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The Blessed Bean answers your prayers of hunger

September 30, 2014 at 10:43 am

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If Belinda Carlisle was living in this day and age, her hit song ‘Heaven is a Place on Earth’ may very well have been about society’s love of coffee – even more relevant upon wandering into Wagga Wagga’s Blessed Bean.

This is a place so wonderful that it’s food has clearly been cooked at the hands of angels, the chefs who don white aprons only lacking a halo above their heads.

Aptly named, the arrival of this café in southern NSW certainly puts the university town back on the map, and it’s a refreshing delight for travellers stopping off for a quick bite before dashing interstate across the border. For the tired and weary, it’s here that energy is ingested via a new holy trinity – coffee, cake and gourmet sandwiches.

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The Reuben

Worth lunching on include the pulled pork roll (served with fennel slaw and caramelised apple) and The Rueben (slow cooked corn beef, sauerkraut, russian dressing, gherkins and Swiss cheese), both dished up with a side of crunchy chips.

If you’ve got the room following these generous portions, have an afternoon nibble on either a daily made muffin or brownie, absolutely essential as a side to one of their legendary coffees. Think 100 per cent Arabica coffee ground into several heavenly blends.

The local gem not only dishes out fine food and drink – it’s becoming an epicentre for food education with cupping classes (that’s cup tasting for short) this October. An ideal opportunity to become your own coffee aficionado, classes focus on everything from aroma to texture.

The Bean’s community engagement doesn’t stop there. They’ve begun taking expressions of interest for barista and latte art courses online, ready and willing to share some of the best tips for whipping together the perfect blend and topping it off with the finest of coffee art – though I’m aware something I’d create would probably remind you of Picasso or Pollock.

Definitely up there with some of the greatest urban dining spots around, it’s truly wonderful to see what a whole lot of country heart can come up with. Here’s praying that a new joint isn’t far from opening up a little closer to home.

Blessed are those who visit this café, for they will be rewarded with delicious satisfaction.
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Australia’s largest fresh flower market

September 3, 2014 at 10:37 am

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Sydney Flower Market is Australia’s largest flower market for fresh cut flowers. After a recent visit I felt inspired to share my experience and provide some tips that may help you in planning your own visit.

The Tailgate Experience

August 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

The Tailgate Experience is a new pre-game destination for Sydney Cricket Ground events. Borrowing the best parts of a beloved American pastime, the pop up bar aims to create a more social atmosphere around Australian sport. Finals footy is just around the corner and this is the best way to prepare for battle.

Two Hidden Gems in Ultimo’s Coffee Trail

August 27, 2014 at 9:36 am

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Not commonly associated with edibles worth being excited about, the southern CBD neighbourhood of Ultimo is coming into its own, rapidly challenging nearby Chinatown with corner coffee haunts and humble little cafes. These are two of the best locations to find breakfast gurus whipping up the tastiest coffee and nibbles.

Reconsider Your Next Purchase

August 21, 2014 at 4:23 pm

ReverseGarbage has a new shopfront in the heart of Redfern, ReConsidered. The shop space aims to inspire customers to see value and function in materials which have been thrown to the wayside. A great place to find affordable interior décor and furnishings, sustainable art works and a range of other curiosities.

ReConsidered

Launched earlier this year, the new outlet sits along Redfern’s Regent Street. Tangled between various op-shops ReConsidered is confident that its processes are unique. All products on display have been up-cycled by Reverse Garbage’s ReStore and ReCreate Team. This creative bunch of  artists, educators and designers are committed to the organisation’s mission ‘to practice reuse and work exclusively with only reuse materials’. From chair’s refurbished with hessian coffee bags, to antique crockery, you’ll find something new every time you visit.

Once a month there’s exhibitions of artworks and art installations made by local designers to promote their work and the use of recycled materials to create art.

Where: 167 Regent Street, Redfern

When:  Tuesday – Saturday (10am to 5pm)

ReverseGarbage

If you’re not looking for the finished product, there’s plenty of inspiration at the ReverseGarbage Warehouse. Located in Marrackville, donations of ‘garbage’ are made available to the general public for creative use, or reuse.

There’s plenty to choose from as Reverse Garbage continues to collect tonnes of valuable materials including off-cuts, over-runs, art & craft materials, stage props, knickknacks, furniture and other items. 40 years of establishment has led to contributions from hundreds of supporting commercial and industrial businesses, as well as the generosity of the local community.

Where: 8/142 Addison Road Marrickville

When: Monday – Saturday ( 9am to 5pm)  Sundays (10am to 4pm)

Comedy hits Sydney’s Basement

August 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Comedy at The Basement is coming to Sydney’s CBD with the funniest stand-up comedians in the country.  Shows will run twice a month as comics Ben Ellwood & Jono Lee set out to test Sydneysider’s abdomen strength. Here’s what’s on offer for its debut, September 3rd.

Sydney Underground Film Festival

August 15, 2014 at 10:52 am

The Sydney Underground Film Festival returns to Marrickville’s Factory Theatre in September. Unveiling a diverse range of independent, experimental and art house films, this festival is one of the best opportunities for Australians to venture beyond the mainstream.