The Ultimate Aussie Breakfast

Pete Maiden brings the Aussie lifestyle stateside - Vegemite never looked so good

Name: Pete Maiden

Dish Made: Bircher muesli. Poached eggs, English muffin or french stick, Vegemite, ham, sliced avocado, tomatoes and baked beans (it’s all about making the ultimate bite).

Hometown: Sydney

Current Location: New York City

Day Job: Editor of Billabout.com and store owner of B_SPACE. Producer and director of live music content.

Daily Uniform: 3×1 or Black Levi Jeans, Earnest Sewn or Jay Crew shirt (flannel in winter), Mambo Farting Dog Black Hoody, Bushman Drizabone, Yankees cap or Navy Beanie, Cole Haan Luna Grand chuccas, Florentini Baker Boots or Volley shoes.

I have a few: Odd socks. Apple Macs and hard drives.

The taste I couldn’t live without: Chips and salsa; bread, olive oil and salt.

I love what I do because: I continually get inspired and re-motivated by the people I interview and work with.

Vegemite is: Delicious and creeping into the American diet.

Tell us about your new B_SPACE store and how it’s transitioned to a Nolita shop!
B_SPACE is a retail store showcasing Australian lifestyle, culture and brands to the US in downtown New York. Our brands include Volley, Mambo, Ellery et Gras sunglasses, Mara and Mine, Nicole Trunfio Jewelry, Meandher, Zanerobe, M&M Sydney, Urban Boulder, Valley Eyewear, Tasmanian Scarf Co., Drizabone, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man Coffe and Tea, Corbin Harris, Adrian Mesko’s Silk Scarf brand, Temps Des Reves and we are launching our new namesake brand B_LINE (with my design partner Sloane Angell). And we have some awesome brands coming in the Spring!

What’s the main goal behind Billabout and how did it get started?
The main goal is to promote Australian people, creative culture, lifestyle and brands in America. Billabout turns two on Australia Day! The idea was born from wanting to help promote some of the amazing Australian bands I covered while working at Rolling Stone in New York City. There are such amazingly talented Australians working and living in the US, and I wanted to help provide a platform to tell their story and support and promote their work and lives. And the Billabout staff is awesome!

Currently listening to: The Traveling Wilburys, Tame Impala, MS MR, The National, and that Wild Ones song with SIA (while attempting to dance.) We also stream Triple J in the store some days.

Latest splurge: Buying Christmas presents at Love Adorned on Elizabeth Street in Nolita including two giant Connect 4 sets.

I’m dying to go: Get some sun.

My Top 5 Meals:
1. Thanksgiving lunch on mum and dad’s balcony in Claireville last year
2. A date in the basement of Il Buco, New York
3. Late night BBQ (Stubbs or Iron Works) and Mexican in Austin, Texas
4. Anything from Gjelina in Venice, California
5. The Rigatoni Pitti followed by the Veal Milanese at Bar Pitti in New York

My motto in life is: Go for it.