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Life in the Inner West Est. 2005 Kuseah: life of Ashfield’s Carnival of Cultures Mark Dapin’s burger quest A perfect tipsy getaway Petersham’s Portugese Tart Free Issue 301 March 2017 WIN TIX French Film Festival -1-


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CIAO’S PICKS CARNIVAL OF CULTURES ASHFIELD PARK, MARCH 19, 10AM-4PM Carnival of Cultures is a day-long celebration of the things that make the Inner West special. A neighbourhood festival held on Saturday March 19 to mark Harmony Day, Carnival of Cultures in Ashfield is more important than ever. Check out the incredibly vibrant communities that are present in the Inner West and share your own culture with food, performances and art originating from all over the world and living in your backyard. Timetable 10am to 4pm MC – Katie Beckett 10.00 – 10.30 Kuseah Lawton Trio 10.45 – 11.15 Sydney Secondary College Band 11.30 – 12.00 Cultural Dance Showcase 12.15 – 12.45 The Yaama Boys 1.00 – 1.15 Korean Drumming 1.30 – 2.15 Rufino & the Coconuts 2.30 – 3.15 Christine Anu 3.30 – 4.00 15 Stars Activities YARNING CIRCLE At the Yarning Circle stall you can learn more about the practices of Ashfield’s traditional owners. Fred Bush Tucker will be offering ‘just a taste’ of Indigenous bush tucker and food culture, showcasing local native herbs and spices that can be added to Fred’s creative array of sustainably-minded recipes. At the Yarning Circle you can also learn basket weaving techniques and paint a boomerang. MAKERS MARQUEE If you’re a crafty type, or if you appreciate craft projects, come to the Makers Marquee where crafting organisations of the Inner West, such as the Ashfield Library Knitting Group, Resourceful Australian Indian Network, Papertole and the Inner Wheel Sydney, will be showing off their wares and demonstrating their skills. E AT I N G If you are like any of the Ciao office staff, then you would agree that eating should be any festival-goer’s number one priority. Carnival of Cultures will have literally dozens of stalls for you to try something you have never tasted before – whether that be Berlin bangers, Brazilian barbecue or Vietnamese summer rolls. Come celebrate (and salivate over) what makes Sydney one of the most delicious cities in the world! ACTIVE ZONE Carnival of Cultures will have so many fun activities for the kids including an art space, youth zone and wildlife displays. Active Zone looks like the most thrilling kids’ activity area with an extreme obstacle course to duck and weave through, giant chess and connect four. Don’t miss out on • Native plant giveaway for all Inner West residents • Free bike mechanic • Barefoot bowling at Ashfield Bowling Club • Medieval displays by the New Vangarian Guard • Free face painting • Museum of Contemporary Art workshops for teens Performance Highlights 10 -10.30AM KUSEAH LAWTON TRIO Kuseah (this issue’s cover girl) is an up-and-coming Sydney soul singer who is always a favourite at Carnival of Cultures. This year she is introducing her backing band. Born and raised in Sydney to a Filipino mother and an Irish father, Kuseah’s strong influences of soul, reggae, hip hop, roots and 90s boy bands are threaded through her music. Her live shows are energetic, charismatic and honest, with a unique urban sound that leans on the retro-soul bandwagon of artists like Janelle Monae, Paloma Faith and Amy Winehouse. Get into the groove! 11.30AM – 12.00PM CULTURAL DANCE SHOWCASE Performances include traditional Flamenco Dance from the Los Carmonas, Chinese Tibetan Dance, Classical Indian Dance Bharatanatyam and traditional Greek dancing from dance schools all over the Inner West. 12.15 – 12.45PM THE YAAMA BOYS The Yaama Boys dance troupe is well-known throughout Sydney for their performance of traditional Aboriginal dances. You may have seen them perform at the Blak Markets, Ashfield’s Taste of Asia festival or at one of their dance workshops. YAAMA has been operating in the Inner West for over 6 years providing cultural opportunities for Aboriginal youth to learn traditional song and dance. 2.30-3.15PM CHRISTINE ANU In December, 1973, she fronted a dance-oriented remake of Paul Kelly’s ‘Last Train’ for her first single. Her second single, ‘Monkey and the Turtle’, mixed urban dance sounds with a traditional islander fable. Her version of Neil Murray’s Warumpi Band ‘My Island Home’ was the song that has become her trademark. Since then Christine Anu has been Australia’s frontrunning urban pop singer. She took on a prize role in the 1997 production of Rent and went on to play ‘Arabia’ in Baz Luhrmman’s Moulin Rouge and headlined the Sydney Olympics’ ceremonies. Christine Anu will leave the crowds at Carnival of Cultures truly starstruck.


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Inner West Whispers Dingo ate my Egg – A dusty bottleneck? - Not fine • The fate of Egg the pug who was purportedly stolen at knife-point in Sydney Olympic Park became horrifically clear this week, as Egg’s owner was charged with making an alleged false report to police last Wednesday. Egg’s photo was shared on Facebook 4,000 times as police tried to locate the whereabouts of the dog. Two days after the owner was charged, police called off the search for Egg saying he had died at the owner’s house and his remains “had been disposed of ”. • A dusty, noise-embattled school, a lost bottle shop or a double-sentence of construction time seems to be the choice Sydney Motorway Corporation has proposed for the Inner West, with the news that a dive tunnelling site is proposed in Leichhardt/Lilyfield to reduce the time of tunnelling from Haberfield to Rozelle. The Inner West Council has “categorically rejected” the first two options which propose the dive site either be constructed in a small parcel of land between Sydney Secondary College and Leichhardt Bus Depot or at the location of the Dan Murphy’s Bottle Shop on Darley Road. Residents have previously raised concerns about disruption to Darley Road as a pedestrian link for the Bay Run, Dog Park and light rail. Of the school site (which seems like an even nastier option), WestConnex Project Direcor Peter Jones noted it would “involve less in the way of compensation” than the Woolworths’ owned liquor store. • A Ciao reader has written into us decrying the $100 fine he was issued by Inner West Council parking rangers while he briefly left his car to print out a ticket from a machine on Darling Street in Rozelle. Draconian parking fines are just the thing to encourage people to visit local businesses. Perhaps fine dollars can be redirected from council coffers into the tip jars of employees working Sundays in the Inner West’s famed cafes and restaurants. Your Say Should Inner Westies be able to turn their home into an airbnb? “I reckon as long as you own your property, or if it’s within your lease’s contract, airbnb-ing out your house helps both you as you get to earn spare dollars while you’re away and the community because travellers get to experience the vibrancy of the Inner West in a local fashion!” Mikey, Newtown “Only if there is greater regulation around it, which stipulates what is and isn’t acceptable and protects those in surrounding properties.” Sam, Petersham “I’ve never really thought about it as I don’t think anyone would want to stay in my tiny house. I think probably, yes. I like staying in airbnbs when I go away and if I didn’t live here I would really like to have the chance to do that in the Inner West.” Sophie, Leichhardt “Yes! Rent and house prices in the Inner West are so insane that we should support any initiative that helps residents get a little bit back. Not to mention, it means less people outside our local area will get the chance to experience what we have to offer, and that is a shame for everyone, including local businesses.” Ann, Dulwich Hill “I think no. It’s one of those things where the technology and culture is advancing quicker than we can regulate it and we need to catch up first. When people travel they often want to party and may not have the same respect for the property as an owner. Plus, there is no way to know who is coming in and out. It could be anyone.” Tye, Petersham We are Ciao Advertising SARAH SHEPHERD SHARON GARRARD Editorial PHOEBE MOLONEY Art Director PADEN HUNTER Publisher SONIA KOMARAVALLI Contributors: Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Jada Bennett-Cross, Russell Edwards, Maani Truu, Lucia Moon, Winsor Dobbin and Maria Zarro. No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. We welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions. The opinions expressed in Ciao Magazine are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. © All rights reserved. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Ciao Magazine is a free publication. Distribution, advertising & editorial enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 (02) 9518 3696 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle. Cover: Kuseah prepares to perform at Ashfield’s Carnival of Cultures. Shot by Ben Cregan INNER WEST COUNCIL & PETERSHAM URBAN CENTRE PRESENT SUNDAY 12 MARCH 2017, 10AM - 6PM AUDLEY & FISHER STREETS, PETERSHAM ENQUIRIES: 9335 2222 | TTY 9335 2025 | INNERWEST.NSW.GOV.AU/BAIRRO A TASTE OF PORTUGUESE CULTURE Inner West Council encourages you to walk, cycle, or travel by public transport. Recycle right and use bins correctly for Minimum Waste, Maximum Recovery. No Glass, No BYO Presented by Inner West Council & Petersham Urban Centre Major Sponsor: Media Sponsors: Supported by: Petersham RSL Discover Portugal - helloworld Petersham Gloria’s Café Petersham Liquor Mart


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What’s On WOULD I SCARE YOU IF YOU SAW ME NOW? A multi-media art installation at Chrissie Cotter Gallery that uses personal narrative to shine a light on the ambiguities of queer experience, gender and sexual identity. 2 – 5 MARCH SUMMER HILL FOLK FESTIVAL SAT 4 MARCH, 11AM-9PM SHORT & SWEET & QUEER A curated selection of short and sweet plays at The Depot Theatre with a focus on our LGBTQI community. 7 – 8 MARCH, 7. 30 PM INT. WOMEN’S DAY TWILIGHT SUPPER After fighting the patriarchy for so long, let us women take a night off to celebrate. Featuring Julie McCrossin as MC, Bronwyn Bancroft and champers at Pioneers Memorial park. 8 MARCH, 5PM GLEBE ARTISANS AUTUMN MARKET BUSH CARE WORKING BEE Learn how to care for our unique local environment at Richard Murden Reserve. No experience required. POETRY OPEN MIC AT SAPPHO BOOKS SAT 11 MARCH, 10AM – 3PM S U NDAY 1 2 MARCH , T U E S DAY 1 4 MAR CH, 9AM-12PM 7-10PM CONSENSUAL BY EVAN PLACEY A controversial take on the issue of consent – when it comes to sex, how far can you really blur the lines? At the New Theatre, Newtown. 16 MARCH – 15 APRIL OPERA IN THE PUB All the glamour of the opera house, but in the relaxed environment of the Riverview Hotel – could anything be more perfect? Tickets include entertainment and a 4-course meal. T H U R S DAY 1 6 MARCH, 7-10PM CREATE YOUR OWN TRAVEL BLOG Social media guru, Holly Galbraith is here to give you the tricks of the trade when it comes to running a travel blog. At Marrickville Town Hall. SAT 18 MARCH, 10AM-12PM IS TV THE NEW CINEMA? This course at Leichhardt Library examines the relationship between the practical limitations (or expansions) of changing technology and the aesthetic style of TV. 23 MARCH, 5-8PM BALMAIN SINFONIA Kicking off their 2017 season – and 25th anniversary year – with a triple threat of Mahler, Mozart and Debussy. At The Italian Forum Leichhardt. 25 MARCH, 8.30 – 9,30PM EARTH HOUR 25 MARCH, 8.30 – 9,30PM CLASSICS AT CALLAN PARK Kicking off their 2017 season – and 25th anniversary year – with a triple threat of Mahler, Mozart and Debussy. At The Italian Forum Leichhardt. 26 MARCH, 4.0 0 – 7.0 0 P M Autumn has fallen, what is around the corner? Local culture in March. -6-


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WHAT’S ON CIAO’S PICKS CITY OF CANADA BAY SENIORS FESTIVAL 2017 3 – 12 MARCH This year’s Seniors Festival theme is ‘Let’s Do More Together’, so in that spirit, let us tell you about some of the things you can do during this 10-day event. Our picks: ‘Give Croquet a go!’ because who doesn’t want to pretend to be royalty for a day, ‘Premier’s Gala Concert’ for which bookings are essential and ‘Guitar group lessons’ because it is never to late to join that rock band you always dreamed of. The festival is open to people aged over 60, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged over 50 and those 50 or older with a lifelong disability. All events are free or discounted. THE LAUGH STAND WITH FIONA O’LOUGHLIN TUESDAY 7 MARCH, 8-10.15PM Fiona O’Loughlin is one of the most in demand comedians in the country, with a huge following across the road developed over her career spanning 15 years. And she is here, in the little old Harold Park Hotel – how did that happen? Never mind how they managed it; this is a great opportunity to see some world-class comedy for the price of a local gig and the effort it takes to head down the road. Emcee David Smeidt brings his own to the table, with a unique brand of warm, inclusive and intelligent comedy – a rare find. Harold Park Hotel, 70A Ross St, Glebe RELAY FOR LIFE SYDNEY 11-12 MARCH Each year, thousands of Australians come together to show support and raise much needed funds for the Cancer Council by committing to a two-day walk-a-thon, Relay for Life. The Sydney chapter of this event is conveniently held in the Inner West, meaning we can all jump on board and tag along. Aside from raising money for an important cause, the relay provides a unique chance to socialise, meet new friends and even get some exercise while you are at it. Think of it as a giant, community sleepover. BYO snacks and PJ’s. Join a team today. King George Park, Manning St, Rozelle BAIRRO PORTUGUÊS FOOD AND WINE FAIR SUNDAY 12 MARCH, 10AM-6PM This March take a trip to sunny Portugal without ever leaving the Inner West. OK, maybe not exactly, but we promise the Bairro festival is pretty damn close. Australia’s largest Portuguese cultural fair will feature the very best of authentic Portuguese cooking, culture and entertainment right from our own little Portugal: Petersham. While you’re stuffing your face with chorizo rolls, paella, garlic prawns and Portuguese tarts, you can feast your eyes on traditional dance performances and live music. Multiple licensed bars will be serving drinks to make sure you stay hydrated. Did someone say sangria? Audley and Fisher St, Petersham CARNIVAL OF CULTURES SUNDAY 19 MARCH, 10AM-4PM Here in the Inner West we have many cultural groups and even more cultural festivals but we only have one that brings them all together: Carnival of Cultures. This festival celebrates just what it says – cultures – and the great things that come from a truly multicultural Inner West. With a variety of cultural performances running all day long, free children’s entertainment, activities and market stalls, I wouldn’t worry about getting bored. Come for the food alone, with a wide variety of international food on offer, there’ll be something for even the pickiest eater in your family. There are also plenty of enthralling and creative activities. Ashfield Park, Ashfield CREATIVE NON-FICTION FESTIVAL SATURDAY 25 MARCH, 10AM-6PM Trust us when we say there are so many big name journalists, editors and authors on this line-up, under the direction of award-winning author Mark Dapin, that we couldn’t possibly fit them all. Seriously, check the website. This festival is a space for writers of all kinds to connect with the community, learn a little something, but most importantly, to be inspired by the power of words. What a perfect time to explore the different ways we writers can tell the truth through words considering the 24/7 media environment and the recent allegations of ‘fake news’ from a certain angry man. Get artistic (not alternative) about presenting facts. NSW Writers’ Centre, Callan Park, -7-


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MOVIES C’est magnifique! THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL IS BACK ON NORTON ST The French Film Festival is now one of Palace Cinema’s most popular events. It’s no secret why – with 45 formidable films, the world’s best cinema and its hottest stars, what’s not to like? With over 165,000 admissions last year, the Alliance Française French Film Festival has almost gotten too big, pretty well taking over some of the hosting cinemas. But that’s hardly a problem for movie lovers, it just means there are plenty of sessions to choose from, all day and evening, and multiple opportunities all month to check out some of what festival artistic director Philippe Platel calls “the crème de la crème” of French cinema. He’s the man with the enviable job of choosing what we’ll see, and this year, the festival’s 28th, he begins it with a splash. The opening night’s The Odyssey is an biopic about oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, starring everyone’s favourite French actress Audrey Tautou as Cousteau’s wife. Plenty of big names follow, with Marion Cotillard starring in both It’s Only the End of the World and the romantic From the Land of the Moon, while Oscar nominated Isabelle Hubert also turns up twice (Things to Come and Souvenir). Natalie Portman gets into the bath with Lily-Rose Depp (above) in the exotic and haunting Planetarium, and inevitably the great Gerard Depardieu is back – this year in the genial road trip Saint Amour. A bonus this year is a retrospective focussing on the Palace of Versailles – 2011’s sexy and lush tale about Marie Antoinette Farewell My Queen, starring Léa Seydoux, and the sumptuous costume drama, Mozart’s Sister. Inna Modja, a musician, songwriter, and visual artist from Mali will be giving a special guest performance at Palace Norton St with the screening of Wùlu on March 8. With her unique style, mixing Desert Blues and Hip-hop, she’s now one of the most important Malian contemporary artists on ABOVE: Lily-Rose Depp and Natalie Portman get wet and share a ciggie in Planetarium. LEFT Malian singer-songwriter Inna Modja will be a guest at Palace Norton Street. BELOW: Lea Séydoux (left) stars in Farewell My Queen. the world scene. She also stars in Wùlu, a “gut-wrenching crime-filled drama” that’s been likened to Scarface. Sydney dates: Mar 7 – 30. ■ WIN DOUBLE PASSES Thanks to the Alliance Française French Film Festival, we have 10 double in season tickets to festival films to give away. Just email with your name and address, letting us know where you found your copy of Ciao. March hits & misses At our local Inner West cinemas THE SALESMAN ★★★★ Take that Trump! No, it’s unfair to imply a political motive to the Academy’s nod to an Iranian film just because so many of those on stage were so anxious to score points. It deserved its win. Asghar Farhadi’s (A Separation) typically gut-wrenching domestic pot-boiler (above) is also a slow-burning exquisitely suspenseful thriller with a superb third act that is (literally) a heart stopper. M from Mar 9. DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE ★★★★ Poor David. He fought for an end to censorship only to then have to review ultra-violent films he despised like Turkey Shoot. And who can forget the shock of his refusal to even rate Romper Stomper, and the explosive aftermath with director Geoffrey Wright? Sally Aitkin’s generous doco about the nicest man in the business reveals all, and is an absolute must for all Australian cinema-lovers. M from Mar 9. BEFORE I FALL ★★ Sam (Zoey Deutsh) spends her last day on Earth ignoring her loving family, giggling inanely with her besties, taunting the school loner and then binge drinking with her truly horrible friends. She dies at precisely 12.38am, only to wake up on the same day – forever. Can she break the Groundhog Day loop and learn not to be mean to lesbians, her mum and little sister? Hope so before the sequel! M from Mar 2. THE EAGLE HUNTRESS ★★★★★ A million miles from the affluent and smug YAs of the Pacific North West (above), teenage girls in Mongolia face very different problems… Like not being allowed to hunt with eagles – traditionally a task only done by men. But 13-year-old Aisholpan proves she can, and more in Otto Bell’s moving doco. It’s a stunning, stirringly visual film – as heart warming as it is spectacular. G from Mar 16. MORE LOCAL CINEMA Updates all month at And so that you don’t miss out on any of our regular giveways – subscribe to our weekly newsletter. Five must-sees for film buffs at this year’s French Film festival IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD Expect fireworks in Xavier Dolan’s explosive family melodrama about an estranged gay writer returning home to announce he is dying. The fantastic cast includes Lea Séydoux, Marion Cotillard and Vincent Cassel. THE UNKNOWN GIRL The acclaimed Belgian social realist masters the Dardenne Brothers (Two Days, One Night) return to AFFF with a compelling Palme d’Or nominated murder mystery. As always it’s as tough-going as it is mesmerizing. THE INNOCENTS Lauded with high praise at Sundance, Anne Fontaine’s (Coco Avant Chanel, Gemma Bovery) profoundly moving and morally complex drama is about a convent of nuns in post WW2 Poland, many of whom are all, quite mysteriously, pregnant… THE DANCER The very lovely Lily-Rose Depp (yep, you know who her dad is) plays a young Isadora Duncan alongside French singer actress Soko (right) in this spectacular and lushily staged bio-drama about rival pioneers of modern dance and theatrical performance in late 19th century Paris. -8- THINGS TO COME The great Isabelle Huppert (Elle) gives yet another one of her dynamite performances in Mia Hansen-Løve’s eagerly-awaited new film. She plays a philosophy teacher whose life is dramatically upended when her husband walks out. That title is fortuitous, thankfully this will be getting a welcome wider release in April. ■ Russell Edwards


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Inner West Council presents Head upstairs to The Royal Botanical & enjoy our balcony today! Sunday 26 March, 2017 Sydney College of the Arts, Callan Park Rozelle Featuring Bring a Picnic The Metropolitan Orchestra & The Ristretto Chamber Choir from the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus Fr4e-e7pEmvent For event details, times and transport information: Please walk, ride or bus to the festival. Fundraising organisation Bridge for Asylum Seekers Foundation Family Fun Day! Feat. The Trolls! SUNDAY 19TH MARCH 2 PM – 6 PM FREE ENTRY LIVE SHOWS, MEET AND GREET WITH THE TROLLS, FACE PAINTING & JUMPING CASTLES ITALIAN FORUM, NORTON ST LEICHHARDT -17-


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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Women rock, we know it and you know it. Join Ciao and lots of other local celebrities, not for profit organisations, businesses and anyone serious about women’s stuff as we celebrate International Women’s Day. We have come a long way when it comes to women’s rights but we still have far to go. International Women’s Day acknowledges both these facts; it is many things including a celebration of how far we have come, recognising the efforts of those behind the progress and reflection on where to go next. This year the Inner West Council’s International Women’s Day theme – ‘Be Bold for Change’ – reflects all these things but puts the emphasis on the fact that our work here is not done, there are still changes to be made. If you want to be part of the change, join other local women at Pioneers Memorial Park on Norton Street, Leichhardt, for a glass of bubbly, some light dinner and entertainment from MC Julie McCrossin and the Older Women’s Network. Speakers will address the topic of creating change when it comes to gender equality. The event will take place over twilight, kicking off at 5pm. Visit to RSVP. Inner West Council and Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre invite you to a Twilight Supper in the Park to celebrate INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAYAY 2017 Be Bold for Change A generational event for women of all ages wOloJPlcduiBaaelt3irShlreno0JaDpWntuMerlhrewltooilceiRcAsymCacDiMtnnaeraeanoliBcnCnisslGCva’dssoceWnruioourNancespscresssoaaeotitsntrsrifwmvystiMi,oosertCnkn InnEynAeotrleeuAWrsntnasegiiasntEeanmtmndMVeitrlnriyautetamDpaKnrnaisoetdsivnfhnoameau,uosnrr,ed…er.. Wednesday 8 March Pioneers Memorial Park Norton Street, Leichhardt 5pm for a 5:30pm start Light refreshments provided RSVP by 1 March and further information or phone 9367 9255 LOVE FOR DETAIL CREATIONS In 2012, I moved to Sydney from Germany. Life for me has always been about being creative and bringing joy to others, which has included being a diploma childcare educator and choreographer of hip hop and aerobics. In May 2015, this creative passion saw the birth of Love for Detail Creations. As a creator, gifting something special and unique has always been a high priority for me. Wanting everyone to have a platform where they can choose a personalised gift and tailored function decorations inspired the idea for my business. Every human and creature (gifts for animals and animal lovers available) deserves to feel special. I let my creativity flow to suit my clients’ budget, no matter its size. Product range includes: hampers, handmade soaps and candles, handmade cards, nappy cakes, baby and mum-to-be gifts. Even for people hard to buy for, I have a solution – personalised vouchers (handmade or digitally designed) in the recipient’s favourite colours, amount chosen by you! The “Love for Detail Creations” Gift – Hampers can be filled with a variety of unique and handmade items you just won’t find in stores. As part of my commitment to enriching people’s lives, I’ve taken on some other ventures. In 2016, I joined forces with my friend Araminta Bond (degrees in Art and Childcare). We created “The Art Box Creative Hub” – Unique Creative Courses for children aged 4–10 years. Adult courses coming soon too! Course dates and info, as well as booking forms, can be found via the links below. Web: email: I believe in being kind to ourselves and so use all natural personal care products and have joined Forever Living. Containing the many benefits of Aloe Vera, what is truly amazing is the products are made without nasty chemicals and NO ANIMAL TESTING! Most products are vegan-friendly as well. Find the products here: Contact info: Barbara Udwari 0416631776 FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM /LOVEFOR DETAIL CREATIONS -10-


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Paola Andrea Paola Andrea (fomlerly Lucas Designs) specialises in handmade leather goods including clutches, wallets and handbags. The stylish line includes elements of animal print, hide and comes in everyday bags like totes and backpacks as well as dressier oversized clutches, evening bags and wallets. The new range, launching in March will also include a line of make-up bags. I have always been passionate about fashion and design, which is why I started the business, and being a stay at home mum drove me to start creating these one-off designs from my own home while looking after my two girls. The business started off as Lucas Designs but since adding a more personalised touch to the bags, I wanted to give it a PROMOTION personal name. Naming it Paola Andrea means I sign off on each design much like an artist creating a new work. Value and affordability is incredibly important to me too. As stay-at-home mum myself, I wanted women to be able to treat themselves to a quality leather bag without the guilt of an expensive price tag. Prices range from $85 for leather wallets to $215 for leather backpacks. On top of that, I always want to be able to give back so, $5 from each Paola Andrea bag or wallet will be donated to the Liver Disease Unit at Westmead Children’s Hospital. The charity is especially close to my heart as my daughter spent time in this unit before and after recovering from a liver transplant. In celebration of International Women’s Day I would like to offer Clao Magazine readers a 20% discount on Paola Andrea collection. For more infomtation, please visit: paola andrea email: Check us out K & T Legal K & T Legal was established on 23rd February 2015. Both Directors, Hae-Jung Kim and Anh Tran, worked in boutique and well known law firms around Sydney and they quickly realised the need for legal assistance for the everyday Australian. Both coming from migrant backgrounds they built the firm with a desire to be able to assist clients and to ensure that the process is an educational and smooth experience for the clients. They understood that going to visit a lawyer can be a daunting experience for many. In some cultures, a person does not go to see a lawyer unless they are in trouble. Their aim was to maintain a casual but professional relationship with the clients so that clients can easily approach them with ease and comfort. The main areas of law we handle include: - Immigration law: A range of permanent and temporary visa subclasses including Family, Business, Skilled, Refugee and more; - Property: Conveyancing for the Sale and Purchase of Land, Transfers of property including off the plan, existing homes and vacant land; - Wills and Estate Planning; - Family Law; and - General Commercial Law. We have tailored our main areas of practice to our passion. Our way of giving back to the community is to cater for those who may not be financially in a position to seek legal advice but require our services by engaging in pro-bono or payment arrangements suitable to our clients. We pride ourselves in maintaining a close relationship to our clients by treating each case with care and consideration. With years of experience, our team of lawyers are qualified to evaluate your matter and successfully resolve any legal issue. No issue is too big or too small. -11-


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A PLATE OF PETERSHAM On Sunday March 12th, experience Bairro, a mouth watering, tasty culinary adventure through Petersham. Petersham is packed with dining options to suit any taste or budget. Although known as Little Portugal, Petersham is not just Portuguese tarts, chicken burgers and salted cod. There is modern Greek, Chinese, Indian and Thai. You could have a plate of Petersham once a week for a year and still not have ticked all the boxes of international flavours. This pocket of the Inner West also has lots of free parking! Enjoy... Gloria’s Gloria’s Portuguese Restaurant is one of Sydney’s most iconic restaurants. Opened in 1988 by a single Portuguese mum of four kids (Gloria), with a mission to serve only the most authentic Portuguese dishes such as Gloria’s famous salted cod. Gloria’s real charm lies in the taverna feel, which lends homeliness, as if you’ve stumbled into the kitchen of your newfound Portuguese family. 82 Audley St 9568 3966, Seed Greek Kouzina Seed Cuisine opened in Petersham in August 2012 as a Mediterranean, Greek influenced restaurant. After two great years, chef, Tim Vatsaklis, who appropriately named his restaurant “Seed” after the seed that was planted in his mind as he watched his grandmothers cook their wonderful Greek dishes, has decided to return to his roots and concentrate on the wonderful flavours that Greek food has to offer. The demand and popularity of the existing Greek dishes and his desire to introduce more exciting dishes has further influenced this new direction that Seed Greek Kouzina is taking in 2017. 88 Audley St 9560 7798, The Counter The Counter was opened in 2012, serving up expertly made coffee and comprehensive brunch menu (includes breakfast and lunch). The Counter has worked with Coffee Alchemy to create a special house blend that is rich in caramel, chocolate and almond tones and makes for a spectacular milk based coffee. For black coffee, there is a weekly rotating single origin coffee. The seasonal menu is complemented by a dazzling array of homemade pastries and sweet. The friendly staff are ready to look after you seven days a week. 96 Audley St, Petersham (Next to Commonwealth bank) BON GUSTO This Trattoria is one of the few genuine Italian restaurants left in the Inner West. Bon gusto has everything you want, simple food, Italian home style traditional cooking just like mamma used to make. All pastas and pizzas are made with fresh ingredients and made to order. After dinner, complete your meal with your own ice cream or a choice of desserts. Delivery is also available to the local area. But you can’t beat eating in, the smell alone invites you to sit down. 98-106 Audley St 9560 5358, Silva’s Silva’s is one of the most popular spots for Portuguese traditional food. The colourful set menu provides a wide selection of quality Portuguese cuisine. Silva’s is a fully licensed establishment, with the finest local and Portuguese wines and traditional home style preparation of Portuguese chicken. There’s a take-away counter at the front serving chicken, chips and salad but most of those packing the tables in the restaurant are eating seafood and char-grilled meats. A great lunch or dinner spot, Silva’s is a tried and tested longtime favourite. Shop 1/ 82-86 New Canterbury Rd 9572 9911, Two Fat Greeks Two Fat Greeks is run by George and Kosta and serves traditional Greek food with warm hospitality and excellent service. The restaurant has quickly become a popular meeting point for not only locals but people travelling from afar. You will appreciate the traditional Greek food and great service, as well as the opportunity to enjoy your drink listening to Greek music surrounded by picturesque murals. Two Fat Greeks will certainly indulge your senses. Be sure to bring your appetite. Shop 3/82-86 New Canterbury Rd, 9569 5197 Local value bistro meals and pub grub The Huntsbury Hotel Lunch or Dinner JP's Kitchen has something for all tastes. 125 New Canterbury Rd 9569 9645 The Livingstone Hotel New management and an improved bistro 116 New Canterbury Rd 9560 6638 The Oxford Tavern Great tacos, burgers, snittys and vibe 1 New Canterbury Rd 8019 9351 The Petersham Public House Freshly made wood fired pizza 292 Stanmore Rd 9568 3703 The West Village Hotel Mineral water on tap, craft beer and gourmet value 30 Terminus St 9569 4675 -12-


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PETERSHAM PRECINCT PROMOTION Ocean Blu Frango’s Modern Japanese cuisine that is fresh and consistently good. 77 New Canterbury Road 9560 9595 Canvas Thai Food the Fernandes family have been making world renowned chicken burgers in Petersham since 1992. In that time the food here has been rated by SBS Food Safari and SMH Good Food Guide. The chicken’s sticky, salty skin and succulent meat is breathtaking. 98 New Canterbury Rd 9560 2369, The team at Canvas’ food philosophy is fresh, healthy and delicious. They cook all their dishes with love and care. 329 Stanmore Road 9560 1240, Jamie House Thai Housing authentic and delicious Thai Cuisine perfect for any occasion, Jamie House specialises in best sellers: red and green curry and red chicken wings. 100 New Canterbury Road 9572 7787, Verde Minho Portuguese An authentic Portuguese Restaurant offering delicious traditional Portuguese food. Everything is excellent; moreover, the butter, olives and bread are totally complimentary. 86 Audley St 9564 6026 TANDOOI DHABA If you like to taste authentic Indian cuisine with lots of flavorful herbs and spices, you have to go to Tandoori Dhaba. They offer a huge selection of Indian specialties such as biryani, chicken tikka masala and lamb roganjosh. 65 New Canterbury Rd 9518 1400, Costa Do sol Since 1996 Costa Do Sol has offered diners a vibrant and cultural Portuguese dining experience. The restaurant offers an intimate atmosphere with authentic artworks lining the walls including a hand painted picture of The River Douro from the north of Portugal and the Harbour of Porto. 102 New Canterbury Rd 9569 2319, Moon Koon At Moon Koon, they use the freshest ingredients in their dishes. The standard is maintained by ordering in small amounts and by retaining a large customer base so the stock is always rolling. When you dine at Moon Koon you can expect freshness every time. 81 New Canterbury Rd 9560 3500, Rocket Boy Pizza Rocketboy isn’t your average pizza delivery chain; their fresh and home-style ingredients make them a winner over the big brand alternative any day. Shop 3, 88-94 New Canterbury Rd 9550 9988 How to get There Petersham station is off the main drag, but is still a short walk to Audley street. Just walk up the stairs towards the roundabout and there you are. Don’t forget to check out the yellow wall mosaic that is an important part of the Petersham landscape. The 412 meanders through Petersham, from Central and detours past RPA, Stanmore and other Inner West precincts. Bus stops on Trafalgar St and New Canterbury Rd. The 445 also goes through Petersham from Balmain. Petersham is a lovely 20 -40 minute walk from Newtown, Ashfield, Summer Hill and other suburbs. There are some wonderful examples of early Victorian palatial houses that are testament to the bygone (and current) wealth of the area. If you must drive, there are a few spots to park for free. Street Parking can be found outside the post office. Free council car parks are on Terminus St and opposite the water tower. There is also a carpark on Chester St. Go Get car share pods nearby on Stanmore Rd. Still hungry...? There is lots of well-brewed coffee, delicious Panini and even sushi at some of Petersham’s other eateries. Portuguese tarts and Sweet Belem’s dessert window cannot be missed or you could also pop past Daisy’s or Big Brekky Café for a mid morning juice fix. Whatever you’re craving, Petersham can serve it up. Honeymoon Famous for their tarts Shop 3, 88-94 New Canterbury Rd 9550 9988 La Patisseria Also famous for their tarts 45 New Canterbury Rd 9569 1107 Sweet Belem Scrumptious, you’ll be back 35B New Canterbury Rd 9572 6685 Daisy’s Milk Bar On trend dining with home made potpies 340 Stanmore Rd 8065 3466 The Big Brekky Café Lunch and breakfast in one 316 Stanmore Rd 9569 8588 3 Arrows A famous coffee roaster and coffee shop, 100% Sumatran Mandheling Arabica coffee. 4/89-97 New Canterbury Rd, Petersham 8540 5621 Cafe 99 Homemade breakfasts, inviting atmosphere and friendly staff 99 New Canterbury Rd 9008 7202 Tuga & Co. You will find Amazon Power Acai bowls and smoothies there. 78 Audley St The Tiny Giant Open last year, this cafe has already become an icon with unique dishes like the pea smash parmesan and Belgian waffle. 110 Audley St 8065 4684 Casual Dining Charlie Phi Charlie Phi serves all kinds of tasty food and wonderful coffee. The pork rolls and Vietnamese type sandwiches are particularly moreish and unforgettable. 87 New Canterbury Rd 8957 9434 The Pizza Maker The Pizza Maker is an award winning family run business that specialises in traditional and gourmet styled pizzas. Shop 1, 121-123 New Canterbury Rd 9568 4414 -13-


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Hemp as Food, ENVIRONMENT Paper, and Cloth THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF HEMP Hemp seeds are a complete protein and an excellent source of essential fatty acids. It is also one of the easiest vegetable oils for humans to digest. However, Australia is currently the only developed country that bans the consumption of hemp based food. This is despite the fact that hemp foods contain no psychoactive properties, and hemp is currently used in food products in Europe, Canada and the United States.  For thousands of years it has been used to make dozens of commercial products worldwide. In 8000 BC in China the earliest known cloth fabric was woven from hemp. In 2700 BC hemp was used for fibre, oil and as a medicine. And in 200 BC the product was used to make the world’s first paper.  Today, hemp can be used to create almost anything - food, fibre, fuel, fabrics, furniture, medicine, building materials, paper and bio-plastics - with little environmental impact. This is because hemp pulp has one of the highest cellulose content, longest fibre structures and best fibre yields of any plant, including trees. It is one of the fastest growing and highly resilient biomasses known. It allows for large yields without the need for toxic pesticides and herbicides. It also absorbs large quantities of CO2 as it grows. Despite these benefits, Australia’s production of hemp is currently limited. In 2013, Australia grew 444,000 hectares of water-hungry genetically modified cotton. If that had been hemp, each hectare would have yielded up to 5 times as much fibre, saving over 2 million mega litres of water and millions of litres of pesticides and herbicides from our environment. Food regulators in Australia are currently considering allowing human consumption of hemp seeds. The decision will be made in April 2017. In the meantime, buying alternative hemp products where possible is one great way to reduce your detrimental impact on the environment. They can be found in a number of herbariums and eco-friendly stores across the Inner West of Sydney. By Lucia Moon Things we don’t love A resident of Don Street in Enmore was rudely awakened to find her shrubs, planted in the nature strip outside her home, had been stolen overnight. Taking what is not yours is bad but taking what has actually been planted for the enjoyment of all just seems cruel. Ciao sentences the foliage thieves to six weekends of community gardening...without gloves. In • Warehouse parties still thumping in the Inner West • Trolling Matt Damon for his role in The Wall • The beautiful water views offered by Balmain’s plethora of parks • Creating a fruit and veg co-op with your pals by heading to the markets • Dryers. The only way you would have got a fresh pair of underwear this week! • Going to watch Moonlight at your local independent cinema and seeing what all the fuss is about! • The expanded diversity of restaurants in Haberfield Things we love This snippet of poetry at the crossing on Crystal Street is the perfect amount to savour whilst waiting for the lights to change. While it’s still not resolved whether pushing the button at pedestrian crossings actually makes the little green man appear any faster, there are just a few unpleasant and arrogant men we wouldn’t mind giving a bit of a push with or without consequences. Out • Marrickville Library offering discount deals with a local eatery, is that allowed? • Hygge. Surely Feng Shui is enough • WestConnex dive sites in the most disruptive of places • Centrelink’s ‘Income Pooling’ policy between de facto partners, what happened to the atomised individualism of late capitalism? • Sentences using more than one ‘ism’ • The randomness of the rainfall over the past days -14-


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LO CAL BUSIN 2017 AWARDS Inner West ESS Nominations Open 10 April. Register your business today at Black Star Pastry, Winner - 2016 Outstanding Bakery / Cake Shop -17-



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