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The 5 best things about southwest Sydney

November 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Sure, it might be slightly hotter and drier out west during summer, but there’s so much to love about Liverpool and its surrounds. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

1. Asian food

Apart from a few ethnic enclaves such as Haymarket, Chatswood and Ashfield, there really is nowhere as authentically Asian as Cabramatta. Food bloggers consistently rave about the tremendous quality and presentation of the dishes served here, and cuisines range from Vietnamese and Thai to Chinese and Cambodian.

It’s also where you’ll find the best pho and banh mi (pork rolls) in Sydney, with endless choices lining the bustling streets. Scattered among colourful fabric shops, electronics stores and bakeries, the abundance of amazing Asian food here is really something worth experiencing – and it’s a solid example of how deliciously multicultural Australia is! Two favourites include Pho 54 and Pho Tau Bay, with many dishes under $10.

 2. Op-shopping

Who’da thunk it? Liverpool has some of the greatest op shopping in NSW, and there’s really no mystery as to why.

As part of a more traditionally working class suburban area, there are a great number of charity organisations that set up shop here providing affordable clothing for the thousands of families living on a tight budget. That trend caught on and second hand boutiques began springing up around the suburb over a decade ago.

Now you’re essentially spoilt for choice – it’s an op shoppers dream, with vintage Levis and Ben Sherman shirting a fairly regular find in the men’s sections of each store. Moore St is home to one of the oldest and greatest (One Moore Time), the shop owner clearly blessed with excellent pun skills.

Monika’s Pre Loved Clothing on Railway St is also just a short walk from the station – a great starting point for any spending spree if you’re coming from another part of Sydney – and from there you’ll find a number of regional second-hand stores including Vinnies, Salvos, Anglicare, Lifeline and Big Heart Op-Shop.

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A hearty Ristretto salad. Source

3. Ristretto & Co

When it comes to a good cuppa, Liverpool has more of a burgeoning coffee culture, but that doesn’t mean a few existing cafes don’t whip up a solid cappuccino.

Enter Ristretto & Co on Northumberland St. It brings an inner city Italian flair that would be more commonly associated with Paddington or Newtown.

Featuring everyone’s favourite Campos coffee, the menu is warm and homely, complimenting the Italian heritage of the cooking. On offer are tasty paninis, enormous salads and eggs in every shape and form. We also encourage you to try the Big Brekky – it may very well be the most wonderfully plated dish on the menu.

Rachel Park's 'At the time it didn't resonate' (2014), as part of the 'Subject to Ruin' exhibition. Image supplied.

Rachel Park’s ‘At the time it didn’t resonate’ (2014), as part of the ‘Subject to Ruin’ exhibition. Image supplied.

4. Casula Powerhouse

An outstanding gallery and performance space housed in a gentrified 1950s power station, works featured rotate constantly, showing off the wonders and talents of western Sydney and beyond. Funded by Liverpool City Council, the building contains two artist studios, six gallery spaces a 326 seat theatre and outdoor areas with gardens and an amphitheatre.

First opening its doors as an arts centre in 1994, this twenty-year old space is the pride and joy of the local art scene.

This coming Saturday (November 22), it will host a Vintage Fashion Fair, and even the in-house Bellbird Café will be dishing up meals from the pages of the past century’s cookbooks.

Image by Jay La Photography

Musicians entertain the market crowds. Image by Jay La Photography

5. Liverpool Night Markets

Sydney City’s well-known Night Noodle Markets come alive every October for Good Food Month, but what many people outside of south-western Sydney don’t know is that out here we’ve got something splendid all year round.

Held on the first Saturday of every month from 4pm, the Liverpool Night Markets boast a melting pot of cultures and colours, with craft stalls, live music, clothing and food, glorious food. In the past, the markets have played host to talented chef Amina El Shafei from Masterchef and Fred’s Bush Tucker – a unique indigenous food experience.

The next market is to be held on December 6 and is all about Christmas, with carols, a tree lighting ceremony and stalls serving up all kinds of holiday treats. Here’s to hoping that gluhwein’s an option.

This ain’t your ordinary bistro

November 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm
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Fish of the day. Source

An impressive list of restaurateurs has made Southbank’s fare synonymous with high quality dining, and our introduction of Downstairs Bistro & Lounge is no exception. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

Binge eat through Balmain

November 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm
The Cottage Bar & Kitchen

The Cottage Bar & Kitchen. Source

Sitting proudly along Balmain’s blossoming tree-lined streets are a generous number of dining spots pouring some of Sydney’s best coffee, and plating up tender treats for their patrons.

Many among them are already local institutions, but we think it’s time the word got out for people far and wide to swing on by, enjoy a cuppa and chow down for breakfast, lunch, dinner or any naughty snacking in between. We’ve done the intense work (if you call eating your way through two suburbs a life-ruiner), and come up with our favourite dining order – but that doesn’t mean you can’t commit to a future return for any other mealtime munching. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

Copo load of this joint

November 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm
House smoked trout baked eggs with creme fraiche, herbs and toast

House smoked trout baked eggs with creme fraîche, herbs and toast. Image by Eileen Kha

We have finally tracked down a Sydney brunch spot worth taking your mother-in-law to. A round of applause to Copo Cafe & Diner in Drummoyne. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

Exploring the EU’s 2014 Capitals of Culture

October 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm

 

Riga (left) & Umea (right). Photo: http://viajes.101lugaresincreibles.com, http://www.psy.umu.se

Riga (left) & Umea (right). Photo: http://viajes.101lugaresincreibles.com, http://www.psy.umu.se

It can be difficult to work out exactly where in Europe to go for your culture fix – luckily the European Union announces the capital of culture every year to give you an easy choice of destinations. As we come into the closing months of 2013, we will look toward 2014 and the European Capitals of Culture, Riga in Latvia and Umeå in Sweden. 

7 Unmissable Art Experiences in NYC

October 9, 2013 at 6:28 pm

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New York City’s art scene is arguably the most renowned in the world. From the highly documented American pop movement in the 1950′s and 1960′s which marked the Studio 54 days and popularity of Andy Warhol, to street artist Keith Haring in the 80′s; today NYC promises a sensory overload for those who can’t help but gravitate toward the art world. Whilst there’s no denying it a subjective matter, Posse Ambassador Jodie Farrington promises that these 7 art experiences are ones you won’t forget!

A Local’s Guide to Paris’ Secret Rock Scene

October 7, 2013 at 9:06 pm

 

Photo: www.kongres-magazine.eu

Photo: www.kongres-magazine.eu

If you’ve been to Paris you probably recall striped sweaters, tiny dogs and a beautiful juxtaposition of  green and grey. But do you know Paris’ rock side? From La Mécanique Ondulatoire,  to Le Motel to La Feline; France’s capital doesn’t fail to keep its resident and visiting rock fans on their toes. We nabbed  this guide to the biggest players in Paris’ rock scene via Posse’s Parisian Ambassador, Bryan Joly:


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