Where to celebrate La Chandeleur

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NOTE: This is the 2018 version of this article. For the 2019 version, click here.


The French crepe day, La Chandeleur, is this Friday 2 February. Below is a list of places to get your crepe fix! What’s your favourite crepe filling?

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ADELAIDE ACCUEIL is holding an event for La Chandeleur in Thebarton.

LA LORIENTAISE will have its usual crepe and galette offerings and is open from 8am to 4pm.

LE CARPE DIEM is offering a special deal for the day: $15 for a savoury buckwheat galette and a sweet crepe. You can choose from a large selection from the menu. Open from 8am to 10am.

PARIS PLAGE like their other business, Le Carpe Diem, will also offer a special deal for the day: $15 for a savoury buckwheat galette and a sweet crepe. You can choose from a large selection from the menu. Open from 8am to 5pm.




LE PETIT PARIS will be doing buckwheat galettes as well as buckwheat vegan galettes for the day. Open from 9am to 4pm.

MISS CLAUDE’S – Eat Street, Northshore – will have a special crepe for the day – details not available at the time of publication.

TAMM HA TAMM FRENCH CREPERIE is having a crepe party. For $25 you will get a drink (coffee, cold drink or small smoothie) + unlimited sweet crepes from their menu (salted butter caramel, dark chocolate, seasonal fruits, lemon and sugar, apple/pear compote and jam. Possible extras: ice cream and whipped cream). You need to book in advance either via the facebook page or by telephone. In addition, they will have plain crepes to take away for $3 each (24 hour notice pre-orders required).



BREIZH CAFE will have their usual galettes and crepes from 8am to 4pm.

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BAR SUR LOUP  will be doing crepes with speculoos or raspberry filling for our readers on the day of La Chandeleur (2 February). Otherwise, today, Monday 30 January, they are offering 2 nutella crepes for the price of 1. This offer is only available from 8am to 3pm.

ROULE GALETTE will have their usual galette and crepe selection. They are open from 7:30am to 9:30pm.



LA MAISON DE FRANCE is holding a Crepe Night for La Chandeleur on Friday 9 February. It’s free but RSVP is a must.

PANCAKES AT CARILLON will have their usual crepes and galettes. As the name suggests they also do pancakes.

PANCAKE TALK font des crepes tous les jours. Ouvert de 8h a 18h30 le 2 fevrier.

Galette by Gastronomer’s Guide

BITTON GOURMET, Alexandria will have their every day crepes. Open from 7am to 9pm.

BONJOUR CAFÉ will have a special $27 gourmet lunch for La Chandeleur which includes: a Savoury Crepe with Chicken breast marinated into a bechamel sauce mixed with veggies & mozzarella cheese plus a Sweet Crepe: strawberries, bananas, nutella, whipped cream & vanilla ice cream and a glass of French wine from a selection of wines on the menu.

FOUR FROGS CREPERIEwill have their every day menu of crepes and galettes. They are open at Mosman from 7am to 9pm, Randwick from 11am til late and Circular Quay from 7am til late.

GOURMANDISE DE PARIS, PYRMONT will have their usual crepes on offer. Open from 7:30am to 9pm.


Will you be celebrating La Chandeleur – are you more savoury or sweet?

REVIEW: The Daisy Theatre at Sydney Festival

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Last week we went to see Ronnie Burkett’s Theatre of Marionettes’ The Daisy Theatre at Sydney Festival. You can also read an interview that we did with Ronnie Burkett here.

When a show starts with a striptease, you can’t help but ask yourself “what will happen next?”

This cheeky start was not the most shocking thing to happen in the show with people having apparently walked out in shock in previous performances!

Ronnie Burkett gives life to marionettes in the Daisy Theatre. He tells us at the beginning of the show that there are 40 of them but that we can’t possibly see all of them during the one two-hour show. Rather, each show is different given that different marionettes will be brought out depending on both Burkett’s mood and that of the crowd.

After the stripper, we meet two circus people, one very tall man with pervy tendencies and another very little character with a cute little voice called Schnitzel who is clearly scared of the other. The reason for Schnitzel’s name is never explained. Schnitzel, once alone on stage, tells us about his life, not feeling like he fits in and his wish for wings to be able to fly. He tells that sometimes he sees a man above, his creator and asks the audience if we too would like to see the man above. The crowd enthusiastically answers yes. Schnitzel then climbs the stage curtain to ask the man above if he will give him wings. The man doesn’t reply. The audience has already fallen in love with Schnitzel.

Schnitzel on the right in The Daisy Theatre. Image by Prudence Upton

Next up we meet a divorcee from Nashville who sings and dances for us. She is wearing a fabulous, detailed costume – just as all characters we meet are. Dressed in a white fringed dress, with white fringed boots, she amuses us for her musical number.

Schnitzel met his maker at the beginning of the show. Now it is time for the audience to meet Jesus. Jesus told us about his last Christmas with his parents and just how much he hates Easter with his Dad’s incessant bad jokes. Apparently this was the moment that had a lady walk out of the show previously. Jesus comically explains to us that commandments 1 to 10 can be forgotten and that it is commandments 11 to 20, which Moses couldn’t fit on the stone because he wrote the others too large, that are more important. He leaves us with commandment 11 – don’t be an arsehole.

Then it’s up to the audience to choose between 3 different characters to come out next. The crowd was divided but in the end it was the former Hollywood actress performing, and butchering, Shakespeare. She decides to perform Romeo and Juliet which of course means she needs a Romeo. A bearded man was chosen from the audience and brought onto the small stage. In a scene which became more and more ridiculous by the minute, the two of them attempt to re-enact the final scene of Romeo and Juliet in which Juliet wakes from her fake poisoning to find that Romeo has in fact properly poisoned himself and she decides to now join him in death. Our Hollywood actress was quite demanding and made our poor audience member Romeo do the scene over and over again. By about the 8th try, just before it could become too tiresome for the audience, they get it right!

Image by Prudence Upton

Burkett promised us vaudeville at the beginning of the show and he kept that promise. In a touching scene we see an elderly ventriloquist who is asleep and his dummy on his lap is willing him to wake up to perform their famous scene. This scene managed to put tears in the audience, this time not tears of laughter but twinging tears of compassion and empathy for the dummy explaining the ridicule and difficulty of their lives as has beens.

Next up, we meet Edna, the elderly lady who ended up on stage by accident. She thought she was in the green room. She makes us laugh with her stories of the CPC (the Commonwealth Pie Championships, of course!) However, she also touches us and pulls on our heart-strings with stories of her now deceased husband.

Then it was time for another audience choice. The character chosen by our audience was a Québécois lady who had been a popular singer in her time. She too needed audience assistance so another man was brought on stage from the audience. She mocked him for his choice of theatre attire (shorts and thongs). Seeing the interaction between these two was hilarious especially when our Québécois lady reminisced about the two of them making love. Reddening, the man didn’t know where to look or quite what to do! Having embarrassed him enough, or at least for now, she instructs him to turn wheels on a box which has been sitting in front of the stage. He does so and to our surprise an orchestra of marionettes comes out. Turn the wheel on the other side of the box and this orchestra starts to perform!

Image by Prudence Upton


We couldn’t possibly finish the show without seeing Schnitzel again who this time arrives on stage in his pyjamas with his teddy bear ready to go to bed. He talks to us about the courage of the audience members who came on stage and the love that he feels for the crowd. It was again a very touching moment.

Schnitzel ready for bed. Image by Prudence Upton

Ronnie Burkett is a marvel! Creating the characters, making the marionettes and then giving them a life for 2 hours straight without interval is incredible. Also impressive is the way that he could make the audience relate to the characters. We related to their stories – Edna now widowed and Schnitzel not fitting in. If you go to see just one show before Sydney Festival finishes, we highly recommend you make it this one.

You have until 26 January to see the show at the Sydney Festival. It’s on every night this week except Monday. Tickets and more information can be found here.