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UPDATE: QT Hotel makes the Hot List 2013

Sydney’s QT Hotel has been awarded among the world’s best new hotels in the ‘Hot List of 2013’ as declared by the US and UK editions of the esteemed magazine, Condé Nast Traveller. We gave you a guided tour of the hotel here, where cutting edge interiors and quirky design married an Art Deco revamp of two of Sydney’s most beloved buildings.

The hotel’s bold interior design was spearheaded by renowned Australian designer, Nic Graham, and boasts an extensive contemporary and digital art collection. The design hub is home to spaQ, which includes a vintage barbershop, and the European-style brasserie, the Gowings Bar & Grill. There’s also the Parlour Lane Roasters café/aperitivo bar and the hip Gilt Lounge cocktail bar.

QT Hotel


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A taste of Sydney’s Artisan Popsicles

Pure Pops by William Meppem for Gourmet Traveller

Pure Pops by William Meppem for Gourmet Traveller

We’re having a heat wave! And we only have one thing on our minds – ice pops! That’s right. The extreme weather has our overheated sights concentrating on only the essentials today, with number one being ice blocks. And we’re not talking about your everyday icy pole; we’ve discovered an appreciation for artisan popsicles.

Liana Raine

What’s an artisan popsicle? It’s an intricately conceived cold delight that’s full of seasonal flavours and natural ingredients to cool your ice pop craving. Two such Sydney brands we’ve come across that embrace this sweet idea with mesmerising flavours include: Liana Raine, and Pure Pops.

Liana Raine was created by sister duo Aja and Bianca. They produce mouthwatering gourmet ice popsicles that use only the best seasonal fruit and produce available. Some of their enticing flavours you’ll fall in love with include: peaches and cream, pineapple chili, blueberry mint, lychee and orange with cardamom, and nectarine and rose yogurt, just to name a few.

Liana Raine

Liana Raine has currently parked their cute, blue and white vintage-inspired carts outside the Sydney Opera House for this month’s Summer at the House setting. We can highly recommend the rockmelon and lime flavour – tried and tested!

Liana Raine Sydney Opera House

Not to be outdone, Pure Pops has a range of flavours to excite your eager taste buds, too, including: lemon and elderflower, two-tone watermelon and pineapple, Pimms punch, rhubarb and vanilla yoghurt swirl, roast peach and honey, and more fun varieties. These handcrafted pops are at Sydney’s Big Day Out today and you can find them regularly at Bondi and Manly markets.

Pure Pops
We’ve had a taste of artisan popsicle magic and now we need more! We’d love to know of any more clever popsicle creations around the country. Send us a picture and let us know the details if you’ve come across gourmet popsicles in your hometown, we’d love to share the hotspots. In the meantime, keep cool friends.

Pure Pops cart

Liana Raine

Images via:
lianaraine.com | Facebook
eatpurepops.blogspot.com.au | Facebook


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UPDATE: The Old Library shortlisted for IDEA 2012

The Old Library has been shortlisted in the Hospitality category of the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2012. The Interior Design Excellence Awards is Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards program. Launched by (Inside) magazine in 2003, the program celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design across 11 categories and five special awards.

Designer Hecker Guthrie transformed what was originally a library in the 70s, into a modern Italian designer in Cronulla, Sydney. Award winners and commendations will be announced at the IDEA Gala Party, to be held on Friday 9 November at the Seymour Centre in Sydney. Check out more finalists here.

We spoke to owner, Mario Kalpou, about the restaurant’s award-nominated design and decor here and discovered more about Mario himself here.

The Old Library

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Aura Island Rangehood wins Australian International Design Award

The extraordinary Miele DA 7000 D ‘Aura’ island rangehood has won a prestigious 2012 Australian International Design Award™ (AIDA).

This year, more than 200 products were judged against a criteria focusing on innovation, form, function, quality, safety and sustainability. The Miele DA 7000 D was one of only 37 products, from 105 finalists, to receive a coveted AIDA Design Award™.

The rangehood is an outstanding showpiece and the ideal solution for apartments or kitchens where ducting is challenging. With its sleek, stylish elliptical design, the rangehood is suspended by four virtually invisible wires and features the ultimate in recirculation technology for the effective absorption of odour,” says Miele Category Manager Food and Beverage Preparation, Rudi Niemoeller.

Aura Island Rangehood

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UPDATE: The Old Library restaurant nominated for second design award!

The Old Library has been nominated for a Belle – Coco Republic Interior Design Award this year! Last month we shared the details about the restaurant’s interior with you here as well as an interview with Mario Kalpou here.  We’re now excited to announce the restaurant’s design is nominated along with Apollo at Potts Point and Scarlett at The Rocks in its category.

The awards tomorrow will celebrate the excellence in Australian interior design and decoration by individuals, partnerships and design practices at residential, commercial and corporate levels. These prestigious awards are committed to supporting the creativity and innovation of the Australian interior design industry.

The Old Library offers the finest flavours of Southern Italy in a designer setting that’s fresh and modern and remains true to the heritage of its 1908 building.

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April’s most popular posts

Oh my how the year has flown by — we’re nearly half way through! Here are last month’s three most popular posts on Ed & Ruby for those of you who missed them.

1. An update on Daniel Cloud Campos’ Kickstarted project. He asked the public to lend him a helping hand in creating a dream – to make a feature length film using music, song and dance.

2. Mario Kalpou shares the inspiration behind The Old Library’s award-nominated design. It’s an Italian diner in Cronulla, NSW that’s brimming with beachside chic.

3. We chat to Fabian Scaunich who is a Maestro Mosaicista (qualified mosaic artisan) — the only one in Australia! He shares his inspiration with us and takes us into the world of mosaic art.


Today’s the day Daniel Cloud Campos

The Old Library

Butterfly by Fabian Scaunich

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Fast Five with Mario Kalpou, The Old Library

Mario Kalpou, owner of The Old Library, Cronulla’s new Italian diner that’s receiving praise and recognition for its standout design, takes part in our Fast Five.

1.   Best meal you’ve had in Sydney?
The zucchini flowers and meat balls at sopra.

2.   Favourite drink with dinner?
Glass of pino nior.

3.   Favourite Sydney bar?
Zeta Bar, Hilton.

4.   Favourite Travel Destination
Greek islands, of course!

5.   I never leave home without …
My wallet — in-case I feel like eating out!

Congratulations to Mario and design practice, Hecker Guthrie, for Commendations in the Hospitality Design category at the 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards!

Missed our interview with Mario Kalpou about The Old Library? You can find it here. 

Mario Kalpou

The Old Library

The Old Library, Cronulla NSW

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