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free there s life in the inner west issue 212 june 14 2013 every fortnight the official best pizza in the inner west plus all our other favourite local businesses win movie tix in the house the look of love plus concert tix metro orchestra is taking over the inner west distributed in leichhardt annandale petersham stanmore newtown rozelle balmain drummoyne haberfield five dock concord summer hill creative edges our industrial arts scene plus eco-friendly grub · tasty insect dishes promotion finishes 30 th june hurry prices smashed in le ic hhar dt fre e 2 hour parking at the italian forum with any purchase huggies jumbo nappies 2999 cc18683_ciao your local store 6-8 norton street leichhardt open mon-fri 9am-7pm sat 9am-5pm sun 10am-4pm ph 9560 7008 auburn 9649 7900 belrose 9986 3331 blacktown 9622 1937 burwood 9745 6375 campsie 9789 9000 carlingford 9871 4522 caringbah 9525 0309 engadine 9520 8838 griffith 6964 7322 five dock 9713 4729 glebe 9660 6919 marrickville 9560 2488 mascot 9667 4183 merrylands 9897 1011 neutral bay 9953 0609 revesby 9773 8510 riverstone 9627 1516 riverwood 9153 7347 toukley 4396 4137

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inner west whispers local gossip rumour hearsay and unsubstantiated fact competition gets bitchy salvos disappearing act and albo in hot water l the inner west business awards is always a classy event even though there is always stiff `competition that might actually be classed as bitchiness you know what we re talking about who didn t see that woman all dressed up to win casting evil looks at her competitors only to become horribly embarrassed when her name was not called out as a winner l what happened to the salvos store on darling st rozelle gone in an instant with just a sign saying that the store will no longer be trading but what landlord would turn away a charity if anyone knows what happened fill us in l work has finally started on a new playing field at callan park while the development met fierce protest from some local residents we say the more utilised the park is the better its chance of remaining a green space for years to come l penguin books australia has demanded an explanation from anthony albanese regarding his use of the penguin classics look and feel for his grayndler flyer albanese s flyer design closely resembles the renowned penguin classic books like niccolo machiavelli s the prince albo has said his colours have been orange and black since 2006 ­ they are the labor colours they are indeed l kate owen gallery changes hands geoff henderson takes over in july latte leftie we are c!ao advertising sonya madden sonya@ciaomagazine.com.au satire for the soul can any quarter be given in the fight against casual racism in the inner west latte leftie has a surprising answer dear ll ­ i was recently out shopping with antonella a gal pal of mine when she picked up a pair of oversized cubic zirconia-encrusted dolce and gabbana sunglasses then dismissed them as too woggy and put them back on the rack when i expressed my sickened outrage at the blasé use of this racist epithet antonella seemed bemused by my disgust and expressed the view that if she as an italian-australian wanted to use the w-word then i as an anglo-australian had no right to take umbrage i tried to explain to her the innumerable permutations of racism and how they all inevitably result in genocide but she just told me to chillax and seemed embarrassed when i went around to everyone in the store and apologised for the psychological trauma they would have experienced as a result of the hate speech to which they had been exposed rubbing garlic in the wound she proceeded to spend the rest of our time together putting on a western suburbs accent and saying things such as wanna get in my wog chariot and drive over to my parents wog mansion to watch wog boy 2 kings of mykonos should i merely end my friendship with this bigot or do i also need to get her fired from her job and sent to some sort of re-education camp where she can be taught some cultural sensitivity phoebe petersham ll replies having recently found myself in the middle of a social media hate frenzy after decrying the prevalence of the italianate style in australian architecture i m inclined to advise you cut your egregious friend some slack why not invite her over for a girls night in and prove to her racism is bad by making her watch do the right thing romper stomper and schindler s list back to back n email your dilemma to info@ciaomagazine.com.au leane senzamici leane@ciaomagazine.com.au newtown food melissa leong info@ciaomagazine.com.au winsor dobbin www.winsordobbin.com.au wine c!ao history it s the end of an era in leichhardt with family-run business price tiles set to close their doors on june 28th after 76 years in business inner west locals leslie norman cocks and his wife took over price tiles back in 1937 when it was known as price coy builders supplies and his sons graham and alan have continued to run the business to this very day pictured right is the cocks family in 1950 at their pemberton street home in homebush built by graham after wwii generations of tiles n thanks to price tiles for the use of this picture for more info visit www.pricetiles.com.au art director eleanor wales eleanor@ciaomagazine.com.au editorial nancy merlo nancy@ciaomagazine.com.au voilà maison home decor inner west local business awards 2013 voilà maison il est magnifique there is no better way to describe this business and its success other than magnificent after opening just over four years ago vanja pavasovic quickly found a dedicated customer base for her boutique furniture store having just achieved their third win in a row in the inner west local business awards it is clear that support for voila maison is only growing vanja is incredibly passionate about her business as she is deeply enamoured by french style décor and she is devoted to providing high-quality fashionable items without the ridiculous price tag one might expect voilà maison promises that all their products will always be great value for the money you spend however that is not all that sets this business apart from others the atmosphere and layout of the store is specifically designed to inspire customers and when you first enter voilà maison you feel transported vanja is this year s golden girl to europe while incredibly grateful for the continuous support of her clients vanja only feels more motivated now to be the very best saying that it is a great responsibility and task to continue to provide this service yet she and her staff will do all they can to satisfy their loyal customers n voilà maison 70 burwood rd concord tel 9715 6696 publishing sonia komaravalli sonia@ciaomagazine.com.au contributors russell edwards max kobras zoe bishop ben cregan and nigel bowen ciao the outdoor-indoor space newtown style things we love joe and josh s place in newtown joe is sitting in his lovely lounge setting outdoors there might be a bit of a competition going on with the house down the road featured previously in ciao s `things we love for their clever re-use of an old tellie but we are not in the business of saying who the winner is we just appreciate this awesome decorative effort from the residents of australia street ciao loves you and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent we try and make you look your best no responsibility is accepted by ciao magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information we welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions the opinions expressed in ciao magazine are those of contributors indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction © all rights reserved no material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher ciao magazine is a free publication voilà maison voilà maison ­ french inspired home décor we have a great selection of french provincial furniture mirrors lamps homewares and gifts at voilà maison our aims are to maintain high quality products constantly search for new and unique products and inspire for all your home décor needs our experienced staff is happy to provide suggestions and advice so visit the store enjoy a bit of french ambience and leave feeling good we thank our customers for their valuable support c!ao s voice · the waiter with the pony tail from moretti s norton st he hasn t aged in years and we want to know his secret distribution advertising editorial enquiries 460a parramatta road petersham 2049 info@ciaomagazine.com.au 02 9518 3696 0402 202 951 ­ sonya 0405 032 032 ­ leane 0405 509 805 ­ sonia ciao is locally owned and produced in what s in out · trovatino cafe wareemba running out of spinach arancini just as we try to order one · forgetting to get a prepaid ticket before getting on a bus · two-way streets only big enough for one car · not being able to find a park at norton plaza at 10am on a sunday · the huge pot holes and crumbling speed humps on dalhousie st haberfield out please recycle printed by spot press marrickville subscribe tired of missing out on your copy of ciao why not subscribe it costs just $75 per year to have ciao home delivered email info@ciaomagazine.com.au with your address · the nice lady who works at the information desk at birkenhead point shopping centre · dendy newtown s new look · the jazzy gentlemen entertaining passersby with music outside woolworths · the cool range of knitwear at prettybird rozelle 70 burwood rd concord ph 9715 6696 voilà maison cover ran stanton and h morgan-harris are the team behind inner west arts hub tortuga studios 31 princes hwy st peters check out our feature to find out more about how the pair started out photo by ben cregan c!ao magazine there s life in the inner west 2

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community life r oad test rant not taking care of business small businesses shape our great nation it s hard-working small business people that put in long hours employ the majority of people in australia and take huge risks to chase after success being a small business person is an ongoing challenge and often these unsung heroes receive little recognition and support from governments running a small business is like a jigsaw with many pieces coming together in a complex undertaking for some it means working seven days a week fifteen hours a day often they don t earn a living for months or years the small business person takes all the risks although they also retain all the profits my experience with small business started when my parents migrated from cyprus in the fifties and bought an old-fashioned milk bar and fruit shop at enfield as a family we all contributed to its success during the sixties and seventies the mornings before school were all about bringing the fresh bottled milk inside placing it with the soft drinks in the refrigerators and stacking the shelves after school i d once again assist my parents in the shop the hours were long ­ from 7am to 9pm seven days a week ­ but it was a successful business and a popular meeting place for the locals where to go when you need to go it s a road test that had to be done public toilets which are the cleanest which are the ones to avoid at all costs which are notorious for running out of toilet paper we don plastic gloves and goggles to investigate war memorial park annandale at this public toilet in annandale only two unisex cubicles are open to the public with one hand basin between them as the men s only block seems to be locked on the average day we investigated on a monday afternoon while from the outside this is probably one of the prettiest public toilets in the area it s a totally different story on the inside there are leaves all over the floor which i understand is hard to avoid in a park environment the toilet seats are marked and wet and there s toilet paper all over the floor formosa street toilets drummoyne while the sign outside reads out of service closed for repairs until further notice rumour has it that these toilets were continually being `misused causing community concern and closed as a result who would ve thought some people need an instruction manual for proper bathroom use work for a new accessible toilet block is planned for early next year however if you find yourself in drummoyne needing to relieve yourself you re welcome to use amenities at the civic centre on marlborough st during business hours the civic centre is clean safe and well-maintained the italian forum vs norton plaza leichhardt the norton plaza amenities are a lot more modern well-maintained and cleaner than the forum s they even have a choice between air hand dryers and paper towels plus a full-length mirror this comes in very handy for checking if you have toilet paper stuck on your shoe there is also a parents room facility making things a little easier for mums with prams my only gripe is that the timed taps only stay on for a microsecond which is kind of annoying our luxurious loos petersham station petersham recently a friend of mine found herself stuck at petersham station busting to use the loo only to find it was locked and that all transit staff in possession of a key had mysteriously disappeared it was only 4pm she was forced to run across the road to a pub i m not sure if this is a common occurrence at petersham but my advice always go before you leave home gladstone park balmain as you might expect in balmain this public toilet block is housed in a kind of brick cottage with sandstone steps unfortunately inside is reminiscent of how i d imagine a prison bathroom to look complete with stainless basin and toilet however it is clean stocked with toilet paper and hand towels and seems well-maintained aside from the difficult lock so i can t complain my experience with small business began when my immigrant parents bought a milk bar at enfield in the mid-seventies my father then also bought a greek restaurant on king street newtown that seated 350 people the restaurant was also a cabaret room and we had live greek music shows throughout the night at the time i juggled working between the store and the restaurant as well as studying for my hsc it was an amazing experience but i didn t realise the entrepreneurial sense that i was gaining when my parents decided to sell both businesses i realised that there was something missing for small business people s long commitment and sacrifice this was a simple `thank you from the community and the customers and this was how the inner west small business awards now local business awards began in 1985 starting from a small program in sydney s inner west my own small business ­ precedent productions ­ grew to manage over 20 similar awards programs each year along the way i was invited to be part of the australian government small business advisory committee it is time for the governments of whatever persuasion to appreciate and reward the important role that small businesses provide in the development of australia incentives need to be developed to encourage small business to be stimulated to grow their teams and reinvest in better products and service the government should be rewarding small businesses rather than continually collecting huge taxes from them n words steve loe managing director at precedent productions tuesday 25th june for the love of music the metropolitan orchestra s general manager bevan rigato and chief conductor sarah-grace williams ­ both of lilyfield ­ were recently married in a ceremony in south australia now back from their honeymoon this power couple is straight back to work preparing for their met series 2 concert on sunday 23rd june this is not just any concert though this is a world premiere musical event showcasing chilean-born australian composer daniel rojas newest chamber concerto rojas attributes the structure of this piece to the strength and musical skills of sarah-grace and claire edwardes considered to be one of the most impressive percussionists of her generation claire will will feature as the primary performer for rojas concerto the opening piece on this night will be a rendition of mozart s serenade no 13 which is one of the composer s most famous pieces after the premiere of rojas chamber concerto the concert will conclude with symphony no 104 `london the final symphony written by joseph haydn for more information and tickets visit www metorchestra.com.au n to win a double pass to the show at balmain town hall email us at info@ciaomagazine.com.au and tell us where you find your copy of ciao win tix what s on compiled by nancy merlo max kobras email info@ciaomagazine.com.au thursday 13th june ne.com.au info@ciaomagazi attn nancy free community events listings are saturday 22nd june be-longing works in wood and wax this new exhibit by kassandra bossell famous for her previous work for the sydney olympic games is composed entirely of art pieces made solely with wood and wax these works are created by painting recycled timber with a blowtorch and then drawing in lines and detail with chisels finally she casts different hardened waxes into the depressions created to complete the pieces kassandra s exhibit is intended to depict the fragility of nature the interconnectivity and interdependence of life forms and cycles of life and death 4 for more information about this exhibit visit www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au n where chrissie cotter gallery sat 22nd june vegan day out in glebe to celebrate the cruelty free shop s 1st birthday and all the other awesome veganfriendly businesses throughout glebe join the vegan day out trail on saturday 22nd or sunday 23rd june from 10am to 5pm and take advantage of heaps of special offers and samples from local shops including food coffee wine plus much more pick up a vegan day out map from the cruelty free shop to find out what path will lead you to the best vegan deals for more info visit the `vegan day out in glebe facebook page n where 83 glebe point rd glebe strathfield symphony orchestra concert the strathfield symphony orchestra will explore the fantastical worlds of japanese writer haruki murakami in a concert kicking off from 7pm on june 22nd at marrickville town hall among other pieces the orchestra will undertake janacek s sinfonietta which appears all the way through iq84 rarely heard live because of its massive brass requirements ­ no less than four horns 12 trumpets two bass trumpets four trombones a tuba and two tenor tubas ­ this is a challenge the strathfield symphony simply couldn t resist then magnificently bringing the concert to an end will be brahms monumental fourth symphony n visit strathfieldsymphony.org.au for more information and tickets naidoc week exhibition at five dock library in celebration of naidoc week 2013 five dock library will be hosting an exhibition that captures the spirit of the contemporary aboriginal art world featuring indigenous artists including nicole monks chico monks and kerrie kenton visitors will have the chance to meet the artists themselves and enjoy some native catering by a local aboriginal caterer on the exhibition s opening night from 6.30pm on june 25th at the library entry is free so pop in anytime the exhibition will run until monday 29th july for more information call 9911 6555 n five dock library level 1/4-12 garfield st five dock scorchingly good art

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n local gigs friday 21st june n local movies beggars orchestra i don t know why they are called an orchestra sorry guys but you re just a band they re described as a concept band to be specific but i d just call them post-goth as they are a bit metal and they sing about murder love betrayal and revenge seems a bit verbose but if its your style go check them out n the factory marrickville $13 saturday 22nd june free tickets win double movie passes the family business insidious 6ix+emp+future love hangover a night of hip-hop and electronica personally i hate australian hip-hop but some people dig it and insidious 6ix is meant to be decent electronica isn t really my style but i can dig it either way the red rattler is trying to support local artists and that s pretty cool n the red rattler marrickville $10 the look of love the web has turned stroke mags into an historical oddity but many men of a certain age will fondly remember the anatomical lessons they once provided they also turned paul raymond into britain s richest man raymond steve coogan was a soho nightclub owner whose girlie mags men only club turned into a hugely profitable publishing theatre and property empire michael winterbottom s film focuses on his battles with the law and also the relationships with three women in his life his wife jean anna friel girlfriend fiona tamsin egerton and daughter debbie imogen poots who for a while took over the running of his business while at the same time thanks dad acquiring a serious coke habit winterbottom has teamed with coogan before in the wild 24-hour party people the weird cock `n bull story and the wonderfully witty the trip and they ve all been both hugely successful and great fun in this tawdry tale of a rich ruthless and totally amoral porn baron they ve excelled themselves again ma15 from june 27 n thanks to madman entertainment we have 5 double inseason passes to give away details below monsieur ozon is in the house in the house utterly assured breathtakingly executed and riotously funny this is a delight writes total film celebrated auteur françois ozon the swimming pool is nothing if not provocative and his new black comedy was a breakout hit at this year s french film festival starring kristin scott thomas and fabrice luchini it takes a satiric look at the art of storytelling itself jaded high school literature teacher germain luchini despairs at the quality of his students writing until he reads a story that is both compelling and disturbingly voyeuristic his precocious student claude ernst umhauer writes of manipulating his way into his friend s house and of his fascination with his friend s mother emmanuelle seigner germain s passion for teaching is reawakened and he offers claude some private lessons in his own home big mistake as gradually germain and his wife start to feature in claude s new stories ozon plays with these characters unmercifully and with us ­ the audience for participating in this whole cynical process yes you will be challenged and then vastly amused ma15 from june 27 unpreviewed n thanks to transmission films we have 10 double in-season passes to give away details below arthouse pick catriona mckenzie s debut feature works as both a fable and stunning advertising for wa tourism it s also a very welcome change from the dark and troublesome way indigenous australian life is usually depicted ­ as a problem to be solved by us all young pete cameron wallaby needs to save his kimberley home an abandoned cinema from destruction by a mining company is a bike a bag of chips some native survival skills supplied by his old granddaddy david gulpilli and a whole lot of good-hearted hokum magic goodbye mining multinationals pg from june 20 satellite boy sleepyheads friday 28th june sleepmakeswaves i am really into instrumental post-rock music at the moment so this band seems pretty cool to me a bit heavier than most other instrumental bands i know maybe enough to fall out of post-rock category and into prog rock metal they have a good ambient sound and these guys actually do sound orchestral i d check them out n the annandale hotel $18.40 words max kobras n exclusive to dendy newtown xxxx delta blues the stories of us the second annual open marrickville festival will take place from thursday 20th to sunday 30th june showcasing and celebrating multiculturalism throughout the suburbs with storytelling dance theatre and art unlocking the creativity of the local community open marrickville kicks off on june 21st from 1pm to 5pm with a free `pop up marrickville social event featuring food music activities and artists coming together in and around wicks park marrickville bowling club and red rattler theatre other events that make up the exciting festival include asyik the indonesian arts and culture bazaar festa junina a traditional brazilian june bush festival the aphrodite festival a cypriot festival of the floods a chinese cultural festival as well as corroboration 2013 which explores aboriginal heritage in marrickville plus this year includes the first ever pasifika film and arts festival at studio 2204 where feature and short films from melanesia micronesia and polynesia will be screened from june 21st to 23rd and 28th to 30th marrickville west public school will host corroboration 2013 thursday 27th june mud the deep-fried lingo is laid on so thick you may need subtitles but there s no doubting the beauty of jeff nichols deft return to form after the difficult take shelter two teenage boys tye sheridan and jacob lofland learn about life love and heartbreak after agreeing to help a stranger called mud who they discover living on a mississippi island matthew mcconaughey who just goes on getting better and better plays the loner who has made one mistake too many in a bad piece of business he killed the boyfriend of juniper reece witherspoon a white trash beauty he s hopelessly in love with in some rather too busy plotting everyone is cast adrift but nichol s third feature is most assuredly right on track ­ it s easily the most involving and enjoyable coming-ofage movies in years m15 on now n reviews ­ re n for more info and a festival schedule visit www.marrickvile.nsw.gov.au until friday 2nd august wednesday 26th june alfalfa house food co-op alfalfa house are holding their annual fundraiser this month where they will be showing the film shift change which is about co-ops all around the world how they work and how they can be a solution to many of the problems we face today the inspirational documentary will be accompanied by an organic vegan meal and all of the funds collected on the night will go towards fixing up the co-op shop entry to the film screening is just $10 or if you d like dinner too $20 n for tickets and more info visit www.alfalfahouse.eventbrite.com.au leichhardt food forum local green thumbs are invited to join leichhardt council in their exploration of the world of sustainable food at `food for the future public forum at the balmain town hall from 6:30pm to 9pm the forum will feature a panel of leading experts who will discuss the question how can innercity communities engage in sustainable food initiatives speakers include jon dee co-founder of `planet ark professor john crawford from sydney uni alexandra iljadica and joanna baker co-founders of the youth food movement as well as jane mowbray of glover s community garden come along and ask all your food-related questions and taste the difference of healthy sustainable food with delicious nibbles provided by the veggie patch van n entry is free but please call 9367 9381 to rsvp footprints film fest entries are now open for locals to submit a short film with an environmental theme to the footprints film festival offering upcoming filmmakers the chance to win up to $5,000 worth of prizes and have their film screened at the footprints eco festival on august 25th in front of hundreds of people anyone can enter and themes to use include land climate change air quality transport water biodiversity waste and consumption you will need internet access to upload your film to vimeo.com and a camera though even a camera phone would work n entries close 5pm august 2nd visit the events page at www leichhardt.nsw.gov.au for more details on how to enter win double movie passes enviro-friendly shooting to be in the running to win a a double in-season movie pass to in the house or the look of love all you need to do is email info@ciaomagazine.com.au telling us where you picked up your copy of ciao only at the movies june 27 trailer www.thelookoflovemovie.com.au include your name and address you can enter both but if you do give us a preference community glamour at its best 5

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tree love commune from a frangipani-decorated st peters brick factory has grown a thriving artist s collective that s provided studio and exhibition space to inner west creative types for the last five years it was the perfect frangipani tree bursting from a pot at the back of a warehouse in st peters that told hellen morgan harris they had found their place at last that sense of human-ness in the old brick factory symbolised her dream of an inner west artist collective one she d been chasing through countless rental properties around sydney hellen s husband ran stanton and their close friend and business partner ed horne were right behind her already mentally planning where to build the workshops five years on tortuga studios is a hub for arts in the inner west allowing ran to fulfil a goal he had ever since becoming a props and set builder to work with all my mates to have fun to be a community ran met hellen a writer editor and photographer at a bush party in 1998 neither imagined an artists studio beneath the chimneys of sydney park in their future but hellen does recall their matching outfits with pocketed belts a hint at their synchronicity they were friends for years before becoming a couple enough time to realise they made a good team both were wild-eyed idealists with different sets of practical skills they would weave together in the coming years in 2005 they married at their own bush party it was their involvement in mekanarky an artist collective in an old turrella ice cream factory which first gave ran scope for some ambitious projects ­ like a combi filled with eight tonnes of water driven by a scuba diver hellen exhibited her photography and helped administer the space however when in 2007 mekanarky melted in the fierce glare of the developers sights as hellen puts it they were already hooked and needed another warehouse soon after their first squalling child tortuga studios was born its workshops were filled with artists looking for somewhere to work but also a community to work within hellen took on multiple roles as co-director administrator curator public relations and communications manager artist liaison and bookkeeper unsurprisingly she can always be spotted at tortuga s large-scale group shows wearing a tired but triumphant smile 6 and life has only gotten busier since then with ran hellen and ed having since started their own families there are currently five children under three years old among the collaborators at tortuga all boys prompting jokes about a name change to `tortuga and sons after giving birth to son duke billy hellen s time constraints tightened she pared down the shows bringing in artists charlotte hayward perran costi as well as gallery manager lu campbell smith to ensure tortuga s exhibitions continued to be strong shows that people are fascinated by hellen s most cherished exhibition at the studio recently was part of art month 2013 skein bound and unravelled featured artist and muralist andrea davies as well as photographer and installation artist garth knight she was also particularly proud of in the night garden an extraordinary one-night festival of light which was part of the sydney fringe and held outside in the studio s laneway duke billy attended the last one with his granny an led-lit balloon in each hand growing up around tortuga means he and the other kids are not fazed by wonderful things like forklifts and canon balls says hellen the half-valiant a movie-viewing booth from an event entitled `road trip is the kids favourite place to hang other kids have also had the opportunity to get inspired in collaboration with marrickville council and the city of sydney tortuga has held a series of kid s workshops on sculpture mural painting screen printing and design something hellen plans to do more of in the future both ran and hellen agree that the longterm goal for the space is to be financially sustainable the commercial ventures that operate out of the space help although things are always tight but without tortuga ran says he wouldn t be able to create his bigger projects like the sets and props for abc3 kid s show steampunks and a giant solar-powered windmill for the harvest festival hellen had hoped to power the whole festival with that windmill and it s at times like that that she says she is more the idealist of the pair however when bills come in for the studio which runs on a not-for-profit basis and has trouble fitting funding boxes she says it s ran who saves her sanity with powerful dreams of what could be they don t always see eye-to-eye on running the space but on friday afternoons you ll find them at the back of tortuga with ed and the other artists having a beer and watching the sun set over the inner west that s when any disagreements can be talked over and plans for the future take flight hellen and ran have just signed another fiveyear lease ensuring tortuga studios will remain a vital fixture of the inner west art scene for the foreseeable future inspiring new artist collectives art lovers students and kids with led-lit balloons for years to come and the first thing they will all see upon entering the studio is the frangipani that first caught hellen s eye it now sits in the foyer heralding the sense of human-ness and creativity that has grown and blossomed in an old inner west brick factory for more information visit www.tortugastudios.org.au or find tortuga st peters on facebook n words zoe bishop the facts l tortuga studios provides artist workshop spaces within a vibrant creative community and hosts regular large-scale group shows and out-of-the-box exhibitions for independent inner west artists l seventeen artists are currently busy creating in the custom-built workshop spaces among them are a cartoonist architectural artist wheelie bin sound system builder av expert street artist set-builders prop makers special effects artists photographers a fashion designer leather worker plus many more with such a large pool of creative people they are able to take on many big projects such as set building and prop making for tv and film and large-scale art installations for festivals and councils l tortuga is part of the vibrant st peters art s precinct including mays index arcade screen printing wundermite alpha house penguin plays rough and most recently join the dots l the next exhibition at tortuga is part of marrickville council s open marrickville festival local artist ganbold lundaa is exhibiting work inspired by a journey from mongolia to marrickville having just made the journey the artist shows his new friends from the inner west his insights through visual art traditional mongolian entertainment and local performers for more information on the exhibition visit www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/community events65140/open.html l and look out for tortuga s involvement in the upcoming sydney fringe festival this september.

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arts mulapa aboriginal art `mulapa means `really or `true in the aboriginal language pitjantjatjara this is why judi muller named her business mulapa aboriginal art ­ to highlight her number one principle that she sells really true ethically sourced aboriginal art as a home-based business the overheads are minimal so the prices are very affordable at mulapa though judi believes you shouldn t buy a painting unless it makes your heart sing so she is always encouraging people to take the painting home to check it s right before making a purchase mulapa has a not-for-profit philosophy of `giving back to artists and their communities as an act of reconciliation in fact mulapa s goal for the next year is to raise $5,000 for the indigenous literacy foundation from sales of art works as a retired early childhood professional this organisation is close to judi s heart i want to do something personally towards reconciliation outside of membership of a group or organisation says art from the heart judi selling ethically sourced art allows me to follow my two passions ­ aboriginal art and reconciliation judi has just returned from two weeks in the northern territory volunteering at the art centre in yuendemu a remote community out from alice springs while there she watched artists at work and observed what is involved in getting a piece of art out into the wider world a lot of her time was also spent making tea and toasties for the artists priming canvases as well as washing lots of paint jars of course i didn t come home empty handed she says there is something very special about selling a painting that you have seen being created i think it is also nice for those who buy a painting to hear stories of where and how the artwork was created if you would like to see some of the paintings judi has brought back to the inner west pop over to orange grove markets at orange grove public school lilyfield on the first and third saturday of the month or ring judi on 0401 904 649 for a private viewing your home or hers n for more information you can also check out judi s website www.mulapa.com.au during june mulapa is offering up to 50 per cent off many paintings come along to the markets and see if one of them makes your heart sing mulapa aboriginal art ethically sourced aboriginal art view these beautiful timeless paintings and more at orange grove markets first and third saturday of each month at orange grove public school you can also organise a private viewing by contacting judi on 0401 904 649 www.mulapa.com.au during june mulapa is offering up to 50 off many paintings visit and see if one of them makes your heart sing leichhardt bowling recreation club 2013 state of origin catch the game live at leichhardt bowling club game 1 june 5 game 2 june 26 game 3 july 17 everyday deals monday tuesday wednesday happy hour 4-6pm tuesday line dancing with julie 10.30am wednesday $10 steak night thursday friday monster meat raffles 7pm member badge draw 8pm fabulous friday friday night football savvy saturday punters paradise barefoot bowls $10 chicken schnitzel fun day sunday barefoot bowls bring the family fabulous seafood raffles 5pm $12 roast dinner all day regular entertainment www.leichhardtbowlingclub.com.au 88-92 piper st leichhardt ph 9569 1936 9560 3574 community glamour at its best 7

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n your say n sustainability which is your fave local art gallery n i think the best commercial space around is artereal gallery in rozelle because they show an interesting variety of artists and play with lots of different media they also have a strong stable of artists carla petersham n i like the continually changing styles of work on display at breathing colours in balmain emerson balmain n the galleries in newtown are generally pretty cool at the vanishing point has a variety of exhibitions and they support emerging artists too which is nice gilly camperdown n i think tali gallery in rozelle is fab felecia haberfield n i ve bought works from kate owen gallery before i like that they specialise in indigenous pieces kara annandale n not sure about the exhibition side of things but i ve gone to a good adult art class at art est leichhardt they are a little pricey and i had to bring my own art supplies but the classes are fun and you learn a lot cori five dock n little fish on enmore rd it s hidden behind the black rose book shop they put on exhibits by local artists have to admit that i haven t been for ages the last exhibit i saw there was a collection of posters of bands that played at the sando over the years they may have changed their name to fire gallery or something with fire in it maria five dock southern exposure after recently returning from an international antarctic exhibition as part of the 2041 antarctic youth ambassador program i have been struck by a profound new connection with the untouched environment of antarctica a haven of peace and scientific endeavour that is owned by us all along with 20 other young people chosen from around the world i joined this exhibition aiming to champion renewable energy as a path to protect the continent as well as spread awareness about antarctica at an international level it was a lifechanging perception-altering experience where participants witnessed the effects of climate change first hand which has only inspired me further to pursue the avenue of sustainability it is hard to describe antarctica as anything other than a magical place standing atop glaciers and looking out not seeing any signs of humans no rubbish electricity poles walking tracks or even little shacks on the top of mountains is a surreal experience there are places you can stand and know you are very possibly the first person in history to have ever stood in that spot for two weeks being completely surrounded by a white and blue landscape of sea mountains icebergs and glaciers untouched by humans puts our daily lives and current society into perspective ­ the contrast is stark as part of the program we learnt about leadership climate change and sustainability change delivery i also enjoyed discussions about the most effective ways to communicate about the importance of these issues and potential solutions in the coming months i plan to use my new skills to local news major reforms to hit local government marrickville council is urging its citizens to participate in the current community consultations taking place regarding critical changes to state government that would see planning laws affected and sydney metropolitan s 43 councils reduced to just 15 new planning rules will see about 80 per cent of development proposals fast-tracked and determined in less than 25 days residents will be informed but not consulted about such projects and the council will not have the power to knock them back said mayor of marrickville councillor macri for more information or to make a comment visit www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au submissions are welcome until friday 28th june lobbying for bayview park wharf alice in a different kind of wonderland empower young people in my own community working on an inner west community solar project continuing to coordinate the inner west division of the australian youth climate coalition and possibly working with st scholastica s glebe my old high school to achieve a carbon-neutral position i would not have been able to have this transformative experience without support from the community and my sponsors but what can i do you ask there is a lot anyone can do from reducing energy usage in your home or workplace to buying carbon neutral products and paying a little extra for carbon offsets when flying you can also join organisations like the australian youth climate coalition if you re under 30 or climate action newtown burwood or rozelle-balmain most importantly consider the environment and the importance of sustainability when you are deciding your vote on september 14th if you would like to know more about the antarctic youth ambassador program or how to get involved email alice.simpsonyoung@gmail.com n words alice simpson-young who ll pay the ferryman xxxx in light of the bayview park wharf closure the city of canada bay has resolved to work with the local community to seek a meeting with the minister for transport regarding the termination of regular ferry services and other relevant transport matters the bayview park service has had limited support from the government since 2010 said canada bay s mayor angelo tsirekas the service has not been given any opportunity to attract more patrons given the limited timetable and lack of promotion which has forced commuters to look at other forms of transport on the more positive side the mayor was pleased with the confirmation of the drummoyne wharf upgrade scheduled to begin construction in 2015 this wharf has been in dire need of an upgrade for a long time and we have been pushing for this for around 10 years he said sustainable design renovating or building a new home marrickville council can tell you how it can be done in an environmentally friendly way on wednesday 26th june from 6:30pm to 8pm at herb greedy hall marrickville council is holding a seminar for local renovators to find out more about design features and material choices that will make their homes as resource-smart as possible on top of residential construction the council is also promoting environmental responsibility among businesses schools and community groups in the area all of which support the singular idea of sustainability this initiative owes itself to the actions of locals with marrickville mayor victor macri stating our community has told us that one of the big picture areas they want us to focus on achieving is a well-planned sustainable and accessible urban environment a greenxxxxx centre workshop bringing people together caption living he continued by saying that when we work together to minimise our ecological footprint and sustainability then we improve our area s liveability and reflect the expectations and changing needs of our community for more information or bookings visit www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au sustainabledesign or call 9335 2197 entry is free but spaces are limited n words max kobras suspend your next coffee marrickville council has gotten behind the suspended coffee initiative across the local area in which a café patron pays for an extra cup of coffee in advance that can be consumed by a `coffee-drinker-in-need later in the day needy customers can ask participating cafes if there are any suspended coffees available and if so are supplied with a nice hot beverage thanks to the kindness of a stranger this `pay it forward type initiative is gaining popularity world-wide and soon you ll be able to spot marrickville cafes involved by their identifying stickers xxxx charity cappuccinos provided by council celebrate success with specsavers ashfield and be in to win specsavers ashfield was delighted to be named the best `new business in the inner west local business awards 2013 store partners nam nguyen and eileen lim are thrilled with the accolade and are extremely proud of their team this award is a real acknowledgement of our team s hard work and commitment to customer service we have a lot of passion for optometry and keeping the eye health of our community in great condition and hope residents will continue to come in and see us for our professional service and advice 8 this award is made even more special because it was judged by our customers they are the ones we put in the hard yards for so it s fantastic that our efforts have been recognised says ms lim to book an appointment at specsavers ashfield call 02 9011 6988 or visit www.specsavers.com au specsavers offers digital retinal photography with every standard eye test for free n to celebrate their success specsavers ashfield is offering one lucky ciao reader the chance to win a voucher for two pairs of designer glasses valued at up to $800 to enter email info@ciaomagazine.com.au with your name and contact details inner west business awards winners 2013 awards organiser steve loe of precedent productions said the awards night was an exciting event highlighting the outstanding businesses of the local area among the winners on the night were park ave meats which were recognised for their hard work over the last 60 years with a long service award as well as an ashfield council business leader award in the best butcher category specifically however tony jenkins from tj s quality meats in balmain claimed the trophy in other categories newcomer amoretti s took home their first ever award for best pizza restaurant while specsavers ashfield were named best new business overall also in ashfield cafe on charlotte located inside club ashfield was awarded best cafe we were pleased to see ciao s own may cover stars josephine from the inner west local business awards have come to a close for the year with winners finally announced at the awards presentation evening last month so who came out on top read on to find out nocturnal designs and ian and john from balmain mechanical repairs claim awards too plus other great businesses including voila maison black star pastry and expert plumbing congratulations to all the winners this year we look forward to seeing you all again at next year s awards keep up the good work n for more information visit www.precedent.net.

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fashion business awards winner taking care of women specialist lingerie fitter josephine from nocturnal designs is excited to have been named business person of the year for 2013 taking home her very first inner west local business award nominated initially in the best fashion business category the award for best business person came as a hugely pleasant surprise to josephine what makes your business stand out from the rest we pride ourselves on customer service and offer a great bra fitting service in a very friendly as well as a professional environment i think because we are trained mastectomy fitters we have lot of knowledge and experience in bra fitting and we offer that knowledge and experience through our work with our customers we understand customers needs particularly specialist fittings park avenue meats jack selesste skelton park avenue meats ashfield are thrilled to have won both the ashfield council business leader award and long service business award jack skelton has been in the butcher trade for over 61 years and has provided the best quality priced meat in ashfield for 40 years jack selesste stewart and gus would like to thank all their loyal customers and welcomes everyone to come and visit park ave meats ashfield park avenue meats tel 9798 4023 mob 0425 724 678 111 park avenue ashfield 2131 josephine is business person of the year do you have a message for the customers that voted for you it goes without saying thank you so much for voting for nocturnal designs we thoroughly enjoy being in leichhardt as much as you enjoy having us here being nominated for the small business awards confirms that we re doing our bit to make a difference in other women s lives n nocturnal designs shop t22 norton plaza norton st leichhardt tel 9518 3355 kimmy jewellery we are very proud to be the inner west local business award winner for 2013 thanks to our loyal customers that have supported us for the last 25 years we look forward to seeing you all again -kim trinh nocturnal designs would like to thank all our loyal customers for their ongoing continued support as winner of business person of the year i would like to extend a big thank you to my supportive family and staff · norton plaza 55 norton st leichhardt 2040 · · telephone 0518 3355 · kimmy jewellery shop 48 marrickville metro ph 9550 3247 www.facebook.com/kimmyjewellery kimmyjewellery1987@yahoo.com.au tj s quality meats tj s quality meats would like to thank all our loyal customers for all your support and for voting for us in 2013 butcher inner west local business awards 2013 tj s quality meats after more than three decades in the business and quite a few wins at the inner west local business awards tony jenkins ­ owner of balmain s famous butcher tj s quality meats is excited to be named a winner once again in the best butcher category 2013 unfortunately tony and his team were not able to make it to the awards ceremony last month to collect his award in person but today the trophy sits proudly in his shop alongside his numerous other accolades tony recalls with pleasure the fact that he is still the only butcher to have been listed on the sydney magazine s food hall of fame there are various reasons for the butcher s success one of them being his super friendly staff and quality product but tony says it s also important to always spice things up and stay ahead of the pack in the business here tony chats to ciao about his history in balmain and what makes his business stand out from the rest how long have you been in business in the inner west exactly tj s quality meats has been in business for 33 years now starting down in balmain east originally and then moving up to the middle of balmain on darling street in 1996 what is it that makes tj s quality meats special it was around the time i moved up to the centre of balmain that i became involved with organics and biodynamics learning more and more about the farms the soil and the stock that came from these pastures and discovering how much better and cleaner it was for people my shop has been licensed to sell certified bio-dynamic meat for the last 15 years we were the community glamour at its best 9 first butcher to gain demeter certification meaning our products are sourced from bio-dynamic farms where man and nature work together for a better outcome what s the best part of your job it is always great coming to work every day and knowing that we are giving our customers the best product they can possibly have how does it feel to be a winner winning the inner west local business award makes the team at tj s very proud and we are very grateful for all the customers that have supported us over the years n tj s quality meats 319 darling st balmain tel 98102911 tj s quality meats 319 darling street balmain ph 9810 2911

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at home with gabriele moretti gabriele moretti is the owner of amoretti s restaurant in chiswick which recently took home the inner west local business award for best pizza restaurant here gabriele chats to ciao about his greatest passion in life food what is the secret to making the perfect pizza the key to a great pizza is using fine ingredients but the main ingredient to it all is passion and love who taught you how to cook and do you remember the first thing you ever cooked growing up in a italian family from a very young age one learns to use their three main senses right away sight smell and taste one of my earliest memories as far back as i can remember is hanging around near the wood fire oven watching mum knead the dough by hand shortly after i could smell the bread cooking then i knew it was time to bring her the butter and eat hot bread with butter my mother has been a major influence on my cooking habits but i must say i also taught myself a lot i ve always been up for a challenge unfortunately i don t remember what the first dish i ever made was but i d guess it was pasta of some sort what kitchen utensil can t you live without and why gas ok it s not a utensil exactly but i really dislike cooking without it and good quality knives they help you create those perfect dishes by making sure every ingredient is precise which international cuisines influence your cooking style apart from italian thai cuisine inspires me to use fresh earthy ingredients to bring the flavours out during and after cooking name four ingredients that you always have in your kitchen nothing beats the taste of fine olive oil enhanced with fresh herbs such as basil and added with the taste of fresh garlic and most importantly my seasoning spice if you could invite anyone over for dinner at your place who would it be and why this is a tough one but it would be between megan fox and miranda kerr probably megan so i could transform my food to seduce her i wish jared ingersoll on bugs have you ever seen a snail in your backyard or garden and the first emotion you felt was hunger no a rather large slimy snail slithering and leaving behind its sticky viscous silver trail still no well i do not blame you in the least they are insects people and i for one have a prejudice against them ­ i look at them in their natural state and i cringe so would i eat them hell yes they are delicious i recently tried cricket sauce made using the same techniques as fish sauce it was salty and the mushrooms turned out fragrant and wonderful i then enjoyed dehydrated and fried bees that were seasoned with salt and chilli they were quite possibly the best bar snack i have ever eaten the award-winning pizza boy gabriele s tiramisu 2 cups espresso coffee 1/2 cup marsala 3 eggs separated 1/3 cup caster sugar 250g mascarpone 300ml thickened cream lightly whipped 1 large pkt sponge fingers savoiardi biscuits cocoa powder when i was younger i thoroughly enjoyed scoffing down huhu grubs the kiwi version of the witchetty grub and only recently in hong kong i enjoyed a remarkable dish of juicy snails that had a delicate crunch to them the crunch came from the fact that the snails were full of barely formed baby snails with delicate shells the reality of eating insects is this they are the single biggest source of protein on the planet and their combined bio-mass is greater than any other they are nutritious healthy and clean the feed to yield conversions are unreal mammals and fish require approximately 10kg of feed to produce 1kg food versus insects 2kg feed to produce 1kg food so they are sustainable easy to manage and they taste awesome but will we be eating them in the future absolutely in fact we already are we just don t recognise them ­ and that s a good thing if you are going to eat an insect i would recommend this accept that they are an ingredient and a delicious one at that and understand that you are no more likely to enjoy plucking an insect off a branch and popping it in your mouth than you would enjoy chewing the face off a live cow excuse the graphic description but you get my point and with that point i leave you eat well n jared ingersoll www.danksstreetdepot.com p.s and fyi shellac is a food additive that gives confectionery a noticeable `shine and `crack made from the kerria lacca insect pour coffee and marsala into a shallow dish set aside beat egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl with electric beaters until pale and thick add the mascarpone and whipped cream mixing gently until just combined beat egg whites in a medium-sized bowl with electric beaters until soft peaks form using a large metal spoon gently fold egg whites into the mascarpone mixture dip enough biscuits into the coffee mixture to cover the base of a 19cm square ceramic dish cover the biscuits with a third of the mascarpone mixture repeat this layering process two times ending with the cream cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours remove from fridge and dust generously with cocoa powder for a traditional family delight café on charlotte club ashfield and all the staff at café charlotte would like to thank all their customers for their support and loyalty and for voting for us café inner west local business awards 2013 café on charlotte where is the best café in the caféstrewn inner west well according to those who voted in the inner west local business awards it s on charlotte street in ashfield café on charlotte this year s winner in the business awards café category is just in its second year of business and it is already proving to be incredibly popular this café is the most recent addition to club ashfield an establishment that dates back to 1966 as a fundraising group for local catholic schools while still closely tied to the catholic community club ashfield has grown significantly over the past four decades and has now become an entertainment mecca that seeks to satisfy people of all ages and lifestyles with the addition of café on charlotte the club can now be enjoyed at all times of the day which suits their unique hours of 9am to 6am seven days a week in light of their recent achievement ciao magazine had the chance to chat with club ashfield manager vincent di maio who could not be more thrilled about the victory in our interview he said that it is difficult to start a new business but winning awards like this makes all the hard work and time worthwhile on top of that it should be added that it demonstrates the amazing success and quality of café on charlotte vincent attested their victory to the café s adherence to club ashfield s commitment to service saying that café on charlotte proved itself the local favourite by doing all they could to please their customers café on charlotte is by most definitions quite a standard café they provide coffee and all the breakfast and lunch meals you would expect from this type of business what really differentiates this store from its competitors other than just its high quality is their catering service perfect for both private and business events they supply a fantastic selection of platters of sandwiches fruit and sweets as an added bonus this service is available with only 24 hours notice vincent and all the staff from café on charlotte would like to sincerely thank all of the customers who have supported them so far especially the members of club ashfield who over the many years have made this success possible hopefully we will be seeing café on charlotte in the inner west local business awards next year and maybe even see them with a second win n cafe on charlotte 1 charlotte st ashfield tel 9797 7289 cafe on charlotte 1 charlotte st ashfield tel 9797 7289 10

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eggs and bacon best mates till the end of time occasionally though it s important to slip a few other ingredients in there to up the health factor and also to make life a bit more interesting kitchen ingredients 2 cups quinoa cooked 2 free range eggs 2 stalks of kale 2 tsp dijon mustard method with melissa leong a twist on breakfast breakfast bowls serves 2 2 rashers of belly bacon or pancetta 2 tbs sheep s milk yoghurt high in medium chain fatty acids read good for you otherwise a good greek yoghurt will suffice olive oil 1 wedge of lemon salt and pepper to taste wine with winsor bargain buy angove 2012 long row merlot smart packaging darn good drinking and a very reasonable price this new-release merlot from angove is certainly one of the better bargain buys around right now it is better than several merlots at two or three times the price with deep purple colour leading on to dark currant and berry notes on a medium-bodied palate with typically soft and supple merlot mouthfeel $10 kale is eating really well at the moment not to mention it s an inexpensive and highly nutritious way to add a bit of fibre iron magnesium and folate into your morning routine add to this that other i can t believe it s not a grain quinoa and you re ready to rock 1 spring onion stalk finely chopped 1-2 stalks of coriander finely chopped from root to leaf soft boil your eggs peel and set aside pan fry bacon cut into pieces de-stalk kale leaves coarsely chop the leaves keep the stalks for green juices or smoothies in a bowl place the cooked quinoa topped with a tablespoon of yoghurt and a teaspoon of mustard top with the soft boiled egg surround it with the kale and bacon garnish with spring onion and coriander a drizzle of olive oil a squeeze of lemon and season with salt and pepper to eat simply crack the yolk open mix everything together and enjoy a x xxchampion breakfast n www.fooderati.blogspot.com brilliant white rob dolan 2012 true colours chardonnay rob dolan is a larger-than-life character and true colours is his new range of brightly labelled yarra wines of which i found this the standout it s one of those wines where everything has come together seamlessly with an impressive union of stone fruit and citrus notes subtle oak 15 new and some minerality and nuttiness on the palate one glass will probably not be enough $24 family affair patritti 2011 section 181 grenache the patritti family s winery is now slap bang in the middle of adelaide suburbia although they have vineyards in mclaren vale this grenache made from fruit grown at tatachilla is a singlevineyard estate wine made from dry grown fruit that is full of fruity intensity the juicy high-quality fruit has been matured in quality french oak to add complexity and interest one of several patritti wines that offer excellent value for money for a cheap white also try their $14 2012 arneis $28 n www.winsordobbin.com.au at the markets n fruit just trickling in are cherries from the usa hass avocados and navel oranges bananas are eating quite well at the moment as are selected apples including gala and granny smith varieties mandarins are still super tasty too making the absence of tropical summer fruit a little easier to bear n vegetables parsnips are a little expensive and brocolini are in scarce supply but carrots capsicums and beans borlotti butter broad and roman varieties are delicious and plentiful carrots are great to add some crunch to a warm winter soup it s really vegie soup weather now d ma ashfiel ers inn w ll c lates ngratu o its specsavers optometrist after opening their doors just over six months ago specsavers ashfield have been awarded the trophy for best new business at the inner west local business awards this year overjoyed with the honour of winning the award the optometrist director eileen lim says this award is made even more special because it was judged by our customers they are the ones we put in the hard yards for so it s fantastic that our efforts have been recognised specsavers is a market leader in the eyewear and eye health industry and the ashfield branch demonstrates why ­ eileen lim and nam nguyen the store s retail director have over a decade of experience in the optical industry between them and pride themselves on their high standards of customer service and professionalism n specsavers ashfield shop 63 level 4 ashfield mall near woolworths tel 9011 6988 ashfields of fruit food beverage the dedicated fruiterers at ashfields of fruit have taken out the inner west business award for best fruit and vegetable shop in the area this year coming out on top of a number of strong candidates in a very competitive category located right next to coles in ashfield mall this fruit shop still manages to hold its own in the face of big business because of their quality produce and friendly service their food is always fresh and they cater to all your cooking needs ­ even stocking some dairy and bakery products open seven days a week the people at ashfields of fruit are happy to help you find what you need and want to say a huge thank you to all the loyal customers who voted for them during this year s awards n ashfields of fruit shop 16-18 level 3 ashfield mall tel 9799 1880 ashfield mall congratulates its winners in the 2013 inner west local business awards 260a liverpool road ashfield nsw ph 02 9799 8488 www.ashfieldmall.com.au www.facebook.com/ashfieldmall community glamour at its best 11

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city breaks it can be nice to get away from it all to the country but a city break offers an endless array of activities travel editor winsor dobbin recommends five of his favourites travel a capital experience tassie is the new new zealand do it on the qt the capital hotel london it doesn t matter what time of the year you are visiting london is always alive with excitement whether that be the christmas sales and football at arsenal chelsea tottenham or west ham or the summer delights of the chelsea flower show and the tennis at wimbledon one of the chicest addresses in the british capital just 100 metres from shopping meccas harrods and harvey nichols in knightsbridge is the ultradiscreet capital hotel one of the city s few remaining privately-owned boutique hotels david levin who owns both the capital hotel and apartments and the nearby levin hotel prides himself on the professionalism and warmth of his staff a liveried doorman collected my bags from the taxi and two staff members said good afternoon mr dobbin as i walked into the reception area that is personalised service for you i d never set foot in the place before opened by levin in 1971 and now managed by his daughter kate the capital is a quintessential luxury boutique hotel the guest comes first here and nothing is too much trouble if you want kippers for breakfast or a 3am wake up call it just happens prices start from around £220 rising sharply in high season the rooms in this grand hotel in miniature are classic elegant and comfortable but with all modern comforts like sky tv and free wi-fi it s the kind of place where afternoon tea is served and fine whiskies are on offer in the bar there is also an excellent on-site restaurant outlaws at the capital run by twomichelin-hatted chef nathan outlaw and specialising in fresh-caught simple but satisfying cornish seafood like cod hake or turbot salamanca wharf hotel hobart you couldn t ask for a better location than that occupied by salamanca wharf hotel hobart s newest apartment-style hostelry which opened for business just six months ago right on castray esplanade just a few steps from bustling salamanca place and its many bars and restaurants it is in a peaceful location away from the weekend hubbub the new hotel has 22 apartments comprising four loft penthouses fifteen onebedroom apartments and three studio apartments opening accommodation rates range from $200 to $500 per night depending on room type and season the ground floor is home to castray esplanade food wine but there are dozens of great eateries including cargo bar jack greene maldini rockwall the grape and smolt within a couple of hundred metres and several funky waterfront bars and pubs the hotel apartments are designed for individuals and couples seeking extra space quality and personality to make their leisurely escape or business trip a thoroughly enjoyable experience says owner and general manager shane pritchard designed and built from scratch between two original 1840 sandstone warehouses the hotel aims to fuse comfort with attention to detail ­ the wi-fi is fast and free and car parking is also complimentary floor-to-ceiling window/doors in each room can be thrown open to let in fresh air and fully-equipped kitchens are stocked with tasmanian wines beers cheese and chocolate the beds are comfortable and bathrooms well equipped hobart is hosting the winter dark mofo festival featuring acts including martha wainwright and you am i from june 13-23 the qt hotel sydney sometimes the best break can be a couple of days away from the family kids dogs and neighbours relaxing in your own city ­ and there can be no better sydney base than the ultra-hip qt sydney hotel launched late last year the qt and its buzzing gowings bar grill restaurant would have to be two of the most happening hangouts in the harbour city the design hotel is a fusion of cutting-edge art bold interior design and historical architecture that melds two of the city s most famous buildings gowings and the state theatre prices start from around $340 per double the hotel is themed on sydney s past but the rooms offer every modern comfort and the service is top-notch with bespoke furniture and a daring use of colour and art there are 200 guest rooms all different and three food-and-beverage outlets on the ground level parlour lane roasters connects the hotel entrance to bustling market street and is transformed from coffee shop to an aperitif bar in the late afternoon while gowings bar grill on level 1 is the city s new lunchtime hotspot full to the brim with folk from the fashion media and food and wine industries adjacent is gilt lounge a cocktail bar catering to sydney s late-night party set the bar grill has a funky mod australian/american food vibe and an excellent wine list with an outstanding selection by the glass long lunches are back in a big way here on a recent visit the place was packed at 1pm with not a spare table to be found ­ and around half the punters were still there at 3pm the flipside to qt s energetic bar and dining scene is spaq a sanctuary for relaxation with a range of spa treatments and packages including a retro-style barber shop featuring traditional cut-throat shaves n the capital is at 22-24 basil street knightsbridge and is a member of small luxury hotels of the world +44 20 7589 5171 www.capitalhotel.co.uk n for more information see www.salamancawharfhotel.com.au or call 03 6224 7007 n qt sydney is on the corner of george and market streets sydney 02 8262 0000 www.qthotels.com.au the facts l emirates airline which now codeshares with qantas flies to 34 european destinations all via one convenient stop in dubai new destinations include dublin barcelona lisbon lyon warsaw and stockholm from september 2013 l emirates has same day services to europe breakfast in australia lunch in dubai dinner in europe with a global network now featuring services over 130 destinations in 75 countries in europe the middle east africa the indian subcontinent north america south america and asia-pacific l throughout all cabin classes passengers can enjoy over 1,500 channels of entertainment on demand on ice the airline s award-winning in-flight entertainment system l passengers on all emirates flights also have the added bonus of extra baggage allowance with 30 kilograms for those travelling in economy class 40 kilograms for business class and 50 kilograms for first class l emirates currently operates 84 flights per week to dubai from australia from brisbane perth melbourne adelaide and sydney for flight information and bookings contact emirates on 1300 303 777 visit your travel agent or go to www.emirates.com/au n for more of winsor s travel suggestions see www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com kick it milan style the elegant face of brisvegas hotel chateau monfort milan a city centre palace that was left to rot for 30 years before being reborn as a luxury hotel with a fairytale theme might not sound terribly promising however at the chateau monfort at the epicentre of one of europe s chicest cities it works like a charm the new luxury relais chateaux property which opened last year is a charming 77-room boutique hotel in milan with a whimsical ambience that also has its own extravagant gourmet restaurant rubacuori within walking distance of the cathedral and la scala opera house as well as some of the best shopping on the continent hotel chateau monfort in the elegant monforte quarter oozes italian style the hotel s on-site restaurant rubacuori is quirky with ultra-professional staff and features whimsical takes on traditional italian dishes think maybe foie gras escalope with turmeric mango rice chips and sea urchins or maybe red mullet with poached eggs red onion compote and tea foam the hotel has also instituted a wines of the world program that features labels including cape mentelle cloudy bay rupert rothschild from south africa and cheval des andes from argentina these are also available in the relaxed lounge bar populated by a collection of funky artist types young lovers and serious suits the hotel ­ part of the planetaria collection that also includes the excellent grand hotel savoie in genoa has its own fitness centre and spa swimming pool and free wi-fi rooms have a sense of retro charm but all modern comforts and the staff are impeccably mannered prices start from around 265 the sofitel brisbane central brisbane there are some large luxury hotels in which guests are immediately made to feel comfortable too many however are bustling impersonal places where guests are mr room 513 nothing more nothing less but please please spend up on the mini bar others no matter how large have a warm welcoming vibe and seem to actually care whether you need any help with your luggage or help with having a boarding pass printed out very much in the second category is the recently refurbished sofitel brisbane central where there is someone to greet you at the door and the receptionists not only smile but listen simple stuff but all too rare nowadays i ve stayed several times at this property dating back to when it was a sheraton and it has never looked brighter or more welcoming that s in part due to an $8 million refurbishment of all 429 rooms and also to a stylish french attitude that has permeated through all levels of staff ­ who pay attention to client needs the rooms are european in style think chic parisian posters although rather bigger than most ­ and online rates start from around $240 located just above the city centre and within easy walking distance of nighthotspot eagle street pier south bank parklands and the convention centre the sofitel also offers direct access to central station with easy transportation to both brisbane airport and the gold coast hotel facilities include a fitness centre heated pool and spa several restaurants including the upmarket privé 249 and bar choices and the opportunity to upgrade to the club sofitel levels where skyline views and access to the exclusive club sofitel lounge are included n hotel chateau monfort is at 1 corso concordia in central milan phone +39 02 776 761 www.hotelchateaumonfort.com 12 n sofitel brisbane central is at 249 turbot street brisbane phone 07 3835 3535 www.sofitelbrisbane.com.au.

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astrogirlzarro your stars for the week from our real astrogirl aries relationships will depend on suggestive communication techniques when venus connects to mercury ditch the politically correct vernacular and experiment with edgy language taurus jupiter improves your financial situation until june 26th bringing recognition of your talents to a wide audience take advantage of this transit and promote your work with confidence the panel says ortenzia tv news presenter athletic and a gentleman that s not afraid to court a lady he s interested in equals body and brains gemini expect financial gain this fortnight but heed the mercury retrograde motion slamming the breaks on extravagant spending cancer a new twelve-year cycle begins projects initiated under this transit have the opportunity to expand and succeed over the next few years the key element is self-belief leo avoid indulging in fatty food around june 20th before the sun-jupiter link expands your waistline you ll need quiet time after june 26 to recharge your overworked batteries virgo getting your message across to others can be challenging under a mercury retrograde motion establish systems and procedures before june 25 amanda who can resist a good italian boy like this one i d love to share a pizza with him libra a professional cycle begins on june 26 you turn on the libran charm under the sun-mercury-venus link expanding your opportunities for career success scorpio the desire to get away intensifies once the sun mercury and venus join jupiter in your travel zone you ll be keen to explore uncharted territories this fortnight sagittarius take advantage of the jupiter transit to develop a financial strategy that will pay dividends in the future capricorn you ll find it easy to attract a mate mercury provides you with the social skills to charm others with your dry wit and down-to-earth personality aquarius reconnect with daily rituals and observe how it fits into life s big picture understand the long-term impact work habits have on your health learning to say `no occasionally can keep you sane hot or not wanna be taken for a ride by the pizza boy juliana i like boys on bikes very badass matt 21 is an ashbury local who enjoys hanging out with his mates and working on pisces favourable links from jupiter and venus to your sun signals a fortnight of fun pursuing creative activities under this transit will expand your skill set n http astrobabylon.blogspot.com his very well-toned physique currently studying sports science matt also works as a waiter part-time and like most italian boys he loves soccer and riding his motorbike matt is single for the moment but he is trying to woo a certain haberfield resident so who knows how long he ll be on the market if you like what you see pop by la margherita pizzeria in croydon where he can often be found sitting out front with a slice of pizza i wonder if those leather pants are hard to get out of ms red bakery inner west local business awards 2013 black star pastry when christopher thé opened black star pastry back in 2008 he had a very simple philosophy for his business he would make the food that he wanted to rather than following culinary trends and fads or providing the classic money-makers of baking christopher decided to be experimental and create an incredibly unique bakery now on to their second inner west local business awards win in a row it is hard to fault his tactic while also serving as a café black star pastry is certainly more famous for the sweet and savoury creations from the kitchen of particular renown is the strawberry-watermelon cake which has become so popular now that christopher described it has having quite the following the distinct style is based around making honest and real food that newtown locals seem to truly love christopher is especially pleased with this win because black star pastry winner best cake shop/bakery 2 years running 2012 2013 inner west local business awards star pastry chef he views it as a people s choice award which he finds gratifying as it shows the support that his business has from the public and so he wishes to send out his sincerest thanks to the black star community do not be surprised to see these guys snatching another victory next year n black star pastry 277 australia st newtown tel 9557 8656 277 australia st newtown tel 9557 8656 www.blackstarpastry.com.au community glamour at its best 13

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snap happy email your snaps to info@ciaomagazine.com.au photos from the inner west business awards by elisa pantaleoni ladies in red at the inner west local business awards kai and auson from happy tails vet congratulations to jack and his team at park ave meats which took out both a long service business award and ashfield council business leader award ray martin and the rest of the creative team behind the 60 on the road exhibition which launched at art est this month winners are grinners at the local business awards 2013 leichhardt mayor darcy byrne and anthony albanese launch the new cogeneration plant at the leichhardt park aquatic centre getting technical mayor angelo tsirekas with members of the newly launched concord community garden the fmk girls had the best hair at the awards relish business of the year i d just like to say thanks so much to all the loyal customers who voted for us and to my fabulous staff who work so very hard all day and have made everything possible i promise that relish will never compromise on our commitment to customer service and great tasting food -lisa relish norton plaza shop 12 55 norton st leichhardt ph 9572 6899 allure lab nail beauty bar winner beauty services allure lab beauty staff would like to thank all our loyal clients for their wonderful support and voting for us in 2013 allure lab strathfield plaza shop 64-65 11 the boulevarde strathfield ph 9746 0788 14

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lifestyle ask sal budget bathroom makeovers renovating your bathroom here are some handy hints and tips to help you make the most of your money as your give your bathroom a makeover shower curtains replace a dowdy or mouldy shower curtain with a new one for an instant lift better still replace it with a contemporary glass screen this beats the cost of having to replace your whole shower tile paint if you can t afford to replace tired tiles use tile paint to cover them but make sure the tiles are scrupulously clean first and re-grout the gaps after the paint has hardened for a better overall look bathroom cabinets as these are often positioned at eye level they get noticed straightaway so if they look tired or scratched replace them if replacement is out of the question sand down repaint and replace the handles on your existing cabinet instead tiled splashbacks if your budget won t stretch to tiling a whole bathroom even to half-height just put a number of tiles above and around the basin to act as a splashback a well-chosen design can make this a very cheap design accent choose accessories wisely a little time and money spent picking out new co-ordinated accessories for your bathroom can create a whole new atmosphere bathroom greenhouses consider adding a few well-chosen houseplants to your bathroom the damp atmosphere is perfect for many varieties but make sure you keep them in good condition and dust the leaves if necessary remember bathroom makeovers often need more imagination not more money these are just a few ideas to stimulate the grey matter and get your started n for more information call renovations boys on 1300 go boys or visit www.renovationboys.com.au health fighting energy congestion if you re one of the many people who suffer from continual pain in your body or stress in your life you may have congestion in your energetic system that is preventing you from getting over these problems your body is an amazing organism and your energy system is at its core making everything work properly it gives strength and flexibility to our muscles tendons and bones as well as making our organs function our heart pump and blood move it also affects how we feel emotionally ­ the energy is everywhere the energy in our body responds instantaneously to our attitudes and thoughts when we are angry worried or sad the energy literally starts to contract and in doing so specific parts of our body are affected the energy can t flow freely in these compromised areas organs can t perform their jobs properly wounds won t heal and pain and symptoms start to appear it s important to address these underlying problems so you can heal and create a healthy and balanced approach to life acuenergetics® is an energy healing modality that integrates chinese judaic indian and western healing traditions into an accurate energy medicine it takes a very practical approach to treating using energy and has consistently positive results acuenergetics® works because of one basic principle restore flow and you restore function this means that restoring the flow of bio-electricity in the body and mind will restore the body s natural functions acuenergetics® practitioners see all medical conditions as symptomatic of energy blockages using the principle that energy always follows the path of least resistance acuenergetics® practitioners use unique energy techniques to create avenues of flow for energy blockages this allows the body and mind to stop resisting and resume its healing function in essence the body can then simply heal itself n rochelle taylor acuenergetics practitioner teacher acuenergetics® started in balmain in 2000 and is now taught around the world visit acuenergetics.com or call 9818 1522 for more information property italianate character and a deep level landholding 70 macaulay st leichhardt a freestanding home of such traditional character and proportion is hard to find in this tightlyheld inner west address behind its attractive victorian italianate façade is a surprisingly spacious floorplan that includes high ornate ceilings large rooms and excellent future potential to upgrade or redesign to suit your lifestyle set on a deep 329sqm level landholding with an extra wide street frontage it offers a tremendous buying opportunity with norton street s cafés and future light rail within a short stroll features include · interiors with separate lounge dining areas · a deep rear garden with sunlit level lawn · three bedrooms are each double sized · large utilities room or study to the rear · wide side access from street to rear yard · potential to add a car space stca contact nick moraitis 0418 499 339 n www.raywhiteinnerwest.com open sat 10am-10.45am thur 5.30pm-6pm auction 6/7/13 10am onsite expert plumbing plumbing inner west local business awards 2013 expert plumbing services expert plumbing services would like to thank all of our customers for voting for us this year and making us a finalist in the local business awards we are so excited to be in the running and we hope that we can be the winners two years in a row for all your plumbing needs leave it to the experts forty-four years of service and three generations in the business when expert plumbing services claims to have experience they are certainly not kidding the company was first established by ernest and ingrid brock back in 1969 and they have been family owned and operated ever since eps is now in the hands of their son edmund brock and his wife teresa in response to their win in the trade and services category of the inner west local business awards we at ciao magazine talked to their son james the youngest brock working in the family business during our interview james noted how privileged he and his family felt for winning this award and he stated that they wouldn t be where they are today if it wasn t for the support and hard work of their incredible staff having now been nominated as a finalist five years in a row their commitment to workmanship and customer satisfaction is easy to see despite having grown into quite a large business that works all across sydney experts plumbing services still identifies as a family business and that is a very important part of their work ethic in fact according to james this is what truly makes their company stand out from their competitors the experience that they as a family have gained over the years has allowed them to reach the next level of customer satisfaction and the relationships that they have built up with the community are indispensable james believes that they are simply more trustworthy in the eyes of their clients on top of this experts plumbing services provides many small bonuses to put themselves at a level above their competitors for instance with no call out fees and the promise that if your problem is not fixed during their first visit eps will return as soon as possible absolutely free of charge it is these little differences that make the brock family business the best value for your money and it is the combination of value and skilled workmanship that makes experts plumbing services a successful business james brock also wanted to give his thanks to the loyal clients who voted for his family s business in the inner west local business awards and he was confident that they would definitely be back next year 325 concord road concord west ph 9743 2712 community glamour at its best 15 expert plumbing 325 concord road concord west ph 9743 2712 www.expertplumbingservices.com.au

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