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Merchant’s Guild-Broadsheet, 20th March 2013

guildPhotography: Tim Grey

A New Guild

These merchants are honing their craft in East Bentleigh.

To be honest, Centre Road in East Bentleigh isn’t the kind of place you would write home about. Littered with graffiti-strewn brick and weathered signs, it wasn’t until new cafe The Merchants Guild came along (emerging in the place of an old $2 shop), that the strip found itself a destination point in which to gather, eat and socialise. The new establishment from Mario Minichilli and Vincent Conti (the team who brought us the original Inkr7) is an industrial delight in an otherwise barren landscape – not dissimilar to Inkerman Street before they put their touch on it.

With its wooden checkerboard tables, exposed kitchen and considered menu, it’s a cool and comfortable place for locals to catch up for breakfast or lunch.

The food (prepared by chef and co-owner Paul Davies) and drinks are served in style. Meals are presented on wooden platters, egg timers accompany teapots (ensuring the tea brews for the ideal length of time), and clever touches like jalapeno pesto and rotating variations of hollandaise keep things interesting.

But it’s Minichilli and Conti’s famed Prana Chai that is the real calling card here. With the recipe carefully perfected after several tastings across the globe, the aroma of this delicious blend will inspire you to forgo your usual coffee order in a heartbeat. You can even watch the team preparing the mix in-house. As Conti explains, “This is where we hone our craft.”

Merchant’s Guild-Broadsheet, 20th March 2013

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Family Matters-Broadsheet, 20th March 2013/Autumn Print Edition 2013

miletPhotography: Eve Wilson

Mileto’s

Mileto’s restaurant and deli in Windsor is named after the family that owns it, runs the place and lives upstairs. Managed by Laura and Pepe Mileto, the humble eatery is run like a family home, with help from daughter Sarah on the floor and at the counter, and son James manning the coffee machine.

Originally from South Gippsland, both Laura and Pepe have an Italian heritage as well as backgrounds in farming. Suffice to say, the two have “always worked together”. And it has become the family way. “I love the idea of us working altogether,” says Sarah, “and I love having everyone here with me.”

The secret of the Mileto’s success is their ability to nurture their clientele, just as they would their family unit. Regulars are greeted by name and dishes like minestrone and focaccia are made in-house daily. “Our customers come here and they feel very welcome, like they are having a meal in their own home,” says Laura.

And just like in a family home, the Mileto’s have learnt everything they know from their loved ones. “My Mum was the most amazing cook,” says Laura. “She taught me everything I know, which I have then passed on to my daughter.”

Family Matters-Broadsheet, 20th March 2013/Autumn Print Edition 2013

5 and Dime-Broadsheet, 21st February 2013

5Photography: Josie Withers

Decent Bagels in Melbourne? Fuggedaboutit!

5 and Dime is bringing a New York staple to Melbourne foodies.

When we think of the Big Apple, we conjure images of towering skylines, irate taxi drivers and everyone’s favourite brunch staple – the bagel.

Those who have feasted on a good, fresh bagel – the iconic snack adored by all New Yorkers – will know that good Melbourne iterations are few and far between. Until now.

Since New Jersey native and former Taxi chef Zev Forman moved here some four years ago, the perfect bagel continued to elude him, and so he set out to make it himself. Enter 5 and Dime Bagel, his new venture coming to a farmers’ market near you.

While Forman stresses his are not the “authentic, traditional” bagels one could only find in New York State, they are most certainly the real deal, and Forman has scoured the States to perfect his handmade recipe.

“A 5 and Dime was a variety store in rural America, like where I grew up,” Forman recalls. “Most have gone out of business, but to me they represent a time when things were made by people, not machines. Where quality and value were not mutually exclusive and where local was not just a buzzword, but was the way things were done. I wanted to reference a bygone era and an idea of doing things the way they are meant to be, even if it is harder.”

The bagel making process is a long one, but the end result is more than worth it. Firstly, a poolish (a sponge-like fermentation starter used in all good bagels) is created and left to ferment for 24 hours before being mixed into the dough, rolled into bagels and left to cold ferment for another 24 hours. The bagels are then boiled, baked on traditional bagel boards and flipped onto the stones.

The bagel types vary from ‘classic’ to ‘everything’ (garlic, onion, sesame, poppy and sea salt), are lathered in a variety of cream cheeses (including vegan and bacon flavoured) and topped with a host of goodies, from salads to salmon and capers (but of course). We can almost hear the taxis honking and sirens blaring in the background.

5 and Dime-Broadsheet, 21st February 2013

First We Fall-Broadsheet, 21st February 2013

first we fallImage: Clare Plueckhahn

Underwater Artistry

Clare Plueckhahn’s first solo exhibition is a liquid spectacle to behold.

Clare Plueckhahn is a woman with some serious skills. The primarily commercial photographer and film director has spent some solid hours behind the camera, working with food, fashion and action sports for a variety of clients including Billabong, Le Tan and Rip Curl.

Her latest venture, however, is of a far more personal nature. First We Fall documents humanity’s natural fear of failure through a series of dreamlike underwater stills, captured on the shores of Byron Bay. The title is especially fitting for Plueckhahn as her exhibition is one that she has always dreamt of, but has taken seven years to realise.

With all prints available for purchase, the exhibition features eight large-scale photographs of surfer Taylor Miller “drowning or fighting to find a way out”, and one stunning underwater landscape. The exhibition was produced by Cos We Can, the boutique film production company Plueckhahn runs with business partner Fran Derham, which has already made a name for itself for its emotive surfing films. First We Fall, however, “is not what you would call a surfing series, but more an artistic, abstract series combining both the surf and things I love”, says Plueckhahn.

First We Fall-Broadsheet, 21st February 2013

Cheap Eats: Windsor & Prahran-Broadsheet, 21st January 2013

10 dollarPhotography: Josie Withers

Top 10 Cheap Eats Under $10: Prahran and Windsor

Skip pricey lunches and eat like a king on the cheap.

Fashionable Windsor and Prahran are home to some of our favourite boutique stores, op-shops and watering holes, with the motley, ever-shifting patchwork that is Chapel Street at their core. While there are plenty of windows to shop and rowdy nights out to be had, you may not be aware of some great lunch spots that will leave both you and your wallet satisfied.

We’ve tracked down the neighbourhood’s top 10 eats under $10 to satisfy your every craving. From fresh salads and crispy baguettes to famous falafels, you’ll never go hungry until payday again.

1. Sushi at Claringbolds (Prahran Market) – eight pieces for $8
There’s only one place in this neighbourhood to get excellent sushi that won’t hurt your hip pocket – Claringbolds. Located in the meat, poultry and fish section of the Prahran market, this fresh fish purveyor has a constant queue for good reason. The hearty California rolls are made with only the best seafood and veg, and at $1 apiece there’s no way you’ll need more than 8 to feel full.

2. Roast pork banh mi from Nguyen’s Hot Bread – $5
128 Chapel Street, Windsor
Is there anything better then a fresh banh mi, straight out of the oven? Made with the perfect salad (how on Earth do they julienne those carrots so well?), fresh roast pork and of course, a crisp and crunchy roll, and all for less than a $10, you will be hard pressed not to buy one of these babies every day of the week.

3. Pho from Hanoi Hannah – $9.50
The ultimate in a cheap and hearty dish, pho is usually associated with our Richmond neighbours in Victoria Street. Hanoi Hannah’s offering is based on typical hawker-style fare with a modern twist, and is the go-to option for chicken or beef pho on this side of the Yarra.

4. Falafel plate with the lot at the Falafel Cart (Prahran Market) – $8.90 or $7.40 in pita
If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that mobile food purveyors are well and truly giving traditional eateries a run for their money. It’s not just the vegetarians who adore this spot – everyone will enjoy the plate with the lot, complete with four falafels, a delicious range of dips (including homemade hummus) and a variety of fresh salads.

5. Salad Rolls at Mileto’s – $8 to $9.50 br/> Mileto’s is a friendly, family-run business with a supreme deli, which certainly come to the fore in their delicious salad rolls. Whether it’s prosciutto, salami, beef or chicken that floats your boat, you’ll love these made-to-order sangas and their range of accompanying fillings, including fresh pecorino cheese and caramelised onions.

6. Chop Chop Lunch at David’s – $10
If you’re hanging out for payday and too broke to eat, David’s has come to the rescue with its epic Chop Chop express lunch. If it’s a little Asian flair you’re craving, head to Cecil Street and pick two of the small but satisfying choices on offer, which include bao, dumplings or even Peking duck wraps.

7. Fish Burrito at Hooked – $8.95
The team at Hooked is known for their fresh, quality fish and the burrito is no exception. Grilled grenadier is lovingly lavished with baja sauce, red onion, fresh coleslaw and Hooked’s homemade spicy salsa, leaving you full and satisfied without the glut of stodgy beer batter and greasy chips.

8. Pumpkin and chickpea pastie at Windsor Deli – $9.50
The healthier but equally delicious cousin to the pie, you can’t beat a pastie for a filling and delicious lunch. As with all the goods at Windsor Deli, the homemade vegan pumpkin and chickpea version is a delight that is served with a small side salad and a pot of house-made chutney should you require an extra kick.

9. Curry at My Restaurant & Takeaway – $7.90 vegetarian, $9.90 meat
When Windsor and Prahran locals talk curry, the resounding favourite is My Restaurant & Takeaway – the unassuming, authentic, canteen-style shop near the corner of High and Chapel Streets in Prahran. With vegetarian and carnivorous options ranging from butter chicken to potato masala, get in before the secret gets out.

10. Salad from Eats, Shoots and Leaves – $10
For unlucky workers chained to their desk, Eats, Shoots and Leaves will deliver fresh salads that include quinoa, beet, pumpkin, goats cheese and walnut, or spiced brown rice with cauliflower and hazelnut, right to your door. At this stage, they only deliver to the borders of Prahran, but we predict an expansion on the horizon.

Cheap Eats: Windsor & Prahran-Broadsheet, 21st January 2013

Ask Alice-Broadsheet, 3rd December 2012

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Alice’s Tough Love

Illustrator and owner of Ask Alice Stationery, Sass Cocker, is doing her bit for our four-legged friends with a new calendar raising money for the Dog Rehabilitation Program.

Sass Cocker is adorable. The Canberra-born, Melbourne-based creator of Ask Alice Stationery may have studied fashion design at university, but it is her fanciful graphics and illustrations that have won her a legion of fans. Her latest project will do the same.

Following her 2011 calendar, which raised funds for the tsunami and earthquake victims in Japan, Cocker decided to make the calendars an annual project. Her latest is Tough Love, an assortment of cat and dog illustrations by a host of talented international artists, produced in aid of The Dog Rehabilitation Program.

The program rescues and relocates shelter dogs to a New South Wales prison to be cared for by inmates. From there, the pets are rehabilitated and re-homed, whilst their participating carers gain valuable experience and qualifications for a life working with animals on the outside.

In addition to changing the lives of our unloved furry friends, Cocker is also particularly conscious of the environment, ensuring all her products are ethically produced and environmentally friendly, with most printed at her local printers around the corner from her studio.

“I have been very stubborn about what materials I use as well as the processes used to make my products,” says Cocker.

From the very beginning, Cocker had a specific idea in mind as to what the final product would look like. Following her graduation, she spent several years in Tokyo and the wit and whimsy of Japanese culture has clearly been highly influential on the final product. As well as featuring her own work, Cocker contacted artists from all around the globe. The stellar line-up includes Melbourne textile designer Cat Rabbit, Dutch tattooist and painter Angelique Houtkamp and Belgian illustrator, painter and cartoonist Dieter VDO amongst a host of others.

“I was extremely ambitious with the artists I approached and I’m still a little stunned in regards to who I managed to bring on board,” she says.

Printed in a run of 1000 copies and selling at $20 apiece, there’s an awful lot of Tough Love to go around.

Tough Love Calenders are now available via askalicestationery.com.

Ask Alice-Broadsheet, 3rd December 2012

The Tasting Table-Broadsheet, 19th November 2012

tasting tablePhotography: Kristoffer Paulsen

No Wine Wankers at this Table

Try before you buy at Armadale’s The Tasting Table Wine Shop.

A world away from the generic wines you’ll find at your local bottle shop, new Armadale wine bar and shop The Tasting Table is all about providing quality wines you won’t find elsewhere, without the pomp and pageantry of a stereotypical wine establishment.

Founded by British expat Jack Mullard, the shop’s pedigree is tough to beat. Before making the move to Australia, Mullard was an accounts manager for London wine merchants Corney & Barrow, who not only hold a Royal Warrant, but also provided the vino for the nuptials of Wills and Kate.

While such a lineage may deter those without an extensive knowledge of wine barrel timbers or Pinot Noir undertones, you needn’t worry. With an average price tag of $25 a bottle, you are sure to find a wine from the 200-strong list that is pleasing to both the palate and wallet.

Should you still be unsure, why not wet your whistle with a cheeky glass or 25ml sample? With three world-renowned Enomatic wine dispensers (a machine that holds eight bottles and supplies argon gas to prevent oxidation), there is always an open bottle to be shared.

The Tasting Table also hosts regular wine-related events, including the current Sunday Sermons Wine Course hosted by Mullard himself, which pairs wine from around the world with delicious cheeses and talks you through the all things vino.

The Tasting Table-Broadsheet, 19th November 2012