience is not only enjoying a healthful, energising beverage, but one of community. The Parramatta Road store the kombucha is brewed in is also a tasting bar, with kombucha on tap, and a space where local fermenters can collaborate and support each other. In this oasis, Matt and Lara also host pop-up food events, pairing kombucha with the food menu. All natural preservation Creating with probiotics I first encountered Cultured Artisans a couple months ago when they sold me a lively kombucha SCOBY. Gillian Kozicki discovered the importance of probiotics while studying on a permaculture farm in Tennessee. There she met fermentation guru Sandor Katz, who spoke of the interconnection of our guts to the soil and the importance of ensuring our continued health, through sharing the lost art of fermenting. Gillian came back to Australia and, after much more learning, realised she had to bring her passion for empowering people with these skills to the broader community. Cultured Artisan classes teach what Gillian refers to as the ‘pillars’ of fermented foods: milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha and fermented and brined vegetables. Because we’ve become unaccustomed to the strong flavours of ferments, Gillian is committed to a gentle approach in re-introducing people to these foods. She explained to me how you can entice people into trying fermented foods by using colour and flavour, such as making sweet or savoury dips from milk kefir, mild traditional sauerkraut or a sweet kraut using apples and juniper berries. You can use fruit in water kefir to lure children off sugary soft drinks. Gillian’s relaxed approach shows people that the skills our grandparents honed are easy and accessible, and can fit into individual schedules and budgets. Gillian explains that by bringing fermented foods back into our diets, we are taking control What is Fermentation? According to fermentation expert, Sandor Katz, “Fermentation is the transformation of food by various bacteria, fungi and the enzymes they produce.” Over time, people have learned to use this process to preserve food, make it more digestible, more delicious, and in some cases, less toxic. The fermenting process preserves vitamins and minerals, and in some cases creates new nutrients, such as B vitamins formed when fermenting beer, soy sauce, and some grains. The sauerkraut Captain Cook fed to his crew kept them free of scurvy because of its high vitamin C content. A third of the world’s diet is fermented.  Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cheese, vinegar, soy sauce, miso, olives, some teas, corned beef, pastrami, prosciutto, salami are all fermented foods. Making probiotics a priority If you are unaccustomed to a probiotic diet, introduce these foods slowly, starting with just 1-2 teaspoons a day and increase this as your body adjusts. Feed the probiotics with prebiotics such as undigestible carbohydrates found in onions, garlic, asparagus, whole wheat, and leafy greens. A diet high in refined carbohydrates causes a proliferation of unhealthy gut bacteria. It’s a brew-mance 14 Gillian Kozicki


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