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FREE Life in the Inner West! Issue 263 | July 31st 2015 Why butts are still a burning issue WIN! Last Cab to Darwin Yellamundie Festival SYO Toddler Proms TIX: Work up a sweat in Five Dock Kidnapping Mr. Heineken e Inner We Distribute st! d in Leichh ardt, Annan Petersham dale, , Stanmore , Newtown Balmain, D , rummoyn e, Haberfiel Rozelle, Fiv d , e Dock, Co ncord, & more is all over th DVDs: Meet the James Bond of Great North Road! Do it italian Style Bilingual crooner Alfredo Malabelo presented by Club Five Dock RSL. Photo: Ben Cregan All the fun with la famiglia at Ferragosto! Join us for a great day out at A festival of Italian culture! www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au Ferragosto! Sunday, 16 August Bay A City of Canada Council event! Great North Road Five Dock 10am-4pm Proudly presented by: Ferragosto Major Sponsors: Also proudly supported by: Canterbury BMW Driving Strong Relationships

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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Canada Bay council goes west - Steezy Albanese – Small World Bay Council has submitted a plan to merge with Auburn and Burwood Councils to form the Sydney Olympic Park City Council. This proposal is in conflict with Fit for the Future recommendations that Canada Bay Council merge with Leichhardt, Burwood, Marrickville, Ashfield and Strathfield Councils to form a 300,000 resident mega council. Canada Bay Council’s decision to go west reflects the Council’s recent focus on the Rhodes peninsula, it could also be Mayors Angelo Tsirekas and John Faker’s plan to win back Auburn City Council to the Labor side, which currently has an ALP minority despite sitting within historical Labor heartland. Submissions closed on July 31st with announcements expected in September/October. l Former Deputy PM and Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese probably woke up with a slight headache this morning after slamming the decks all of last night at the l Canada WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul Latte Leftie counsels forcing progressive political activism upon your children if they fail to embrace it of their own accord. Dear LL – At the risk of coming across as some jowly, beetroot-faced, hate media op-ed columnist I’ve got to ask: what’s wrong with kids today? Or, more precisely, what is wrong with my child? It seems you can’t switch on Q&A or pick up a Fairfax broadsheet without encountering some ten-year-old’s cri de coeur about how they’ve got two mummies and are sad they can’t be joined in holy matrimony. Or they’re upset because they’ve got some Mongoloid reffo school chum Scott Morrison wants to ship back to Somalia. Or they’re angry because they’ve heard Tony Abbott ritually sacrifices small children during Opus Dei ceremonies presided over by that albino monk from The Da Vinci Code. As if his heteronormativity and gender inflexibility wasn’t disappointing enough, I’ve also had to deal with my own ten-year-old showing no interest in politics despite being subjected to an unrelenting diet of Radio National, Insiders and bien pensant dinner party conversation. How can I raise his consciousness beyond cartoons, action toys and playing backyard cricket with his similarly disengaged peer group? Ashton, Ashfield LL replies: At the risk of sounding like one of those pearly toothed, American motivational speakers, I’ve got to say to you: fake it till you make it. Or, more precisely, make your kid fake it. Drag him along to Ultimo next Monday and inform him he’s grounded for life unless he reads out a question you’ve prepared. If you want to make sure your sprog’s query gets the nod from the Q&A producers I’d suggest he puts in a heartfelt performance stating the following: “If my parents knew what a pintsized reactionary I was going to be they would have had me aborted. Why does Tony Abbott hate abortions and renewable energy and gay people and women and science and puppy dogs? He makes me wet my bed in terror.” ADVERTISING Sonya Madden sonya@ciaomagazine.com.au Newtown Social Club. Albo took up a gig to raise some moula for Reclink, a community organisation that hosts recreational programs for people with disabilities. Based on his previous DJing forays, we guess that Albo whipped out a few Aussie rockers, some indie favourites and likely finished with Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’, the song of the revolution. l Young Henry’s Small World Festival that started last year in Marrickville has been picked up by the Sydney Fringe Festival and moved to a bigger and greener location in Sydney Park for this September. The line-up largely features up and coming local artists Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders, DZ Deathrays, and All our exes live in Texas. For all your local muso stalking needs before the festival, hang out on the south end of King St where Jack Ladder’s ladder-like physique can be frequently spotted from a mile away. JOURNALIST Max Kobras max@ciaomagazine.com.au JOURNALIST Kassia Aksenov kassia@ciaomagazine.com.au FOOD Melissa Leong info@ciaomagazine.com.au LOCAL history Rosebank College Garden The image above depicts some of students of Rosebank College tending to the flowers for which their school is named. The extensive bank of roses that surrounds the property dates back to the 1840s, thus predating the school itself, established in 1877. In 1893 the school assumed the title of ‘College’ and established its reputation as a premier educational institution. Rosebank has been, for the majority of its history, a girls school, having only introduced co-education for Years 11 and 12 in 1986 and extending that through Year 7 since 2009. The school has been heritage listed for its Victorian Gothic architecture. WINE Winsor Dobbin info@ciaomagazine.com.au ART DIRECTOR Paden Hunter paden@ciaomagazine.com.au Some fragrant specimens n Email your dilemma to info@ciaomagazine.com.au. Things we love: Maria Mirarchi of Five Dock fatto a mano (handmade) this crossstitched replica of Da Vinci’s Last Supper. The image hangs proudly above her bed. Maria has lived in Five Dock for 43 years with her husband but still knows a thing or two about la vita Italiana. Apart from knitting and crocheting many of her own blankets and throws, as well as her nipoti’s (grandchildren’s) jumpers, Maria also tends to a verdant vegetable orchard in her front yard, which currently is bearing mandarins and leafy greens. She can also make a mean taralli! EDITORIAL Phoebe Moloney phoebe@ciaomagazine.com.au Contributors: Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Millie Cotes Publisher: Sonia Komaravalli 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 info@ciaomagazine.com.au (02) 9518 3696. 0402 202 951 – Sonya 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Alfredo Malabello, bilingual crooner, will be performing at this year’s Ferragosto. Presented by Club Five Dock. Thanks to Ottimo House, Five Dock. Image: Ben Cregan It’s a stitch up! C!ao’s voice In • Codral • Fingerless gloves • Walking from Marrickville to Homebush. It’s beautiful! • Oranges are truly delish at the moment • Baking things, your friends will love you • Sfogliatelli from Tamborino Out • Puppy boasting • Decorative holes in jumpers; why? • The musical coordinator of MasterChef. Making any activity without a riveting soundtrack unbearable. • The fire at Kelly’s Pub in Newtown. They won’t be open for a while. C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West! 4

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Sunday August 16th brings us Five Dock’s most exciting festival. Message from the Mayor Ferragosto is one of Sydney’s favourite annual Italian festivals, brought to you by the City of Canada Bay council. Spread across four stages there will be a delightful mix of Italian, local and kids’ entertainment as well as incredible cooking demonstrations. Ferragosto attendees are encouraged to participate in the festivities, with gelato and pizza eating competitions, mask making, photo lanes as well as performers, rides, 160 stalls and so much more.  Ferragosto is on Great North Road, Five Dock on Sunday, 16 August from 10am-4pm. For more information visit: www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au. Secret ingredients Ferragosto è qui! what’s new to Ferragosto in 2015 FerraSagra This year FerraSagra will offer a range of wine tasting as well as a full bar service to the patrons. In addition to this, delicious Italian food will be served at the FerraSagra. FerraCinema Welcome to Ferragosto 2015! This year’s Ferragosto promises to be another fantastic day celebrating Italian culture as Five Dock comes alive with the taste of Italy! Join us on Sunday August 16th from 10am to 4pm to enjoy an exciting range of live entertainment from music, dancing and martial arts. See celebrity chef Darren Robertson and local chefs showcase their talent and sample delicious food and wine. Classic Italian cars and bikes return, have a go at a pizza or gelato eating competition and there’s lots of fun for the kids! We are proud that we are once again bringing Ferragosto to our community using green fuel to deliver a carbon-neutral event. There is so much to see and do for the whole family. I look forward to seeing you on Great North Road, Five Dock for a great day out. n Mayor Angelo Tsirekas The St Albans Church grounds will be converted into an outdoor cinema. The transformed movie theatre will be screening Italian classics throughout the day for attendees to sit and view at their leisure. This is all brought to you by Birkenhead Point outlet centre. Eat till you drop Chef Darren Robertson Car, Bike and Scooter display The Italian car and bike display will be bigger and more impressive this year featuring a collection of new model cars, motorbikes and scooters. Celebrity chef Darren Robertson of Three Blue Ducks Join celebrity chef Darren Robertson at this year’s Ferragosto festival as he shows us how to cook amazing food and eat sustainably. In 2011, Darren and a group of friends opened Three Blue Ducks in Bronte. Armed with the philosophy to deliver great food while reducing their carbon footprint wherever possible, they established a vegetable garden on the rooftop and chickens onsite to supply the restaurant. Darren’s commitment to sustainable food practices and a strong grow-it-local mission has seen him recently open Three Blue Ducks at The Farm, Byron Bay, an 86 acre green space offering a unique farm-to-table dining experience. The chef, television presenter and author says, “The Three Blue Ducks philosophy is simple; growing our own food and using locally sourced ingredients, cooking from scratch and eating sustainably is our way of life.” Fancy a bikkie? SYDNEY GUITAR SCHOOL Founder and principal of Sydney Guitar School, Giuseppe Zangari, internationally acclaimed flute virtuoso Jane Rutter, City of Canada Bay Councillor Michael Megna and Wild Hearts Cafe owner Rocco at the official launch of Sydney Guitar School Image: Caterina Photography Play Guitar Now! Always wanted to play the guitar? Enjoy playing with other guitarists? Want to gain Performance Skills and Experience? Enhance your musical understanding and abilities? Sydney Guitar School provides a friendly, inclusive environment to do all the above. Our Ensemble groups are pitched at varied skill levels to suit most players, and our broad repertoire ranges from pop to classical pieces, The Beatles to Bach and everything in between. Ensemble classes are designed and run by SGS Principal, Giuseppe Zangari, a highly qualified graduate and teacher of the Sydney Conservatorium and regular performer at The Sydney Recital Hall and Sydney Opera House. Fees are competitive and represent excellent value for the highly professional tuition available. Enquiries: Giuseppe Zangari 0439 192 555 Level 1, 175 Great North Rd Five Dock info@guitarschoolsydney.com.au www.guitarschoolsydney.com.au Enjoy playing guitar with one of Australia’s most active performers and experienced guitar teachers at Sydney Guitar School. Giuseppe Zangari is one of Australia’s finest classical guitarists and teachers, having graduated with both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music from the University of Sydney. Ciao found out more in the lead up to his performance at this year’s Ferragosto. What inspired you to start Sydney Guitar School? I was inspired to start the school as I believe music plays such an important part in people’s lives. Music has given me such enjoyment I wanted to create an environment where I could share it with people in an environment that nurtures the beginnings of a lifelong musical adventure. I’ve tried to create a school that welcomes all ages, abilities and levels of players. We support and encourage each other through solo and ensemble playing and live performance. What can students expect from a course? Students can expect to have fun! We cater for a variety of levels and musical tastes. Students can have one-to-one instruction that aims to have them playing their favourite song in no time, with emphasis on a sound and solid technique. For those who want to focus further, our students can be guided towards playing in ensembles, performing at concerts, eisteddfods, 6 applying for school-music scholarships and tertiary auditions. We have two main ensemble classes that focus on a variety of styles, prepare for regular performances and on top of all, have fun! How does the study of music contribute to personal development? The study of music supports the brain for learning. Playing an instrument develops a neurocognitive skill; an executive function which allows one to focus on a topic, cognitive flexibility, memorising data, and being attentive with many ideas simultaneously are just some examples. It is imperative that these skills start in early childhood and develop through to early adulthood. Also, through music the overall sense of achievement builds confidence through many facets of life whether it being social, academic or personal. Sydney Guitar School strives to reach out to the community to introduce the beauty of music in their everyday lives. Today’s world can sometimes seem stressful and uncertain and the Sydney Guitar School believes music is a wonderful tool that brings peace, hope and happiness to our lives. Where can we see you/your ensemble play next? The Sydney Guitar Ensemble performs at Ferragosto on the music stage at 11am Sunday 16 August. For more dates please visit: www.guitarschoolsydney.com.au

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FerrACUCINA FerraCucina is one of Ferragosto’s best drawcards. This year it will run all day with local chefs joining Darren as they cook up Italian food at its best. Ferragosto will welcome back Five Dock Meat Market and newcomers Unico Ristorante, Sud and Carmel’s will be joining in the cooking demonstrations. n FerraCucina will run from FeSTIVAL MAP Fred sings both ways 10.30am at Fred Kelly Place. Ciao’s Picks This year the action will be set up over four stages; FerraMusica, FerraVariety, FerraGiovani and FerraCucina. Ciao has picked out some of the schedule that is not to be missed! 10.30am My Guitar School – FerraMusica stage 10.45am Shine Italian Dance – FerraVariety Stage 11.20am Italian Biligual Choir – FerraVariety Stage 12.25pm Last Thursday (Rosebank) – FerraMusica Stage 12.45pm Belinda’s Art of Dance – FerraGiovani Stage 1.05pm Sydney Voice Studio – FerraMusica stage 2.35pm Alfredo Malabello – FerraMusica Stage 2.45pm Coro D’Abruzzo Choir – FerraVariety Stage 3.25pm Murphey’s Puppets – FerraGiovani Stage Alfredo Malabello Ferragosto headliner and Ciao cover boy, Alfredo Malabello, spoke to us about his rewarding journey as a bilingual crooner, actor and musical connoisseur. How did your career in the music industry begin? I’m 55 and I have been in the music industry ever since I was 11 years old. My house was always full of music, my father loved to sing and my mum sung. And growing up learning how to play the accordion, my godfather would ask me to perform every Sunday. He loved the accordion. And that’s where I got my taste for performing. Your career has blossomed in the last few years, how did that happen? Well, it’s funny you know. My marriage broke up a few years ago and I have two boys and I basically looked after them. In many ways it was the best thing that happened to me because I started looking for ways to stay sane. Once a week, I would go to acting workshops. Over those two years I had shot 22 films and won some awards. At one of the film festivals the casting director for Underbelly was there and they were also auditioning for a series called Carla Cametti PD. I got the role to play Carla’s father who ran an Italian restaurant and his character sang in Italian and English in the kitchen. People’s comments were saying they liked the character I was playing and the music I was singing. And then SBS and Universal offered me the music deal, and it started like that! Can you tell us about the music you sing? All my albums are half in English and half in Italian - bossa nova, cha cha, groove, all that sort of stuff. What are your favourite songs to sing? In Italian a song I like to sing is ‘Chittarra Suona Più Piano’, and then my favourite English song is ‘Could you ever love me again’. n Alfredo will be performing at 2.35pm on the FerraMusica Stage, brought to Ferragosto 2015 by Club Five Dock RSL. Visit www.clubfivedock.com.au. You’ve got to it! be in it to wtin day tour for Enter the draw to win an eigh visiting the two in Italy, worth $5,590 by day. the on l stal ns Insight Vacatio Ferragosto! Sunday, 16 August Great North Road Five Dock 10am-4pm Visit the Insight Vacations stall at Ferragosto to enter the Join us for a great day out at A festival of Italian culture! www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au W in a n 8 d ay t o u r f o r t w o in I t a ly ! draw. Don’t miss the performance by Australia’s very own ‘Italian Son of Song’ Alfredo Malabello. Presented by Club Five Dock. Proudly presented by: Ferragosto Major Sponsors: Also proudly supported by: Like Ferragosto on Facebook Canterbury BMW Driving Strong Relationships a Bay A City of Canad Council event! 7

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n FEATURE If you are lucky or dedicated enough, you have probably seen Dykes on Bikes shredding up Oxford Street, opening Mardi Gras with leather body armour, rainbow pride and unmatchable panache. Personally, I have only ever heard the roar of their engines from behind the crush of revved-up spectators. Fiona Lamby, a year-and-a-bit member of Dykes on Bikes, says her first Mardi Gras ride required so much concentration, photographs show her frowning the whole way up Oxford Street. “It’s nothing you can be prepared for really,” she says. “The crowd is there and we are the first group they see. Everyone is cheering and yelling and wishing you the best, it’s quite overwhelming.” Channel Ten executive and President of Dykes on Bikes, Manda Hatter, smiles in memory of the ride, “It’s exhilarating and there is a feeling of community spirit and strength; you just feel empowered.” While it is a tradition that Dykes on Bikes Sydney open the annual celebrations on Oxford Street, (leading the parade in what is actually a difficultly slow ride) Oxford Street is not the only road the Sydney contingent of Dykes on Bikes ride up. The group, with over 200 members, enjoy at least two formerly organised meetings together each month, including learner rides, weekend getaways, charity events, and even, President Hatter tells me, group rides to go and indulge in gelato or a spot of High Tea. Dykes on Bikes (or DOB) also, more often than not, find themselves in the Inner West – particularly in Five Dock where Dykes on Bikes, perhaps surprisingly, has been an auxiliary group of the local RSL for over five years. “The Inner West is the spiritual home of Dykes on Bikes Sydney. It’s been great being part of that community.” “The club is absolutely community minded and has a great community spirit,” Hatter says. Catherine Lewis, the coordinator of the Sports and Auxiliaries at Club Five Dock RSL, says that the partnership between the RSL (whose auxiliaries also include Five Dock FC, Balmain Junior Touch and Five Dock Junior League Club ) and DOB sprung from recognition of crossover between membership in the two clubs. “We wanted to address the balance of supporting male and female community activities,” Lewis says. For the first time, a squadron of 15 bikes from DOB participated in the RSL’s ANZAC commemorations this year, leading the parade to Five Dock Park. The group also won the Best Dressed Award at Club Five Dock’s auxiliary dinner event for a second year in a row. “This year at the Auxiliary dinner we also came one person short of beating the Five Dock Orchard Society for Best Attendance,” Hatter says. She puts on a faux grimace, “Next year we are coming after the Orchard Society!” Club Five Dock RSL contributes to the group by providing them with a free meeting space, DOB tee shirts and safety training sessions. A big focus of Dykes on Bike’s work, which the club supports, is fundraising. This year Manda Hatter (right) with other beaming bikers Fiona Lamby on her Yamaha Virago, named Priscilla Post-biking bonding at the Auxiliary Dinner ARMOUR A mutually beneficial relationship has formed between Sydney’s most iconic women’s motorbike group and Five Dock RSL, Phoebe Moloney writes. one, was something I hadn’t done in years.” Lamby had grown up messing around on dirt bikes and motorbikes with her brother, but hadn’t ridden for over 25 years. Fiona’s first interactions with DOB were positively unexpected, to say the least. Within seconds of meeting her, one of the members offered to check out the bike Fiona was considering buying the next day. “They tyres weren’t pumped up properly, so she just she said, ‘I’ll take it to a petrol station and pump your tyres,’ and on the ways she rang to check the registration was legitimate, to make sure it wasn’t stolen,” Lamby says. “All that stuff she didn’t have to do, she really went out of her way.” DOB hopes to raise between $2000 to $3000 for LGBTQI advocacy organisations, Gay and Lesbian Rights Association and The Pinnacle Foundation. Every Christmas, DOB also organise a toy and food drive for animals staying in pounds and shelters over summer. Charity work and rider safety are two facets of DOB’s activities that remain little known among Sydneysiders, who might have caught the group’s tail lights or utilised the so-called ‘GayTM’ dedicated to Dykes on Bikes during Mardi Gras season this year. The group also provides a unique socialising space for women who ride. Fiona Lamby, a music therapist and recruitment and training manager, joined the group a year and a half ago hoping to rekindle a forgotten passion. “I was single, 40 and wanting to make a change and do something different. It was a selfrealisation that most of the time I would either walk into a room and know everyone there or walk into a group and be in charge of everyone there. But joining a group where I knew no - S I S T E R S I N - Over the past year and a half Fiona Lamby has ridden the Mardi Gras run and has also formed significant friendships within the club, including meeting her current partner. “There is certainly a group of friends who are very close and like family to me,” she says. “I know I could call them in an emergency at any time of night. The expectation would be that I do call them, that’s how good they are. They are really great people.” President Manda Hatter, who has been a member of DOB since 1983, also speaks of a family existing among the network of women riders, as well as an inherited history of social change. “We are who we are, we are proud of who we are, and that’s something people in our own club have had to fight for,” Hatter says. “The older generation paved the way and it’s incredibly important for us, having pride in who we are, and what we do. And being part of that club is… freedom.” Hatter hopes in the future Dykes on Bikes will become a bigger and more important part of the Inner West and Sydney local community in general. “Yeah,” she says, “I think they’re getting used to us being here.” n Dykes on Bikes Black and White Ball takes place on September 19th at Marrickville Bowling Club with all proceeds going to The Pinnacle Foundation and the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby. For more information go to www.dykesonbikessydney.org.au Dykes on Bikes Sydney began partly to patrol Oxford St to prevent gay bashings. DOB President Manda Hatter, says attention to safety is an attitude that still comes through the group today. Here are some DOB safety tips for motorcyclists. Safety tips for new riders • When riding on a new bike test the clutch friction point a few times before riding because every bike’s will be different. • Try to be as present in the moment as possible by paying attention to everything around you, in front, behind and beside you. You need to be alert and let go of other thoughts in your head. • Fiona Lamby also recommends checking out the learner and advanced motorbike courses held by HART and Stay Upright. www.ciaomagazine.com.au 9 • When first riding, ride in an area that you already know. Perhaps drive around the route you want to take in your car, checking for any obstructions, before having a go on your bike. • When turning on your motorcycle, turn your head in the direction you want to go in. • Make sure you keep your head up, rather than looking at the speedometer for too long.

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COFFEE Coffee is an Inner West staple. Without it our engines are all likely to stop. Thankfully there are some lovely drops in darling Dully. The Graff Caff This café is popular among the locals for its homemade cakes, pastries, muffins and brownies. The café is inspired by street art and often showcases edgy local artists. Coffee1st Coffee 1st Beyond being a desirable innerSydney suburb, Dulwich Hill has always been an area much marked by the passions of its entrepreneurial locals, especially those who were gastronomically minded. Dulwich Hill’s foodie focus extends from a history of commercial cultivation in the area. Terrace Street is named after the farming technique introduced by the Chinese families in the 1870’s when parts of Dulwich Hill were extensive market gardens. Now the buzz is testament to its rich cultural history. The lasting presence of Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Lebanese and Vietnamese communities in the area is evident in Dully’s impressive array of local food destinations. This spot is famous for having a great breakfast and good vegan and gluten free options on the menu. The coffee is “1st class”, with an interesting dirty chai, which mixes a bit of cinnamon into your coffee. FernandEs Patisserie Carlos and Fernanda Fernandes have created an extraordinary patisserie shop. You can always enjoy brioche smothered in syrup, egg custard and cinnamon, almond-meal slice or sweet pumpkin delights. They are most famous for their delicious Portuguese tarts but be warned, be quick! Campos Cafe A Campos devotee? Fear not, Dulwich Hill has you covered. Campos coffee lovers know that Campos baristas undergo intensive training and are specifically trained in making Campos coffee. This lovely cafe serves outstanding coffee with perfect latte art and….. cronuts! Abla’s Patisserie Abla specialises in Lebanese pastry with the greatest variety, sweetest rose syrup and most delicate pastry you’ll find in the whole of the Inner West. Among many things on the menu are: Baklava drizzled in syrup, ashtar filled Damascus rose and crunchy spring rolls filled with finely ground pistachios. The Valley Jack and the Beanstalk With a cake-baking legacy that goes back to 1972, this enticing cafe dishes up clever breakfast combos named after children’s nursery rhymes and stories. Try the “Green eggs ‘n ham” or the “gold-i-locks,” served with bacon or strawberries, golden maple syrup and mixed berry compote. This Lebanese bakery is a hidden little gem in Dulwich Hill. The Valley is a super popular joint that is well known for serving an interesting mix of Italian and Lebanese styles and flavours. Their bases are served thin in traditional Italian style and the menu ranges from the delicious classic of garlic mushroom to the Middle Eastern twist of haloumi and fetta. The Sweet Stuff Dulwich Hill is renowned for its world class desserts. Set aside an afternoon to put down your worries and sample the best sweet stuff in town. With seven different patisseries and bakeries, all scrumptious, you’ll need to ditch the calorie counter and just surrender to pure indulgence. Strawberry Fields Patisserie Strawberry Fields Patisserie owner and patissier, Simon Bimson is a French trained baker and pastry chef. He has recently won 6 awards at the Royal Easter Show for treats like “She’s my cherry pie” and “Banana and macadamia muffins. Locals get in early to get the good stuff. Cakes and Creams Filled with decadent delights, Cakes and Creams is a bakehouse that produces quality custom made cakes for all occasions. While filled with pastries and cute cakes, this place is not just for sweet tooths. Check out their savoury pies (both meat and vegetarian) and award winning beef pie (Great Aussie Pie Competition). Bar Valente Delicious panini, coffee and breakfast with perfect eggs, Bar Valente dishes up great food with a friendly smile and great prices. 10

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‘ PROVIDORES Luigis Bakery This Italian bakery is famous for its fresh, daily-baked bread. The bakery offers a selection of mouth-watering and unique breads, such as fresh ciabatta, polenta bread and bread rings coated in semolina. The best time to visit this bakery is in the early hours of the morning when the smell of baking goodies fills the kitchen and spills out onto the street. Want more on Dulwich HilL? • Stay tuned as Ciao presents Dulwich Hill’s Hair and Beauty Special on August 28th and Professional Services Special on September 25th. • Dulwich Hill Fair is on Sunday September 13th. For more info see www.marrickville. nsw.gov.au/dulwichhillvillagefair. • Tomorrow’s Dulwich Hill is the development of a ten-year place plan that will seek input from Dulwich Hill residents, community members, and stakeholders. See more at www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au. Long Black ORGANIC Cafe Having recently changed hands, this health focussed cafe captures the perfect balance of wholefoods, yummy foods and great coffee. With freshly baked muffins, wholesome burgers and a menu focused on in-season products, the cafe is a local favourite. Gourmet Meats A gourmet butchery that is passionate about organic, free range and grass fed meat. They’re popular amongst Dulwich hill locals for their fresh produce and great cuts of meat. They like to experiment with gourmet foods and produce their own savoury treats like their chutneys or spinach and ricotta pastries. The Larder A family owned food store that stocks products from all around the world. Their focus is on fine cheeses, but they also offer a range of international honeys, conserves, pastas, chutneys and much more. They also hold ‘Brasserie Bread” a well-known sourdough cut that is baked fresh and delivered every day. They pride themselves on stocking fine produce that is hard to find anywhere else. Restaurants Hub House This is a trendy diner that looks like it belongs in the narrow streets of Surry Hills. They offer a delicious menu and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu is inspired by American diner food, featuring ribs, burgers and a range of delicious sliders. Gino and Mary’s This is a traditional Italian deli with fresh breads, gourmet meats and cheeses and authentic Italian service. Locals rave about the (non-gourmet) prices and great flavours. Cyclops Pizzeria Asian for Groceries Empire café Empire café boasts the best coffee in Sydney, let alone Dulwich Hill. The only place in the suburbs where you are able to find the Arabic bean coffee from Columbia. They offer an amazing menu for breakfast and lunch and are situated on Marrickville road, right in the centre of Dulwich Hill’s restaurant and commercial district. Asian for Groceries is your one stop shop for Indian groceries. They have a great range of herbs, curry powders and curry mixes to help bring a blast of Mumbai to your dinner, as well as a delicious range of ready-made meals for the less brave. Known for signature pizzas like their Beef Delight, BBQ Meat, and Chicken Thai Mango, Cyclops also serve hearty traditional pizzas like Margarita, Aussie, Napoli, Americana, and Vegetarian. Moons Fresh Sushi Fresh and made to order, this Sushi place has been rated highly by Ciao’s own recipe writer. Hot dishes like “Katsu Don” are also a hit. IZMIR DELICATESSAN Famous for tasty and fresh homemade dips, scrumptious homemade food, traditional Turkish dishes, the main ones being cacik (garlic yoghurt dip), roasted eggplant dip, capsicum dip and babaganoush, Izmir is also a good place for exotic cheeses. A community independent grocer that stocks all your favourite brands for household goods at great prices. More Rice Thai Modest surrounds with fresh authentic Thai dishes. Like most Thai restuarants service and ambience are lovely. Miss Hu Vietnamese IGA Cheap and cheerful with traditional Vietnamese staples. MICK’S MEATS A wide selection of your favourite meats. DULWICH HILL KEBAB / LITTLE PORTUGAL CHAWK BAZAAR Halal specialists. Don’t forget Dulwich Hill also has a selection of fresh fruit and vegetable shops like Country Fresh and Sentas, plus lots of fresh bread made daily. A chicken shop and kebab house in one. With fresh pides, bread and a tasty selection of fresh dips including favourites like baba ganoush, tabouli and hommus, you can grab a bite to eat in or out. Oricco Succulent chicken that is beautifully melded with spices and just a touch of heat. Swan Chinese Good place to get a cheap and reliable feed. Their healthy portions are hard to finish for most. THE GENERAL Dulwich Hill’s newest addition. The General is both an eatery and supply shop with a simple formula that is produce driven with sharing in mind. Be one of the first to visit! Minh Vietnamese The Banh Xeo is the main drawcard here, deliciously crispy and loaded with veggies. All the Vietnamese classics will impress. J & D Charcoal Chicken CRUST GOURMET PIZZA Great BBQ chicken, fantastic old school burgers and enough chips to feed a continent. Nuff said. Freshly made pizza with healthy toppings, eat in or takeaway. How to get there: Catch the 426, and 428, from Newtown or the city. Catch the 444 and 445 from Leichhardt and Balmain. GLADSTONE HOTEL BISTRO SUN THAI Gorgeous setting and traditional pub fare. Look out for tasty chef ’s specials like pulled pork and lamb pie. Bus: Light Rail: The Dulwich Hill Line (L1) goes through Glebe, Rozelle, Leichhardt, Lewisham and Summer Hill. $5.20 adult return, (Family day pass $22). Disembark at Dulwich Grove Train: Dulwich Hill railway station is located on Wardell Road, around 1km walk from the Dulwich Hill Village. T3 Bankstown Line trains serve the station. There are frequent services from the Sydney CBD and the south-western suburbs. ($2.50 per adult on Sundays) Dulwich Hill. Enter from Seaview Street for New Canterbury Road shops and from Beach Road for the Marrickville Road cafés and eateries. Car: There are two major carparks in Your favourite Thai dishes at great prices. Bike: Although funding for the development of the Greenway corridor has been put on hold, there are still some lovely rides through to Dulwich Hill from Leichhardt and Newtown. See www.greenway.org.au/greenway-trail8/cycling Walk: Nothing like a morning stroll to get the blood pumping, with a tasty treat to reward your efforts from one of Dulwich Hill’s seven patisseries and bakeries. Lots of dog friendly outdoor areas too. 11 www.ciaomagazine.com.au 11

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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Millie Cotes Getting fit in Five Dock It’s Ferrogosto time again and we all know what that means. Yes, enjoying the rich culture that Italy has to provide but mainly consuming copious amounts of antipasti and gelato. Soon Great North Road will be filled to the brim with more than 160 stalls of Five Dock’s finest Italian produce. It’s hard not to get overly excited. Before you know it your shopping bags are overfilling with prosciutto, porchetta and olives and you're stuffing cannoli into your mouth while singing ‘Food glorious food’. Ciao’s got you covered though, with fun fitness ideas throughout the Five Dock area. These classes will have you working off those cannoli in no time, so you can treat yourself this Ferrogosto! RANT Have your kiddies got jungle fever? Bikram Yoga Joe’s Boxing club Ever since I saw Million Dollar Baby I’ve fantasised about becoming a powerful boxing champion, preferably without the quadriplegic ending. Joe’s Boxing club lets you experience the world of boxing in a safe and professional environment. You can attend the classes to get fit or really perfect your boxing style, all the while picking up some helpful self-defence lessons. Start off with a beginner’s class trial for $20, they run every Saturday at 2pm. 20/118 Queens Rd Ph: 9715 2083 Five Dock’s Hot Yoga club is said to have the best Bikram in the Inner West. While doing an eagle pose in a room heated to 40 degrees sounds like my own personal hell, apparently the benefits are aplenty. Bikram yoga boasts to help weight loss, enhance breathing and eliminate toxins from the body. All I can say is I did leave the centre feeling very refreshed, perhaps due to the fact I was drenched in my own sweat. With a drop-in class at $23 and $18 for a concession, this is one trend that’s worth a try. 156 Great North Rd Ph: 8753 0260 No one would deny that Five Dock is a very close approximation to a cultural nirvana. After all, where else can you experience the ecstasy of purchasing passata, olive oil and tonno in bulk with your Panadeine from the local pharmacy? Where else is the local library equipped with novelty hand-shaped swivel chairs? Where else are major house renovations so widespread they are an extracurricular activity taught at local public schools? That’s right, nowhere but Five Dock. Increasingly, however, Five Dock feels like the Inner West’s version of Hotel California. You can check out of Five Dock, but you can never leave. Seriously, please tell me how I can leave Five Dock. If you are not a true 'Five Dockian' you are probably thinking: “Haven't you realised your 4WD can handle the rugged terrain beyond the Catholic school drop-off zone!” But can it, really? You obviously haven't endured the permanent gridlock on Lyons Rd - it makes 'traffic jam' sound like a sweet preserved condiment. Some Five Dockians prefer the 'alternative route' around Henley Marine Drive, but then you risk being the slowest moving object on the Bay Run. And during peak hour, Ramsay Rd, Parramatta Rd and Queens Rd all look like queues outside a really cool gig; the bouncer's not letting anyone in because they've all drunk too much road rage. And take Great North Road? Pardon your cultural ignorance, but do you know why we even celebrate Ferragosto? With the road closed it's the one day of the year us Five Dockians can actually move up and down our main shopping strip all day, capisci? You're probably saying, “They're just minor traffic grievances, why don't you get on a bike? Everyone else in the Inner West is doing it!” As a matter of fact, I do often get my wheels out. Five Dockians love wheels; we have the Bay Run and the largest skate park in Sydney. I ride my bike all the time but only in Five Dock, because to get out of Five Dock to anywhere else is like attempting all episodes of The Biggest Loser in one hit. It's very heavy stuff. Have you met, for example, the alpine like Taverner's Hill or the extended pollution tsunami of Victoria Rd? Or the angry people that yell at you for riding on the footpath along Parramatta Rd? Five Dockians are known to wake in fright having dreamt they were forced to free-wheel down Lilyfield Rd. Basically, Five Dock sits in the bottom of a bowl-shaped contour that forces any determined rider to roll straight back to their front door. All this has led to an interesting culture to arise in our beloved suburb. Like hobbits, we are accomplished walkers, and only do things at specific times of day (not during peak hour). We have duplicated EVERYTHING (hairdressers, real estate agents, pharmacies, delis) so we can at least introduce some variety into our day. Us Five Dockians (and neighbouring Abbotsfordians) can only dream of an efficient public transport service (like a train) that will deliver us from our local paradise. n Joe Cinque Jungle Buddies Jungle Buddies runs a fitness class designed to teach your children about the importance of fitness and health in a fun environment. Every class will include a warm up, dance moves, active brains (learning about your body), movement, sports skills and a cool down. You can enjoy a healthy smoothie while you wait and maybe you’ll learn something too. Level 2, 97 Queens Rd www.junglebuddies.com.au Zumba Strike a pose, there's nothing to it I love to exercise but I’ve always found the gym really intimidating. Zumba is the one place where I feel comfortable looking like a complete idiot while getting a great workout. Zumba manages to combine all the elements of fitness with a mix of cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. At $10 for a casual class, there’s really no excuse not to go. I recommend bringing a friend along, mostly so you can laugh at each other. 1a/142 Great North Rd Ph: 0419 410 920 Meaning 'storyteller' in the words of the Darug people who originated from the area that is modern-day Sydney, Yellamundie is an artistic and cultural meeting place. Indigenous playwrights, actors, directors and dramaturges have come from all across Australia to gather at Carriageworks in Redfern to bring six new plays to life, pieces that provide a timely snapshot of key political, cultural, social and artistic issues facing the contemporary Aboriginal community. While all the artists involved have already begun their work in Redfern, the actual festival will not be held until August 6th and will run through to August 8th. Yellamundie will kick off with two play readings on Thursday: Rodeo Moon by David Milroy and Skylab by Melodie Reynolds-Diarra. On Friday, two forums will be held in the early afternoon where attendants can meet the playwrights and be shown the journey of The Sapphires from stage to screen before readings of Masterpiece by Glenn Shea and Tooly by Karla Hart. The final day will begin with a discussion of the process of making Indigenous plays, before the last play readings of Tessa Rose's Life's a Suitcase and The Season by Dr Liza-Mare Syron. All the forums are free and each play reading costs $10 or $25 for a season pass. n Thanks to Moogahlin Performing Arts and Carriageworks, we have a FREE double pass to the whole season of the Yellamundie Festival! If you would like to go into the running, email info@ciaomagazine.com.au with your details. Yellamundie WIN FREE TICKETS What’s on n Compiled by Max Kobras. Email info@ciaomagazine.com.au Saturday 1st August Sunday 2nd August FREE Community are en ev ts listings email info@ m.au ciaomagazine.co Attn: Max Sunday 2nd August Naked Girls Reading When burlesque and literature meet, Naked Girls Ready is born. Pop on down to The Record Crate on Glebe Point Road to witness this spectacularly intimate literary salon with readings from some of the most popular sci-fi including the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Day of the Triffids and much more. This event costs $15 for entry and will also feature some similarly themed entertainment, including but not limited to sexy sci-fi bingo! Say what you will otherwise, this is a unique and sure to be enjoyable night. Where: The Record Crate, Glebe 12 Time, Space and All of Us Internationally renowned philosopher, teacher and author Serge Benhayon is coming to Leichardt Town Hall to talk about his eighth published book. With time management being a buzzword, Benhayon's book Time, Space and all of us offers a new way of understanding our relationship with time.The presentation takes place from 10am – 1pm. You can book tickets ($25) at www.trybooking.com/IERT. FRANS Picnic Day FRANS, a charity organisation dedicated to supporting the disabled, is delighted to announce their first annual Picnic Day. This event is held in association with the Town Hall Hotel in Newtown who contributed nearly $40,000 from raffles and Joker Poker last financial year. The FRANS Picnic Day will kick off at 1pm, featuring games, meat and seafood tray raffles and much more. Plus, every $3.50 schooner of VB sold until 5pm will go directly to FRANS! This is a rare occasion to drink beer for charity so don't miss it! Where: Town Hall Hotel, Newtown Friday 7th August Free Wil Wil powers on Wil Anderson is one of Australia's most prolific comedians, perhaps best known for his ABC television series The Gruen Transfer and for not being Adam Hills. Now he's bringing the show back home. Bound to be hilarious and certain to sell out quick, make sure to book tickets soon! Indulge for a good cause For more information or to book your tickets, please visit www.enmoretheatre.com.au

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n Local Gigs Friday 7th August n Local screens The Caretakers A combo of The Blues Preachers and Dom Turner, these are two performers who will really take you back. There is a powerful drive to their music, as well as a simplicity provided by slide guitar, harmonica and vocals. This night will be a history of acoustic blues, going back nearly a century. Django Bar, $25 Sunday 9th August FREE TICKETS Win movie passes and DVDs n Your screens Petty crims in over their heads The Bellrays Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Strangely, two Aussies star in this Dutch crime story – an account of the real-life '80s kidnapping of the filthy-rich beer baron Freddy Heineken. Sam Worthington and Ryan Kwanten are cast as two of the not-too-bright crooks, along with Jim Sturgess. We first meet them and their best mates as building contractors applying for a bank loan to start a legitimate business. Knocked back, they then hatch an audaciously ambitious heist. And actually, their efforts did result in the biggest ransom (16 million Euros) ever paid for an individual. But it all starts to unravel as soon Freddie Heineken (Anthony Hopkins, doing his usual thing) is nabbed – heck, who wants to deal with Hannibal Lector? Freddie is hard work, playing his captors, and one of his lines gives a clue to what happens later: “A man can have a lot of money or a lot of friends. But he cannot have both.” M Available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from July 29. This is a good contrast to the gig above. The Bellrays say, “blues is the teacher, punk the preacher,” and that summarises them well. They have a bluesinto-classic-rock sound but with a huge amount of energy that will get you moving. Newtown Social Club, $45 Keep the meter running, Rex! Last Cab to Darwin No sneaky cams necessary Friday 14th August The Upskirts This is one of Sydney's best new(ish) bands. They have such sweet psych guitar waves that they pair really well with the droning vocals. This show is the launch of their EP too; if you come you can listen to some sick tunes and be a part of their history. Sounds good to me. Newtown Social Club, $15 Ask taciturn Broken Hill cabbie Rex (Michael Caton) how he is, and he’ll invariably say, “Can’t complain.” Truth is he has fatal stomach cancer and months to live, something he hasn’t told anyone, not his mates or even his lover, Polly (Ningali Lawford-Wolf). Determined not to die in a hospital bed, he shoots his beloved dog and sets out to drive his taxi to Darwin after hearing assisted suicide is legal in NT (it was briefly in the '90s). Along the way he picks up wayward black footballer Tilly (Mark Coles Smith) and a Brit backpacker and nurse (Emma Hamilton), who end up teaching Rex a thing or two about love, life and the importance of relationships. The really thorny issues around euthanasia are niftily avoided and fair enough; Jeremy Sims’ film aims to please, not confront us. It does too, effortlessly and genuinely with deftly poignant humour and considerable warmth. It also stars Jacki Weaver, but this is Caton’s film – easily his best since The Castle. M from Aug 6. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Seen those insane stunts on the trailer and poster? It’s true, Tom Cruise (yes, we know he’s mad) does do them himself. His ex-wife may be tucked up inside in a first class Etihad cabin with complimentary champers, but that's TC – on the outside of the aircraft hanging from the door as it takes off. And, according to Paramount, he did that stunt not once, but eight times. Whatever else you may think of TC, let’s give this hardworking actor his due. How much of the film’s budget was insurance? M. On now. ★ Thanks to Becker Film Group we have five Blu-rays to give away. Details below. CIAO's PICKS! ★ Thanks to Icon Films we have 10 double inseason passes to give away. Details below. Relax, he's insured "Geriatric starlet" Iris Perfect Match Marrickville Council has decided to play Cupid once again, matching property owners with artists to create gorgeous street art installations. Perfect Match is one of the Council's initiatives to prevent unwanted graffiti through fostering a legitimate creative expression. Of course, the other benefit of this program is the addition of beautiful sights covering up otherwise bland building faces. Over this weekend, Friday July 31st-Saturday August 1st, check out these installations in progress by joining in on a walking, bus, cycle or guided photography tour, all of which are completely free of charge. There will also be the official unveiling of a few already finished projects, such as Birdhat's piece at the Victoria and Hobbs Cafe in Lewisham and Jumboist's work at the Asylum Seeker Centre in Newtown. Whether you're a local resident or just a fan of street art, this is a great opportunity to see some fantastic pieces and a chance to get a deeper understanding of the area while you're at it. n For more information on this event, including programs and tour maps, please visit www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/perfectmatch/ Iris Not many 90-year-olds make it onto the cover of Dazed and Confused magazine, but then New York’s Iris Apfel is no ordinary woman. Human dynamo, rebel, style icon, entrepreneur, collector, vibrantly eccentric dresser and still with her husband Carl (he’s even older) – both are going strong after a full life together and the sort of creative career most of us would die for. Along the way they’ve amassed enough “stuff ” to fill several apartments plus a warehouse in Queens. Albert Maysles’ bracing doco is as sprightly and colourful as Iris herself but there’s a risk it will be pigeon-holed and seen only by daytime “gold card” cinema-goers. A shame, for this inspiring rant against the blandness and conformity of our times is tremendous fun. Much of that is from Iris’s own big mouth, like this accurate put-down of “downtown” (we’d call it inner city) fashion: “Black isn't style, it's a uniform.” M from Aug 13. n Reviews – Russell Edwards The walls have Ears Saturday 8th August Meat Fair Loosen your belt and set your taste buds to carnivore, the Meat Fair is returning to the Newtown Hotel! Presented by The Animal and supported by some of Australia's best craft beer brands (brewers from Young Henrys, James Squire and more will be there for a chance to bond), this is quite possibly the most succulent event of the year. The day will feature over ten different meats, including The Animal's famous coal roasted lamb, and live music from Whiskey A Go Go. The Meat Fair will be running from 12-5pm and entry is free. Where: Newtown Hotel, King Street Saturday 9th August Exhibition and Auction will feature artwork donated by Sydney’s best and brightest artists with all profits going toward the Asylum Seeker’s Centre. Be entertained and inspired by performances from Sydney’s most conscious and revolutionary musicians, poets and performing artists. Artist Wendy Sharpe will deliver an opening speech. The evening will also be abundant with amazing food. Win tickets to the Prom! Syo Toddler Proms The SYO Toddlers’ Proms are exciting concerts which offer a special celebration of the magic of orchestral music, guaranteed to capture the hearts, minds and imaginations of little people aged 2-8. The Toddlers’ Proms will be at Leichhardt Town Hall, conducted by John Ockwell. There will be three sessions on the day: 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am. Book your tickets at www.syo.com. au/product-category/tickets/. We have one family pass to give away, to win email info@ciaomagzine.com.au and tell us where you found your copy of Ciao. Sunday 9th August Where: Create or Die (Art Gallery) - 10 Mitchell St, Marrickville. Goes from 4pm - 10pm. WIN MOVIE PASSES & DVDS One: Sydney Auction Bring your wallets and clear your credit cards! ONE: Sydney - Art For non-vego Inner Westies only To be in the running to win one of 10 double passes to Last Cab to Darwin, or one of five Blu-rays of Kidnapping Mr. Heineken, just email your name and contact details to info@ciaomagazine.com.au telling us where you picked up your copy of Ciao. You can enter both but give us a preference. www.ciaomagazine.com.au 13

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in the kitchen Method  with Olivia Mackay, n www.scoffandquaff. wordpress.com Frankly, I find most soups as boring as a solitary game of Guess Who. But there’s something about this soup that wins me over, something about the contrast between the rather dull greyish-green appearance and its delicious, rather surprising sweetness. Serves 6 1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Cover the lentils with cold water and allow to soak while preparing other elements. 2. Lay chestnuts flat side down and use a serrated knife to cut an X in each one. Place cut side up on a baking tray and roast for 20 minutes. 3. Remove and wrap in a tea towel to let them steam and cool for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, peel and finely dice the shallots and garlic. 4. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, warm a good glug of olive oil and gently cook the onions and garlic on low heat until translucent. 5. Pour off the water from the lentils, then rinse a few times until the water runs clear. Add the stock, rinsed lentils, bay leaves and salt and pepper your saucepan. Increase heat to medium and simmer gently for 20 minutes. 6. Your chestnuts should be cool enough to handle by this point, so split them open and discard the shells. If any do not readily yield, they may be old and/or rotten inside – don’t waste your time trying to prise them open. 7. Crumble the chestnuts into the soup and cook for another 20 minutes. Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, some roughly chopped fresh parsley and a sprinkle of Parmesan. Wine with Winsor n www.wdwineoftheweek.blogspot.com Devil’s Corner 2014 Pinot Noir Good pinot noir can be expensive but this new release from Tasmanian winery Tamar Ridge offers slurpy, juicy fruit and varietal character at a very reasonable price. It is a blend of grapes from two regions of the island state; the Tamar Valley and the East Coast, and is a fruit-driven wine that is disarmingly easy to drink. It is silky soft and bright with spicy and savoury notes. Grab some barbecued duck from Chinatown and pair it with a bottle of this. Heaven on a budget! $20. Tassie triumph Bargain white Oxford Landing Estates 2015 Sauvignon Blanc It is hard to beat the Oxford Landing range when it comes to under $10 drinking. Both this and the 2015 pinot grigio offer outstanding value for those who like their whites crisp, clean and uncomplicated. It has tropical fruit and banana aromas that lead on to a palate with zippy lemon and gooseberry freshness to the fore. Punchy and un-oaked with a high refreshment quotient, this would be terrific with grilled fish fillets or Vietnamese stir fries. $9-10. Lentil healthiness Lentil and Chestnut Soup Ingredients • 2 cup Puy lentils • 500g fresh chestnuts in their shells • 2 cloves garlic • 4 shallots • 2 bay leaves • 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock • Salt and pepper to taste • Olive oil • Parmesan and fresh parsley to serve Clare Valley catch Market Update Killerman’s Run 2013 Grenache Shiraz Mataro Killerman’s Run is the entry-level label for top-notch Clare Valley winery Kilikanoon, one of the stars of the Clare Valley in South Australia. The range also includes a worthy shiraz and cabernet sauvignon but I was most impressed by this classic blend of three varieties. This is a full-blooded wine perfect for enjoying with winter casseroles. $20. n Fruit: Winter is the best time for citrus in Sydney; oranges and mandarins are delicious and cheap at as low as $1 and $2 per kilo respectively. All varieties of apple are currently available too, from Pink Ladies to Granny Smiths to Fujis to Galas. $2-3 a bunch, silverbeet is at $2 a bunch and tomatoes are $3-5. Thanks to Tony of Trimfresh Leichhardt n Veggies: Most Chinese veggies will be around $2 a bunch, celery is Stock up on Vitamin C AT HOME WITH Cathy Natoli Small business owner and travel agent at Laze Away Travel in Five Dock, Cathy Natoli is one of the ‘greats’ that create the colourful character of Great North Road. Do you find that people often consider the food of their travel destination? It does really depend on the type of traveller. Generally when and why you travel is to experience different cultures and food is part of this journey. Where have you eaten the most surprisingly yummy dish? I have had many. Recently in Copenhagen I went to their local markets and was told to have a smørrebrød for lunch, which is an open-faced sandwich. It starts off with a slice of buttered rye bread, and then decorated with Nordic fish, fried or grilled, beautiful vegetables and/or meats, and then topped with lime mayonnaise. Delicious! Where is the most popular place to travel at the moment for foodies? This year for foodies, popular destinations are Palermo in Sicily, Chicago in the US, Havana in Cuba or perhaps Morocco, just to name a few. How do you find places to eat that are not tourist traps? Walk, walk and stumble. Move away from the main tourist landmarks or icons, a great find could be as close as around the corner or one or two streets away, also definitely ask the locals where they dine. Have you ever had decent food on Cathy Natoli (right) with her husband Patrick, Norelle Seymour and Chef Paolo Gatto MELISSA Leong Home Bake On the weekend, I baked a cake. OK, no prizes for original ways to spend a rainy, bleak winter’s day inside, but a satisfying afternoon nevertheless. While I’d call myself a confident cook, under no circumstances would I call myself a baker. It’s not that I can’t bake, so much as that many of my friends are not only professionals but famous professionals in the field… so why bother when I can pick up a crazy Zumbo confection, or drop into the Shangri-La for an afternoon of Anna Polyviou’s HI NRG creations? The answer lies in satisfaction. More than a roast, a soup or even a batch of dumplings, the entire process of baking is one that fills the maker with a huge sense of achievement. Measuring ingredients, watching them combine in an almost alchemic fashion, and that’s before the house is filled with the comforting smells of a baking loaf, sponge or brownie. The cake in question was for a friend. A carrot, orange, honey and cinnamon cake, with a cream cheese frosting. Free from refined sugar and flour, it seemed not only a virtuous choice in which to indulge in but dense enough for a novice like me not to dry out (because nobody likes a dry cake). As the oven’s warmth filled the house with the aroma of those slowly expanding ingredients (more effective, and cheaper than a candle), I could see why people become obsessed with baking. It’s a culinary form of therapy, combining meditation, focus, aromatherapy… and patience. There is something to be said for making something from scratch. The care you put into it, from choosing the ingredients to how you prepare, combine and cook them, shows in the end result. That care is then hopefully reflected in the appreciation you receive when sharing the results of your toiling with those you love. And that, if you ask most chefs, is why we cook. So this week, I challenge you all to go out there and make something you’ve never made before. It doesn’t have to be baking but choose something outside of your comfort zone to attempt, or maybe even master. Take time to pick out the ingredients and consider who you are making it for. Who knows, perhaps you’ll find your zen in the kitchen instead of on the massage table, or in a brand new pair of shoes … not that there’s anything wrong with that. an aeroplane? One of the most impressive airline meals I have had was on Etihad airways in business class. I was woken up to a hot chocolate and a freshly baked chocolate brownie! What do you like to eat at home? At home, I love preparing and eating lots of beautiful vegetables and choices of meats, I do also love to bake different slices and desserts. What would be your dream food tour across the world, and who would you take with you?  It would be to travel in the northern hemisphere during summer through the coastal towns of France, Italy, the Greek Islands, Spain and Portugal and savour their beautiful summer produce together with their amazing seafood. I apologise in advance to my husband, but would love to experience this with Jamie Oliver, as he can turn simple food and a simple situation into a memorable eating experience. Stuffed capsicums Ingredients 2 medium yellow capsicums – cut in half 2 cups of fresh breadcrumbs 1 egg lightly beaten Salt/pepper to taste 1 diced red onion, Olive oil ½ cup grated Parmesan ¼ cup sultanas 1/2 tin chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp chopped parsley 1 large clove garlic 1 tsp sugar 2 slices double smoked ham thinly sliced Method 1. Take a small fry pan and add the olive oil. Once heated, add the continental parsley, red onion and smoked ham and cook until soft. 2. In a mixing bowl add the fresh breadcrumbs, the onion mixture, egg, sultanas, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to season, mix through until moistened and place the mixture pressing into the cavity of the capsicum. 3. Now take a fry pan, heat oil to cover the base, add garlic and sautée until lightly golden, add tomatoes and season with salt, pepper and sugar. Once soft, place capsicums into the fry pan, cover and simmer for approximately 35-45 minutes, occasionally adding a little water. When capsicums have softened, sprinkle extra parmesan on top. Serves 4

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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 Sandhurst pitted Kalamata olives 450gms 79cents/kilo Carrots $2.99 each Sweet mandarins $1.99 each Laughing cow cheese 128gms Assorted Barilla pasta 1kg 2 for $5 $1.49/kg $1.99/kg Brown pears Red capsicums $1.49/kg Vittoria 1kg ground and beans 2 for $30.99 Auricchio provolene $20.99/kg $12.99/kg *Specials until Wednesday 5th of August Primo double smoked ham Cashiers and Deli operators wanted Enquire within, ask for Maria

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