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Issue 231 | April 11 2014
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Inner West whispers
Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact...
My Norton St Rules, pop-up shops prosper, bye bye Bar Italia, forced apologies
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Satire for the soul
The traditional owner of this column returns to answer those who’ve criticised his tell-all memoir about Inner West politics
Dear LL – Where are you? Righteous Rightie’s endless ranting is bringing back bad memories of those dark years when the Sydney Morning Herald inexplicably deigned to give Miranda Devine a platform. Gus, Camperdown LL replies: I’ve been otherwise engaged, serving as the Communications Director of an Inner West council that I will, for the sake of discretion, call Marricktown and writing a memoir about it. No doubt another Murdochowned local paper will soon seek to besmirch my good name, so let me address some controversial issues here. It is true I told the Mayor that if they didn’t take a hard line on the BDS issue it “would only be a matter of time until the Jews replace every café on King St with a Max Brenner outlet, erect a giant statue of Benjamin Netanyahu in Camperdown Park and introduce compulsory circumcision for all male patients at RPA.” But I’m not anti-Semitic – The Diary of Anne Frank is one of my favourite books. I did tell the Mayor to lay off the mochas and bust out some one-armed Moldovan deadlifts if he wanted to achieve the washboard abs necessary to rise in politics. Those who would criticise me for such counsel should examine the tragic fate of the KFC-loving Kim Beazley. And, yes, I did plead with the Mayor to ditch their support for “public housing which encouraged povo bogans to move to the Inner West”. Is it my fault that the electorate doesn’t want to interact with Winfieldsmoking, Ned-Kelly-tattoo-sporting, Clive Palmer-voting interlopers? I apologise to those whose private emails and texts I published but Assange or Snowdon would have inevitably done so anyway. Far better that Inner Westies learn the truth about local politics in Diary of Superb Spin Doctor, available now at all good bookstores.
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Dolcetti’s in Wareemba raised eyebrows last week. Was there a new mother’s group in town? No, just a film crew shooting a new TV series in the wonderful Wareemba IGA. The Inner West’s other recent brush with national television was on My Kitchen Rules, when the episode filmed at last year’s Norton Street Festa finally aired after much anticipation. The episode made eating on Norton Street look good again.
l Norton Street institution Bar Italia is being sold. Both the building and business are on the market after 25 years. This local icon has consistently brought people to Norton Street, both locals and those from further afield. Agent Rocco Tripodi has been overwhelmed with enquiry from investors and food operators who still see value in Norton Street. l In a recent council column Mayor Darcy Byrne formally apologised to Ian Wright, director and secretary of Rozelle Village, after Wright threatened legal action against Byrne and Leichhardt Council for defamation. Council has unreservedly apologised to Mr Wright for any hurt he may have suffered as a result of a media release they published last month. The things you say when you are being threatened with legal action – we, of course, empathise completely.
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l Critics of the Renew Leichhardt program are
eating humble pie. Leichhardt Council received hundreds of applications for pop-up shops throughout the area and a pilot of four shops was set up in the Italian Forum. Critics were quoted in other newspapers saying “they didn’t even know they were there.” As it turns out the shops have been doing so well that two of them have signed as full term commercial tenants. Eat that haters.
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Can you think of a great caption for this pic? In celebration of Heritage Week, running from April 12th to 20th this year, Ashfield Council is asking locals to come up with the perfect tag line for this historic image of the Pratten Park drainage construction in 1910. Entries to this competition can be made through Ashfield Library’s Facebook page so if you think you are a master of wordplay, get online with your suggestions. Captions will be judged by the Ashfield and District Historical Society and two winners will receive signed copies of Australian history books by Carol Baxter.
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Light rail isn’t just for inner Inner Westies anymore!
Things we love: the light rail extension to Dulwich Hill – it’s finally up and running! Sure, there are plenty of buses running to and from the City but every local knows how much of a crawl Parramatta Road can be. And there isn’t a train station in sight from Five Dock to Haberfield, Rozelle or Balmain. Hopefully, this new light rail will be the solution for all us carless Inner Westies. Photo by Melanie Wales.
• New Enmore cheese cafe, The Stinking Bishops • The Balmain Sling cocktail from The Cottage • Petersham’s hip new milk bar, Daisy’s (get ready to line up) • The arrival of Locantro’s hot cross buns • A new wine bar at Birkenhead Point shopping centre, overlooking the water from the food court verandah • Cinnamon pretzels from Aunt Lil’s, Burwood Westfield • Remembering our ANZACs
• Disappearing local video stores – Five Dock’s Civic has shrunk to half the size • Inner West petrol prices being some of the highest • Getting caught in a sudden storm without an umbrella • People who walk and look at their phones at the same time – it’s an accident waiting to happen • Casually walking around naked, forgetting that the tradies working on your neighbour’s roof can see into your house • The closure of Pan D’oro, Five Dock
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Step up for two-up
Anzac Day is always a big day for our local pubs, where patrons gather to celebrate our history. Here's a round up of the best places to play two-up with a beer in hand...
The White Cockatoo Hotel
Anzac Day is always big at this Petersham pub. Aside from their world-famous schnitzels, the headline event will be their two-up game run by licensee manager Trevor Smith, who has over 20 years experience hosting. “Not only experienced players have a good time, but newcomers too have a well-run game played at a pace that allows them to join in a great Aussie tradition. The Two-Up school runs from 1pm to 7pm and it is a rowdy, fun and true blue activity for both guys and girls. Come and make a buck or lose one but have a good time doing it,” says Trevor. Photo: www.takenbytim.com.au
Last year's two-up ring was roaring at the Vic on the Park
RANT Lest we forget the wars fought in our name
ANZAC Day, we’re told, is Australia’s “most important national occasion”. But beyond the clichés about how the Anzac “campaign” at Gallipoli Cove in 1915 “shaped Australia’s identity,” there’s very little political reflection on what happened and why. The Anzac landing was instigated by the British War Minister, Winston Churchill, at the request of the Russian Tsar. Its aim was to open up a new front against Germany and its allies by invading Turkey and making a grab for control of Istanbul and the Bosphorus, a strategic neck of water connecting the Mediterranean with the Black Sea. Despite huge opposition to WW1 at home, expressed through two successful anti-conscription campaigns, the lessons of this war have been obscured in favour of an approved gospel to which dissent is deemed treasonous. Photo: Lyndal Irons Websites, school curriculums, and most media outlets are gearing up to reinforce the myth: it doesn’t matter why you are sent to war, or whether your government lied to you or not, the greatest thing an ordinary Australian can do is die in a war. My grand uncle Lieutenant Arthur G Hinman was just 24 when, as part of the 15th Battalion, he was killed at Quinn’s Post in Gallipoli – said to be extremely dangerous because of the proximity of the opposing trenches. Historian Charles Bean in the Story of Anzac describes how Arthur, having only just landed at Gallipoli on April 25th, made clear his disagreement with the commanders’ plans to dig in against the Turks. Arthur “urged a strong objection to the whole undertaking, pointing out that in the morning following the assault, the Australians certainly would be driven out of any captured trenches by the Turkish machine guns, which would enfilade them from both flanks.” Nevertheless the trench digging went ahead. Arthur followed orders and he, along with 473 others, was killed just 15 days after landing. Killed in a war which was supposed to “end all wars” but which was just one of many wars to reshape colonial empires. The remorseless propaganda myth that Gallipoli was about “defending freedom and democracy” is aimed at winning support, or at least acquiescence, for new wars. Just as the Turks resisted invasion in WW1, so too have the peoples of Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. But being no match to the world’s military superpower, these countries have paid a heavy price. These more recent wars have also been obscured by the Anzac myth-makers, keen to remove any connection between the imperial failures of yesterday and today. To this end the Anzac story has been reduced to a depoliticised, sentimental story of courage and mateship, and the sacrifice of so many innocent young men. If “Lest we forget” is to have any meaning, we need to resist the glorification of war, listen to those speaking out against wars being fought in our name and prevent more people from being sent to fight and die in senseless wars. This is a better way of honouring the dead.
It's a jungle out there
If you're looking for somewhere to continue the Anzac Day festivities into the evening, the Newtown Hotel will be having an after party when the sun goes down for those who aren't quite ready to head home. Featuring music by local DJ's Shantan Wantan Ichiban, PHDJ and Styx, it's sure to be a loud and proud Anzac night. During the day, of course, there will be the usual Two-Up event hosted by Mini Cooper, plus $10 jugs of Carlton.
Garden at 5pm. Afterwards, join in for Two-Up in the auditorium from 5.10pm.
The Exchange & Dicks
A pub on each corner of Beattie Street means there'll be plenty of space for everyone this Anzac Day when The Exchange and Dicks Hotel join forces for one huge Block Party with food stalls, music, extra outdoor bars and the largest Two-Up ring in Balmain with a three-tier stadium. Road closures will be in place from 10am and the party starts at 11am!
The Balmain was absolutely packed for Anzac Day 2013 and you can expect a similar turn out this year. They are getting started a little earlier than some venues with their well-hung Aussie hot dog barbecue firing up at 10am. Then there'll be Two-Up from 12pm (till 5pm) with the Tooheys Hostess, plus live music from 1pm.
opposite the club at 3.45am for the city Dawn Service. The city march will also be televised on big screens at the club from 9am to be followed by $5 lunch from 11.30am. At 1.30pm the NSW Fire Brigade Band and Marching Girls will perform but the highlight of the day will be the sunset service at the club's Bert Cook Memorial
Canterbury Hurlstone park RSL A bus will pick up patrons
Vic on the Park
Anzac Day at the Vic is going to be huge. Kicking off at 10am, they are claiming one of the biggest Two-Up games in the Inner West and will be serving up spit roast and Anzac cookies, as well as a free drink for Diggers. Entertainment won't be in short supply either with Furnace & The Fundamentals, Handsome Young Strangers and Jay Katz playing live.
Wolf of King ST
Have you spotted the man cub in Newtown? Keep an eye out for the boy brought up by wolves. Rumour has it he's heading to the King Street Theatre...
Based on the classic tale of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and their arch nemesis Shere Khan, Jungle Book: The Musical is coming to the theatre these school holidays and has been adapted to a rocking contemporary soundtrack, bringing together a cast of newcomers and experienced performers alike. Can Mowgli survive the jungle? Come along and find out as he fights off taunts from Shere Khan, the Bengal tiger who wants him out, while trying to escape the hynoptic powers of Kaa, the python, with the help of some unlikely friends. Don’t miss this rejigged production of Jungle Book, suitable for children aged 4+, showing from April 12th to 26th. Tickets are $20-$25, or grab a family pass for $70 (2 adults, 2 kids). For more information and tickets visit www.kingstreettheatre.com.au.
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Local Business Awards
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Inner West Local Business Awards so there's never been a better time to nominate an outstanding business! The initial stages of the program are based on customer nominations of their favourite local businesses through voting coupons distributed in store and found here in Ciao. Customers are also able to nominate registered businesses at www.thebusinessawards.com with nominations open from April 14th to May 7th. Local businesses are
encouraged to register now to receive a launch pack and take advantage of online voting. Once finalists have been confirmed, the judging process begins and winners will be announced at the Presentation Evening on Wednesday 25th June. n For more information visit www.thebusinessawards.com.
Sunday 13th April
Annandale Neighbourhood Centre Open Day
enjoy exhibitions and fun children's activities, as part of the Annandale Heritage Festival. There will be the Heritage Poster exhibition on display and talks, as well as a reptile zoo, Kindifarm, face painting and magician to keep kids entertained, plus a balloonist and roving guitar troubadour! Look out for the Cumberland Society Miniature War Games Display and an art exhibition. n Where: 79 Johnston St, Annandale.
From Tuesday 15th April
open for bookings! Kicking off from April 15th to 24th children aged five to 14 years are invited to join in the fun at a variety of activities including rugby clinics, laser tag, hockey clinic, AFL and soccer clinics, dance classes, golf lessons, gymnastics and more. Prices vary from $25 to $50, depending on what activity you'd like to sign up for and bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Bookings close 24 hours before the event. n Visit www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au for the full program and bookings.
From Monday 21st April
Q2 Dance workshops
Q2 Dance have their Term 1 Holiday Dance Workshops coming up this April with something on offer for beginners and advanced dancers alike, aged 6 to 17 years old. From April 21st to 25th, dancers can take part in all kinds of dance classes from jazz to hip hop, ballet and contemporary, as well as drama and singing lessons. Workshops cost $200 for the whole week, 9.30am-3pm. There will also be a performance for family and friends at the end of the week. For more information and bookings call 0403 961 871, or visit www.q2dance.com.
n Where: 1/105-107 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown.
Get over to the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre's Open Day this weekend from 10am to 2pm and
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Thursday 17th April
Nature vs nurture?
The Delta Riggs Sporting haircuts taken directly from This Is Spinal Tap, this Melbourne four-piece jumps from genre to genre with reckless abandon. One second it’s blues rock, then it will get psychedelic and groovy before ending with some swampy riffs. Awesome the whole way through. n The Roller Den, $15.85
Friday 18th April
Like Father, Like Son
The stars of Chinese Puzzle together in New York
Maids Don’t be fooled by the name; these guys are no softies. While you can still hear a lot of angst, the kind you hear in really awful metal music, this band is pretty cool if you’re into chunky guitar and hypnotic vocals. Good stuff. n Bald Faced Stag
Saturday 26th April
King Tide and Dog Trumpet King Tide is one of Australia’s favourite soulreggae bands. Dog Trumpet is the latest musical endeavour of Peter O’Doherty and his brother Chris (AKA Reg Mombassa or the guy who does all those Mambo illustrations). Nuff said. n The Vanguard, $28.80
Most of the characters we first met in The Spanish Apartment and later in Russian Dolls are back in Cédric Klapisch’s delightful new comedy. Xavier (Romain Duris), now a dad and trying to write his new novel, is finding life very complicated. He decided to help best friend Isabelle (Cécile De France) have a baby with her girlfriend, but soon after, Wendy (Kelly Reilly) the mother of his kids decamps and moves them to New York. Xavier follows them over. Sham marriages, affairs and the complicated return of ex g-f Martine (Audrey Tautou) all mean life in the cultural melting pot of NY's Chinatown is far from dull. The comedy’s success rests on Xavier, and fortunately Duris’s easy charm – combined with appealing characters as well as the film’s lively pace – make it a winner. You don’t need to have seen the earlier instalments to enjoy this sweet little charmer. It's great to see this crew back together – no matter how complicated all their lives have become. M15+ from April 17.
★ Thanks to Transmission Films we have 10 double in-season passes to give away. Details below.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The actors – Jude Law, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe and especially Ralph Fiennes as the gay but sexually versatile hotel concierge Gustav (he beds elderly rich ladies for money), all have huge fun in Wes Anderson’s latest confection. The audience less so. Set sometime vague, somewhere in the AustroHungarian Alps, it’s like a glorious and elaborate meringue, delicious but empty. It generates titters rather than real laughs, and the tone is facetious and mocking. Few will have a clue what the point of the satire is. M15+ on now.
Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) is not an easy man to like; a workaholic, neglectful of his wife Midori (Machiko Ono) and demanding of his six-year-old son Keita (Keita Ninomiya). Clearly well off, they live in an immaculate high-rise apartment in a Japanese city. Without a doubt they are a caring and loving family and Keita wants for nothing. But here’s the rub: he is not theirs. For reasons which are at first unclear, two babies were swapped at birth, and another family, an easygoing working class one, have raised their real son. That’s the set-up, and the bare bones of an impossible dilemma: what next? The couples meet, and a cautious program of exchange is agreed upon. Hirokazu Kore-eda (I Wish) is brilliant with child actors, but the focus of this story is on both sets of parents. Impeccably presented clipped scenes chart their painful journey briskly, and right from the start we know tears will flow. But such is the impact of this thoughtprovoking drama, that when they come, that moment is still a beautiful surprise. PG from April 17.
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The weird world of Wes Dom is a very Sexy Beast
Entertainment fit for a king
Prepare your senses for some Royal Easter Show entertainment, fun and games! It's set to be the biggest year yet...
The show will be on from April 10th to 23rd this year and will feature loads of brand new entertainment including Dinosaur Adventures – an interactive walk-through exhibition featuring life-sized animated creatures with reptilian skin that roar, breathe, stomp and truly come to life. Also making its debut this year is Goin’ Ape – Gorillas in your Midst. Performed all around the world, showgoers will find it hard to not to be impressed by these four naturalistic mountain gorilla performers and their intrepid explorer friend. But what is really fantastic is the new evening entertainment at the Main Arena. Keep your eyes and ears open for the spectacular 12-minute fireworks finale that will close off the night!
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We first meet Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) in prison delivering a surprisingly literate soliloquy to his penis. Soon he’s out to team up with Dickie (Richard E Grant) and collect his payoff for the job which sent him away. Which, during a drug-fuelled binge, he promptly looses. Dom's a foul-mouthed thug but does have functioning brain cells behind those manicured muttonchops. And even a heart beneath the dandy double-breasted blue suit – we see that as he struggles with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke, GOT’s Queen Daenerys). Richard Shepard’s wildly funny oddity should come with its own special language warning but that won’t deter fans of cult Brit indies. They'll find Dom! MA15+ Available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital on April 23. ★ Thanks to Transmission Home Entertainment we
have 5 DVDs to give away. Details below. n Reviews – Russell Edwards
Rides and games galore, it must be the Royal Easter Show!
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Tuesday 29th April
Saturday 19th April
Join in for an evening of live music, delicious food and plenty of laughs at Club #42, inside Canada Bay Club. Cocktail dresses and dancing shoes are a must at this event, to be held on Easter Saturday from 7pm. $70 buys you a ticket, including twocourse dinner and a show plus a complimentary glass of Champagne and chocolate on arrival. Seats are limited so call Peter on 0418 261 694 to reserve your spot!
n More info at www.club42.com.au.
Saturday 26th April
Much clowning about
Sydney Comedy Festival
Sydney’s 2014 Comedy Festival will kick off with the Theatresports’ State of Origin National Championships! Every year the hottest teams of
improv comedians from all over Australia come to battle it out, taking part in improvised scenes, poems, stories and songs – with audience suggestions – and celebrity judges. Last year NSW reigned supreme, but can they defend their crown? It’s State (or is that Stage?) of Origin, comedystyle! 6pm at the Enmore Theatre, tickets start at $28.
This event is a women in business panel discussion, workshop and networking event with a fabulous wholefoods breakfast included – all aimed at educating and motivating women in the wellness industry. The workshop will be lead by Brook McCarthy of Yoga Reach and will be busting myths about success, happiness and how to build a healthy, sustainable business. Running from 7am to 10.30am at the NSW Writer Centre, Gary Own House, Callan Park (Balmain Rd, Rozelle), tickets are $85.
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Until Sunday 13th July
Cup this year, Braza restaurants (Leichhardt, Newport and Darling Harbour) are offering special food and drink deals, free entertainment and some fabulous give-aways during their three-month “BRAZILFEST" event. Running until July 13th, there will be free entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays, and Braza Darling Quarter will also display LIVE World Cup matches on the big screen featuring Brazilian and Australian group games along with all the leading second round games and all the finals.
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LITTLE ITALY LANDS IN MARRICKVILLE
Paesanella Cheese have just opened an exciting new retail outlet in the heart of the inner west. The new deli offers a wide selection of the finest Australian and continental produce. Specialising in cold meats, cheeses, breads, oils, spices, sauces, pasta, organic vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other delicacies from around the world. In addition the store offers cooked meals and catering for your event.
150-152 Marrickvile Road, Marrickville. Ph (02) 9519 6181. Monday-Saturday: 8am-5pm Sunday: 7am-2pm www.facebook.com/paesanella
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Compost is a crucial element of any well-managed garden.
A well-built hot compost can break down several cubic metres of organic material in a matter of weeks, and is an excellent way to concentrate large amounts of material quickly; or you can take the cool, slow route, by generating an environment worms will be happy in. Both will create high quality plant food which your leafy friends will love! Get started by keeping a scrap bucket in your kitchen. An old ice cream container is ideal because it fills up quickly and needs to be emptied while it’s reasonably fresh. Into this container goes all your organic material – food scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, veggie offcuts and old tea bags. If you wish, you can keep a separate bucket for soup stock ingredients (refrigerate if necessary). Simmer this up while it’s still good, strain it, make soup from the liquid and put what’s left into your compost. Try to keep animal products to a minimum. If you do produce bone, try burying it in scattered places around the garden as soil acidity functions in such a way as to break down calcium and alkaline material quickly when needed and more slowly when not, so think of bones as slow-release calcium, nitrogen, and phosphorus banks in the garden. If in doubt, trust your dog. Compost piles and worm farms come in many forms and you don’t need to buy anything especially – remember, all the magic is in the food you’re contributing. Choose an enclosure you feel comfortable having in your garden. Compost containers are generally open to the soil to encourage worms and bacteria to migrate in, and sealed with chicken wire on bottom and a lid on top to keep larger vermin out. Besides scraps, your compost needs two parts carbon. Generally, this is brown – old leaves, sticks, coffee grounds. See how it goes as your
As Anzac Day approaches we wonder: is the Inner West patriotic?
“Ask that question again in June for the World Cup!” n Mark, Leichhardt. “As an elected Council representative over the past 25 years, I have seen growing crowds at the dawn service of successive Anzac Day services. I've been impressed with the young children who attend with their parents or, as teenagers, with their mates. There's plenty of respect amongst our young and I believe the tradition will thrive. So 'patriotic' may not be the word I'd use, as that conjures images of Americantype flag waving razzmatazz, but 'respectful', most certainly.” n Michael Megna, Abbotsford. “Locals are proud to be Aussie but not necessarily 'patriotic' in terms of supporting war,” n Jerry, Ashfield. “I know heaps of young people that have signed up for the Army and Navy, however I don't know if this translates to patriotism necessarily. It's actually think people view it as a career move, like any other.” n Fiona, Newtown.
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Local artist heads to Rome
Newtown resident and emerging contemporary painter Mason Kimber will be leaving for a three-month studio residency at the prestigious British School at Rome this month, after having been awarded the 2014 National Art School British School at Rome Residency. While based at Italy’s cultural and historic epicentre,Mason will be researching the theme of 'architectural memory' and says he is excited “to really focus on art and develop new ideas without any outside pressures or distractions.”
Volunteers from Addison Road Community Garden collecting food scraps from Marrickville xx x Markets to be used in composting
compost ages. Healthy compost smells good, so if it gets stinky or slimy it needs more carbon and aeration; this might occur if there are a lot of fruit scraps. If it’s dry and not much is happening, water it and add more scraps. You want the scraps and carbon material fairly evenly distributed. What’s doing the work in there is aerobic bacteria, and those guys are tiny. Save them a long commute and mix your compost well. Seal your compost in with a hessian sack (which will break down eventually) or a few inches of leaves and put a lid on it. Once it’s balanced and on its way, stir it occasionally but otherwise let it go. You’ll know your compost is ready when it feels and smells like dark, rich soil. If you’re pressed for space, feel free to drop your scraps to the compost area of our community garden at the Addison Road Centre! We’re usually around Sunday afternoons and always keen to make new friends and see more people learn how to garden organically.
n Words: Matthew Moore, Addison Road Community Garden. Email addison. email@example.com.
Ashfield's eco winner
Sharryn Gannon has been announced the winner of Ashfield Council's Sustainable Food Challenge, after being one in thirty households to commit to meat-free Mondays, trying organic food and reducing food waste for one whole month. The Sustainable Food Challenge was just the first of four separate competitions Council is holding as part of the Eco Challenge, with the other categories including Energy and Water at Home, Sustainable Transport and Know your Waste.
n To find out more about the competitions or to sign up, visit www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au/page/ashfield_eco_ challenge.
Peurla xx x picking up some fresh fruit and veg for the fam
A gutsy girl
When student Peurla Saad took the GI Cancer Institute’s Gutsy Challenge in memory of her great aunt who died from oesophageal cancer, little did she know it would become a family tradition. Running from March until November each year, the challenge encourages children to seek sponsorship to eat two fruit and four vegetables everyday for one week to raise money for Gastro-Intestinal (GI) cancer research. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, one in four Australian children are either overweight or obese, so the challenge is a practical way to decrease the risk of developing of GI cancers later in life while also raising money for the cause. Most children take the challenge once a year, but Peurla and her family enjoy the benefits of healthy eating so much, they now do it once a month. Now in its fifth year, the Gutsy Challenge has transformed the eating habits of more than 13,000 children. n Visit gutsychallenge.com for more information.
The nominations for this year’s Sustainability Awards have just opened and Canada Bay’s Mayor Angelo Tsirekas is inviting the whole community to get involved!
As a celebration of those special people who improve the community, it is integral that locals play a part and vote for their eco-champions. The awards, which are presented to businesses, community groups and individuals who achieved outstanding economic, social or environmental outcomes in the past two years, will be presented at a ceremony later this year. The theme for this year’s awards is technology and the impact of technological advantages in improving sustainability. Categories for awards will include the sustainable culture award, best maintained heritage property and best child-friendly business. Award nominations are open to all community organisations and residents located in the City of Canada Bay who have
Winners are grinners. Will you be grinning this year?
demonstrated their commitment to sustainability for the area. To make a nomination email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form, detail why your nominee deserves to win and return to Council. Nominations close Monday 9th June so if you know a local eco-champion, don’t delay in sending in your application.
n For more information visit www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au.
Have a Royal Anzac Day
It's gearing up to be an exciting Anzac Day at the Royal Hotel, Leichhardt. We caught up with Marketing Manager, Cassie Lalieu, to find out exactly what will be happening on the day...
What do you have planned for Anzac Day? We’re very excited to encourage the Anzac Day spirit, not only because it's the first time since taking over management of the Royal, but also because we're excited to have all of Leichhardt involved. Everyone is invited to come down with a two-up arena in our main bar from 2pm and live music from 9pm.
Why is Anzac Day traditionally such a big day for pubs, not just in the Inner West but Sydney-wide? Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions and with pubs at the core of Australian culture, it makes sense that this special day really strikes a chord with publicans and the community around them. Pubs, such as the Royal, are at the heart of their community and are the perfect place for people to come together in a relaxed, heartfelt and welcoming environment for a cold beer, a good meal and some twoup. You can’t get that true blue, mateship atmosphere anywhere else. Why do you think it's important for locals to get together and celebrate this event? Anzac Day is all about comradeship, mateship and the community you are a part of – that’s
what it was all about for the Anzac diggers. We think that Anzac Day is an opportunity for locals to come together and really live the true blue Aussie spirit that was so prevalent in our Anzac diggers. If you had to choose, what traditional Aussie treat would you go for – Anzac cookies or lamingtons? Anzac Day cookies all the way! So there you have it pubgoers, get into the Anzac Day spirit and get down to the Royal come April 25th. The pub will be open from 8am to late so you can settle in all day. Be sure to stay for dinner too, “You can’t go past the Royal Burger or the Fish n Chips,” says Cassie.
n The Royal Hotel: 156 Norton St, Leichhardt. For more information visit www.theroyalleichhardt.com.au.
Two-up and a beer makes for a perfect Anzac Day
in the kitchen
Paella is one of those dishes that seems so effortless and yet most mere mortals won’t attempt it at home for fear of failure. Miguel Cuevas, Australian-based Spanish chef and caterer extraordinaire, is hosting a competition to find the best paella chef in Oceania, who will then go on to compete in the famed Sueca Paella Festival in Valencia, Spain, later in the year. Suffice to say, he knows a thing or two about the iconic Spanish dish, so here ’tis, in just seven steps.
Wine with Winsor
Wynns Coonawarra Estate 2013 Riesling Coonawarra may be best known for its reds but Wynns have been making this reliably good riesling since 1962. It’s a lovely wine with varietal lime and lemon meringue pie flavours. It finishes dry with some brisk but not overwhelming acidity and would be great enjoyed well chilled with anything from smoked salmon to Portuguese spicy chicken. Often found as a discount special. $20.
Paella in seven steps
Ingredients: 1kg rice Bomba or Calasparra from Spain or short grain Australian rice, 63g salt, 1.5kg Australian barramundi in cubes, 1.5kg Australian calamari in rings, 1 WA lobster in two halves (optional), 10-15 Tasmanian mussels washed, 10 Australian Ocean Tiger Prawns (or your favourite prawns) peeled or unpeeled, 250g ripe tomato crushed or diced, 500g local green beans, 2 garlic cloves (peeled and chopped), 350ml Australian extra virgin olive oil, a spoon of nonsmoked paprika from Australia, 1/2g Tasmanian saffron threads soaked in water for 1 hour, a small pinch of Australian lemon myrtle
Hope xx x you’ve got an appetite
Method: 1. Heat 150ml of the oil. Fry the prawns, half the lobster and one chopped garlic. Set aside. 2. Fry the mussels until they all open up and mix them well with the oil. Set aside. 3. Add the rest of the oil and fry the barramundi, calamari and then the shredded meat of the other half lobster. 4. Add green beans and garlic. Fry it all together for 2-3 minutes. Add the tomato and let it all infuse together. 5. Once the tomato is reduced, mix in the paprika, add 2.7 parts of water for each part of rice (less if is Australian rice) and increase to maximum heat for 5-7 minutes. Add saffron, salt and meat of 2 mussels. Tip: you can prepare an amazing stock beforehand with water, heads of the prawns
and ½ an onion. 6. Once it boils, add the rice and distribute it evenly, then don’t move it again. Leave the heat on maximum for 7-10 minutes, and then as the rice absorbs the water reduce the heat accordingly. Keep carefully probing that the rice is not burning (but never stirring the rice!). What you are aiming for is for the ‘socarrat’ (the rice at the bottom of the pan where some will stick to the pan) to be of a light brown colour. The quality of the socarrat for Spaniards is so important that I don’t hesitate to compare it to what ‘al dente’ is for Italians, so beware! 7. Once the water in absorbed you will hear the rice at the bottom making a ‘popping’ sound. Add a little pinch of lemon myrtle on top of the paella for an aromatic touch. Buen provecho!
La Vendetta 2012 Sangiovese This excellent Tuscan red is one of a range of bargain-basement imported wines distributed by Fourth Wave Wine Partners. It is a nicely balanced sangiovese from Tuscany with bright fruit combining impressively with some more savoury, earthy characters. A lovely food wine that would be an amiable companion with pasta dishes, pizzas or even a late-night cheese and crackers. $17.
Forester Estate 2013 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Forester Estate is one of the lower-profile wine producers in Western Australia’s beautiful Margaret River region but this blend of two grapes that thrive in the region shone in a recent tasting. It is a fresh, clean, drink-now style with a beguiling combination of citrus flavours and herbaceous notes. Pair this with pan-fried fish dishes, or maybe sushi and sashimi. $20.
n Fruit: Apples are a great buy at the moment with new seasons for most breeds, as are grapes – especially sultanas, crimson seedless and midnight beauties. Avoid all stone fruit from now on; instead take up bananas at $1.49/kg. Avocadoes are good but best to wait a week or two. n Vegetables: Broccoli and celery are a good purchase at the moment at $2-3 per kilo/bunch respectively. All Chinese veggies are cheap right now at $1.50-$2 a bunch, but quality may not be the best due to recent rain; check all green veggies for rain damage. n www.trims.freshfoodclub.com.au
At the markets
At home with... Simon bimson
Simon Bimson is the owner and pâtissier at Strawberry Fields Patisserie, Dulwich Hill. He and his partner, Kate, opened the patisserie in 2012 and have quickly become famous for their freshly made cakes, pastries and pies, winning nine medals at this year’s Sydney Royal Fine Food Awards. Here we chat to Simon about his awards and how he got started in the baking business...
When did you discover your passion for food and decide you wanted to work in this industry? My passion for food started early. I started as a kitchen hand in Newtown in 1996, not really having any idea as to what direction I wanted to take with my career. Then I started work in a bakery as a bakers assistant and realised that I had a natural talent to bake and make pastries. This is what led me to stay in the industry and further my knowledge with studying and becoming a Pâtissier. How does it feel to have achieved your dream of owning your own patisserie? I have always dreamt of having my own patisserie. It has been hard, tiring work but the benefits are now starting to show. People love what we do as we are different from any other café or standard bakery. We produce product that is fresh, unique and singular. What’s your favourite part of the job? It’s a very rewarding career, there are a number of reasons why I love what I do. I love the smell of bread and croissants baking early in the morning as the sun rises. Also our customers, especially our regulars, really make my day. They are so supportive of my business and what we do. What four ingredients are essential in your kitchen? Butter – real butter, not margarine – sugar, eggs and flour. This is the basis of every cake you will make.
Do you buy Australian made?
A few days back I was lunching with a friend who has a really exciting exporting business. We were talking about Australia’s reluctance to truly support Australian native foods and locally made products. Then a day or two later, talking with a venison farmer – whom, aside from just meat, manufactures products like hides and velvet – the topic came up again. While their whole business philosophy has always been the ‘paddock to plate’ approach and they have steadfastly embraced the importance of Australian made, none of it counts for much if the customers are not buying. Their thinking is fantastic but the reality of their industry is that Australians don’t like eating venison (85 percent of what’s farmed here is exported). Furthermore, to get a hide processed locally is seven to eight times more expensive than overseas.
If you could invite anyone over for dinner, whom would you invite and why? My perfect dinner party would be Gordon Ramsey for his honest opinions, Heston Blumenthal because what he does with food is out of this world, my wife because I have to, and lastly, John Cleese to make us laugh and also to do the dishes. Can you tell us about the exciting Sydney Royal Fine Food awards you won recently in the lead up to the Easter Show? Last year, in our first year of operation, we won seven medals at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Awards. This year, we won nine medals; two silvers for our Strawberry Fields Forever tart and Pear and Honey Muffin. As well as seven bronze awards for our Custard Tart, Almond Croissant, She’s My Cherry Pie, Petit Fours, Croissant, Chicken and Vegetable Pie, and Beef and Batch Stout Pie. a double pass and feast on some of Simon’s treats in the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome, email info@ciaomagazine. com.au and tell us in 25 words or less what ignites your senses at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Visit www. eastershow.com.au for inspiration.
n The Easter Show has begun! To WIN
“When faced with a choice we generally forget our emotive words and go for the cheaper option.”
Now we have all heard Dick Smith bang the ‘Aussie made’ drum and more than a few foodies talk about the importance of eating locally. But is it the right thing to do? When faced with the choice of a locally made product or a cheaper imported product, we generally forget our emotive words and go for the cheaper option. Which makes sense because then we are able to save our money for those really expensive imported products like cars, computers, whitegoods, clothes and eating at the table of a foreign celebrity chef. Hopefully you sense my sarcasm here. I know this rant is rather broad, and it’s not about sour grapes, but I can’t help but think that those of us choosing to live in Australia are constantly missing out on some bloody brilliant opportunities because our vision is clouded by the next big thing coming in from overseas. It’s time to put our money where our mouth is and think a little more about our purchasing decisions, in the kitchen and beyond.
n For more information visit www.foodforpeople.info
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The Sustainability Awards is our leading initiative in recognising local champions who demonstrate outstanding contributions towards the environmental, economic or social sustainability of our City.
To get involved, simply visit our website and complete a nomination form. The first 20 people to nominate themselves or someone else will receive a complimentary ticket to the prestigious awards night on Monday, 8 September. For more info, visit www.sustainabilityawards.net or call Council on 9911 6555. Entries close Tuesday, 10 June.
Tel 9911 6555 Fax 9911 6550 www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au
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Brad wears Billabong from head to toe, and is obviously a Canon man
Mel teams Apache boots with Cotton On clothes and a Colombian bag
n Photographer: Elisa Pantaleoni | Locations: Newtown & Ashfield’s Carnival of Cultures
Lisa wears a Forever New top, Hippy Shop pants, Havaianas and a Diana Ferrari bag
Sherry wears an American Apparel skirt, vintage top and Toms shoes
Kitya wears a Hamp jumper, Billabong shorts and Converse
Who says shoes need to match? Alex wears a Nirvana T-shirt, Jay Jays jacket, Levi jeans and Nikes
Aisling looks super cute in an Origami Doll dress and shoes from Vinnies
We love Jo’s Spencer Roger hat, Cne Teaspoon cardi, Topshop bag and Peace by Piece shoes
Franky, Antony & Michael
These kids are rocking K-Mart and enjoying Ashfield’s best carnival
Michelle wears Boutique Steve at the Carnival of Cultures
Samantha wears a Target outfit
Jay pairs Mambo and vintage pieces to create this cool look
Gaia wears Jay Jays shorts, an Intruder top, Rubi shoes and a Collette bag
Drooby wears Wrangler jeans, a David & Goliath T-shirt, Calvin Klein bag and Dunlops
Clara looks fabulous dressed in fashion from Myer www.ciaomagazine.com.au