Wine and Dine While Supporting Nepal

Hi all

I wanted to let you all know about some amazing things coming up soon which I may have neglected to mention last week (let’s face it, that post was already a bit TL:DR). Some of them only came to light this week and some have been siting in the back of the vast recesses of my brain in the “it’s ages away” file only to find that no…time has moved and they are not that far at all.

The first thing I wanted to let you know about is probably the most important. A whole bunch of restaurants around the country have donated a dinner for 4 at their restaurant with all proceeds being donated to the relief fund in Nepal. The auction starts on the 13th May and closes on the 20th May. For more info on what’s being done and find out which restaurants are participating, have a wee look at their website here. Also, a big shout out to Matteo Pignatelli and David Mackintosh for putting it all together, great work guys!

I also want to talk to you about the Tasting Table in Armadale. A superb suburban wine shop and bar which often has amazing tasting night which give you a great chance to mix and mingle as well as learning a bit more about wine. Every second month they do a tasting event with over 20 different wines on pour for you to try with the next one coming up this Thursday. The session is just $10 and you get 10% off all wines you buy on the night. More info here.

Next up, I wanted to tell you about is a Pizza and Chianti lunch, presented by the fabulous Luke Campbell from Vinified at D.O.C at Albert Park. This is a great way to discover more about this underrated wine variety and you get pizza as well so really, you can’t lose here. Find out more here.

One of my newest favourite dinners is this one. The National Hotel in Richmond have been teaming up with Jerry Mai from Pho Nom to bring the world a series of once a month dinners called Young Guns Dinner. The dinners bring together some of the latest young talents from some of Melbournes best restaurants. It gives them the run of the kitchen and the wine list to bring you the types of dishes and wine that represents them. I’ve been to the last two and have had an absolute ball and have booked in for the next one already, a dinner staring Cian Fenaughty from Cutler & Co and Aaron Skovell from Lucy Liu. Tickets are limited so get in quick.

Don’t forget to look at the events page for more goings on this month. There are some amazing dinners on for the Top Australian Restaurant month as well as some fabulous dessert degustations, beer dinners and wine tasting.




May: Where to go for Mother’s Day plus Good Beer Week!

Hi all,

Long time, no write. I’d like to say this was because I was off doing amazing things (which is partially true) but for the most part, it was due to slackness rather than lack of material,,,But now that it’s May, I am going to fill you in on some of the brilliant things happening this month as well as list some of the top free events on for good beer week as well as a line up of where to take you Mum for Mother’s Day this year (Hint: Don’t be like my kid who completely forgot about it last year and had to live under the fog of passive aggressiveness and huffiness for a week).

Good Beer Week

Good Beer Week is on for the 5 year running, going from May 16th – 24th, there is something on for all tastes, budgets and experience. It’s a great chance to try beers that are not often available in Melbourne as well as allowing you to meet the brewers and learn what goes into making this most versatile of beverages. There are a heap of great ticketed events, many of which are listed on the events calender and although I love preplanned things to death (yes I’m a little organised), I had some of my best Good Beer moments while attending some of the last minute free events so this year I thought I’d run through some of my favourite free to attend events that are on this year and in no particular order (warning: not a short list ).

  1. Sweet Bands + Sour Beers at the Great Britain (Sunday 24th May) – Sour events are always so popular at GBW and always seem to be the first to sell out which is why this one is so excellent. Rodenbach and Boatrocker will both be represented, add some sweet tunes and a sausage from the BBQ and you have the makings of a fabulous Sunday Session.
  2. Tinnies and Pinnies at The Peacock Inn Hotel (19th-24th May) – Mountain Goat are teaming up with The Peacock Inn Hotel to test your skills at Pinball while letting you get your hands on some rare breed Mountain Goat. With 9 pin ball machines and cans at retail prices which means no matter your skill level, everyone wins!
  3. Abbey Collabey V at Mountain Goat (Wednesday 20th May) – Mountain Goat, Moon Dog and Matilda Bay launch their latest Abbey Collabey while raising funds for the Collingwood Children’s Farm. Always a great night with a chance to mingle with the brewers, eat some pizza and general and a fantastic time.
  4. Are You Game? At Little Creatures in Geelong (Sunday 17th May) – Little Creatures are putting on a bunch of games and are inviting you and your mates to join in. If the brewers win, no harm done, but if you win, they may be some give aways as well as bragging rights for you to take away. From Jenga to Chinese Checkers, there’s sure to be something for you to get your game face on for.
  5. Exit Collaborative Tap Take Over at Slow Beer (Monday 18th May) – I’ve been watching Exits Facebook posts with interest as they have been teasing us with the exclusive beers that they have been collaborating with Slow Beer to bring you as part of this one off event. 4 one off kegs that you won’t see anywhere else. Add to the fact that the Exit lads themselves will be there to talk you through the process (seriously some of the nicest dudes in beer). Excited? Yes I am.
  6. BrewDog Punk Tap Takeover at Foresters Hall (Friday 22nd May) – Alright, I won’t lie, I pretty much picked this because BrewDog make some of my favourite beers and Forester’s is one of my favourite places to stay out all hours getting up to mischief. Add some punk, a black market, tattoos and some bands and oh yeah, That’s me staying out till 4 and waking up next to a kebab…again.
  7. Lunchtime Brew Talk Series at Young and Jackson (16th – 22nd May) – Each day from 12-2pm, Young and Jackson are hosting a different brewer for you to talk to and sample their beers. Grab a snack while you’re there and maybe a sneaky lunch time ale and chat to the brewers about the where, why and how they got to where they are. 100 times better than eating at your desk and getting crumbs on your keyboard.
  8. Eel River Cocktail Takeover at Thomas Olive (16th-24th May) – Eel River are taking over Thomas Olives for the entire GBW and the result will be delicious beer cocktails for you to try. On top of that, Saint Crispins Chef, Joe Grbac is putting together some amazing snacks to go with your drinks which is reason enough to stop off.
  9. Feral Vs Nail : 10 Tap Combat at The Royston (Monday 18th May) – I love me a good beer battle and this one is shaping up to be one of the best. 2 WA Brewers facing off in Richmond, whose hops will reign supreme? Only you can decide.
  10. Experenceit Pop Up World of Beer at Nieuw Amsterdam (16th-24th May) – Nieuw Amsterdam will be turning into a pop up bar at night to display a whole new world of beers. Guests include Jester King, Beavertown, Victory, Sixpoint, Deschutes, and NOMAD as well as brewers popping in to talk about their work as well as matching bar snacks.
  11. Pint of Origin Venues (16th-24th May in various locations) – Pint of Origin are 9 venues around Melbourne who have given over their taps for a week to beers from a particular region.  This year you have Brother Burger – Queensland,  The Palace Hotel – South Australia, Alehouse Project – New Zealand, The Rainbow Hotel – NSW, The Gertrude Hotel – Tasmania, The Great Northern – USA, The Royston – Western Australia, The Terminus – Victoria and Foresters Hall – Europe. This is a good one to pre plan on a night off. Study the guide, grab some mates and do the rounds. Remember, trams are your friends in this endeavor (looking at you 86).
  12. The Arbory is hosting DJ’s al week at their venue plus they are matching beers with food and while also giving you a chance to meet the brewers. Some of their food matches include Nikuman (steamed buns) pork or mushroom filling and Miso glazed Slipper Lobster on the Charcoal Grill with Asahi Black on the 15th, BBQ Pork Ribs with wood roasted apple and Croucher Pilsner on the 16th, Smoked roll with wood roasted wild mushrooms, shaved pork belly, crackling powder & truffle dressing and Brooklyn Beer on the 17th and Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with barley risotto with Thunder Road on the 23rd.

Mother’s Day in Melbourne and Beyond

Mother’s Day is coming up in the 10th May and this year the theme seems to be afternoon tea (not that I am against this especially if it has gin involved). I’ve once again put together a wee list of event’s that you may wish to take your Mum along to or if you are a Mum, drop hints about or send links to or just organise yourself because who else is going to, I mean it’s not like anyone else can even replace the toilet roll is it?

Anyway…no matter where you are, hopefully I’ve got you covered and no doubt I’ll be adding to it in the coming week.

Other things on in May

And to finish off this post, I thought I’d let you know about a few cool things that are happening in Melbourne in May that are neither Mother or beer related (at least not directly, you can take your Mum).

First up, from the clever cookies that bought you Game of Rhones and Pinot Palooza is 21st Century Vino, a day long conversation about wine, with a series of Masterclasses followed by a tasting. A fantastic event for those in the know as well as those who are looking to be bought up to speed about wine.

Sticking to the wine theme, we have Handmade 2015 at The Builders Arms (great space). An afternoon to explore wine, beer, coffee as you discuss wine with some of Australia’s most exciting new wine makers and tickets are just $25.

Fancy a bit of BBQ? Burn City Smokers are getting together with, new kids on the block, The Union Electric every Sunday in May to BBQ up a storm. Teaming up with Sample Beer and Fire Drum Vodka, Burn City Smokers are bringing their signature smoked meats to the Union Electric from 3pm.

Rounding the month off is this fantastic dinner from San Telmo. 5 courses of beef, with or with out matched wines is a fabulous way to head into the cooler months plus it’s at San Telmo!

What’s up in April

April is here which is a tad bit scary, surely we have only just got over New Years Eve? (ok so it’s been here for 6 days already but I’m a tad slow right now, we’re totally blaming daylight savings for this) There are  heap of things on this month but before I get into that, I’m just going to remind you to get yourselves over to the Good Beer Week site and get your events sorted out for May as events are starting to sell out. Speak of May, I published the Where to go for Mothers Day page today (it’s really not that far away). As always, this will grow and prosper as the weeks go on so if you don;t fancy whats there now, check back again soon.

Whats on in April.

The 17th of April is World Malbec day (yep, it’s a thing) a great day to explore a variety that you perhaps are not as familiar with. To celebrate, Melbourne are putting on some amazing events for you to get your Malbec on. Bohemian Restaurant on South Wharf are hosting a dinner on the 16th April with 5 course with matched wines. Papa Goose are also getting into the spirit by hosting a dinner with 6 courses and matched wines. If a tasting is more your thing, the Annual World Malbec Day tasting is once again being presented to you at Ormond Hall. I went to this tasting last year and it was a blast plus I made it all the way home without breaking my free glass which in my case is a massive win.

If after all the Malbec, you feel the need for a bit of Street Food, Circa have your back. As one of the amazing events they are putting on for The Month of Circa, they are presenting you with a Street Feud Battle.  For just $49 a head you’ll find yourself eating food from 6 different vendors all battling it out for your vote to become Street Food Champs.

Another fantastic event on at Circa this month is their Remix Wine Dinner 4 fabulous courses matched with 4 flights of wine showing old style grapes made into initiative new styles. It is going to be an absolute blast.

More great news for this month is that the fabulous people from Noisy Rituals that I told you about a couple of weeks ago have extended their pop up bar till the end of April. On the 11th, 18th and the 25th April from 7pm-11pm. Have a wee look at their Facebook page here.


Good Friday Coffee

Long weekends are the best but lets face it, trying to find a coffee on those public holidays can be the worst. To help you all along (as I am so very helpful), I’ve put together a list of places open for coffee on Good Friday. If there is nothing close to you, please don’t fret as this list will grow as the week goes on and more come to light. Feel free to add you local in the comments or email me at if I miss you.

St Ali (12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne) – Open 7am-6pm for food and coffee

Einstein’s Relative (1/9 Yarra St, South Yarra) – Open 7.30am-2.30pm and are donating $1 of all coffees sold to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Beavers Tail Social Club (160 Barkly St, St Kilda) – Open from 8am-12pm for coffee and hot cross buns

Hobba (428 Malvern Road, Prahran) – Open 8am-3pm for food and will be donating a $1 from each coffee sold to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Depot de Pain Black Rock (28 Bluff Rd, Black Rock) – Open 7am-2.30pm with full service

Einstein’s 251 (251 Hawthorne Rd, Caulfield) – Open 7.30am-2.30pm and are donating $1 of all coffees sold to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Platform Espresso (1529 High St, Glen Iris) – Open from 8am-12pm for coffees

Baba Sus Cafe (15-17 Bardoph St, Glen Iris) – Open from 8am-1pm for food and coffees

Little Chloe (1810 Malvern Rd, Malvern East) – Open from 8am-1pm for coffee and brunch

Hardware Socitete (120 Hardware St, Melbourne) – Open from 8am-2pm for breakfast and lunch (bloody love the baked eggs here)

Bowery to Williamsburg (125 Hardware St. Melbourne) – Open from 8am-2pm for breakfast and lunch.

The Arbory (Flinders Walk, Melbourne) – Open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Cherry and Twigs (1B, 555 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) – Open from 7.30am-2.30pm for coffee, breakfast, lunch and hot cross buns.

Depot de Pain at The Blackman (452 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – Open 6.30am-2.30pm for breakfast and lunch

Hard Pressed (76 Wellington Prd, East Melbourne) – Open for 8am- 4pm for breakfast and lunch

Industry Beans (3/62 Rose St, Fitzroy) – Open with full service from 8am-4pm

Depot de Pain at Rathdowne Village (693 Rathdowne St, Carlton) – Open 7am-2.30pm for breakfast and lunch

Green Park Dining (815 Nicholson St, Carlton North) – Open from 7am-11pm

Little Henri (850 High St, Thornbury) – Open from 9am for breakfast and lunch

Fat Penguin (713 High St, Kew East) – Open from 8am-3pm for breakfast and lunch

Scarvelli Cafe (143 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn) – Open from 9am=2pm for breakfast and lunch

Duchess of Spotswood (87 Hudsons Rd, Spotswood) – Open from 9am – 3pm for breakfast and lunch

Winners of the Aldi Hot Cross Bun Competition

A couple of weeks ago, the kind people at Aldi gave me the chance to give away a few prize packs of their hot cross buns including some of their specialty Belgium chocolate and sour cherry buns. A big thanks to all of you who took the time to enter and a big thanks to Aldi for giving me the opportunity to see their set up and give away a few of their hot cross buns while making absurd bun puns. The winners have been drawn and notified, yay for winners and their buns!

Beer, Birthdays and (Hot Cross) Buns

So the past few weeks have been a right blur of busyness and frivolity thanks to the Melbourne Food and Wine festival but now that that is done we can all take a bex and have a good lie down right? Wrong! Melbourne may be a little quieter but there is still so many exciting and fun things happening.

What’s Coming Up in Melbourne

The program for Good Beer Week  (16th-24th May)  was launched at last weekends amazingly successful beer show case and it has, indeed, proved to be a corker. With events ranging from food matching to beer 101 to board games and brews, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets, from the reluctant starter to the aficionado.

The Happiest Hour, one of my most favorite Aps, is turning 11! On the 27th May from 4pm at Grumpy Greens, they will be celebrating with $1 wings, $5 chilli dogs, $6 pints, $5 wines and $5 spirits. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

Also having a Birthday is the marvelous Section 8 who are turning 9 . Join them on Sunday 22nd of March for an afternoon of tunes, visual instillation and of course, a pop up chicken bar set up by the guys at Belleville. Go to their Facebook invite for more details.

On Thursday 19th March, why not wonder down to The Royston (12 River St, Richmond) and check out a free beer tasting and masterclass as they turn their taps over to local brewers, Wolf of the Willows. Come and sample some of their fantastic brews and hang about for the Roystons $17 steaks. Will be a fabulous night.

This Saturday, the 21st March, come and learn about Burgundy as my mate Phil, the wine man, entertains you with tastings of wine from the region as well as having on hand experts to explain the area and it’s wine. There will also be some tasty nibbles provided by Mezzo all for the amazing price of $10 a ticket, more details here.

Don’t forget, St Patrick’s day is the 17th of March. Once again, I have your back on where to go and what to do for the day here…you’re welcome!

I have a brand new competition for you all. Aldi have given me 6 prize packs of Hot Cross Buns to give away to 6 lucky people. Enjoy a pack containg 2 x fruit buns, 2 x choc chip buns and 2 x sour cherry and Belgium chocolate buns. For more details, check out the competition page here.