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Ramsgate is a modest bayside suburb and wonderfully so. The newspaper shop, real estate agent and $2 shop are lost against the late evening skyline. Bar Amalfi sits comfortably amidst the other small businesses where its owner Chris champions modern ideas in relation to sandwiches, lunch dishes and drinks.

The ambience and overflowing friendship is so good at Amalfi there is no need to show off with grand or fancy affectation. Customer’s voices rise above the contemporary music in the background while the nude art on the walls reflect the café’s temperament. It is a place of well tuned humility.

On the weekends customers like modern day pilgrims line up on the footpath awaiting their chance to occupy a seat in this temple to partake in the spirit of caffeine.

I have to admit what really sets this little Bar apart for me is the hot chocolate drink adorned with hot chocolate art.

Just look at this masterpiece by Chris pictured above. The circular web-like lines look imposingly regular, their near-symmetry earned the hard way with years of training. A small flick of gold colour here and there just balances the large white space in between the deep chocolate brown lines.

There is no confusion in Chris’s design. One must ask, are his offerings influenced by the Cubism of Picasso and Braque, because it is clear that the delicacy of his lines resembles nothing that Picasso ever painted.

As with all good art it is the corners where the image is diffused and this is also true when it comes to Chris’s masterwork. As you slurp the delicious hot chocolate ART drink, the corners of the work are the first to drop their shape. It is at this point that ordinary things and abstract forms, for a moment float, and are suspended for deliberation.

Taking this all in makes me hold my breath and the other customers watching me feel the same.

Chris clearly has outdone himself.

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