SHUK – North Bondi’s very own market place

Shuk, the bustling food hub at 2 Mitchell Street North Bondi, has become a favourite meeting place for locals and tourists alike. It is a corner café, bakery and deli, which offers the freshest produce and dishes from Isreal and the Mediterranean. On Thursday 20 November 2014, Shuk celebrated their first birthday party and I got invited me to sample a variety of their impressive dishes.

For 40 years this location served the area as the local corner shop, but the new owners transformed the space into an elegant 80 seat establishment, offering an incredible array of Israeli/Mediterranean delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

“The food we offer is inspired by what we grew up with in Israel, where the cuisine available is one of the largest melting pots on the planet, with food coming from a variety of cultures that migrated to the country from 130 different countries in the past 50 years. The menu is directly influenced by Arabic, Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines,” says co-owner, Yoni Kalfus. Together with business partners, Erez Beker and Ariel Hefer, the trio are bringing their passion of food to life, sharing traditional Israeli dishes they learnt from their families back home.

A central feature of this establishment is the bakery, so everything is made fresh daily on the premises; bagels, pastries, muffins, pasta and, of course, their signature bread loaves including country sourdough, rye and fruit bread. The bread is stacked in abundance, in rustic boxes for all to see and choose from.

SHUK’s breakfast and lunch menus are bountiful with many delicious dishes to choose from, ranging from the traditional Middle Eastern speciality, shakshuka, eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chilli, peppers and onions ($16), to the sweeter beghrir, cinnamon and almond meal pancakes with honey-lemon glaze and halvah ($15).

Lunch favourites include the signature Lamburger with charred eggplant, harissa aioli served with chips and sage salt ($18) as well as house made gnocchi with cherry tomatoes, fresh mint, oregano and ricotta ($19).

SHUK is definitely making itself known to the Sydney dining scene, promising a treasure trove of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours.

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The Bucket List journal is launched at The Bucket List Bondi Beach

Hanna Axelsson Sahlen and Ashleigh Powell (aka Axel and Ash) launched Axel & Ash in April 2012 when they both finished reading Sebastian Terry’s book ’100 Things’. The book inspired them to follow their dreams. After sharing their personal bucket lists, they discovered they shared similar interests in travel and a desire to start a business, and decided to develop inspiring journals. Two years later, on 19 November 2014, Axel and Ash launched their second book, The Bucket List, at The Bucket List Bondi Beach. 

My Bucket List is beautifully bound book in black cloth that invites the reader to decide what they would like to do with their one wild and crazy life by collecting all their dreams, desires and ideas in the one place.

The duo first entered the world of book publishing in with their first book, Swept Away by Wanderlust. This beautifully bound book, in an earthy latte coloured cloth, is filled with writing prompts for everyone who wanted to capture their stories whilst travelling in a fun but easy way. This book has been so successful that globetrotters and jetsetters all around the world are buying it from trendy stores in major metropolitan cities like London, Paris and Sydney.

Hanna Axelsson Sahlen is a TV studio director for ABC news while Ashleigh Powell works in finance. Both women have been very successful in their professions and are planning to release more life-style journals in the future.

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SLAM Beach Volley Ball Festival launches in Sydney

It is almost summer, and it is time to round up your friends, grab your gear, head down to the beach, and play volley ball while listening to cool tunes.

On Tuesday, 18th November 2014, fitness fans, celebs, bloggers and sponsors headed to Tamarama Beach for the official Summer Launch of SLAM Beach Volley Ball Festival. The gorgeous beachside location was transformed into a SLAM haven, which even included an inflatable court.

In its 15th year, founder Andrew Lemon was thrilled to announce SLAM’s first international launch to New Zealand.

Guests were treated to H2Coco and Zubrowka Vodka cocktails, Corona beers and canapes from Tamarama Kiosk, while enjoying the smooth sounds of New Native as the sun set.

Amongst the crowd was Samantha Frost and Jessica Jones, Tom Derricks and Dane Rampey, Lauren Seymour, Lola Berry, Pia Muellenbeck, and Christian Miranda.

The sponsors were Corona Extra, H2Coco, Schick, BONDS, Rockstar Energy and CLEO Magazine. The gift bag contributors included Wet Ones, Banana Boat, The Nut Job, Anytime Fitness, flopZ, Verival Muesli as well as some goodies from the sponsors.

SLAM is excited for its national tour around Australia for the loudest social beach volleyball festival kicking off in Cronulla 6th December. Team registrations are now open at www.slamfestival.com where teams can enter in Social sixes or Competitive fours as DJs play and teams compete in crazy costumes.

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Waterford Polo in the City series kicks off at Sydney’s Centennial Park

The Waterford Crystal Polo in the City series, now in its ninth year, kicked off at Mission Field, Centennial Park on Saturday 15 November 2014.

Polo is a sport that has been around for about 2,000 years. Ruki Baillieu and Janek Gazecki established Polo Enterprises Australia Pty Ltd in 2006 to introduce polo to a broader audience, promote professional polo players and attract new players to the sport. Polo Enterprises spends the whole year organising the Polo in the City series, which is Australia’s only national polo series and one of the largest in the world.

At this year’s annual Sydney event, attendees got to witness Australia’s best professional polo players compete for the Waterford Trophy. The day featured polo matches, a fashion on the field competition for both men and women, divot stomping, the women’s and men’s barefoot dash, a lucky door prize, and the best ex-racehorse competition.

I witnessed all the days activities from the comfort of the glamorous VIP Waterford Crystal marquee where I spent the day sipping Winston Churchill’s favourite champagne, Pol Roger, from Waterford Crystal champagne glasses while mingling with celebrities and polo players.

The celebrities who attended the event included Jennifer Hawkins, Camilla Frank, Guy Sebastian, Neale Whitaker, Darren Palmer, Buck Palmer, Terry Biviano and husband Anthony Minichiello.

Polo in the City matches are also held in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth. There are also Polo by the Sea events held around Australia. For more information visit http://www.polointhecity.com.

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