Ballantyne Magazine

Winter 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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BALLANTYNE WINTER 2018 - 2019 84 Escape Paul McConachy Majestic ocean views include (clockwise) Bondi Icebergs Club, the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk and Kiama. climbs up and down the rocky coast while taking in majestic ocean views. A quick day trip to the town of Kiama leads to the Kiama Blowhole, where waves create a large gusher effect. "The blowhole is one cool site that the kids and adults can enjoy as it's such a distinct occurrence," Nicole notes. For thrill-seekers with no fear of heights, the Sydney Bridge Walk is a way to see the city from an unusual vantage point. Limited to participants 8 and older, the climb takes several hours to reach the top of the bridge — equivalent to 41 stories high if it were a building. The adventure was one of the Daws' early dates on a trip to see Mike's family. Foodies will enjoy dining at Doyle's at Watson's Bay (the Daws love the fish and chips), Opera House Bar (Northern COFFEE, AUSTRALIAN STYLE When New York native Nicole Daw met the Australian man who one day would become her husband, she quickly learned he was a coffee connoisseur. "Mike had his own elaborate espresso machine with a monster power converter because it was an Aussie machine," Nicole remembers. Now living in Ballantyne, the couple loves to visit Rush Espresso in Ballantyne Village, which is owned and operated by fellow Aussie, Paul McConachy. McConachy says it's common for Australians to have their own espresso machines. "In Australia, coffee is not an ancillary item like it is within the States. Coffee is an event. It's a forced break to stop and enjoy the varying flavors while taking in surroundings, great company and stimulating conversation." McConachy sources Rush Espresso's coffee that comes from his homeland through another native Australian, Phillip Di Bella, known for his Di Bella Coffee company and Abbotsford Road coffee shops. "Harvesting the top 10 percent of beans for roasting makes for coffee of higher quality, with lower acidity and smooth, rich taste," McConachy says. "We listened to our American market and those well-traveled coffee lovers, which resulted in our 'Crema' blend," McConachy says. SIDE TRIP Courtesy of Tourism Australia Courtesy of KLYX Photography Courtesy of Tourism Australia

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