Juliet Sulejmani | October 06, 2016 THE SCHALLER STUDIO, BENDIGO Corner of Lucan and Bayne Street, VIC 3550 Website: Click HERE Phone: 1800 278 468 As I was packing my overnight bag and thinking about going… More
Juliet Sulejmani | September 26, 2016
The idea of having a salad as your main meal was unheard of, especially in the time when most peoples idea of a salad was iceberg lettuce and tomatoes with store bought dressing. That is, until in 2011, when Hetty McKinnon started ‘Arthur Street Kitchen.’
Hetty believed that there was room in the market for her plant based salads that would be healthy, filling and also comforting. Hetty began by delivering out postcards in her local area, and before she knew it her salads were selling out. Hetty says that the most rewarding part of her business was when she hand delivered the salads herself by bike, “The food almost came secondary to that connection that I was receiving from the person. It was so special, people valued it so much”.
Arthur Street Kitchen wasn’t just about just making and dropping off the salads, it was about making new friends, sharing stories, talking about food and connecting.
In 2013, Pan MacMillan published Hetty’s first Cook Book: Community, which has been wildly successful and has given people a new, wonderful way to think about and make delicous, hearty salads.
Since then, Hetty has spent some time in Europe and USA and now lives in Brooklyn with her family. Hetty’s travels have exposed her to a wide range of new influences, foods and techniques, which she has translated into new recipes, in her new CookBook “Neighbourhood“.
Neighbourhood not only includes more delicious salads, but also, a range of desserts that have been generously shared by Hetty’s friends.
To give you some more insight into the wonderful insight into the wonderful Hetty McKinnon, I had the pleasure of asking her some questions while she was here in Australia.
What is your favourite salad ingredient and why do you love it?
My fave salad ingredient to work with is probably broccoli. I love it’s accessibility. It is a very humble vegetable, without any fussiness.
But, with a little bit of love, you can turn a humble vegetable like broccoli into something quite spectacular. Chargrilling broccoli on the BBQ is a life altering experience. It’s changes your whole perception of the vegetable adding an unexpected depth of flavour.
Is there a brunch spot/café/restaurant in Brooklyn that you love and frequent often?
I really love a local joint called Court Street Grocers. It is right around the corner from my house, and is my go-to for strong black coffee, a delicious broccoli rabe reuben sandwich and the best grilled cheese. They are a great example of a neighbourhood spot that serves locals well, while being very good at their food focus (sandwiches!).
Do you love to read? If yes, can you please share a book that you love, or a book that you would give as a gift?
I do love to read. But it is just about finding the time. Reading is actually a real luxury to me so if I’m going to invest, it has to be quality. Over the last year, I’ve really read some wonderful works. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara was just heartbreaking and absolutely compelling. Yes, it was sad, and depressing at times, but her writing simply blew me away, page after page. She has a way of telling a deeply sad story with hope. There was always some element of light amongst the darkness. I just loved it. I’m also a big fan of young adult fiction and I’m in absolute love with Jandy Nelson’s two books I’ll Give You The Sun and The Sky is Everywhere. There is something so nostalgic and hopeful about reading about late teens navigating through life and love.
What words do you live by (motto), or inspirational words that you can share that you to inspire others? (Mine is one by Andy Warhol, “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.)
The quote which I live by and which I espouse to my children relentlessly is,
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Spoken by Atticus Finch, in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
But lately, the quote that inspires me personally is
“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” By Randy Komisar, The Monk & The Riddle: The Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur.
If you could have the day off today, what is the first thing you would do?
Probably go for a late breakfast at Two Hands Café in TriBeCa (where I will eat their superb brassica bowl,) and then go for a long walk through the gorgeous streets of lower manhattan. And probably end in the Meatpacking District at the Whitney Museum.
Do you have a side hobby? If you weren’t making salads what would you be doing?
I’m a pretty good knitter so I think I could make home crafts like beanies, socks and tea cosies and have an Etsy store! I also love photography and even though it has become a small part of my job, I just have so much joy when I have a camera in my hand.
What do you like to listen to while cooking? Do you have a favourite song? A podcast you could recommend?
I either listen to playlists which I’ve put together – these are pretty eclectic and can range from retro eighties music or very new indie/folksy stuff. But podcasts, particularly foodie ones, are probably my favourite – I listen to The Food Seen, The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry, Monocle’s The Menu, and This American Life.
- Hetty’s Website and Blog
- Neighbourhood CookBook
- Community Cookbook
- Court Street Grocers
- Two Hands Cafe
Britt Doherty | September 21, 2016
Girl on Fire
She wears her attitude on her feet.
Makes cool look easy.
On her way to dump her boring boyfriend.
Effortless denim x denim.
Credit: Illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani
Juliet Sulejmani | September 16, 2016
16 SEPTEMBER 2016 – 12 FEBRUARY 2017
THE IAN POTTER CENTRE: NGV AUSTRALIA
JOHN OLSEN: THE YOU BEAUT COUNTRY
John Olsen, The Man.
To see John Olsen, in the context that I did on Wednesday morning, I must say, was a pivotal point in my life and I hope in the lives of all the people that were there, for, as Olsen himself called it “The best dinner party he has ever been in”.
The dinner party, was a feast of John Olsen’s life’s work and titled ‘The You Beaut Country.”
A very well curated collection of Olsen’s life, passions, way of seeing the world and not limited to his experiences all translated by Olsen into paintings, journals, tapestries, ceramics and prints.
The exhibition spans over seven decades, and is sequentially arranged to give you the feeling that you are travelling through time with Olsen, who said: “I’m seeing these works a fresh, it’s exciting to come from room to room of how the change is, from the ceilings to this (paintings of Lake Eyre), entirely different from the others.”
As you move through the rooms you can feel how Olsen has developed as an artist. His work becomes less frenetic, more, gentle and reflective, especially as you arrive in the final room, where you will see his newest piece, which is being displayed for the first time.
The muse of the majority of Olsen’s work is ‘The You Beaut Country’, Australia. His love for his muse is evident in the poetic and romantic paintings hanging in the exhibition. Olsen has “a unique ability to capture the essence of the Australian landscape and it’s spirit”, thus Olsen being labelled “The greatest living artist”.
A label which, although he is very honoured by, but he says, “This doesn’t alter the condition of what the pictures are, regardless of what he is called he wants to work, get through it, wants to make it better”.
I’d like to share these words from Olsen that I will be taking away with me and holding onto…
“You must follow your feeling, you must trust yourself, I’ve never tried to be new, never, there’s far too much emphasis on newness, it’s fashionable, to announce to a group that you’re Avant Garde is preposterous. The important thing, consider Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso, the aim was not newness but possibility. To see nature in it’s essence, that’s possibility.”
Image credit: Portrait of John Olsen by Hugh Stewart © Hugh Stewart
Illustration: Juliet Sulejmani
Britt Doherty and Juliet Sulejmani | September 14, 2016
We have been enjoying sharing our style looks with you, and have decided to branch out into some mens looks as well.
‘Oh, boy’ is a light and natural palette and look, ideal for the slight glimpses of Spring that we have been enjoying here in Melbourne.
The look includes a shirt from Marcs, trousers from Bassike and the evermore covetable sneakers from Common Projects.
J & B xx
Britt Doherty | September 06, 2016
Outfit Inspiration: Wine with friends after work.
Juliet Sulejmani | September 02, 2016
I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE FILM
Juliet Sulejmani | September 01, 2016
Before I went to bed last night I found three links on twitter that had me so excited and happy that had me thinking ‘could life get any better than this’. The answer, I thought was no, however when I woke up this morning I watched two videos that just topped it all off and life is super great.
Here are the 5 things:
- There are rumours spreading around the fashion world that suggest Rei Kawakubo, designer and founder of Comme Des Garcons
and queen of the whole world, could be the next subject of the Costume Institutes next fashion exhibition.
- Francesco Carrozzini is debuting a biopic on his mother Franca Sozzani, who is the current editor of Italian Vogue, called; ‘Franca: Chaos and Creation’ . The documentary is said to be about her life, her work and their relationship.
- A film about Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow is currently in the making. McQueen and Blow had a really interesting relationship. Isabella Blow worked for many magazines and had many different roles, she is known for many things but some being; always wearing interesting hats usually made by Philip Treacy and purchasing Alexander McQueens’ entire collection that he showed in his final year at Central St Martins. So this should be a good one to look out for.
- This video by the Bondi Hipsters
- And finally this Kenzo Frangrance ad which is directed by Spike Jonze. If you remember a few years ago Spike Jonze directed one of my favourite movies ever ‘Her’. Individually Kenzo and Spike Jonze are excellent, together they are…out of this world.
Britt Doherty | August 31, 2016
Outfit Inspiration: Friday night drinks (I can already taste the champagne)
Illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani
Or…(more accurately) a compilation of many lists found online and written by hand by me.
Juliet Sulejmani | August 30, 2016
If you’re familiar with The Juliet Report, it will not come as a surprise to you that I LOVE BURGERS.
About two years ago I set out on a mission to eat all the burgers, and made THIS LIST which was an amazing idea.
Any time I was going out with my friends and needed a place to go, I would google search ‘The Juliet Report Best Burgers in Melbourne’ and my list would come up.
I also love lists and challenges so it was kind of a game and who doesn’t love a game, especially one that encourages you to eat more burgers.
At the moment we are living in the time of ‘The Burger Craze’, which means that Melbourne is exploding with places where you can eat burgers. This craze, obviously, has been my favourite one so far. I did enjoy the Mexican craze, and the crazy donut milkshake craze, not so into the American BBQ craze, but burgers, burgers is in my opinion the one that will stand the test of time. Because, be honest, how can you not love a burger.
So here, I present to you my The Juliet Report List: Best Burgers in Melbourne 2016
Print it out and tick them off once you’ve gone there.
As a disclaimer, I have not been to all of them, I have been to about 12 of them, but people on the internet have included these places in their lists of best burgers in Melbourne.
If you have any suggestions of places not on the list, please comment below and inform me. I will be documenting my burger adventures on the blog as I experience them.
For those who have asked, my top 5, in no specific order (except for No 1, which is my all-time fave).
- Leondard House of Love
- Royale Brothers
- Mr Burger (Fed Square Truck)
- Grand Trailer Park Taverna
- 8 Bit