Very excited about Smell You Later – scent based encounters curated by Katie Lenanton for Next Wave 2014. If you’d like to experience Bill Noonan’s hacked aroma diffusers plus installations by the fabulous Grace Gamage and Olivia O’Donnell, drop by the festival venues (Melbourne, Fitzroy, Carlton, Newport AND Northcote!) between 1 and 11 May. Did I mention its free? More information at the event website. Stunning photo of Grace and Olivia is by Jessica Eucalyptus Quinnell. Mmmm…

Grace and Olivia : Jessica Eucalyptus Quinnell

reservoir wars : northside rollers triple bout

Reservoir Wars is coming! Mark May 4 on your calendar and grab tickets for a huge triple serve of roller derby at Puckhandlers. Doors open at 12, kicking off at 1:00 with Diamond Valley Rough-Cut Rollers vs Murray Valley Derby Dames Murray Mayhems, followed by Return of the Jedi at 3:00. Bout 2 pits the Northside Rollers Rebel Alliance against the South Sea Banshees. Finally, bout 3 at 5:00 – Northside Rollers Death Stars vs South Sea Sirens. Book in at Brown Paper Tickets now!

reservoir wars

il melograno is coming

I’m pleased to hear that Westgarth Village will soon welcome Il Melograno – gelato, granita and pasticceria with a slow foods, real ingredients feel. The gelato chef is Marco Enea, a third generation gelataio from Palermo, who plans to use Australian fruit in season – and no gluten or preservatives. Look out for Carl Fodera’s Il Melograno, which should open in June…

a huge weekend for roller derby

Calling all roller derby fans – both the Victorian Roller Derby League and Northside Rollers have bouts this weekend! Of course I’m going to all of them. Saturday 12th April belongs to the VRDL, who have two games scheduled: Rock Mobsters vs Dead Ringer Rosies at 5:45, and Dolls of Hazard vs Toxic Avengers at 7:45. Doors open at 5:15. Sunday the 13th is the second Home Bout for the Northside Rollers, where the Sisters of Anarchy will battle the Pulp Vixens. Doors are 4pm, with the game starting at 5. Tickets for both bouts available now, so get on it!

vrdl bout 2: april 12 2014

northside rollers bout 2: 13 april 2014

beef bulgogi @ seoul soul, northcote

Seoul Soul Northcote opened on Friday 28 March, and I enjoyed my recent lunch there. My beef bulgogi came with rice, salad, fruit and a few cocktail sized nibbles – delicious, generous, and great value at $10. I’ll definitely be back to try the bibimbap, kimchi, noodle soup, and chargrill BBQ options. Love the modern industrial fitout too. Find Seoul Soul at 315 High St Northcote (and their original premises at 323 Victoria St, Abbotsford).

beef bulgogi @ seoul soul, northcote

mimby jones robinson @ dream lab

Mimby Jones Robinson is painting at Dream Lab today, as part of the True North Reservoir Arts Festival. You’ll also find some cool handmade electronic musical instruments there, courtesy of Dean Stanton (International Junk Orchestra). Find Dream Lab at 674 High St, Reservoir.

mimby jones robinson : wip @ dream lab

ghostpatrol @ chew burger

After a few dramas, Chew Burger opened this week. Delicious looking burgers, sides, and art by Ghostpatrol. Check out some super work in progress shots here. The windows will feature fresh art on a regular basis, and the 86 tram goes right past. Find Chew Burger on facebook and at 147 Plenty Rd, Preston.

ghostpatrol @ chew burger, preston