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Published July 11th 2018
Winter goes better with a hot cup of chai
The Original Chai Co
You've heard of comfort food. It is food in your belly that gives you a feeling of satiation and contentment. But what about comfort drinks? To my mind, a cup of hot steamy aromatic chai is the perfect beverage when you are bunkering down for the winter.
Your hands won't even feel the cold when they lovingly encircle a hot, steaming cup of chai. And this famous Indian drink with its hints of cinnamon, ginger cloves and cardamon has even been made huge inroads into Melbourne's coffee-obsessed culture.
In fact, there are a number of events on this year which pay homage to India's most famous brew.
FREE (Sip Chai while you watch the Helen Mirren movie The Hundred-Foot Journey.
A screening of the excellent movie The Hundred-Foot Journey will be held at Richard Library It is the story of a feud between two restaurants each opposite each other in a French village: one operated by an Indian family and the other, a pretentious Michelin-starred restaurant. As you watch the clash, you enjoy the best from both cultures as you nibble a croissant and sip your cup of hot chai.
While this event has a university flavour, South Asia enthusiasts are invited to enjoy chai, samosas and a chat on the first Friday each month. This free event is open not only to academics and students but also to members of the public.
The Institute strengthens research cooperation, professional links and cultural understanding between Australia and India.
Drop in Chai events take place on the first Friday of every month from March to November. Bookings must be made through Eventbrite.
Address: 147-149 Barry St, Carlton
From $4 - The Original Chai Co. Chai Van
The Original Chai Co creates authentic and aromatic cups of chai using a traditional blended spice mix with Assam tea. Just follow the beautiful aroma.
You can grab a cup to go or get a five-cup recyclable chai flask if you happen to be heading to work. Great way to warm up.
Queen Victoria Market
Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria streets
Melbourne VIC 3000
Queen Street, near D Shed
The well-known and popular T2 teashops are offering July workshops where their in-store experts will give you some tips and guidance on making your own brew.
Then you can create your very own custom chai blend to take home using all the core ingredients plus a few extras! The workshops cost $30. You can go to Eventbrite or the Facebook page to book online.
Tue, Jul 24, 6:00pm
Wed, Jul 25, 7:30am
Wed, Jul 25, 6:00pm
Tue, Jul 24, 6:00pm
Lentil as Anything sited in Abbotsford Convent serves great homemade chai. This vegetarian restaurant operates on a pay-as-you-feel model that believes that everyone deserves a place at the table.
There is also a forthcoming event at Abbotsford Convent called Campfire Stories, where four inspiring storytellers with refugee experiences share their stories of their homeland, their journey and their lives in an intimate and warm space. The free event starts at
6.30pm on July 25 with hot Arabic chai provided by former Syrian refugees. The event is free but click here to secure tickets.
Abbotsford Convent is at 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford.
$15 a packet of Chai tea from Tamil Feasts in Brunswick
Tamil feasts occur three or so night a week at CERES in Brunswick. The chai they serve is amazing. At present, packets are only available for purchase when the feasts are in operation, so you would need to drop in then. But my recommendation is that you book yourself and a group of friends or family into one of these great meals. Click here for details. And also take away a bag of their amazing chai tea. Such a comfort.