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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 October 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER 2018 15 FOOD ake Australia’s Good Food Guide for 2019 cipated hats amongst the nation’s creme-de-la-creme. The annual audit saw many esteemed establishments drop a few places and staurant, Epocha has not been included this year, however, new eateries Ipsos, Captain Moonlight and Ble have gotten one hat. LORNE SYDNEY SYDNEY CAPTAIN MOONLITE Anglesea is not only home to Victoria’s surfer’s paradise, but also houses one of the best seafood eateries in the state. With its motto “high tides + good vibes”, Captain Moonlite sits tucked into the cliff-edge overlooking the Anglesea surf coast all the way to Point Addis and Port Phillip Heads. Acclaimed chef Matt Germanchis and his partner Gemma Gange have joined powers in providing coastal European food and some delicious traditional Greek mezedes in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The fit-out is laid back and combines Greek island vibes with the Great Ocean Road views. Where: 100 Great Ocean Rd, Anglesea, VIC captainmoonlite.com.au BLE RESTAURANT The newest eatery on the list, Ble Greek Kouzina led by The Chef’s Line’s Natalia Gaspari offers a modern Greek dining experience that feels like eating at your grandmother’s kitchen. The talented and imaginative executive chef brings over 15 years of experience in both Greece and Australia to the table, introducing the philosophy of sharing. On that note, the Ble menu has been designed around its share plates and different combinations to encourage coming closer together with family and friends and enjoying food as a common experience, an exchange. Gaspari is dedicated to using the finest of ingredients, inspired by her memories of the classic Greek kouzina (kitchen). Ble Restaurant is pet friendly and open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday from 11.30 am till late, with many vegan and gluten free options. Where: Shop 2, 203207 Ramsgate Rd, Ramsgate Beach, NSW blerestaurant.com.au THE APOLLO Chef Jonathan Barthelmess in partnership with Longrain’s Sam Christie draw on the first’s heritage and their joint love for Greece. Since February 2012, The Apollo, dubbed “neo-Greek taverna” is one of Potts Point’s main culinary attractions. The popular MacLeay Street restaurant introduces Greek food to New South Wales foodies in a unique way that the Good Food judges agree is a winning formula for success. Even though The Apollo identifies as a ‘taverna’ its elegantly deconstructed interior designed and built by interior architect George Livissianis, offers the option to casually dine at the bar and an inevitably buzzing atmosphere. Looks aside, every flavour derives from the freshest ingredients and is placed on your plate with extra love and talent. The Apollo is open Friday to Sunday from 12 noon through to 5.00 pm for reservations and offers all-day menu dining from 12.00 noon till late. Where: 44 MacLeay St, Potts Point, NSW theapollo.com.au transitioning from weight loss to maintenance is entered. Meanwhile to help along the way, participants meet with their consultant once a week. "So the beauty behind it is that you don't just lose the weight, we shake your hand, and best of luck figuring out how to eat pasta now," she says. "Once your body has stabilised that weight loss and your metabolic rate has reset itself, if your goal is 10 kg, we don't want you to put five of it back on, but we also don't want you to lose another five kg, so we need to let the body stabilise at that point. Once it's learnt how to stabilise, we take away another Cambridge product, we increase your calories with food varieties, see how your body reacts to it and then that's part of your stabilisation and maintenance, all while it's one-on-one support and weekly check ins." This includes being weighed, measured, and a conversation about the past week, any challenges, and a discussion of ways to combat the week ahead. Maria provides recipes, along with motivation, and little tips and tricks on how clients can reach their goal. While such meetings can seem confronting, from her own experience in the hot seat, Maria recalls her sessions as "invigorating" and without judgement. "In order for someone to become a consultant, they had to have gone through the same weight loss process. So it was someone who has that unspoken language of going through the same journey as you," she explains. The meal plan is most suited to people who have been struggling to lose excess weight for some time, in many cases due to a medical condition such as an under active thyroid, polycystic ovaries, or cholesterol, and for those looking to re-establish their relationship with food. While the Cambridge Weight Plan is recognised in the UK by the British High Commission Queen's Choice Awards, Diabetes Association and Cholesterol Foundation, given its relatively short presence in Australia, Maria says it is still in the process of being officially recognised by local bodies. The idea of a meal replacement diet isn't for everyone however, and while the results speak for themselves, it does have its critics; after all, it doesn't get much farther removed from how one's ancestors ate, than this. But with the obesity epidemic in full force, Maria says options like this are necessary. "It's amazing how people will jump up and down about how someone is having meal replacements and how taboo that is, and how wrong that is because they're not eating conventional food, yet the full contradiction is that they're going through drive thru McDonalds, and then you're having your microwaved McCains meals and what have you," she says. "In a perfect world we still eat the way our grandparents would eat, but it's not that easy for some people to know what portion sizing and portion controlling is because that's probably something that has been a little bit distorted for us, along with accessibility, stress and lifestyle factors." There's no denying Maria's passion for what she does. The 2018 Consultant of the Year for Australia reveals that while some consultants choose to charge consultation fees, she doesn't, and says that while it might sound sappy, that she truly sees it as a way to show her thanks. "Cambridge is a means to an end, not your life and lifestyle. It's there to realign your portion sizing, for some people get off medication for medical conditions, which is exciting, but it's the aftermath and that's why we slowly integrate back into everyday life and lifestyle," she says. "After 24 years of constantly being on that weight loss struggle, it is exhilarating to find something that's gotten me off that loop. There's a good feeling about feeling good, but also helping others get to that place. It was really about that empowerment that it gave me, and being able to pay that forward to others." Maria before and after.
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