Sunday, March 22, 2015

Learning never stops – TEDxSydney announces 2015 speaker program

Curiosity starts with the itch to explore. And I have that itch. A friend once said to me you have this childlike curiosity that some people lose when they become adults (probably because they get bogged down with the day to day). I read somewhere that when it comes to learning, there's a powerful "rich get richer" effect; curious kids get more return from the same effort than kids who aren’t so curious. That makes learning more satisfying for them, which in turn feeds their curiosity. Same can be said for adults. Learning never stops. This is the theme for the prestigious 2015 TEDxSydney program on Thursday 21 May 2015 at the Sydney Opera House which I’m excited to announce where 16 extraordinary Australians get ready to share their stories of learning, spreading new ideas and thinking to the rest of the world.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Les Miserables Australia | Interview with Emily Langridge (Cosette)

So long as ignorance and misery remain on this earth, the story of Les Miserables will continue to resonate in the hearts and minds of a contemporary audience.

The musical which played in Perth and Melbourne, is now coming to Sydney at the Capitol Theatre in March. The performance is based on the Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Miserables, which literally translates to The Poor Ones or The Wretched, was first published in 1862.

Victor Hugo explains the architecture of his work as “a progress from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsehood to truth, from night to day, from appetite to conscience, from corruption to life; from bestiality to duty; from hell to heaven, from nothingness to God. The starting point: matter, destination: the soul. The hydra at the beginning, the angel at the end.”

The main thread is the story of an ex-convict Jean Valjean, who becomes a force for good in the world but cannot escape his criminal past, for the crime of stealing bread for his starving sister and her family and numerous escape attempts. Some years later, fate will lead him to crossing paths with Fantine and her daughter Cosette, the other leading characters in this production.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bowery Lane Launch Party | Sydney

Sydney locals were out in full force on 1 O’Connell Street in Sydney CBD last Thursday evening as Bowery Lane hosted its official launch party rolling out the red carpet in style. With a yellow New York cab pulled out in front and guests mobbed by paparazzi, Bowery Lane smoothly provided an evening of New York style eats, cocktails and entertainment.

Having thrown opened its doors late last year, Bowery Lane has fast become one of the CBD’s hottest new dining destinations and celebrated by inviting VIP guests to sample everything they have to offer.

Bowery Lane is named after the oldest thoroughfare in Manhattan Island, which once upon a time connected the farmlands in the outskirts of the island to the city, in what is known as Battery Park or Wall Street of New York City today. The wholesome menu is a reflection of this inspiration.

On the menu on the night included: a Suckling Pig Station (twice cooked pulled pork with a chef cutting meat onto a rustic mini roll with homemade slaw and aioli). Colourful and tasty canapés comprised of:

Asparagus wrapped wagyu bresola, truffle pecorino
Hickory smoked salmon, buckwheat blinis, crème frianche
Manchego Croquettes, harissa aioli
Lamb ribs, gremolata, burnett lime
New York Wagyu sliders
Fried Chicken Wing with pink eye mayo
Seared scallops, garlic puree, seaweed, shallot crumb
San Danielle Proscuitto, fresh fig, witlof, buffalo mozzarella
Black pepper and lime salt calamari, coriander aioli
Fried parmesan polenta, goats chevre, romesco

If anyone asks me, "Do you recommend any restaurants in the Sydney CBD?" Bowery Lane, is a name that simply rolls off the tongue… hopefully after I’ve swallowed my food.

An establishment is as much about the people behind the establishment as it is about the food served on your plate. Behind Bowery Lane lies a soul, the people behind the scenes who work endlessly and tirelessly to bring you hospitality and food quality that seeks perfection and is nothing short of first class. And one of these souls is Kaz Derbas, co-owner of Bowery Lane whom I met only 2 weeks of Bowery Lane opening and is one of those people whose quietly confident and warm personality resonates and made me feel like I had known him for years.

When I visit an establishment I love getting to know the people behind it and listening to their stories but it is only a handful where a friendship develops, where we lend each other a hand when needed. One thing I am eternally grateful for is that it was Kaz who helped me find my calling for not only the love of high quality and wholesome food but also a new found hobby of food photography, which in a short space of time has sent me on the most fulfilling journey of creativity. He gave me the opportunity (and trust) to take food photos of one of his establishment’s menu one day during the holiday season and with his perfectionist nature, some feedback which sometimes was hard but I gratefully took on board, made refinements and just kept at it. I haven’t looked back ever since.

I started somewhere at one stage and with a little help from this talented man behind Bowery Lane, I’m now showcasing my food photography of some of Bowery Lane’s amazing menu.

Kaz, Thank you for being the chocolate chip in the cookies and cream of my blogging life and helping me discover me.

Bowery Lane
1 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000