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February 2018

Feature Month – Sicily

Influenced by some of our favourite regions, each month we highlight a favourite dish, drink and wine plus what inspires us in music, fashion and art.

Drink

 

Sicilian Spritz
The Sicilian Spritz is a combination of three of Sicily’s most popular and renowned drinks Solerno, Averna and sparkling blood orange. Together with a touch of Amaretto and lemon, from a little up north of Italy, which is added to balance this refreshing and easy to drink libation, the perfect accompaniment to watch the sun go down.

Recipe
10mls Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
10mls Amaretto Di Saronno
10mls Amaro Averna
10mls Lemon

Method: Built over cubed ice and topped with Sparkling Blood Orange
Garnish: Orange half wheel and a cherry

Food

Caponata Siciliana

“There are as many ways to make caponata as there are cooks in Sicily,” Ruth Rogers, The River Cafe.
Caponata is a popular sweet and sour vegetable salad/relish, almost always consisting of eggplant. From there the dish can develop into whatever you fancy according to which vegetables are in season and you wish to include.
I like to burn some honey and add a good slosh of wine vinegar during the cooking to build up nice and balance and we finish with fennel fronds, parsley, basil and toasted pine nuts. It’s a delicious side or sandwich filling and goes great on a nice antipasti spread.

Wine

Sicilian wines like many regional wines of Italy are so at one with the regions food. Despite a warmer climate than many of Italy’s growing regions, the wines have a great natural acidity. The grape varietals and terroir are extremely diverse, resulting in a truly exciting region for wine.  From high altitude wines of Etna, to grapes grown on vineyards affected by the Mediterranean’s tides, it’s the eclectic mix of grapes and climate that always make for exciting, interesting and delicious drinking.

This month enjoy the Ciello Cattarato and the Feudo Montoni Nero D’Avola from Sicily.

Music

Walter Gibbons was an important part of the early 1970s New York City disco underground scene.  He was one of the dance figures whose influence and exposure far exceeded his actual name recognition, influencing garage and house music DJs like Frankie Knuckles and Larry Levan.

Gibbons’ Djing began in the early 70s in NYC at the Galaxy 21, Fantasia, Buttermilk Bottom and Second Story in Philadelphia, plus the Monastery in Seattle. He was one of the early pioneers of beat-mixing, and his reel-to-reel edits made a crucial contribution to the development of the twelve-inch single, revealing the imminent synergy that ran between the dance floor, the DJ booth and the recording studio.

Not only did he electrify fellow DJs and suburban dancers. He also electrified Ken Cayre, head of a newly formed label called Salsoul, which had created a minor tremor in the music world with the release of the Salsoul Orchestra’s debut album. Walter not only mixed the first 12 inch single ’10 Percent’ by Double Exposure – he completely transformed it from a three minute album track into 11 minutes of break after break. It was a revolution – a record designed specifically for the underground club scene in New York. But this is just an example of his huge discography and for years he continued to unearth as a DJ, extend as a remixer and compose songs that still stand the test of time… A time that continued without him but is continually indebted to him.

https://www.mixcloud.com/SoulCoolRecords/walter-gibbons-tom-moultondisco-boogie-vol-1/

 

Fashion

To celebrate the Chinese Luna New Year, Ten Pieces is launching their guerrilla store 4 in Bondi on the Friday 16th February. The collection will have a new colour palette and some re worked vintage pieces influenced by military style.

Picture – Limited edition DISCO + UNITY slides available at the guerrilla store – Shop L1-07, Pacific Bondi Beach, Corner Gould St & Beach Rd.

Late Night Pizza + Disco

POPPING UP AT SYDNEY CITY LIMITS

Sydney City Limits has roped in rambunctious “taste makers” Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham to hand pick Sydney’s most loved neighbourhood institutions and fine dining destinations, as curators for the inaugural Sydney City Limits on 24 February 2018. We are excited to be popping up at ‘JAKE & KENNY’S FOOD FIGHT’ serving Spicy ‘Buffalina’ Chicken Wings, Celery & Gorgonzola Sauce, Spit Roasted Porchetta Rolls, Crackling & Aioli and Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil & Crumbed Eggplant Salad.

Tickets sold here – https://www.sydneycitylimits.com/tickets/

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