A menu for the Year of the Rooster

February 17, 2017

The calendar New Year may seem like so long ago already, but the Lunar New Year is right here and with it, another opportunity to set intentions for the days and months to come. The […]

Heirloom connections

January 20, 2017

Diving headlong into the first issue of Ciao for the year, we happen to coincide with Australia Day. For some, this day represents proud patriotism and for others a sense of sadness for the original […]

‘Tis the season

December 9, 2016

While I gave up my recipe column a while ago, every so often one crosses my path that I feel duty bound to share. With the festive season coinciding with summer sun and therefore an […]

Ocean Phoenix

November 25, 2016

It is a proud fact that as Inner Western Sydney locals, we hold in our possession one of the world’s great fish markets. Each year, over 3 million people visit Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont, […]

Tasty Plot Twists

November 18, 2016

Melissa Leong gets you started on your very own veggie patch. It may still be oscillating between balmy and brisk from my current seat in indecisive Melbourne, but thankfully Sydney is consistent enough to get […]

Gone hunting

September 23, 2016

Melissa Leong shares the lessons she has learnt whilst hunting and gathering for her next meal. Last week, I went back to Tasmania to hang out with a few buddies and (cue vegan outrage) go […]

The Italian Connection

August 19, 2016

Growing up, I wanted to be Italian. I still do in some respect. My dad worked at an architectural firm in Leichhardt and he’d always come home with boxes of cannoli, packets of prosciutto, olives […]

Winter’s main squeeze

July 22, 2016

Melissa Leong presents an ode to citrus. It’s the perfect fruit for all winter days – especially those dramatically altered by climate change. Most fortnights, my long-suffering editor Phoebe  sends me an email, reminding me […]

Food Fashion

May 26, 2016

With Mercedes Benz Fashion Week dwindling in our rear window, it has me thinking about fashion and why we pay attention to it. And when I say ‘we’, I am obviously making a sweeping generalisation, […]

Keep Newtown Weird

May 12, 2016

There’s a piece of street art I walk past. It’s a stencil of Big Bird saying ‘Keep Newtown weird.’ I didn’t think much of it until the story came to light about a young guy […]

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