meet mE at merivale coogee, potts point, paddington, newport... sydney’s a foodies paradise! TRAVEL I 2 Sydney needs little introduction. Chances are if you’ve visited Sydney a few times, you would have stuck mainly to the beaten track; shopping in the CBD, Bondi Junction and down Oxford Street; lunching in and around the harbour and at Wooloomooloo Wharf, maybe a surfing lesson on Bondi Beach or a day trip to Manly and the Northen beaches on the Ferry. While I’d happily spend every trip doing just this, there are unsurprisingly some pockets of amazingness to be found not too far away from these favourite haunts. A great way to venture in to some new Sydney neighbourhoods is to use the Merivale Group as a starting point. <strong>The</strong> hospitality superweights, established by the Hemmes family has a growing portfolio of more than 65 restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels and function spaces that are all spectacularly unique. It appears that they have the hospitality midas touch with all their venues, opening to steller reviews for both food and ambience. On the eastern side of Sydney, Merivale’s Coogee Pavilion is somewhere you can easily spend a day. Complete with petanque, giant magnetic scrabble, ping pong and an in-house theatrette, it’s a venue that ticks the boxes for every age. A market style food court concept inhabits the ground level, offering oysters to wood-fire pizza. On the rooftop the four indoor and outdoor bars, have huge balconies that boast wraparound views of the Coogee shoreline. Coogee is really Bondis little unappreciated sister. You’ll find a swim at the pictureque Whylie’s or McIver’s Baths, one of the few remaining womens only ocean pools, located on the rocks next to Coogee Beach, is right up there with Bondi’s Icebergs pool. Coogee carries a less pretentious air than its Bondi neighbours and has the added bonus of being either the start or finish of the popular Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. 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For a Free InFormATIon PAck contact Brenda Third Age Tours 1999 Ph 03 379 3799 or 03 312 7050 | Freephone: 0800 927 725 email@example.com | www.thirdagetours.co.nz Another infamous place many people visit in Sydney is Kings Cross. But step sideways a few metres and you’ll end up in Potts Point. Worlds apart in terms of sophistication and grandeur, here you’ll find the home to a growing number of Merivale’s restaurants. Behind a door bathed in pink neon on Victoria Street, you’ll find Ms G’s which is ‘modern Asian’ and will be ‘unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before’. <strong>The</strong> graffiticovered walls, uber stylish lighting and jam jar decorated ceiling are hipster cool. <strong>The</strong> menu is exceptional too and mashes together the very best combination of Chinese to Vietnamamese, to Korean. While you’re in Potts Point if you’re interested in architecture, you may want to visit Elizabeth Bay House to appreciate the grand old architecture of yesteryear or visit Macleay St which has plenty of clothing boutiques. Potts Point is often referred to as the little France of Sydney, with beautiful tree-lined streets, art deco terrace houses and european styled cafes, you’re bound to spot plenty of expensive sports cars and lap dogs sitting pretty amongst the euro styled locals. You couldn’t mention Merivale without covering the Ivy complex in the CBD. Home to award-winning restaurants, Sydney’s only rooftop pool bar, numerous event spaces and leading fashion and lifestyle retailers, the Ivy ensures the perfect CBD outing starts in George street. While many of us won’t be wanting to don a bikini and head to the super glitzy pool club on the top floor, <strong>The</strong> Ivy’s Felix and Ash St. Cellar in comparison offer an oasis of relative maturity. Fred’s and Charlie’s Parkers, Merivale’s highly-anticipated Paddington venues, which opened towards the end of last year, are both venues worth visiting if you hit the Oxford Street shopping strip. 31 kms north of the CBD on the stunning shores of Pittwater, another of Justin Hemme’s renovations, <strong>The</strong> Newport makes a great pitstop if you’re heading north on a day-trip to the stunning northern beaches of Avalon or Palm Beach. Boasting Australia’s largest outdoor waterfront beer garden, <strong>The</strong> Newport like all of the Merivale Groups ventures has multiple, eclectic, themed spaces to drink and dine in. With live music often playing and a ‘vintage gymnasium’ with badminton, exercise bikes that can charge mobile phones, ping pong tables, outdoor petanque and concrete table tennis courts, there’s no shortage of entertainment. Like the Coogee Pavilion, the Newport menu is based on a community market concept, where different food stalls feature everything from a grass-fed beef burger and fresh shucked oysters, to spit-roasted pork, fresh pastries and a pizzeria and salad bar too. As a word of warning, if you visit one of Merivale’s venues you’re sure to get hooked. And as you should always be prepared to pack an extra bag to fill with shopping on a trip to Sydney, once you’ve discovered the Merivale venus, also prepare to pack on a couple of kgs from sampling the incredible assortment of mouthwatering restaurants.
3 I LIFESTYLE art for everyone <strong>The</strong> Christchurch Art Show held it’s fourth consecutive show at <strong>The</strong> Events Centre, Wigram Air Force Museum of New Zealand in Christchurch from <strong>June</strong> 15 - 18. Described as a show with “art for everyone”, the Christchurch Art Show, over four days showcases works by New Zealand artists. At only $10 for entry in to the show it’s an inexpensive way to peruse artworks in a gallery meets tradeshow style setting. All artworks are for sale. A feature of this years event was the “biggest ever wall of art” measuring 21 metres long. <strong>The</strong> wall held a signature work of the top ten artists that the public voted they wanted to see return from the 2016 show. <strong>The</strong> <strong>2017</strong> top ten artists were; Joel Hart: Joel creates multi-dimensional, pop-culture inspired urban works, often incorporating women. Marie Kjestrup Adams: Marie uses bold brush strokes, line, colour and layering to create expressive, free flowing works capturing movement, flair and the excitement of every day life. Liz Turnbull: Liz’s works explore our landscape. She has a fascination with light, water and the outdoors and how our landscape’s mood can be changed by light alone. Odelle Morshuis: Recent pieces are paintings of figures framed with layers of engraved glass. Joe McMenamin: Joe’s flowing organic patterns that ripple through his works have won him a following throughout New Zealand. Jane Riley: Jane’s artworks depict the beauty she sees and interprets with tremendous energy, passion and flair, often incorporating textures of sand, gemstones, shells and other natural materials. Janyne Fletcher: Jayne is an Otago-based photographer who clearly knows the nuances of the region’s weather and land. Megan Huffadine: <strong>The</strong> objects and forms in her work are derived from the Central Otago locale. Seeds, remnants and discards are sketched from memory, scale is altered and then these are developed into new forms. Susan Hurrel Fieldes: Susan’s printmaking works are abstract and often focus on the solarplate, collagraph and drypoint methods. John Burns: John’s artwork is bold. Some have stories, some are crazy, gentle, mad, kind, thoughtful, different and thats a word I hear a lot about my art, and a word I like... to be different. If you haven’t been to the Art Show, you should definitely add it on to your 2018 ‘to-do’ list. CONTACT SALES MANAGER Frank Greenslade - 03 364 7446 frank@ DESIGN AND COPY Harriet Hall firstname.lastname@example.org Make your GP team your first call 24/7 Even after-hours a nurse is available to give free health advice. Lightweight WHEELCHAIRS SELF PROPELLING LIGHT-WEIGHT SELF PROPELLING WHEELCHAIRS • Pop off wheels • Removable leg-rests • 14”, 16” or 18” seat width • Weight with wheels and leg-rests removed is only 10.9kg • Folds for storage or transportation • Maximum user weight 100kg PHONE 354 5616 108 Sawyers Arms Rd, Papanui, Christchurch 10% Off for SUPERGOLD card holders Conditions may apply 9 6 12 3 TROUBLE HEARING? • Reduce listening effort throughout your day, resulting in less stress & fatigue. • Understand speech in difficult listening situations, eg. Restaurants. Call today to book an appointment for a Free hearing check & hearing aid demo Merivale Hearing Clinic 24b Church Lane. Call now: 356 2324 Regain the freedom of your home Simple, safe and stylish, Acorn Stairlifts give people the chance to enjoy their own homes once again. • For straight or curved staircases • Indoor and outdoor lifts • Free home assessment • Fast installation • Safe and reliable 0800 <strong>22</strong>3 062 CALL NOW FOR YOUR FREE BROCHURE & QUOTATION Greg Foote, Audiologist MNZAS FREE DVD Guide to Stairlifts!