Ciao issue 192

 

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Handiwork and handymen. Trade up and out of your boring white collar job. Inner West tradies bare show us their brawn. Wareemba in focus, Zucchini bread, professional fashion and Batman reviewed - plus heaps of movie and theatre giveaways

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free there s life in the inner west 192 20th july 2012 every fortnight winter in wareemba warm people hot coffee and an even hotter scene win movie tix cosmopolis jo nesbo s jackpot is taking over the inner west distributed in leichhardt annandale petersham stanmore newtown rozelle balmain drummoyne haberfield five dock concord summer hill plus comicus erectus the greens-labor showdown should hipsters be banned from playing bowls which are the best rating our local markets the inner west s hottest and best paid jobs handyman anthony is on the job photo ben cregan trading up while stocks last promotion finishes 30 th july hurry s smashed price the fr ee 2 hour parking at purchase italian forum with any 2 for $30 in le ic h har dt hot price ego qv 1l limit range 1699 cc1843_ciao of 3 per customer applies leichhardt store only auburn 9649 7900 belrose 9986 3331 blacktown 9622 1937 burwood 9745 6375 campsie 9789 9000 carlingford 9871 4522 caringbah 9525 0309 engadine 9520 8838 five dock 9713 4729 glebe 9660 6919 marrickville 9560 2488 merryland 9897 1011 neutral bay 9953 0609 revesby 9773 8510 riverwood 9153 7347 toukley 4396 4137 your local store 6-8 norton street leichhardt open mon-fri 8am-8pm sat-sun 9am-6pm ph 9560 7008

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a changing economy in which miners and tradies outearn doctors and lawyers has left many highly educated white collar inner westies wondering what went wrong jason dunne investigates for craig 35 of forest lodge the ubiquitous talk of `restructuring and `patchwork economy convinced him to take on an initially low-paying plumbing apprenticeship in his early thirties while raising two small children even when you finish the money is not always great if you re working for others but there is the opportunity to work for yourself and potentially make big money says craig and that relates directly to the greatest catchcry of all ­ `the resources boom a massive demand for our minerals has created record trade surpluses which has pushed the dollar to uncharted heights this makes it tougher for local manufacturing tourism and retail and as the australian economy remains turbocharged because of record export earnings local interest rates remain higher than elsewhere which has the effect of attracting more overseas money and pushing the dollar even higher is always a handy option to have it also allows a tradesperson to be well placed if policymakers get their acts together and embrace `vertical integration ­ the process whereby industries expand into all aspects of the production process so what does this all mean for us in the inner west australia has not only seen more a decades-long underfunding of tafes but also a trend towards more men studying for service-industry careers the very change in attitude and aspiration that has seen the inner west gentrified is both connected to and reflected by its increasingly pink and white collar demography but this may be changing with figures from tafe nsw showing a big increase in demand for apprenticeships ­ including from men in their thirties or older one only has to have a leaky tap or a leaky roof to find out how expensive hiring a tradesman can be the old adage about plumbers making more than doctors has never seemed truer it is also important to remember that in the space of a couple of generations women have joined the workforce en masse but while workforce and household incomes may have doubled along with asset prices women s participation in trades has not according to the women in nsw report 2012 females are undertaking less than two per cent of construction and engineering apprenticeships this has ensured that they remain behind their male counterparts when it comes to average earning capacity and recently lead nsw minister for women pru goward to call on women to undertake trades it will get the benefits of the women s movement to a whole new cohort of girls goward told the sydney morning herald easier said than done no doubt for a variety of complex reasons either way the lack of female tradespeople means that skilled labour makes up a relatively small percentage of the overall workforce and therefore is a more expensive commodity this trickles down into the s s 4 back to man s work there is nothing sexy about a guy who cannot hammer a nail cost of everything from houses to electricity not to say that a trade guarantees riches and fame but it certainly holds more possibilities than retail or hospitality or freelance journalism and at the other end of the spectrum there is the white-collar recession that is only talked about in hushed embarrassed tones by its victims spread throughout the inner west a recent study found that many suburbs in the inner west have higher percentages of couples with women outearning men in suburbs like newtown this amounted to 25 per cent of couples as opposed to a 15 per cent national average this reflects much higher levels of tertiary studies by women in the last 20 years and higher numbers of `bohemian husbands perhaps it also perhaps points to men s earnings being eroded by the restructuring and feminising of the workplace and the disappearance of the type of physically demanding jobs that once allowed many less educated men to earn a good living before his plumbing apprenticeship craig worked as a centurion lifestyle concierge at american express it was a role that involved arranging whatever outrageous or indulgent requests high spending centurion cardholders could conceive and perfectly encapsulated the superfluous luxury that characterised a pre-gfc economy top heavy with nebulous services craig and the few other male amex concierges felt uncomfortable at times working in a predominantly female corporate environment now i am on the road outdoors meeting people there s a problem i fix it says craig a scenario he finds far more enjoyable than endless meetings and discussing `kpis key performance indicators fight club implications aside it is not just alpha males who like the robust esprit de corps of a work site or who are sensitive to even a hint of hectoring from a bitchy female boss besides there is nothing sexy about a guy who cannot hammer a nail and apparently nowadays every woman loves a tradie i know my wife does says craig with a knowing wink n words jason dunne photo ben cregan given that mining is not a major industry in balmain or newtown although we almost had a coal-seam mine in st peters this patchwork economy has some troubling effects for inner westies especially given the extraordinary burden of high rents and mortgages hanging over their heads for those leveraged to the hilt job insecurity rising living costs and house price deflation do not make for a happy mix which begs the question what is the best way to ride the tidal wave of change rather than be swamped by it retraining is the logical answer but in what finance has been decimated post-gfc real estate looks headed for the doldrums and it work always runs the risk of being sent offshore likewise those who have pursued more creative courses of study have found that in this social media age financial rewards are extremely limited when work can be outsourced to an endless pool of overeducated aspirants eager to get a foot in the door make the wrong decision and a crippling hecs debt may be the only tangible reward for your change of direction at least with an apprenticeship you get paid while you learn even if the money is not that great to start with says ethan 30 of leichhardt though currently working in a five-star hotel as a porter while taking a break from being a fitter and machinist ethan sees much greater potential in a future as a tradesman this was good while i was relocating to the inner west but when the tips dried up because foreigners aren t travelling as much surviving on an award became tougher he says australia may only be avoiding the current fate of europe and the us because of mining and the capital expenditure associated with it but who could argue that this is not preferable to the alternative being a one-trick pony has it dangers but if that one trick is used wisely to invest in skills and infrastructure australia could continue to build on its current good fortune that s where the traditional trades can come to the fore obviously tradesmen are already in huge demand in the mining states and as ethan says moving to wa a trade doesn t guarantee riches or fame but it certainly holds more possibilities than retail or hospitality or freelance journalism

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community life old-school consumerism as mammoth shopping centers threaten to take over left right and centre more and more inner westies are seeking refuge in our humble outdoor market places and when it comes to organic food homemade cakes handmade gifts and unique secondhand treasures there s really no better place to be r o ad test rant jack high and jacked off do those young hipsters consider nothing sacred surely they can at least leave bowling to its rightful owners we live in a time of unprecedented change so it is no wonder that lamenting for the good old days ­ whatever the hell they were ­ is common we like to watch remakes of old movies wear retro clothes drive minis and pay small fortunes no make that simply fortunes to see ageing rockers in concert there`s even been an increase in people finding religion at a time when the higgs boson s validation implies such conversions are tantamount to easter bunny fetishism for all our fevered embrace of the collective schizophrenia that is the digital age there remains an attachment between us and the prehistoric swamp from where we once slithered that desires amoeba-like simplicity for me this simplicity is embodied by humble lawn bowls ­ traditionally played by old people wearing immaculately white creams who treat their game with the seriousness it deserves and think that the shire is nothing more than a leafy and pleasant place to live down south and if they cannot be old in terms of actual age i want them to be one of those strange old/young men you meet at bowling clubs with long socks and comb-over hair a jolly chap sexually invisible to all women whom the matronly dinosaurs of the wednesday morning ladies comp refer to as a lovely young man but times they are a-changing as if their very survival depends upon the acquisition of greener pastures both literal and metaphoric the young and wannabe young hipster and uber-urban of the inner west have decided that rolling an unbalanced ball across a cooch carpet is more fun than sipping martinis at madam fling flongs they wear hawaiian shirts lord kitchener moustaches and fedoras and down beers or roll their own smokes while frolicking barefoot upon once sacred turf they loudly and annoyingly revel in the ironic incongruence of being cool and connected while partaking in a pastime designed by those and for those who are anything but meanwhile club administrators needing to cover costs have no choice but to court them with the tepid enthusiasm of a harlot during high school on a break from the rigours of representative sport i played lawn bowls at the club next door and was promptly taken under the wing of a don bradman lookalike named len who punctuated every sentence of his turgid tales of epic bowls achievements with a slow yeeeeeesssssss that a person could be so boring utterly fascinated me leaving me with no urge to return to the green instead i just sit and long for the days when people knew their role ­ workers or warriors young or old ­ and their place whether that be on or off the bowlo field and if i want to fill a sudden need for `cool people in the same way a pregnant woman craves chocolatecoated tuna i will just go to bloodwood for dinner n jason dunne here the food vans are good the gozleme are highly recommended and the musical entertainment sets a fantastic atmosphere parking can be difficult so be prepared to pay the parking meters or the fine but it s worth the effort balmain it doesn t take long to get through this little market which is one of sydney s oldest but there are some unique items waiting to be discovered here particularly at the antique jewellery stall while there is an indoor international food hall the market itself is not food focused rather it includes gifts art children s and adult wear and lots of silver jewellery unlike some of the other markets balmain does not fall into the trap of being grungy alternative or overly trendy but is rather welcoming the sandstone church surroundings are lovely too marrickville for an authentic market experience that s cool and edgy yet totally unpretentious you can t go past marrickville on sundays you ll be greeted by the worlds best tofu burgers upon entry and the alluring smell of food will only follow you from then on ­ just try to resist that sausage sizzle once you ve got a whiff this place is brimming with organic fruit and veg homemade bread cake and jam stalls but also includes plants the odd jewellery and clothing stall and entertainment kids will love the magician the leafy location whereby you can just wander into reverse garbage is also what makes this market so special glebe glebe is a colourful market full of eclectic stalls and people and the occasional hipster a couple of great stalls worth noting are the leatherbound book stall and teacup and teapot stall the lemonade stand is also very popular on hot days there are only a few food hawkers around but they are all great quality and will surely satisfy orange grove the stallholders organic apples and pears at marrickville a hungry haggler parking is scarce in glebe so use public transport or park at broadway shopping centre here are always in good spirits even when it s raining which it was when i visited and although there is very little of anything besides food around that s not exactly a problem because there s some truly great food on offer which is why people come here in droves the breads cakes yoghurts spreads and organic fruit and veg are all amazing and if like me your eyes are bigger than your stomach you re guaranteed to leave with an armful of goodies rozelle rozelle markets has been running for over 20 years and is one of sydney s favourite secondhand markets especially if you re looking for unusual collectibles and antiques you re guaranteed to find some real retro treasures n nancy merlo bard to the bone the new theatre is celebrating the fine art of improvisation with the impro theatre festival featuring talented actors keeping you entertained laughing and intrigued with words off the top of their heads there will be a new show on every night at 8pm from tuesday 31st july to saturday 4th august kicking off with an evening of `long-form improvisation titled the whole story directed by marko mustac a new improvised shakespeare play called bard to the bone will storm the stage on wednesday to be followed up by the hilarious world war ii comic drama churchill s unmentionables treating audiences to an unmissable night of epic theatre the rest of the week offers everything from puppets to the reinvention of david bowie s labyrinth and spontaneous insanity as the festival comes to a close with the theatresports cup winners cup the winners cup sees winners of the 2011 cranston cup go head to head with the winners of the 2012 scriptless cup the 2011 sydney university theatresports cup and the 2012 theatresports high schools championship tickets are $28 or $22 for concessions available by calling 1300 131 188 or visiting www.newtheatre.org.au n where 542 king st newtown what s on compiled by nancy merlo email info@ciaomagazine.com.au weds 25th to sat 26th july ne.com.au info@ciaomagazi attn nancy free community events listings are sunday 29th july friday 27th july double bill at new theatre a mouth-watering double bill is set to play at newtown s new theatre nightly from july 25th to 28th quiet companions is an engrossing mix of drama and improvisation that eavesdrops on the game playing of a decadent naughty victorian couple while the bryce is right features award-winning cabaret artist bryce halliday telling ­ in song and sketch ­ the stories of history s most obsessed and bizarre individuals tickets $28 or $25 for concessions available at www.newtheatre.org.au or by calling 1300 131 188 n new theatre 542 king st newtown 6 bryce halliday in song charity ball the 6th annual charity ball to raise money for the lucas gardens school will be hosted by mayor angelo tsirekas from 7.30pm at dockside darling harbour it s a blacktie event with the theme `diamonds are forever so get your bling out and grab a ticket ­ $160 per person tickets include canapés two-course dinner drinks music and dancing you might even want to try your luck at one of the gaming tables all proceeds go towards the completion of the hydrotherapy facility at the school for tickets call 0419 419 803 n www communitiesforcommunities.com.au national tree day national tree day and schools tree day 27th july combine to create the biggest community tree-planting event in the country in support of this green initiative local councils are hosting tree planting days ­ there will be one at king george park rozelle from 10am and another at quarantine reserve abbotsford with a bbq for helpers ashfield council also invites locals young and old to help work on the richard murden reserve in haberfield with planting weeding and bush regeneration don t forget to wear closed shoes sunscreen and hat and be prepared to get muddy n more info at treeday.planetark.org sunday 29th july out for the driveway in abbotsford decorated like hogwarts castle and join the party entry is free but there will be $5 raffle tickets for sale to decide who will get to cut and eat the first piece of the $2,000 ultimate harry potter cake being made by dainty baker of northbridge for this special occasion come dressed as your favourite harry potter character and join the other 300 adults and kids expected to visit on the day n where 318 great north rd abbotsford www.anime-oz.com tuesday 2nd august knitting in newtown the green living centre will be hosting a special newtown knit in from 10.30am to 12pm on august 2nd in preparation for the upcoming wrap with love knit in ultimo all squares made during the session will contribute to the wrap with love program twenty-eight squares combined make a blanket that s delivered to someone in harry potter s birthday party the cool kids from anime at abbotsford are hosting harry potter s birthday party from 1pm to 4pm and everyone is invited look

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n local gigs wednesday 25th july n local movies speck david sattout maxine kauter band let s pretend winter isn t actually happening and we are not suffering frostbite on these cold sydney streets instead check out speck zoe vaughan brian campeau eden ottignon and ivan jordan rocking out europeansummer style c mon it will be fun the vanguard newtown $15.80 friday 27th july free tickoebts d u le win movies passes should you trust any of these men silly question band of skulls i m only including this uk three-piece because i like their name although this will be the first of their live aussie shows jo nesbo s jackpot after headhunters also by jo nesbo and the dragon tattoo series we now know scandinavia must be bad place filled with bad people behaving very badly indeed magnus marten s norwegian thriller opens after a violent shooting at a sleazy porn palace in which oscar kyrre hellum is found by the cops underneath a dead overweight stripper clutching a shotgun with eight bodies splattered nearby he s got some explaining to do his story is unbelievable involving the three ex-cons he employs producing fake christmas trees and the $1.7 million kroner they just won in lottery with a cast of dim-witted but colourful crims seedy locations profanity double crossing betrayals and truely grisly deaths you just know the factory nail gun and wood chipper will be put to good use it s not hard to see why this has been compared to early tarantino and guy ritchie fans of their darkly comic and deeply cynical capers are in for a treat ma15 at chauvel cinema from august 2 n thanks to rialto films we have five double in-season passes to give away details below please don t bite me i m not that sort of girl cosmopolis band of skulls after wowing crowds playing at coachella and touring with the black keys so they can t be too bad right the show is an over 18s event sorry kids factory theatre marrickville $49.50 saturday 28th july if we all lived together it s not often movies about septuagenarians feature the ratings warning sex scenes nudity frequent coarse language let s add drug abuse viagra stéphane robelin s comedy about a bunch of old friends from the radical `60s who form a commune together rather than face a life alone or in a nursing home is aimed squarely at arthouse s daytime demographic the most confronting scene features the surgically enhanced jane fonda informing a much younger man that she still masturbates significantly she s the only one of the cast who dies the rest of us may wish we had ctc at palace norton st from july 26 live and local awarded 2011 s best small band venue at the alternative media awards petersham bowlo s annual fundraiser is here again and as usual they will be putting on some awesome free entertainment courtesy of laughing outlaw half a cow records there will be a dj outside too throughout the day petersham bowling club brighton st petersham david cronenberg s films usually generate attention and acclaim his latest starring twilight s robert pattinson may well introduce a whole new generation of moviegoers to the daring canadian auteur s work unlike his will-she won t-she co-star in the teen vampire series pattinson has chosen some distinctly edgy projects to get involved in after the staid a dangerous method cronenberg is letting himself off the leash too ­ returning to the `difficult psychosexual terrain he hasn t explored since crash and existenz this one is based on a don delillo novel in which a young billionaire hedge fund trader travels through manhattan in a limo on a day that feels more like a selfmade apocalypse it also stars samantha morton and the always excellent paul giamatti but it is pattinson s performance that stands out his callow yet charismatic features take on a seductively reptilian quality wrote variety it s his strongest screen performance and certainly his most substantial flat out marvellous the guardian says ctc at palace norton st and dendy newtown from august 2 unpreviewed n thanks to icon films we have 10 double in-season passes to give away details below n ciao s pick that s a lot of candles stay on the cycleway catwoman comicus erectus the dark knight rises you think all this can last down-and-out grifter selina anne hathaway asks billionaire recluse bruce wayne christian bale at a society ball pointing to the obscene opulence around them there s a storm coming she purrs indeed there is ­ for the caped crusader and all of us for 164 thrilling triumphant minutes the last batman ep was in 2008 significantly that year was also the start of the gfc lured back into action by a socialite investor s marion cotillard interest in wayne enterprises green energy program wayne is soon bankrupted and gotham itself is on the verge of extinction christopher nolan has made it pretty clear he has made a parable about western capitalism in crisis but his revolutionaries have no interest in a better world for anyone only in seeing gotham purged in blood guess they wouldn t like a carbon tax much either m15 playing everwhere now n reviews ­ re you know what they say there s always some truth in comedy and comicus erectus holds a mirror up to all the wog boys out there witness hilarious routines about growing up with an ethnic background tales of family school and salami panini after sell-out performances in melbourne and adelaide comicus erectus the ethnic comedy revolution is on its way to the inner west by popular demand this is `wog comedy reinvented bringing fresh laughs with an all-star line up of the best ethnic comedy superstars ever assembled on the one stage jam packed with laughs be sure to leave your political correctness at the door as cult comedy superstar joe avati takes to the stage alongside george kapiniaris aka memo from acropolis now new york emmy award nominee and greek comedy sensation basile and mc tahir of fat pizza and housos fame shows will be running at various locations including burwood rsl on friday 24th august and the canada bay club on friday 10th august tickets are available at www.comicuserectus.com n to win a double pass to the show on friday 10th august at the canada bay club five dock email info@ciaomagazine.com.au special event ensuring even the family dog is included this year the 7km fun run or walk ­ depending on how much you ve been training for the event around iron cove will kick off from 6.30am with check-in and registration to avoid the queues you can pre-register online the fastest dogs in the inner west sunday 5th august win tix everyone s fave wog boy need via aid agencies join this talk `n tea session and try your hand at knitting or even crocheting a square or two learn new skills that will keep your loved ones and strangers in need warm this winter register at http wrapwithlove-efbevent.eventbrite.com.au n where 218 king st newtown thurs 2nd to sun 12th august chrissie cotter gallery opening august 2nd at 6pm chrissie cotter gallery is hosting scratch art space ten years inside out in celebration of the diverse talent which has operated at marrickville s dynamic cultural space scratch art space over the last decade for the duration of this exhibition there will be one of 19 participating artists available daily for discussion on the ins and outs of shared studios and the benefits of stable studios for the development of the visual arts email info@scratchartspace.com for more info n where pidcock st camperdown gatto of gatto matto trattoria demonstrating how to cook up an italian-style storm meanwhile the mainstage will be headlined by international star tony pantano ­ brining a combination of rock pop latin r&b and opera for the crowd to enjoy there will be plenty for the kids to enjoy too with dancing tae kwon do demonstrations and a special pinocchio stage show at the ferrakids stage cnr great north rd and rodd rd n where great north rd five dock n find out more at www.bayrun.com.au sunday 12th august win double movie passes theatre tix to be in the running to win a double pass to cosmopolis jo nesbo s jackpot and/or comicus erectus all you have to do is email info@ciaomagazine.com.au with your name and postal address telling us where you picked up your copy of ciao and we only at the movies august 2 always like hearing just why you do you can enter for just one or them all but if you do ­ give us an order of preference community glamour at its best 7 bay run the bay run fun run is an annual inner west community event that brings people together to promote health and exercise and everyone is invited to get in on the action with the `fastest dog in the inner west ferragosto ferragosto returns for its 15th anniversary this year with fun food and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy from 10am to 4pm ferrakitchen will celebrate its 5th year at the fair and feature local chef paolo

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kitchen ingredients with melissa leong zucchini bread 3 large zucchinis coarsely grated 1 ½ cups castor sugar 1 cup vegetable oil ¼ tsp baking powder 2 tsp baking powder 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 good pinch of sea salt 2 cups of plain organic flour 1 cup walnuts coarsely chopped 1 tsp vanilla paste 3 eggs wine with winsor gutsy red wirra wirra 2012 the lost watch riesling this is among the first new-vintage riesling releases ­ and it s a cracker handpicked adelaide hills fruit has produced a wine that is delightfully crisp and clean granny smith apple and fresh lime aromas and flavours are to the fore in a wine that is still tightly knit and pure with hints of minerality there is no doubt this will cellar well but it s pretty enticing right now pair it with flathead and chips $20 time to put some buns in the oven baking at this time of the year is not only great for perfuming the home with comforting scents but also heating the house here s a recipe for zucchini bread that ll warm the hearth and home perfect on its own fresh out of the oven method 1 preheat the oven to 180 degrees 2 squeeze the excess moisture from the grated zucchini discard the liquid and set aside the squeezed zucchini 3 in a bowl mix together the eggs vanilla bean paste sugar and oil 4 once combined gently stir in the dry ingredients flour baking powder cinnamon salt and walnuts until just combined don t over mix 5 fold through the zucchini 6 place in a greased loaf tin and bake for around an hour on 180 degrees or until a skewer comes out clean the outside should be golden and the inside should still be soft and dense 7 slice and enjoy while it s hot n www.fooderati.blogspot.com value for money penfolds 2010 koonunga hill shiraz penfolds produce some of australia s best premium wines but when money is tight the koonunga hill range is always a good place to look for value particularly the reds this is an outstanding drink for the price soft and spicy with nicely integrated oak adding structure it s a plush quite rich wine with plenty of character a blend of fruit from the barossa valley mclaren vale padthaway langhorne creek and coonawarra that has structure and length and is well balanced an excellent partner for winter casseroles $15-18 at the markets crisp and zingy devil s corner 2011 sauvignon blanc this is a lovely ­ and affordable ­ wine with vibrant sweet tropical fruit characters think passionfruit pineapple and guavas front and centre it s crisp and zingy with some freshly cut grass aromas but its greatest strength is its sheer drinkability this is a wine for enjoying well chilled while it still has all its youthful charm and vibrancy great with oysters and a terrific aperitif $20 n www.winsordobbin.com.au n fruit this week s best buy is imperial mandarins ­ get in and get them now before the season finishes murcott mandarins are just starting up navel oranges are plentiful and a bargain at the moment as are apples ranging from $2 6/kg depending on the type currently the best quality are pink lady n vegies cauliflower $2 3 each and broccoli $3 4/kg back from short supply last week are the best buys at the moment brussels sprouts are also a cheap alternative celery is great for wintery soups and affordable at $2.50 3/kg n tony trim trim s fresh shop 21 marketplace leichhardt tel 9572 6886 dilmah lemon and lime posset one of my favorite recipes from last year s real high tea challenge was this petite tartlet filled with a blend of lemon and lime tea strained into citrus cream and topped with golden raspberries it s perfect for high tea and really easy to make ingredients 50g flour 2g salt 300g butter 2 eggs 125g sugar 4 sheets gelatine 3 dilmah `lemon and lime tea bags steeped 180ml lemon/lime juice 270g castor sugar 900ml thickened cream pineapple leaves and raspberries to garnish jared on the crisis doom gloom and boom i ll try not to rant about this topic again anytime soon i promise but i just want to assure you that we are not all going to die i can see how you might think otherwise considering the amount of negativity going on at the moment but there is hope in the last three to four weeks there have been a spate of articles written about the restaurant industry many of them doom and gloom spelling out the demise of dining the number of online comments these articles have attracted is staggering too it seems everyone has something to say there are complaints from customers about restaurants and vice versa ­ actually it s getting quite nasty really so please would you all just stop moaning and chill out you re all doing my head in times are tough yes but let s move on let s move forward good food always prevails if you are a customer and you want to go to a restaurant or cafe then please do pretty please we love it when you do and by all means help us out with feedback ­ good or bad ­ but don t do it from behind your computer screen via armchair commentary it s cowardly and we d much rather address issues directly this is a message i put out not just for customers but for those who work within the food industry as well it should be no different for journalists producers or restaurateurs wouldn t it be better to just address the issues we re facing in a more proactive and useful manner rather than bemoaning our plight the restaurant and food industry is a glorious one we have a lot of fun doing what we do but when the going gets tough we don t seem to cope i think it s time for a wee cup of concrete powder yep it s time to harden up and get on with it good living writer jill dupleix along with other industry specialists has kicked things off with appetite for sydney in an effort to help restaurants through this difficult winter while offering something for diners at the same time appetite for sydney restaurants can have dinner deals they are offering listed at smh.com.au/appetite we need to get creative innovative and proactive now i have a delicious duck confit to serve so i d better get moving n jared ingersoll www.danksstreetdepot.com.au method 1 sift flour and salt rub in butter 2 add eggs and sugar then gently fold in together 3 boil cream add strained tea add softened gelatine then lemon/lime juice 4 pass through a strainer and set 5 garnish with pineapple leaves and raspberries peter s always dreaming up new things to do with tea in her kitchen in sri lanka she taught me how to cook my favorite curry kirri hoddie what kitchen utensil can t you live without i would have to say that my trusty coconut scraper is my favorite utensil if you could have anyone over for dinner whom would you invite i would have my dad for dinner as i loved his company and stories sadly he passed away 14 years ago and i would love to spend a few hours to go over my last few years and also to introduce him to my three boys whom he never met as a dilmah real high tea challenge judge what is one creative way you incorporate tea into your cooking what captivated me about tea from the very beginning is its versatility it can literally be used in a million different ways one of the things i like to do best is infuse treats such as chocolate truffles with tea this is as easy as brewing some earl grey tea with the cream using a high quality tea is essential infusing macaroons with tea also works really well you can infuse a bit of brewed dilmah rose and french vanilla flavored tea into macaroons by folding the tea in with the egg whites it adds a beautiful flavor to the macaroon n interview nancy merlo at home with peter kuruvita you may recognise peter kuruvita as a guest judge on masterchef or from his sbs series my sri lanka with peter kuruvita aside from being the consultant chef at exclusive sydney eatery flying fish he s also an ambassador for dilmah tea and judge of the dilmah real high tea challenge 2012 realhightea.com.au here he chats to ciao about how to use tea to make delicious desserts where did you learn to cook i began my apprenticeship in 1979 at a local sydney restaurant called the crabapple restaurant and from there i got a job with greg doyle from pier restaurant ­ in those days he was at rogues restaurant in darlinghurst it was there that i was introduced to fine food over the next few years i worked with peter doyle of reflections palm beach and mark armstrong of pegrams restaurant in paddington all these chefs helped shape my career can you remember the first thing you ever cooked the first thing i ever cooked in a restaurant was garlic bread but my first dish at home was with my grandmother 8

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n your say n sustainability outside the box is having a trade more valuable than a university degree and do women find tradies more attractive than a man without a hammer n we all know women love tradies who wants to go home to a keyboard warrior suits are for the weekend it s hard yakka all week luca petersham depending on what degree you do it usually equals a low starting position to work your way up from and twenty grand of hecs to pay off a trade equals instant money a trade is better in my opinion unless you are becoming a doctor andrea haberfield i once heard that a man in a tailored suit is for women what a woman in lingerie is for men neil haberfield a trade is definitely more useful ask a lawyer or a doctor to wire a house oxyweld some copper pipe or knock up a timber frame and they d scratch their heads then again ask a chippy to sew an artery and he d scratch his head rick ashfield it s a hard call between a sleek suited man and a sexy scruffy tradesman but there definitely is something primal about tradies norah rozelle the national news my name is nigel and i watched the shire as safe and easy as it would be to bang out one of those `pardon me while i dry retch into my top hat diatribes about the shire i have a not at all shameful confession to make i watched and enjoyed the show what s more i detect more than a little dothprotesting-too-much going on among the hordes of professional and amateur tv critics who ve flooded the broadsheet press the tabloid media facebook and twitter to parade their disgust what i find most interesting about the controversy around the shire is what it says about the rest of sydney as is often observed sydney is a collection of tribes tied to particular geographic locations even with no other information to go on tell me you re a greens-voting musician a middle-aged merchant banker a flag-waving tradie or indeed a twentysomething beautician with enormous fake breasts and a disturbingly distended trout pout and i ll be able to hazard a usually accurate guess as to which part of this city you live in but `usually is the operative word given that whatever the while the big switch to digital from analogue will bring a better picture and more channels to regional australia it will also leave many televisions in metro australia on the trash heap each year 1.5 million televisions are disposed in landfill in australia and with the switch to digital this number is expected to rise sharply this is not good news considering analogue tvs can contain lead barium cadmium mercury and phosphorous if 75 per cent of those 1.5 million televisions were recycled that would save around 23,000 tonnes of co2 520 megalitres of water 400,000 gigajoules of energy and 160,000 cubic metres of landfill space nationally despite the passing of the product stewardship bill in june 2011 which enables tvs and computers to be recovered recycled and re-processed for the manufacturing of new goods there are no measures in place to encourage the recycling of old tvs on a national scale so far the legislation has produced very little except tv drop off points in broken hill and bendigo your conscience might be further troubled by the suggestion that while recycling seems like a good idea many `recycled tvs are actually being dumped in ghana according to giovana vitola s report on dateline the problem is worse than simply creating huge landfill areas the e-waste is poisoning everything around it including the scavenging children burning the wires to try and get at the valuable metal inside says vitola so why has the government been so irresponsible on the one hand it s slapping us with a carbon tax and on the other it s not providing any workable schemes to re-use millions of tv sets when communications minister stephen conroy first announced the $37.9 million plan to switch to digital those in the pay tv industry applauded him of the $37.9 million millions was spent on market research co-ordinating the switch keep them out of landfill developing a `digital-ready logo for equipment researching digital reception on shared antennas and evaluation of digital transmission and reception none of the money is going to planning for the huge spike in e-waste this is simply poor policy and mismanagement furthermore when the australian communications and media authority approved the purchase of austar by foxtel in may it suggested the real threat to competition in the tv industry would come from internet tv and the roll out of national broadband so here we are spending millions on upgrading to a digital tv network that will essentially be obsolete when the broadband network is rolled out there is no grand communications vision here or any strategic thought about the environment waste or consumers ­ just another pink bat disaster waiting to happen i detect a little doth-protesting-too-much going on among the professional and amateur critics parading their disgust stereotypes all those mentioned above are frequently found living next door to each other in many of sydney s suburbs i m sure channel ten could have and one day soon may run a show called inner westies featuring a bunch of lumberjack-beardsporting hipsters sitting around in cafes discussing whether given the choice they d prefer to have been born french or gay no doubt should that come to pass the hanging judges of social media will have a field day venting about what a bunch of pseudo-intellectual painfully pc wankers inner westies are would that be fair about as fair as assuming every shire resident is a brainless narcissistic xenophobic cashed-up bogan as with its radio equivalent the kyle and jackie o show i suspect many sydneysiders not least inner westies still on the right side of 35 will publicly bag the shire while secretly lapping it up and that s quite ok tv at its finest is all about attractive young people doing really stupid things if you re looking for valuable life lessons from your entertainment go read a book n words nigel bowen tips and tricks · don t upgrade just buy a set top box around $90 · if you want to upgrade reuse your tv in the garage or as a coffee table · if you must dispose please recycle and do so responsibly see www.recyclingnearyou.com.au n cindy mullen rewarding green thinkers once you go green you ll never look back ­ it s time to look forward to a brighter and more sustainable future for the inner west at this year s sustainability awards canada bay council s 2012 sustainability awards are back for another year to recognise and reward local businesses community members and organisations that demonstrate outstanding leadership and initiative when it comes to creating a more sustainable future for our area award categories include everything from best child friendly business to disability employer of the year best environmental business community organisation and citizen of the year plus recognition for special heritage work and innovation mayor angelo tsirekas says over the past four years the sustainability awards have been a great success and it s wonderful that we can once again recognise the contributions that our residents local business and community organisations have made in creating a more sustainable city ciao is proud to be a finalist this year in the community partner category the sustainability awards dinner will be held on monday 6th august at rhodes phoenix restaurant inside rhodes shopping centre and everyone is welcome to come along and show their support standard tickets costs $80 n for more information and tickets visit www canadabay.nsw.gov.au status update our pick of the best if evolution works we should all develop an eye on our forehead so we never have to look up from our phone walks into tree seb gonzales july 11th at 8.52am community glamour at its best 9

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welcome to nestled between five dock and abbotsford with everything you could possibly need or want nearby you ll discover the stunning suburb of wareemba here you ll find the best coffee served with some of the inner west s best handmade italian dessert ­ the gelato cakes and mouth-watering sweets are all made in-house along with amazing meals that will impress and delight you it s the perfect spot to stop for lunch or a snack you will also find all the latest winter wear for women men and children as well as the best beauticians products and hair stylists catering to all ages plus much much more the thing you ll notice most about wareemba shopping village though is the friendly yet professional service from everyone that works here and the cosmopolitan influence that makes it one of the most fashionable locales experience a cozy winter in wareemba visit once and you ll be back for more n why not visit wareemba by bus catch the 438 from leichhardt from the city catch the 504 via victoria rd and drummoyne then stroll along the waterfront in the late winter sun hairdressers beauty 375 great north rd wareemba 9712 8399 wareemba is surprisingly stylish but always relaxed sapori welcome to sapori fine mediterranean food 1/284 great north rd wareemba nsw 2046 hopscotch café is a family friendly café situated in the heart of wareemba catering and abbotsford s best and functions available brightest restaurant sapori pizzeria-trattoria-gelateria sapori available catering and functions available catering and functions 282 great north rd abbotsford 2046 we serve delicious free-range organic food coffee that will delight all of your senses 6 days open shop 2 closed tuesday 02 9712 2047 we are open every day look forward to seeing you soon from the team at hopscotch pizzeria-trattoria-gelateria pizzeria-trattoria-gelateria 10

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snap happy email your snaps to info@ciaomagazine.com.au thanks to julian day for inner west referrals snap all eyes are on mayor angelo tsirekas as he launches the new business network inner west referrals in drummoyne lisa smajlov from rozelle neighbourhood centre and paul cooper from ray white enjoying rozelle fest with some cheeky face-painting elves even the zebras came out for rozelle fest all i want for christmas is kylie kwong shows us who s boss in the kitchen at the ilve showroom annandale oliver made his own beanie at tali gallery local artist lea kannar painted the town white georgia with her zebra-penguin masterpiece on darling street the crowd couldn t wait to dig into kylie s food welcome to rozelle markets francis splashes a bit of colour around rozelle lollipops beanies and balloons oh my bria lamberton shows off her stylish printed snowflake bag at the badger lane workshop dynamic duo rain&hale laraine and haley are regulars at rozelle markets well known throughout sydney for the love of vintage and upcycled clothing the two have a penchant for the quirky the glamourous the weird and the wonderful they say we love rozelle for its friendly locals its seller diversity and its ability to run smoothly as a market we sell pieces from our rain&hale range as well as selection of vintage wear and some great second hand items the girls also have some amazing stand out pieces like their gorgeous loved lace maxi skirt pictured above sydney s favourite second hand market every saturday and sunday 9am ­ 4pm darling st near victoria rd papa smurf with the marketplace leichhardt team ­ morag mccrone cassandra fitzgerald michèle brett and shirley sharma 12

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promotion photography nudzejma avdic assistant sam mcmillan stylist shanel salih hair make up david cranson from ubeauty model olivia ippoliti from bliss models special thanks to five dock library and canada bay council fashion s wish talisman pants in black $110 metalicus basic adjustable camisole in black $39.95 lil d silver briza bow cardigan $149.95 all from adam eve me naturaliser black suede heels $139.95 from ungars shoes bulova black watch 96l04 $169 from viva watch and jewellery jasper conran blackframed glasses $299 from specsavers s striking black sheer sequin top $49 forcast vivian skirt in black $39.95 both from miche boutique naturaliser black suede heels $139.95 from ungars shoes lorus thin silver watch $99 from viva watch and jewellery karen millen thick tortoiseshell glasses $249 from specsavers s miracle beige dress $59 beaded purple and pink necklace $25 dark purple bag $59 all from liana ko fashion habiki heels in taupe $59.95 from ungars shoes specsavers thin purple-framed glasses $199 from specsavers liana marketplace sources adam eve me shop 43 marketplace leichhardt cnr marion flood st tel 9569 9778 shop 34 marketplace leichhardt cnr marion flood st tel 9564 3806 millers shop 64 marketplace leichhardt cnr marion flood st tel 9568 2043 noni b shop 75 marketplace leichhardt cnr marion flood st tel 9550 9648 miche boutique shop 68 marketplace leichhardt cnr marion flood st tel 9550 9288 ungars shoes shop 71 marketplace leichhardt cnr marion flood st tel 9550 0842 s liz jordan valletta textured skirt in silver $89.95 liz jordan ruffle print shirt $89.95 liz jordan crystal-stud earrings $19.95 liz jordan taupe bag $89.95 all from noni b ko fashion habiki heels in taupe $59.95 from ungars shoes lorus white band watch $120 from viva watch and jewellery tommy hilfiger purple-framed glasses $349 from specsavers specsavers shop 12 marketplace leichhardt cnr marion flood st tel 9518 0234 viva watch and jewellery kiosk 2 upper level marketplace leichhardt cnr marion flood st tel 9572 7000 s jamming style self-belt jacket in black/taupe $59.95 monte carlo animal jacquard scarf $19.95 black workwear skirt $39.95 all from millers naturaliser black suede heels $139.95 from ungars shoes specsavers thin purple-framed glasses $199 from specsavers community glamour at its best 13

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astrogirlzarro your stars for the week from our real astrogirl aries the sun and mercury team up in your house of fun this fortnight so put on your party hat and do the dos-a-dos with anyone who will have you the panel says william from revolver taurus venus travels through your money sector the planet of love is at home in this section of the horoscope so expect to gain financially over the next two weeks love his passion for the environment and recycled fashion and i like that he s far left ­ i am too gemini venus and jupiter in your sign provide plenty of confidence and optimism so that others get the best of you cancer release all money worries on the full moon on august 2nd and trust that the universe will provide when you need it most leo the sun moves into your sign on july 23rd kick starting a month of personal power you come on too strong for some virgo jupiter and mercury square your sun this fortnight career progression is stalled until the second week of august replenish lost energy before the cosmic shift jason nice biceps and nice smile if i were two years older i d go for him libra jupiter aligns with uranus from july 20th bringing unexpected and kinky sexual opportunities lucky you scorpio the mars-uranus opposition forces you to reassess work-life balance issues are you too bogged-down in left-brain activities to honour your spiritual side restore equilibrium sagittarius favourable aspects from the sun and mercury to your travel zone generate opportunities for adventure in five star hotels and resorts capricorn the moon square saturn on august 1st demands that you be honest about what nourishes you in this lifetime is it really your career look for genuine and gentle ways to be nurtured aquarius you will feel invigorated under the sun-uranus merger this fortnight making you attractive to potential partners hot or not hey fellas fancy a frolic with rohan drew handsome fit smart fashionable and left leaning i ll take him home a very good catch pisces the sun transits your sixth house of work glamorising tedious routine the term `glorified filing clerk takes on new meaning n http astrobabylon.blogspot.com of frolic clothing in newtown he describes himself as a very green very left environmentalist who runs a carbon-neutral business selling gorgeous vintage fashion and believes a good relationship is worth the effort so what does this fabulous whale-loving sensitive new age guy look for in a man integrity a sense of humour and a hot body of course rohan 44 soon to be a very youthful-looking 45-year-old is a personal trainer and the owner ms red damn the good ones are always either gay or taken zut alors specialises in unique and interesting vintage items for sale or for rent we have one-off and unusual items of furniture lighting clothing and art works as well as glassware kitchenalia plus art nouveau and deco vases shop 624 darling st rozelle www.facebook.com/zutalorsbalmain m 0414 601117 14 come and celebrate rozelle fest at the bean café bar bistro with lunch and a glass of wine from monday to friday for only $20 fully licensed cool music and friendly staff lunch and breakfast 7 days now open for dinner ­ bookings essential c a f é b a r b is t ro c a é b a r bistro 612 fdarling st rozelle phone 98181607 www.thebean.com.au find us on facebook © ciao magazine 2012

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lifestyle ask sal finding the right kitchen sink there are three different styles of sinks inset drop-in undermount and flushmount each has a variety of options to suit different needs though the type of bench top material you have and the available space in your kitchen will influence your choice consider the grade of steel sound insulation and sink thickness when buying after all your sink gets used several times a day for at least a decade so you want to invest well here s what you need to know about each style inset drop-in sinks are dropped into the bench-top from above this model is durable if pots and pans hit the internal edge of the sink they don t damage the bench-top although usually the most cost effective of all types of sinks they are not always the most desirable due to the amount of bench space they take up and the somewhat unattractive lip top that sits on the bench-top undermount sinks are mounted from underneath the bench-top the bench-top is cut out to accommodate the sink and then the sink sits neatly underneath undermount sinks look very classy and provide extra bench space but over time the sink can become susceptible damage by rough usage as the internal edge of the sink is exposed you can find some great accessories to go with undermount sink like draining and chopping boards that sit flush across the bowl flushmount sinks sit flush to the bench-top the cut out needs to be exact and the sink fits snuggly in these are relatively new to the market and need to be fitted precisely to give the best effect sleek and smooth flushmount sinks can give your kitchen a nice up-to-date look now you ve got all the facts happy sink shopping n for more info call salvi messina owner of renovation boys tel 9519 5511 www.renovationboys.com.au running with ryhan the guns show welcome to part one of ciao s whole body workout over the next five issues we ll be showing you how to work your whole body one part at a time ­ starting with your arms whether it s slim toned or massive arms you re after we all want firm biceps and triceps my female clients tell me consistently they don t want wobbly `tuck shop lady arms on the other hand male clients tell me they want pumped-up guns here are some exercises for both females and males to use to boost intensity and results 8 to 12 reps builds muscle size and strength or 15 to 20 reps builds slight tone and endurance zottman biceps curls either standing or seated with dumbbells start with palms facing forward and curling to the shoulders bilaterally at the top of the movement twist the wrist away from shoulders facing the front again and lower at the bottom start position twist the wrist facing front again and repeat property of the week elegant inner city retreat 43 north st leichhardt completed in 2011 this tri-level terrace is the perfect inner city designer retreat with an impressive level of sophistication and elegance master built by simcar constructions discover majestic style seamless integration of living spaces and balance of indoor and outdoor space through floor to ceiling glass bi-fold doors and 10m high cathedral ceilings as well as a central skylight which ensures an abundance of natural light across all levels nestled in the bustling italian quarter of leichhardt this exclusive residence is just a stroll from the buzz of norton street features include · extensive use of tasmanian oak · frameless balustrades impressive floating staircase · smeg appointed kitchen concealed pantry · modern fresh interiors ducted aircon · private landscaped courtyards · lift access to double lock up garage/storage · 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms 2 car spaces contact norman so 0410 523 868 inspect sat 10-10:30am or sun 12-12:30pm auction 4th august at 1.30pm n www.strathfieldpartners.com.au alternating hammer curls standing with arms using a hammer grip bring the dumbbell across the abdominals and chest towards the same arm s shoulder while still keeping the wrist straight don t tilt the wrist during the hammer curl overhead dumbbell extensions seated or standing start by holding a dumbbell behind the head without swinging your arm just move the forearm towards the roof whilst holding a tight firm wrist keep the arm sturdy and controlled close grip push ups on your toes or knees start by taking a close grip stance with thumbs apart to measure the spacing it s important to keep the triceps pinned tightly to the sides of the body during the entire push up exercise move your arms only not your chest and perform slowly to work the triceps n for more info email ryhan.v@gmail.com stay tuned for next issue part 2 wings amore spicy inner west ciao asks and inner westies answer is a tough guy a turn-on do ladies like a man that can fight a powerful mind is much more of a turn-on than a powerful fist leane newtown i hope not i ve never been in a fight justin newtown jungle only the strong survive so what does this mean when looking for a partner increased living standards and technological advances were meant to create a civilisation devoid of any need for violence with this the rule of brute strength was to become redundant and it did to some degree as women became independent and the gulf between the genders shrunk to a point where dating experts now talk about a virtual homogenized asexuality but it seems there are vast sections of society that have been left behind by these economic and social changes and wallow in an angry world more reminiscent of our caveman past if women have always had a weakness for bad boys then it could soon become a prerequisite with so many barbarians at the gate moving up alongside a good sense of humour sharp jawline and wellpaying job on the list of qualities women look for in a partner and a beau who can unleash cage-fighting expertise on the command of his partner could prove very tempting who wants to feel protected but before guys start joining their nearest dojo to beef up and improve their martial arts credentials it is important to remember that a thousand black belts wouldn t have saved thomas kelly and arms races lead to war not love n jason dunne is the author of everyone is henry miller i think a lot of women like gruff manly men because they like to feel protected but i find men who get into fights to be immature they need to find other ways to let off steam i can think of quite a few other ways rochelle croydon having been in a few fights i can say this you get hurt doesn t matter if you defend yourself from an attack or attack someone that bothers you the outcome is pain with age comes wisdom and i have found words help rather than my fists having said that though i would defend myself from an attack tahuna five dock every man should know how to fight gil petersham being tough isn t a turn-on ­ but being authentically powerful is in my opinion anitra canada bay there needs to be more women letting men know it s not clever or funny or admirable to behave violently toward others robert lilyfield while i do find tough-looking guys attractive it doesn t mean i like an aggressive attitude it s stereotypical to think that muscular tattooed guys are all violent it s just a look dahlia burwood fighting for a date the tragic death of thomas kelly is fast becoming one of those watershed moments where a single incident rises above the faceless statistics pertaining to similar outrages and asks a city to look at itself that a young man s life could be randomly taken by an unprovoked act of violence on an inner-city street has politicians media commentators and the blogosphere demanding action is sydney a place of drug-and-alcohol inspired mayhem have the cautionary words of anthony burgess morality tale a clockwork orange and its equally famous film interpretation by stanley kubrick come true does the shadow of a malevolent and violent youth culture born of too much social liberalism if you lean to the right or too much economic rationalism if you lean to the left hang ominously over contemporary life this is the impression anecdotal evidence from most sydneysiders seems to suggest stories of random thuggery and nihilistic assaults seem to be as central to the sydney zeitgeist as expensive real estate and fashionable restaurants going out of business reading blogs relating to kelly s death seems to indicate that vast swathes of sydney are virtual no-go zones on friday and saturday nights adding to already widespread concerns about our out-of-control youth drunken craziness predominating on the weekend also implies an army of the bloody night who return to the world of responsibility and civility on a monday morning like modern day dr jekylls whose madness is born of a sense of entitlement unfulfilled sexual expectation and narcissism whether statistics definitively prove a spike in such violence has taken place is beside the point the perception is that it s a jungle out there and in the s ex dating a n d re l at io n s h ip s brad pitt looks pretty 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