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Barbara Landsberg from Bronte

Bronte’s Barbara Landsberg is a garden designer at Landsberg Garden Design, working from her studio in Bondi to transform spaces into beautiful gardens. Barbara shares her local favourites with The Beast… How long have you lived here? I’ve lived in Bronte for 12 years now. I lived in Bondi for a few years, then lived […]

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Local Bloke… Trent Baldock from Bondi

Bondi’s Trent Baldock is a marriage celebrant who runs his own local celebrancy, Trent The Celebrant. Trent shares his local favourites with The Beast… How long have you lived here? It’ll be 32 years this year – my whole life. I’m the third generation of my family living in the beautiful Scum Valley. Why do […]

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Food

Thinking Outside The Barrel: Alternative Red grapes

Continuing on from last month’s article about alternative white grape varieties, we now move on to the reds… Grenache Okay, so it’s not exactly that left-field, but many people know very little about Grenache. It can be made in some very different styles, from wines with really bright fruit flavours to more savoury wines, from […]

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Food

Savoury Paleo Muffins

These savoury paleo muffins are packed with healthy ingredients, including sweet potato, which provides healthy carbohydrates and dietary fibre, together with eggs, which are rich in protein and essential fatty acids. They have a subtle saltiness from the nitrate-free ham, which can be interchanged with sautéed bacon or leftover cooked meat (i.e. roast chicken or […]

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Food

Sweet Potato Chips with Zucchini Baba Ganoush and Spiced Yoghurt

I thought about healthier chocolate and Anzac biscuits this month, but sweet potato wedges are a way to my heart and I’ve no doubt the way to some of yours too, particularly as the cooler months of the year arrive. I’ve pimped these wedges up with two nourishing extras – zucchini baba ganoush and a […]

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Food

Hip-Hop Poké Hits Bondi

When I was told that Dining Dave was off on holidays and I was needed to do a restaurant review, I thought, “Awesome – free food!” It wasn’t until after I’d committed that I learned that said food was raw fish. As someone who tried and hated sushi aged 20 and repeatedly forced herself to […]

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Other

The Ghan Expedition: One of The World’s Great Train Journeys

The Ghan train journey through central Australia is said to be one of the top 10 railway adventures in the world. It is also, we realise on arrival at Darwin train station, one of the most surreal. After all, how often do you get to board a train that’s more than twice as long as […]

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Baby Boomers and Safe Sex

With more Australians living longer and healthier lives, and divorce rates on the rise, many will find new sexual partners later in life. Some of those who have been in long, monogamous relationships are now looking for more casual sexual encounters before they commit themselves again. The availability of drugs like Viagra has given many […]

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Living On The Edge

You crawl into bed at 11.30pm, knowing your alarm is set for 5.30am. You lie there, staring at the ceiling thinking, “Go to sleep!” By 3.30am you’ve already woken up. You’re not sure why so you go to the bathroom, then you go back to bed again thinking, “ I’ve got to get back to […]

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Sport

Happy Colonial-Commonwealth Games!

Ah, the Commonwealth Games. This may come as a surprise, but I absolutely love them. More so than the Olympics. Sure, they’re the result of a dark and murderous history, but we win lots of stuff, so I dig them – even if the other half of that ‘we’ doesn’t know I exist and would […]

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