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Autumn 2021

Proudly supported by: McGrath - Cindy Kennedy | Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce

Rozelle | Balmain | Balmain East | Birchgrove | White Bay

let's go out

It is with great excitement that 60 Darling Street has come back to life, supplying the local community with your favourite beverages and a great selection of convenience groceries, dairy and frozen foods at competitive supermarket prices!

SHOP ONLINE AT WWW.BALMAINLIQUOR.COM.AU Guaranteed same day Home Delivery between 4 - 6pm if ordered by 3pm online Monday to Friday. Available to Balmain East, Balmain and Birchgrove Click and Collect Available 7 days per week via our website

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Mon - Thurs 9am - 7pm Fri - Sat 9am - 8pm Sunday 10am - 7pm

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to Darling. We were so overwhelmed by the positive feedback from the community on the first edition at Christmas that we decided to go again! This is a magazine made by the community for the community, with a goal of supporting local businesses. This edition celebrates the inaugural Balmain Rozelle Food & Art Festival, in collaboration with the Inner West Council. We encourage you to attend an event, visit a venue or gallery, and support the industries that have had the toughest time during the pandemic. There’s no better time to try a new restaurant or café, taste some local brews or buy new art for your home. Thank you again to our generous sponsor McGrath | Cindy Kennedy and all the businesses who have contributed to keep Darling going. We hope you enjoy this edition, and don’t forget Easter and Mother’s Day is just around the corner another opportunity to shop local. Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee

Front Cover (L-R): Lara Scolari, Lara Scolari Gallery Marco De Angelis, Our Place on Darling Tim Fishwick, White Bay Beer Co. Maureen Thornett, Royal Oak Balmain Tom Liang, 1947 Brasserie Photography: CaptureLife Photography Published by: Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce balmainrozelle.org.au All material is protected by the Copyright Act. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission. Whilst every care has been taken in producing this information, it does not guarantee its accuracy. All prices are correct at time of print. If you have an enquiry contact: balmainrozelle@gmail.com Thank you to our sponsor


Celebrating local people

Home for everyone



Food & Art Festival What’s on

Colour Your neighbourhood



Mother’s Day spoil her

Thank you!

As a local publication run by a not-for-profit organisation, Darling relies on our advertisers, local businesses and partners. We are very grateful for your contribution.

Inside Autumn 2021



Team Darling

Belinda Daly, The Marketing Edit

Annelie Child, Scandi Promo

Liam Duffy, Duffy Design

The Balmain Rozelle peninsula is really special, it’s a village in a big city. There are so many unique businesses and stories to tell, the Darling magazine is a showcase of all we have. After working in retail marketing and placemaking all my career, I joined the Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee to make a difference to our community.

Darling was born out of love for our community, the old-school village feel and the fact that everything is on our doorstep. After years in hospitality marketing, I’m particularly excited to be working with the chamber to bring you the Balmain Rozelle Food & Art Festival. I trust you’ll enjoy the many events taking place across this beautiful area.

As a long-time resident and small business owner based in the Balmain Rozelle peninsula it's great to see the Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce encouraging people to get out and about and be reminded that the best of everything is available locally. Designing Darling has provided a great opportunity to connect with other local businesses and share what's so special about our community.

March will see the first in Council’s series of Inner West Fest programs run throughout Lilyfield, Rozelle, Balmain and Birchgrove. Inner West Fest will support small business owners, local artists and residents to come together through a number of Covid-safe events. Inner West Fest will see a total of Darcy Byrne, $400,000 invested into the Inner West Mayor community throughout 2021. A key component of Balmain’s Inner West Fest is the Food & Art Festival – to be held from 17-28 March. This will highlight the excellent opportunities we have to stay, shop and eat locally. We will continue to work with the chamber in initiatives to help in the local recovery.


Cindy Kennedy, McGrath

We are very excited to continue our support of the new Darling magazine and congratulate Belinda and the team, Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce and Inner West Council for their work in making this happen. Living where we do, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat and delicious cuisines to choose from. My partner Richard is a qualified chef and has worked within the hospitality industry for most of his working life. Whilst he no longer cooks professionally, he does cook for our household which I am very happy about! As foodies Richard and I are very excited about the upcoming Food & Art Festival.

On the Cover

I love the old-school village feel of Balmain and the beautiful harbour surrounding us is a constant inspiration to me.

Balmain is a mish-mash of beautiful, loyal, crazy and down to earth people enjoying the village way of life. That’s why I love it!

Lara Scolari Contemporary Artist

This vibrant community brings together so many walks of life, creating a place I love living and working in every day.

” Tim Fishwick Co-founder White Bay Beer Co.

Marco De Angelis Owner Our Place on Darling

We’re excited to have some famous faces gracing the cover of Darling. These local legends share their thoughts on what this beautiful neighbourhood means to them.

Balmain has changed so much over time. We now see more families and less pub crawls but we’re still very much part of the community which I love.

I’ve been amazed by the support from the community. They’ve really welcomed our restaurant into their neighbourhood.

Maureen Thornett Owner Royal Oak Balmain

Tom Liang Head Chef 1947 Brasserie 5

let's chat local Cindy Kennedy is a well-known community member, not only because of her exceptional real estate knowledge, but because she’s a local and loves the Balmain Rozelle peninsula Top traits of a good real estate agent are Great communication skills (especially listening!), positive thinking and resilience, amazing time management and the ability to multi-task. What is trending right now in homes? Everyone wants great flow, plenty of natural light and dedicated home offices. Pools are very popular right now, so are nice gardens, lawns and artificial turf. Great entertainment areas are important to buyers.

Favourite thing about your job I get to help really interesting people buy and sell amazing houses in our area. Number 1 reason why people are selling their home Right now, it’s people wanting more space after spending so much time at home over the last year. Most influential feature in a house The kitchen is still the hub. It’s also great to have an aspect that shows off a nice outdoor space.

The Kennedy Team at

What’s your outlook for 2021? While we can’t travel, home will remain the focus and people will spend on real estate, either buying a new house or renovating the one they're in. There are a lot of expats moving back and investors are active again, particularly with low interest rates tipped to stay for 3 years. We expect strong growth in our area this year.

Cindy's TOP TIPS 1

Start decluttering! Keep an eye out for your next council clean-up and be ruthless with the cleanout.


Get advice on paint colours (not all whites are the same, grey is no longer the new black and don’t use poo brown!).


Prune your plants early to give them time to regenerate.

More about us What’s your favourite local store? So many to choose from, but I’ll say duckeggBLUE and Stem. Favourite local place for the kids Callan Park and Mort Bay are great for roller skating and scootering. Best park in Balmain is Elkington Park - bay breezes, great trees for shade, awesome playground and toilets too.

Cindy Kennedy 0404 000 570

How long have you lived in the area, what brought you here? Nearly 20 years. I lived in 9 different suburbs before I fell in love with the area. What do you love most about this community? Without a doubt the diversity of the people. We are grounded, kind, healthy, generous, intelligent, artistic, foodies, fun, active, eccentric and animal lovers. I can’t imagine living anywhere else!

| Scott Bunnell 0451 151 171

Interior by Home Industry

We fill our store with carefully curated collections of classic homewares so you can fill yours with beautiful items to create a home.

Customise your interior to reflect your own unique personality and style cushions, lampshades, curtains designed especially for you.

Tara Dennis, Tara Dennis Store

Martine Kilo, Home Industry

It’s the small touches and unique furniture pieces that makes a house a home.

James Hall, Inside Traders & Co.

Finding ways to add light to your home can make a big difference - large windows, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, skylights and lightwells.

Mat Wilk, Ballast Point Design and Build


Home is where the heart is

Autumn is a perfect time to make your home more cosy. Darling speaks to local experts.

Coming into Autumn there's nothing like a new coat of paint to brighten up a room or your whole house.

Grant Crowle, The Hardware Store

Thinking of renovating or extending your home in 2021? Mat Wilk from Ballast Point Design and Build shares his tips. Make sure the design flows The way you move from one space to another makes all the difference. When someone enters your house for the first time, they should know where to go because they are led by the home’s inherent great design and flow. Solve the biggest problems first If the laundry is in the wrong place and blocks access from your living area to the backyard, it needs to be moved. It may sound costly, but in the scheme of things it's the value added by having a living space beautifully connected to the garden which will be worth it. Be aware of limitations Don’t waste time on a design that isn’t possible or could only be achieved after a long and costly battle with council. Research all official requirements and their cost before you start on the design. Spend big on plants As well as providing atmosphere and a sense of tranquillity, plants and trees offer shade and privacy. Don’t leave them until the end, when your budget is under pressure, order them early on. Context is key You may find the most beautiful tile in the world, but that doesn’t mean it will look good in your bathroom. Make sure every design element feels like it belongs in the same house. Located at 46 Beattie St, Balmain, Ballast Point is an architectural design and building company that works with discerning clients on high-quality projects, both big and small. To book a consultation visit ballastpoint.com.au

Choosing art for your home An artwork can bring an entire room to life, but how do you choose the right piece?

Lara Scolari Gallery 48 Beattie St, Balmain Art Gallery on Darling 307 Darling St, Balmain

Before choosing an artwork, think about the placement of the piece in your room. Use blu tack to mark out the dimensions of what you believe is the perfectly sized artwork. Take a photo of the space and visit your gallery with the measurements and photo. Don’t be afraid to blend time periods. Just because you have a Federation home, doesn’t mean you must avoid contemporary art. There are many ‘rules’ regarding art, but local artist Lara Scolari has just one golden rule: make sure you LOVE the artwork you’re acquiring. “Don’t buy a painting because it matches your lamp, buy it because it speaks to you, stirs your emotions and resonates with you” she says. Gillian Johnston, owner of Art Gallery on Darling, says “Once you start collecting original art, you’re on a path of discovery. You’ll find new artists, follow their work, and hopefully, eventually buy art, not because it matches your furniture, but because it brings you happiness”.

10 Artwork by Lara Scolari

It’s amazing how beautiful a scatter of flowers can be Pictured here is Marie Jo “Nathy” Let us find your perfect fit Open 7 days a week 648 Darling St, Rozelle, 9555 1800 www.linandbarrett.com.au

MAR 17-28

Follow us for details on the full program:

Proudly sponsored by:

@balmainrozelle @darling.stay.local balmainrozelle.org.au

This event is part of Inner West Fest innerwest.nsw.gov.au/InnerWestFest

Designed locally by FrenchBaker FrenchBaker are a Balmain based design+creative partnership and the team behind the Balmain Rozelle Food & Art Festival creative. Designer Michelle French said “Creating the identity for the festival enabled us to combine our love of both local food and design. The inspiration for the imagery came from long afternoon shadows that stretched across the table at our favourite outdoor café.” www.frenchbaker.net.au The biggest heartfelt thank you to our festival supporters and partners: McGrath | Cindy Kennedy Inner West Council White Bay Beer Co. WestConnex | Transurban

Rozelle Interchange | John Holland | CPB Contractors CaptureLife Photography FrenchBaker

Robyn Hammond Design Watercolour by Cindy Frankie’s Lab Signarama Sydney CBD City North

The Sackville, affectionately known as The Sacky to most, is committed to delicious food, perfectly poured drinks and friendly service. We offer guests a genuine Aussie Pub experience. From the coldest beer to the warmest smile, everyone is welcome. There’s something for everyone at The Sacky – from our Beetroot & Gin Cured Salmon to our famous Buffalo Wings, all the way to our signature seasonal salads with optional add-ons that truly allow our guests to make our food their own. The next time you’re in Rozelle, make sure you come in and say g’day.

The Sackville Team @thesackvillehotel www.sackvillehotel.com.au 599 Darling Street, Rozelle

1947 Brasserie

Fine dining gem delights locals

It’s been a long time since Tetsuya’s was in Rozelle but newly opened Brasserie 1947 has put the suburb back on the fine dining map. Found on Darling Street, on the western side of Rozelle – it’s only been open for 6 weeks, but the restaurant is full of foodie locals. The fact is, when a Chef that is Gordan Ramsey trained lands in your neighbourhood, you can’t ignore it. Chef Tom greets our table and takes us through the menu, making suggestions as we go. The Hakkaido Scallops with dashi jelly and salmon roe melt in the mouth, and the Charcoal Yamba Prawns are so delicate and fresh they taste like they were caught 10 minutes ago. The special 24-hour cooked Beef Cheeks is full of flavour and go perfectly with the Roast Cauliflower salad. Topped off with fine dining service, and a French Rosé ‘Mathilde Chapoutier’, this treasure must be experienced. 1947 Brasserie 679 Darling St, Rozelle

Ask your local whisky experts The team from Whisky Enlightenment are the best in the business, they share their top considerations when selecting whisky and spirits for their diverse portfolio: The Distillery We support Craft and Artisan Distilleries. Australian Made all the way. The Style From soft and light, to rich and complex. A drink for every occasion. 14

The Ingredients Our selection of distilleries use the highest quality barley and botanicals.

The Cask The type and quality of cask flavours the whisky and other spirits.

Always taste before your buy!

Whisky Enlightenment whiskyenlightenment.com.au

Fine dining is back in the hood We may not be able to travel, but a little piece of Paris has just landed in Rozelle.

Gordon Ramsay kicked me up the backside a fair few time

Tom Liang Head Chef


Step into the modern space that is 1947 Brasserie and you’ll quickly forget the proximity to Darling Street. The impressive bar and open kitchen are more akin to Europe than anything we’ve seen on the peninsula. As is the extensive and well-priced wine list. Head Chef Tom Liang is cooking up authentic French cuisine, including beautifully marbled Riverine steaks with his signature Café de Paris sauce and incredible seafood. Tom’s love of food started at a young age. “My parents owned a restaurant, and I started helping out when I was six years old. I can still remember the first time I tasted my grandmother’s traditional Hong Shao Rou pork belly. It’s a simple dish, but when done right, it’s absolutely delicious” says Tom. Growing up in London, Tom’s love of food and talent for cooking eventually led him to Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen at legendary Claridge’s. “You probably imagine Gordon Ramsay as an angry chef who’s always yelling insults, but that’s just for show. Yes, he was strict, but only to maintain the standard needed in a Michelin starred kitchen” says Tom.

Gordon Ramsay was the best mentor Tom could have asked for. He helped him develop his technique and culinary skills and taught him how to compose himself in the kitchen. Tom says, “The most important lesson Gordon taught me was his idea of progress. If I see someone cook or do something better than me, I’ll ask them to teach me. I always strive to do better”. Eventually, Tom’s culinary journey took him to Australia, and to our neighbourhood. “I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve created. We wanted to serve amazing food and wine, in a welcoming environment and, judging by the feedback we’re getting, we’ve succeeded” says Tom. 1947 Brasserie has a separate menu for kids, and they’ll even welcome your fur babies in the outdoor dining area. The intimate layout of the restaurant lends itself to private functions and once all Covid restrictions are lifted, this place will be heaving. 1947 Brasserie 679 Darling St, Rozelle 1947restaurant.com.au @1947_rozelle


20th Artspark Family Sewing Workshop Make your own Cockatoo 1-4pm artspark-studio.com.au




17th Celebrate St Patrick's Day! 18th, 19th, 25th & 26th Fleur Stevenson Pop-Up Art Studio White Bay Beer Co. 3-6pm or by appointment Emerging artist Fleur Stevenson is moving her studio across to the brewery in White Bay. During her residency, Fleur will be painting abstract portraits in her favourite mediums of acrylic + spray paint on boards. 26C Mansfield St, Rozelle fleurstevenson.com

Fleur Stevenson Art Studio 21 st

Free Coffee Buy any main meal during the festival & receive a free coffee

281 Darling St, Balmain

T&C's Must present voucher Valid once 17-28 March Minimum spend $12

Croissant Workshop Melia Bakery 3-5pm, $120 To book call 0420 602 540

What's On! Corner Bar Every Day – Happy Hour, 4-6pm $ 5 Sparkling Wine $ 6 White Bay Beers $ 7 Wines

23rd Women in Business Dinner at 1947 Brasserie Follow

@balmainrozelle for details

Pinot and Picasso Get your creative juices flowing with a fun session. Book today! pinotandpicasso.com.au/balmain

Royal Oak Balmain Monday to Thursday – Royal Hour, 4-6pm $ 10 Premium Select Wine $ 6 Select Beer $ 20 Pimm’s & Bramble Carafe $ 15 Bar Bites East Village Hotel Tuesday – $20 Rump & Red Wednesday – $20 Curry & Coopers Thursday – $12 Mexican Madness The Native Rose Hotel $ 10 Margaritas & Espresso Martinis $ 25 Charcuterie Board & 2 House Drinks Tuesday – $12.50 Schnitzel Wednesday – $15 Rump and Live Music Trivia Sackville Hotel Thursday – $10 Cocktails All Day Friday – Meat Raffle 7pm Saturday – $6 House Spirits 10pm to Midnight Sunday – $15 Bloody Marys and Chilli Margaritas

24th Darling Exhibition Lara Scolari Gallery 6-8pm larascolari.com

The Local Bar Monday – 20% off drinks with your RSA card Tuesday – $30 All You Can Eat Dumplings Wednesday – From $25 XO Pipis Thursday – $35 1 hr Bottomless Côtes du Rhône & Cheese Friday – Happy Hour, 4-6pm Saturday – Live Music Sunday – $55 1½ hrs Bottomless Yum Cha & Drinks Balmain Bowlo Thursday to Sunday – $15 Meals Thursday – Trivia Sunday – Meat Raffle



Darling Exhibition

2 for 1


of White Bay Beer Visit your favourite local venue, currently pouring White Bay Beer, to buy 1 Schooner and get a second one free. One voucher per customer, valid 17-28 March.

Springside Brewing Try the peninsula’s new brew from Springside Brewing. Use MARCHMADNESS21 online to get 15% off & free delivery springsidebrewing.com.au Fibre Art in Australia 27th


Jewellery Making with K2 Designs. Create a stunning pendant with wire wrapping and a precious stone. 10am-1pm

Celebrating 57 years of Papa Joe and Co Enjoy a glass of sparkling or White Bay Beer and sample Mamma Maria’s pastas, deli meats and cheeses. 3-5pm

Acrylic Paint Pouring with Artful Adventures. 1-3.30pm 28th

196 Darling St, Balmain

17 -28 th


Royal Oak Balmain $20 Lunch Special with House Wine / Beer

Learn Punch Needle Embroidery. 1-3.30pm fibreartinaustraliashop. bigcartel.com 19th-29 th MyKindCo The Queen Bees of Balmain MyKindCo brings Balmain’s Glass House and The Town Hall Meeting Room to life, transforming the spaces into a vibrant and inspiring precinct. Join the luminary local talks, creative installation, activations and workshops. mykindco.com.au

Whisky Enlightenment Pop Up Shop 17th The Lodge Bar, from 4pm 18th Corner Bar, from 4pm 19th Royal Oak Balmain, from 12pm Whisky Enlightenment presents 20th Weekend Vibes, Wilhelminas, 3-5pm 24th Flavours of Summer Gin Masterclass, Corner Bar 7-9pm 25th Australian Craft Whisky Masterclass, Royal Oak Balmain, 6.30-8.30pm 28th Whisky Walk with Friends, 12-5pm whiskyenlightenment.com.au


Corner Bar 18th & 25th Curries & Dumplings 22 nd Mexican Monday 23 rd Burger Bonanza 19th & 26th American ‘Slider Night’ cornerbar.com.au

Our friends at the Corner Bar have shared the recipe for one of their top selling cocktails. Passionfruit Mojito

Let’s drink



60ml Bacardi Blanca

Muddle all ingredients, shake with ice and dump into a large tumbler or high ball style glass. Garnish with lime or passionfruit half.

30 ml passionfruit pulp 1 open palm full of mint Juice of 2 fresh limes 30 ml sugar syrup (adjust to taste )

Corner Bar 632 Darling St, Rozelle

Inner West Fest Baludarri precinct comes alive

19-28 March

Balmain Rozelle Lilyfield Balmain East Birchgrove Annandale

Full program online innerwest.nsw.gov.au/InnerWestFest

Megafuna at Leichhardt Bowling and Recreation Club. Image courtesy of Inner West Council

Everyone’s invited The inaugural Inner West Fest Baludarri, a community-led festival with something for everyone will take place from 19-28 March. “With large-scale gatherings off our social calendars for the foreseeable future, we’ve turned to our community for ideas,” said Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne. The Fest will feature fun for all ages with a high tea at Binky & Co,

performance by the Metropolitan Orchestra, and Cohen Park murals and workshops. Plus there’s a celebration of refugee culture, family workshops at Artspark Studio, the Balmain Rozelle Food & Art Festival, and Bowlopalooza II, at Leichhardt Bowlo. Make sure to check out the full program. innerwest.nsw.gov.au/InnerWestFest

Anthony and Albert from Bertoni

Standing the test of time

The average lifespan of a restaurant is five years. Throw a pandemic into the mix and you’re in for a tough ride. Here, three veteran foodies share their ticket to success. Pub fare Maureen Thornett, owner of Royal Oak Balmain, has been serving cold beers and fine pub fare for over 30 years. She says great service, consistency and value is what keeps guests coming back. When Covid hit, Maureen introduced a fresh food market and take-home meals. “You have to persevere and stay optimistic”, she says. Royal Oak Balmain 36 College St, Balmain


Families Our Place on Darling has been part of the Balmain food scene since 2005. Sadly, this local favourite will be closing its doors at the end of May. “This is an incredible community and we’ve been blessed to be part of it.” Marco credits their success to good, honest food and a welcoming, family atmosphere.

Coffee lovers Another local favourite is Bertoni, where brothers Anthony and Albert have been serving up Italian favourites and delicious coffee since 2004. Anthony says “The secret to our longevity is that we love the business and our customers as much today as we did when we first started”.

Our Place on Darling 225 Darling St, Balmain

Bertoni 281 Darling St, Balmain


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Orange Grove Markets Whisky Enlightenment I Love Pizza The Local Bar 1947 Brasserie XO Flower House Embellish Atelier The Heater Man Rozelle Plumbing The Native Rose Hotel Emma Dean Salon The Old Rosebud Lin & Barrett Lingerie Corner Bar Artspark Studio Sackville Hotel The Hardware Store Angel Aromatics Inside Traders & Co Shoes in the Attic Pinot & Picasso Melia Bakery Sydney Allied Health Jafrie by R ANDIAMO DOGUE Balmain Wall’s Pharmacy Acte 3 Lingerie Saltsoak Float Studio Royal Oak Balmain Fibre Art in Australia ART Gallery on Darling Maurice of Balmain Shoes Lara Scolari Gallery Ballast Point Design and Build Bertoni Balmain Community Pharmacy Roaring Stories Bookshop The Source Bulk Foods Tara Dennis Store Hill of Content Bookshop Our Place on Darling Locks Hair McGrath | Cindy Kennedy Papa Joe and Co Balmain Bowling Club East Village Hotel Home Industry Balmain East Liquor & Deli Bits of Australia Euforia Prestige Auto Traders White Bay Beer Co.

Online: admin-ninja.com.au hesterflemingvintage.com springsidebrewing.com.au fleurstevenson.com @scandifrock

let's work it out The Quiz 1.

What year did Our Place on Darling open?


Approximately how many people live in Rozelle? 8,000, 8,500 or 9,000 people?


What is the Birchgrove postcode?


The Caesar salad originates from which country?


Are avocadoes a fruit or a vegetable?


In what year was the Balmain Reservoir completed?


What’s the singular word for spaghetti?


Which NSW Premier said “Balmain boys don’t cry”?


Fill in the blank squares so that each row, each column, and each 3 x 3 block contain the numbers 1 to 9.

Quiz Answers 1. 2005 2. 8,500 3. 2041 4. Mexico 5. A fruit 6. 1915 7. Spaghetto 8. Neville Wran Where am I? The ANZAC Bridge


CaptureLife Photography

Where am I?

Embellish Atelier Discover it all at the upcoming Millinery High Tea workshop where you make a fascinator or headpiece, together with delicious high tea. Workshops run all year around or take Mum for Mother’s Day. Embellish Atelier 128 Victoria Rd, Rozelle

Local crafts

Fibre Art in Australia This store, now on Darling Street, features Australian-made giftware and homewares made by 27 artists, designers and makers. Creative Classes run on weekends with a variety of creative mediums to stimulate your self expression. Fibre Art in Australia 315 Darling St, Balmain

Easter is for eating Here’s our local guide. Bits of Australia in Balmain East stock a range of bush foods. All items are ethically and sustainably sourced and can be used to add flavour to cooking or to make a healthy drink. Bits of Australia 51 Darling St, Balmain East

Across the road from Bits of Australia is Balmain East Liquor & Deli, home to a great selection of convenience groceries and a well-stocked bottle shop. Balmain East Liquor & Deli 60 Darling St, Balmain East

Whilst in Balmain East, visit Euforia. Overlooking the Harbour Bridge, the café has undoubtedly the most picturesque view in the hood. Euforia 58 Darling St, Balmain East

Papa Joe and Co has been serving the local community for 57 years. Mamma Maria is still cooking up delicious pastas and the deli is well stocked with the finest charcuteries and cheeses. Papa Joe and Co 196 Darling St, Balmain

The Source Bulk Foods, owned and run by local Nicole, offers a range of chocolate eggs from Loving Earth, made from ethically sourced cacao, and completely package free. Euforia, Balmain East


The Source Bulk Foods 262 Darling St, Balmain

REDUCE WASTE THIS EASTER - BUY PACKAGE FREE EGGS! This Easter, make a commitment to say no to plastic or foil wrapped eggs and unnecessary waste. The Source Bulk Foods Balmain is offering a free sustainable gift box* when you spend $25 on our impressive range of chocolate and sweets. Hop in now, while stocks last! 262 DARLING STREET, BALMAIN - 02 9810 0095 WWW.THESOURCEBULKFOODS.COM.AU O F F E R E N D S M O N D AY A P R I L 5 , 2 0 21. * T E R M S A N D C O N D I T I O N A P P LY, S E E W E B S I T E . A U S T R A L I A N M A D E G I F T B O X VA L U E D A T $9.9 0

This venue has live music, a traditional public bar feel and family-friendly atmosphere.

The Native Rose Hotel 68 Victoria Rd, Rozelle The 'Sacky' offers an Aussie Pub experience, and the bottle shop is the best on the peninsula.

Sackville Hotel 599 Darling St, Rozelle With more than 30 years’ experience, republican Maureen has perfected service and the menu.

Royal Oak Balmain 36 College St, Balmain Dine and relax outdoors with pub dining classics. Doggies are welcome too!

East Village Hotel 82 Darling St, Balmain East


East Village Hotel

A peninsula pub crawl celebrates local history

The demographic profile of the peninsula’s people may have changed over the years, but the area is still steeped in historical republican splendour. The Balmain Rozelle peninsula is well known for its array of pubs and hotels – it’s part of our soul and why we love to live here. Whether it’s a friendly drink with a neighbour, a family meal on a weeknight or celebrating a loved one’s birthday, our pub scene has so much to offer – and food to match. Back in the day, local workers would've downed a cold lager after work, but these days locally brewed White Bay Beer flows freely, and so do fancy cocktails amongst cool surroundings. There’s something for everybody at our local pub scene - kids menus, pub choirs, trivia, fresh produce markets and even dogs are welcome at some.

Rozelle Finds

Cross Victoria Road & you’ll find two local foodie favourites.

Located on the site of chef Tetsuya Wakuda's famous three-hatted Rozelle eatery, The Local Bar pays homage to its illustrious forebearer with a menu inspired by Asian fusion cuisine. Their rationale is in their name, and locals are at the heart of everything they do. The Local Bar 729 Darling Street, Rozelle

I Love Pizza’s menu delivers South American flavours to complement the more traditional. Only the freshest, high quality ingredients are used as toppings and served on a mouth-watering crispy, thin base. Open 7 days a week offering pick up, delivery and eat in. I Love Pizza 740 Darling Street, Rozelle


Not all sizing is the same. Don’t assume that just because you’re a 12D in one bra, you’re the same in every bra.


The back band should be firm, as it carries the weight of the breast. When you have a new bra, start wearing it on the loosest hook so there is room to tighten it as it stretches.


In an underwired bra, the wire should sit close to the body and against the ribs, not on top of breast tissue.

The Perfect Fit

Underwire, no wire or padded? Acte 3 Lingerie share their top tips for finding your perfect bra.

Acte 3 Lingerie 341 Darling St, Balmain

Vintage costume jewellery specialist Hester Fleming has been sourcing and selling authentic pieces for over ten years. She says a well-chosen piece of vintage jewellery will integrate into any modern wardrobe. Hester Fleming Vintage hesterflemingvintage.com

Choosing vintage makes good fashion and environmental sense. Scandi Frock sells Scandinavian vintage dresses and has seen increased interest as more women opt for a more sustainable, lasting style rather than a fast fashion fix. Scandi Frock @scandifrock


When you wear vintage, you carry on a little piece of history.

Browse any vintage store and you’ll travel back to a time when quality and craftmanship mattered and when garments were cared for by their owners. In a world of fast fashion, your best bet at finding something unique is to go vintage. 34

BALMAIN 341 Darling Street (02) 9555 5551 or 0419 767 077 MOSMAN 832 Military Road (02) 9969 7680 or 0429 779 286 Acte3.com.au

Rozelle Gives Back

“The Rozelle Interchange Project is excited to be part of the Balmain Rozelle Food & Art Festival. Being based locally, our team has been enjoying the restaurants, cafés and other venues and we are so pleased to be able to support this great event”, said Steven Keyser, Project Director. He said “We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the local community who made generous contributions to our 2020 end of year fundraiser ‘Rozelle Gives Back.’ Our team, along with contributions from many of the local community, were able to donate over 1,000 gifts to the Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal and raised $50,000 for two local charities: The Harding Miller Foundation – where the amount raised will provide scholarships for two young women for the next 4 years Balmain PCYC – who, thanks to the donations can continue to run Fit For Life, Fit For Change and Fit For Work intervention programs for young local people.

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Canal to Creek Art for everyone

The WestConnex | Transurban Public Art Program – Canal to Creek, is a diverse program of eighteen commissioned artworks that will help activate new and existing parklands between St Peters and Beverly Hills. Many of the artworks are now complete and ready to be enjoyed by the community. Artist Mike Hewson has created ‘St Peter’s Fences Playground’ featuring climbable fence structures and playground equipment. Made from recycled materials, the space pays homage to the character of the area. Western Sydney artist Christina Huynh aka ‘STYNA’ has rejuvenated the Lundy underpass at Kingsgrove with her new large-scale painting ‘Fantastic Worlds’. The work celebrates Kingsgrove’s local heritage, with a focus on the native Gouldian finch. For more information about the WestConnex | Transurban Public Art Program, visit westconnex.com.au.

When coffee meets art, ideas come alive A partnership between the Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce and local artist Robyn Hammond paves way for exciting new artwork.

Robyn Hammond is an artist and textile designer living in Balmain. Last Christmas, the Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce commissioned Robyn to create a colouring-in page, a beautiful line drawing of the local area. The design caught the eye of Marco Adoncello, owner of Contessa Balmain, who was looking to brighten the walls of his new café space next door. Excited to keep it local and working closely with the robynhammonddesign.com.au artist, Marco commissioned Robyn with an open brief. @robynhammonddesign Robyn’s mural ‘The Three Contessas’ is bold and bright amongst the cafe’s dark walls, with striking faces and pops of colour – inspired by her three daughters. The installation Contessa Balmain celebrates Contessa’s 30th birthday. 371A & B Darling Street, Besides small and large commissions, Robyn designs @contessabalmain fabrics, apparel, packaging and wallpaper. Photography: Jody Potter


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Get your art on!

We’re so lucky on the peninsula to have plenty of workshops and classes available to get our creative juices flowing. Artspark offers creative classes for everyone - after school art and sewing classes, toddler classes, school holiday workshops, birthday parties and adult sewing classes. Artspark 43 Merton Street, Rozelle

For adults, one of the best social and fun activities on the peninsula can be found at Pinot & Picasso. Their fail-proof workshops result in a stunning artwork, even if you aren’t naturally talented! Pinot & Picasso 4/418 Darling St, Balmain

Springside Brewing Rozelle has another local brew. Founded at Springside Street by brewer Will Cannaby, the business started from humble beginnings. Will regularly had neighbours and passers-by showing an interest in the malty haze drifting towards Victoria Road as he brewed batch after batch of fresh craft in his garage. The community would try experimental beers and give feedback before the launch of two core beers in November last year now brewed commercially. Within 24 hours of launching, the whole street had bought a case and by the end of January these Rozelle beers were being sold across Sydney, Canberra and Wollongong! Springside’s ‘Gorgeous George’ Pale Ale (4.3% ABV) and ‘George the Beast’ NEPA (4.8% ABV), which are named after the Rozelle Park nearby, are available from a number of bottle shops and hotels in Rozelle and Balmain. springsidebrewing

XO Flower House Chantelle King started making flower arrangements at only 12 years of age, when she helped her Grandad at university graduation flower stores. After completing a TAFE course and learning the ropes at other florists, she went online before opening a store in Rozelle. Chantelle says “I love how supportive this community is so I couldn’t think of a better area to start!” In store, you’ll find creative flower arrangements, dried and artificial flowers and plants, and lots more gift ideas. 689 Darling St, Rozelle xoflowerhouse.com

New Faces

We love it when we see new stores and businesses pop up in our ‘hood. Darling speaks to a few of them.

The Admin Ninja Claire Campbell started her business after losing her job at the beginning of the pandemic. Like many others, she sought to turn around a negative situation and launched The Admin Ninja, helping other businesses with their administrative tasks so they can focus on their core business. Claire says “My passion is helping entrepreneurs and business owners achieve their dreams by giving them time back to work on their business”. So if you need an extra set of trusted hands, give Claire a call today. admin-ninja.com.au

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Keeping Healthy Tried and tested strategies are the best way to stay healthy.

Covid aside, frequent hand washing is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. In winter, it’s natural to want to stay inside and eat chocolate, but try to stick with your exercise routine. Exercise strengthens the heart, increases immunity, and relives stress. Floating is another fantastic way to destress. The Epsom salt used in the float tank sooths both body and mind. Lynn Chien from Wall’s Pharmacy says a good diet is particularly important in winter; “Give your diet a boost by including more vitamin C rich fruits and veggies and take a good quality broad spectrum probiotic which can help strengthen your immunity.” Good sleep habits play a significant role in both mental and physical health says Caroline Diamantis from Balmain Community Pharmacy. “Lack of sleep can lead to increased stress, reduced immunity, and an inability to cope with life. Try to create a consistent bedtime routine and if you’re struggling, speak to your pharmacists about natural remedies.” 42

For your winter boost Wall’s Pharmacy 345 Darling St, Balmain Saltsoak Float Studio 337 Darling St, Balmain Balmain Community Pharmacy 273 Darling St, Balmain

Less work, more glory

Is there such a thing as beautiful, low maintenance hair? One industry veteran spills the beans. Emma Dean Salon has been servicing locals for almost a decade and more than ever their clients are looking for high quality, low maintenance colour and cuts. As a result, beautiful lived-in colours are the preference, including rich textured brunettes, face framing highlights and blunt, textured cuts. “It's all about finding what works for you” says owner CJ Morello. Emma Dean Salon Shop 2/654 Darling St, Rozelle

Setting up for success It may be tempting to sit outside in the sun or work with the cat on your lap, but a properly setup workspace is a must to avoid injury. Physio Edward Yip shares his advice.

Top of screen should be at eye level. Centrally align screen and keyboard. Distance to screen to be one arm’s length. Forearms to be horizontal with shoulders relaxed. Chair should support the whole spine and slightly recline. Knees to be at a right angle, and feet supported. Leave a small gap between the back of the knee, and the base of the seat.

Sydney Allied Health Suite 2, 3 Montague St, Balmain


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Service your gas heater this winter with The Heater Man. Gas heater service centre & showroom Located at 112 Victoria Road Rozelle

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WIN the best looking BBQ in the Village! Visit any restaurant, café, bottle shop or food store in Balmain, Rozelle, Birchgrove, Balmain East or White Bay during the Rozelle Balmain Food & Art Festival 17th - 28th March, complete the form and have the chance to win a Beefeater BBQ valued at $799*!

Pop your entry into any of the following stores for your chance to WIN this fantastic prize! Heater Man 112 Victoria Road, Rozelle The Source Bulk Foods 262 Darling St, Balmain Melia Bakery 382 Darling St, Balmain

Name: Mobile No: Which venue/store did you visit? What’s your favourite place to eat locally? What do you love most about this area?

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Beauty On Beattie Street you’ll find Angel Aromatics, a heaven for natural fragrances! The shop stocks perfume, home fragrances, body products and candles – all hand crafted in Balmain.

Angel Aromatics 143A Beattie St, Balmain

Made Local

You’d be surprised how many products are made right here on the peninsula. It’s never been easier to source locally made.








Food & Drink White Bay Beer Co. is Balmain’s own independent craft brewery. Producing European style lager, Sunny Pale Ale and ever-changing IPAs, the brewery has gained a following well beyond the peninsula. With DA approval for a bar, this great space will soon be open to the public. Stay tuned! At Melia Bakery you can get a taste of France, right in the heart of Balmain. Everything is baked on site daily and they have a delicious selection of pastries, tarts, quiches, and breads.


Fashion Jafrie by R offers custom made, and ready to wear women’s fashion. Designs are created by owner Rowena in her shop in Balmain and manufactured in Australia. Embellish Atelier in Rozelle is your go to for couture millinery. Their beautiful hats, headpieces, and bridal accessories are all constructed by hand. You can even create your own masterpiece by attending one of their millinery workshops.

White Bay Beer Co. 26C Mansfield St, Rozelle

Jafrie by R 362 Darling St, Balmain

Melia Bakery 382 Darling St, Balmain

Embellish Atelier 128 Victoria Rd, Rozelle


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128 Victoria Rd, Rozelle, NSW 2039 Hats, Workshops, Supplies.

spoil your mum There’s no better gift than to buy Mum a book this Mother’s Day. Balmain’s Hill of Content bookstore has an extensive range and knowledgeable staff that can help you select the perfect book for Mum. A Room Of Her Own – Inside the Homes & Lives of Creative Women by Robyn Lea. $65 Hill of Content Bookshop 245 Darling St, Balmain

We love our Mums, and it’s time to celebrate everything they do for us. There’s plenty of local stores that will make Mother’s Day extra special.

Lin & Barrett have a huge range of European hosiery to make any outfit fabulous - there is an amazing selection from everyday sheers, to winter textures. Opaques are available in 16 colours. Perfect for Mum this season, pantyhose, stockings, knee-his & socks, all in store and online now. Lin & Barrett Lingerie 648 Darling St, Rozelle

XO Flower House can make a vase arrangement that will make any home beautiful. The store has a huge range of vases to choose from or bring your own in. Everlasting range $110-$250 XO Flower House 689 Darling St, Rozelle

Cashmere Cloud Socks, designed to be the world's softest socks, will impress Mum for sure. Available in a range of colours. $49

Buy Mum a fun social night of art and creativity with a Pinot & Picasso e-gift card so she can choose her own session. Select any value and make Mum smile!

Maurice of Balmain Shoes 328 Darling St, Balmain

Pinot & Picasso pinotandpicasso.com. au/balmain


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1. Acte 3 Lingerie Hanro Bea 3/4 Crop Pyjama. Luxurious mercerised cotton with delicate lace hems. $289.95 2. Hester Fleming Vintage 1960’s Trifari Necklace. $290 3. Scandi Frock Pre-loved Silk Maxi Dress by DAY Birger et Mikkelsen. $99 4. Lara Scolari Bedrock Mixed Media Artwork on Cotton Canvas, 153x122cm. POA 5. Tara Dennis Store Cire Trudon Petite Candle. $59 6. Saltsoak Float Studio Single Float. $89


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1. Whisky Enlightenment Australian made spirits and whiskys, curated by local experts. 2. Maurice of Balmain Shoes ELENA by FRANKIE4, lightweight sneaker. $239.95 3. Lin & Barrett Lingerie Butterfly Chemise, silk satin with silk georgette trims,S-XXL. $199.95 4. Embellish Atelier Mum of Many Hats Greeting Card. $6 5. Fibre Art in Australia Therese McMahon Ceramics. Vase $75, Mug $45 6. Balmain Community Pharmacy bx Earth 300g triple scented, double wicked candle. $24.99





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6 5 1. Inside Traders & Co. Wooden Boxes. From $29 2. Fibre Art in Australia Creative Workshops 3. Angel Aromatics Elkington Park, Natural Eau De Parfum, Vanilla & Cedar 50ml, made in Balmain. $109 4. Art Gallery on Darling ‘Protea’ by Gillian Johnston, acrylic on ply framed in Tassie Oak, 10” x 8”. $370 5. Shoes in the Attic Josef Seibel Sienna boot. $295 6. Lin & Barrett Lingerie Yuu Luxury Robe, S-XL. $89.95 7. Bits of Australia Essence At Dusk Long Earrings. Made in Australia. $65


Be a man of more words

When men show feelings, it shouldn’t be seen as a sign of weakness. These locals see it for what it really is – a sign of strength.

Rozelle-based Don Sox donates a percentage of sales to men's mental health organisations. Owners Peter and Karina understand the effects of suicide. At 37, Peter's brother committed suicide, and no one saw it coming. The Man Walk Rozelle, whose motto is to ‘walk, talk and support’ give men the opportunity to open up in a casual setting. The group meet every Friday, 6.30am in King George Park. Don Sox donsox.com

The Man Walk Rozelle themanwalk.com.au/rozelle/

Authors talk with Ross Garnaut

In his new book Reset, renowned economist Ross Garnaut shows how the COVID-19 crisis offers Australia the opportunity to reset its economy and build a successful future – and why the old approaches won’t work. On Monday 29 March at Royal Oak Balmain, Garnaut will be speaking on the book and its ideas with journalist and host of ABC RN’s The Money, Richard Aedy. All tickets to this Roaring Stories Bookshop event are free – but due to limited capacity, they will be allocated to guests through a ‘lucky dip’ competition. For details on how to enter the competition, visit roaringstories.com.au/ author-events/. Roaring Stories 268 Darling St, Balmain


Who let the dogs out? TOP 10

Off Leash Areas Mort Bay Park, Birchgrove The place to go for playdates. Elkington Park, Balmain For early walks to catch the sunrise. Illoura Reserve, Balmain East Sweeping Harbour Bridge views. King George Park, Rozelle Fair game when no organised sport is on.

Whether you have a Goldendoodle, a Cockapoo or a plain old Staffy, they all need walking. Darling shares the best places for your pooch to run free. Before you let your dog roam free, there are a few things to remember. Stick to a designated off leash area and keep your dog under effective voice control. If your dog is unwell or under the age of four months, keep them on the leash. When choosing a lead, consider the size and personality of your dog. “A Chihuahua will be overwhelmed by a thick leather leash and a Great Dane will easily snap a thin leash or lightweight clasp” says Silvana Adams, owner of DOGUE Balmain.

Propeller Park, Balmain East Beach and park in one. Ewenton Park, Balmain Great place for chasing sticks. Bridgewater Park, Rozelle Multiple green areas to choose from. Birchgrove Park, Birchgrove Lots of space with a great doggie beach. Ann Cashman Reserve, Balmain Small but effective. Birrung Park, Balmain Plenty of space for chase.

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DOGUE Balmain 351 Darling St, Balmain



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Darling Magazine | Autumn 2021 | Edition 2  

Welcome to Darling. We were so overwhelmed by the positive feedback from the community on the first edition at Christmas that we decided to...

Darling Magazine | Autumn 2021 | Edition 2  

Welcome to Darling. We were so overwhelmed by the positive feedback from the community on the first edition at Christmas that we decided to...