INTERNATIONAL WHORE’S DAY 2022
This year international whore’s day is on the 02 June 2022. Looks for local events in your country or visit https://www.internationalwhoresday.com for more information.
We are calling for the decriminalization of sex work, decriminalization of survival, and protection of labor conditions. Sex Worker Rights are Human Rights.
IWD is an event that started in Lyon, France in 1975 when over 100 sex workers protested the violence and police brutality targeting their livelihood. In 2020, with the Internet now a site of displacement and resistance, we are protesting the state violence, racism, and stigma-based discrimination that still targets our working communities.
A relentless string of beastly food creations has made this east coast burger brand a viral social media sensation—so much so, that Perth fans demanded a look in. And we’re glad to say, those demands have finally been answered. The legendary burger house has opened its first west coast outlet on Barrack Street in Perth’s CBD and you better believe there’ll be plenty of epic eats to get your gob around. These guys are known for whipping up the most outlandish specials—just think mac n cheese doughnuts, crispy lasagna nuggets and ice cream waffle tacos—alongside a swag of seriously epic burgers, sides, desserts, cocktails and milkshakes on their not-so-regular regular menu. Come with a BIG appetite and open mind, ’cause when it comes to these guys, there is nothing they can’t pimp the absolute shiz out of. Oh and word of warning: capacity is limited while the team get up to speed, so make sure you book ahead!
Hummus fans rejoice. The opening of Sana in the heart of Fremantle has us clearing our schedule. Sana is a fresh-faced Middle Eastern restaurant with a tapas-style menu we never knew we needed. This means you can order one of everything on the menu to “share” and not feel guilty about it. The Sana plate is their answer to a grazing board, but with all the dips, pita and grilled meats you could ever need. The baklava and pannacotta are essential, so none of this “too full” business please.
Wild In The Street
The newest opening to hit the bustling South Freo Strip, Wild In The Street has a very cool beach club vibe that makes it near impossible to say no to one more round—no surprise considering one of the guys from La Cabana is also behind this new coastal tapas and cocktail house. The long hallway gives way to a bright sun-lit space with terracotta-hued tiles, vibrant pink and blue rendered walls, plenty of plants and large sculptural art that hangs from the ceiling. Once you’ve taken a seat and snapped a pic of the killer interiors, go right ahead and order a round of cocktails to the table—the Apple Up is a definite crowd pleaser—and a few heapings of focaccia with romesco while you decide what else is needed…hint: Mamasita’s slow-cooked chicken empanadas are always needed.
The Beaufort (Lotus And Cypher)
The one we’ve all been waiting for: the new multi-level venue from the team behind The Old Synagogue, The Beaufort, is finally here. Make your way through the terracotta-hued facade and you’ll find layers of lush terraces to drink in with stairs that wind through the venue, taking you to all the different bars and eateries tucked within the complex. The standout here has to be Lotus, the delectable South East Asian restaurant headed up by Head Chef Sundoo Kim (whose extensive resume includes the likes of Chin Chin in Melbourne). Together with the group’s Executive Chef Leigh Power, Chef Kim has crafted a punchy share style menu that will blow you away. Our tip: book ahead (it’s filling up fast) and just go the ‘feed me’ menu and let the kitchen make the decisions because it’s all far too good to pick between…although if you do throw in one extra dish, let it be the flakey butter chicken puffs. From there you can nip upstairs to try snag a seat on one of the rooftop terraces for a sundowner cocktail or two before hunting down the hidden speakeasy, Cypher, for some more late-night tipples.
Perth’s love of European-inspired suburban wine bars sees no bounds, with yet another absolute little gem popping up in the form of Vinotto. This one is in Swanbourne, in a very convenient little possie right across from the train station, with a vibe that is casual yet classy (much like its clientele)—just picture a terrazzo bar, terracotta hues and exposed brick with light timber furnishings and devils ivy—and a tight selection of drinks and bites. It’s wine focused, so you’ll find loads of top drops curated by manager slash somm Caitlin Johnston (formerly at The Humble Onion) alongside cocktails and digestifs that really suit the relaxed Euro mood they’re going for. The food menu has been designed around what you’re drinking and will change regularly to reflect that, with chef Justin Wong (ex Tiny’s) serving up some mind-blowing bar snacks out of a kitchen that is so small, it’s literally just the corner of the bar. Vinotto is a great spot for an after work wine or date night, just be warned, the locals fill it up fast so maybe knock off early for this one.
After a little confusion around the exact opening date (apologies to anyone else who ended up disappointed), we’re beyond psyched to see the legends at Deli’s Continental finally open the doors to their new permanent home in Inglewood. If the name rings a bell, it’s probably because the whole of bloody Perth was lining up daily to score one of their insane conti rolls when they first popped up in a Maylands laneway a while back. With the new location they’ll be expanding operations and doing some tasty new things like rolls, focaccias, toasties, Roman-style pizzas (think thin and crispy), tray pizzas, cookies, coffee, and much more, along with their classic contis of course. Given the cult-like status these guys have amassed, we suggest you get down early if you want first pick of the goods on offer.
Opening in an unassuming little spot in Chinatown, Astral Weeks is Perth’s first ever vinyl listening bar. It’s inspired by top-class listening bars in Japan and around the world and is the perfect place for music lovers to share a drink and a yarn while getting stuck into whatever’s spinning on the day. They’ve spared no expense on the vintage hifi system, so the sound quality is unlike anything else in Perth. As for who’s deciding on what’s actually spinning, it’ll largely be down to the staff who are all musicians/DJs (so don’t worry, you’re in good hands), but there are plans to get some exciting guest selectors curating your listening on different nights too. At the bar, you’ll find your usual natty wines, spirits and beers, plus, some awesome sake options too.
Hospo legend John Parker (The Standard, The Royal, Fleur) has done it once again with this gorgeous multi-level bar and restaurant situated amongst the endless foodie joints in Karrinyup. Downstairs is flooded with natural light, high ceilings and decadent marble, while upstairs it’s more dimly-lit and laidback, looking over the rest of the space. These overachievers have also managed to distil their own spirits with some serious gin and vodka to team up with their fresh zingy bites off the menu—the seafood share-style plates a definite highlight.
Say hello to Ruin Bar, the new craft beer haven from Miles Hull (Jetty Bar, Quarter Acre and Alex Hotel, to name a few) in Northbridge. Taking over three heritage retail spaces on the corner of Beaufort and Newcastle, Ruinbar serves up a gritty Berlin-inspired beer bar aesthetic across three beer rooms, with a scaffolding-clad outdoor beer yard sprawling out into Leadlight Laneway providing a breezy outpost for a balmy evening brew or two. For now, there’s no sign of a kitchen, just the odd food truck popping up to keep you fed while downing those pints. However, there are plans of opening a pizza shop within the space later in the year.
Old Young’s Kitchen
With a chef of Rohan Park’s calibre at its helm, Old Young’s Kitchen has to be one of the best spots to eat in the Swan Valley, hell even the whole of Perth. It’s the new restaurant that opened up alongside Old Young’s Distillery, and it’s absolutely gorgeous—just picture terracotta hues, contemporary decor, and long wooden tables sitting pretty under vines that practically scream boozy long lunch. As for the menu, Park has really leaned into his experience working with native Australian ingredients (something he’s well-versed in given his time at Fervor) to create a tight selection of contemporary share-style dishes. Grey saltbush, samphire, Geraldton wax, lily pilly, quandong and more all find their place on plates, and given the team’s dedication to sourcing ingredients responsibly, it’s a great way to explore native produce and flavours. Standout dishes include the kangaroo tartare, crocodile chorizo and market fish which is served up with the creamiest lemon myrtle-infused house miso creme fraiche that you will one hundred per cent be licking off the plate. Pair the mind-blowing feast with a few tipples from the banging little cocktail menu (the clarified pina colada was our favourite), and you’ll wonder why you don’t go to the Swan Valley more often.
This moody suburban restaurant and bar is an offshoot of the neighbouring Olsen family butchers located literally ‘next door’ (get it) and offers up a unique butcher-to-plate experience unlike anywhere else in Perth. So yes, a next-level meat selection is kinda expected…I mean, it’s pretty hard to ignore the open flame and wafting aroma of wagyu steaks sizzling on the wood fire grill as you walk in. But what you might not expect is the more sophisticated eats Head Chef Ashleigh Pattison and her team are putting up alongside the quality cuts. Seemingly simple bites are stripped back to reveal some seriously clever cooking incorporating bold internationally-inspired flavours, delicate plating and waste minimisation (tick, tick, tick). Book a seat at the intimate fire grill for one of Perth’s best chef’s table style degustations.
They may have been brewing some of WA’s favourite beers since 2004, but Gage Roads have only just opened up a public-facing brewhouse for all their frothheads to enjoy, and let us tell you, it’s bloody beautiful. While those fresh pints poured directly from tank to tap and picturesque portside views are the major drawcard, the pub-style eats will also go down a treat. Kick things off with a round of fresh oysters and one-hand bites like Fremantle lobster rolls or tacos. Then work your way up to larger plates like Rottnest Island swordfish schnitzel with caviar bearnaise, Harvey beef striploin or Single Fin battered local fish and chips. There’s also a woodfired pizza menu that’ll hit the spot when you want something simple to share.
Naber and ||||
Naber and |||| (pronounced neighbour and four) is another cool new spot that’s opened up recently in Leederville. The space is split into two unique venues to suit your vibe. Naber is the more intimate and refined of the two, with a rotating chef’s menu showcasing some incredible produce from their ‘neighbours’ and a seriously epic booze offering that’ll leave any cocktail fiend wanting more—just order their cappuccino martini and you’ll see what we mean. Meanwhile, |||| the breezy back-alley courtyard bar is slinging fun and affordable cocktails, punchy snacks and untapped disco vibes that will keep you there all day and night. Go for the yuzu highball if you want to grab a gram-worthy snap of the cute rubber ducky or the ridiculously refreshing watermelon cruiser if it’s too god damn hot out.
Bar Rogue is the new wine bar from the powerhouse duo behind Le Rebelle that’s just opened up on Beaufort Street. No surprise to see the wine list is packed with some absolute gems, with bottles from Aussie and international vineyards, magnums pouring by the glass and rare finds that’ll have all the serious wine nerds swooning—not to mention, some awesome cocktails and low alc drinks on offer too. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, they’ve swapped their French bistro hits for a moreish little list of nibbles that don’t lean into any particular cuisine but will all pair perfectly with a few beverages on a balmy evening. We can’t choose favourites between the chicken skin and cucumber sarnie and the crunchy lobster taco, so I guess you’ll just have to order both.
Unassuming, quaint and nestled right across from the Re Store on Oxford Street sits Daph’s, a darling 20-seater restaurant that celebrates the power of fire through their six-course nightly degustation. They opened last year with a simple concept. Choose the 5.45pm or 8pm sitting, wine pairing or no wine pairing and the rest is done for you. Upon arrival, the magic begins with six back-to-back courses of deliciousness all made on their open fire. Head chef and owner Pepe frequently changes the menu based on the best seasonal produce and his newest creations, and we can guarantee that you will not be disappointed. The journey usually begins with their charred sourdough focaccia with homemade wholegrain mustard butter and eggplant chutney—and while this sounds simple, this bread is legendary—before dabbling through other coal roasted and flame-grilled delights. We can honestly say that Pepe’s charred porterhouse with the Café de Paris butter is up there with some of the best we’ve ever had.
Banh mi addicts should already be familiar with Jenny Lam (of Masterchef fame) and her close-knit family’s handy work. Their little Vietnamese lunch bar, Bunn Mee, is so good, it’s ALWAYS busy. So we were extremely excited to see this passionate team birth their second food baby, Phat Lon, located literally next door in the old Ria Malay site in Leederville. Dubbed ‘Perth’s first Vietnamese tapas bar’ the colourful venue is a full-on family affair inspired by the unique flavours and laidback vibe they’ve been missing from back home. Just think fresh and punchy nibbles like fermented pork with pickled leeks, red emperor salad with crispy taro fries and betel leaf wrapped beef skewers.
WA’s border reopening means we can finally start turning our food-filled Bali dreams into reality again. But until you actually book that flight, the new joint from Will Meyrick, the chef-owner behind super popular Balinese establishments Sarong and Mama San (to name just a couple), might tide you over. Opening up late last year, Will St has been pretty popular for good reason. You’ll find flavour-packed share plates inspired by Meyrick’s extensive travels throughout Asia—he’s best known for uncovering unique regional dishes and street eats—alongside a thoughtful selection of cocktails, wines and beers to pair perfectly with the dishes on offer. Check out more of what to expect here and rest easy knowing it’s every bit as good as his iconic Bali restaurants.
Pirate Life Perth And TOMA
Catering for up to 1000 people, the ambitious new Pirate Life Perth in Perth’s west end is the latest opening from the hospitality legends at Sneakers & Jeans (responsible for The Flour Factory, Varnish On King, Caballitos, Hadiqa and Goody Two’s). Alongside the Pirate Life founders, they’ve spent years transforming the old Sony building on Murray Street, just over the road from Perth Arena and Yagan Square, and the massive space does not disappoint. There are three levels to explore, including an in-house brewery which you can peek into while enjoying a beer, a casual fine dining restaurant, TOMA, where you can get a gob-smackingly brilliant tomahawk, and two private dining rooms. Plus, there’s even more to come, with a basement bar and yard bar opening soon.
Nestled in the newly created Electric Lane, Servo is the beautiful all-day restaurant and courtyard bar that has just opened as part of the Leederville redevelopment by FJM (the same people behind the State Buildings) and it’s quite possibly our new favourite. Bold, bright and flavour-packed share plates are the name of the game, with the menu not following any particular theme beyond each dish being drop-dead delicious. And believe us, you will definitely be wiping each and every plate clean here. Our current fave is the eggplant with garlic yoghurt and some warm flatbread for dipping, coupled with a spicy marg for good measure.
Perth was founded by Captain James Stirling on Whadjuk country as the capital of the Swan River Colony in 1829.
It was the first free-settler colony in Australia established by private capital. From 1850, convicts began to arrive at the colony in large numbers to build roads and other public infrastructure.
European exploration of the west coast
Aboriginal people have lived in the south-western part of Western Australia for at least 47,000 years. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, between 6000 and 10,000 Noongar people were living in the area.
In October 1616 Dirk Hartog, in the Eendracht, a Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, or VOC) ship, became the first European to set foot on the western shores of Australia.
For more than two centuries afterwards Dutch, English and French navigators explored and mapped the west coast. However, no European settlement was established in the west, because the land was seen as inhospitable, offering little economic potential.
It was only when increased French exploration in the region suggested to Britain that France might attempt to establish a colony in the west that the British felt impelled to act.
Claiming western Australia for Britain
On 25 December 1826 Major Edmund Lockyer, in the brig Amity, established a military outpost at King George Sound (now Albany), known locally by Menang Noongar peoples as Kinjarling ‘the place of rain’.
Lockyer had been sent out from Sydney by Governor Ralph Darling. A few months later he also despatched Captain James Stirling, commander of the Success, to reconnoitre the Swan River region for a settlement site.
Stirling, accompanied by Charles Fraser, colonial botanist of New South Wales, arrived at Rottnest Island on 5 March 1827.
The first exploration
Setting out three days later, Stirling and his party navigated around 54 kilometres up the Swan River, assessing the land for its suitability for agriculture and settlement.
When Stirling returned to Sydney, he reported his findings to Governor Darling. He enthusiastically described the strategic merits of a colony at Swan River, while Fraser praised the region’s rich soil, based on his observation of the greenness of the vegetation and the height of the trees.
A colony of free settlers
Despite Stirling’s glowing report, endorsed by Darling, colonial administrators in Britain initially rejected the proposal, baulking at the expense of setting up a new colony.
Stirling, who had briefly returned to Britain and had ambitions to govern the new colony, argued that the financial burden on the government could be limited if Swan River was established as a free settlement funded by private capital.
Stirling’s efforts to convince the government were helped by enthusiastic reports in the London press (some fed by Stirling). These reports fuelled interest in the potential colony, especially among Britons eager to start new lives in Australia untainted by the stain of the convict colony of New South Wales.
Investors were also attracted to the prospect of new lands. The most prominent of these was Thomas Peel, cousin to the then Home Secretary and later Prime Minister, Robert Peel.
The government was flooded with letters from would-be emigrants and finally agreed to the establishment of a Swan River Colony on the understanding it would receive minimal public funding, which meant no convicts would be sent to provide labour.
Prospective settlers were cautioned that emigration would be at their own risk and cost, and that they would have to develop the land they were granted in order to obtain title to it.
Thomas Peel received a commitment for a grant of 500,000 acres if he successfully landed 400 settlers by 1 November 1829. In the event, Peel arrived after this date, and with fewer settlers than promised. His private colony was beset with problems and branded a failure in London. Peel’s land grant was reduced to 250,000 acres.
Founding of Perth
On 2 May 1829 Captain Charles Fremantle, commander of the Challenger, raised the British flag and claimed the west coast of Australia for Britain.
Shortly afterwards, the first Swan River settlers arrived on the Parmelia and the Sulphur.
The colonisation of Whadjuk country began with the reading of an official proclamation at Garden Island on 18 June, naming James Stirling as lieutenant governor.
Stirling soon realised that the soil on the coast was not suited to agriculture.
On 12 August 1829 a large party travelled through the bush to lay the foundation stone for Perth. Not finding any suitable stones ‘contiguous to our purpose’, Mrs Helena Dance, the only woman in the party, marked the occasion by cutting a tree with an axe.
By early September the Surveyor-General, John Roe, had laid out Perth’s roads, public spaces and building lots within the three-square-mile site reserved for the town, and the first parcels of land had been allocated to settlers.
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