There’s life in the Inner West!
Issue 232 | April 25 2014
Why one Inner Westie enlisted
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Where to find fair trade fare
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Tanya Plibersek on the work-family juggle
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Inner West whispers
Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact...
News from the bakehouse and the online revolution sweeping local businesses
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seven years on the verge of bankruptcy to become an overnight success,” Paris Cutler of Planet Cake is closing her Balmain store. After being featured in her own TV show, and having supplied cakes to Rihanna and Katy Perry, Cutler went into voluntary administration in 2012 with $500,000 owed to suppliers and staff. Now with the worst behind her, the celebrity businesswoman will merge her business with Whimsical Cakehouse and Cake Decorating Solutions, and form a cake decorating megaforce.
everywhere. He followed up his delicious lunch with a visit to Cremeria de Luca for dessert, where he enjoyed a gelato and brioche.
l The much loved Shearer’s Bookstore is
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Balmain baker was spotted enjoying Sunday lunch at Gatto Matto Trattoria, Five Dock, recently? We’ll give you a clue: his name is synonymous with Zumbarons... That’s right, Adriano Zumbo was trying not to draw attention to himself, wearing a hat and sunnies, but our spies are
moving online and dispensing with their bricks and mortar establishment for now. After going through the toughest of economic conditions, a re-location from Palace Cinemas to MarketPlace Leichhardt, and facing fierce competition from overseas book retailers, Shearer’s had managed to thrive with the support of loyal customers and a sophisticated social media network. Don’t miss their final chapter and redeem any unused gift vouchers now. Their old location under the cinemas remains empty. Jewellery, Newtown, are another two high profile retailers that are moving online.
Dear RR – If memory serves, the treasonous Australian Republic Movement held its referendum night wake at Balmain Town Hall 15 years ago. How pleased are you to see the Australian people, including not a few Inner Westies of swarthy ethnic heritage, in a collective national swoon over William, Kate and gorgeous George? David, Paddington RR replies: I shudder to think that if the Republicans had succeeded in their evil aims this nation would now be ruled by President Ray Martin. Frankly, the periodic election of Labor governments is evidence enough the Australian electorate can’t be trusted with the small amount of power it does possess. It’s some small consolation that should they be so idiotic as to elect an anarcho-socialist like Gough Whitlam again the Monarch, or their local representative, would be able to step in and facilitate the immediate election of a conservative government, should Rupert Murdoch be otherwise engaged. Give the Australian people the choice of watching Downton Abbey or that cat-murdering communist Malcolm Turnbull on Q&A and which do you think they would choose? Give them the option of waving flags at a visiting royal while squealing like schoolgirls, or quaffing kale juice while discussing constitutional reform with a collective of bien pensant, pseudo-intellectual poseurs and which would they prefer? Give then the choice of being called Sir, Dame or Lord after making an appropriately sized donation to the Liberal Party or receiving one of those every-kiddiewins-a-prize Orders of Australia handed out like confetti to do-gooding social workers and homosexual poetasters and… well you get the idea. We can all thank God that however idiotic the common people may be, they nonetheless have sufficient humility to understand how vastly inferior they are to English aristocrats. n Email your dilemma to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Janet Heyden, Leichhardt resident from 1884 to 1937, was unarguably an incredible woman; a member of the Feminist Club, one of the first female Justices of the Peace in NSW and, perhaps most interestingly, a pioneer of Mother’s Day in Australia. In 1924, Janet appealed for small gifts as donations to give to the elderly women of Newington State Hospital, which she distributed on Mother’s Day. These donations continued for the next seven years with assistance from local newspapers and helped to lift public awareness of Mother’s Day throughout Australia.
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Never a truer word chalked on a board!
Things we love: coffee, wine and this sign outside Elizabeth’s Bookshop on King Street, Newtown. We spotted these witty words of wisdom in front of the fabulous bookshop on our way up to the pub and were quite relieved to discover we’re not the only ones pretending to work when really we’re just waiting for our watch to strike wine o’clock.
• Marrickville Metro’s food court preventing waste by discounting food after the lunch rush • The Hickory Burger from the Oxford Tavern (rivalling Mary’s burgers) • Game of Thrones returning to our screens
• Yogurtland – it’s closed on King St, I guess you can have too much froyo • New speed humps on Henley Marine Drive, Drummoyne • Finally finding a parking spot in Glebe only to be told by a policeman that you’re car will most probably be stolen if you leave it there • People stealing things right off your trolley at Ikea, Tempe • Navigating Rhodes Shopping Centre car park on a rainy Saturday
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Fair (dinkum) Trade
Fair Trade Fortnight is running from May 3rd to 18th this year, celebrating all things Fair Trade and the power of the buyer to change lives all over the world by choosing the right products at their local stores. Here we take a look at some of the best places to find Fair Trade in the Inner West...
There are a number of great places to shop across Newtown and Enmore and Alfalfa House is one of the best; stocking Fair Trade tea, coffee and chocolate as well as a huge range of organic products. They also make a special effort to ethically source certain products, such as coconut oil, they know are likely to come from problematic places.
Our underwhelming light rail
All aboard the Dulwich Hill Flyer? Maybe not, reports have said that it’s overcrowded, cramped and infrequent. Fair enough too, the truth is our new light rail is just not good enough.
The reports claimed the trams were “dangerously crowded” in peak hour, with passengers “crammed like sardines.” A regular Annandale commuter complained it now feels like “travelling in a third-world country” and says she won’t use it again. Well, she could try a time out of the very short peak hours – when the trams run almost empty – all day and way into the night. Empty! She’s right to feel short changed though, and the overcrowding highlights light rail’s inherent limitations. But dissing the “third world” is unfair. Most countries to our north, even India and Indonesia, have invested in modern, efficient, fast metro services, and have, or will soon have, far better systems than Sydney’s. The Chinese are rolling out whole new metro networks for all their cities. Take a ride on Shanghai’s metro on your next trip – it will blow you away. 21st century cities are NOT putting their money into last century solutions like trams. Light rail does have advantages; it is cheap, though this one which was decided quickly for political purposes – wasn’t. It took forever too, though we now have had plenty of politicians claiming credit! Tram enthusiasts often have a Toot toot! rose-tinted nostalgia for Sydney in the '50s, or Budapest in the '80s. Quaint little trams, tooting round fussy 'urban villages' dotted with people on bicycles. Tram lobbyists seem to despise the modern world and especially fast high capacity metros. In Rozelle a few years ago, they campaigned against one. The tram I rode the day after the opening was one of the newer rolling stock. Off-peak, so it was near empty with more staff than paying passengers. How long before the private operator goes broke? There are not many seats and you’d want one for a 40-minute trip, wouldn’t you? They are hard, moulded fibreglass, bench-style, most looking inwards. The interiors look cheap and garish. The ride was jerky and unsteady. The conductor (they have conductors! Now that’s nostalgia...) told me the trams were the 'streetcar' type, bought from a Spanish city whose light rail system had gone bankrupt. They were not designed for the dedicated line, which at huge expense, we have just built. It was underwhelming. Fine for a novelty jaunt, but not a trip I’ll bother with again. Sydney can do so much better than this. “Yes we can, yes we can... toot toot!”
n Russell Edwards
Summer Hill is home to The Trading Circle, a not-for-profit Fair Trade organisation that imports ethically produced items from 40 producer groups across Asia, South America and Africa and sells them here in the Inner West. The organisation was established back in 1995 – well before Fair Trade started trending – and they have a great variety, particularly when it comes to toys and homewares for children. They also have some chocolate, fashion items and colourful gifts.
The colourful world of ethical shopping at Me Too Please, Annandale
On Sydenham Road you'll find artisan wholesale coffee roasters, Sacred Grounds. They have been providing ethical coffee to the Inner West since 2004 and even do a Fair Trade drinking chocolate, but aside from that they are 100 per cent Australian owned with no large corporate affiliations and use BioPak biodegradable takeaway cups for coffee.
Me Too Please is a treasure trove of ethically sourced, innovative and unique gifts and homewares. While they are especially well known for their Haitian artworks made from recycled oil drums, they also added an Espresso Bar to the business in 2012, where locals can get a hot cup of ethically sourced Paul Bassett coffee or an organic Fair Trade certified SereniTEA.
It's quite common to find Fair Trade-certified products throughout Leichhardt with bigger stores like Coles and Woolworths introducing a decent range of coffee, tea and chocolate. However, it's a good idea to support small business too. Spices Health Food on Norton Street stocks LovingEarth and Green & Black's chocolate, as well as some products you may not expect like flavoured coconut butter, coconut cashew cream and Dr Bronner's Fair Trade shaving gel, hand and body soap. Norton Plaza's O'Sullivan Health Foods is great for its range of flavoured tea (Celestial Seasonings, English Tea Shop and Pukka), though it also sells Sacred Grounds coffee and Niulife coconut oil.
While Aboutlife is well known for their organic range, they also pride themselves in sourcing Fair Trade products that support famers and serve Sacred Grounds coffee and English Tea Shop tea in their cafe.
concert for kids
Looking to get your kids out of the house this weekend? Let them join the fun and share the excitement of hearing a band perform live at this year's Kids' Prom Concert.
As part of Leichhardt's Site and Sound program, the Kids' Prom will feature the Inner West Community Band performing upbeat music the kids will love dancing along to. The Inner West Community Band is a symphonic band formed in 2010 with the aim of giving local woodwind, brass and percussionists the opportunity to perform great music. The Kids' Prom will be an interactive event with the band offering demos of each instrument so kids can see how trumpets toot and saxophones sing, as well as the chance to join in with the music-making and even conduct the band! Kids of all ages are welcome to come along, the show will run for 40 minutes at Leichhardt Town Hall, plus there will be some time to meet the members of the band and their instruments after the concert. Kicking off at 10am on Sunday 27th April, entry is free but a $5 donation would be appreciated.
XXX The Inner West Community Band is ready to make some noise!
n For more information: http://iwcb.org.au/ or www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.
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Comedy Fest at Marrickville
The love market
Build bike confidence
Marrickville Council’s free City Cycle Confidence Courses allow riders to develop skills and confidence in a quiet off-road setting before they head out on-road as a group. The courses begin at Johnson Park, Dulwich Hill, and also educate riders on the safest on-road routes in the local area. Running monthly, from 9am to 1.30pm, course will be held on May18th, June 15th, July 20th and August 17th. nsw.gov.au/cycle.
your vocal melody and you will fit right in!
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n To book visit www.marrickville.
In 2012 Sandra Lie, the director of All Age Music, took on the Glee phenomenon and formed her own weekly singing group, strictly for adults. Although there have been new faces coming in every term, this club has always had a vast female majority and with the recruitment of new music director Phillip Eames, All Age Music is seeking more male voices to join the group and bring in some bass and tenor. All are welcome, no matter the quality of your voice, just have a good attitude and be prepared to learn
After playing to packed houses during last year's Fringe Festival, Leichhardt comedian Seaton KaySmith is returning to Marrickville’s Factory Theatre for the 10th Sydney Comedy Festival with his show 'Waiting for the Next Apocalypse' on April 30th and May 2nd at 9.30pm. Seaton’s debut solo comedy show is a heady mix of one-liners, music, sketch and visual comedy with a generous dose of the absurd. Showing at The Container, Factory Theatre, Marrickville, there are two shows only so book now to avoid missing out! Tickets are $15.50 +bf (suitable for ages 15+).
A new and exciting market is launching in the Italian Forum, Leichhardt, this May and will be held every Saturday from 10am to 3pm going forward. Featuring stunning men's, women's and children's apparel, plus shoes, jewellery, homewares, bags, textiles and flowers, as well as fresh juices, cakes, coffee and bread to nourish the weary shopper – this is one market not to be missed. Come and see what local talent is on offer as this event brings together producers from within the Forum and showcases their pieces in a fun environment. Forum parking is free for two hours with ticket validation.
n Where: Italian Forum, Norton St.
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Bitter Sweet Kicks
First thing I heard about this band was that they have a penchant for sweat, beer, nudity and boisterous performances. Turns out that’s really true; their bassist likes to play with nothing on other than socks and his guitar strap. They play some heavy blues, seems like a lot of fun for a live show.
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Saturday 3rd May
"Great muscles, Mum"
So what would you do if your mum decided she was a man? Well, Adelaide teen Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) comes home from school one day and finds her mother (Del Herbert-Jane), with whom she shares a loving relationship, is now “James”, and within a year, provided the transgender process goes smoothly, will be “Dad”. Billie goes to live with her real father, and visits James once a week, every Tuesday. And debut director Sophie Hyde’s groundbreaking doco-style drama was made just like that – in weekly segments – charting their eventful year. Billie at first seems to take it all in her stride but really she’s just a confused 16 year-old with a confronting situation. Coinciding with her mum’s reassignment, Billie is exploring her own sexuality, and is soon in trouble in her own way due to a too explicit video diary. But what could have been a lecturing “issue movie" then goes in a surprising direction. Offbeat for sure, but brilliantly crafted and deeply affecting – this is Aussie 'quirk' as it should be – fresh, brave and strong! CTC from May 1.
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You may recognise this man from 2012’s Australia’s Got Talent where he was originally rejected for being wittier than the judges, despite his obvious talent. Since then he has been touring his album, demonstrating his beautiful soul-filled slide guitar music. Very Americana and damn fine music.
Young, beautiful and mysterious...
Young & Beautiful
n Camelot Lounge, $15
Music to make you dizzee
Wednesday 7th May
British rapper Dizzee Rascal is coming back to Australia. I always found English rappers to sound a little ridiculous but if you are a fan and you can’t make it to this year’s Groovin the Moo, don’t miss this show.
François Ozon’s films are always worth watching and he’s has given us youthful rebels (In the House) and sexually mischievous teens (Swimming Pool) before. But none quite like Isabelle. Played by former model Marine Vacth, beautiful 17 year-old Parisian schoolgirl Isabelle casually rids herself of her virginity during a family beach holiday. And in the very next chapter of this four-part morality play, she’s donning her mum’s stilettos and silks and setting herself up as a pro. But why? Rebellion against bourgeois morality, Internet porn, or simply teenage boredom? After one of her gigs ends badly her deeply traumatised mother (Géraldine Pailhas) finds out and drags her off to a shrink. But despite sitting in on some sessions, we still learn little of her motives. Tagged as an “unforgettable coming of age story” (yes, we won't forget some scenes!) the main thing Isabelle learns is to always ask to be paid upfront. A valuable life lesson – this girl will go far! R18+ from May 1.
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Another adventurous role for Mia Wasikowska but the real breakout performance here is Jesse Eisenberg’s, who finally gets to play someone other than his trademark fast-talking smartarse. He’s two people here, one a timid overworked office drone, the other, his exact physical replica, a charismatic go-getter who takes over his life. Wildly acclaimed at Sundance, Richard Ayoda’s follow-up to Submarine is sure to hit its mark with lovers of oddball Indies. M15+ from May 8.
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treat your mum to a show
In the lead up to Mother's Day a new show put together by local mums is on at the Roxbury Hotel, shining light on the good, the bad and the ugly sides of motherhood...
Showcasing the original work of more than two dozen writers, actors and directors, including Summer Hill's Vee Malnar (a leader of the Mamapalooza Festival and recent winner of the Best Playwright award at the Short+Sweet Sydney 2014 Gala Final), Mothers is an honest tribute to the heroic efforts and sacrifices made by mothers everywhere. Running for two weeks only, on Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 2.30pm, the play gets to the heart of the joy, sadness, hilarity, tragedy and anger that comes along with being 'mum'. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 online at www.moshtix.com.au, and proceeds from this event will be going to the Gidget House charity, which supports parental wellbeing. If you're not sure what to do with mum this Mother's Day, check this play out together.
Some of the team who brought Mothers to the stage in Glebe
At a very young age, the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy captain is sent to live with her uncle, the Earl of Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) in Hampstead. There she grows up to become a beautiful young woman known as “Dido” (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and enjoys all the wealth and privilege the Empire provided its ruling class. Trouble is, she was black, and the prosperity of that society was based largely on black slavery. This is a true story told with great finesse. Amma Asante fleshes out the details of Dido’s extraordinary life as she faces hypocrisies and obstacles, and even plays a role in the nation's politics. It’s a beautiful and lavish spectacle, one with drama and heart, and no shortage of grand ideas on gender, race and clas. PG from May 8. ★ Thanks to Icon Films we have 5 double in-season
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n Roxbury Hotel: 182 St John's Rd, Glebe.
Inner Wheel Club Balmain volunteers
of cord blood instead of bone marrow. Inner Wheel Australia have held Coin for a Cord Day annually for 12 years to raise money for further research in this field and the ladies from the Inner Wheel Club of Balmain will join all members around Australia to reach the milestone of $2 million this year. Come along to the fundraiser at Burwood RSL on May 4th and help them give a sick child a second chance at life. Tickets are $45 per person, available online at clubburwood.com. au. All guests will have the chance to win fabulous door prizes and raffles on the night.
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Earth, they are here to…strip?! That’s right, for the first time in Sydney, this Star Wars burlesque parody hits a theatre stage. Featuring all of your favourite characters, including Darth Vader, Princess Leia and Chewbacca, reimagined in the sexiest way possible, this show will bring new meaning to the term sci-fi fantasy! With butts, breasts and belly laughs of intergalactic proportions, The Empire Strips Back is certain to have your heart racing with the Force!
n Where: Enmore Theatre, $59.
Friday 16th May
Italian Embassy, the Italian Consulate General in Sydney and the COMITES NSW, the 2014 Italian National Ball will feature over 500 guests, including prominent figures from local businesses and councils, while raising funds for carers in our community. With a delicious four-course Italian feast and entertainment provided by I Giovanotti, this event is a fun and fancy celebration of all things Italia.
n For more information or to make a booking visit www.coasit.org.au.
Sunday 4th May
2014 Italian National Ball
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Only at the movies May 1
Stem cells from umbilical cord blood, thrown away for years, now save lives thanks to research enabling people with leukaemia to receive transplants
The Empire Strips Back
In a galaxy far, far away, a ruthless empire ruled across the stars. Now on
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In the wake of Barry O'Farrell's resignation, we ask locals what they think of the situation...
n “Stupid to accept it, stupid thing to lie about, stupid thing to end his leadership. I think his integrity, perversely, was his downfall. He couldn't quite wriggle fast enough (like some of the better-practised miscreants) and lied in panic. Quickly undone.” Patrick, Rozelle. n “Water has been turned into wine before, but this is the first time that wine had gone to water.” Michael, Abbotsford. n “Just shows most politicians are self-serving, lying, power hungry gangsters in suits.” Robert, Lilyfield. n “It's like Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky all over again, except in this case it ain't a stain on a dress, it's a little thank you note.” Marco, Balmain. n “A bottle of wine is a reasonable gift; most of us don't know the value of a bottle of wine when we get it. He didn't do anything to favour the giver. Let's not forget who the real crooks are here. The mafia running the water holdings - surprise - Labor king pins. Some of you have short memories or don't live in this NSW. The majority of problems we all complain about is thanks to years of Labor Party neglect.” Mark, Leichhardt.
leave space for species
Before this suburb was another suburb, there was a functional ecosystem inhabiting here...
If we’re attentive we can still find traces of that original community sustained in the present day. When the gutters flood, the streets crack and shimmer with summer heat, magpies swoop at us as we pass beneath their nests, spiders set up webs in our gardens, insects drift between the weeds and wildflowers springing up out of cracks in the footpath, and blue tongues emerge from beneath the house to sun themselves on the brick pile, we glimpse persistent ecologies doing their best to continue to survive around that suburban culture that we have introduced. People and the things we love, desire, fear and ignore are among the most influential forces on the planet at the moment. What we love, profit from or find useful flourishes. What we fear or find distasteful falters and fails. And sometimes, because they are interdependent, the things we love or depend on fail along with the things we disregard, and the things we dislike run amok as we create conditions that allow them to slip their environmental boundaries. It's up to us, as the makers and inhabitants of one persistent environment, to ensure that the inhabitants of others have a chance to make spaces of their own in our world. If we don’t make room for them, who will? Have you ever noticed the creatures clinging stubbornly to the edges? Cared for the currajong’s virtuoso rain-song? Admired the ants shifting their eggs up the wall to avoid a storm? Beheld a blue-banded bee drifting between tiny blossoms? If someone, somewhere loves and is willing to protect, nurture and understand one of these things, they need not fail, and the ecology and scenery around us is enriched as a result. If you notice a wasted space somewhere, try nudging it back into habitation. It’s a delight to
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see nature making integrated spaces of its own. A balance between active shaping and noninterference is the key. You can help it along by planting suitable natives or simply refrain from ‘cleaning up’ anything you dislike that manages to establish itself. Pay attention to where plants are trying to go and simply let them get there. Channel rainwater through bare garden spaces and set up a pond in a place inclined to damp (you can discourage mosquitoes by incorporating white cloud fish from the pet shop). Allow spaces that tend to flood, collect leaves or accumulate soil to do so. Line leaf-trapping corners with stones, bricks or bits of wood. Remember that nature appreciates diversity as much as you do. A little water, a little sun, a little shelter and some different surfaces, and the most unattractive spaces can become self-established ecologies. We don't all have to love everything, but where everyone loves something, everything can find a way.
n Words: Matthew Moore
With 2011 research showing that one in seven Australians have experienced discrimination because of their colour or background, Marrickville Council has announced its support of the 'Racism. It stops with me' campaign, pledging to help promote the campaign's anti-racism message over the next three years. “I’m proud that Marrickville is a notably tolerant community,” said Mayor Jo Haylen, “But – and it’s a big but – it’s worth noting that Council is aware of at least two offensively racist letterbox drops in the past four or so years. It would be naïve to assume that racism doesn’t exist in some form in our local area.” It's exactly these kinds of actions the campaign hopes to stop and council will be using their website, social media channels as well as ranger vehicles to spread the word. n For more information visit http://itstopswithme. humanrights.gov.au.
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Alcohol delivered to your door
We now know Barry O'Farrell enjoys a good wine, which is ironic considering he's been instrumental in the new alcohol restriction laws but perhaps we should thank him for the legacy he's left behind that's spurring new business opportunities like this one... Quick Bottle is a new alcohol delivery service based in Leichhardt that can have craft beers, boutique wines, ciders, spirits and soft drinks on your doorstep in 30 to 45 minutes – a handy service for those who prefer to party at home or simply don't want to deal with the traffic and parking involved in travelling to a bottle shop. Plus, every order comes with free roasted nuts. Could this be the future of the alcohol industry? n For more info visit www.quickbottle.com.au.
Sydney's best pub
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The winners of the inaugural MasterCard Lokie awards, which celebrate local businesses, have been announced with Glebe's 'Friend in Hand' taking out the title of Best Pub as voted by Sydneysiders. “The Friend in Hand has been in our family for over 30 years, and we’re proud to say it’s become a Glebe institution,” says owner Peter Byrne. “We pride ourselves on our old world charm, our friendly staff who remember your name, and being a pub where you can come and leave the stress of life behind. We’re ecstatic the people of Sydney have given us the nod as the best pub in the city.”
Sydney Water and Marrickville Council have joined forces against unsightly graffiti tagging in the area with a new street art project that's supporting local talent.
Renowned street artist Sid Tapia of Camperdown has collaborated with Council and Sydney Water to reduce the graffiti problem in the Inner West and bring some colour to the local community by converting a 75 square meter concrete wall at Sydney Water’s stormwater channel in Sydenham into an amazing modern work of art (pictured). The initiative is part of Sydney Water's Liveable
Cities Strategy, which aims to improve local neighbourhoods and takes a creative approach to the issue of tagging. Marrickville Mayor Jo Haylen said she particularly wants to discourage young people from tagging in dangerous places like around train lines and thought the collaboration with Sydney Water was a good fit with Council. Sydney Water's 'People and Places Manager,' Sally Armstrong, also said the initiative would help prevent further graffiti in the area, and significantly reduce the future cost of removing graffiti.
n Sid Tapia's artwork is located at Railway Parade, Marrickville (just north of Sydenham Railway Station).
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Bella Emporio is a haven of gorgeous gifts and spoils for yourself or someone you love.
Fragonard Fragrance, Delicious Scented Candles, Stunning DLux scarves, Beautiful Winter Fashion and accessories she will LOVE.
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in the kitchen
Not everyone is a chocolate fiend. For those who prefer a little spice in their day, this super simple carrot cake channels the flavours of Indian chai and makes a fantastic afternoon tea addition.
Wine with Winsor
Chai spiced carrot cake
1 ½ cups almond meal ½ cup plain flour, sifted 3 large carrots, grated 3 large eggs, lightly whisked 1/3 cup melted butter Zest of one orange ¼ cup of orange juice 2 tsp baking powder 1 pinch salt flakes ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg 1 pinch ground clove 1 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, finely grated 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar ¼ cup maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla paste 3 medjool dates, pitted and broken into small pieces
Have your cake and eat it too
Rosemount Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Matt Koch is doing a sterling job of lifting standards at Rosemount Estate, which is very much a label on the upswing. You’ll find plenty of generous fruit flavours here, some plush softness on the palate and plenty of length. A really good ‘midweek’ wine that would match well with a barbecue or pasta and pizza dishes. $16.
Tempus Two 2013 Pinot Grigio
This is a lovely, lively and refreshing white – and affordable enough for everyday enjoyment. Aromatic and unoaked, it has vivacious aromas and a tropical fruit salad palate that’s all about the fruit (it’s grown in Victoria, is all we are told). But that really doesn’t matter too much. The proof is in the pudding and this is a delightfully fruity wine with a nice crisp accessibility. $15.
250ml low fat cream cheese 300ml single cream 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp maple syrup
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and then in one mixing bowl, pour the whisked eggs and melted butter and stir to combine. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the grated carrot, almond meal and flour. Stir to combine. Fold the sifted flour, almond meal and grated carrot into the mixture and mix to combine. Pour into an oiled or baking paper-lined baking tin and bake for approximate 30 minutes, or until you can insert a skewer in and it comes out clean. Allow to cool sufficiently before turning it out of the tin. Once completely cool, whisk the cream, maple syrup and vanilla until soft peaks form. Stir in the cream cheese and mix to combine. Ice the cake and serve with a cup of tea immediately.
n Recipe by Melissa Leong, www.fooderati.blogspot.com
At the markets
purchase, but all quality mangoes are now finished, as are kiwi berries. Go for melons and strawberries from Victoria and WA. Best avoid figs, which are pricey at the moment.
n Vegies: silky eggplants and some types of mushrooms are scarce at the moment, and while asparagus have been a bit expensive lately, prices on local stock is improving. Most other veggies should be high quality and readily available, keep a look out for plenty of kale. n www.murdochproduce.com.au n Fruit: the new season of pink lady apples have arrived and are a good
Printhie 2012 MCC Shiraz
The wines from the Orange region in the Central West of NSW can be quite spectacular – and this is a case in point; a stunningly good cool-climate shiraz that is peppery, elegant and has plenty of thought-provoking texture. It has sweet ripe plummy fruit, judicious oak, and is medium-bodied with just 13.5% alcohol. This also has the structure to age well. $36.
These delicious mouthfuls are disappearing fast
It’s all been good news for Drummoyne’s Schools
“Since coming to government in 2011, I am proud to have delivered for better education in Drummoyne,” says John Sidoti MP. The government has injected over $100,000 into schools in the electorate as well as made a commitment to build four news schools to cater for the growing needs of the area. The government is spending $535 million on school infrastructure, part of which will be used to build these new schools.
Authorised by John Sidoti MP, 128 Great North Road, Five Dock NSW 2046.
Member for Drummoyne
Phone: (02) 9713 2999 Email: drummoyne@ parliament.nsw.gov.au Mail: 128 Great North Road, Five Dock NSW 2046
Mortlake Public School P&C received nearly $50,000 in funding for the installation of security fencing at the school
Boost for customers using Burwood to City bus services
The NSW Government today announced bus customers will benefit from an expansion in services on a key route between Burwood and the Sydney CBD. “We have listened to customers and this Government is delivering for the people of the local community. They want more services to get to work and we are now providing that for our customers,” said Mr Sidoti, who also noted that these extra services mean extra capacity for customers boarding these popular buses in peak times. “These extra peak services will cater for increased demand between Burwood and the Sydney CBD along Parramatta Road and are being provided under the NSW Government’s Growth Bus program,” he said. Since March 2011 the NSW Government has introduced almost 8000 weekly public transport services across NSW, including 518 extra weekly bus services in Sydney’s Inner West. Bus service timetables can be downloaded from transport.nsw.gov.au. Customers can also use the site, or phone the Transport Info Line on 131 500, to plan journeys on buses, trains, ferries or light rail.
At home with... RINO SALADINO
Rino Saladino is the head chef at Vela Dining and Bar, located in Cabarita on d’Albora Marina. Vela Dining’s menu is made up of rich, beautiful flavours that have been inspired by the sea and the finest Mediterranean cuisine. Here Rino chats to Ciao about his philosophy and influences behind his cooking...
How did you start out in the food industry? My grandfather is a chef so I grew up around great food and people with a passion for good produce. My first job was washing dishes at the Festival House in Balmain, Sydney. How would you describe the food philosophy behind Vela Dining and Bar? We aim to offer the freshest produce, consistency, great value for money and let the ingredients speak for themselves. What cuisine influences your style of cooking most? Definitely Italian. Our menu at Vela has plenty of nice Italian flavours. What four ingredients are essential in your kitchen? Onion, garlic, tomato and basil. If you could invite anyone over for dinner, whom would you invite and why? Georges Auguste Escoffier, one of the original inventors of ‘Nouvelle Cuisine’ (an approach to food and cooking that is characterised by lighter, more delicate dishes and an increased emphasis on presentation). I would love to pick his brain.
n For more information visit www.veladiningandbar.com.au.
Last week I placed a meat order for the Dark Mofo event I am doing in Tasmania, and something happened that made me stop and take stock of where the food scene is at, and how far it has come.
There are no catering restrictions for this event so I decided to roast three whole animals, which is not only a respectful way to cook meats but also really striking and visually appealing. My requirements for the size, weight, breed and age of the animals were very specific, and they had to be processed to specific lead times. The farms that they came from needed to be managed using specific practices and the farmers themselves needed to represent their animals and philosophy well. Some may say that is a lot of unnecessary planning, but to me it is crucial to serve the most perfect animal that I could find. I sent my email away ready for a barrage of questions. Two hours later the phone rang and I was told “we have sourced the animals and they will be ready when you arrive.” I was impressed and a little dubious, but no, everything is in order! That’s when I realised how much our modern food systems have changed in recent years.
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This is a recipe that was passed down from my grandfather to my father and then onto me.
500grms Bucatini pasta 2-3 tblsp salt, to taste 5 cloves garlic, peeled 1 bunch of basil, picked and washed 2x 420g tins of Italian peeled tomatoes 100ml extra virgin olive oil 100g block of Pecorino Pepato to freshly grate over the pasta White pepper to taste 2 tblsp of roasted pine nuts You will also need a mortar and pestle
Method: 1. Place the garlic and salt in the mortar and pestle and crush till 2. Gradually add the basil leaves and crush, then add the pine nuts 3. Next add the peeled tomatoes and gently crush. Top with extra
too until you have a smooth paste. virgin olive oil, and add pepper to taste. 4. Cook your pasta for approximately 6 minutes, so it is under cooked. At this point, remove a large ladle (approximately 350ml) of the pasta water and add to sauce in the mortar and pestle. Then strain the pasta immediately. 5. Return the pasta to the cooking pot and add the sauce, and continue to cook the pasta with the sauce until the pasta is al dente. This allows the pasta to absorb the sauce. 6. Once ready, serve with grated Pecorino Pepato. you get a smooth paste.
I started cooking over 20 years ago (eeek!) and looking back, words like ‘ethical,’ ‘sustainable’ and even ‘seasonality,’ were not generally used. Other than freshness and cost, chefs focused on presentation. But now more restaurants are looking to nourish and sustain their customers using the most remarkable produce available. The great irony is that, in the past, what was being eaten at home was incredible compared to the food eaten in a lot of households today. It almost seems that the restaurants of old would smother you in fats and salt, while mum’s roast nourished you – yet today, many eat from packets for convenience and turn to restaurants for something handmade with love and care. I run restaurants for a living so of course I encourage people to eat out, but I can’t help but wonder: do we really want to replace the life-giving skill of cooking with simply going to a restaurant? I think that would be a great shame. Cooking and feeding a family enriches life and I’d like to see more people cooking delicious healthy meals at home.
Sydney’s food truck sensation is here to stay
The City of Sydney Council has endorsed our much-loved food truck program as a permanent part of our street culture, following a successful two-year trial.
The City of Sydney is now looking for more food truck operators, with up to 50 truck permits available over the next two years. The new Local Approvals Policy for Mobile Food Vending Vehicles, and How to open a food truck or food van guide are available at cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/mobile-food-vendors For more information, contact the City’s food truck team on 02 9265 9333 or email email@example.com
The Inner west’s mother hen
Tanya Plibersek didn’t grow up in the Inner West (believe it or not, she’s a Shire girl) but for the past 16 years the wellloved Member for Sydney has been taking a motherly concern, where appropriate, in the lives of her constituents. More recently, she’s managed to combine raising three children with occupying some of the most senior positions in Australian politics. So who better to speak to for our Mother’s Day edition than the woman who puts the super in supermum?
How will you be spending Mother’s Day? Hopefully, relaxing at home. My big concession to myself will be not working on Mother’s Day if I can avoid it. I am taking my own mum to the Slovenian [Catholic] church the weekend before Mother’s Day for a little celebration, making a special effort to take her to a church where the Mass is in Slovenian. What did your mother teach you? My mother is an incredibly resilient and generous person and I think those would be the most important characteristics she passed on to me. She’s also brave. Leaving home, travelling half way across the world to a new country with no English, no family back up, no one she knew here, I think that’s just phenomenally brave. Is she a political person? Not at all. Both my mum and my dad were very good neighbours, very involved in trying to make their community a better place but they were never political. What they taught me was if something needs doing, you do it. That applied both at home and in your community – you just go and do it without any expectation of acknowledgement or reward. If there was a sick neighbour or someone needed help they would just go and take care of it. If you think of community involvement as political I suppose it fits in but they were never really party political, although they liked Gough Whitlam. So they didn’t encourage you to pursue a political career? No. My mum always told me I could do anything. I was good at roller skating and baking when I was a kid, she was very encouraging about that, she gave a lot of positive affirmation but none of it was really related to politics. She thought I’d do very well if I married a plumber, like she had. She always said I should marry a tradesman because I’d always have someone there to fix things around the house! Women who aspire to high political office often choose to remain childless. Is that an option you ever considered? I always wanted to have kids and I always wanted three – I’m from a family of three. I never for a moment considered making a choice between having a career and having a family. Both things are really important to me. Sometimes it’s hard to juggle the two but I couldn’t give up either to be honest, I get enormous satisfaction from both. What, if anything, can politicians do to make that career-family juggling act easier? I’d say the most important thing we can do is childcare – the availability, quality and affordability of childcare, making sure it’s truly meeting families’ needs. Once your kids are at school things are a little bit more affordable and manageable but those first five years really take a toll on a lot of families’ finances and can really be very stressful. Would Australia be a more family-friendly society if there were more women with young children sitting in the nation’s parliaments? I absolutely think so. The best parliaments are made up of as broad a group of people as possible. Of course, not everybody needs to be a mother or a father, not everybody needs to be of child-bearing age. I think it’s great to have some younger people, to have older people – parents, grandparents, childless people – the more diverse the parliament is the better quality decisions we get... Having more mothers in parliament has already made a difference. The fact that we’ve got a paid parental leave scheme now – a scheme, incidentally, that also includes fathers and adoptive parents – that’s a reflection of the fact that we’ve had more women in parliament. The fact that we’ve substantially increased funding into childcare, again, is a reflection of more women in parliament… because every mother knows that you
Being a career woman and mother is rarely such a walk in the park
cannot comfortably leave your children with someone if you’re not confident that that person has the qualifications, experience and temperament to look after your child well. The other factor is that the younger men in parliament have expectations of them as well. The men of a previous generation had a wife at home that took care of all of those responsibilities and they never had to think about them. That’s changed, most families aren’t like that now, so having more women and engaged fathers in parliament, both of those have been important to the changes that we’ve seen. Any tips for hard-charging Inner West career mums on how to combine work and family? Accept all the help you can get and also cook in large batches! But surely you’ve had a nanny to help you out? Like most families we’ve had different childcare arrangements over the years. We’ve made use of paid support, family support and my husband does more than his fair share. The ALP is known for its family dynasties – would you want one or all of your children to follow you into politics? No, I’m hoping one of them will be a plumber, one a carpenter and one an electrician! No, that’s a joke, I don’t mind what they do as long as they’re happy. I don’t think politics is a career that gives you terrific work-life balance and my children have seen that so I don’t anticipate that they’ll follow in my footsteps. But whatever they do, as long as they’re happy I’ll be happy for them. How did becoming a parent change you? The biggest change is I worry a lot more. I worry about all sorts of things. I never thought of my own mortality before I became a parent and now I think, what if I had a car crash or my plane dropped out of the sky? What would become of my children? You go through your early life feeling pretty invincible; young people don’t think about the risks they’re taking with their own safety. But as soon as I became a parent I started thinking a lot more about how my husband and I had to stay healthy and safe
so we’d be around for our kids for a long time. What do you hope your children will learn from you? The feeling my own parents gave me was that if I was honest and kind that would be enough. They weren’t pushy or demanding, they were proud of me, and I always felt like honesty and kindness were the things they valued most. I’d like my children to get that feeling from me as well – that if they’re honest and kind then that’s enough for me.
n Interview: Nigel Bowen.
Happy Mother’s Day to other mums in politics...
• Lucille McKenna, Mayor of Ashfield. Aside from being a councillor of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association and the Australian Nursing and Midwives Federation, Lucille has two children and five grandchildren. • Verity Firth, Former NSW Education Minister. Mum to a young daughter named April Harper, Verity recently announced she’s seeking Labor preselection to contest her old seat of Balmain and re-enter Parliament. • Melinda Manikas, Liberal Councillor at Leichhardt Council. Melinda made a happy return to council last year after undergoing treatment for cancer. She can often be spotted with her husband, Michael, and their young daughter enjoying local Council events in the area.
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