Archive for August, 2010

Make the Most of it

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Holy moly, shock horror! Something interesting is happening in Perth! Who would have thunk?
As part of the Fashion Festival comes Popsicle – a pop-up container store in the “Cultural Centre” on James Street in Perth. From 9-15 September we will have access to emerging artists’ wares! THIS IS AMAZING! Go, support, buy, encourage it to happen again! It is brought to us by OnWilliam who I love and adore. A group of people who are keen to see Perth become a vibrant place. One day I will work on/near William Street and I will join them and wave banners that say “Stuffed animals and wacky arty stuff are cool!”

Gare de L’Est

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

My dad showed me this video this morning – in 2006 I spent many a day waiting for trains at this gare and in 153 days I plan on visiting it often. Gare de L’est, the most harlequin train station in all of Paris.

The Approach of Old Age

Friday, August 27th, 2010

My birthday celebrations start this weekend and continue on until AT LEAST next weekend. Nothing beats a birth-week (except for maybe a birth-month…)

I have realised that I am most likely the only person in the world who honestly wants socks for their birthday. Imagine if everyone who has been given a dud pair of socks that they just put in their underwear drawer and never wear, gave those socks to me! I’d be RICH! Well… rich with socks, which in my current world is better than gold.

I am currently mid-sock-creature and have experienced the up and down moments that seem to happen with each creation. First you start with a sock that just looks like a sock and you’re supposed to somehow make it come alive. Then after a few fret-filled sewing moments you end up with a strange shape that just looks bad. Then arrives the ‘oh-woe-is-me’ moments were you realise you’re a useless sock creature maker and that this will never resemble anything good and that those legs/arms/tentacles/beaks look very phallic. But then you go and have lunch outside in the sun and return to discover that the pelican you thought you were making, is, in fact, a giant walking tooth. That’s where I’m up to. I’ll keep you in the loop.

I’m a Business Term.

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Today I discovered that I am related to KPIs. The term “JDs” was being flung around in a meeting, letters that I discovered are not only my initials. They also stand for “Job Description.” It’s like Luke finding out Darth Vader was his father. Depressing stuff.

Not Another Restaurant Review

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

I have started to notice that I write about food a lot, which is somewhat different to my original plan of writing about words and writing and work-related topics. But they’re BORING so here’s another entry about something delicious I ate!

There have been a few moments in my life where I have walked out of a restaurant almost crying because I don’t want to leave. I have vivid memories of a lunch I had with my boyfriend and his dad in Crete – we went to a little restaurant near a waterfall in the hills of the island, and ate some of the best food I have ever had. The orange juice was freshly squeezed, the cheese and yoghurt (free at the end of our meal!) was made out the back of the restaurant. It was a meal we continue to reminisce about even now. Last night, I consumed another of these epiphanic meals, at Meeka restaurant in Subiaco.

My friend (who shall be named Miss S for privacy reasons, should people she know find out how much she ate – the glutton!) and I took each other out for a birthday dinner. I had driven past Meeka almost daily and always wanted to go and eat there but never had an opportunity. I now intend to make opportunities as frequently as possible. The restaurant serves middle-eastern fusion food, offering a range of tajines, served in the beautiful ceramic pots. It is spices galore, with strong, hearty flavours and amazing food combinations. We ordered the home made bread with olive oil, dukkah and fig vincotto to start and I had to hold back from sculling the vincotto. Similar to a balsamic vinegar (but better), it was sweet, rich and very more-ish. The bread was deliciously soft and doughy and stuck to the roof of your mouth. Love that.

I chose a lamb and carrot tajine which was flavoured with cumin, dates and eggplant. Not usually one to eat large amounts of meat, I couldn’t stop devouring it – the lamb just melted in my mouth. Miss S is vego which suits me fine because I got to try her chickpea and butterbean tajine which had a much sweeter flavour and was absolutely delicious. I felt bad not finishing my meal but I knew I had to leave space for dessert because I had spotted a chocolate fondant on the menu. My foresight proved genius for I am now about to make a very big call that may shock some readers. Ready?

It was one of the BEST chocolate fondants I have ever eaten.

There. I said it. And I don’t regret it. It was absolutely amazing and I’m kind of sad we chose to share it. The fondant had small pieces of turkish delight in it, which on reading the menu disappointed me, but it proved to be a pleasant surprise. The turkish delight added a significant sweetness to the dark chocolate pudding (which oozed like all good fondants should), but it wasn’t over powering. The fondant was served with a large scoop of  homemade pistachio ice cream, topped with rosewater fairy floss. Then there was a shot glass of dark chocolate sauce which Miss S and I managed to get all over the table/our fingers/our mouths. The combinations of flavours were divine and we both stopped talking and focused on the chocolate for a good 10 minutes. I’m very particular when it comes to chocolate based sweets and I know a good one when I eat it and this was a GREAT fondant. As we were leaving the very friendly owner told us that the menu would be changing and read out the dessert menu that would arrive in Spring. There’s a flourless chocolate cake coming… I think I might be going back soon.

chocolate fondant

Ay-May-Zing.


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The New Breakfast Joint

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Recent living arrangement changes has resulted in a new local cafe for Sunday breakfast needing to be sort. I miss Il Circolo but am quite pleased with the cafe strip on South Street in Fremantle. We now head to Aubergines, a busy cafe serving great food and pretty good coffee. The first few coffees I had there were pretty ordinary, but a sign on the window for a new barista has brought better results. The cafe attracts lots of regulars, with the owner coming outside to chat and feed all of the local dogs who turn up. Last Sunday there were 3 bull dogs, one of which was ridiculously fat and almost got run over. He was then carried around like a baby, all of his rolls of skin covering his eyes.

I have discovered what I believe to be the best bircher muesli in all of Perth. I can’t say I’ve tried them all, but this one is REALLY GOOD. Served in tower with rhubarb compote, berries and vanilla bean yoghurt, this is definitely worth getting out of bed for.

Bircher muesli

Muesli in a tower! Well I never...

The muesli is full of nuts, seeds and dried fruit and is dense and oh-so delicious. Definitely worth a drive to South Freo. Plus you might get to see me!

Aubergine Gourmet Foods on Urbanspoon

Mmm… Cream…

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

I may hate whipped cream out of a spray can, I may not be a fan of dollops of cream served on or near a slice of cake in a cafe, and I may hate cream on top of ice chocolates, but I do most certainly like Cream Restaurant in East Perth. How’s that for a cheesy intro?

I took Tom there for his birthday dinner on Saturday night after I had scoured the internet looking for the perfect restaurant. I wanted something fancy yet breathable with good service, great food, reasonable portion sizes compared to price and, most importantly, a great dessert menu. I had been recommended Cream by a colleague of mine and after much umming and ahhing decided to give it a go. And it was a good decision. The restaurant decor is smooth and retro with soft lighting and bright furnishings. The wall we were seated next to was covered in a deep-red fur and there were some fabulous red light fittings hanging from the ceiling. The food was delicious – my chicken with mushroom and truffle risotto was juicy and full of flavour and Tom’s lamb with eggplant and cous cous was tender and melt-in-your-mouth. We shared toasted New Norcia baguette with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and olives to start and it came with the house dip which that night was pumpkin, lentil and coriander. That was probably the highlight of the evening… AMAZING. I could have eaten a bucketful.

Dessert was awesome although I have had better. Tom chose the profiteroles with pistachio cream centre and dark chocolate sauce. Here’s a dodgy, dark photo:

Profiteroles

It looks disgusting in this photo but it was actually quite tasty.

I chose the “hard core soft centred chocolate cake” which was soft but not molten in the centre. Having eaten many a chocolate cake, I can honestly say it wasn’t even close to hard core and I definitely would have liked the centre to have been even softer. It didn’t have any goo-factor and didn’t even stick to the roof of my mouth. But that said, the flavour was enjoyable and the raspberry ice cream it was served with was very tasty.

Chocolate cake

Fancy.

A great night was had and I got to wear one of my new dresses that I bought in Melbourne so I was very happy. Tom seemed to enjoy himself, too. Added bonus.

Cream on Urbanspoon

Advice for All

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Tonight I have discovered something that I wish I’d known about when I was a teenager. Books of wisdom and worldly advice written by Lorraine Peterson, an American history teacher.

Book of advice

Wow.

I mostly love the fact that I can also read a book called “If God Loves Me, Why Can’t I Get My Locker Open?”. Other titles include “Lord, I Haven’t Talked to You Since the Last Crisis, but…” and “Why isn’t God Giving Cash Prizes?”. Buy them from Amazon.

ROCK OUT!

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

I can finally release photos of my latest sock creature addition – the ROCK DEMON.

Rock God

Rock and/or roll.

Complete with red felt wings and a silver guitar, he is a true star of the stage. He was hidden from public view while under construction as he now belongs to my own rock god – my boyfriend. I know… soppy. Yuck. Once again I’m very happy with my little dude and once again it was hard to say goodbye. Miss Universe took a particular liking to the Rock Demon and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some little sock-babies appearing soon.

Exciting Times

Friday, August 20th, 2010

A busy weekend awaits full of exciting times, important tasks and potentially dramatic moments. Oh, and good food. The election has finally arrived and we will soon stop having to watch stupid Labor V Liberal ads and news about politicians kissing babies. I can’t wait. Having previously worked for the electoral commission teaching school kids how to vote, I am very passionate about elections being important/people having the right to vote etc. I do enjoy informing people how the preferential voting system works and why numbering all of the boxes is important. And remember, kids! Donkey votes (numbering the boxes in the order they appear on the ballot paper) DO count! Not only will you be wasting your vote, you’ll be voting for someone you don’t even like! Ok, rant over.

While I’m all for voting, I don’t have many positive things to say about the political parties and I think it’s about time Australia considered becoming a dictatorship or just dissolving all forms of government and making it a free for all. Not really, but I don’t feel a strong connection to either party and really don’t think there’s much difference between them. But I shall cast my vote when I take my grandma down to the polling booth. I do secretly enjoy the count and I’ll be interested to see if we genuinely elect a female Prime Minister. That will be something to celebrate.

Paris Hilton

Thank you, Ms Hilton.

In other weekend news, it is my boyfriend’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!) and I’m taking him out for a slap-up meal which I can’t talk about yet because it’s a BIG SURPRISE. I will give you a review next week, hopefully with pictures if I remember to take some. Then begins the count down to the most important day of the year – my birthday! Only 12 days to go! Exciting times and lots of food ahead.