People Who Love to Eat are Always the Best People

“I’d be so skinny if I didn’t love food so much” Hannah, every day.

But I do, I do love food. So SO much. I have an obsession with needing to try everything, find new combinations, hit that latest breakfast spot, create a new dish at home.
I’m not an overly talented cook, but I am trying and improving! I am, however, an exceptional eater.

Therefore, Mum’s suggestion of hitting up the Good Food and Wine Show this past weekend was a no brainer.

Perth Good Food & Wine Show Tickets

In short, this is a huge event for foodies and vendors alike. With hundreds of exhibitors, master classes, Celebrity presentations and more, the Convention Centre gets packed out quickly. Which is why we decided to get in early (before all the free wine samples settled in).

IMG_5272 The fourth cheese along there (wrapped in a vine leaf), was delicious! It was the Bruny Island “Oen” and it was also ridiculously strong, and we smelt of cheese for the rest of the day; rookies.

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This was the only product all day that tempted me enough to buy it. Good, old fashioned peanut butter to add to my collection.
If you have a nut allergy, don’t come to my house; I’ll come to yours.

IMG_5276We kept the wine sampling to minimum, as it was still morning, but Mum couldn’t go past her favourite – Mr Riggs.
The McLaren Vale Shiraz was heavenly, and concreted my decision to visit that wine region one day.


Feeling a little more peckish, we visited the Grazing Garden where our old friends Comida Do Sul were serving some new creations.

IMG_5278We snacked on this Banana/Coconut Ceviche while getting our seats for the Theatre. It was zingy, smooth, sweet, savoury and a few more contradictory flavours! The punchy lime dressing and vibrant red onion were mellowed out by the banana, with the coconut and coriander topping it off the create a surprising palate explosion. Was it a dessert? Was it savoury? Who the hell cares, it was delicious!

The timing worked out well for us to sit down and watch Adam Liaw (former Masterchef winner) cook up a storm. He introduced the session by explaining that he wanted to have a conversation with us, and proved it by answering all questions, walking out into the audience and running way over time because he was trying to explain things so thoroughly.

I learnt so much in his 45 minutes on stage about Asian cooking, and general kitchen tips.

1. When assembling a rice paper roll, don’t let the rice paper soak for too long. It should be the consistency of a child’s raincoat.

2. Put your rice paper rolls filling on one side, and the prawns towards the other. That way when you are finished rolling, the prawns will end up on top, and your rolls will look restaurant standard.

3. When creating a sauce, and trying to find the balance just begin with two ingredients. Mix your sweet and sour together until they tastes pleasant, and then add in savoury. Keep it simple!

4. Don’t forget about the 5th taste – Umami. Google it, trust me.

Thank you Adam, just thank you!
IMG_5282Once Adam had finished up, we decided to grab our last morsels and GTFO because it was getting hectic.
We began a hunt for dumplings, because why not? Mum spotted the Jumplings stall and I did a little internal cheer.
Having eaten these a couple of times already, I remembered exactly how delicious they are!
We grabbed the duck dumplings, because I couldn’t bring myself to pay $24 for lobster with truffle shavings. Although now I’m thinking about them and getting massive regret.

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We finished up with another old favourite, Chicho Gelato, because we couldn’t walk past the new flavours they had on offer. Both of us plumped for the “Roast Fig, Marscapone with Balsamic Caramel”, which didn’t taste of fig or balsamic but was delectable all the same.


All in all, a great way to spend a frosty morning in Perth. We came, we ate, we conquered.
And I was complimented on my lipstick, so… winning!*

Happy eating all, enjoy your food, enjoy your life!

*It’s Morange AA2 from MAC, if you’re curious.

Rock’n Roll

It’s a glorious winter morning in Perth. I use the term “winter” quite loosely, as it was 18 degrees, sunny and beautiful!
So what else would a young lass such as myself choose to do with her day?
Watch a Mountain Bike Race, of course!

Andrew and his best mate nominated for the WAGE Gravity Enduro which took place at Goat Farm, Greenmount.
His parents were keen for a sticky beak, so together we traipsed the trails sourcing the perfect photo opportunity.

IMG_5147Sadly, stage one was cancelled after only 7 or so riders attacking it. One had attempted to jump a rock, came off his bike and landed horribly – St John medics on site called in an Ambulance and he was taken off with suspected vertebrae damage. Our fingers are crossed that he makes a full recovery.

IMG_5156The mountain biking aside, this view, the incredible weather and being outdoors was the best way to wake up on a Sunday morning.


Proud Mumma ^

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The boys powered through the remaining 4 stages, through crazy rock gardens and gigantic drops.

IMG_5167 IMG_5168They finished up just shy of the top 20, and it’s safe to say that now I’ve given this kind of riding a go I am in complete awe of their abilities, and lack of fear!

IMG_5148 IMG_5149 IMG_5150 IMG_5151WAGE organized for the amazing Brazilian food truck ‘Comida Do Sul’ to provide food at the event, as well as a licensed bar, which was well received after all the efforts from the competitors.

I feel like I end a lot of my posts with a humble-brag about Perth, sorry – but this one is no exception. I just love that our small city can hold events like these that a lot of people wouldn’t even know about, but that are incredible for those who are passionate for the sport.
WAGE, keep up the good work and I’ll keep coming to watch!


Can You Paint with All the Colours of the Wind?


I know, I’ve been a terrible blogger lately. I promise some decent content soon.

In the meantime, I’d like to discuss running.
Not running away from problems, not my pair of stockings running (although that did happen this week!) and not running out of ideas for blog posts. Just the usual, standard running.

Now, as I have mentioned before, I am not by any stretch of the imagination a running kind of gal.
I love my konga classes, can’t get enough of yoga, could ride my bike everyday and have the best time on a netball court. Running, however, has never been my forte. I can walk (at a brisk pace of course) forever, give me some decent tunes or a good podcast* and I’ll be off.
The issue that is occurring now though, is that this isn’t enough anymore. I feel the need to run, like my body kind of wants to get going, and it does sometimes, but I’ll run for a kilometre or so and give up.

THEREFORE. I have decided to sign up for a fun run to give myself some motivation. I believe that I can do it, I just need to get over these demons in my head, and I think a deadline would be a good way to challenge this.
To concrete this decision, I have conned my friend Anh into running with me, and … ahh, written a blog about it.

I thought a fun run would be a good place to start, so why not pick the funnest run of them all?

2015-06-11 10_19_16-The Color Run Australia (@thecolorrunaus) • Instagram photos and videos

The Color Run

And thus, the training begins. Wish me luck!


*Podcasts are taking over my life right now. I got hooked on Serial, then devoured Criminal. My favourites at the moment are Gilmore Guys, This American Life and Mamamia Out Loud.
If anyone has any recommendations, I am all ears!

It’s a Good Day to Have a Good Day

And what a run of good days it has been!

I feel like, on occasion, I gush about my boyfriend too much (and who wants to be that girl?!), but sometimes he just gets it so right.

A few months ago, I received a message from Ticketek with my ticket details to “Wicked”. Without telling me, Andrew had bought tickets to see my favourite stage show! Friday night was the night. I got to relive the magic, tear up during “Defying Gravity” and drink a very green and VERY sickly sweet cocktail.


Thank you again Andrew, you’re a gem! I think I’ll keep you.


The weekend festivities kicked on, with a very special engagement partylast night. My step cousin Matt, and my good friend Kate. It such fun celebrating with the family, and the happy couple were so damn happy. Don’t you just love that?


My darling step-mum Melissa, and her niece Jess.



I couldn’t stop thinking about that scene in Vicar of Dibley. Also, I’m really sorry about the lack of snaps, I just have too much fun at parties!

Sunday’s hangover was pushed aside to accompany my mum at the Mother’s Day Classic, raising money for Breast Cancer Research. Perth put on a ripper of a day as we rode our bikes down to Langley park and joined the sea of pink in a casual 4km walk.


It has been the mother of all weekends (hehe!) and I have loved every minute.

To my amazing mumma: Happy Mother’s Day! I love you more than I could ever put into words. Your strength support and endless love are never taken for granted.


Andrew and I are off on a 9 day camping trip as of tomorrow, so bye for now!

I promise to have plenty of updates when I return, have a good week!

Hanbel. X

Like Mother, Like Daughter

I love my mother/daughter dates. Mum and I are so similar, it’s a little scary sometimes.
We say the same thing at the same time, love a good musical, are constantly asking “what’s she off??” when watching a movie, and have an insane love for her pets.

So when little events in Perth pop up, Mum is usually the first to find them, and I never say no to going with her!

The City of Vincent and the Mt Hawthorn Hub hosted a festival yesterday, through Scarborough Beach Road and surrounding laneways.

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Though it was similar to other events around Perth (food stalls, craft stalls, live performers) Mum pointed out that it was a great opportunity to remind people of the Mt Hawthorn strip and how beautiful this area is.

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The highlights for us were Catalano’s prawn and chorizo skewers ($15 for two though?!), sampling truffle butter from The Truffle House and waiting patiently for pork buns and crab cakes.

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The Paddo were showing the famous Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight on their big screens and once it was over they spilled their bar out onto the street (surrounded by barricades, of course). There were a few other bars hidden down laneways who had the same idea, creating the best Sunday afternoon atmosphere.

With Mum feeling a little under the weather, we decided to say goodbye the crowds and beat the incoming rain, grab some gelato and head on home.

Chocolate Gelato, with salted caramel almond crunch from Chico Gelato. Get involved!

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I hope you all enjoyed your weekend just as much as I did!