We drank a lot of iced coffee when we were in Tokyo earlier this year. The recent warm weather has had us craving icy cold coffee at home so we have started making our own quick and easy version.

Friday nights before bed we prep some homemade almond milk and cold brew coffee concentrate to see us through the weekend.

This involves placing 1 cup of almonds in a jar and covering with water and adding 1 cup of ground coffee to 4 cups of water in another jar. Put both jars in the fridge and leave overnight.

In the morning rinse the almonds and blend with 3.5 cups of water, a dash of vanilla, cinnamon and 2 dates. Strain the almond meal with a muslin cloth or nut milk bag and keep in the freezer for use at a later time. Strain the coffee grounds and discard (or sprinkle around your balcony blueberry and fig trees like we do).

Mix half a cup of almond milk with half a cup of coffee concentrate. If its a super hot morning we blend some ice cubes with the mixture in a magic bullet. If you like your coffee strong then freeze some ice cubes with coffee concentrate and use those instead of standard ice cubes. Your coffee wont get watered down this way.

If you like your iced coffee with a bit of sweetness dissolve some honey or rice malt syrup in a small splash of boiling water and add that as well.






Real Food Projects are running a pop up cooking school throughout July. We went along to the Cheese Making class with local cheesemaker Kristin Allen.  She makes the cheese for Cornersmith amongst other eateries and also hosts ricotta, labneh and yoghurt making classes at Cornersmith every fortnight.

You guys. Ricotta is really easy to make. Did you know you can make a hard cheese ricotta. Kristin brought along some of her own that she had made that were up to a year old. They were really salty and you could use it in place of a parmesan. She also whipped up a tasty ricotta cream and a delicious baked ricotta.

Real Food Projects are planning another pop up cooking school in 2014 so keep an eye out. We missed out on the Pepe Saya Butter Making class this time around and wont be making that mistake again.







Balmain’s newest hipster haven The Workers launched its weekly comedy night this week curated by yours truly.

The Workers pub is located on Darling St in Balmain in the old Labour Party headquarters. Its run by the Riversdale Group who we collaborated with last year to bring a comedy program to The Standard in Surry Hills. The Workers presents free comedy every Wednesday night as well as cheap beers and even cheaper tacos.

For just $3 each, The Workers more-ish tacos include “Nemo Ganzales” – Battered blue eye, slaw, salsa pico de gallo and baja sauce, “Shrimp on da Barbie” – Grilled marinated prawn, slaw, mojo verde and scallions, “Soft Shell Coq” – Grilled chicken, slaw, salsa guacamole and chipotie mayo and the “Pulled Porky Pig” – slow cooked pork shoulder, red slaw, pico de pina asado and coriander.

We kicked off the comedy this week with Cameron James and Jarred Jekyll, Ray Badran and Jacques Barrett.





We’ve been handed the baton of Late Night Library from Eddie Sharp for the next month.

We have comedy, a talk program featuring food bloggers and zine makers and storytelling.
Make sure you book in via the Surry Hills library on 8374 6250.




Thursday 18th August 9pm

If you need a laugh riot, switch your television to the Test Pattern and head down to Surry Hills Library as the best comedy writers from behind the scenes of Australian TV take their comedic best from page to stage for one night only. Featuring Daniel Moore (Rove, The Glass House), Jen Wong (Good News Week) and Michael Chamberlin. Daniel is a contributor to Frankie, J Mag and The Age. Jen Wong has stood up at Belvoir, and at Melbourne Comedy Festival as part of the 2011 Comedy Zone for the country’s best emerging talents. Michael’s writing highlights include being a core writer for ‘skitHOUSE’ but also a contributing writer for ‘Rove’ for five years until its conclusion in 2009. He also spent a season working on Network TEN’s ‘Before The Game’. In 2011, he could be found hanging out in the writers room for ABC TV’s Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight.




Thursday 25th August 9pm

While industrial printing presses whirl worldwide, the wunderkind of Sydney’s independent printing world descend on Late Night Library to show & tell about their lives of indie DIY hand made printing – hand carved wood block letters, ancient printing machines and guillotines, and how a politician’s throwaway printer has revolutionized Sydney printing! Featuring Blood and Thunder publishing concern, New Planes Public Press and their Mobile Book and Record Cart, and more. Plus leaping off the pages, live music and readings from the contributors to some of Sydney’s hottest zines and publications.

We are very sad to announce that Blood and Thunder publishing concern are now unable to make it. That’s the price you pay for being amazing! They have too many projects going down.

New guests include Pip Smith publisher of Penguin Plays Rough’s new book, prolific zinester Vanessa Berry, editor of New Planes Public Press Lisa Lerkenfeldt, handmade fabric zine maker Fayroze Lutter and tunes from Ex-Trendy as heard on FBi.

* UPDATE* The Mobile Book and Record Cart is in the Workshop but there will still be zines for sale!




Thursday 1st September 9pm

With awesome food blogs widespread we no longer have to wait for more adventurous friends to tip us off, now that tasty tips are never further than our foodie friends on trending blogs like Lee Tran Lam’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry, Not Quite Nigella, What Katie Ate, and Noodlies Western Sydney food blog. Join Sydney’s hottest food bloggers Lee Tran Lam, Thang Ngo, Howard Trang and Minh live at Surry Hills Library and find out how to use a food blog or how to write a food blog, plus get the inside scoop on Sydney’s best food experiences and hidden gems.




What do you get when you mix a comedian who wants to be a rapper, with the Joy Luck Club? Well, you might get something like this show, a mash up of some of Sydney’s hottest alternative comics delivering morsels of mirth from their forthcoming shows at the Sydney Fringe. Featuring snippets from Time Out Best Sydney Comedian nominee Michael Hing’s I’m Only Doing this Because They Won’t Let Me Be a Rapper, and Battle Hymn of the Swan Luck Club from SMH’s Top Ten Comics to Watch Jennifer Wong (pictured), plus more bits from guests to be announced.

Surry Hills Library
405 Crown St
Surry Hills NSW 2010