9 June

It’s game on at Smith St’s Pixel Alley

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Get your game on at this venue that’s part-bar, part-arcade

Few of us would remember the old arcades of the ’80s and ’90s, in the days before Dance Dance Revolution and karaoke games. According to the team behind Mr Wow’s Emporium, however, there’s a resurgence of the arcade in the USA except this time they’re setting up shop in bars.

Enter Pixel Alley. The part-bar, part-arcade takes over the location where Los Barbudos, a Cuban-themed watering hole, used to be. Framed photos of Cuban baseball legends has been replaced by an 8-bit mural of ’80s retro icons including Pac-Man, Nike Air Jordans, and a boombox. Those familiar with old-school arcade classics can expect tipsy rounds of Daytona, Street Fighter II, Pac-Man and Buck Hunter.

Rounds of beer while you wait your turn at the games are encouraged – a pot or pint of the Bastard Son Pale Ale will also come with a game token.Read more

9 June

Free pan-fried pork buns at New Shanghai

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Dumpling fiends, this one’s for you. It’s New Shanghai’s birthday and the dumpling house will be serving free pan-fried pork buns (that’s shengjian bao for you dumpling connoisseurs) this week at their Emporium eatery.

The crunchy, juicy buns will be served during the lunch rush between 11am and noon from June 8 – 11. Bonus points for diners who come in on Thursday June 11, who will also get a free pork bun with every meal ordered.

New Shanghai takes their dumplings seriously, so you can rest assured that the birthday buns will be made in true Shanghai style. Not sure what pork buns are? They are basically xiao long baos or soup dumplings, but after the dumplings are steamed, they get a flash in the frying pan to get that crunchy bottom. Expect soft dough made in-house, juicy pork filling and steaming broth that will threaten to burn your mouth and dribble down your chin.

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1 June

The app that gets you half-price restaurant food in Melbourne

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Wallet feeling a little thin after the weekend? No need to sacrifice your lunch or afternoon treat: download Yume instead.

Yume – launched at this morning’s media event at Grossi Florentino – aims to connect restaurants and cafés with peckish punters to prevent food from going to waste. Currently, tonnes of perfectly good food and produce from thousands of cafes and restaurants around Australia are destined for the landfill because health codes often make it difficult for eateries to sell or donate leftover food.

Yume allows eateries to upload their extra serves of lasagne, loaves of bread or any other unsold dish to the app, set a discounted price and a time window for collection. Customers are then sent a digital voucher which they can redeem in store, where they will then pay the business directly.

Yume founder Katy Barfield isn’t new to the food waste prevention cause, having previously founding food rescue organisation SecondBite, as well as Australia’s first social wholesale fruit and veg retailer Spade and Barrow.… Read more

28 May

Gelato Messina is offering gelato-making classes and degustations

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We’ve been waiting a long time for this day. For too long now we’ve been watching our Sydney counterparts raving on about Gelato Messina’s sell-out gelato degustations, wondering when we’d get the chance to learn how these ice-wizards work their magic.

Finally, it’s official: Gelato Messina will be hosting monthly appreciation classes from their Fitzroy store. Get in quick, because tickets won’t last. Your group will meet at the store at 9am for a coffee, learn a little bit about the company itself, and then get stuck into the secrets of how Messina make their incredibly popular gelato. What’s more, you’ll be served a gelato degustation, made of (typically bonkers) specially created flavours.

Ignore that icecream headache and soldier on: you’ve still got a gelato cake to eat. Then, it’s a free-for-all tasting session. Think you can handle 40 flavours? Good luck, pilgrim.

You’ll be sent home with a tub of gelato to take home to share, or to save for later, when the withdrawals hit.… Read more

28 May

Enrol into The School of Life’s Winter Term

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Even if you were an A student at school, we bet you’ve never taken notes on how to balance life and work, how to move on from a relationship, or how to have better conversations.

The School of Life – developed by philosopher Alain de Botton – offers classes designed to develop your emotional intelligence and enhance daily life; no rote learning or exams necessary. Each session is formatted to include a mix of lectures, group activities and discussions with fellow participants, and prices start from as little as $30 per class. Some even roam beyond the classroom; the Art as Therapy session (noon. Sat Jul 25)involves a guided tour through the NGV, in which students are encouraged to discuss their responses to works of art.

We’ve picked out a few of our favourite classes.

Wed Jul 1: How To Be Confident

Sat 4 Jul: Philosophy Breakfast: Truth and Reality

Fri Jul 10: Drawing As Therapy with Oslo Davis

Mon Jul 13: Damon Young: On Superheroes

Wed Jul 22: How Necessary Is A Relationship

Tue Aug 11: How To Communicate In Love

Wed Aug 15: Understanding Mindfulness

Tue Aug 18: How To Find Meaning Without Religion

Sat Aug 29: How To Make Sense Of Your Family

The School of Life Winter Term.Read more