Autumn may be the forgotten season but it’s one of our favourites. The warmth of summer eases, the cool wind blows in, we complain about the weather again and we eat more. Taste of Sydney is on, the Carriageworks program is in full flight and Fashion Week Australia rolls down the runway, but it’s also time for a little balance after the excitement of the first couple of months of the year.

For this autumn issue, we’ve found some interesting individuals who are getting their hands dirty, digging up weeds and eating them for breakfast. Jane de Graaff spent some time with forager Diego Bonetto, who changed her perception on the plants that may just end up on her plate.

Following our Marrickville suburb guide last issue, we returned to Cornersmith on pickling day for an afternoon of cucumbers in brine. We also got the recipe for their famed two cheese and pickle toastie.

The suburb guide was such a hit that we thought we might make it a regular inclusion in our print issue. This time we headed over to Haberfield for a day in little Italy.

Speaking of Italian jobs, the Fratelli Paradiso boys have now been in Potts Point for a decade and have since opened our very local knock-off, 10 William Street. Ten years is quite a milestone and we’re as fond of what these guys do as we ever were, so we sat down with them over an espresso to talk about bringing their radical European dining hours to Sydney from Melbourne so many years ago.

By now you’ve surely heard about Koskela and Kitchen by Mike; you may have admired their furniture and then stayed for lunch, perhaps a few times. Well, it’s been a year since this dynamic, shared creative space opened in Rosebery. It’s a furniture showroom, a retail space, a canteen-style eatery and now a school too. So we got together with Koskela’a Sasha Titchkosky, chef Mike McEnearney and stylist Megan Morton to find out a bit more about working under one roof.

We also had a drink with the industry pros behind city bar Bulletin Place, whipped up some butter with Pepe Saya, went to see what Kaldor Public Arts Projects have in store for their most audacious exhibition yet, and caught up with a few Aussies who now call other cities home – be it a fashion director in London, musicians in New York or a shop owner in LA. These people not only remind us how small the world can be, but also how diverse and exciting it is to navigate our way across it, even if it is vicariously from the comfort of your own home as you read this paper.

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