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Melbourne restaurant Burma Lane combines fine food with impressive Modern Australian street art and compelling photography

• New exhibition, Seasons of Gold, celebrates the new Burma Lane menu and striking floor to ceiling artwork in collaboration with talented Melbourne photographers to champion the Australian-Asian identity of the restaurant

• Four up and coming photographers set amidst the inspiring Mike Eleven mural, bring the many faces of the restaurant’s identity to life

• Exhibition runs from May 30 to June 30 at Burma Lane on 118 Little Collins Street

Four gifted young photographers have been hand-selected thanks to their Australian-Asian background, working in synchronicity with the culinary ethos behind Burma Lane. Each artist’s chosen work will be projected directly onto the wall, becoming one with the existing striking artwork by another talented young Australian-Asian, Mike Eleven. A prominent street artist and creative talent, Mike Eleven is also the curator of the new work, and will oversee the entire artistic delivery.

Korean-Australian Jaz Blom presents work subsequent of her desire to travel, and a way of communicating and documenting the world around her. Her selection has derived from a larger body of work reflecting a recent trip back to her country of birth, aiming to open up a dialogue focusing on Korea’s social disparities, which parallels to their enormous economic growth in recent times.

Indian-Australian Anu Kumar is captivated by diversity in culture and circumstance, and seeks to portray these alternate realities through the humble beauty in people’s unexpected and everyday moments. Her selection of photo stories offers a glimpse into strangers’ lives at a fun fair, giving her the opportunity to connect with her own Indian heritage and explore identity, as a woman born in India and raised in Australia.

Singaporean-Australian Thomas Lim is inspired by the uncertainty and excitement of getting the candid and unposed shot in public, a moment that cannot be replicated. A self-described street photographer, Thomas watches people going about their daily life, looking for the decisive and ambiguous moment to be revealed. His selection has a boldness that leans on both geometry and truth in this context.

Malaysian-Australian Bryan Tang is inspired by the different people he comes across and their environments and strives to portray a realistic if not beautiful view of them within the confines of fashion. His selection is a powerful portrait series of a group of Asian Australians and their experiences growing up/living in Australia. Each individual provides a quote that challenged their identity and place, regardless of if they were born or have lived here for a significant amount of time.  

Information & Images Courtesy of Apples + Pears Entertainment Group/Burma Lane

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times Gourmet – Food/Wine/Events

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Southgate restaurants showcase warming seasonal produce with a feast of foodie events…

Winter nights come alive at Southgate with Pure South Dining opening their new P.S. Bar + Kitchen downstairs, a risotto masterclass from the experts at Melbourne’s risotteria Tutto Bene, a German meat festival at Hophaus, a celebration of all things whiskey at P.J.O’Brien’s, daring new cocktails at Waterslide Bar, opera nights at La Camera and more.

Winter is synonymous with hearty dishes, rich velvety flavours and warm beverages. The chefs at Southgate are showcasing the best of the season with new menus that hero their favourite winter ingredients.

Following its recent renovation and expansion over two levels, the new Pure South Dining has reopened to critical acclaim. Executive Chef David Hall and Head Chef Sam Prance-Smith are famous for their expertise in the fare of Tasmania and its islands. They share some of the most versatile and understated winter produce.

Nothing comes close to a soft, melt-in-the-mouth, slow-cooked beef cheek dish and Pure South’s King Island beef cheek is exactly that. Also favoured in the Pure South kitchen are Jerusalem artichokes for their versatility, with the chefs preferring these steamed or fried to enjoy the natural sugars and nutty flavours. They also recommend simple roasted parsnip with smoked maple syrup, which adds a lovely earthy, sweet element to any dish and is the perfect accompaniment to a roast dinner on a wintery Sunday afternoon. David also says Celeriac is “quite an underrated winter vegetable but definitely one of our chefs’ favourites. They prefer to salt bake these whole to really enhance the flavour.”

Red Rock Venues’ new Group Executive Chef Graeme McLaughlin has led kitchens at some of the best restaurants in the world including Heston Blumenthal’s Three Michelin starred The Fat Duck UK.

 Graeme brings his wealth of international expertise to oversee some inspired menu evolutions at modern German eatery HOPHAUS, to spruce up Irish pub grub at P.J.O’Brien’s and to jazz up the grazing and dining menu at riverside hotspot BearBrass when it reopens after a major expansion in late June.

Graeme’s Jagerschnitzle is a hearty winter dish that heroes the humble mushroom. Although available most of the year, winter offers a huge variety of mushrooms with a wonderful variety of texture and depth of flavour: roasted, raw, grilled or even braised. 

Graeme’s says “I enjoy Swiss brown mushrooms beautifully sautéed in a pan with brown butter, garlic and fresh parsley. They work wonderfully with roasted fish or meat and their natural occurring umami increases the flavour of much of what they are paired with.”

Southgate’s riverside restaurants and bars have programmed a hive of winter events to celebrate all the good things about the colder months. Melbourne’s risotteria Tutto Bene is divulging the secret to perfecting risotto at home with a special masterclass, while Hophaus are hosting a festival of meat and a German inspired Christmas in July.  La Camera continues their ever-popular special events with a Jazz & Shiraz night, The Three Sopranos opera night, and a quirky Italian Yum Cha event.

Waterslide Bar has just launched its own lager, the Wirth Bros lager, in partnership with Thornbury Brewing Company. The lager is a tribute to Wirth’s Circus, which was once Melbourne’s main source of revelry in the very same location by Princes Bridge. Wirth Bros lager has a clean, crisp and malty profile. The bar is also launching a daring new winter cocktail menu on 1 June, with cheeky names fit for every persona.

 There are special events for World Whiskey Day at P.J.O’Brien’s and World Gin Day at Waterslide Bar, while P.J.O’Brien’s is also hosting Irish whiskey masterclasses in June and July and their annual OYSTERFEAST with all the oysters you can eat on 31 August.

  ** Keep an eye on the TAT NEWS site for WINTER RESTAURANT & BAR EVENTS AT SOUTHGATE…out soon! 

www.southgatemelbourne.com.au

Information Supplied by Southgate/Fuller PR      Image Courtesy of Hophaus – ‘Meat Festival’

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times Gourmet – Food/Wine/Events

 

Rockpool Bar & Grill wagyu burger

Sunday 28th May – Melbourne & Sydney

As Culinary and Brands Director at Rockpool Dining Group, Chef Neil Perry is a man who definitely knows his burgers. Here are a number of options to get your teeth into:  

 

JFC Burger ($13.50)

Think outside of the box with Saké Jr’s Japanese Fried Chicken (JFC) burger.

Chef Neil Perry collaborated with Saké Jr chefs to create amazing Japanese Fried Chicken, which proved so popular that it metamorphosed into the JFC burger.

Crisp JFC is joined with kimchi, dashi slaw, sesame seeds, and Saké Jr signature sauce, sandwiched between a light bun.

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Neil Perry’s Favourite Burger ($11.50)

Chef Neil Perry is adding his favourite burger to the menu at Burger Project on National Burger Day, which will be available throughout June.

It’s the perfect combination of a 36-month Cape Grim Tasmanian grass-fed beef patty, topped with American cheese, sliced onions, house-made pickles, Burger Project secret sauce, and rose mayonnaise – which is topped with loads of bacon.

Why is it his favourite combo? “The umami smack from the rose mayo, and smokiness and saltiness from the bacon add a flavour punch that takes our incredibly moist and fresh house-made Cape Grim beef patty to the ultimate level,” says Neil.

On National Burger Day, customers can score free chips when they purchase Neil Perry’s Favourite Burger between 3-6pm. Customers can jump the queue by pre-ordering on the Burger Project App. In addition, customers who order any burger through the APP during our cheeky National Burger Week (May 28th-June 4th) are in with the chance of winning free burgers for a year (52 burgers in total: 1 per week).

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Decadent Wagyu Burger ($26)

The renowned David Blackmore full blood Wagyu burger with bacon, Gruyere cheese and Zuni pickle at Rockpool Bar & Grill is considered Australia’s burger of burgers for good reason, having inspired the launch of the Burger Project fleet (which now spans 11 stores across three states).
Neil says: “The wonderful fattiness of the Wagyu picks up the smoky quality of the wood-fired grill perfectly. Our house-made zuni pickles (inspired by Judy Rogers’ pickles at Zuni Café in San Francisco) are a significant part of what this burger is about. To finish we added bacon, a slice of nutty gruyere, and our house-made tomato relish. All these flavours are brought together on a brioche bun. It’s a triumph of incredible produce and flavours.”

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Read Neil’s History of the Burger in Australia here

Information & Images Courtesy of Rockpool Dining Group

**Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times Gourmet – Food/Wine/Events

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SYDNEY FOOD LOVERS ALERT:

CHEFS GALLERY CLASSIC  SPICES UP HURSTVILLE WITH

A NEW MENU OF TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN CHINESE DISHES

In an effort to diversify and appeal to the local community, Chefs Gallery have recently rebranded their Hurstville restaurant and relaunched as Chefs Gallery Classic. The new concept restaurant sees the masters of contemporary Chinese cuisine refocus the offering to present a new menu of traditional Southern Chinese cuisine.

Having launched in 2010, Chefs Gallery’s unique Pan-Asian cuisine with a modern twist has become an iconic dining experience in Sydney. The newest venture, Chefs Gallery Classic, reflects an appreciation of tradition through encapsulating long-loved culinary traditions from the Sichuan and Hunan provinces in Southern China. The new menu presents a mix of fiery, aromatic, warming and fresh flavours and textures.

“Each new menu item is a study in the restrained yin and yang of Chinese cuisine” says Chefs Gallery Founder, Kaisern Ching. “The menu is made up of tried and true favourites from the flagship Chefs Gallery restaurants, coupled with an exclusive array of affordable meals from our ‘Classic’ range.”

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Unveiling of ‘Angels and Wolves’ by Gerard O’Connor and Marc Wasiak

Preview of Art Exhibition by Sumaiya Rizvi

‘Angels and Wolves’ is a gothic fairytale collaboration showcasing artwork by international award winning artists Gerard O’Connor and Marc Wasiak. We were privy to attend the preview of ‘Angles and Wolves’, with the the perfect backdrop for this extraordinary exhibition held the Melbourne Flower Merchant in Bourke Street.

Angels and Wolves is an art exhibition that boasts the elements of photography. The theme is gothic, and true to it’s name ‘Angels and Wolves’, the artwork encapsulated dark and mystical set designs with gothic undertones of red floral elements, elaborate costumes and make up. The seven masterpieces within the exhibition were titled ‘Wedlock’, ‘Phenomena’, ‘Archangel’, Triumveratae’, ‘Disciple’, ‘Gregori Trinity’ and ‘Canis Lupas’ showcasing the ‘Angels and Wolves’.

O’Connor is an art director with a creative eye to photography whilst Wasiak is a genius stylist. They worked tirelessly in pre-production to create elaborate sets and props to achieve a finished shot that adds to their initial vision. Over the years O’Connor’s pictures have won awards and industry accolades.- such as The Art and Design Award for Best UK magazine award in 2004.

The ‘Angels and Wolves’ artwork is available to purchase in few different sizes at a price range of $5500 to $1800 and for more information you can contact gerardoconnorphotopgraphy.com.

You can now view these striking prints at The Flower Temple QV 18-22 Artemis Lane, Melbourne until Sunday 4th June.

Images Courtesy of Stu Morley

Gourmet Food/Wine/Events by Connie Lambeth – http://literallyconnie@bigpond.com

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Adrienne, Ursula and Zoe, Wild Bore

What do you expect of a show with pin up artwork that splays half-clad women baring buttocks on stage? Your perception of fleshy, holey, cracky, getting to the bottom of it and talking out of your ass will never be the same again in this adults-only performance on the potentials of misinterpretation.

Pitch together two comedians and a provocateur, and what you get is bold. Now break it down to essentials. The first comedian is Zoë Coombs Marr, renowned for mind-bending gags, gross outs and the absurd. The second is Adrienne Truscott, audacious, sarcastic and original when it comes to rape jokes and asking-for-it funnies. Now toss in writer and performer Ursula Martinez, at ease with undoing all the rules, at castle with nudity. What you get is fiery. A parody of mega-insanity where lines are sometimes forgotten.

Wild Bore is a political satire against critics. It reconnoitres the misperception that ascends when people make dim or luminous efforts to locate or dislocate the intention of creative art—be it script, artefact or performance. In a fun and highly disordered routine, the cast treats the audience to a jig with words and something unnameable that sprints completely off the charts.

You laugh to tears, and it is of no consequence that your mirth is mad as King George’s or uneasy as a baffled thief’s. Maybe some elements you like, maybe some not so much—they feel like stolen moments you’re unclear you should witness. As you come face to face with a pro-feminism act on the power of nudity on stage, it makes you wonder, really wonder, what radicalism is all about.

Whatever you draw from this furious hilarity, one thing is certain—it is a performance this year that will linger in your mind.

Not suitable for prudes.

Running 17 May to 4 June at Malthouse Theatre.

Eugen M. Bacon studied at Maritime Campus, less than two minutes walk from The Royal Observatory of the Greenwich Meridian. A computer graduate mentally re-engineered into creative writing, Eugen has a PhD in writing. She has published over 100 short stories and creative articles, and has in work a creative non-fiction book and a literary speculative novel. Her short stories are published in journals, magazines & anthologies worldwide. Eugen is editor of MELBOURNE Magazine and sub-editor of FICTION Magazine at The Australia Times.

Profile: View Eugen's profile here

Email: eugen.bacon@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Fab Nobs 9 to 5

There are a couple of small theatre companies operating in the Bayswater area, one of them is Stageworx which is run by Trish Carr, who is a graduate of Deakin University’s theatre program after it moved to Burwood. The other is Fab Nobs who specialise in the production of musicals.

9 to 5 rewinds us to the 80s when technology, by modern standards is extremely backward.

Carbon sheets are used to make copies of your teenage novel and ledger books are hardcovers with lined pages to record accounts which can now be digitally filed on computers. The average worker faces a gruelling 9 to 5 shift five days a week, and the workplace consists of a larger office of employees, mostly women, in the typing pool, supporting a male hierarchy. 9 to 5 is essentially about the oppression of sexual harrassment, but in a lighter, comic strip coloured genre. Rachel Tigel plays a stereotypical role of an office tart, Doralee,  who is misjudged but ultimately leads a revolution against her suppressive superior, a cartoonish Franklin Hare junior played by Ash Cooper.

This is an interesting collective of young people with an interest in amateur theatre alongside those who have a lot of experience, which can be extremely hard to gain, due to the competition in auditions. Auditioning in itself is a craft. Of particular note is Bethany Girardi who plays Maria. Her dancing and poise is notable in the chorus, honed through her involvement in children’s theatre, and credits of the past include The Producers and Funny Girl (MDMS), and Snow White in Snow White. She also manages her own performing arts school.

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Bachelor of Arts Film and Theatre, Deakin University, Rusden, 1994. Master of Arts Writing and Literature, Deakin University, 2013. Graduate Certificate, Tesol, 2013. Studying Graduate Diploma, Counselling, and Phd preparation, Swinburne University.Published poet, Southerly, national Australian journal.Books written by D.S, Danielle Shelley Carr include Blood for St Valentine, Raiders of the Headland and other stories, Blom-A Woman's Journey, and Ellipse, a collection of her poetry, also translated into Swedish and becoming available in Stockholm Public Library.Completed thesis, Psychological Reflections on Post-Modernist Gothic Literature available at Deakin University library.Danielle has worked as an English as second language teacher at Deakin University.

Profile: View Danielle's profile here

Email: danielle.carr@theaustraliatimes.com.au

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The male singers were particularly strong, the standard was edging close to that of Princess Theatre productions. The barricade looked less convincing, however, it staged the scene. The chorus was large, which enabled a grander scale production. Technical sound effects of gun shots were capably achieved. Spiritual aspects such as death of Fantine, were suitably represented as the spirit transmuted into light from above, and the final scene where Jean Valjean writes his epitaph echoed of Goethe’s Faust in his alchemical study.

CLOC’s Les Mis, May 14, 2017 National Theatre St Kilda.

Bachelor of Arts Film and Theatre, Deakin University, Rusden, 1994. Master of Arts Writing and Literature, Deakin University, 2013. Graduate Certificate, Tesol, 2013. Studying Graduate Diploma, Counselling, and Phd preparation, Swinburne University.Published poet, Southerly, national Australian journal.Books written by D.S, Danielle Shelley Carr include Blood for St Valentine, Raiders of the Headland and other stories, Blom-A Woman's Journey, and Ellipse, a collection of her poetry, also translated into Swedish and becoming available in Stockholm Public Library.Completed thesis, Psychological Reflections on Post-Modernist Gothic Literature available at Deakin University library.Danielle has worked as an English as second language teacher at Deakin University.

Profile: View Danielle's profile here

Email: danielle.carr@theaustraliatimes.com.au

one life no regrets

This is an original Australian musical presented by the Mad Cat Theatre Company, and so reflects the decades that have influenced Australia’s sociological development as a society. After having been to Sweden and England, it is funny to find yourself around the world again, watching a play about a life, country and society that you grew up with and know all too well. It also makes a change from going to see a lot of plays where Australian actors have to assume American accents to tell U.S. stories. This is what makes this original musical so compelling, and appealing. As a musical it deftly portrays in order, the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, 90s through to the Millenium but as it specifically relates to Australia. The original script is by Joanna Buddee, and the strong major character of Sarah is broadly played by Kadey McIntosh.

 

It is fascinating to watch your own country evolve through the different decades. Firstly, we are witness to the 50s and 60s, which I can’t say I was present to, but we view the heady rock’n’roll rhythms of the 50s, then the peace and love seeking anthems of the 60s.  For Australia, therefore, the 70s is momentous, as my early childhood has its background setting in the Whitlam era, when it was time for freedom and change. As an X-generationer I might envy too, the job security and free university of the 70’s. Of course I remember the eighties as the background to my adolescence, and its fashions particularly look askew in the context of historical relativity, but along the way we have learnt of the sedate, conservative era of Robert Menzies, who was a leader suited to his particular times, a safe Australia, with wealth and resources. Then, remarkably we hear about the disappearance of the Beaumont children at Glenelg, in Adelaide, an ever deepening mystery, in 1966. Of course 1980 too produces another mystery, that of Azaria Chamberlain at Ayers Rock in central Australia. Remember the celebration of a nation? The stories particular to each era intersect each act, as a social scene is played out, from the Bicentennial celebrations, to Cathy Freeman sprinting to victory in the Sydney Olympics. Then of course the turn of the century, and the Twin Towers crumbling in New York, in the global spectrum.

 

The noticeable change in fashions is a lesson in life and modernity. Human society is in a state of constant flux, the changing of fashion and sentiment with great pace. Each decade has its own social context, and set of concerns and values. However the human relationship stays a constant, with the central character of Sarah yearning for a relationship, then producing a baby along the way, and finally seeing her father die, which I can relate to, having recently lost a parent. Through the movement of time, we not only change and age, but we lose a few people also. However, the main message is rather interesting, there is great significance in this musical. The study of narrative therapy asks us to look at what aspects of the linear narrative of our lives we have missed, just like we do when we look at a film or a play, in order to fully understand it and ourselves. One Life, No Regrets does exactly that, finding that there is no one perfect moment, or narrative. Life is what it is, and no moment need be changed, yet there may be sense to it, if we fill in the gaps, and contest a different viewpoint.  

 

One Life No Regrets, Renaissance Theatre Kew, 12-14 May, 2017.

Bachelor of Arts Film and Theatre, Deakin University, Rusden, 1994. Master of Arts Writing and Literature, Deakin University, 2013. Graduate Certificate, Tesol, 2013. Studying Graduate Diploma, Counselling, and Phd preparation, Swinburne University.Published poet, Southerly, national Australian journal.Books written by D.S, Danielle Shelley Carr include Blood for St Valentine, Raiders of the Headland and other stories, Blom-A Woman's Journey, and Ellipse, a collection of her poetry, also translated into Swedish and becoming available in Stockholm Public Library.Completed thesis, Psychological Reflections on Post-Modernist Gothic Literature available at Deakin University library.Danielle has worked as an English as second language teacher at Deakin University.

Profile: View Danielle's profile here

Email: danielle.carr@theaustraliatimes.com.au

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El Camino Cantina Fires Up the Parties

The Rocks Sydney

First Birthday Fiesta

El Camino’s 1st Birthday Fiesta this Friday, 19 May.

Get ready for sombreros, piñatas, Margaritas, tequilas and tacos … not necessarily in that order!

We’re celebrating 365 days in existence for Sydney’s most authentic Tex-Mex cuisine. There will be a free taco station from 5-7pm, a Tex-Mex infused, limited-edition birthday Margarita, a DJ from 6pm and churro birthday cupcakes for guests. What’s not to celebrate!

 

Vivid Inside & Out

From Friday, 26 May, the neon-filled diner will be the perfect destination for a pre or post Vivid feast.

Entry to this one-of-a-kind cantina is via The Argyle’s cobblestone courtyard, which will be a dazzling den of activity throughout the festival. Once indoors, surrounded by enough bright beams and fluorescent signage to light up the Vegas strip, guests will be forgiven for thinking the Vivid Festival has continued inside the fun-fuelled cantina. Enjoy authentic Tex-Mex feasting, as well as a DJ every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening during the festival.

Information & Image Courtesy of Rockpool Dining Group & El Camino Cantina

www.elcaminocantina.com.au

Gourmet Food/Wine/Events by Connie Lambeth