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Save Our Locals is helping restaurants near you by making ordering a takeaway box easy
The city is beginning to open back up, and plenty of us are enjoying those pleasures we once took for granted, like eating out at our favourite restaurants and grabbing a cold one down at the pub. However, Sydney’s hospitality industry has a long way to go to recoup from the sudden lockdowns that came into place in March. Additionally, many more people aren’t quite ready to get back into the swing of our cosmopolitan lives of the Beforetime, and current restrictions still make it difficult for small businesses to operate at a profit. This is where Save Our Locals comes in – an online marketplace where you can order freshly made meal kits from local restaurants and cafés for home delivery. You can support your local community while recreating easily prepared gourmet meals at home. Depending on how hands-on you want to get, you can choose between ‘heat-at-home’ dishes and ‘learn as you go’ signature specials. You can search by restaurant name or food type, making it easy to pinch those cravings for the perfect sandwich, bowl of curry, or whatever strikes your fancy. Save Our Locals has the support of Luke Mangan from modern Australian eatery Luke’s Kitchen (you can order kits for meals like Luke’s spiced chicken pie with mash and peas, $49.95), slick ‘village-inspired’ Indian restaurant Indu (serve up a banquet with the deluxe feast box for $80, or the classic feast box for $60) and high-end Mexican joint Mejico (the deluxe meal box, $80, includes the signature guacamole and
Greenall’s Gin launches a new liqueur collection in time for the winter gin season
As winter settles in over Sydney and our social mingling begins to move away from video calls and back into the real world, it's time to get your mitts around a beverage to break the ice. Greenall’s Gin, the original handcrafted British gin, has come through with two new liqueurs that make a perfect fit for a sunny winter. Among the new offerings you’ll find Green Apple & Hibiscus Gin Liqueur, which balances the crisp apple taste with the sweet-sour tanginess of hibiscus, and Blood Orange Fig & Ginger Gin Liqueur, which has an intense citrus taste cut with a luscious sweetness from fig, and the zesty spiciness of ginger. These sweet and refreshing gin-ovations will please gin lovers and win over previously reluctant sippers of the juniper spirit. The sweetness of the liqueurs means they have a very smooth taste and can be enjoyed in a cocktail, paired with prosecco for a Spritz, or on their own over ice. The Blood Orange can be garnished with fresh mint and lemon or a sprig of lavender, and the Apple & Hibiscus can be simply dressed with a slice of Granny Smith and mint to enhance its flavour profile. The liqueurs are made with distilled gin that is infused with fruits or herbs, then sweetened. Both flavours are created at a lower alcohol percentage (20 per cent ABV, rather than the minimum 37.5 per cent ABV required for gin), which makes them a good alternative for anyone who is thinking of reining in their alcohol consumption without giving up completely. “It was importan
A guide to eating and drinking on the Central Coast
The dining scene across the Central Coast is really hitting its stride, with a bunch of restaurants and cafés changing what locals and and visitors can expect from the region. Thanks to some seriously talented young chefs, excellent refurbs and creative spaces, there are restaurants and cafés in Long Jetty, Avoca, Terrigal and Woy Woy that are well worth a road trip. Whether you’re looking for a healthy brunch, long seafood lunch or a date-night dinner, here are our recommendations. Want more? Check out our guide to shopping on the Central Coast.
Rediscover the Inner South with this dawn to dark itinerary
As we slowly emerge from lockdown it’s important to remember the local legends who have been most affected by the unprecedented loss of business. All of our daily routines have been messed up and so have the routines of our favourite patisseries, art galleries, dive bars and indie retailers. The neighbourhoods within the Inner South – Redfern, Darlington, Alexandria, Rosebery, Chippendale, Waterloo and Zetland – are ready to be rediscovered and woven back into your day-to-day activities (safely). The City of Sydney is actively helping our neighbourhood economies get back on their feet with grants and boosting initiatives, and they are also gathering valuable intel from residents and businesses across all sectors to find further avenues for support. As part of their City Recovery Plan, the City of Sydney wants to hear from you. Take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey (open until June 3) and help them help you. In the meantime, we’ve teamed up with the City of Sydney legends to bring you a fantastic new routine you can re-adopt to chuck some much-needed coin at our city’s businesses while giving yourself some delightful treats along the way. From your morning coffee to after-hours party time – here are the Inner South haunts you should pop back on your daily radar. Breakfast and coffee Greet the Inner South morning with a robust espresso and a replenishing feast or kickstarting snack. For takeaway pastries, hit up the adorable punmasters Breadfern, an organic bake