After more than three months and therefore so many takeaways (not to mention an earthquake and an unexpected first switcheroo), we are less than a week from the end of confinement. From Monday October 11th, those of us who are completely vaxxed will be able to see our friends, go to the pub and visit our favorite restaurants again. It hardly seems real – and I know a lot of us feel cautiously aroused. It is as if we have to make ourselves comfortable in this new reality. This month’s Editor’s Picks are a bit of a double whammy: a mix of things we can’t wait to do once we’re released and again, plus things to do at home over the course of next week before the lockdown ends and beyond.
Be sure to check out our live list of places reopening after the lockdown to help you plan your first outing, as well as our guide to the best restaurants to jumpstart that dining list.
Still not sure what you can actually do when we hit that 70% goal? We have put together this handy guide to clarify a few points. Good luck there – and follow my adventures here.
I think sandwiches are the ultimate picnic food – there is no need for cutlery or plates (although a napkin is often handy) and many of them can be eaten in one go. one hand, leaving the other to drink or gesticulate wildly during conversations. Fortunately, Sydney’s hospitality scene has been on a bit of a sandwich streak lately.
Take Good Ways Deli at Redfern, which opened in May. Her sanga highlights include a kangaroo bologna number with sausage, provolone, and hot butter, and an egg breakfast sandwich with ripe cheddar cheese and chili and onion jam. They’re a mix of fancy and old-school (and Good Ways also makes ripper lamingtons, vanilla slices, and Vegemite-and-cheese rolls).
Kosta’s in Rockdale also makes sangas which bring a thoughtful twist to the classics. There’s a panini loaded with cold cuts, a salad sandwich on schiacciata bread (with beetroot, which should be mandatory on all salad sandwiches, don’t do me that), and a schnitty number at the chicken. If that isn’t enough to lure you to Rockdale, then it’s also making a crunchy potato scallop and watermelon juice topped with haloumi (trust us, this salty-sweet combo works).
If they’re outside your three-mile zone or you’re limiting the time you spend outside the house, we’ve also recently posted some great sanga recipes. There’s Neil Perry’s Meat Deli Sandwich and Mitch Orr’s Fried Cheese Sandwich.
The first rule of the Film Club is …
Don’t let the Film Club shut down. The beloved Darlinghurst DVD rental store is a must-see for movies you won’t find on streaming platforms. And there’s a good chance it will close in February if no buyers are found. Whether or not you can afford to buy it, it’s worth a visit for the deeply thoughtful films of owner Ben Kenny, and to enjoy that feeling of visiting a DVD store, just like back in the day.
New on the scene
Of course, we’ve been confined, but there’s always new stuff happening (it’s Sydney, after all). And there is a lot of ingenuity to be shown. A young gun pumps out fantastic pizzas from a portable pizza oven in his inner west backyard. Stay tuned his Instagram, where he announces each batch of 50 every week (but also sometimes not).
Meanwhile, newcomer Shashank Achuta, sous chef at new CBD restaurant Lana, has gone through confinement running the Sydney Tiffin Room, a home delivery service that aims to show Sydney residents how Indian cuisine can be really diverse. It does this region by region, with its menus ranging from Goa to Kerala and beyond, to give us a broader understanding of the food cultures of the subcontinent.
Likewise, a slew of new Japanese restaurants in Sydney are doing their part to show just how multidimensional this country’s cuisine is – from fried curry sandwiches, Japanese barbecue and fresh sushi. While we can’t wait to eat at their place, they all do take out while we wait.
Have the look
Most beauty fans know Charlotte Tilbury. The beauty and skincare line of the extraordinary English makeup artist has fans all over the world. And she just launched it in Australian stores in Mecca, just in time for the lockdown to end and makeup to resume (if you want). We’ve got the real truth about what to try and the brand’s dark horses. My choices ? The cult Pillow Talk lipstick and the moisturizing Magic Cream. And if you can’t stand the idea of ââmore skincare packaging going to landfill, there are refills available for a whole bunch of Tilbury’s products. Alleluia.
Take a dip
For those of us who don’t live near a beach or a natural harbor pool, the lockdown has been a bit of a natural drag without a waterway. A few weeks ago, Inner West Council got the green light to reopen the favorite Dawn Fraser Baths. I visited soon after, and while the water was freezing cold, the feeling of joy and relief among the small group doing the tours was palpable. And, last week, the public outdoor pools were reopened so that most of the city’s residents (with a few exceptions) could take a dip. Check out our compilation of the places you can and can’t swim here.
Back in the room
The theater is back. Musical blockbuster Hamilton and hit sleeper Come from afar both reopen this month to bring joy in musical form to our post-lockdown lives. And the Sydney Theater Company announced their return in November – tickets to their last two shows (Julius Caesar and Death of a seller) are now on sale.
Picnic like a pro
Still having doubts about going to a restaurant or sitting in a full theater? We understand – and recommend relaxing in this new life with a picnic or two. We’ve written about how to navigate picnic social policy, put together a bunch of picnic packs to try and find some of the best places in town where social distancing picnics are a game of fun. child.