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PLACES WE LOVE: CENTRAL by Kian West

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CENTRAL3A fresh breeze has certainly blown through the city centre over the last few years and you could say this place is CENTRAL to it all. Conveniently located in the CBD this beautifully restored venue serves some delicious Matilda Bay beverages and glorious food to match. Place: Central Address: 145 King Street, Newcastle NSW Hours:

Tues-Thurs:
11:30-23:00
Fri-Sat:
11:30-00:00

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Why We Love it: #Beer - and also the venue. Plus it adds another layer to the fresh culture of the city. A spectacular space to catch up with friends, a nice walk from other fantastic spaces and we love that it helps to draw people back into the CBD. Nice one Newy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newcastle Coffee Snobs...November by Kian West

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'Newcastle Coffee Snobs' was born March 2013. The idea was brewing for many years; I was in love with the coffee experience, the booming Newcastle cafe and espresso bar scene and talking endlessly to other serious coffee drinkers about where the best brew was at. snobs logo with coffee

Our first official meet happened April that year and we've "snobbed" over 20 Newcastle cafes since all of which are documented on our facebook page  and Instagram.

We don't take ourselves too seriously, no experience is necessary although there's a deep acceptance amongst the group that it's okay to expect perfection and attention to detail.

We meet 11am every 4th Saturday and the occasional Sunday and membership is always open (even to non-coffee drinkers) because you can snob a hot chocolate just as well.

Meals are usually ordered and once the chewing and drinking has been explored we get a post-it and our serious snobbing hats on. A score out of 5 for your coffee and comments on food, atmosphere, service are recorded then shared with the group which can range in size from 5 to 15 snobs depending on how eager people are.

I like to publish online the honest praise, some recommendations to baristas for improvements but mostly reinforce the fantastic heart that Newcastle has beating, albeit fast, in our cafes.

In between events enthusiasts are encouraged to post their coffee finds, share articles and recommend our next targeted coffee house with the occasional visitor to the city asking for the best place to go while they're in town.Fortunate Son

In October, Fortunate Son played host to 7 long-serving snobs. We took on board that their main aim is to be a wine and whiskey bar but word on the breeze said their Pablo & Rusty's blend was worth the trip. A very adult and understated iced coffee with house made vanilla syrup won over the crowd. It had punch and class.

Cyclists seemed to be the regulars and the funky music had me feeling pretty bliss.

A few drinks that came out could've been warmer but the unique menu which included black pudding and delicious breakfast goods unseen on Beaumont street impressed.

Next up Bank Corner Espresso & Bar 8th November see the page for all the details.

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Michelle Kot

 

ED NOTE: if you missed out on visiting Bank Corner with the Snobs, have no fear because they are hitting the Hood Milk Bar in the Junction December 6th so jump on their Facebook page for all the details!

The Novel Novocastrian... November by Kian West

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The Novel Novocastrian

The Random Ramblings of a Temporary Resident

By Tara Brady

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Lazy Sundays on the Foreshore with an occasional foray into Honeysuckle

 

I’ve recently become obsessed with the “browse” option on my Spotify app (please note I am not trying to push Spotify in any way shape or form, it just happens to be my go to music app…) I think this is down to the fact that the “browse” option is laziness in one of its better incarnations; I simply look through moods/genres and suddenly there are loads of ready-made playlists like “your morning coffee”, “songs to sing in the shower” and the ever fabulous “walking like a badass”. They pretty much have a playlist to soundtrack any activity, and the last couple of weekends the playlist I find myself drawn to the most is “lazy ass, honey-dipped soul”. Why this playlist you ask? Simple: the past few Sundays that Newcastle has offered up have been gloriously sunny and hot. Not so hot as to be stifling, but just hot enough to encourage a slower pace of life. A kind of languid ambling has replaced my purposeful stride and the tag of “lazy ass, honey-dipped soul” seems to go hand in hand with the clink of ice in my gin and tonic!2014-10-20 13.08.48

This is when barbecue culture comes into its own and it is great. There is something about congregating around a barbecue that always reminds me of good times. Maybe it’s because they usually take place when the weather is warmer, or because they always seem to bring groups of people together, or just that food cooked on a barbecue tastes like childhood summers, whatever it is, it is very difficult to be grumpy at a barbecue, and Newcastle has some great barbecue spots. Indeed, the husband and I have been amazed by the fact that there are so many areas in the local parks with well maintained, electric barbeques. This is not something you find readily in Europe so we were very excited to be meeting up with a group of friends last Sunday for our first, proper Aussie barbecue! We happen to live near the Foreshore so we rather selfishly suggested we head to the Carriage Shed area in the Foreshore Park. It was perfect! We found a table outside that had enough trees around to offer shaded areas and some grass to spread blankets on for lounging. There were loads of other people out as well but it never felt too crowded and everybody took their turns using and then cleaning the electric grills, and generally observing impeccable barbecue etiquette.2014-10-20 13.31.18

However, if barbecue is not your thing, then there are plenty of other ways to spend a lazy Sunday in Newcastle. One of my favourites is to stroll from Nobbys Beach along the promenade parallel to Wharf Road all the way to Honeysuckle where we invariably realise that we’re hungry and so stop off to eat lunch at one of the many restaurants facing the harbour. The only issue is choosing where to eat because all tastes are catered for from sushi at Nagisa to modern Australian cuisine at Silo or even cocktails at Money Penny’s. Then the only effort is to slowly roll home with a full belly telling yourself that the walk is helping you to work off those beer battered chips!