Month: March 2014

Exploring North Melbourne café secrets – Delicious!

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Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse
Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse, North Melbourne

Coffee: ★★★★☆ (4.5 stars) coffee
Staff: ★★★★★ big grin
Food: ★★★★★ cook
Puppy friendly puppy dog eyes

Bam! Shook off last night’s craft beers with a delicious Colombian dark roast and hit Queen Vic Market for my Saturday AM happy place!

Freshly ground Colombian coffee beans, caviar dip, fresh farm eggs, fruit & veg. Check! North Melbourne brunch. Check! Speaking of check, next time you’re looking for somewhere new for Saturday AM breakfast/brunch, check out Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse.

One of the most exciting parts about living in Melbourne CBD is the plethora of choices to eat, drink & be merry! Decided to explore North Melbourne this morning and the folks suggested Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse. Amazing!

Probably the friendliest staff I’ve seen since my last trip to Johannesburg (South Africans nail customer service), great coffee and the most delectaballs (smile emoticon) fruit platter with strawberries, melons, passionfruit, vanilla yoghurt, chia seed syrup & Vietnamese mint.

10/10 Di Bella!

Dan Wilkinson

Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse
19-21 Leveson Street North Melbourne
Melbourne 3051 Ph: (03) 9329 2973


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Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Top 5 must-see acts!

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Greg Behrendt live at Melbourne International Comedy Festival with Dave Thornton and Dave Anthony.
Greg Behrendt live at Melbourne International Comedy Festival with Dave Thornton & Dave Anthony.

Just as the weather in Melbourne begins to turn Crowded House.. BANG! One my favourite events of the calendar year brings the city of Melbourne alive! Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

If you’ve never been then head into town one night with friends after work for a cheeky pint and a couple of shows. It’s this time of year that I feel transported away and Melbourne feels truly European.

Here are my Top 5 must-see acts in 2014:

1. Wil Anderson in Wiluminati.

I’ve been following Wil Anderson since Glasshouse and triple j days, and always enjoyed his intelligent, worldly insights on politics and currents events mixed in with the occasional dollop of smutty humour 😉

https://twitter.com/wil_anderson
https://www.facebook.com/officialwilanderson

2. Jason Byrne in You Name The Show!

Lot’s of good-spirited audience participation & guaranteed to make you wet yourself. Seriously two of the funniest shows I’ve seen at MICF the past 2 years!

http://www.facebook.com/LiveNationComedy
http://www.jasonbyrne.ie/

3. Greg Behrendt

Greg’s been around the comedy circuit for years and one hell of a nice guy, but what hooked me in is Greg Behrendt’s podcast with Dave Anthony, Walking The Room. That and bright pink mohawks.. A little bit, nay, a lot fuckin’ wrong and bloody hilarious!

https://twitter.com/gregorybehrendt
http://www.gregbehrendt.com/

Subscribe here:
http://www.walkingtheroom.com/
https://twitter.com/WalkingTheRoom

4. Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen in TOFOP LIVE

One of the coolest podcasts going around & live for the first time at Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Subscribe here:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/tofop/id381224765?mt=2
https://twitter.com/TOFOP
http://www.tofop.com/category/podcasts/

5. Sam Simmons in Death of a Sails-Man.

Loved Sam’s punchy, quirky humour since back in the day when he featured regularly on Scott Dooley’s triple j show with Shitty Trivia and was fortunate enough to meet him backstage at Brisbane Festival’s Spiegeltent a few years back. Guarantee you’ve never seen anything like it and a little bit awesome!

https://twitter.com/samsimmonss
https://www.facebook.com/samsimmonscomedy

Others on my hit-list include:

Get amongst it!

Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Wednesday March 26th to Sunday April 20th.
For more information visit: comedyfestival.com.au

Melbourne CBD comes alive during Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Melbourne CBD comes alive during Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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Sunday.. my day.. Butternut Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Deliciousness.

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Ahh.. Sunday.. my day.. Phone on silent, limit the interwebs, potter around the house.. shut off the world.

The two things I crave on a rare day off.. cooking up a storm in the kitchen whilst singing along to wicked tunes. And this folks.. is one of my favourite dishes of mine own invention to make on such days. I usually start late morning and cook it slowly through the afternoon.

Roast Butternut Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup.

1kg Butternut Pumpkin
1kg Sweet Potato
4 cloves of garlic
Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 chopped, brown onion
Fresh, chopped rosemary
Fresh, chopped chives
Fresh, chopped coriander
Sprinkle of ground cumin
Sweet corn cut fresh from the cob
Cracked Pepper
Sour Cream
Fresh basil sprigs
1l soup stock

1. Slice pumpkin & sweet potato into medium-sized chunks and place in baking dish with your 4 cloves of garlic.
2. Boil the pumpkin for 15 minutes and the sweet potato for 10,  then bake them for a further 20 – 25 minutes at 200°C (390°F) with garlic cloves, rosemary,  freshly ground salt & pepper, lightly coated with Cobram Estate Olive Oil.
3. While the veggies are getting their awesome on in the oven, grab a large saucepan, 2 x chicken or vegetable stock cubes and mix with 1l of boiling water to make up your stock.
4. Once the pumpkin/sweet potato are roasted to a beautiful, light golden brown, fry your finely chopped onion in olive oil before adding the roasted pumpkin, sweet potato and garlic to the saucepan.
5. Mash the vegetables and stir the stock in. Add more water as necessary as well as chives and coriander to the saucepan.
6. Simmer the soup on a low heat for a few hours and enjoy a few cheeky libations as needed.
7. Taste test as you go and once ready, serve up with cracked pepper, add a handful of sweet corn, a sprig of fresh garden basil and a healthy dollop of sour cream.

Once you’ve cooked up my recipe for the 1st time, drop us your pics on Twitter and tell us what you think. Even if you’re cooking for one, you can freeze these portions of soup as a delicious treat any time you’re feeling hungry and can’t be bothered getting your chef on.

Seriously one of my favourite recipes and taking time out for the little things at least 1 day a week does wonders for the soul.

Enjoy!

DW

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Aerosol Alley 2 – the magic of Melbourne streetart.

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Melbourne… the self-proclaimed sporting, music, food & cultural capital of Australia. And a significant part of the melting pot of culture & a reflection of Melbourne’s diverse walks of life reside in its street-art. I love this city. 

2 years back, webzine Invurt.com and local artist Wayne Tindall started a project in Melbourne’s inner-city backstreets to transform a seedy Windsor laneway into a gallery and meeting point for Australia’s finest street-art.

Travelling under the unofficial nickname of “Aerosol Alley”, the laneway eventually captured the imagination of the local council, Stonnington, who renamed the space “Artists Lane” and encouraged rather than hindered the project. A positive sign of the times.

Now supported by local businesses and the local community, last weekend Wayne and the Invurt.com crew threw a party for Aerosol Alley’s 2nd birthday and celebrated by reinvigorating Artists Lane with live painting by 20+ of Melbourne’s top graffiti & street artists.

Perfect blue skies, urban beats and a few cheeky ales gave way to this a little laneway of magic.  

Beauty is Everywhere.

DW

Aerosol Alley 2 artists include:
Drewfunk, Putos, Silk Roy, Loadz, Presto, Ero, Senekt, Bailer, Facter, Ohnoes, Amac, Jak Rapmund, Paners, Woke, Jojo Spins, Jack Frost, Short, Choq, Jack Douglas, Makatron, Heesco, Ryan Boserio, Troll, Mysterious Al, Pierre Llloga, Unwell Bunny, Rus Kidd, Frosk, Jonathan Guthmann, Ashley Goudie and INK & CLOG (Singapore).

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Artists Lane, Melbourne. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group) © www.hotndelicious.com
Artists Lane, Melbourne. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group) © http://www.hotndelicious.com