What’s On at the Weekend!

Welcome to the Weekend Blog!

meme-cats-33292012-500-360


Weather

Looks like it’s going to be around 18 degrees during the day and 11 at night.


Going for a Movie?

Palace Cinemas

  • 2D JURASSIC WORLD(M)
    THU-SAT/MON-TUE 8.30am, 11.30am, 9.00pmSUN 9.20am, 4.20pm, 9.00pm WED 9.20am, 5.15pm, 9.00pm
  • 2D MINIONS(PG)
    THU-SAT/MON-TUE 9.00am, 10.50am, 3.15pm SUN 8.55am, 11.10am WED 8.55am, 10.40am
  • 2D TERMINATOR GENISYS(M) (no free tickets)
    THU-SAT/MON-TUE 9.00am, 4.45pm, 7.10pm, 9.20pm SUN 10.40am, 4.50pm, 7.10pm, 9.30pm WED 11.40am, 4.50pm, 7.10pm, 9.30pm
  • FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD(M) (no free tickets)
    THU-SAT/MON-TUE 2.00pm, 4.20pm, 6.40pm SUN 11.45am, 5.25pm, 7.35pm WED 12.25pm, 4.20pm, 7.35pm
  • INSIDE OUT(PG)
    THU-SAT/MON-TUE 12.35pm, 5.00pm SUN 12.55pm, 3.35pm WED 1.35pm, 3.25pm
  • LOVE AND MERCY(M) (no free tickets)
    THU-SAT/MON-TUE 1.00pm, 7.00pm SUN/WED 2.00pm, 6.40pm
  • ROYAL BALLET: LA FILLE MAL GARDEE(CTC) (no free tickets)
    SUN 1.00pm WED 11.00am
  • TED 2(MA15+) (no free tickets)
    THU-SAT/MON-TUE 10.50am, 2.30pm, 9.30pm SUN 9.00am, 2.40pm, 9.45pm WED 8.50am, 2.40pm, 9.50pm

Gig Guide

Friday 5th June:
The Northern – Battleships, DJ Taya Mills
The Rails – (7pm) Bohemian Cowboys
The Beach Hotel – (5pm) Luke & Sebastian (9pm) The Maze, The Indians
Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Neary

Saturday 6th June:
The Northern –  Vinnie La Duce
The Rails – (7pm) Betty Blissett
The Beach Hotel – (9pm) Jonny Drama & Just Sayin’
Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Neary

Sunday 7th June:
The Northern – Nick Cunningham
The Rails – (7pm) Davey Bob & The Blue Healers
The Beach Hotel – (4:30pm) The Empresarios (8pm) DJ Longtime


Markets
Byron Artisan Market – Saturday – Railway Park Evening 5pm – 9pm
Byron Monthly Market – Sunday – Butler Reserve 8am-3pm


That’s some of the awesome things to do this weekend so go out and have fun and enjoy!

Swiss Cooking – Classic Cheese Fondue

We had the ever-popular Swiss Cooking activity this afternoon.

IMG_1461

Claudia had nine students at start of the hour as she took charge of Yvonne’s classic Cheese Fondue recipe. However, by the time I went down to the kitchen to take some photos, there were a lot more students enjoying a dip. Everyone really enjoyed it, even those who’d never tasted fondue before. And DK said that since it contained schapps and wine, nobody would be able to do any homework tonight!

IMG_1464

IMG_1462


IMG_1463

Two of the students took the recipe home so they could make it again at the weekend. And here it is it below in case you want to try it out at home.

Cheese Fondue

Ingredients

600g shredded cheese (50/50 Gruyere and Emmental)

I garlic clove

A third of a bottle of white wine

3 teaspoon of cornflour

3 small glasses kirsch

Ground pepper and nutmeg to taste

 

Method

Rub a heavy saucepan or fondue pot with the split garlic clove.

Dissolve the cornstarch in the kirsch.

Put the cheese and wine into the pan and slowly bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

When the cheese is completely melted, add the kirsch and cornflour mixture, stirring vigourously.

Continue to cook and season to taste with pepper and nutmeg.

Serve over an alcohol lamp or candle plate warmer so the cooking can continue on a low heat.

Now enjoy by dipping in small pieces of bread, meat or vegetables speared on a fondue fork.

Keep stirring with your bread as you dip.

Enjoy 🙂

IMG_1459

Accommodation Options for English Students

So, you’ve decided you want to study English Australia but you are not sure about where to stay, during your studies, or how much it will cost? Here at Lexis Byron Bay we offer students three different options to suit their objectives, needs and budgets.

Homestay

PicMonkey Collage

Photos from the home of homestay providers – Claudia and Byron Bernardazzi

Many students elect for the traditional option of a homestay as it not only provides a safe, comfortable living environment, but also plenty of opportunities to meet local people, make lasting friendships and get in lots of English practice. Homestay options include half-board (breakfast and dinner), B&B (breakfast only), executive homestay (own bathroom) and twin room. Prices (2015) range from $160 (twin room B&B) to $270 (half-board executive).

CAE students Samy Ben Miled and José Da Silva Barbosa are currently in a twin-share homestay. José explains below why he chose this option and why he is enjoying it so far.

“I chose homestay so I could have contact with locals and experience another culture. It’s also a great way to improve my English. My experience with my family has been really good because the father has the same interests as me; football (soccer). Only yesterday, we went to watch a game together. I’m really lucky. “

photo (19)

Jose (far left) and Samy (front centre) enjoying the beach with other Lexis students

Student House

sh

Front of student house

sh1

Twin room in student house


On the other hand, many students prefer the independence of living in a student house and if you like to cook, don’t mind doing your own cleaning and washing and can get on with a house full of sharemates from around the world, this might be the option for you! Rooms start at $160 for a twin share, while the most expensive option is a single room at $200.

 Reto Neuhaus, a current Swiss German student, booked to stay in the student house for the entire 20 weeks of his studies. Below, he explains why.

 “I thought it would be a great way to meet other students and make friends quickly and also enable me to live more independently than a homestay. When I arrived, I discovered that it was right next to the school, which is perfect!”

sh2

Student house kitchen

On-site Accommodation

IMG_0570

Twin bedroom in on-site accommodation

IMG_0584

Kitchen facilities for use by on-site accommodation residents

At Lexis Byron Bay we also have one other very special and unique option; students can live on-site in a purpose built accommodation block attached to the school. Students living on-site, share the lounge, kitchen and toilet facilities with the school while sleeping in brand new, light, bright, airy bedrooms. Laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi are included and standard prices range from $150 for four-bed dorm to $225 for a single. In addition, there are “Specials” at certain times which make the prices even more appealing.

I asked Sora Kim, from South Korea, how she enjoyed living on-site.

“It’s so good because you meet many people from lots of different countries and we all sit together in the evening and talk. Whenever I’m feeling lonely or homesick I can just go down to the kitchen and there’s always something going on. Also, because it’s attached to the school, I don’t have to worry about the weather or getting up early!”

IMG_1237

Sora outside the on-site accommodation

Fondue Masterclass

 

Image

Today, Yvonne delighted us all with her classic Cheese Fondue. Everyone joined in to grate cheese, cut bread and stir the pot. And then of course, we all enjoyed participating in the dipping (even though I dropped most of mine on the table).

Below is the recipe Yvonne used. It’s extremely simple and very easy to reproduce at home.

 

Cheese Fondue

Ingredients

600g shredded cheese (50/50 Gruyere and Emmental)

I garlic clove

A third of a bottle of white wine

3 teaspoon of cornflour

3 small glasses kirsch

Ground pepper and nutmeg to taste

 

Method

Rub a heavy saucepan or fondue pot with the split garlic clove.

Dissolve the cornstarch in the kirsch.

Put the cheese and wine into the pan and slowly bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

When the cheese is completely melted, add the kirsch and cornflour mixture, stirring vigourously.

Continue to cook and season to taste with pepper and nutmeg.

Serve over an alcohol lamp or candle plate warmer so the cooking can continue on a low heat.

Now enjoy by dipping in small pieces of bread, meat or vegetables speared on a fondue fork.

Keep stirring with your bread as you dip.

 

NB. It’s tradition that anyone who loses their bread in the pan must either pay for a round of beer or a bottle of wine, or, alternatively, kiss the person sitting next to them!