Sydney’s Cow and Moon named world’s best gelato makers

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World's best gelato ... Cow and the Moon in Enmore.

Punters may line up around the block for a taste of Gelato Messina, but another Australian gelateria has been hailed for producing the world’s best.

Sydney’s Cow and the Moon trumped ice-cream artisans from all over the world on Sunday to take out the Gelato World Tour title in Rimini, Italy.

The family-run gelato and coffee bar, based in Enmore in Sydney’s inner-west, won for their mouth-watering almond affogato flavour, a re-creation of the classic affogato.

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Gelato at the Cow and Moon

It combines caramelised almonds sourced from Italy with single origin coffee on a Madagascan vanilla base.

Owners Wendy and John Crowl held a special night at their gelato bar for regular patrons to help decide which blend of coffee to use.

When asked about his winning combination, John explained: “it’s about trying to understand the flavour, working on the salt, sweet and sour. You have to marry the flavours so that they blend well together.”

John and Sam Cowl with their winning affogato flavoured gelato.

John and Sam Cowl with their winning gelato. Photo: Twitter/@GelatoWorldTour

After placing second in the Oceania category last year, Cow and the Moon went on to beat 23 other finalists from around the world in a combination of technical judging and public votes. Two other Australian teams competed, Gelato Messina and Frangipani Gelato.

Second and third places went to two Italian teams. Francesco Mastroianni of Il Cantagalli was ranked No. 2 and Alessandro Lancierini of Gelateria Fiore, No. 3.

Cronulla’s Diana Kontoprias from Frangipani Gelato received a special award for her twist on the pavlova. Her gelato interpretation featured a meringue-flavoured base, passionfruit puree and meringue pieces folded throughout.

Donato Toce and Simone Panetta represented Gelato Messina, which has stores in both Sydney and Melbourne, with their flavour Cremino. A salted caramel gelato with house made gianduia fudge, fresh meringue and crushed amaretti biscuits folded throughout. It won them first place in the Oceania round.

Held by SIGEP and Carpigiani Gelato University, the Gelato World Tour Oceania round was hosted in Melbourne in October. The top three artisans were chosen out of 16 Australian and New Zealand competitors to travel to the finals in Italy. There the competitors faced scrutiny from the technical jury, a media jury, plus public tastings.

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Watch Lady Gaga Join Adam Lambert Onstage in Homage to the Queen

Are you a Queen fan? Watch this surprise performance of Lady Gaga during the Queen + Adam Lambert show on 27th August 2014 at the Allphones Arena…

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Lady Gaga joined Adam Lambert and Queen, the band that inspired her stage name, for a rocking rendition of the classic hit, “Another One Bites The Dust,” onstage in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday.

She joined the group decked out in a giant afro wig. Following her surprise appearance, the singer tweeted, “I just played with Queen I’m the happiest girl alive,” then Instagrammed several pictures of herself along with guitarist Brian May and Lambert.

Gaga also revealed on social media that May and Lambert had been to her artRAVE ball. “I’m so PROUD of Adam Lambert singing with them,” she wrote. “Made me cry during Dope when I saw them all sitting there. … I thought about Freddie.”

Owing the ultimate homage to “Tonight I felt alive in a way I have not before,” she continued. “I returned to the Radio GaGa mothership to pay homage to my leaders. It was emotional and wild.”

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Australia’s three speed economy in danger of stalling

By Stephen Caichi

July 21, 2014 – 2:05PM

Housing construction is helping keep the WA economy in the lead.

Housing construction is helping keep the WA economy in the lead.

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Australia has a three-tier economy with Western Australia, the Northern Territory and New South Wales outperforming the rest of the country, according to the quarterly Commsec State of the States report.

The report was released amid warnings from the Melbourne Economic Forum on Monday that Australia faced declining living standards unless it radically boosted its productivity.

In the Commsec report, the states were assessed using a number of key indicators including retail spending, equipment investment, employment, construction work, population growth, housing finance, dwelling starts, wages, inflation and home prices.

South Australia and Tasmania are the national underperformers, with the other states and the ACT in the middle.

Among the top tier, Western Australia ‘‘remains the best-performing economy in the nation, holding its position due to strength in home purchase and construction,’’ according to Commsec.

The state is ranked first for retail trade and housing finance, second for economic growth and construction work, and third for business investment, population growth and dwelling starts.

The Northern Territory is the second strongest economy, leading the way on economic growth, business investment, employment and construction work.

New South Wales remains the third strongest economy, underpinned by solid population growth and home building.

Among the middle tier economies, ‘‘there is little to separate Queensland, Victoria and the ACT’’, according to Commsec.

Queensland the second strongest on business investment but seventh on population growth, Victoria is the second-ranked economy for population growth and housing finance and the ACT has the second strongest economy for employment and dwelling starts.

‘‘There is a sizeable gap in the rankings to South Australia and Tasmania,’’ the report noted, with the two states performing badly on the key indicators.

South Australia is sixth to eighth on the key indicators, although it is fifth on construction work and population growth;

Tasmania is the worst-performing economy in the nation, coming last on four indicators – economic growth, construction work, population growth and dwelling starts.

Each of the key indicators was ranked as a percentage change in the March 2014 quarter on a decade average.

Meanwhile, detailed modelling published on Monday by the Melbourne Economic Forum –  a newly created group of top economists and public policy specialists – has predicted stark outcomes for Australia unless there are further economic reforms.

The Forum said that the end of the resources investment boom and falling terms of trade could mean unemployment will hit 6.6 per cent in just over a year, pushing an extra 250,000 people into joblessness and stripping $1200 from per-capita income by 2020. As well, incomes were likely to fall until at least 2020 as the mining boom receded and export prices fell, sending gross national income per capita down by about 0.3 per cent a year over the next five years.

To prevent this, Australia would need an ABS-measured productivity growth rate of 0.7 per cent per annum just to maintain living standards, and 2 per cent to keep living standards growing at their average for the past decade, said the Forum.

To prevent a rise in unemployment, real average earnings would need to shrink by 0.89 per cent a year, and the dollar would need to fall by an extra 20 per cent – equivalent to around US75¢ – to help the economy make its adjustment to the post-boom era.

Ross Garnaut and Leslie Martin, economics professors at the University of Melbourne, and James Giesecke, director of Victoria University’s Centre for Policy Studies, conducted the modelling.

‘‘Do we have a problem that requires budget adjustment, income restraint and new reform efforts to lift productivity? Or is the Australian ‘she’ll be right’ approach to economic policy in the early 21st century good enough,” the pair write.

The Forum will host its first gathering on Monday to discuss Australia’s macro-economic prospects. It will hear presentations by Professors Garnaut; Treasury’s head of macro-economics, David Gruen; former Liberal leader John Hewson; and former Labor trade minister Craig Emerson.

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Lower dollar knocks Sydney off the top 10 most expensive cities

July 10, 2014 – 2:52PM

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The fall in global cost-of-living rankings hasn't made Sydney more affordable for its residents, but makes it more competitive globally.
The fall in global cost-of-living rankings hasn’t made Sydney more affordable for its residents, but makes it more competitive globally.

The dollar may still be stubbornly high, but it has weakened enough to knock Sydney off a list of the world’s 10 most expensive cities.

Sydney, which is still Australia’s most expensive city, has plunged from ninth position to 26th in Mercer’s 2014 Cost of Living survey.

The survey covers 211 cities across five continents and measures costs including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment.


Hong Kong still ranks amongst the world's three most expensive cities for expatriates.
Hong Kong still ranks amongst the world’s three most expensive cities for expatriates. Photo: Bloomberg

Australia’s other capital cities also fell down the list this year, with Melbourne dropping 17 places to 33, while Perth fell 19 spots to 37. Brisbane dropped outside the top 50.

Garry Adams, leader of Mercer’s Talent business, said a softening of the dollar against the US currency was the “primary reason” for the drop in rankings. Since July 2010, the dollar has dived 14.6 per cent to US94.06¢.

As such, the changes did not mean Australian cities had become more affordable for residents. But Mr Adams said it had made Australia more competitive globally, particularly in attracting talented staff.

“Compared to last year, where Sydney sat within the top 10 most expensive cities globally, we were looking at ensuring salaries adequately reflected the difference in cost of living to an employee’s home country to attract and retain talent,” he said.

“Now we’re provided with a lot more flexibility in setting salaries and attracting employees from the global talent pool, knowing the expat dollar will go a lot further here.”

Mr Adams said the fall in rankings could also make Australian cities more appealing for companies to use as headquarters for their Asia and Pacific operations.

“The drop in costs means they [Australian cities] become even more attractive as a location for global assignments.”

China had a swag of cities jump in rankings, with Shanghai leaping three places to enter the top 10 after being ranked 14th last year. Beijing was next, at 11th, with Shenzhen rising 12 spots to 17th and Guangzhou 11 places to 24th.

Mr Adams attributed the increases to currency fluctuations. The Chinese yuan has rallied more than 10 per cent against the US dollar since 2010. 

“The strengthening of the Chinese yuan and currencies in western Europe against the US dollar has also seen countries in these regions become more expensive, and driven Australian and New Zealand cities down the list.”

Luanda, the capital of Angola, maintained its position as the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, while Chad’s N’Djamena came second.

“While Luanda and N’Djamena are relatively inexpensive cities, they are quite costly for expatriates since imported goods come at a premium,” said Ed Hannibal, Mercer partner and global leader for mobility practice.

“In addition, finding secure living accommodations that meet the standards of expatriates can be challenging and quite costly as well. This is generally why some African cities rank higher in our survey.”

Rounding out the top 10 were the usual suspects: Hong Kong (3), Singapore (4), Zurich (5), Geneva (6), Tokyo (7), Bern (8) and Moscow (9).