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

cooking classes with yuka from disco beans

Just when you thought Disco Beans couldn’t get any better – Yuka Harte is now running Japanese cooking classes. If you live in Melbourne, she will COME TO YOUR HOUSE and show you how to make two entrees and one main course. Get some pals together, make a booking, and enjoy! More info at the Disco Beans website and Three Thousand

six hour blackout hits northside

It was unusually dark in Northcote (and Thornbury and Preston and some of Brunswick) last night. We had a power blackout AKA #hipstergeddon from 6:30ish to 12:20ish this morning. A fault at the West Melbourne Terminal Station knocked out substations at West Brunswick and Northcote. Cause is still unknown. A good excuse for candles and blankets and wine with pals, but 6 hours is a touch too long – especially when the power company has no idea what actually happened…

disco beans : now in preston

I thought Disco Beans had gone for good – so happy to hear Yuka has found new premises! Find her at 539 Plenty Rd, Preston, the website, and facebook. Nice to know we can still drop by for coffee, food and art – just a slightly longer ride on the 86 tram…

warming with spices

For me, chilly weather means a return to the kitchen. Time to make curries, slow cooked dishes and soups. As my background is Sri Lankan AKA Ceylonese, this means spices. I use a lot of mustard seed, fenugreek and cumin. Other pantry staples are cinnamon sticks/bark, peppercorns, coriander and cardamom. I make my own curry powder blends too. Fresh garlic, chillies and ginger are also a must-have. So good for you, and so damn delicious. Here are just some of the ingredients from today’s snake bean curry…

warming with spices

So where to buy these things? Thornbury has some great Indian grocery stores. My favourites are Just Spice (585 High St) and Guru Nanak/Spice Ka Jalwa (665 High St). Check out their fridges for kaffir lime leaves, curry leaves, and rampe AKA pandanus. Great pulses, flours and condiments too. Fresh, cheap, and fabulous…If you’re in Preston, try MKS Spices at 254 High St (near the market) and India Xpress (349 High St).

melbourne street art 86

There’s always so much street art along the #86 tram route. Check out the Melbourne Street Art 86Melbourne Street Art 86 blog for lots of handy info, maps and more! Site also looks at suburbs beyond the 86, so swing by, lace up your shoes and get walking…

The Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival returns on November 10. Running until November 25, you can visit a variety of northside home gardens, as well as the food forest at Northcote Library. Meet locals growing Mediterranean food, learn from Asian vegetable growers, permaculture and organic gardeners, and much more! Boookings for workshops close November 2, so be quick…check out the City of Darebin website for details.