International Day of Peace
21 September 2015 Great Success!

September 25th, 2015

Thanks to everyone for supporting and making the International Day of Peace a great success! We raised $3,005 which was a great effort for a tiny venue!

A big thanks goes to Michael Hewstone for cooking, organizing the music, setting up outside and being a legend!

Salvador & his crew, Demir for the amazing music!

Blaze for the big big help on the night!

Chef Andy for the big cook-up, Martin (Damona dairy-free cheeses) and Woody for being in the kitchen!

Shan and Ollie for being all-round super stars and making the event run so so well!

Little Faith for being a child-hospo genius (my money is on her to change the world in 10 years time)

Marcelo from Minas Hill for the coffee donation, thank you thank you!

See you all for the next charity at Admiral Cheng Ho on Christmas Day !

International Day of Peace
21 September 2015, 7.30pm at Monk Bodhi Dharma

August 25th, 2015

The old hippie and the crew are back for the annual International Day of Peace on Monday 21st September, 2015 at Monk Bodhi Dharma.

Michael Hewstone (ex Peace Kitchen/Blaze’s soup kitchen) and the crew from Monk Bodhi Dharma and Admiral Cheng Ho will be holding a peace offering and celebratory dinner and music with absolutely all the proceeds going to Unicef’s Nepal Earthquake Children’s Appeal.

Date and Time: Monday 21 September, 2015 at 7.30pm

Donation: $65 per person

COME AND JOIN US! It is always a fun night with great vibes, music and of course yummy food!!

To make a booking, go to: http://www.monkbd.com.au/wpd

Dinner will be fully vegan with a festive tasting of peaceful making foods from around the world.

> West African Grumpy Soup

> South Indian Sambar
> Jamaican Rundown
> Moroccan 7 Vegetable Cous Cous
> Ethiopian Wat

> Mansoor Dal
> Cabbage Kitchari
> Ital Salad
> Turkish Sumac Salad

> Steamed Banana
> Chili jam
> Urad Pappads

Sela Rice & Tunisian Cous Cous

* All served on a Banana leaf.

> Raw Snickers

Peace Cookies
Chai

Entertainment:

The Latin Jazz ensemble – ‘La Influencia’ consist of Salvador Persico [Blue King Brown], Daniel Mougerman and Jordan Tarento. Performing Latin jazz and Salsa classics along with guest musicians throughout the night including Demir Aliu and his exotic blends of world music.

UNICEF’S Nepal Earthquake Children’s Appeal

Two earthquakes have devastated the lives of thousands in Nepal.

Children face an unprecedented emotional toll as they deal with the devastating consequences of two earthquakes in the space of weeks — and with 5,000 schools damaged or destroyed, more than 1 million children have been left without classrooms.

“We are looking forward – but we cannot
ignore the desperate situation that still faces
so many children across the country. So
many young lives have been torn apart
and children are still in desperate need of
life-saving support, including clean water,
health services, nutrition and counselling.”

- Karin Hulshof, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia

http://www.unicef.org.au/appeals/nepal-earthquake-children-s-appeal#donateform

Monk Bodhi Dharma is thrilled to have Salvador Persico [percussion Blue King Brown] and friends joining us for a little latin groove out front under the tarps.

+ the van will be parked outside MBD again for anyone wanting a private dinning experience on Moroccan rugs  - we can seat 4 comfortably.


ART BY MICHAEL HEWSTONE

Monthly Vegan & Gluten Free Degustation Dinner

May 14th, 2015

Our monthly tasting menu dinners are a welcome extension of the philosophy behind our food: to create healing and sustainable, plant based food made from scratch. They have been met with huge success amongst all of you; our awesome customers!

The menu is a 10-11 course degustation format, is highly nutritious and engaging.

The menu is completely vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and onion & garlic free!

To book for our next dinner, go to: www.monkbd.com.au/dinner

Details on our website, Instagram, facebook page and twitter.

Facebook: Facebook.com/monkbodhidharma
Instagram & Twitter: @ monkbodhidharma

{ DESSERT SYMPHONY}

{ VEGAN CHEESE PLATTER }

{ THE MONK’S SNICKERS }

Admiral Cheng Ho
Our north-side sister cafe

May 14th, 2015

Our north-side sister cafe is well and truly open in Abbotsford!

The coffee counter operates six single estate grinders on demand, daily batch brew (most likely a Panama Geisha) and 5 to 6 filter coffees.

A lot of Monk’s signature dishes are there as well as new notable ones such as the healthy nutritional super-food platter named Crazy Jimbo, Vegan French Toast and North African Beans! All the dishes are bound to help us make healthy and mindful choices and stimulate all kinds of neurotransmitters.

The fit-out and furnishings are all handmade. The interior is a patch-worked nod to the cultural corners of Melbourne; the south wall features coloured planks of timber with a beach shack feel, the east wall has a white minimalist look, and the west wall features a rustic exposed brick.

Admiral Cheng Ho
325 Johnston Street
Abbotsford
(03) 9534 7250

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat to Sun 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
www.admiralchengho.com.au

Playing for change
20 September 2014, 7.30pm at Monk Bodhi Dharma

August 30th, 2014

The old hippie and the crew are back for something new: Playing for Change on Saturday 20th September, 2014 at Monk Bodhi Dharma. This event also coincides with International Day of Peace.

Michael Hewstone (ex Peace Kitchen/Blaze’s soup kitchen) and the crew from Monk Bodhi Dharma and Admiral Cheng Ho will be holding a peace offering and celebratory dinner with absolutely all the proceeds going to the Playing for Change Foundation.

Date and Time: Saturday 20 September, 2014 at 7.30pm

Bookings Essential. To make a booking, go to: http://www.monkbd.com.au/wpd

Dinner will be fully vegan and will include the following :

> African Grumpy Soup
> Jamaican Sweet Potato, Kidney Bean & Coconut Stew
> Moroccan 7 Vegetable Cous Cous
> South Indian Sambar
> Mexican Chile Beans

Served with Bengal Pushpanna [Royal Rice], Tunisian Cous Cous & Spanish Polenta.

Chile Jam &  Brinjal Tamarind Chutney

> Raw Dessert

What is Playing for Change?

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music.

Playing For Change Day unites a global community through the power of music to affect positive social change. Communities will gather as musicians from all over the world perform on stages, street corners, schools, yoga studios, and cafes all with the goal of bringing music into the lives of young people.

Monk Bodhi Dharma is thrilled to have Salvador Persico [percussion Blue King Brown] and friends joining us for a little latin groove out front under the tarps.

+ the van will be parked outside MBD again for anyone wanting a private dinning experience on Moroccan rugs  - we can seat 4 comfortably.


ART BY MICHAEL HEWSTONE

‘One Love’ Jamaican Dinner

November 15th, 2013

Join us along with Michael Hewstone (ex Peace Kitchen/Blaze’s soup kitchen) for a 5 course Jamaican style dinner as part of our global themed dinners during the summer season. Part of the proceeds will go to the Berry Street Christmas Gift Appeal (young kids who have suffered from violence and abuse).

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 @ 7.30pm

Monk Bodhi Dharma – Rear 202 Carlisle St, Balaclava, Vic, 3183, Australia

The dinner will be vegan.

Bookings essential at $65 per person.

TO BOOK: www.monkbd.com.au/jamaica

International Day of Peace for All
21 September, 7pm at Monk Bodhi Dharma

August 29th, 2013

The old hippie and the crew are back to celebrate the International Day of Peace on Saturday 21st September, 2013 at Monk Bodhi Dharma.

Michael Hewstone (ex Peace Kitchen/Blaze’s soup kitchen) and the crew from the Monk will be holding a peace offering and celebratory dinner with absolutely all the proceeds going to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre! This issue is hot at the moment so we are coming together to celebrate peace amongst all nationalities!

Date and Time: Saturday 21 September, 2013 at 7pm

Bookings Essential. To make a booking, go to: http://www.monkbd.com.au/wpd

Dinner will be fully vegan and will include the following :

> African Grumpy Soup

> Global Experience – Madras Cauliflower, Chickpea and Yellow Potato Curry,  Ethiopian Wat and a Caribbean Jambalaya all served with a Silverbeet Kitchari, Mansoor Dal,  Sela Rice,Tunisian Cous Cous, Chile Jam and Lijjat Udad Papads [ MBD supporting Indian Women's Empowerment Movement]

> Raw selection of mignardises including chocolates & cakes

> Peace  Cookie to take home

> Beautiful Chai Masala

Special surprise guest speaker and music TBA

What is International Day of Peace?

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly.

International Day of Peace is also a Day of Ceasefire – personal or political. Take this opportunity to make peace in your own relationships as well as impact the larger conflicts of our time. Imagine what a whole Day of Ceasefire would mean to humankind.

http://internationaldayofpeace.org

“PEACE IS NOT MERELY A DISTANT GOAL THAT WE SEEK, BUT A MEANS BY WHICH WE ARRIVE AT THAT GOAL”
- Martin Luther King Jr.

ART BY BLAZE WARRENDER

How seasonal is your cup?

August 8th, 2013

Coffee seeds (commonly referred to as coffee beans) are the pits found inside a red, purple, yellow (even orange) fruit referred to as a coffee cherry. As such, coffee being a fruit will progressively change and degrade as it ages.

There are beautifully designed and tasty blends on the market and we certainly design seasonal blends for our wholesale customers on request. This, for Monk Bodhi Dharma’s bar however, no longer fits in with what we want to do and where we want to be :)

Something we have recently decided to do at Monk Bodhi Dharma is to completely remove any mention of “blend” or “blends” on our board. We have opted to serve single estate coffees only. Yes, traditionalists or conservative individuals may indeed raise their eye brows. In my humble opinion, there will be a time when this ethos will infiltrate more and more venues. What is the point in hiding amazing, fresh and gorgeous coffees behind the generic label of a “blend” for the purposes of feeding long held beliefs.

It is akin to House Wine being served in restaurants in an unmarked carafe. I dare say that, the wine industry has progressed quite a bit from this in the last few decades where restaurants have invested ample resources to know each and every wine estate that they use.

With the availability of more and more amazing seasonal green coffee and awesome roasters, the importance given to blends and blending will surely diminish. The farmer and their land should always remain the hero and the best way to showcase them, their hard-working staff and their terroir is by serving estate coffees on their own.

My call to us, as a small coffee roastery is to lift the veil and be as transparent as we can be.

See you for a coffee,

Marwin

Amazing Fresh Crop Coffees

June 18th, 2013

We have been so fortunate to have so many international coffee people come through during MICE and the 2013 World Barista Championships. It has been a great time to talk coffee and to hear what people are doing in their part of the world!

I am so glad to know that we as a coffee city in Melbourne and our coffee roastery are bringing in fresher, higher grade and generally better coffee than ever. What it comes down to at the end of the day is the raw product that we get in :) Coffee will never be as good as what it was when it was inside its coffee cherry. As such, the less we do to it during roasting, brewing, packaging and transportation the better.

Currently we have some amazing Kenyans (Gachami AA and Thithi AA) and Guatemalans including the Small Producers of Atitlan, Entre Volcanes and Las Nubes. The El Salvadorian coffees are tasting awesome too including the El Carmen, San Cayetano and El Timbo.  We also have a lot of lovely Brazils including the Cup of Excellence #9 Serra Dos Crioulos and the sweet Cambara.

see you at the bar

Marwin

Dinners at Monk Bodhi Dharma

July 23rd, 2012

Our friday night dinner service has been running since the end of last year with great success!

In our menu, you will find entrees like Corn & Tomato Wraps with pesto mayonnaise, veggies, sprouts drizzled with olive oil & Sweet Chilie Love – stuffed sweet chilies with macadamia & sundried tomato served with fresh mango and a cucumber salad & drizzled with chilie oil.

For the larger mains, you will find the Pad Thai: organic zucchini noodles, coriander, basil, avocado, lime and capsicum with activated nuts, Cannelloni: broccoli cheddar cannelloni with herbed tomato sauce and cashew parmesan and the popular Mexican Enchilada Plate: Gluten free corn tortillas filled with sweet potato, eggplant, corn, black beans, capsicum & spinach & cashew sour cream with spicy tomato sauce & served with guacamole and heirloom tomato salsa. This is on top of the rotating meals of the day!

To end the meal, you can opt for some of our well regarded desserts like the Raw Snickers, Rainbows & Butterflies, Adam & Eve delight, Chockwork Jaffa, Heaven & Hell Crème brûlée, The New Yorker etc

Luckily for those who are gluten intolerant, the whole menu is gluten free as well as being animal, egg and dairy free.

Monk Bodhi Dharma is open for dinner on Friday nights and runs with a session at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. To book, phone: 9534 7250