A guide for the modern day millennial. Kate Neilson shares where she’s been eating and drinking, and what she’s been listening to, watching and reading.
EAT - Joseph Hyde
This little cafe stands alongside some big names in Sydney’s Inner Eastern food scene, like Dear Saint Eloise (more on that soon) and Room Ten, which all line Potts Point’s Llankley place. In a strip that’s always bustling with brunch-goers and afternoon vino seekers, Joseph Hyde most definitely holds its own.
With a simple and delicious menu, good coffee and some boozy breakfast options (Mimosas and Bloody Marys anyone?) it’s the perfect spot to perch yourself for a quick bite to eat before you wander through the King’s Cross market stalls on a weekend or take a lovely walk along the Elizabeth Bay coastline.
I’m not a sweet breakfast fan myself, but I hear their carrot cake waffles are something of a heavenly treat. My go to here is the stack: a poached egg balanced upon a bed of roquette, a crispy potato rosti with asparagus and a side of your choice (salmon, ham or bacon).
The staff here are always super friendly and the vibes are high and buzzy. You’re bound to have yourself a great brunch experience, albeit a quick one as the will no doubt be a line of hungry patrons waiting to take your seat as soon as you finish that final sip of coffee.
There are always a lot of beautiful dogs hanging around this cafe. That’s an extra plus for me!
DRINK - Dear Saint Eloise
Boy, do the staff at Dear Saint Eloise know their shit! Also located on Llankley place, this is the perfect spot for a beautiful drop of wine. I’m no wine expert myself, so I rely heavily on the advice of bar staff when ordering. They don’t just give you some vague waffle advice and then point you in the direction of their most expensive bottle. They take their time to explain each wine to you, offering a variety of flavours for the variety of palates to walk through their door. It certainly pays off having a team of sommeliers on staff.
It’s not the cheapest watering hole in the area, but you’re paying for not only an exquisite drop of wine, but also the knowledgeable and friendly service. I’ve recently taken to trying whatever orange wine they have on offer (the wine list is ever changing, so don’t get too attached) and am yet to be let down by my choice.
WATCH - You Can’t Ask That
Image: Carly Findlay, Facial Difference episode
The ABC’s program You Can’t Ask That is probably one of the most important television shows to grace our screens in recent years.
Each episode is dedicated to a specific minority group in Australia (Indigenous Australians, former cult members, polyamorous folk, people with facial difference etc.) and are filmed in a piece-to-camera style interview where individuals who belong to the particular minority group answer a selection of questions submitted by the general public.
Image: Courtney Act, Drag Queen episode.
The questions are controversial, and sometimes down right invasive, but the answers are illuminating, filled with humour, generosity and a lot of raw emotion.
This show is fantastic at breaking down barriers and preconceived notions that are held about these communities. It’s essential viewing.
Image: Anj Barker, Family and Domestic violence episode.
I recently gained a lot from watching the episode on Intersex. The episode on Family and Domestic Violence is so, so important (and heart-wrenching). If you haven’t seen it, go and watch it right now. Don’t even bother finishing this article.
LISTEN - Invisibilia
I’m sooo late to the game on this one (for some reason I always discover podcasts years after they’ve been released) but this one quickly made its way onto my top three favourites (alongside This American Life and Serial).
Image: NPR (left to right: Spiegel, Rosin and Miller)
Hosted initially by LuLu Miller and Alix Spiegel (with Hanna Rosin replacing LuLu in later seasons), Invisibilia delves into “the invisible forces that make us human”. They cover topics like Mirror Touch Synesthesia (feeling other people’s feelings), echolocation, discovering new emotions, shifting realities and so much more.
This podcast is often the genesis of my stories that begin with “I heard this really interesting story on a podcast”... and whenever I try and get people on board I refer them to the very first episode ‘The Secret History of Thoughts’. This episode is split into two stories and it’s the second story that has left a lasting impact on me. I’d say it’s the most impactful story I’ve heard all year. I don’t want to tell you too much because it’s really worth letting it unfold naturally, but to offer a teaser it’s about a man who is trapped with his own thoughts for the majority of his life. It’s really worth a listen.
READ - The Pisces by Melissa Broader
Melissa Broader penned one of my all time favourite books “So Sad Today” and we’ve featured a chapter on our website before. This book was a little different to the former – it’s fiction for starters – but it has the same Melissa Broader touch. If you’ve ever wanted graphic detail about what it would be like to fuck a merman, this is the book for you.
The Pisces is a story of a woman who is addicted to love, sex and all the feelings that come in between. After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Lucy leaves her desert life in Phoenix for a Summer vacation in Los Angeles.
While housesitting for her sister, Lucy finds herself spiralling downwards after hearing the news that her ex-boyfriend had entered into a new relationship. She ends up attending group therapy and meets a collection of fragile women who are also dealing with their own forms of love and sex addiction.
While denial tells Lucy that she doesn’t belong with this group of women, she quickly finds herself fixating on any other man she can get her hands on. She doesn’t feel settled on one until she meets “the swimmer" (Theo) by the ocean one evening. After a growing flirtation between the two (and many late night visits to the ocean’s edge from Lucy) Theo eventually reveals to Lucy that he is, in fact, a merman. After she comes to terms with the news, they have wild, passionate sex for a good portion of the book.
I’m not usually a fan of fiction and I find it hard to get around the merman thing, but Broader write about sex like no other. It’s detailed, raw and real (except for the merman part); a nice, fun read for a holiday.
Read the New Yorker's detailed review here.
Kate Neilson is the founding editor of Twenty Something Humans. She really likes making lists and can usually be found pottering around in her apartment. She feels awkward writing about herself in the third person. Lurk her @katiepotatierose.