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YakiSoda Is a New Neighbourhood Cocktail Bar Influenced by Nikkei Culture – Concrete Playground

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Wellington’s newest pop-up, YakiSoda, takes its inspiration from the combination of Japanese and Peruvian cultures — known as Nikkei.

Bartender-owners Giancarlo Jesus and Kerry Burgess came up with the idea of pairing Peruvian street food and Japanese highballs after both of their lives and plans were uprooted with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During lockdown it was a time for us to look back at what made us tick and excited about being in bars and restaurants. The drinks, atmosphere, music and food all added to the full experience. I (Gian) was born in Peru and my lockdown was spent with my family learning recipes and getting to know the Japanese side of my family.”

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Ikea reveals it will buy back used furniture for resale, recycling or donation

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Swedish furniture giant Ikea says it will offer to buy back thousands of pieces of used Ikea furniture for resale, recycling or donation to community projects.

The Swedish giant said on Tuesday that its Black Friday event will be “an opportunity to meet customers’ needs in ways that contribute to a circular economy”.

It will run from November 24 to December 3 in 27 countries, including Australia.

“A circular economy can only be achieved through investment and collaboration with customers, other businesses, local communities and governments, so we can eradicate waste and create a cycle of repair, reuse, refurbishment and recycling,” Pia Heidenmark Cook, the group’s chief sustainability officer said.

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Sydney Tower Is Now Home to a Retrofuturistic 83rd-Level Bar, a Moody Fine-Diner and a Fancy Buffet – Concrete Playground

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On September 25, 1981, Sydneysiders got their first look at the revolving restaurants inside Sydney Tower. Exactly 39 years later, the restaurants have reopened after a $12-million renovation, with new looks, A-plus cocktails and a star cast of Sydney hospitality elite.

The tower’s dining precinct is split into three levels: 70s-inspired Bar 83, opulent fine-diner Infinity and casual buffet restaurant Sky Feast. Each space has a unique design by Loopcreative, pulling inspiration from the likes of space odysseys, Aussie backyard pools and bygone Kings Cross bars.

Here, we’ll walk you through each level.

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BAR 83

Part-retro, part-futuristic with circular red and white lounges, gold lights and striking mirrors,…



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Australia Looks Set for a Particularly Wet Summer with an Increased Risk of Flooding – Concrete Playground

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Every quarter, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology releases its climate outlook for the coming season, signalling to the country just what type of weather might be in store. For the winter just gone, for example, it advised that we were in for hotter and wetter-than-average conditions. And, for both spring and summer, it’s now predicting plenty of warm-weather rain.

BOM’s spring forecast was actually released at the end of August, noting two key points. First, it advised that there’s a high likelihood of above-average rainfall across this period. Secondly, it noted that temperatures are likely to be average or even slightly below average in the nation’s south, and warmer than usual in the country’s north. Since…



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