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Local Bloke… Blake Riley from Randwick

Randwick’s Blake Riley is a renovation broker and designer who runs his own local business, Blakes Of Sydney. Blake shares his local favourites with The Beast… How long have you lived here? Nine years. I was a Shire boy who got his passport and made it over the bridge, then never looked back. Why do […]

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Food

Thinking Outside the Barrel: Alternative White Grapes

In Australia, we’re only used to a few different grape varieties. In the whites, we’re all pretty aware of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Riesling and Semillon (and blends of some of these), and in the reds, we tend to stick with Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In this series of articles, I’m […]

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Food

Raw Chocolate-Coated Rice Cakes

I made these amazing raw chocolate-coated rice cakes for a children’s party last week and, since there wasn’t a crumb left, I decided it was worthy of sharing. This recipe is inspired by some dark chocolate-coated rice cakes that I found in the health food store recently. Because my children loved them, I thought I’d […]

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Food

Golden Smoothie Bowl

Mango season is almost over for another year, so we need to make the most of these nutritious tropical treats however we can. I generally increase the mango quota in the latter part of the season by buying in bulk, peeling them and freezing the cheeks, and then whipping them out to savour when we […]

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Food

Blanca Makes Its Mark

Established in January 2017 by legendary chefs Tomi Bjorck and Samuel Cole, Blanca, meaning ‘blank canvas’, has allowed these creative culinary craftsmen to cleverly combine Mediterranean flavours and fresh Australian ingredients with a traditional Japanese cooking style. My guest and I arrived at Blanca early on a balmy Wednesday evening, the space already humming with […]

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Start Spreading The News…

New York, the city that never sleeps, is one of the most exciting and vibrant places in the world. The Statue of Liberty, 5th Avenue, Broadway, Wall Street, the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Greenwich Village, the legendary Barneys and Macy’s department stores… it’s a never-ending list of things to see and do. Coming […]

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Other

Should We Have Sex on a First Date?

I’m always surprised that, even these days, there still is a double standard when it comes to having sex on a first date. If a male does it, he is called a stud; if a woman does it, she is called a slut. Shouldn’t we have gender equality by now? Should the belief that men […]

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Other

Look Up and Live

The very same day that kids went back to school across NSW, I discovered that France is going to ban the use of mobile phones in primary and secondary schools starting from September 2018. Admittedly, I found out while doing some late night mindless trawling on Facebook, but it certainly got my attention. While grappling […]

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Sport

“Marco!” “Polo!”

First things first, this is primarily an article about water polo, not Marco Polo, but I couldn’t resist the memories of that wonderful childhood game that must drive parents around the world completely mad. Water polo is coming to the iconic Bondi Icebergs pool this March, in the form of the Aussie Sharks v International […]

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Sport

Doing Things Differently

After writing for The Beast for ten years now, I never tire of the monthly call to words. It’s such a great opportunity to write for a publication I personally love reading, that’s local to my home and my heart, and is published by two of the nicest, hardworking and dedicated brothers you could hope […]

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