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“Cantina Del Sol” Keeps the Spirit of Mexico Alive in Sydney

October 19th, 2013

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Thanks to the success of the vibrant Cantina del Sol pop up, Sol Beer is keeping the spirit of Mexico alive in Sydney as it continues to run the colourful cantina until the last weekend of October.

It’s not too late to be treated to a Mexican sensation at Potts Point’s Villa Bar & Kitchen, which has been transformed into a Mexican escape, with influences drawn from the style and flair of iconic Mexican artist Frida Khalo – a name synonymous with Mexican arts and culture.

Be sure to to visit for the final week (October 23 27):

Wednesday & Thursday dinner 5:30-10pm
Friday lunch & dinner 12:30-3:30pm / 5:30-10pm
Saturday lunch & dinner 12:30-3:30pm /5:30-10pm
Sunday dinner 5:30 – 10pm

Located at 1 Kellet St, Potts Point

For bookings contact – Raul Gonzales: raul@liddlemaniacs.com.au // 0416 180 330

Click here for the Phillip Davenport menu for Cantina del Sol

The Gracious, Gorgeous and Giving Carly Crutchfield

October 11th, 2010

Carly Crutchfield is one remarkable person. At the age of 20, she had already done more then what many of us would do in our entire lives. She bought and sold companies, traveled the world and get her self on the track to being one very successful millionaire.

Because of her choices in life and her vaule for life itself, she decided it was time to give back. Recently starring on channel 9‘s The Secret Millionaire, Carly gave away a small fortune to people she didn’t even know, but needed al the help they could get. Watching Carly was truly inspirational and she proves that you can achieve what you want in life.

A beautiful, caring women, a natural on the small screen and an inspiration to many  this is Carly Crutchfield and all the things about her fabulous life…

Carly on Life

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

In terms of development we currently have $250 million in projects under way throughout Australia. We have a new charity initiative, www.secretgiftangels.com.au which we are very passionate about.

We are committed to increasing the level of property and financial education amongst Australians and we are about to launch a new free training program PROPERTY UNIVERSITY, which is very exciting.

Tell us more about your successful company, CCORP…

CCORP was borne out of the fact that I loved what I was doing, but hated doing it alone. I wanted to be a property developer but on a bigger level and with a group behind me.

Our company culture is very unique, its high energy, fast paced and we believe nothing is impossible. We work very hard and we play pretty hard to.

We are Australia’s largest property development education company and one of the fastest growing development groups in Australia.

CCORP also has a property investment division and finance division. We spend a lot of time ensuring our clients are educated. A lot of people are making investment decisions without truly understanding what they are deciding upon. I have seen a lot of self inflicted poverty in Australia – people getting themselves into massive debt and financial pressure because they do not understand money, investments and property. This is something people need to be educated on. The more our clients know, the easier it is to help them achieve their financial goals.

You were recently on The Secret Millionaire, tell us more about this experience and how this experience affected you and your life…

It was such a priviledge to be involved and I loved it! It was a completely unique experience. Although I have done a lot of charity and volunteer work before, this was so different. I was taken out of my comfort zone, as my phone, money, computer etc were confiscated and for that time it was solely about confronting an area, its problems, families, groups and thinking about how I could help.

I was inspired by the resilience and positivity of the people I met. Since the show I have been overwhelmed by the feedback. I have received thousands of emails, letters and messages. I have also received many requests for help, money and jobs. This has made it even more real to me that there are a lot of people out there who need help. It has motivated me to take my life, business and foundation to a whole new level and start making headway in solving some issues in Australia and the world at large.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

It’s hard work. You need to believe in yourself, have persistence and thick skin. You need to be willing to handle risk and experience the highs and the lows. But if you can, it is incredibly rewarding, exciting and fruitful.

If you want to give property development a try, you need to educate yourself. The more you know, the easier it is and the more money you make. The less you know, the more money you are likely to loose. To start learning about property development, come to one of my workshops or order my free DVD. Visit www.ccorp.com.au or call 02 9371 4799.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

In terms of a charity organization I would have to say my own foundation, CFOUNDATION. In terms of a cause, there are so many situations in the world that need attention and help. One area I am very passionate about is Human Rights, or the lack of human rights that exists.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I might spend a week working 20 hour days and then I’ll take a week off and either travel or relax at home and just do an hour or two of work a day. I schedule in holidays and book flights so nothing else can sneak into the schedule.

My Mother/Father always told me…

Work hard and believe in yourself.

Greatest lesson learnt?

Don’t regret anything. It’s a waste of time and a waste of a learning experience. You can create anything you want to tomorrow as long as you’re not looking back on how you should have done things yesterday.

What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?

Persistence. I don’t take no for answer, I think impossible is nothing and I don’t give up. You can get through anything and create phenomenal results with that mindset.

Carly on Fashion

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface?

Nothing really, bring it all back! It’s hilarious to watch life regurgitated with a new point of view. Who would have thought we would be wearing shoulder pads again!

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

I think there is a more relaxed and whimsical vibe to Australian fashion, which suits our lifestyle. International fashion tends to be heavier and harder edged.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Victoria Beckham would have an incredible wardrobe, but again very hard edged – I’d say her bag collection would be phenomenal (although mostly Hermes). Fergie would have a great cross selection and more rocky edge and I hear her shoe closet is amazing.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

At the moment I am obsessed with Chanel earrings, I have about 35 pairs. Clothing wise, a dress I bought from Mackenzie Mode, which is perfectly tailored for my body.

Carly on her Home

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Keep it unique, create interesting spaces and focal points. Mix items, textures and colors – don’t try and match everything. I’m not a fan of catalogue houses that look like everything was bought in the one store straight off the floor display. A home should show personality, stories and memories.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

I have a wall full of sepia photos all in white frames. There are about 60 frames in varying sizes containing pictures of my friends, family and favourite memories. I created the wall about 2 years ago and it’s got a great energy while also being architecturally beautiful.

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

The beach would be my biggest influence in my home and second to that art. I tend to pick a painting for a room and decorate around that. The art has center stage in my home, and so it should. Art’s a powerful thing.

Carly on Food and Drinks

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I am obsessed with soda water and I love a good glass of French champagne. My wine of the moment is pretty much any Italian Pinot Grigio.

Food, all of it – my personal trainer knows I like food! I had a Wagyu steak in Melbourne recently which was incredible.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I travel a lot, which means eating out a lot. If I am home, I eat in about half the time and out half the time.

Though at the moment I am on a full on detox. So I get all my meals prepared for the day.

Signature dish?

I rival anyone to out cook me Mexican-fiesta style! My roast isn’t too bad either.

Carly on Lifestyle

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

At my home, or the beach.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

I have a few cars, but I usually only ever drive my Range Rover Sport. I bought it because it’s big and I can get lots in it! It’s also a really smooth drive. I also have a Prius but interestingly enough the Range Rover is more carbon efficient.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Art. I take a lot of pride in my collection and look forward to growing it. I think art is a powerful thing. It can completely change the vibe of a room. The art in my home is very relaxed. The art in my office is very contemporary and pop. You walk into our offices and feel an intense energy – a lot of that is from the people, but they bounce off and are inspired by the art.

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

I am dying to go to Africa and do a full Safari. I am heading to Venice with my boyfriend for New Years which I am really excited about.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My phone and laptop. I get nervous thinking about it.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

It’s all good. The frustrating things give Sydney siders something to talk about.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

Bronte for breakfast, Camp Cove for family vibe, Coogee rockpool for my dogs, and a secret eastern suburbs hideaway I cant tell you about is my favourite for a day of sunbathing, swimming and reading.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Bono. The way he has “used his power for good” is pretty incredible.

Three pet hates?

1. Being limited to “5 or less” items when going into fitting rooms in stores. I only want to make one trip to the fitting room.

2. The loop strings sewn into the shoulders of women’s dresses, clothes etc. So annoying.

3. People smoking at the exits of buildings so when you walk outside of the building you walk straight into 30 cigarettes being smoked.

Agave – Authentic Mexican Cuisine and Décor

March 15th, 2010

Walking towards Agave, you notice the small shop front and warehouse facade of the block of where it resides on Crown Street, Surry Hills. When you walk in the door and you are immediately welcomed to a large split leveled, uniquely styled restaurant. A Mexican style with deep earthy colours, bright blues, oranges and greens and a pleasant maître d’.

I arrived with my close friend Alasdair who asked for a table for two. After a quick look around, the restaurant appeared to be quite busy, but there was a table waiting for us downstairs near the kitchen.

As you walk down the stairs you can’t help but to look around the restaurant, paying close attention to the collection of hand painted Talavera plates, the fabrics and this huge Aztec calendar sculpture on the left at the entrance. Owners Jo and Gerardo made a conscious effort to make the restaurant as authentic in style, as in taste.

We sat at our table quickly and got straight into it. Drinks!

As a non-beer drinker, I thought I would try a Mexican beer. The Pacifico Clara to be exact. As a non-beer drinker, I didn’t really enjoy it, so I went for a great glass of the Evans & Tate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc which went down an absolute treat!

Ordering the appetiser was easy – Queso Fundido. Chorizo, chilli and mushrooms folded through warm cheese and served with tortillas and pico de gallo (Spicy chicken). Delicious and big enough to share between the two of us.

Our mains came in good time. Enough time to digest, and enough time to not wonder where our food was. We were enjoying the environment we were in, and watching the drunken table of ten across from us.

I had the Pollo En Mole Poblano, chicken simmerd in mexican sauces, with spices, dried chillis and cocao served on green rice. Alasdair got the Molcajetes, seared king prawns, lamb, guacamole, green rice, salsa, fetta and totillas. We both enjoyed our meals very much. Suprisingly, with all the mention of spices and chilli, our meals had a really lovely subtle taste. My chicken was tender, and absoletely cooked to perfection. I stole one of Alasdair’s prawns when I told him to look up the stairs because Hugh Jackman walked in. Of course I lied. But the prawn was succulent. He mentioned he throughly enjoyed the lamb mixed with everything else on the tortilla.

We skipped desserts and went to the Dolphin Hotel next door for a drink instead.

Will I go back again? Absolutely. I need to try the desserts!

Did I think it was over-priced? Not at all. Appertisers are all $12 and mains from $22 up to $28. Wines by the glass, $6-$12.

What did I think of the atmosphere and service? It had a great warm and homely atmos, and the service was good.

Final say: An enjoyable meal and drinks, at a great Mexican restaurant, without all the tackiness of a typical Mexican restaurant with a shop-a-docket theme.

2/410 Crown Street, Surry Hills – (02) 9326 9072