Beat Eats

With Georgia Spanos

The story behind how the Espresso Martini was created makes total sense for the dark and dashing drink which only feels right sipped from a thin martini glass. One evening in London's Soho district, famous model Kate Moss asked a worker behind the bar – Dick Bradsel – to create a drink that would “wake me up and fuck me up”. His solution was a combination of vodka, fresh espresso, coffee liqueur and sugar, shaken into a frothy mix of bitter-sweet addiction. Alas, the Espresso Martini was born, and has been nothing short of life changing, especially here in our coffee-crazed little city of Melbourne. It was only time until someone started bottling and selling these delights, which is exactly what Melbourne Martini have been up to, offering a classic espresso martini, a salted caramel espresso martini, and just to up the martini vibe, margarita martini. These delicious jars are available at Dan Murphy's, via tipple, or simply through their website. 
On Tuesday March 28, the velvet curtains of The Carlton Club will sweep open to investigate the murder mystery of who killed Laura Palmer. For those of you who didn't just get my hint, I'm pleased to announce that The Carlton Club –  with the help of David Lynch's weird and wonderful influence – are set to host a Twin Peaks night. It will also be their first ever trivia night and what a combo that is. Dress up as your favourite character and enjoy the food inspired by Twin Peak's favourite restaurant; the Double R diner. Ticket prices include a meal, glass of wine/a pot of beer, dessert and unlimited filter cocktail. You should definitely expect doughnuts floating around too.
Is there anything more beautiful than delicately crafted ravioli? The ones that have had so much care go into their creation that there are only few to show. Or, my favourite detail, the unevenly cut edges which truly mark authenticity. This is exactly what you will find at Pasta Classica which grace the bottom end of Smith Street. What I love about this restaurant is their devotion to the family table. Even though they live on arguably the trendiest and busiest street in Melbourne, their value is always of utmost quality, care, and respect to the dough. It's almost silly to mention that Pasta Classica have been a family of pasta markers for years as it's beyond clear that you've stepped into the kitchen of dough whispers. However, adding this truth is the perfect ending to the story. Like a parmesan garnish to your pasta, or a sweet sprinkle of dried chilli.