New Venue At Sydney Opera House Opens

The iconic Sydney Opera House recently opened a new venue, the first to open ever since 2004. The venue, dubbed the Yallamundi Rooms, is a venue for event hire in Sydney, capable of holding 400 people standing, or 180 people seated.

The new venue is part of a $273 million renewal programme, a joint effort by ARM Architecture, Grimshaw Architects, Scott Carver Architects and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG). This joint effort also includes the redevelopment of the Sydney Opera House’s main concert hall, with work on that particular phase to begin by February 2020.

The Yallamundi Rooms was handled by TZG, which is also responsible for the design of a new creative learning centre inside an extant office space in the House, as well as upgrading the box office and entry foyers, then completing the pedestrianisation of some underused space beneath the Monumental Steps. TZG has already worked on the Opera House’s spaces in the past, having handled the interior design of the Bennelong restaurant back in 2015.

The TZG issued a design statement on the projects, saying that every work was designated as elements with their own positions inside the Opera House, what they consider its own architectural continuum, wherein they’re imbedded in the history of the iconic structure, but still be able to reach out to the future of both the Opera House, and the city.

The refurbishment of the space for event hire in Sydney retained much of what was already there, like the fabric, the off-form concrete, as well as the space’s granite terrazzo floor finish. The space’s “wobblies”, the white birch moulded timber panels in the area, have been moved around in order to create a complete ceiling that hides the services done.

The Sydney Opera House management offered some insight into the project, starting with the choice of name;Yallamundi, which is the local Indigenous word for “storyteller”. According to Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron, this was chosen due to the fact that the Opera House was built on Bennelong Point, known as Tubowgule to the Gadigal, the original inhabitants of the land. For millennia, Herron says, the space has been one for people to gather, feast, dance, sing, and share stories with each other. The Yallamundi Rooms, they say, were built with the intention of continuing this legacy.


Guide For Starting Paleo

Starting a Paleo diet is much like starting with a new Paleo skin care, you don’t know where or how to begin. It is pretty normal to make a few mistakes at the beginning like consuming lentils alone, a common misconception with Paleo, and avoiding butter and coffee which is actually not a necessity. While these are small mistakes, there are those that commit serious misconceptions with the Paleo diet that the experience turned out to be miserable for them thus they ended up dropping it. The following tips below help beginners avoid those mistakes.

  • Forget about the food pyramid when starting with Paleo. Many of those starting out believe that Paleo is similar to the dietary guidelines which require only low fat. We have been programmed to hate fatty food and those that are rich in cholesterol therefore we also follow this line of thinking when starting Paleo. In fact, the diet is all about embracing saturated fat from whole foods such as liver, coconut oil, avocados and egg yolks.
  • Do not rely on assumptions but rather look up specific nutrient to accurately track what you are consuming. This is important if you want to make sure you don’t go beyond the required number. If you plan to stick with low-carb Paleo, your carb consumption must be between 50 and 150 while medium-carb is between 150 and 300. If you don’t look up the number of carbs, you will end up guessing and might go beyond the required.
  • Prior to beginning the Paleo diet, conduct a shadow week. For the whole week, you can eat as usual but make sure to write everything that you consume. After that, check the list and determine the foods that are allowed within the Paleo diet and find alternatives for those that are not allowed. This way, you can estimate the amount of grocery shopping you need to do and begin with your meal plan.
  • Just like choosing a new Paleo skin care routine, you should be flexible when committing to the Paleo diet. This is a common pitfall for many who got so obsessed with getting it right that at the end of the day they were not able to follow anything because they over think things.


Melbourne’s New Bridal Boutique Designed By Adam Kane Architects

The wedding industry is one of the largest and most profitable in the world. Many have thriving businesses as wedding vendors such as companies that offer marquee hire in Melbourne because people will never stop getting married. This is why there is no surprise that another wedding vendor is launching in the city in the form of a bridal boutique.

Melbourne’s newest offering for couples planning to get married is the Mariana Hardwick which was designed by Adam Kane Architects, a firm based in Australia. The design is a minimalist one comprised only of marble fixtures in grey, concrete floors and plaster walls in plain white. Despite being a bridal boutique, the management decided that it is best to skip the overly feminine theme.

The entire shop is covered in cool tones and the materials used are all natural in aesthetics. The architects admitted that it was the exact opposite of the usual bridal boutiques found all over the planet.

According to the founder of Adam Kane Architects, they want to create a design that does not depend on a luxurious look alone that it becomes to feminine which is too common a theme already. They took a new path by taking inspiration from retail spaces in Europe including museums because these are establishments with aesthetics that are inclined to be minimalistic.

The entire retail space is 1,400 square meters and it is located at the ground floor of a hotel from the Victorian era. After being leased by different tenants, the rooms have various fit-outs. The architects started by bringing down all the partitions to create an open interior. With a simple floor plan, the wedding dresses will surely be the center of attention.

The number inspiration of the team for the project is the Valentino store located in New York which was designed by David Chipperfield. Inside the store, every surface is covered with terrazzo in grey color. This is the shop they wanted to replicate because it shows timelessness and control. Despite the concept, they are careful not to convey the space to be sterile-looking or too bland for class. After brides have booked their marquee hire in Melbourne, they can enjoy dress shopping in this new boutique.


Inside Look Into The Wedding Menu Of The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex

The public could not get enough of Prince Harry and Meghan that many are still talking about their wedding which happened almost a year ago. We already know about the dress Meghan wore and the happenings during the church wedding but many do not know about the details of the reception as it was not shown to the public. Even the best wedding caterer in Sydney is curious to know the wedding menu served during the Royal couple’s reception.

According to reports, the couple hired Table Talk, top wedding caterer in the United Kingdom and also a royal favorite.  They are the same caterers who served during the wedding of Prince William and Kate eight years ago as well as the Kate’s sister’s wedding.

There are two receptions during the wedding day. The first one was a general reception held at Windsor at noontime hosted by the Queen while the second one is an evening reception which was hosted by Prince Charles and Camilla in the Frogmore House.

During the luncheon, it was revealed that the menu is lighter than the evening reception. The guests were able to enjoy the following – Grilled English Asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian Ham, Heritage Tomato and Basil Tartare with Balsamic Pearls, Scottish Langoustines wrapped in Smoked Salmon with Citrus Crème Fraiche, Garden Pea Panna Cotta with Quail Eggs and Lemon Verbena, Warm Asparagus Spears with Mozzarella and Sun-Blush Tomatoes, Poached Free Range Chicken bound in a Lightly Spiced Yoghurt with Roasted Apricot and Croquette of Confit Windsor Lamb, Roasted Vegetables and Shallot Jam.

There are also more filling options that were passed around to guests such as Ten Hour Slow Roasted Windsor Pork Belly with Apple Compote and Crackling, Fricassee of Free Range Chicken with Morel Mushrooms and Young Leeks and Pea and Mint Risotto with Pea Shoots, Truffle Oil and Parmesan Crisps. According to the top wedding caterer in Sydney, many couples tried to copy the menu during the Royal couple’s wedding. There are also those that followed other aspects of the wedding such as the wedding dress worn by the Duchess of Sussex and even the hairstyle.


Canadian Trucking Association Calling For A Program For Immigrant Truckers

The Canadian Trucking Association has taken a look at trucking in Kitchener and across the country, and is continuing their petition for the creation of a trucking-focused immigration program for the country in order to deal with a shortage of truck drivers.

CTA President Stephen Laskowski spoke before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry late in February. Alongside petitions to ask for a immigration program for truckers, the CTA also asked for a crackdown on independent contractors, modernization of cross-border processing systems, as well as setting aside some revenue from the carbon tax to promote the acquisition of green vehicle technology.

According to the CTA, the misclassification of drivers in trucking in Kitchener and across Canada, under business operations that have become known as Driver Inc. costs the economy a lot of money in unpaid deductions, with the CTA claiming that number to be around $1 billion.

The proposed trucking-focused immigration program would let pre-qualified companies to bring in truck drivers from outside the country faster and more conveniently, not just for the companies, but also for the government.

According to the CTA, the Canadian trucking industry has been plagued all year by a shortage in driver shortage, which they say will hit a supply deficit of about 34,000 drivers by the time 2024 rolls in. In contrast, the CTA says that Canada only recruits 1,500 truck drivers via the Temporary Foreign Worker Program annually.

They say that this is a small number, representing less than 0.5% of Canada’s total truck driver population, which is exacerbated by the forecasts that say tens of thousands of drivers will be retiring over the course of the next ten years. They say that this issue is a crisis, and can spill out to the whole Canadian economy if allowed to escalate.

On top of those proposals, the CTA is also asking for Employment and Social Development Canada to examine the current funding model used by professions like truck drivers, to allow smaller trucking-related business can benefit from training dollars that other sectors have access to.

Other proposals from the submission by Laskowski asked for the prioritization of electronic logging, as well as the harmonization of border data systems in order to bring back in-transit shipments.