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Columns 10 Shorty’s Shout: Shorty’s Shout: Shorty shares his outspoken opinion on moments that matter 49 Horoscopes: Is destiny awaiting? See what’s in your stars this month

Features 9 Flight Of The Conchords: Our favourite Kiwi’s in comedy are coming Down Under 14 Hygiene or Too Clean: Are you living your world in a bubble? 24 The Biggest Winner: The Biggest Loser contestant Brenda Hunt shares her weight-loss success 28 Love Food & Love Yourself: The importance of a happy relationship with food 42 London Calling: Dining delights from this year’s Olympic host city

Fashion & Beauty 18 Faux Fringe: We show you how to fake the perfect fringe 19 Beauty-licious: Lip-smacking beauty finds 22 We Love: Ruby red-inspired by July’s birthstone 25 Supper Club: Taking winter glamour to another level

Eat 32 Broadbeach Food Festival: Out top picks for eating out on the Coast 36 Purely Golden Door: Delicious, healthy spa cuisine

Out & About 46 Get it’s social scene: Have you been snapped?

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lmost two years ago, when I first joined the Get it crew, the editorial team and I went on our first “revamp” shoot. With our goals set high, we knew we needed to come up with something fresh and exciting so, with our fingers crossed, we snapped away at the beautiful Kristy Hinze in a lavish 1950s-style spring fashion shoot. As we viewed the first pictures, we got goosebumps – I had one of those “ah-hah” moments people talk about. Why am I telling you this? I had another one of those moments this month! When the images came back from our food-inspired shoot, I instantly got chills; then I laughed…a lot, and when I got to the cover shot I said, “That’s the one!” Our photographer, Nathan Duff, had perfectly captured the all fierce energy and wild emotion we felt running through our veins on the day. We knew then we needed to share more of these shots with our readers. See page 30 for all the behind-the-scenes mayhem. Okay, moving on to more excitement. The Broadbeach Food Festival is on this month and I, for one, am eager to sink my teeth into all the action! It’s one of my favourite events on the Gold Coast calendar and each year, as I stroll through the food Mecca taking in the tantalising sights and smells, I literally have to stroll myself drooling! So what better time to do our hunger-busting food issue than now? We chat to one of Australia’s leading health experts about the importance of eating good, wholesome foods to revitalise our minds and restore our bodies from the inside out. This month also sees a huge spotlight on London as the City of Opportunity plays host to the highly anticipated Olympic Games. So, with eating and drinking being one of our beloved past times, we thought we’d share some delectable delights currently buzzing in Britain. ‘Love food + love yourself’ gives an insight into why we have such a strong, yet fickle, relationship with food and Biggest Loser slimming success Brenda Hunt takes time to chat about her weightloss journey and life lessons she learned along the way. Don’t forget about our recipes either (page 36); the linguini is amazing! We look forward to sharing many more stories of food and culture with you later in the year. Until then, indulge!

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July 2012

July 2012

getit m a g a z i n e

FOOD friend or foe?

World in a Bubble Hygiene or too clean?


INDULGE Tempt your tastebuds with our winter dining delights

Cover Model: Maritte at Division Models Photography: Nathan Duff Hair: Paul & Paul Salon Make-up: Alana Mevissen Stylist: Juanita Machado Props: Village, Bundall

Contributers Editor Adele Rowlands-Dealey Features Editor Sarah Blinco Art Director Sam Bell | 0400 122 009 Contributors Amanda Higl | Lana Jackson Kirsten Mitchell | Shorty Thompson Join us for a sensational Lunch with the inspirational Ita Buttrose AO,OBE. Its Buttrose will share stories of her extraordinary life and launch her new updated autobiography, the acclaimed ‘A Passionate Life’at this special event.



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Don’t miss your chance to see the legendary Engelbert Humperdinck when he performs live at Jupiters Hotel & Casino. The one-night-only Australian exclusive will see the Golden Globe Entertainer of the Year award-winner performing classic hits like ‘Release Me’, ‘The Last Waltz’, ‘Love Will Set You Free’, and ‘Quando, Quando, Quando’. Whether you are a long-time lover of his romantic ballads or a new fan of the illustrious vocalist, a night with Engelbert Humperdinck will be one to remember. Tickets at

One Way Street Party

July 7 Surfers Paradise’s One Way Street Party celebrates our bubbling local ‘new culture’ scene with a day-and-night laneway-style festival from 1-8pm. Showcasing contemporary art and some of the Gold Coast’s most interesting new bands, vintage fashion and great food, One Way is Surfers Paradise Festival’s tribute to the alternative, the new, the undiscovered gem and the cutting edge. Best of all: it’s free!



Tina Arena Tina Arena returns to Brisbane in style this month. Prepare to be enthralled by one of Australia’s brightest stars as Tina, together with the 60-piece Queensland Symphony Orchestra, boasts an exciting full concert program at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC performing favourites we all know and love – from ‘Chains’ to ‘Call Me’ to ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ and more! Don’t miss what promises to be a major highlight on Brisbane’s concert calendar.

Lunch with Ita Buttrose



Australian publishing icon, Ita Buttrose, is back in town and wants to have lunch with you! Join us at Sofitel, Broadbeach for a sensational afternoon of entertainment in support of SIDS & Kids. National treasure and twice voted Australia’s most admired woman Ita has promised to share a few stories of her extraordinary life and launch her new updated autobiography, the acclaimed A Passionate Life at this special event. There’s over $3000 of prizes to be won too so don’t miss out! For bookings, call the SIDS & Kids ticket hotline: 3849 7122.

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The Land of Yes & The Land of No

Beautifully wrought from the world of signs and symbols in our everyday lives, Artistic Director Rafael Bonchela’s celebrated production, The Land of Yes & The Land of No, comes to The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Instantly recognised as ‘a giant leap imaginatively, musically and choreographically’ (The Guardian), Australian audiences now get to see this sensuous work performed at home by one of the nation’s most prestigious contemporary dance ensembles - Sydney Dance Company. With every exquisite movement and splash of vibrant colour, the show promises all the physical precision, enthralling dance and irresistible intensity of Ezio Bosso’s score that has dazzled audiences from Shanghai to Venice. Be sure to snap up your tickets before everyone else!

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Here are our top picks to keep you entertained this July.



not Suitable For Children In cinemas July 12 Not Suitable For Children stars Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) as freewheeling Jonah in the prime of his life. But after learning he’ll be infertile in just a month’s time, Jonah feels he has to find someone to have a baby with, now! Before it’s too late. This twist of fate sees Jonah, with the help of his best friends, embark on a crazy caper to help him sow his seed as much as possible, and ultimately find the “one” in time. Joining Ryan in the ensemble cast is the winner of the 2010 IF Out of the Box Award Ryan Corr, best known for his roles in Packed to the Rafters and Underbelly: The Golden Mile, as well as emerging young actress Sarah Snook (Spirited, Blood Brothers).

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Award-winning singer/songwriter and comedian Andrew Horabin is coming to the Gold Coast for one performance of his hilarious one-man comedy musical, What A Man’s Gotta Do. When the Bucks and Hens clash in the street, Lucy calls off the wedding saying Adam will “never grow up!” He begs for one more chance. She gives him 24 hours to prove he’s a man. What’s Adam gonna do? What’s a man gotta do to be a man? The rather provocative one-man musical explores manhood (in all its glory) in modern Australia: think mateship, sex, drugs, violence, homophobia, marriage, eldership, fatherhood, initiation and so much more! And it’s all wrapped up in one belly-clutching, roll-on-the-floor laughathon. Don’t miss out! Get your tickets now at


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the mikado Opens July 7 Opera Queensland’s new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic masterpiece The Mikado opens this July 7. For director Stuart Maunder the possibilities to reinvent this timeless piece are endless. “The show has a brilliant design by Simone Romaniuk which references all that Japan has generously bequeathed to modern pop culture: FRUiTS fashion, Hello Kitty, plastic, stuffed toys and micro technology. These are mixed with traditional elements to create a wonderfully eclectic look and feel,” he says. This hilarious parody unfolds in the mythical town of Titipu, a place where flirting has become a capital crime, punishable by death. A year before the action unfolds, Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado (the Emperor of Japan), fled his father’s imperial court to escape certain marriage with the resident court cougar Katisha. Disguised as a travelling musician, Nanki-Poo falls in love with Yum-Yum, the young ward of the town’s tailor Ko-Ko, to whom she is betrothed. All seems lost for Nanki-Poo - until he hears that Ko-Ko has been condemned to death for flirting. Spurred on by hope, Nanki-Poo returns to Titipu to reclaim the heart of his beloved Yum-Yum. But, as in most British comedy, events take a turn toward the absurd and the saucy. “The Mikado will be a great night out. This is a universal piece, poking fun at the foibles of human nature with witty dialogue, ridiculous situations and glorious melodies. It has lasted over 100 years and is still the most-performed, most-loved in the G&S canon. Its longevity is testament to the fact that it ‘speaks’ to each new generation,” Stuart says.

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Flight Of The Conchords The wait is over. New Zealand’s much loved folk comedy duo Flight Of The Conchords are finally coming to Australia!


old on tight to your Hiphopopotamus and your mother flippin’ rhymenoceros, ‘cause Flight of the Conchords are on their way here! Our favourite Kiwis, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, have finally announced their long-awaited tour down Under. The Frontier Touring Company will be bringing the comedy duo to visit fans on the other side of the Tasman for their first ever australian headline tour this July. “We are finally returning to australia. Mostly to apologise,” Jemaine quips. In a buoyant career spanning almost 15 years, Flight Of The Conchords has become one of australia’s favourite comedy and musical acts, with the band gaining notoriety for their hilarious ditties including ‘Carol Brown’, ‘Foux da Fafa’, ‘Epileptic dogs’ and many more. New Zealand’s self-proclaimed “fourth most popular folk-parody duo” make musical comedy an art form. Throughout their live performances the duo picks up multiple instruments, including the ukulele, toy piano, keytar, synth and a “1987 Casio dG-20 electric guitar set to mandolin” to create the sounds of some of the most bizarrely wonderful crowd sing-a-longs heard onstage. after getting their start in stand up comedy, Bret and Jemaine created a radio series for

BBC radio 2 before launching into acclaimed HBO comedy series Flight Of The Conchords which propelled the duo into the limelight on a global scale. The series spanned two seasons and earned them a massive 10 Emmy nominations and a WGa nomination for Best Comedy Series. The musical musings of Flight Of The Conchords formed the backbone of their much loved, self titled series and were celebrated in two highly successful soundtracks; Flight Of The Conchords and I Told You I Was Freaky. These albums earned the band six spots in the Triple J Hottest 100 over two years for hits like ‘Business Time’, ‘Hurt Feelings’ and ‘Too Many dicks on the dancefloor’. “It’s safe to say this is the most endlessly playable comedy album of the new millennium,” reports the UK’s fabulously crass music magazine, Uncut. Far from strangers to the spotlight, Flight Of The Conchords have come a long way from winning Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival more than a decade ago. Most recently, both performers have been pursuing the big screen. Bret took on the role of Music Supervisor for The Muppets movie and recently won the Best Original Song Oscar for his composition ‘Man Or Muppet’.


This track beat out its counterpart from the film Rio to win the award, a film that coincidentally featured Bret’s partner in crime and Men In Black III star Jemaine Clement. It’s hard to pinpoint what has kept the duo from touring our shores all this time. Was it band manager Murray’s inability to get the guys a gig outside of an aquarium, Bret’s commitments to his sign holding job or Jemaine’s fear that his aussie ex-girlfriend, Keitha, would be waiting eagerly for his arrival? regardless, one thing’s for sure: it’s going to be one heck of a good time! Between the incredible song-writing, witty on stage banter and catchy melodies that will be stuck in your head for days, Bret and Jemaine are reuniting once again for these very special shows to guarantee a night of fun that will leave you singing about ‘Sugarlumps’ and the epic ‘Hiphopopotamus Vs. rhymenoceros’ rap battle for days afterwards. Come hang out with New Zealand’s best export after sheep’s wool, as Flight Of The Conchords woo audiences at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre this July 7 with their fearless rhymes, tough urban beats and the best daggy jumpers their country has to offer.

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SHORTY’s ! t u o sh social COMMENT

Local larrikin Shorty sets our pages alight with brutal honesty and quick wit on topics that really get him going.


ho knows where Calypso Bay is? Sounds very exotic, doesn’t it? Calypso Bay is a fairly new waterfront housing estate about a half an hour drive, or two hours by boat, north of Sanctuary Cove. What a great place! The focal point of Calypso Bay is the marina and a fantastic watering hole called Harrigans. How has this place been kept secret for so long? My best buddy Chris “The Piano Man” Young entered a Jazz/Blues competition and worked his way through the heats and into the Grand Final, which was held at Harrigans Irish Pub. Some of us drove up and some went by boat to cheer on our local muso. Even though the weather was atrocious, about 50 of Chris’ followers made their way up for what promised to be an entertaining night. The venue is absolutely stunning! Perched on the marina, Harrigans exudes that old-time pub atmosphere with lots of timber, an open fireplace, a great restaurant and a beer garden overlooking the water. Those that came up by boat had an adventure to rival anything in Gilligan’s Island. Russell took his recently launched 55-foot catamaran houseboat with an allfemale crew. The boat is not quite finished yet so it was lacking a few minor things like a toilet, windscreen wipers, bilge pumps and heating but hey, it’s all good! On the way up, one of the crew, who shall remain anonymous but is said to be

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a seasoned yachtie, noticed the boat was listing to port (left, for all you landlubbers). Seems the SS Minow was taking on water. Though it was pelting rain, the water filling the boat wasn’t fresh but salty, so it meant a serious leak! Just starting to get dark and not wanting to be late for Chris’ performance, Russell ran the boat up onto a small sand bar, rallied the crew into a bucket brigade and starting bailing. 45 minutes later and the boat was finally empty. Phew! Time to head off. Err, think again… The tide had gotten lower so the boat was refusing to reverse off the sand bar. Okay, new plan. Get the all-female crew over the side and start pushing (you couldn’t write this script!). They finally made it to the marina, tied up the boat and made a grand entrance into Harrigans looking like castaways. I’d never laughed so hard in my life! The open log fire was a welcoming sight for the bedraggled Skipper (Russell) and Gilligan (Sammy). The competition was now underway with 17 finalists each performing two numbers. We have some absolutely amazing talent here on the Gold Coast and every one of the contestants deserved to win, but unfortunately there was only one crown. The place was packed and a hush came over the crowd as the winner was being announced. By this time Gilligan, the Skipper, Mrs Howell (Ethel), Ginger (Debbie) and Maryanne


(Annie) had dried out and had partaken of a few beverages – needless to say, they were in fine form. Here we go: “And the winner is… Christopher Young!” What a deafening roar, as all Chris’ supporters tried in vain to raise the roof off Harrigans. Party central from there on because first prize was $1000 cash, so guess whose shout it was? Not mine, woohoo! Party on the boat (if it’s still afloat). Great night, great venue, great mates and copious amounts of fruit of the vine! It really doesn’t get any better. If you get the chance, Harrigans Irish Pub at Calypso Bay is well worth the experience. NB: Gilligan and the crew made it back safely to Sanctuary Cove late the following afternoon. The only drama was not enough buckets in the toilet! Take it easy folks (or anyway you can), drop me an email or message me on Facebook with some goss or any issues you think needs bringing up. Via con Dios compadres. Shorty Email:

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uncan Baillie is a cool, active local who for his 60th birthday decided to celebrate not by throwing a huge party, but by riding the Tour de france route! He shares the details of this exciting experience with Sarah Blinco. When did you decide you would like to embark on this journey? While watching the Tour in 2007. i saw tour operators, Bikestyle (, and decided to take part in 2008. How much training did you do leading up to the event? i rode five times a week on the Gold Coast, no more than 75 kilometres, with unfortunately, zero hill work. What was the general itinerary? Bikestyle provided a comprehensive manual for the 18day trip. This included a local map for each day’s ride in case you got lost. The first page of each ride gave a detailed description of the ‘Tour’s’ ride for that day. Then what we were doing, when we were leaving and if it was from the hotel, or by bus with the bikes in the trailer. What time dinner was, or if we were free to sample the delights of the local restaurants. There was always an easy ride and a hard ride. Some days we did the same ride as the tour. for example, riding from our hotel in lourdes at 7.30am, with a two or three hour ride to the foot hills of the Col du Tourmalet. Then an hour or so over the foot hills to the Col du Tourmalet proper. A very steep 17 kilometres in length, with an elevation from 7.1 degrees to 10 degrees. The July 2012

easy ride was 55 kilometres and the hard one over the summit 130 kilometres. Meanwhile the tour had started around 11am or so from a different start point to ours. By the time i crossed the summit of the Col du Tourmalet the Gendarmes had closed off the road and a few of us holed up in a small village to enjoy buck wheat pancakes and a beer or two, while waiting for the tour to come through. Sometimes we rode mountains the tour didn’t do; Mt Ventoux was one of these. or rode to the start or finish of a ride. The organisers were very flexible. one day six of us rode to the ancient roman Aqueduct at pont du Gard, instead of the gazetted ride. Was there a highlight of the trip? So many highlights! Terrific adrenalin pumping rides, beautiful countryside, especially through provence and the Alps. riding to the Ancient roman Aqueduct. Wining and dining most nights in small french towns. riding the time trial the day before the tour. Was the trip everything you had hoped it would be? Yes, absolutely! Well organised, good guides, great company along the way and beautiful scenery. Most of the guys and a few girls took their own bikes, but as i was meeting up with my wife and daughters in edinburgh for the festival and Tattoo, i hired and it was excellent. What advice would you give to others who are keen to take part in this kind of adventure? Non-riding partners can ride on the bus and spend time in local markets and


sightseeing; an expensive option, but it adds flexibility. for riders there are easy and hard options, but if it’s preferable to take the hard rides, as most did, a great deal of training needs to be done to gain riding experience and master these climbs. When did you get into cycling? i have cycled on and off for many years, but taking part in a ten day ride with Cycle Queensland (, from Goondiwindi to the Gold Coast about eight years ago, was a catalyst. They organise a ten day, mainly camping ride in Queensland every year. They are very well organised and all levels of cycling are catered for. Do you think australians should be getting more into cycling and less into driving? Yes! The Brisbane City Council (along with others in Queensland) has provided lots of hire bikes in the CBD and around the city fringe. While they have been slow to take off, i do see more people using them ... There are innovative solutions being looked at in Australia and overseas, such as sometimes having parked cars a distance from the kerb to separate cyclists from traffic. There is still a lot of work to do, but i’d certainly like to see our towns and cities in the future looking more like some Dutch cities, with half the roadway devoted exclusively to cyclists. Do you have any other adventures planned for the future? Going to Antarctica, by boat up the Amazon river and to Machu picchu in peru, will do for starters!

Healthy, fit and… exhausted? health fitness

Victoria O’Sullivan ( is a leading Australian health expert with more than 14 years experience in the wellness industry. She facilitates programs focussed on weight loss, hormonal balancing and reducing stress and has also played a pivotal role in the establishment of the O’Sullivan Health Foods chain. She shares with Get it a few critical insights into why eating the right foods is important for not only weight management, but good health on the inside and out.


ating healthily and still feeling tired? Getting adequate sleep but can’t function without your morning coffee fix or afternoon sugar hit? feeling continually exhausted should not be accepted as part and parcel of modern-day living, and yet it’s a common problem for many Australians. Additionally, our reliance on caffeine and sugar is a dangerous blanket solution and further aggravates the downward spiral of exhaustion. if you eat healthily and feel tired, you may find you suffer from associated symptoms such as bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and bad breath. A major cause of these symptoms is a poorly functioning digestive system. Poor digestion and absorption of nutrients can leave you lacking energy as your body becomes deficient in energy-producing B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and iron. if there’s a problem; there’s a solution, and the healthiest option involves natural treatment - here are ten steps to get you back on your feet and raring to go. 1. Get tested. How long is it since you have had a check-up with your doctor? A standard blood test may reveal deficiencies in key vitamins and minerals such as iron and B12. symptoms of these include exhaustion, cold hands and feet, dizziness and shortness of breath. these deficiencies can have a negative spiralling effect: when we are tired we crave more sugar and don’t feel like exercising, making us even more tired – and the pattern continues. 2. Do you have allergies? Have an allergy and intolerances check with your naturopath – often allergies will make you feel tired without you even knowing it. Allergic reactions are brought on by a variety of factors – environmental, food and drink – but mostly they are brought on by an overactive immune system. identify the triggers of the allergies, and limit contact.

3. Restore your digestive system. Our digestive system is like an ecosystem - if there is a build-up of bad micro-organisms we’re unlikely to be absorbing the full nutrients and energy from our meals. some simple ways to restore balance are to chew food properly to ensure break down and maximum absorption. eat foods rich in good bacteria like natural yoghurt, miso, sauerkraut and kim chee; take probiotics, digestive enzyme supplements or apple cider vinegar in water in the mornings. 4. Rehydrate. When we are dehydrated our blood becomes sticky and thick, which affects the transportation of oxygen around our bodies, in turn impacting the vital oxygen transport to our brains and affecting our mental alertness. sticky blood also puts greater stress on our heart, making it work harder. We will likely crave more sugar and stimulants to give us the energy we lack. We need roughly 0.33ml of water per 1kg of bodyweight. that’s around 2.15 litres per day for a 65kg person. 5. avoid flat batteries. Adrenal exhaustion may occur as a result of chronic stress. We often associate stress with things like loss, moving house and financial pressure. in reality, stress comes from all areas of our lives. Dragging ourselves out of bed in the morning and lacking stamina are classic symptoms of stress, but more subtle symptoms can include difficulty in completing tasks and craving sugar or salt. the limbic system in our brain is responsible for telling us if we are under threat or if we need a stress response, the good news is that it can be trained. Often our perception of events can greatly affect our stress response. By developing positive attitudes we can go a long way to reduce stress and gain more energy. 6. Get adequate sleep. Have the lights out by 10pm, get eight hours of undisturbed sleep. Disturbed sleep results in tiredness, and while we may be able to push through, the more tired we get the more we will crave caffeine,


starchy and sugary foods. Unfortunately from here it’s almost inevitable that the weight will creep on. 7. Decrease sugar and starchy foods. Do you find yourself falling asleep at your desk in the afternoon or unable to concentrate? You may have unstable blood sugar levels. take a look at what you’ve eaten during the morning and chances are you haven’t had enough to eat or you’ve relied on too much sugar. Although sugar can easily satisfy cravings and re-energise, it diminishes quickly, leaving you stuck on a blood-sugar rollercoaster. 8. Get moving. if you don’t exercise, start. Getting the blood pumping around the body will get the oxygen moving. this can be difficult when we have digestive issues, but exercise helps digestion – even if it’s a gentle walk. Our muscles are packed with mitochondria, which are the energy powerhouses of our cells. Building lean muscle will help with energy production – and will also keep us younger! 9. Practice calmness. Often we are in a state of stress without being aware of it. Adrenalin – one of our stress hormones – can put us in a state of constant hyper-stimulation and can trigger feelings of anxiety and panic, making it difficult to maintain a relaxed composure. Calming practices like meditation, yoga and breathing exercises calm the stress response, in turn helping the flow of energy. 10. Supplement your diet. Many of us eat on the go and miss key vitamins and minerals. supplements, in particular B-vitamins and minerals such as zinc, iron, and magnesium, help to replace the missing nutrients and sources of energy that many of us lack in our diets. if you are struggling with low energy on a daily basis your body may be giving you a clue that it’s time to assess your health and lifestyle. July 2012

special report with Adele Rowlands-Dealey

Hygiene or too clean?

In today’s modern society, we pride ourselves on cleanliness. We bathe regularly, wash our hands after using the bathroom and cover our mouths when we sneeze or cough. But are these hygienic habits causing us more harm than good? Adele Rowlands-Dealey reports.

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wenty-first century citizens like to believe we can inoculate ourselves against any illness. And if a shot isn’t available to protect us, we scrub, sterilise, wrap, and deodorise until we believe we’re beyond harm’s reach. But our meticulous attention to cleanliness may not be helping us as much as we think it is. In fact, our squeaky-clean lifestyles just might be contributing to a host of diseases we can’t wash away. Health care experts for years have been debating the “hygiene hypothesis”, which asks whether we modern-day people are too clean for our own good. In the 1980s, researchers sought to explain why asthma and allergies were growing at striking rates in some parts of the world while only pottering along in others. The most obvious explanation was that pollutants in industrial societies were making people sick. But then a string of studies found an unexpected pattern: more highly polluted cities in places like the former East Germany and industrial China actually had lower rates of asthma than their cleaner counterparts in West Germany or Hong Kong. The explanation, clearly, lay elsewhere. Recently researchers asked the same question, and found that our ultra-hygienic ways are actually causing us, and our children, to become ill. But how could this be? Does this mean that we shouldn’t wash our hands? Nor should we cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze? Naturally, this study doesn’t suggest that, however it does call into question the way in which we keep clean. Society has come a long way in battling deadly diseases and plagues that once had the potential to devastate entire countries. However, with the emergence of better sanitation, antibiotics, and vaccinations, our latest obsession with sterilising everything in sight has been made easier than ever. Now, a handful of studies indicate that our recent crusade for cleanliness may have gone too far. Though the evidence is still preliminary, researchers believe our progress in domestic hygiene may be at least partly responsible for increased rates of asthma, eczema, hay fever and allergies, and that it may open the avenue for the emergence of new germs. There are millions of bacteria, viruses, harmless parasites, and microbes that act as “exercise” to the immune system to help it learn how to fight off diseases and infections. A January 2009 article in the New York Times explored this topic and the instinctive behaviors babies exhibit when they eat dirt, suggesting this act has helped us evolve and survive as a species. Ingesting the parasites, bacteria, and worms found in dirt reportedly helps children develop appropriate immune regulatory circuits. Studies point out that not letting children

play in the dirt, and not allowing them to eat food that fell on the floor can contribute to ill health later in life. However, more and more parents seem to be (figuratively speaking) wrapping their children in bubble wrap for fear they may injure, infect or inhale something that may potentially be harmful to their health. Thomas McDade of Northwestern University in Illinois, US recently lead one such study stating, “Our research suggests that ultra-clean, ultra-hygienic environments early in life may contribute to higher levels of inflammation as an adult, which in turn increases risks for a wide range of diseases.” The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that children who were exposed early to common household germs and infections were less likely to develop asthma

high levels of toxins, and their immune systems developed the right defensive responses; in cleaner cities, those growing up in meticulously tidy homes were less likely to develop defenses against the toxins - and by extension, more likely to develop asthma. Dr Liu and his team of researchers found that early exposure to ordinary house dust appears to reduce young children’s chances of developing asthma. The researchers surmised that the children developed an immune response to common bacterial components called endotoxins, which are found in dust and around many animals. “The immune system learns much like our brain learns,” Dr Liu says. “There’s a tremendous amount of learning in the early years. It’s also possible that there’s a critical period for learning an immune response, and that you may have difficulty catching up later.” He cautioned, however, that if someone already has asthma, dust would only make it worse. Some researchers further speculate that, with too few germs or allergens to attack, the immune system turns on the body’s own cells. But the studies of this autoimmune response have been mixed, says Dr Liu. Even more risky than the overzealous broom are the armies of antibacterial products waiting to invade the kitchen. A recent survey found that nearly half of all soaps on the market now contain antibacterial agents. Ask yourself: why does Windex need an antibacterial in it? It already has alcohol. At best these products are ineffective, but even if one did work when first applied, as its level of concentration dropped, bacteria could produce strains that resist it. The war against mess, like other passions of the home, has long had a social and moral dimension. In Australia, after all, “the great unwashed” bear a deep social stigma. As a shower is deeply ingrained into our daily habits, most people would no sooner disclose they had not showered in days than admit infidelity. In the end, the struggle for a clean lifestyle is a quest not just for hygiene, but also for control – over our homes, families, communities and ourselves. If we cannot control the decline of civilisation in global politics, or even what age our kids decide they don’t like brussels sprouts, at least we can oppress the dirt in the foyer. In this battle, the control freaks may have pushed their advantage a little too far, opening the door for new levels of chaos and squalor. The sloth may appear lazy now, but it never stays down that long.

“What we’re finding is that childhood exposure to infections and certain environmental toxins seems to have a protective effect.” and wheezing by the time they turned 6. Forget about protecting kids from germs: those who had older siblings or attended day care before the age of 6 months - both prime sources of filth and infection - were healthier than the ones who didn’t. Just like our muscles and our brain, our immune system needs to be challenged early in life in order for it to work effectively throughout our lives. The small challenges of being exposed to sick siblings, eating dirt and food off the floor (within reason, of course) all contribute to a child’s healthy immune system. But with these “helicopter parents” hovering over their kids and raising them in an ultra-clean environment, many scientists have been forced to support the notion that antibacterial agents commonly used in soaps and household cleaners are also killing off more than one-third of the good bacteria that are essential in bolstering immune systems. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), some scientists believe that this has caused the occurrence of asthma and allergies to increase noticeably in children over the past three decades, with nearly 5 million kids under the age of 18 now suffering from this illness. Estimates from the NHLBI show this is a 75 per cent increase overall since 1980, and a 74 per cent increase in children between the ages of 5 and 14. Pediatric asthma specialist Dr Andrew Liu says: “What we’re finding is that childhood exposure to infections and certain environmental toxins seems to have a protective effect.” In dirtier cities, the children grew up around


July 2012


Paul & Paul Salon Get it takes a sneak peak at the hottest new style destination in town!


ave you ever peered through a salon window and felt in awe of the amazing décor? The beautiful big mirrors; the glossy white floors; the rows of chairs and basins that scream “chic!” Then you think to yourself, “with so many workstations this place has to be pretty popular, right?” So you book in. 30 minutes later you’re being whisked out the door feeling like you’ve just been tossed into a whirlwind production line, rushed down a conveyer belt, and spat out, head-first, into a pile of goo. You’re left with a less than impressive hair do, and a bill that leaves you gasping for air! What’s a girl to do? Get it caught up with the proud owners of Paul & Paul Salons, Paul Dumenil and Paul Graham, on set of this month’s cover shoot to get the ins and outs of what to look for in a good hair salon. “First things first; beware of imitations,” says Paul Graham. “There are many salons out there that look the part but lack the skills and professionalism needed to deliver an amazing hairdressing experience.”

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“Another telltale sign you’re not getting what you bargained for is the care taken with each individual client,” says Paul Dumenil. Having been in the hairdressing game for over twenty years combined, both Paul Dumenil and Paul Graham come with a plethora of industry experience under their belts. Prior to opening their first Paul & Paul Salon, Paul Dumenil assisted on awardwinning photo shoots and stage performances as part of ‘Part Of Me’ songstress Katy Perry’s personal tour styling team for GHD. Soon returning to the Gold Coast, he became a freelance educator for younger emerging stylists believing there is a pool of talent out there just waiting to be harvested properly. On the other side of the talent bundle, Paul Graham has spent most of his time on behind the scene of runway showstoppers. Sydney Fashion Week oozed with Paul’s personal style, as did Alex Perry’s latest Arabian Princess show at the Palazzo Versace where Paul was named master stylist. He’s also won a multitude of IHS (International Hairstylists’ Society) awards, ranging from cut


and colour to bridal and creative up styling. “I was also runner up in the 2011 KMS Session stylist competition and again in the 2010 La Biosthetique International Beauty stylist awards for cut and colour,” he says. It’s safe to say these lads no a thing or two about industry etiquette and making each client feel like they’re the only one in the room. “It’s about the entire salon experience. At Paul & Paul Salon, you can finally enjoy the kind of service you’ve been longing for.” While you’re getting your hair done, why not enjoy something from the refreshments menu? A coffee? Or a yoghurt perhaps? Whether you’ve skipped breakfast or you just need something to tie you over until dinner, there is plenty on the Paul & Paul healthy snack menu. “We offer the light food refreshments in addition to the standard beverage as an extra point of difference between us and other salons,” says Paul Graham. “We want our customers to feel like we’ve ticked all their boxes – they leave with great hair, an enjoyable experience and all with an affordable price tag.”


The Paul & Paul Salons play host to a wonderful team of experts at both locations – Robina and Southport – who will go out of their way to make your salon experience an enjoyable one. “We want the best possible service for all our clients. Our team of highly experienced hairdressers not only listen to your needs and concerns, we make you our priority,” he says. Using only the best in hair care, Paul & Paul have aligned themselves with Davines products. The amazing line delivers secondto-none results and expresses a thoughtful balance of substance and style, nature and science, people and spirit. “It’s about making a difference in every way possible,” says Paul Dumenil. “We start with our refreshments, move on to our very professional and eco-

friendly product line, Davines, while creating that luxurious service environment, right up to the not-so-super expensive price tag.” At Paul & Paul, there are no nasty surprises. Their unique quotation system prior to service ensures you’re always one step ahead in the budget department. “Some salon services can cost a pretty penny. Take our Brasil Cacau keratin smoothing treatment for example. The exclusive formula combines rich natural raw materials and incorporates the latest Brazilian Keratin technology reinforces the internal structure, improves the condition of the hair smoothing the cuticle and eliminating frizz while providing external protection. It’s an amazing product but the cost can be in the higher price bracket. At Paul & Paul Salon, we give our clients all the information and costs


upfront so there’s nothing but smiles when it comes to the check out and you leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and looking great.” Come and enjoy a salon experience like no other at Paul & Paul Salon today. Paul & Paul Salon, Southport Shop 2, 7-9 Stevens Street, Southport Ph: 5527 1523 Paul & Paul Salon, robina Shop 3 east Quay Shopping Centre 217 ron Penhaligon Way, robina Ph: 5575 8151 July 2012

BEAUTY | style

Faux fringe Immaculate grooming never goes out of fashion and style has everything to do with it. A great way to look sophisticated and on trend this season is to fake the fringe and get out the eyeliner.

The look:

For many a fringe is a no-go situation for one of a few different reasons. some of my friends can have a great seasonal fringe; they have mountains of hair (enough for all of China and probably half of Mexico too!), yet, with my poor hair (only enough for one small child), if I cut a fringe I’d only have half left. And for those who just don’t have enough forehead space, a fringe is also unachievable. Well, until now that is. Girls, there’s an answer for a drastic change with no scissors involved. the latest runway accessory is the faux fringe. these little contraptions have been around for quite some time now. In fact, I was beautifying a bride for her wedding late last year and fitted one of these for her. she had super fine hair and wanted more framing around her face so, with a little grooming and a quick snap clip-in, away she went with a full and fabulous fringe. the faux fringe is little like our friend the clip-in hair extension; they come on a banded weft and have a couple of concealed snap clips underneath which you secure onto a teased section of your own hair. these magic hair pieces can give a wow factor in a matter of seconds and the best thing is: it’s temporary. ensuring you buy authentic human hair, the Faux Fringe can be cut, coloured and placed in the correct area to blend naturally with your own hair and face shape.


Now that you have a brand new look some new make-up ideas are in order. A fringe frames the face and draws attention to the eyes so now is the perfect time to get out the eyeliner and smoke it up! think sexy, smouldering rock star with style. Go easy on the black powder and opt for liquid or gel eyeliner for extra elegance. you can create a smokey eye with any colour so why not live life on the edge and try it with chocolates, copper tones, blues and greys? And smoke up underneath your eye a little for depth. you can’t beat M.A.C gel eyeliner or their eye colours; the pigment is great and it all blends super well. If you are not an eye make-up kind of gal, ensure you’re wearing a strong lip. Pick a bold colour and ensure you’re on trend this season. Hot tip: use a tissue and hold it under your bottom lashes while working on your eye make-up. this will ensure you don’t get make-up all over your base.


the must have product for this season’s collection is dry shampoo. every girl needs this in their cupboard…especially after day three of unwashed hair! And it’s great for keeping your fringe fresh and styled perfectly. Dry shampoo comes in an aerosol can and exits like a hairspray; a light mist of atomised powder is applied to the roots which sucks up any oily residue and helps you avoid over-washing. It completely refreshes your hair without water – it’s amazing stuff! so, for the ladies who’ve never tried it; do yourself a favour. And for those who have a little oil control issue, this is the answer to all of your problems. It comes in different colours too – blonde, brunette (both light and dark depending on the range) and, of course, black. My favourites? Batiste Dry shampoo and lee stafford Dry shampoo. July 2012

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Smile bright Show off your pearly whites and be the envy of your friends with this new teeth-whitening system from Smileplus.


re you too embarrassed to smile? Find yourself covering your mouth when you laugh? Maybe you shy away from the camera just in case it captures your stained or yellow teeth? Well, we have the solution for you! Gold Coast dental clinic SmilePlus is now offering the latest in teeth-whitening technology; the new Zoom 4 system. Revolutionary in its field, the new treatment has only been available in Australia for a short time but we’re safe to say, it’s here to stay! SmilePlus senior dental hygienist, Janet Stephens says increased demand for teeth whitening showed people were more concerned with the appearance of their smiles than ever before. “People are paying more attention to the appearance of their teeth, so it is important for us keep up with the latest

treatment methods and technology on offer,” she says. “The Zoom 4 system combines a powerful light source with a 25 per cent hydrogen peroxide gel which has been achieving great results for people who suffer from tooth discolouration. We can also control the intensity of the treatment which is great for people who might suffer with sensitivity.” This new technology has been great at achieving that whiter, brighter smile we all strive for. “Our patients have been overwhelmed by the amazing results,” says Janet. At SmilePlus, patients can also benefit from a full range of services offered by experienced and friendly staff. “We offer a thorough and professional scale and clean service as well as a range of cosmetic procedures including veneers, crown and bridge,” says Janet. And those fearful of a visit to the dentist

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health profile with Sarah Blinco

The BIGGEST winner Popular Biggest Loser series seven contestant, Brenda Hunt, takes time out to chat to Sarah Blinco about her weight loss journey and life lessons she’s learned along the way.


hen i began to research more about the lovely Brenda Hunt, i of course discovered many titbits online images, articles, videos. i paused for a few minutes to watch her story as part of some behind-the-scenes Biggest Loser series seven coverage and i shed a few tears. Here was this extraordinarily nice, relatable, beautiful woman, relaying to the world how she had lost the love of her life - and her chance to have children with him - because she couldn’t get her weight loss issues under control. fast-forward to present day, and Brenda is bubbly, happy and, most importantly, excited about the future. We even joked about the fact that she really is living the contemporary adage, ‘40 is the new 20’! Brenda grew up in northern New South Wales but has spent the best part of the past decade on the Gold Coast. Her life has changed quite dramatically in recent times, not only because of her stint on The Biggest Loser, but because, as she tells it, when she turned 40 something just tweaked. “it certainly was very confronting being on the show, baring my soul and everything else on national television. i had watched the show for many years and thought, ‘i’d love to do that [the weight loss and exercise overhaul], but not on television with everyone judging me’. it hit me when i was 40 last year, after i’d been through July 2012

so much negative and emotional stuff - who cares at the end of the journey? Who cares at end of journey! No one is going to remember how many times you cried or were in your underwear, they only remember how much you achieve. i told myself, ‘get over yourself and go for it’. it is a maturity that comes with age though. i don’t think i could have done it five years ago, but it was a decision that was all about me; no one else.” effectively the show aims to arm contestants (and viewers, for that matter) with tools that will help them lose weight, maintain fitness and happiness levels by way of education and goal setting. Brenda enthuses that she got everything out of the experience she could have hoped for. “i definitely got to where i wanted to get to with the journey of being on the show. i got my life and confidence back! ... i’m healthier and i’ve continued my training. i’ve lost another 2kg and i’m at my happy and healthy size now. i used to struggle and ache getting out of bed, but now i don’t have any health complaints.” Brenda adds she has taken her life back, and is loving every minute. “i’m definitely going out more, widened my circle of friends and i’m dating which is very nice. i’m not ready to get serious, i’ve just found myself and am enjoying myself.” on a serious note, today Brenda reminded me of something critical. for many people, obesity has come about because of depression and consequent comfort eating. food (usually the wrong types) is like a drug, and becomes an addiction. like all addictions, users feel negative and worse about themselves and the cycle continues to spiral. exercise and diet are important in overcoming these obstacles, but emotional support is the third key component. “it’s really important to get emotional support as well as fitness. if you can start with the food and also the emotional support, that’s the road to recovery. The thing for me is that i, like a lot of people in the same situation, was in such a negative headspace. You wake up every day, look in the mirror


and think, ‘how revolting are you?’. This kind of negativity is all day - constant. You walk around angry and bitter at the world - there’s lots of negative stuff in your head ... You need emotional support especially because a lot of people who are overweight are emotional eaters. i overate because i was using food like an alcoholic uses alcohol - to stop me stressing. Carbohydrates in particular make you feel better - they raise serotonin levels in the brain like antidepressants; they calm and soothe you but as soon as those levels drop, you drop again too, and that’s food addiction.” Brenda’s best advice for those following the same path to a happier life? “remember it is one day at a time. Just live in the day, don’t look too far ahead. if you slip up get back on the horse. Keep moving forward. Keep living a healthy lifestyle - 80 per cent is diet. exercise accelerates weight loss but you can lose weight by just diet alone. Keep it low calorie, but i still use The Biggest Loser online club ( it’s excellent ... it’s like an online food diary that not only adds up calories, but different sections show where you are lacking in vitamins or minerals required for energy, immunity, health ... it’s a really good tool to know where you’re going and that you have the right balance.” The revitalised Brenda recently scored a new job which meant a move to Sydney, but she affectionately refers to the Gold Coast as one of her favourite destinations and is always excited to visit friends and family here. She’s working hard to save up money to take the trip she dreamed of to Greece or somewhere tropical where she can “actually wear a bikini in public” (according to her profile on The Biggest Loser series seven website), but concludes by telling me that life is good no, great in 2012! “Now i walk around with a spring in my step and i’m happy in my head. i don’t have to try to be positive, it’s there. i tell people to stick with their goals, one day at a time, because the fog does slowly lift and you see life with different eyes. it’s an amazing feeling.”

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Supper Club Shot on location at Little Truffle, Mermaid Beach 07 5526 5033 PHOTOGRAPHY Dan Molloy, STYLIST Lauren Baird, MAKEUP Satya - all at Division Creative HAIR Soho Salon on Tedder 07 5532 4217 MODELS Alex, Ally, Gabby, Jimi, Rhys, Ryan – all at Division Models All Women’s Dresses and Jewellery from Joy Hysteric, Broadbeach 07 5538 0761 Red Dress, $249, Maurie & Eve; Red Necklace, price on request Yellow Dress, $190, Cameo; Ring, $70; Bracelet, $375 Teal Dress, $399.95, Nicholas; Necklace, $100 All Men’s Suits from Donna Uomo, Broadbeach 07 5538 7188 Blue Suit, $599; Blue Shirt, $259 Grey Suit, $499; Pink Shirt, $235 Black Suit, $599; White Shirt $249


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July 2012

life HEALtH with Sarah Blinco

Love food + love yourself

Negative relationships with food are common, and for individuals dealing with issues such as comfort eating, obesity, anorexia or bulimia, food can cause isolation, depression and at worst, death. How does our relationship with food develop? And if in some sense we’ve lost our way, how do we get back on track so food is something that is not only used to supply the body with fundamental nutrients, but so the fun social aspect might be enjoyed too? Sarah Blinco investigates.


ike most, I’ve had to learn over the years how to manage my relationship with food. Fortunately I grew up in a household where we enjoyed good, decent basics for each meal. I was also pretty lucky all along, and up until about the age of 27, my metabolism seemed to be doing its job well, and I pretty much ate whatever rubbish I felt like. Alas, that all changed, but probably for the better, because consequently I had to learn about foods (and exercise) - what I need more or less of to not only maintain a happy, healthy weight (which again, as for everyone, fluctuates all the time) but to maintain overall health and wellbeing. My partner and I were once very fortunate to experience a few days at Gwinganna July 2012

Lifestyle Retreat. We expected to learn the usual - fitness tips, yoga positions, meditation techniques; what we hadn’t anticipated however was what we gained from their food and nutrition experts. Each meal was a learning experience (as well as a culinary delight), and the sessions spent with experts who explained the psychology of food were so interesting that everyone wanted to grab a pen and take notes! It’s for this reason I decided to consult Caroline Scott BHSc(N&D), one of Gwinganna’s esteemed nutritionists, to provide a little more insight into food and our relationships with it. Caroline explains that our habits - good and bad - are developed when we’re young. “Like any behaviour patterns, we begin to form habits at a very early age.


Early childhood research has suggested many of our behavioural patterns form between 0-3 years of age. Eating, diet and nutrition form an important part of our early learning and are as much at risk of neglect or poor habit forming as any other area of our early learning. Habits and patterns are generally formed, as the description implies, through repeated episodes. For example, a child quickly associates established routines: bed time is preceded by story reading or a bottle of warm milk. If a food is always introduced to a child with negative associations or if the child is punished with particular foods or rewarded with a certain food type, it will not take long for the association to build in the child’s mind and then be exhibited in behaviour around food.

Children are fabulous mimics at that early age and they will pick up habits from what they see around them on a daily basis.” With all this in mind, evidently parents need to consider the long-term consequences of their own food choices. Caroline says, “parents/ care givers have the primary responsibility for helping guide children in their care to making great food choices and developing an understanding of their body’s needs regarding good foods for long term health care. this may seem a massive undertaking for many. there is a raft of information available to parents but it is not always easy to follow and there is much conflicting information which can create unnecessary frustration and confusion. I suggest parents keep things as simple as possible and always revert to traditional ways of eating and cooking. Only use foods your grandparents would recognise as food! A couple of great books to read on this include, Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, and Patrick Holford’s Optimum Nutrition for Your Child’s Mind. Showing children where real food comes from by growing some fresh produce in the back yard, or pots of herbs on the back verandah, sprouting seeds on the windowsill, all will help to connect children with real food and its origins, so they do not grow up believing food is purchased only from

a supermarket. Understanding our own habits and behaviours around food can help us recognise the areas we may have inadvertently passed onto our children. Do we consistently count calories, do we restrict certain foods for our fear of how they might change our weight? Do we often comment in a negative fashion around food, for example, “I’m having a naughty treat”, “I know I shouldn’t eat this, but I want to”? If we can attend to these in ourselves first, we will be able to help repair any negative messages children may have picked up on.” With so much press on ‘foodie issues’ over the past couple of decades, it’s impossible to not know that Westerners in particular struggle with a number of key problems and disorders including (but not limited to) obesity, Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia, Diabetes and heart complications. Caroline advises that there are signifiers individuals (and friends/ carers) should consider when warding off a relationship with food that has become so negative that potential disaster is imminent: “Loss of appetite without any other signs of illness, reluctance to eat with other family members, general social withdrawal or secretive behaviour, general fussiness around food choices and creating rigid rules around the types of food that are acceptable, eating

secretly and disposing of food wrappings to hide food eaten, not telling the truth or being evasive about food consumed, irregular patterns of eating, having excessive attachments or addictions to particular foods.” Caroline goes on to explain. “Recognising and identifying bad habits is the first step to changing and improving them. Seek professional help early on to gain strategies and tools to quickly and easily create healthier patterns and behaviours. Enjoying a strong and positive relationship with food is a cornerstone to good health and good long term health outcomes. Having a clear understanding of where real food comes from will help with making positive food choices and help to achieve good health outcomes, good weight management and so on. Where to source such information? Liaise with an integrative health practitioner: doctor, naturopath, nutritionist, health retreats, health blogs and websites such as [those run by] Dr Joseph Mercola, Dr Libby Weaver and Patrick Holford.” Education is power, and to understand how and why your body reacts and craves the way it does can make all the difference between making positive or negative choices that not only affect you (now and long term) but those who are being influenced around you.

It seems so simple on paper, but how can you adopt a healthier relationship with food for you and your family today? Popular Aussie nutritionist and blogger, Dayne Crocker ( offers these easy solutions:

is full of variety. Purchase a good vegetarian cookbook and add your desired protein source to the recipes. Having breakfast is the best thing you can do for your health as this essential meal starts your engines for the day and keeps you vital. Go for sustaining foods like an all-natural muesli mix which contains a variety of nuts, seeds and wholegrains like spelt. Add your own fresh fruit (banana, Goji berries, Chia Bran and fresh or frozen berries). Other great options are smoothies and a scrambled egg with some added spinach, mushrooms and tomato.

have a sweet tooth and feel like ice cream or chocolate, for example, at night/after dinner?

Quick Guide

Best options for kids lunchboxes?

Keep it simple with lots of fresh wholefoods - snacks like dehydrated fruit (eg. mango and banana) instead of Roll-Ups, all natural yoghurt with agave nectar for a sweet kick, and veggie sticks with mashed avocado. Lunch can consist of little stir frys and frittata which can also be from the night before to save time. Healthy mountain bread wraps with lots of fresh salad are also great, remembering to keep it simple with, say, four of their favourite salad ingredients. Get the kids involved with the ‘making lunch’ process so it’s fun, and they can have some input into what goes on.

Convenient options for adults - breakfast time, lunch?

Keep it fresh with an abundance of salads with a lean protein source as this will not only feed your vital force but give you all your daily nutritional needs sustaining you right through to dinner. Change it up daily with different vegetables and salad ingredients so your diet

What’s good to eat at dinner time and what types of food should we avoid so late in the day?

Go for fresh abundant foods like salads, stirfrys, soups and lean protein sources with fresh herbs, spices and lemon, limes and a good quality olive oil for flavour. Avoid highly refined carbohydrates, refined sugars, dairy products like cream and foods with a high GI. Avoid using and drowning your meals in packaged sauces as they contain high amounts of sugars and simple carbohydrates together with artificial colourings, preservatives and flavour enhancers.

What are some great alternatives if you 29

Going for an all-natural dark chocolate that is naturally sweetened and having a square or two is beneficial along with a small bowl of fresh fruit with a dollop of natural yoghurt. If the urge is there for ice cream try an all-natural sorbet, great instead of commercial chocolate bars and full-cream milk ice cream varieties.

What are some healthy alternatives to savoury snacks like chips?

Raw nuts and seeds, dehydrated fruit, wholegrain crisp breads and kale chips from my favourite brand, Loving Earth; Veggie sticks with mashed avocado, hummus, nut butters like almond, brazil nut or peanut butter. these snacks are quick, easy, sustaining wholefoods and will keep you charging through your busy day.

What’s your take on alcohol intake?

When consuming alcohol be aware that it is a toxin and does put pressure on your liver and kidneys. If you are going to consume alcohol, go for organic preservative-free wines, and if drinking a spirit use springwater and fresh lime as a mixer instead of carbonated beverages which contain high amounts or sugar and artificial sweeteners. July 2012

Lights, camera, action!

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Get it would like to give special thanks to: HaiR Paul & Paul Salon MaKE-UP Alana Mevissen StYliSt Juanita Machado PHotoGRaPHY Nathan Duff MoDEl Mariette at Division Models PRoPS Village, Bundall

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Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes of this month’s Wild at Heart cover shoot. Relying on our primary sensory receptors, and drawing inspiration from all-natural elements – dirt, wood, fur, teeth, tongue and tribal drums – our inherent animalistic behaviours were unearthed by the old tale of the hunter vs. the beast. Which one are you?


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dining LiVing On THE Gold Coast, you’ve got to love food. We’re always first to get the freshest seafood and living in Queensland our fruit and vegies are ripe and juicy, so it’s no surprise that we’ve got some of the best restaurants in Australia right here in Broadbeach. Have you ever been to a restaurant and known exactly what the bill was going to be before you even sat down? Well you will at Broadbeach Restaurant Week. Based on New York Restaurant Week Broadbeach will come alive from the 13th to the 22th of July and offers locals the opportunity to rediscover their favourite restaurant and uncover a new dining treasure This month experience all the culinary delights on offer .You will be able to dine at any number of participating restaurants and experience your choice of a $35 or a $55 three course set menu for dinner or lunch depending on where you dine. Dine around or visit that restaurant you have always wanted to. Bookings are essential so book now and make sure to mention Broadbeach Restaurant Week to secure your place at one of the most exciting events of the year. For more information on Broadbeach Restaurant Week please call Broadbeach Alliance on (07) 5539 8416. Visit to see the array of exciting menus on offer.

Mama Roma

Mama Roma knows how to take you on a tasty trip to Italy where emphasis is on freshness and purity of flavour. During Restaurant Week, Mama Roma will be offering guests a delicious $35 set menu which includes a glass of wine and a $55 set menu which includes a complimentary cocktail. Come share the experience, raise your glass and offer a hearty salute to the Spirit of Italy that resides in all of us.

Victoria Square, BroadbeachMall, Broadbeach Ph 5526 8856

Lolas Lolas Lolas Lolas Lolas Lolas Lolas


Alto Cucina & Bar, with a chic and stylish but relaxed atmosphere, is located at the beach end of Broadbeach Mall. Renowned for its long breakfasts, lazy lunches and lasting dinners, enjoy drinks by the bar, or relaxing in the lounge. The extensive and impressive menu provides a diverse range of options, from share plates through to delicious desserts and cocktails. The multi award winning Alto Cucina and Bar, with an experienced and professional team, is the perfect setting for corporate groups, business dinners, cocktail functions or special events. Alto has regular live music in the lounge area, and features the Gold Coast's best DJ's every Friday and Saturday night. During Broadbeach Restaurant Week enjoy some of Alto’s most popular dishes with 3 courses for $35 available for lunch and dinner.

Lolas at Broadbeach is all new, new owner Cheryl Bench & her dynamic team offer new menus, new wine list with funky cocktails & mocktails and check out our amazing array of home baked muffins, cakes & goodies on display. Come & enjoy alfresco dining away from the hectic strip @ the northern beach end of Broadbeach. For Broadbeach Restaurant Week, we are offering diners a set lunch & dinner menu both including a glass of wine & coffee. $35 set lunch menu = choice of 5 entrees, 5 mains, 5 desserts $55 set dinner menu = choice of 6 entrees, 9 mains, 5 desserts

Open from 7 am to late 7 days per week 5539 0377

101 Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach 5570 1170

Beach end, the Oasis, Broadbeach Mall, Broadbeach. July 2012


Since 1989 Gold Coasters have been flocking to Mario’s Italian Restaurant, right near the beach in Broadbeach, to enjoy the great range of modern and traditional Italian dishes available, including seafood, steak, pasta and pizza options. Visitors, families, conference groups and sporting teams all make their way to Broadbeach Mall to dine alfresco, or indoors enjoying the wonderful Italian themed frescoes and relaxed atmosphere. Mario’s famous large serves and extensive menu provide the perfect option for all appetites, including delicious desserts and an extensive wine list. During Broadbeach Restaurant Week enjoy some of Mario’s most famous dishes with our special 3 course menu for $35 with a choice of 4 entree options, 5 mains and 3 delicious desserts available for lunch and dinner.

Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. 5592 1899 Beach end, the Oasis, Broadbeach Mall, Broadbeach.

Onyx Broadbeach Located in central Broadbeach in the heart of this sophisticated eating and shopping location Onyx specialises in relaxed dining. With a flamboyant cocktail bar you can choose from a wide variety of speciality cocktails or better still create your own. A Local Hot Spot! Onyx Restaurant offers a specialised tapas menu, incredible cocktails and fantastic live entertainment five nights per week. Why not experience our set menu for just $35.

Oberoi’s Taj Indian Restaurant Multi Award, Peoples Choice, Best Indian Restaurant in Gold Coast since 2001, Oberoi’s Taj is an elegant Indian Restaurant that simply aims to serve home-style Indian cooking. Our primary emphasis is on introducing some rare recipes and blends that are picked from the Royal households of India and are not widely Commercial. Come and experience the Mystique of Indian Cuisine. Choose from 3 courses for $35 or 4 courses for $55 July special: Lunch and Early Bird 12 to 6.30pm All curries Half Price (chicken, lamb, beef, veg)

110 Surf Parade, shop 8 & 9, Broadbeach 5570 4300 |

88 Surf Parade, Broadbeach 5538 3478 | 33

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Thai Thai on Broadbeach invites you to try what the locals are raving about. The authentic Southern Thai family restaurant want to share their Thailand experience with you. Enjoy incredible Thai cuisine in a beautiful setting on Surf Parade. We are offering 3 delicious courses for $35 or 4 courses for $55 Shop 12/110 Surf Parade, Broadbeach 5538 6694


At MARIGOLD, we invite you to join us on a culinary journey, a journey of Euro Indian fusion and a range of “East-meetsWest” cuisine designed to tempt your tastebuds for hours. With repeated conquests of North Indian states the Persians and the Moghuls brought their rich aromatic food culture to India and transformed India’s cooking by fusing Middle Eastern cuisine with Indian spices and ingredients to produce the most exquisite Mughlai food better known worldwide today as North Indian cuisine. Goa, a Portuguese colony for 450 years (till 1961) has the most unique cuisine to the rest of India. Besides their own cuisine, the Portuguese introduced to Goa the exotic cuisines of Brazil, Angola and Mozambique, which were gradually modified to suit the palate of the rulers and the ruled. Whatever you choose, we are sure you will enjoy the complexity of colour, vibrancy, flavour and fire that is MARIGOLD. Choose from our set $35 or $55 menus.

Award Winning Koi restaurant has become a dining institution on the Gold Coast with its cosy atmosphere and excellent fare. In conjunction with Broadbeach Restaurant we are offering diners a $35 set Lunch menu or $55 set dinner menu with Turkish bread and a trio of dips, a choice between four mains, and a dessert.

don’t miss out, bookings essential. Cnr Albert Ave & Surf Pde, Broadbeach 5570 3060 July 2012

Shop 53/54 ground Floor, Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach, 5679 8131 34

Shop 12, The Aria Building, Albert Ave, Broadbeach 5570 6076 |

Chef Of The Year 2009, 2010, 2011" winner at the last Gold Coast Magazine's People's Choice Awards Co-owners Matt & Amy Jefferson have transformed this space into a chic, stylish, up-market dining room with a comfortable relaxing atmosphere and warming ambience. Head Chef Matt is a passionate innovator with uncompromising standards and continues to evolve his distinctive food philosophy and style. RockSalt prides itself upon resourcing the freshest local seafood available and the best quality meat that Queensland has to offer. The menu is Modern Australian and showcases Matt’s passion to produce remarkable dishes that appeal to a wide variety of diners at an affordable price. We invite you to dine at RockSalt and experience first hand these fine pleasures. Bon Appetit. For Restaurant Week we are offering a 3 course dinner menu for just $55


The Latin Quarter

Wine Bar and Grill

Moo Moo was named the Gold Coast’s Best Steak Restaurant for four years in a row (2006, 2007, 2008 + 2009) With a host of other awards including Queensland’s Best Informal Dining Restaurant (2007) Moo Moo is the hottest restaurant on the Gold Coast and a favourite for locals, interstate and international visitors. Situated overlooking the park in the heart of Broadbeach Moo Moo offers amazing service, a modern Australian menu including an extensive selection of premium quality export steak and an award winning wine list.

Duck a l'orange, Wok Prawns and Bugs, Latin Pasta or Grilled Barramundi…these are just some of the dishes that will amaze and tantalise, created by our team of talented chefs… immerse yourself in the rich aromas, masterful presentation and immaculate, friendly service… Open for lunch and dinner every day, The Latin Quarter Restaurant is an experience not to be missed. We are offering the choice of two fabulous menus $35 & $55. To see the menu go to

2685 gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach 5539 9952

Shop 11, 23 Albert Avenue, Broadbeach 5561 0550 35

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Purely Golden Door lifestyle RECIPES


njoy delicious low-fat, healthy spa cuisine everyday from home with the Purely Golden Door cookbook. With over 100 new recipes to choose from, along with many of Golden Door’s most popular favourites, nourish your body and soothe your soul with wholesome, nutritious food the whole family will love. And for another way to incorporate The Golden Door Health Retreat’s famous health and wellbeing philosophies into your everyday life, consider the new Extended Lifestyle Support Program, recently introduced at the stunning Gold Coast hinterland retreat. Led by professional wellness coach Fiona Cosgrove, acclaimed author of Coach Yourself to Wellness and Consulting Program Director of The Golden Door, you can now choose to incorporate 12 weeks of one-on-one wellness coaching into your new health regime when you return home. Stay motivated, inspired and well on track with the help of your personal wellness coach via a phone support system designed to help you achieve all your personal health and wellness goals.

To purchase your own copy of the Purely Golden Door cookbook or to enquire more about The Golden Door Health Retreat, visit

Thai Fish Cakes on Quinoa ingredients:

8 160g snapper fillet, bones and skin removed 160g salmon fillet, bones and skin removed 160g peeled raw prawns (shrimp) 2 teaspoons chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) 3 tsp fish sauce 2 tsp sweet chilli sauce 3 egg whites 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 2 makrut (kaffir lime) leaves, shredded Zest and juice of 1 1/2 lemons 1 tbs avocado oil 100g quinoa small handful fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped


Finely chop the snapper, salmon and prawns in a food processor. Add the coriander, fish sauce, chilli sauce, egg whites, garlic, lime leaves, zest and juice of 1 lemon and avocado oil. Mix together briefly then shape into 8 patties. Lightly oil a non-stick frying pan and cook the patties in batches for 3 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, wash the quinoa in plenty of cold water and drain. Put in a saucepan with 250ml of water. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer for 1012 minutes until all the water has been absorbed. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, and then mix with the remaining zest and juice of the 1/2 lemon and coriander. Serve the fish cakes on a bed of quinoa.

Chef’s tiP: Quinoa is an old South American grain with the best amino acid profile of all the grains. It’s available from health food stores.


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with roasted pumpkin & avocado pesto ingredients:

150g pumpkin (squash), diced 1/2 tsp trocomare (herb salt) 300g linguine 200g baby spinach 1 red capsicum, roasted, peeled and cut into strips 175g asparagus, blanched and slice diagonally 100g baby button mushrooms 2 tbs lemon juice 1 tbs white balsamic vinegar 4 tbs avocado pesto


Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Put the pumpkin on a paper lined baking tray, sprinkle with trocomare and roast for 25 minutes. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water until al dente. Drain and place in a large bowl with the spinach, capsicum and asparagus. Pan fry the button mushrooms with the lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper for about 1 minute, constantly stirring until the mushrooms are just tender. Add to the pasta with the pumpkin and mix together. Add the pesto and stir through until the pasta is coated. Serve with more pesto on top if you like

Tom Yum Soup with Chilli

and Lemongrass Crab Dumplings ingredients:

1 3 litres water 2 corn cobs 1 onion halved 1 lemon halved 4 large tomatoes quartered 2 sticks lemon grass 2cm square galangal 2 cloves roasted garlic


10 kaffir lime leaves 1 bunch (6) coriander roots and stems 2 tbs chopped chilli 2 tsps coconut nectar 3 tbs tamari 1 tbs fish sauce 1 tbs yellow curry paste 4 sliced Shitake mushrooms 1 tsp tamarind paste

duMPling ingredients:

Combine water, corn, onion, lemon and tomatoes in a pot to create your base stock. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. In a blender combine lemongrass (tender inner part only, use outer layers in stock if desired), galangal, garlic, kaffir lime leaves and coriander roots. Process until it becomes a fine paste and add to your stock. Add the remainder of the ingredients to the pot and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Remove the corn, onion and lemon from the pot before serving and add finely sliced shitake mushrooms to garnish. Chef’s tiP: To create a more substantial meal simply add udon noodles to the pot for 5 minutes and serve.


150g fresh crab meat 1/4 tsp chopped chilli Zest of 1 lime finely chopped 1 coriander root finely chopped 1/4 tsp finely chopped galangal 1/2 tsp finely chopped lemongrass (tender part only) 12 Gow Gee wraps


Combine all ingredients (except the Gow Gee wraps) into a large bowl and mix together well. Separate your Gow Gee wraps and place individually on a cutting board. Place 1 tsp of mix into a single wrap and press together edges firmly to form a parcel. Continue until all ingredients are used. Place dumplings into the hot soup for approx. 5 minutes then serve with a garnish of coriander leaves. July 2012

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13. 1. cute, colourful Bamix Mono hand held blenders, $299 each, 2. entertain with the Paperdoll 3-tier cake plate $49.95, from Salt&Pepper, stocked at earthborn Pacific Fair and Belle Collection robina Town centre. 3. The new cup cake! An astonishing 3.6 million Bake Pops sold in just three months last year in America; now in Australia $29.99. 4. The humble tumbler gets a makeover with a new range of glassware from Anchor Hocking. Pictured, reality set. More at 5. Quality baking - we’re loving the chicago Metallic range, especially the creme Brulee Pan Set $49.95, visit 6. Indian copperware Beautiful - Tawa Plate & Kadai Bowl, $16.95 each, available from Samsara Furniture & homewares Helensvale, phone 55726 727. 7. Barista set of two double wall latte glasses, $19.95, from Salt&Pepper, stocked at earthborn Pacific Fair and Belle Collection robina Town centre. 8. Magimix 4200XL food processor with XL Feed Tube in Matt chrome, $899, 9 & 10. Brighten up the morning with this kMix Boutique Toaster $129, and kMix Boutique Jug Kettle $119, available from all major electrical retailers. More at 11. Bamboo canister. Bamboo with plastic insert howards Storage World Helensvale 5502 6677 12. Slat Bamboo runner, $21.95 each, available from Samsara Furniture & homewares Helensvale, phone 55726 727. 13. Keep your family and the environment healthy by using reusable HiFlow softbottles ($5) and the self-install HiFlow ½ micron water filter is ($329) with replacement cartridges lasting average households 12-months ($139).

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Seaduction Sophisticated style and fine dining all wrapped up in the heart and soul of Surfers Paradise.


f ever there was a more exquisite restaurant in the perfect location, this is it. Located in the luxurious five-star Sea Temple Surfers Paradise, Seaduction Restaurant & Bar has now opened its doors and is fast becoming one of the most sought after dining destinations on the Coast. The lavish décor with leather and cowhide accents brings a sense of style and class the hotel is renowned for. And with Executive Chef Steve Szabo at the kitchen’s helm, you already know the fare will be fit for royalty. The contemporary menus are influenced by an abundance of local and seasonal produce and boast items such as: Tortellini of goats cheese with baby beetroot gel crushed walnuts, mandarin and burnt butter; Pave of At-

lantic salmon cooked at 55˚ served with garlic aioli and apple salad; Poached veal fillet with potato and pancetta gratin and a golden shallot puree; and for the dessert lover, Two layered chocolate pave, ebony and ivory mousse on an almond base served with candied apple and sheep’s milk yoghurt. The menu is matched with an impressive wine list synonymous to the Seaduction brand. When you dine, you’re met with an experience, not just a meal. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this stunning Gold Coast restaurant boasts breathtaking, uninterrupted crystal blue ocean views from every table whether dining inside or on the wrap around balcony, and includes a private dining setting with access to a wine tasting room.

Designed with the utmost sophisticated luxury in mind, Seaduction Restaurant & Bar provides the perfect ambience for an intimate fine dining experience. Positioned in one of the most famous coastal locations in the world, this magnificent restaurant is the ideal venue for an exclusive wedding reception, champagne breakfast, birthday, anniversary, business rendezvous, Christmas party or special event right in the heart and soul of Surfers Paradise. Try it for yourself today. Seaduction Restaurant & Bar Level 2, Sea Temple, Soul building 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise 07 5635 5700

Bovine Bonanza Beef at its best, right in our own backyard.


ituated on the wharf’s edge at Sanctuary Cove, overlooking the calm glistening waterways, Black Angus Bar & Grill is a multi award-winning restaurant serving up the best certified and hormone free steaks in town. Just ask the locals who recently rated Black Angus Bar & Grill as one of the top 10 steak restaurants in Brisbane by the Brisbane Times Dining Out Guide. Even our local news tabloid, The Gold Coast Bulletin, has come on board voting Black Angus into the top seven steak restaurants on the Coast. But it’s not only the food that makes Black Angus such a great dining experience; the

the extensive beef and seafood selection, a variety of modern Australian dishes as well as vegetarian options, are flawlessly balanced by an extensive wine selection, with a range of international wines from France, Italy, Spain and Argentina now conveniently served by the glass.

relaxed atmosphere entwined with modern, sophisticated décor also make it a popular eatery. Synonymous for their tantalising steak dishes, the Black Angus menu offers some of the best cuts of beef available. Now boasting a fresh new bill of fare for lunch and dinner, with desserts a sweet tooth would die for, Black Angus has something delicious to suit every palate. A must try for the carnivorous connoisseur is the signature Hot Rock cuisineyour choice of meat or seafood is served on a hot granite slab and cooked to perfection right in front of you. The rich and succulent dishes including

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arbour Side Market is creating a buzz on the northern end of the Gold Coast. An array of dining and fresh food retailers are spoiling food lovers with and unmatched choice of culinary delights. Accordion Cafe + Restaurant provides a truly unique dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering an inspired fusion of French, Italian and Australian cuisine with a menu presented on interactive iPads! First of its kind in Queensland, Chocolatto (open Monday to Sunday 7am – 10pm) is a European-inspired boutique coffee and chocolate lounge offering an extensive specialty coffee range from Campos as well as quality Ganache chocolate – heaven! Kaizen sells simply the best sushi in town.

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Indulge in their signature rolls or amazing Japanese fusion cuisine - all made fresh to order; open from 11am every day until late. Harbour Side Market provides a comprehensive mix of high quality fresh produce, with ingredients sourced from the best local and international suppliers. You can expect the finest dairy, beef and succulent fresh seafood direct from the trawlers. The fresh food market includes Rise Authentic Bakehouse (offering a variety of breads, bases, pies and quiches), and Gusto Deli & Fresh Pasta that features a walk-in cheese room! Seasons Fine Fruit provides only the freshest fruit, vegetables and herbs straight from the markets, together with a wide range of locally grown organically certified

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products. Rare Gourmet Meat offers a wide range of Wagyu beef, dry-aged beef, grainfed and grass fed meats, suckling pork and spring lamb. All meats can be pre-ordered, cut to order and roasted to your desire in their open-air rotisserie. Tidal Seafood presents mouth-watering fresh seafood that you can either order for home or indulge in on site. Squeeze Juice Bar boasts a variety of nutritional fruit juices, smoothies, yogurts, baguettes and sandwiches on their menu, and are the first on the Gold Coast to offer a range of healthy protein shakes, all low in fat and high in protein. And for a sweet treat at the end of it all, drop by Gelato Exclusiva, a traditional gelato store serving the most authentic of Italian flavours. Delicious!

DINING | ABROAD with Sarah Blinco

London Calling

Eating and drinking is her favourite past time, so this month we thought it only fitting that Sarah Blinco (along with one of her foodie blogging mates, Kristie Welsh) reflect and share some delights of Olympic host city, London.


yes of the world will be on London this month as the highly anticipated Games of the XXX Olympiad officially commence. Around 200 nations from around the globe will be competing in over 300 sporting events throughout the competition; and while the athletes compete, travellers and revellers will be doing what they always do best in the UK - eating, drinking - indulging. For a long while the region has dealt with a negative reputation when it comes to food, but culinary connoisseurs have been rethinking their stance on British cuisine recently, and I’d have to agree that it’s actually really easy to find delicious fare - and it won’t even break the bank! If you have ever been to London I’m sure you have a favourite find, whether it be a curry house in the back alleys of Brick Lane, a restaurant discovered while shopping up a storm at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, or a little family owned Italian joint stumbled across near a Tube station somewhere. It July 2012

would be impossible for me to name all of our favourites, but as a nod to the Olympics and our special food issue, I’ve compiled a few of the coolest precincts worth a visit if you’re lucky enough to be heading to this fascinating city in the future.

the ‘London experience’, and as you explore the food stalls, listening to the local Londoner accents calling over each other for sales, it does feel like some things haven’t changed since the market’s inception hundreds of years ago.

Tube and Train: London Bridge

Broadway Market Tube stops: Haggerston or Hoxton, Train: London Fields

Whatever food you fancy, you’ll find it here. Taste test, wine taste, indulge in a sugar buzz or a week’s worth of baked delights it’s easy to graze all day! Borough is busy but there is still a whimsical ‘old world’ feel here - possibly due to the fact that it’s nestled in a very historical part of London. Meander around Borough Market and you’ll wander over cobbled streets, past delightful old churches, down narrow laneways and within just minutes you’ll be walking by the Thames. Borough Market is as much about food as it is

If you want to live like a local, away from the craziness of one of the other larger (although fabulous) markets like Camden, Borough or Portobello Road, add the gorgeous Broadway Market to your Saturday itinerary. Situated in a lovely local neighbourhood in east London, between London Fields (park) and pretty canals, Broadway is brimming with the ‘cool set’ each Saturday. Fresh fare ranges from cheeses, pies, desserts, meat, fish, curries, vegetarian options and confectionary. The

Borough Market


atmosphere is what is really great here too. On a sunny day it’s easy to spend hours wandering the street market, followed by more hours eating and drinking under the huge old trees of the park or watching the tide carry small crafts along the surrounding waterways. It’s uniquely London, and if you’re there early enough try the breakfast at Turkish-inspired Ephesus Restaurant - delicious!


Tube stops: Old Street, Barbican or Moorgate Kristie Welsh is a popular personality from our south-east corner, and she was also recently chosen as the coveted The Good Guy’s Home Chef Blogger. She fills us in on the uber-trendy Shoreditch neighbourhood. “Winning a Jamie Oliver inspired trip to London as part of The Good Guys Home Chef Blogger competition was a foodie’s dream come true! Not only did I have the gastronomical pleasure of visiting four of his restaurants - the retro-style Union Jacks, Fifteen, Jamie’s Italian and the stunning Barbecoa (which he co-owns with American chef Adam Perry Lang) – but I also had the pleasure of touring his headquarters. Jamie Oliver HQ is home to over 200 staff and is situated in the Shoreditch / Hoxton area - an increasingly popular and trendy part of London. His offices are not open to the public (so you will just have to read my blog to find out what goes on there - homechefblogger.

foodie-trip-of-a-lifetime-to-london/),but you can pose for a photo by the front door and pop around the corner to Fifteen for a delicious meal. Fifteen is well known for its apprenticeship program, set up by Jamie to help the unemployed youth of London to find a better future in the food industry, but there is nothing amateur about it. Stylish, modern decor, impressive wine and cocktail lists and professional, friendly wait staff set the scene. The food is, of course, top notch. If you’re looking for something more low key though, around the corner from Jamie’s Fifteen is Whitecross Street Market – an open air, smaller version of the very popular Borough Markets. Open Monday - Friday from 11am – 4pm, it’s street food heaven and cheap! Fresh, tasty food from every corner of the world beckons. There are around 30-40 stalls serving up Thai and Indian curries, pasta, spit roasts, vegetarian fare, Turkish pizza, ‘manwiches’... and then there’s my favourite - Luardos burrito van. There are also plenty of delicious desserts on offer so be sure to pick yourself up a sweet treat afterwards.”

and cafes where you’ll often spot a celebrity hanging out and looking cool (or not so, as the case may be). All good for a bite to eat and a fab photo opp.

Tube stops: Camden Town or Chalk Farm Road, Train: Camden Road

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Tube: Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Embankment, Piccadilly Circus There is so much to see, do and love in London... I should have devised a ‘top 20’ list instead. Still, this is a simple, central option because you can easily shop, explore the key tourist meccas and eat! Everything is close by and the choice is almost overwhelming. One gem in particular is Gordon’s Wine Bar (www. Located just near Embankment tube, head down some steep narrow stairs to a cosy space lit by candles. It’s almost ‘tunnel’ like - probably not for the claustrophobic - but definitely for those who tend towards old and interesting. The walls are lined with historical newspaper clippings and evidently Gordon’s is the oldest wine bar in London (est. 1890) - well worth a stop for a meal and a glass of wine.

Camden is London’s crazy, cool, alternative hub. To tourists, it is well known for markets which occupy a vast space every weekend. Similarly, in and around the markets you’ll discover trendy (or some not so) local pubs


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Spirit Declared We speak exclusively to Porsche Centre Gold Coast’s technical expert and face of the Service Department Reuben Roberts about the new Porsche Boxster.


orsche offers five different high performance models, from coupe to roadster and sedan to sport utility, none of which are easily dismissed, as each is capable of shattering the 100 kph benchmark in under five seconds and topping out at over 270 kph. On one hand, determining the quickest is easy – the newly released 911 Carrera S. the model with the greatest cargo capacity has to be the Cayenne, and the sports car for four, the Panamera makes the utmost sense for the driving enthusiast who requires the room! But on the other hand, how does one determine the company’s purest sports car – the least distilled embodiment of performance motoring and maneuverability? to help answer this question, we spoke to Porsche, Gold Coast’s Service Manager, Reuben Roberts about the company’s allnew third-generation Boxster. after nine years working with Porsche, Reuben says he’s come to love the precision and proud family heritage that has created such a unique motor vehicle. “From the day I started with Porsche the Boxster has been the favourite. there is nothing better than driving and enjoying the open road on a sunny day with the top down and feeling the Gs as you take the winding corners,” he adds. almost two decades ago, Porsche had the world at its feet when it introduced the Boxster Concept. the small silver roadster, with a mid-mounted flat-six and a soft top,

was a big departure from the automaker’s current lineup of the meaty 911, 928 and 968 models. Hot on the heels of the all-new 2012 Porsche 911, the company has introduced the 2013 Boxster. the all-new and completely redesigned third-generation model is so significantly different from its predecessors that it makes the previous generation upgrades appear rather frivolous. aesthetically speaking, Reuben explains how every panel on the new Boxster has been reshaped; yet the outer shell remains instantly recognisable for what it is. the all-new Boxster does full justice to its predecessors the 356 No. 1 and the 550 Spyder blending style with functionality, tradition with innovation. Reuben adds the new look is undoubtedly much more masculine too. “there’s an added aggression in the body with the door cut outs and sharper lines through the front bumper air guides,” he says adding, “Enthusiasts will also note the new shape of the headlights, the door-mounted mirrors and integrated rear lip spoiler.” Meanwhile signature Boxster traits, including the electrically operated pop-up rear spoiler and central exhaust outlets, remain true to their form. Physically speaking, he notes the Boxster is now “35kg lighter with an increase in overall track of 36mm, wider front and a wheel base increase of 60mm.” Mid-mounted in the chassis is one of


Porsche’s classic flat-six Boxer engines. the new model arrives with a direct-injected 2.7 litre motor producing 195 kW of power in the standard Boxster while the 3.4 litre Boxster S engine is pushing over 232 kW of pure rubberburning gusto. “Both Boxster and Boxster S motors are DFI (Direct Fuel Injected) too, which ultimately means increased horsepower and better fuel efficiency,” says Reuben. a traditional six-speed manual gearbox comes standard, with Porsche’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission PDk optional. and like the original roadster, Reuben says the Boxster remains rear-wheel-drive for that “true sports car feel”. “It’s amazing how Porsche can make the handling characteristics this much better “Just when you thought they were at their limits. the electromechanical steering removes all of the unnecessary vibration while still giving you all the feedback that is needed for it to be the sports car we’ve all come to love.” With increased power, enhanced efficiency, innovative technologies and intelligent lightweight construction, sporty exteriors and a beautifully designed interior – the concept of freedom has never been more alive than in this car. You can see it, hear it and feel it from one twist and turn to the next. Come and take a test drive today. Porsche Centre Gold Coast 1 Harvest Court Southport, Ph: (07) 55 557 911 July 2012

Out & About SPECTACULAR GLASS LEUKAEMIA LUNCHEON Glass Dining did its part to raise awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland last month playing host to the charity luncheon. Featuring Blue Illusion fashions and organised by Foundation volunteers Julia and Tony Wilkins, the fundraising event proceeds formed part of over $21,000 raised by Julia this year. David Pommier, Shanan Harmelin, Harry Singh, Ryan Simpson, Caitlyn Soliman & Ryan Raymond

Rita Noon, Tony Wilkins, Julia Wilkins & Margaret Greer

Helen Hardy & Kym Bignell Julia Howe &Zina Read

Margaret Brown, Carolyn Bell & Katrina Larbalestier

Loretta Clare & Robbie Taylor

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Out & About THE GODA FOUNDATION BALL 2012 Well, it was billed as the ‘gala event of the year’ and the second annual Goda Foundation Gala Ball rightly lived up to its name. 300 guests enjoyed a beautiful three - course meal and the fabulous music of the band Honey. All funds raised go to ensuring that students at the College continue to have access to outstanding leadership and academic opportunities. Headmaster Jamie Dorrington, wife Grace and daughter Tamara

College parents Craig and Heather Moore

Saint Stephen’s College Board member Karen St George and daughter Annaliese

MC’s Steven Cheney and Alissa Thibault

Director of Community Relations Saint Stephen’s College, Paula Axford-Wood and Peter Lobodarz

Village Roadshow General Mgr, Bob White with wife Junelle

Old Scholars of Saint Stephen’s College

Division 2 Many Owen Jones, Councillor William Owen, Jones, Teresa Foster Owner LJ Hooker Coomera

Out & About SIN CITy STyLE It was another fabulous night out on the Gold Coast’s Glitter Strip this month as we celebrated the end of a long week at the office in true SinCity style. In the words of R’n’B songstress Rihanna, we say: “Cheers to the freaking weekend” and have a glass of bubbles to that (hmm, don’t mind if I do!).












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ASTRO GIRL Cancer – June 21 – July 22 Your spirituality and intuition will be the major focus this month. re-evaluate what you want to achieve spiritually and how you want to achieve it. Whilst home and family are always your priority, it’s important time to find a balance. take the initiative and you might be very surprised at how things work in your favour.

scorpio – October 23 – November 22 Don’t sweat the small stuff. there’s a bigger picture and it’ll become more obvious during the month. Your pace of life will feel like it’s slowing down. avoid taking short cuts and focus on getting things right the first time. trust your instincts, you’re a good judge of character and you need to remember this is one of your admirable qualities.

Pisces – february 19 – March 20 avoid making major decisions concerning love, emotions and family life. Observe your moods and those around you and take the time to understand what is actually going on. Use this time to gather facts, in order to remove any doubts you may have in these areas. Doing this, will bring you that inner clarity you’ve been searching for.

leo – July 22 – August 23 there will be times when you will want to voice your opinion but be careful, others may not receive the message you intend. this month is a time for speculation, quiet contemplation and planning. Use this time wisely to focus on your personal interests and creating your own reality. Don’t worry about everyone else; they’ll catch up in the end.

sagittarius – November 22 – December 22 You’ll feel a little under pressure to stay grounded and focused. avoid any risky business and be careful with your communication and patience levels. remember it’s not what you say; it’s how you say it. Pay attention to your health and avoid any changes to your diet and health regime at this stage.

Aries – March 20 –April 19 slow down! Patience will be a virtue during this month. there’s no point trying to tug at the shoots or hasten the harvest; all good things come to those who wait and those who work while they wait reap the benefits. stay away from any confrontations that threaten to interfere with your bigger picture. relationships with friends will be tested this month; the tension will pass.

Virgo – August 23 - september 22 You may feel a bit more sensitive than usual. avoid allowing yourself to become too emotional and take the time to ask questions rather than sitting alone in your thoughts. You will have more support than you think so allow others to help you when you need it. Focusing on children and animals will be a pleasure for you and you will find joy in their attention and sentiment.

Capricorn – December 22 – January 20 Pay attention to those around you. You’ll see hidden messages in the way others are communicating with you and this will give you some great insight on how to interact with them on their level. avoid taking on anything that weighs you down. remember, not everything is your responsibility. Let others deal with their own burdens. Moving forward is where you need to be focused.

libra – september 22 – October 23 With Mercury in its second retrograde for the year, relationships will be a strong focus for you. although you’re a loving person by nature, the relationships around you will be stormy. the conflict will involve finance, children and disagreements around the household. try not to make matters worse by getting dragged into other people’s issues. Play the mediator as they sort out their differences.

Aquarius – January 21 – february 19 social interaction will be the main focus this month. think before you speak and remember this time of year can be an emotional time for many people. Pay more attention to your finances this month, you’ll need to re-evaluate some of your previous decisions and avoid speculation. You could regret any impulsive action.

taurus – April 20 – May 21 Hold back on making any important career decisions until you’ve had time to analyse it. avoid wasting your energy on talking too much and look at what action will actually get you results. You may also feel challenged by some of your family members wanting to do their own thing. relinquish your control and let them learn their own lessons. Gemini – May 21 – June 21 Love and relationships will bring good vibes. You’re projecting your best image right now and your charm and enthusiasm will see you move forward. Financially, you’re still in the midst of positive results. With Mercury your ruler in retrograde, your career will become less important and you’ll need to take some time to sit back and reflect to contemplate your next move.

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Nikki Hudson LAST WORD

with Sarah Blinco

She’s an inspirational sporting local who is now featuring as a key interview in a brand new motivational book by David Becker and Scott Hill. Sarah Blinco considers what we can all learn from Hockeyroo, Nikki Hudson..


was one of those people who was never satisfied when I achieved something. I was always looking to achieve the next thing ... These internal goals kept me going, continually challenging myself to go beyond and do something special. Even when people said, ‘You must be happy with your performance’, my response was, ‘no, I made errors in that game’. I wanted to achieve the extraordinary. - Nikki Hudson, Secrets of Inspirational Captains Revealed. I’m not exactly what you’d call ‘sporty’. This was concluded during my very first ‘run’ around the oval in grade one and my athleticism certainly didn’t improve as I grew older. I’m, as my fiancé says, ‘a spectator by nature’. This is actually true - I’m a very enthusiastic, vocal (sometimes loud) spectator! I’m hopeless athletically but excited for others who are gifted in all things active. Further to this, some of the most inspiring people I’ve witnessed presenting at speaking engagements or writing as columnists have been sports orientated - athletes and coaches. To be the best, elite sportsmen, women and their coaches are obviously driven, but it’s particularly intriguing when they’re able to transcend the boundaries of their field and motivate others personally or professionally. Nikki Hudson is one such example, and I’m excited to reflect on her achievements this month because she’s not only an excellent role model, but she calls the Gold Coast home, she’s an Olympic medal winner (timely for July) and she’s been featured in a brand new book, Secrets of Inspirational Captains Revealed. As you may recall, Nikki is a pretty darn great hockey player. She has enjoyed a world number one hockey player ranking, many medals including a gold for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and she’s a 16-year veteran July 2012

of the Hockeyroos, one of Australia’s alltime favourite sporting teams. Secrets of Inspirational Captains Revealed says Nikki is “one of the most successful players in the game’s history, she was captain of the national team at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, where she became the first person to play 300 games for Australia. In total, she played 303 games for her country and scored 99 goals, before retiring in 2009.” I won’t spoil too much of the book for you, because my fiancé and I have found it to be an interesting, motivational read brimming with helpful advice applicable to many of life’s challenges. Nikki’s particular story tells of her journey into the world of hockey, the pressures and personal sacrifices she had to endure in order to succeed at the elite level, and how she credits her parents and other strong supporters for guiding her on her path to the top. Nikki’s story really made me appreciate how much ‘inspirational captains’ (both literally and metaphorically) sacrifice to be the very best in their league. Inevitably they make choices that their friends haven’t made. When they’re training or working at crazy hours of the day, others are in front of the television, at a coffee shop or pub. When injury or barriers cause defeat, instead of retreating they work harder, faster, more determined than ever. When lost for motivation, great captains and leaders visualise goals and seek inspiration from their own mentors. Success is a mindset. Reading about Nikki made me think of all our athletes over in London right now who have worked so hard to get there - in a physical, mental and financial sense - how excited they must be at this point about the possibilities! It also made me realise that these lessons are important for all of us. What are we hoping to achieve before the end of the


year? What are our goals for the coming few years? How do we reach them? What should we do to motivate ourselves if we are set back along the way? As ‘athletically challenged’ as I may be physically, I’m beginning to see that success requires a universal positive attitude. Thanks to Nikki I’m inspired to reassess my goals now, rather than waiting until January 1. I hope you’ll join me! Secrets of Inspirational Captains Revealed by David Becker and Scott Hill is out now through Sports Wisdom

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