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25 Apr 14:15

Frequencies in Whisker Forms

by Lisa Wade, PhD

At Vox, Phil Edwards dug up and revived an article from the American Journal of Sociology published in 1976. It tracks facial hair trends — or what the author whimsically calls “frequencies in whisker forms” — from 1842 to 1972. He notes, in particular, the overwhelming dominance of the clean face at the time of publication.

This is your image of the week:


The original author uses the data to make an argument about the existence of fashion trends. He’s interested, too, in why fashions change and, in like any good sociologist, recommends further research. He does speculate, though, about one possible driver of change: old people. He writes:

…as long as any considerable number of people who have stuck to a superseded form of personal appearance are still living, the young may tend to avoid such a mode as old hat. These distasteful associations seem to be safely overcome only after the passage of a century or more.

His theory holds. If his data is correct, beards disappeared right around 1915. It’s been a hundred years and beards are back!

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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22 Apr 20:31

This is who you are when you’re catcalling

by Mychal Denzel Smith

The next time you find yourself in conversation with someone who simply can not wrap their mind around why street harassment is a problem, and your words are failing to convince them that yelling at women on the street is disrespectful and makes those women feel unsafe, show them this Buzz60 video and ask, “Ok, but do you really want to be this guy?” 

Where to begin? First, let’s note that this man starts out apparently believing the interview is about best practices for catcalling, and he shares some of his, which include clicking noises and whistling. The interviewer then asks, “How would you call a dog?” to which the man responds by whistling and adding, “Same way.”

This does not cause a moment of reflection. He sees absolutely no problem here. He laughs it off.

Then, he puts his techniques into action. He actually starts catcalling women while being filmed. And says, “Even when it’s far away, it’s even better, because they’re not that scared, you gotta have a little distance.”

He can recognize that women are scared, and instead of NOT DOING THE THING THAT’S SCARING THEM, he simply does it from farther away.

Next, he says, “I do a lot of ‘sweethearts’ — does that work?” He’s asking. He’s asking the interviewer if it works. On the most practical level, he has no idea if what he’s doing even works toward his stated goal, yet he persists.

Then the light bulb moment — he realizes that this is not an interview about how best to catcall women but rather about how much women dislike catcalling, to which he replies, “Get the fuck outta here, I don’t believe…” He’s just been told that women don’t like it and he’s in such a state of disbelief and anger that he couldn’t even finish his sentences.

“We’re just acknowledging that you did a good thing today, getting up out of bed,” he offers as his justification. Yes. Congratulations on getting out of bed. Here’s a whistle, sweetheart.

Then he yells at a woman walking past, who doesn’t respond, and he determines that she must have had headphones in and couldn’t hear him.

So again, if explaining why women should not be subjected to comments from strangers on the street about their appearance is proving difficult, just turn on this video and say: “This. This is who you are when you catcall. This guy. Do. Not. Be. This. Guy.”


Host: ‘No catcalling’ signs like this one are popping up all over New York City. They were put there by an apparel company. Let’s see what New Yorkers have to say about it. So what are your thoughts on catcalling?

Woman: It’s disgusting

Man: Yeah, it’s pretty shitty. You shouldn’t do that to somebody.

Host: And how did that make you feel?

Woman: Very uncomfortable.

Other woman: Horrible. Horrible. It makes me feel horrible.

Host: That was the original idea for the video, until I met this guy, who…man…doesn’t get it.

Catcaller: Sometimes, you know, you gotta call a girl. You know. [clicking sounds] [whistle]

Host: How would you call a dog?

Catcaller: Same way.

Host: So how do you think catcalling makes the person feel?

Catcaller: It feels good. Watch. See if we see a nice girl…I can’t even find a nice girl that I’m attracted to.

Host: Dating.

Catcaller: Yeah, dating. [clicks and waves at passing woman.]

Host: Oh my god.

Catcaller: Even when it’s far away, it’s even better, because they’re not that scared, you gotta have a little distance. I do a lot of ‘sweethearts’ — does that work?

Host: I don’t know, you tell me. I’ve never done that. Literally, not once has that even occurred to me to do.

Catcaller: Wait a sec…Are you reporting is that girls don’t like this?

Host: They don’t like catcalling. 

Catcaller: Get the fuck outta here, I don’t believe…come on. We’re just acknowledging that you did a good thing today, getting up out of bed. Oh, sweetheart! [clicks and whistles at passing woman] Yo! See, she don’t even know. She’s probably got headphones on.

Host: Another day ruined.

23 Apr 17:17

The holy trinity: Haggis, Whisky & Harry Potter

Fergus Noodle

I like the 3384 bottles of whisky photo

There are three things that I think of when I think of Scotland: haggis, whisky and Harry Potter (the latter more to do with the city of Edinburgh). And on one day, I explored and tasted all three learning about the interesting history of whisky, how haggis has modernised and how Harry Potter came to be! Come take a look at one of the most sumptuous locations I have ever dined at: Prestonfield House!
19 Apr 07:45

Mr Bing jianbing pancakes, Chippendale

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Fergus Noodle

there's a fried breadstick in your crepe

Who said Sydney doesn't do street food? The jianbing is a streetside snack you'll find all over Beijing and Taipei, a thin pancake or crepe cooked to order and eaten hot and fresh off the griddle. They come with all kinds of fillings, but a cracked egg is mandatory, the egg yolk and egg white swirled across the top so you get an omelette and pancake all-in-one. Mr Bing, a self-declared Asian
19 Apr 15:29

ACME, Rushcutters Bay [17]

by Susan Thye
Fergus Noodle

sweet potato ice cream sounds like something i could get into

ACME, Rushcutters Bay - Baloney sandwich ($8)
Fun fact: I’ve never eaten devon, let alone baloney. Growing up I was never given the weird Asian lunches, the mothership ran the school canteen and one of the perks was that I got free lunches of meat pies, sausage rolls and lasagnes but never sandwiches with weird coloured meats because my mum wanted my theoretical money’s worth.

So while I knew it was one of the dishes that ACME was famous for, I wasn’t too interested on eating the Baloney sandwich ($8) but our waitress could not stop talking about how awesome it was and so I caved. And thank god I did because I fricken loved everything about it! From the silky sheets of mortadella draped in the freakishly soft as a cloud potato bun to the smidgen of tangy house made tomato sauce.

And then head chef Mitch Orr aka Instakrill sent out a bonus sandwich which I’d seen on IG of the sandwich for staffies (Hey McParadise!) and it was even more amazing because now there was the added happiness of DEEP FRIED MORTADELLA AND FONTINA CHEESE! This baby would be pretty high up on my list of death row last meals, my god it was tasty stuff.

ACME, Rushcutters Bay - Burrata, fig, pistachio ($20)
I apologise for the super blurry photo of the Burrata, fig, pistachio ($20) because I was just so keen to devour this that I barely paid attention to anything else because WOO! IT’S BURRATA! The cheese that begs to be stabbed! Seriously though, stab it and watch the river of creamy mozzarella curds envelope everything in proximity with creamy cheesy goodness and then dig out a slice of jammy fig and be prepared to be in raptures.

ACME, Rushcutters Bay - Carpaccio parmigiana ($20)
The Carpaccio parmigiana ($20) is pretty ace with thin slices of Rangers Valley topside beef, curls of eggplant, a swirl of parmesan cream cheese sauce and a scattering of panko crumbs fried in anchovy oil. Grab a bit of everything and get punched in the mouth with a kaleidoscope of flavours that will have you reaching for another serving before you’ve even finished chewing.

ACME, Rushcutters Bay - Cold spaghetti, lobster broth, lettuce ($22)
The Cold spaghetti, lobster broth, lettuce ($22) arrives tsukemen style with the cold spaghetti served separate to the hot dipping soup. Give the broth a good stir because there’s a glorious knob of konbu butter hiding within and we all know butter makes everything awesome! Dunk in some strands of spaghetti and slurp it all up- it’s lip smacking delicious.

ACME, Rushcutters Bay - Maltagliati, washed kimchi, guanciale ($16)
We had no idea what to expect with the Maltagliati, washed kimchi, guanciale ($16) but ordered it because we were interested in having kimchi in a pasta. There’s a light dusting of dehydrated cavolo nero and while it could’ve done with a bit more kimchi, I was more interested in sneakily stealing all the guanciale aka gloriously crispy porky bits that just melts in the mouth :P

ACME, Rushcutters Bay - Macaroni, pigs head, egg yolk ($18)
I’d heard enough about ACME to know that I had to order the Macaroni, pigs head, egg yolk ($18) and it did not disappoint. We stabbed a little too gleefully at the egg yolk and mixed everything together so that each and every delicate macaroni tube was coated in luxuriously rich yolk. Nubbins of gelatinous pigs head kicked this dish into the stratosphere of richness and a bunch of chilli slices sets the tastebuds a-tingle.

ACME, Rushcutters Bay - Malteser ice cream, candied bacon ($10)
Then it’s dessert time and the Malteser ice cream, candied bacon ($10) is a must order, I mean cmon, CANDIED BACON!!! Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe this! The ice cream is creamy and studded with malteser bits and the whole shebang is covered in candied bacon crumbs. Holy crap I love bacon!

ACME, Rushcutters Bay - Coconut rice cream, white chocolate ($10).
We’d ordered the Blood plum sorbet, sichuan meringue ($10) but instead received Coconut rice cream, white chocolate ($10). We were running a bit late with vacating our table for the next seating so didn’t complain but since I’m not the biggest fan of coconut cream in desserts I tried a spoonful and swiftly returned to my bacon. Definitely one for the coconut lovers- it’s pretty intense!

ACME, Rushcutters Bay - Sweet potato ice cream, cinnamon donut($10)
The Sweet potato ice cream, cinnamon donut($10) were a hit with me, the ice cream was ridiculously light and still incredibly creamy with buried treasure of cubes of sweet potato. The donuts were perfect- golden and crisp on the outside and fluffy and soft on the inside, when I return I will not share this :P

So yeah, ACME blew my mind. I want to turn back time and re-eat everything! Service was top notch even when they got slammed later in the night and the music was awesome too I want their playlist! Oh and dear future self: they take bookings! Hooray!

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56 Bayswater Rd,
Rushcutters Bay

Trading Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday: 6pm – late

16 Apr 15:43

Sexy vlogger Aydian Dowling could become first trans guy on the cover of Men’s Health

by Maya Dusenbery
Aydian DowlingTrans fitness vlogger and activist Aydian Dowling is currently leading in a landslide in Men’s Health’s “Ultimate Guy Search.” If he wins the contest — to find a guy who is “fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example” — he’d become the magazine’s first trans cover model. 

Dowling, who runs a trans clothing company and a bodybuilding YouTube channel geared toward trans people, told the Daily Beast, “It would be so life affirming to just know that the man that I set out to be is somebody that people think is a good man. To break those stereotypes, but still be a man. Feel pride in masculinity, but not putting down femininity. That would be so important to me.”

Whether you’re casting a vote for Dowling because it’d be awesome to have a trans guy on the cover of a mainstream men’s magazine or simply because of those ridiculous iliac crests, you may do so here.

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15 Apr 17:14

Darband, Auburn for Persian Food

Fergus Noodle

I love how she's always hanging around Auburn

Darband in Auburn is a casual and simply outfitted Persian restaurant on Rawson Street in Auburn. The menu is filled with reasonably priced dishes from as low as $3 to the princely sum of $22 for a selection of juicy kebabs. The star here is undoubtedly the rice and there are two stand outs: a dill flecked rice with broad beans and a jewel-like celebration rice with saffron and barberries.
12 Apr 14:15

The Problem with Patriotism

by Lisa Wade, PhD

14By Tom Gauld.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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13 Apr 17:33

20 Dishes & 2 Hours Eating The Menu at Tim Ho Wan, Chatswood!

Tim Ho Wan, the famous Hong Kong dim sum restaurant has hit Sydney and if the queues are anything to go by, Sydney siders are already familiar with the Michelin starred chain and what it has to offer. Chatswood is the first branch in Australia to open and seats 100 people, all clamouring for a chance to try Chef Mak's signature barbecued pork bun or freshly made dim sum. But guess what? There's a way to avoid that queue and sink your teeth into a barbecued pork bun without waiting...
07 Apr 17:18

Tartine, Mascot for French Open Sandwiches & Lasagna Jaffles!

Fergus Noodle


Mascot's Tartine serves up French style open sandwiches out of a charming and eclectically designed cafe on Gardener's Road. Former fine dining chef Anthony Telford and his partner Amy Kirchoff have designed a welcoming space with nothing on the menu above $10. Tartine toppings include Chicken, mayonnaise, fennel pollen, fat rocket on sourdough; shredded beef, crispy onions, gruyere, chives or pulled pork, parsley, chives with each batch of coleslaw freshly made.
30 Mar 04:22

Business Portraits Sydney

by Elise
Fergus Noodle

If anyone wants to do some portraits that represent their personal brand I'm down

I really don’t like the term “head shots”, to me it conjures up visuals of stiff bodies, forced smiles and boring white backdrops. That is why our time together to capture some relaxed “Business Portraits” will leave you excited to be receiving gorgeous promotional images that reflect your personality and your business. When used across your website and social media they will help you stand out above the rest.

Natsai Mutema

Business Portraits Sydney BOOK NOW!



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03 Apr 13:47

Race, Criminal Background, and Employment

by Gwen Sharp, PhD

Flashback Friday.

Having a criminal record negatively affects the likelihood of being considered for a job. Devah Pager conducted a matched-pair experiment in which she had male testers apply for the same entry-level jobs advertised in Milwaukee newspapers. She gave the assistants fake credentials that make them equivalent in terms of education, job experience, and so on. Half were Black and half White.

One tester from each pair was instructed to indicate that they had a past non-violent drug possession offense. Pager then collected data on how many of the applicants were called back for an interview after submitting their fake applications.

The results indicate that getting a job with a criminal record is difficult. Having even a non-violent drug offense had a significant impact on rates of callbacks:


What was surprising was that race actually turned out to be more significant than a criminal background. Notice that employers were more likely to call Whites with a criminal record (17% were offered an interview) than Blacks without a criminal record (14%). And while having a criminal background hurt all applicants’ chances of getting an interview, African Americans with a non-violent offense faced particularly dismal employment prospects. Imagine if the fake criminal offense had been for a property or violent crime?

In addition, according to Pager, employers seemed to expect that Black applicants might have a criminal record:

When people think of Black men they think of a criminal. It affects the way Black men are treated in the labor market. In fact, Black testers in our study were likely to be asked up front if they have a criminal record, while whites were rarely asked…

African American men face a double barrier:  higher rates of incarceration and racial discrimination.

Originally posted in 2009.

Gwen Sharp is an associate professor of sociology at Nevada State College. You can follow her on Twitter at @gwensharpnv.

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03 Apr 17:22

Thai Pothong, Newtown

Fergus Noodle

NQN and I cannot be friends as Thai custard is the best!

Thai Pothong is somewhat of a rarity in Sydney's dining scene having being open for 20 years. Open in 1995 on busy King Street where there is no shortage of Thai restaurants, it serves classic Thai cuisine as well as having a gluten free and vegan menu. Popular dishes include betel leaf prawns, golden egg pastry tartlets, prawns choo chee, a range of cocktails and a large list of Thai sweets.
29 Mar 14:35

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015 [17]

by Susan Thye
Fergus Noodle

Packet scones from the CWA? Also sadly Webz and I missed the corgis, they were last Friday :(

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  ChocolateSuze cheese on a stick
I absolutely love the Royal Sydney Easter Show! It’s a nostalgia thing with childhood memories of fairy floss, the bright lights of the rides and the massive amounts of junk food consumed. The main reason that I go is that my most favourite food in the world can be found- deep fried cheese on a stick! Yes it’s bad for you but c’mon you’re at a carnival, how can you resist the call of fried foods on a stick?

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  Deep fried cheese on a stick
Mmm cheesy :D At $5 a pop they’re not cheap but then again, it’s pretty much a given that everything here is pricey. Oh and you might as well get a lemonade ($5) too because walking around seeing stuff is mighty thirsty work!

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  coke in a boot
Or you can get a soft drink in a ridiculous boot ($12).

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  Corn
The usual suspects are back, like the corn stall where you can get juicy corn on cob slathered in butter and doused in salt & pepper plus the guarantee that you will get corn kernels stuck in your teeth no matter how carefully you gnaw away.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  strawberries
I didn’t eat here but I always love staring at how pretty in pink their stall is!

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  Twisted Fries
The music at Twisted Fries drove me batshit bananas while standing in the line! It’s the same let’s twist again song over and over and over and wow if I had to work there or in the general vicinity I would seriously invest in ear plugs. But hey their fries are pretty amazing, golden and crispy and just begging to be drowned in your sauce of choice.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  wood chopping
I had deliberately planned on going to the Easter Show on Saturday which was the day that everyone had to vote and we had also arrived just on 9am which meant- NO FRICKEN QUEUES! Seriously it was the best day ever! We got seats everywhere, there were barely any crowds which meant no rage issues! Past years I’ve barely seen the wood chopping because it’s always been too packed!

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  pigs and piglets
Then we headed over to check out the cattle and were amused to see them being groomed with a vacuum cleaner, passed the alpacas and onto the pigs and their piglets.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  Farmyard Nursery (entry via Food Farm)
The Farmyard Nursery (entry via Food Farm) was awesome and freaking massive! It was a little unnerving how all these animals were just roaming around looking for pats and a feed- you can buy cups of pet food for $1. There were baby lambs, goats, ducks, chicks, puppies and bunnies!

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  ducklings
Nawww so fluffeh!

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  hatching
What species is this? You breed raptors?? Lol my bad that’s a Jurassic Park reference :P

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  Sydney Royal Horse Competition at the Spotless Stadium
Checked out the Sydney Royal Horse Competition at the Spotless Stadium.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  Dinosaur Ice World in the Davidson Plaza
The Dinosaur Ice World in the Davidson Plaza was pretty fun esp for Noods who’s a bit of a dinosaur lover hehe there was a bit of queue to get in but the line moves fast and there’s an area where the kids can have a go at chipping away at a ‘fossil’.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  Dinosaur Ice World in the Davidson Plaza
Life-sized Woolly Mammoth!

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  Sydney Royal Beer and Wine Garden
Break time! We were near the Sydney Royal Beer and Wine Garden and were going to do the beer tasting except we’d tried all the beers so settled for getting a glass or two from Matilda Bay.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  Turkey legs at Bodean’Z’ BBQ Grill
The smell of meats drew us over to Bodean’Z’ BBQ Grill…

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  giant turkey leg ($12)
Behold! A giant turkey leg ($12)! Reminded me of Six Flags in LA! They also had pork hocks and those things were massive!

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  oysters
Headed over to the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome and got a half dozen oysters which were plump juicy specimens.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  District Exhibits
After buying a whole lotta jerky and biltong we ogled the meticulously placed fruit and veg displays at the District Exhibits.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  District Exhibits
Seriously, these displays must takes ages to make!

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  Country Women’s Association Tearoom
And then onto the Country Women’s Association Tearoom where all the money raised by the volunteers at the CWA throughout the Show goes into rural and regional parts of Australia.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  CWA scones
The CWA scones ($5) are always so light and perfect! And then I find out later that they actually use packet mix and I felt my belief in the system shattering… Although to be fair to pump out that many scones to feed everyone is pretty insane. Edit: yes the volunteers use packet mix but apparently the CWA send their recipe to a supplier who pre-mixes the dry materials, which they bring in packets to the Show.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  Lion Cake decorating
Not sure if this is a recent thing but fyi all the cake, jam and biscuit displays have moved to the Arts and Crafts Pavilion. How amazing is the detail on this one!?

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  showbags
Then off to the Showbag Hall where there seem to be an endless amount of Frozen, Home and Adventure Time bags available. I scored the Pacman bag because it came with an awesome towel woohoo!

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  Mega slide
Over on the games and rides side I was so fricken amused and impressed that someone has finally put a freaking ESCALATOR for the giant slide! No more trudging up the stairs like plebs!

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015-  Clowns
Aaaand that’s it for another year! I will see you again my beloved cheese on a stick! The Sydney Royal Easter Show is held 26 March – 8 April 2015 at the Sydney Showground in Sydney Olympic Park. Get there early (gates open at 9am) to avoid the queues!

ChocolateSuze received complimentary entry tickets to the Sydney Royal Easter Show but paid for all food, rides and games.

30 Mar 14:35

Anita Sarkeesian and the Workings of Power

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Fergus Noodle

I saw her at All About Women and surprised at how small she was.

Sociologists are interested in the workings of power. How is inequality produced and sustained? What discursive and institutional forces uphold it? How are obvious injustices made invisible or legitimized? Why is it so hard to change hearts, minds, and societies?

How does all this work?

Earlier this month, a sliver of insight was posted. It’s a clip of a speech by Anita Sarkeesian in which she reveals what it’s like for one person to be the target of sustained, online harassment.

In 2009, Sarkeesian launched Feminist Frequency, a series of web logs in which she made feminist arguments about representation of women in pop culture. In 2012, she launched a kickstarter to fund an ambitious plan to analyze the representation of women in video games. This drew the attention of gamers who opposed her project on principle and thus began an onslaught of abuse: daily insults and threats of rape and murder, photoshop harassment, bomb threats, and a video game in which her face can be beaten bloody, just to mention a few examples. Last fall she canceled a speech at Utah State University because someone threatened to commit “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if she went on. It’s been brutal and it’s never stopped.

So, is this power at work? Has she been silenced? And has her larger project – awareness of sexism and misogyny in video games – been harmed?

I’m not sure.

As an individual, Sarkeesian has continued to speak out about the issue, but how she does so and with what frequency has been aggressively curtailed by the harassment. In the four-and-a-half minute clip, with the theme “What I Couldn’t Say,” she talks about how the harassment has changed how she engages with the public. I offer some tidbits below, but here’s the full clip:

She explains:

I rarely feel comfortable speaking spontaneously in public spaces, I’m intentional and careful about the  media interviews I do, I decline  most invitations to be on podcasts or web shows, I carefully consider the wording of every tweet to make sure it is clear and can’t be misconstrued. Over the last several years, I’ve become hypervigilant. My life, my words, and my actions are placed under a magnifying glass. Every day I see my words scrutinized, twisted, and distorted by thousands of men hell bent on destroying and silencing me.

How she gets her message across has been affected as well:

[I cant’ say] anything funny… I almost never make jokes anymore on YouTube… I don’t do it because viewers often interpret humor and sarcasm as ignorance… You would not believe how often jokes are taken as proof that I don’t know what I’m talking about… even when those jokes rely on a deep knowledge of the source material.

And she feels that, above all, she’s not allowed to talk about the harm that her harassers are doing:

I don’t’ get to publicly express sadness, or rage, or exhaustion, or anxiety, or depression… I don’t get to express feelings of fear or how tiring it is to be constantly vigilant of my physical and digital surroundings… In our society, women are not allowed to express feelings without being characterized as hysterical, erratic bitchy, highly emotional, or overly sensitive. Our experiences of insecurity, doubt, anger, or sadness are all policed and often used against us.

A youtube search for the video reveals a slew of anti-Sarkeesian responses were published within days.


Sarkeesian’s revelations put an inspiring human face on the sacrifice individuals make to fight-the-good-fight, but also reveal that, in some ways, her harassers are winning.

That said, their grotesque display of misogyny has raised Sarkeesian’s profile and drawn attention to and legitimized her project and her message. That original kickstarter? The original call was for $6,000. Her supporters donated almost $159,000. The feminist backlash to the misogynist backlash was swift and monied.

Ever since, the abuse she’s suffered as an individual has made the issue of both sexism in video games and online harassment more visible. Her pain may have been good for the visibility of the movement. I wonder, though, what message it sends to other women and men who want to pursue similar social justice initiatives. It is a cautionary tale that may dampen others’ willingness to fight.

The battle is real. The gamers who oppose Sarkeesian and what she stands for have succeeded in quieting, if not silencing her and have probably discouraged others from entering the fray. But Sarkeesian’s cause and the problem of gamer misogyny is more visible than ever. The fight goes on.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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24 Mar 17:29

Lions, Tigers and Bears at Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Canberra!

The newest attraction at Canberra's National Zoo is Jamala Wildlife Lodge, a unique and exhilarating accommodation experience where overnight guests get to stay in luxurious jungle bungalows with a difference. For just on the other side of the (thick) glass may be a tiger, lions, cheetahs or brown bears. It is a sought after experience for birthday groups and families with a waiting list of several weeks
28 Mar 13:03

Indo Rasa, Kingsford

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Fergus Noodle

Avocado juice with chocolate syrup

If you’ve always been unsure about what to order at an Indonesian restaurant, Indo Rasa is the perfect place to start figuring it out. The pictorial menu – that’s 61 shots spread over 11 pages – makes order-by-pointing a much more accurate exercise. In the uni student/cheap eats haven that is Kingsford, Indo Rasa is one of the fancier-looking restaurants on the strip. And by that we mean
28 Mar 14:33

A Quarter of College Students Think that Love Brainwashes Women

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Fergus Noodle

I don't even understand the question?!? I guess I'm brainwashed

According to a survey of 1,387 students in Sociology 101 classes at a large west coast university,  25.8% of college students “somewhat” or “strongly agree” that romantic love brainwashes women. Another 20% could be convinced.  Interestingly, the numbers were similar for men and women, though women were a bit more likely to agree.


Data from “Hey God, is that You in my underpants?” by Roger Friedland and Paolo Gardinali, published in Intimacies: A New World of Relational Life.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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27 Mar 14:10

Instagram bans photo for showing menstruation

by Alexandra Brodsky

What violates Instagram’s community guidelines? Periods, apparently. Instagram has an ugly history of policing bodies. Over the last year the social media site has come under fire for banning images of women’s pubic hair — even though, according to Mic, Instagram has tolerated men’s pubic hair.

This week, Instagram told visual and spoken word artist Rupi Kaur that her self-portrait violated the app’s community guidelines. Her crime? The photo, which you can see below, shows Kaur with a small period leak.

rupi kaur


The photo is gorgeous — but apparently periods, like women’s pubic hair, offends Instagram’s misogynist sense of propriety. In taking down Kaur’s photos, Instagram promotes a long tradition of shaming people who menstruate, most but not all of whom are women, as though their bodies are naturally dirty. Kaur wrote on her Tumblr:

thank you @instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique. you deleted a photo of a woman who is fully covered and menstruating stating that it goes against community guidelines when your guidelines outline that it is nothing but acceptable. the girl is fully clothed. the photo is mine. it is not attacking a certain group. nor is it spam. and because it does not break those guidelines i will repost it again. i will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak. when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified…

After Kaur spoke out, Instagram restored her photo, but its claim of an “accidental removal” rings hollow. Instagram doesn’t need to correct one mistake; it needs to shift how it understands bodies.

You can find more of Kaur’s photos from this series at


26 Mar 17:56

Photos of the Day: Swedish dads on parental leave with their kids

by Maya Dusenbery
Samad Kohigoltapeh, 32, construction engineer, with his twins.

Samad Kohigoltapeh, 32, construction engineer, with his twins. (Photo credit: Johan Bavman / Moment / INSTITUTE)

There is a mythical place where new parents get 480 days of paid leave for every child they have. And though it might feel like it to those of us here in the US, counting ourselves lucky if we get a single paid day off at all, this place is not, in fact, a fantastical utopia in a parallel universe. It is simply a country called Sweden that decided to enact a policy to make it so.

Under Sweden’s policy, 60 of these 480 days must be used by dads (in straight couples) or else they’re lost, and some lawmakers are pushing to make the split even more equal. Perhaps even more than the generous maternity leave, this incentive for dads to take time with their kids seems to be a boon to women and the goal of gender equality (and to the economy too.) Women’s incomes and levels of self-reported happiness have increased, divorce rates are down, and, as the New York Times reported a few years ago, “a new definition of masculinity is emerging.”

Still, though most Swedish fathers take some of their leave, a minority use all their 60 days, and only 12 percent share the total leave time 50-50 with their partner. While home with his own son, Swedish photographer Johan Bävman was surprised to realize that “we are actually not so equal as we think we are in Sweden, despite how Swedes often pat themselves on the shoulder and are so proud of their gender equal system and so on.” He created the photo series Swedish Dads to highlight men who decided to stay home longer than the average, “to hear why they wanted to be home with their children and what they hoped to learn from it.”

Check it out — if you can deal with the envy better than I can.

(h/t Buzzfeed)

Header image: Jonas Feldt, 31, job centre administrator, with his kids (Johan Bavman / Moment / INSTITUTE)

24 Mar 15:45

Report finds 80 percent of anti-Muslim attacks in France are against women

by Mahroh Jahangiri

A few days ago, Germany’s highest court finally struck down a state law that had banned women from wearing headscarves in classrooms. But the decision, a victory after more than a decade of legal and public debate, is sadly an isolated sign of optimism within an increasingly bleak picture of Western countries marginalizing Muslim women for the way they dress. 

Earlier this month, France’s women’s minister expressed support for a university-wide headscarf ban, arguing: “I’m not sure the headscarf is part of higher education.” (The fact that she is the country’s secretary for women’s rights is particularly awkward.) Her comments came as former president Nicolas Sarkozy proposed banning female students from wearing headscarves at all French universities. In Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper pushed to criminalize the face-covering this month, asking the House: “Why would Canadians, contrary to our own values, embrace a practice…[that] frankly, is rooted in a culture that is anti-women?” A poll released over the weekend suggests that 70 percent of Canadians support his sentiments.

Germany’s ruling striking down such bans proves what many of us already know: that criminalizing the way women dress is unconstitutional and violates the rights of women to freedom of expression and religion. But recent studies highlight even more violent effects of this marginalization. A report published last month by Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights, reveals that 80 percent of the “rising” anti-Muslim acts which occur in France are carried out against women. Eighty percent.

If that’s not enough to make you sick, Newsweek notes:

[T]he term ‘acts’ covers a huge range of hostile actions…which include: Spitting, general abuse, pulling and tearing at the niqab and the hijab, plus dog feces being thrown at women, as well as bottles from passing cars and people shouting things like ‘Muslim whore’ ‘Muslim bitch’ or ‘Muzzie’.

While Islamophobic attacks in France have increased dramatically since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, violence against Muslim women is not new nor particular to France. Data shared by The Guardian last year also suggested that Muslim women in the UK face more hate crimes than their male counterparts: four out of five victims attacked in the street were women wearing an Islamic covering. Both reports demonstrate that Muslim women are targeted for their visibility. As Fiyaz Mughal of the think tank Faith Matters explains to Newsweek, “Visible women are the ones that are targeted at a street level. This means that women who wear the hijab are the ones that are sometimes targeted for abuse and those who wear the niqab suffer more anti-Muslim hate incidents and more aggressive assaults.” Both reports also show that perpetrators are overwhelmingly young, white men.

I would be curious to see if anyone has compiled data on the gender imbalance of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the United States, but I’m guessing that trends here would be no different. In a piece here last month, I pointed to the Chapel Hill shootings as an example of gender-based violence against Muslim women (and criticized white feminists for ignoring such violence when perpetrated by white men). Newsweek quotes Texas A&M Professor Sahar Aziz similarly condemning the deafening silence about these increased attacks from French feminists who had celebrated the 2011 ban on full face veils.

While a ban on Muslim head coverings is nowhere near the same thing as anti-Muslim attacks, both are rooted in a similar hostility. Clearly, we need to have a meaningful discussion around Islamophobia and gender-based violence. Perhaps a place to start might be recognizing the role played by the policing of Muslim women’s wardrobes.

Header Image: Vox

21 Mar 14:23

Chart of the Week: The Breadth of European Colonization

by Lisa Wade, PhD

This is a map of the countries Europe colonized, controlled, or influenced between 1500 and 1960. The purple is Europe. The orange countries are ones never under European rule. Almost the entire rest of the map — all the green, blue, and yellow — were dominated by Europe to some extent. “Influenced” is pretty much a euphemism and often not all that different than outright domination.


Max Fisher, writing at Vox, summarizes:

There are only four countries that escaped European colonialism completely. Japan and Korea successfully staved off European domination, in part due to their strength and diplomacy, their isolationist policies, and perhaps their distance. Thailand was spared when the British and French Empires decided to let it remained independent as a buffer between British-controlled Burma and French Indochina…

Then there is Liberia, which European powers spared because the United States backed the Liberian state, which was established in the early 1800s by freed American slaves who had decided to move to Africa.

More details and discussion at here.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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19 Mar 17:27

Eating Edinburgh, Scotland

Fergus Noodle

I really really wanna go back to Scotland

When I first put up images of my trip to Scotland on [Instagram](, people would comment "I love Scotland!" which is something that had never happened before with other countries. And by the end of our trip, had you asked me what I thought of this gorgeous country, I would end up saying the exact same thing. Come along with me on my trip to Scotland to celebrate 2015, the year of food and drink, starting with the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh.
19 Mar 19:29

Revenge of the Sealion: GamerGate’s crusade against blocking

by Katherine Cross

The right to speak freely is a right often confounded with other, more nebulous, unenumerated rights. Many, particularly online, conflate the right to speak with the right to be heard and the right to a platform. 

But it gets more vicious than even that particular level of entitlement. Imagine, if you will, someone pinning you against a wall and screaming in your face, pushing their weight against you to prevent you from leaving. Only when they’re satisfied will your violent interlocutor release you, at a time and manner of their choosing. Is this what free speech looks like? To some petulant internet users the answer appears to be yes.


Over the last several months the reactionary, anti-feminist GamerGate movement has been pared down to its most extreme elements, still capable of organising harassment against the movement’s pet targets in spite of their vastly reduced numbers. GamerGate is now reduced to an almost pitiable recycling of their “greatest hits,” periodically resurrecting old targets and memes when they need inspiration to carry on for yet another tedious day.

The latest track on GamerGate’s golden oldies collection is the Good Game Autoblocker, or ggautoblocker, a tool developed by programmer Randi Harper that automatically blocks the vast majority of GamerGate’s Twitter activists. The tool was loathed by GamerGate from the moment it was publicly released and their rage found a new crescendo when the International Game Developers Association included it in a list of resources to combat online harassment (it is also worth mentioning that IGDA executive director Kate Edwards has been a frequent target of GamerGate as it leaves no prominent woman in the industry untrolled).

Bear in mind that what the ggautoblocker does, in practise, is prevent GamerGate tweets from showing up in ones mentions; it simply makes it harder for GamerGaters to use Twitter to contact you as an individual but otherwise inflicts no harm on anyone. It’s victimless.

But there is renewed rage about the autoblocker because, inspired by game developer Mark Kern, a newfound supporter of the movement, GamerGate wants to try to actually ban the tool and sue Randi Harper for “defamation.” In what universe does this make sense? Apparently some GamerGaters feel slighted by the supposed implication that every person blocked by the script is a misogynist harasser.

A particularly amusing thread on the GamerGate Reddit hub, Kotaku In Action, shows one user proposing to use nothing less than the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 to take down ggautoblocker. The rest of their post is dedicated to using what amounts to spammers’ tactics to circumvent peoples’ Twitter blocks.

An example of attempted block evasion. Also, no, that doesn’t actually work.

It should almost go without saying that during this pathetic farrago the banner of free speech has been waved until its edges frayed.

What offends GamerGaters about the autoblocker, aside from the fact that a woman found a technical solution to a social problem, is that it denies them the ability to impose themselves on targets. The idea that the women, people of colour, and queer folk who’ve comprised the majority of GG’s targets might be able to curate their online spaces and have certain discussions only with those of their choosing is repugnant to many GamerGaters. In the absence of genuine legal recourse, the worst thing you can do to a bully, harasser, or troll is ignore them after all.

Further, individual GGers are offended at the suggestion that they should be “lumped together” with the toxic elements of their movement. They’re polite and just want to debate, after all; they are the Socratic interlocutors, while nebulous others are the real harassers. How dare Randi Harper and her autoblocker conflate the two! But the reality, for those of us who have been living with this for the last several months is as follows.

  1. GamerGate has offered nothing new under the sun ideologically. The “argument,” devoid of meaningful content as it is, was had in September and October of 2014. GamerGate was heard and most people decided they were not buying what GG was selling. The implication that some great ideological reckoning is yet to occur is absolute nonsense.
  2. Journalistic ethics, the ethics of crowdfunding, political content in game reviews, the nature of the gaming community, and so on are discussions that are ongoing and happening quite productively in a number of spaces. Blocking GamerGate is not about silencing contributions to that discourse as much as it is about blocking toxicity.

    Sealion Comic

    Comic by David Malki of, the work of art that gave us a perfect new phrase.

  3. “Polite” GGers, defined as those who do not explicitly swear or use slurs, nevertheless harry the people they target because they do not take no for an answer and come in packs. The phenomenon of “sealioning”– barraging a target with politely worded but interrogating questions asked in bad faith– gained a name under GamerGate because of how common the tactic was.
  4. The proof is in the pudding. Everyone who has activated ggautoblocker, myself included, has seen a marked improvement in the nature of our Twitter mentions. It has made gaming Twitter a somewhat safer, more manageable space for the women and minorities GG has made it their business to attack.

For months I resisted using the ggautoblocker because I was leery of handing over judgement and control over who I blocked to a pre-existing list so long that I could not conceivably check every single account. I wanted to do exactly as GamerGate wished– judge each person I interacted with as an individual and block or not block as needed. Never mind the fact that I was attacked many times over by individual GGers who felt my block was unfair, thus driving more aggression my way from their friends. Hilariously, many GamerGaters assumed I was using ggautoblocker when I really had only just blocked a handful of people manually.

I finally relented after GamerGate dug up my deadname and began using it against me on Twitter.


The blanked out name at the bottom is my old name. Originally posted on a thread about me on 8chan, GamerGaters took to using it on Twitter.

Enough was enough, and surely it was my right to decide that.

Also, who wants to see this in their mentions all day?

This is Ralph, leading muckracker of the GamerGate movement whose website Ralph Retort has begun to specialise in outing trans women. Other great hits of his include posting disturbingly detailed pictures of Brianna Wu’s home on his site. The Randi referred to here is Randi Harper.


This gentleman is a writer from the staunchly pro-GG gaming site Tech Raptor.

To GamerGate, doxing a trans woman and weaponsing their birth names is “free speech.” This also serves as a useful example of the “polite” disingenuous apologism I mentioned earlier.

GamerGate explains their dogpiling and aggression by arguing that their targets, myself included, are “public figures” who should expect feedback. While this repeats GamerGate’s favourite rhetorical slippage of conflating harassment with something noble, even on its face it’s more than a little strange because it’s precisely through being attacked by GamerGate that their targets became public figures in the first place.

Their own obsessive scrutiny becomes moral justification for more of the same.

Could anyone be blamed for using an admittedly blunt instrument to try and break that terrible cycle? Do we not have the right to choose who we talk to? Portraying this jury-rigged, last ditch attempt at victimless self defence as some grand assault on freedom of expression feels perverse considering that the GamerGate movement has, itself, striven to silence and drive out critical voices again and again. Often violently.

More than a few women online have pointed out that GamerGate’s mentality on this issue is similar to men who street harass, who catcall a woman and are then incensed when she ignores him, sometimes going as far as following the woman, touching her, or attacking her long after she made clear she wasn’t interested. GamerGate seems to be perfecting the digital version of this terrifying harassment. Indeed, it often seems they wish to pin us down and shout at us until they’re satisfied.

But this has been going on for nearly seven months. Who knows when that’ll be?

17 Mar 22:08

Pandan Pancakes

by Lisa Manche
pandan pancakes

I'll always be thankful to Steph and Karen for introducing me to Malaysian food. I don't have the fond childhood memories of homemade Malaysian food growing up that they do, but I crave it in the same way I do my Mum's bolognese sauce. It's comfort food - everything from drinks to curries, to noodles and sweets. And after all these years, it's still our favourite way to catch up - over mugs of teh tarik and plates of hokkien mer or char kway teow.

pandan pancakes

While I made these pancakes a couple of weeks ago, life got in the way of me actually sitting down to write about them. But I think things happen for a reason, and maybe it's a weird coincidence that a few days ago I saw some uber cheap flights and within a few minutes had booked a much-needed holiday to Malaysia. It's not until later in the year, but it's so nice to have a holiday to look forward! I can't wait to get back to Penang and eat all my favourite things again!!

I've cooked with pandan a couple of times before and always loved the crazy vibrant green colour. The Tres Leches cake is still one of my favourite cakes ever. Pandan has a delicate floral taste that goes really well with coconut, and works in all manner or baked goods, ice creams and other desserts. If you haven't tried it, I'd really urge you to track it down at your local Asian supermarket and give it a go!

pandan pancakes

These pandan pancakes have been in the back of my mind for years now. Pandan waffles are a favourite every time I go to Cabramatta, and I thought the flavour would also work really well in a pancake. Instead of maple syrup, I doused them in gula melaka, a palm sugar syrup and piled berries and coconut chips high on top.

The recipe is super easy - just a small adaptation of my favourite pancakes that I make all the time. But here's a quick tip - to maintain that green colour, cook them more slowly and without butter in the pan so they don't start to turn brown as they cook. Try it with the kids, they will love the novelty of neon green pancakes!

pandan pancakes

Pandan Pancakes
Makes 10

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons pandan extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • Berries, coconut chips and gula melaka syrup (optional) to serve

Sift flour, baking powder and sugar together in a medium size bowl. In another smaller bowl, whisk together the egg with the buttermilk, milk, pandan and vanilla extract, then whisk the milk mixture into the dry ingredients until smooth.

Heat a small non-stick frypan over medium-low heat. Add about ½ - ¾ cup of the pancake mixture. Make sure your pan does not get too hot, you want to maintain the green colour and not let the pancakes turn brown. This means cooking them a little more slowly than normal. When small bubbles begin to form over the pancake, carefully flip it over and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.

Repeat with the rest of the pancake mixture. Serve with palm sugar syrup, berries and coconut chips

pandan pancakes

16 Mar 14:00

Children, Chores, and the Gender Pay Gap at Home

by Lisa Wade, PhD

Girls do more chores than boys and are less likely to get an allowance in exchange for their work. When they do, they are paid less.

Research projects on children’s time use find that boys do 43 to 46 minutes of housework for every hour that girls do. When asked to list the chores they do, girls list 42 percent more chores than boys. Girls are as likely as boys to participate in outside chores and more likely to clean their own rooms, help prepare meals, and care for sibling and pets; the only thing boys report doing more often than girls is basic housecleaning.


Another study by the children’s magazine Highlights confirmed the finding: 73 percent of their girl readers reported being assigned routine chores, compared to 65 percent of their boy readers. Girls spend more time on chores than they do playing; the opposite is true for boys.

Not only are girls more likely to be asked to help out around the house, they are less likely to get paid. The Michigan study found that boys are 15 percent more likely than girls to get an allowance for the chores they do. And when they do get paid, they get a lower wage than their brothers. Male babysitters get paid $0.50 more an hour than females. Girls do 35 percent more work than boys, but bring home only $0.73 cents on boys’ dollar.

The gender pay gap starts early.

Cross-posted at Pacific Standard.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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15 Mar 14:00

Just for Fun: Flipping the Script on the Asian Girl Fetish

by Lisa Wade, PhD

Well done, Joy Regullano, well done:

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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12 Mar 14:38

Unkind Architecture: Designing Against the Homeless

by Lisa Wade, PhD

I encourage everyone to go read this very smart and very sad essay from Alex Andreuo at The Guardian. It’s a condemnation of defensive architecture, a euphemism for strategies that make the urban landscape inhospitable to the homeless.

They include benches with dividers that make it impossible to lie down, spikes and protrusions on window ledges and in front of store windows, forests of pointed cement structures under bridges and freeways, emissions of high pitched sounds, and sprinklers that intermittently go off on sidewalks to prevent camping overnight. There is also perpetually sticky anti-climb paint and corner urination guards, plus “viewing gardens” that take up space that might be attractive to homeless people:

Here are some examples from a collection at Dismal Garden:41b 1c 2311

Here’s a picture of anti-encampment spikes featured at The Guardian:


Andreuo writes of the psychological effect of these structures. They tell homeless people quite clearly that they are not wanted and that others not only don’t care, but are actively antagonistic to their comfort and well being. He says:

Defensive architecture is revealing on a number of levels, because it is not the product of accident or thoughtlessness, but a thought process. It is a sort of unkindness that is considered, designed, approved, funded and made real with the explicit motive to exclude and harass. It reveals how corporate hygiene has overridden human considerations…

If the corporations have turned to aggressive tactics, governments seem to simply be in denial. They offer few resources to homeless people and the ones they do offer are insufficient to serve everyone. Andreuo continues:

We curse the destitute for urinating in public spaces with no thought about how far the nearest free public toilet might be. We blame them for their poor hygiene without questioning the lack of public facilities for washing… Free shelters, unless one belongs to a particularly vulnerable group, are actually extremely rare.

He then connects the dots. “Fundamental misunderstanding of destitution,” he argues, “is designed to exonerate the rest from responsibility and insulate them from perceiving risk.” If homeless people are just failing to do right by themselves or take the help available to them, then only they are to blame for their situation. And, if only they are to blame, we don’t have to worry that, given just the right turn of events, it could happen to us.

Cross-posted at Pacific Standard.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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11 Mar 17:29

La Mama del Gelato Anita, Chippendale

Fergus Noodle


Originally hailing from Israel, La Mama del Gelato Anita or "Anita Gelato" specialises in over-the-top, rich combinations of flavours in their gelato. All gelato is made on the premises and the number one best seller is the Cookieman, a crunchy, chocolatey mix of chocolate, hazelnuts, meringue and biscuit that has to be tried to be believed. The unlimited frozen yogurt bar features 54 different hand made toppings.
11 Mar 21:00

Thursday Tipples 07 / Passionfruit and Kaffir Lime Lemonade

by Lisa Manche
passionfruit kaffir lime lemonade

Happy Thursday, friends! I've been to the beach more times in the last 2 weeks than I have during the whole summer. I was very serious when I said I aimed to get in a few more beach trips before the autumn weather sets in for good. I'm very lucky to have some beautiful beaches just a few minutes walk from home, and a freelancer's schedule that sometimes allows a spontaneous afternoon beach adventure!

Work has been busy lately - which is super awesome - but I find that my creativity suffers on those days that I don't get out of the office for some fresh air. No two days are ever the same, but when I can get a walk or a beach trip into my day, I definitely feel so much better for it.

passionfruit kaffir lime lemonade

After walking back up the hill after a swim, I get home feeling super hungry and thirsty. This Thursday Tipple is inspired by the end of summer and some of my favourite ingredients at the moment. My housemate and I always have lemons in the house, always. We recently bought a kaffir lime tree...and called him Lenny. Tell me I'm not the only one who names their plants?! I found some absolutely beautiful passionfruits at the Bondi farmers markets on Saturday morning. And of course, who doesn't love vodka and rum ;) I just knew all of these great flavours would work really well together in a drink.

passionfruit kaffir lime lemonade

I made a simple syrup infused with our home grown kaffir lime leaves, and added it to a boozy lemonade spiked with vodka and spiced rum. It's a really pretty drink and I love the look of the passionfruit seeds, mint and kaffir lime leaves. It's got a kick, but it's refreshing and super easy to make for a crowd in a pitcher or punch bowl. You can play around with the ratios of the different ingredients, adding a little more of the kaffir lime syrup for sweetness, because with the lemon and passionfruit, it can be a little tart. Experiment and find the combination that makes you happy!

passionfruit kaffir lime lemonade

Passionfruit and Kaffir Lime Lemonade
Serves 2-3

Kaffir Lime Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 kaffir lime leaves, bruised and crushed
  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • 4 passionfruits
  • 2 shots vodka
  • 2 shots spiced rum
  • Soda water or lemonade (like 7up)
  • Ice, mint leaves and kaffir lime leaves, to serve

To make the simple syrup, place caster sugar, water and kaffir lime leaves into a saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Lower the heat and boil until slightly thickened and syrupy. Cool to room temperature, which allows the leaves to infuse into the syrup. You can make this in advance.

Pour lemon juice, passionfruit pulp, vodka, rum and sugar syrup to taste into pitcher and give a little stir with a long spoon. Add ice, soda or lemonade, mint and kaffir lime leaves. Taste for sweetness and add more syrup if desired. Serve immediately.