1. You’re never too old for birthday cupcakes. 2. Maniac. 3. Book Club treats @ yelo. 4. But look at that face! 5. Breakfast in Bed. 6. River rides with a cute boy. 7. Bush bashing with this beauty. 8. Caffeine appreciation with Anh @ Pixel Coffee
My Day on a Plate
I am obsessed with reading about what people eat. It’s a bit stalker-ish, but I love to see how they fuel their bodies and get ideas for my own meals. Each body is different, and the amount you eat should equate to how much exercise you’re putting in every day, so what works for someone I follow might not work for me…
Won’t stop me from having a good ole sticky beak!
Pop Sugar’s My Day on a Plate series is fantastic eating inspo. They tend to interview the healthier celebrities, which I must admit, I do appreciate. If I keep reading about Jus burgers or Tutti Frutti, I won’t be able to resist!
Anyway, I thought it might be fun to jot down my day; plate form. So here we go!
I’m up at 6:30, and take my breakfast into work with me so I can sleep as long as possible.
My winter brekky has been a bowl of oats and a drizzle of honey, then extra toppings if I’m feelin’ it. Now that spring has sprung I’ll soon make the transition back to overnight oats or bircher muesli for a cooler breakfast.
I gulp this down with a cup of tea, black with a dash of milk.
I’m such a creature of habit, 10am is always coffee time. In the interest of saving money I’ve been using our work’s Nespresso machine and adding in lactose free milk. If I’m peckish around now, I’ll grab a handful of raw nuts.
I used to HATE lunch, I thought it was so boring. Now I’ve been dedicating time on Sundays to prepare, I’m getting more creative and incorporating different ingredients so I actually look forward to this meal. The last two weeks have been Moroccan chicken, roasted chickpeas and carrot and broccoli salad, and roasted sweet potato, sautéed mushroom, spinach and baked chicken salad.
I eat packed lunch Monday – Thursday, and Friday’s a treat myself to a bowl of deliciousness from Panache. Heaven!
1:30pm is green tea time, and at 3pm I have a piece of fruit to see me through the afternoon.
Dinner varies from vegetarian Mexican, prawn curry, salmon with asparagus and broccolini and this avocado pasta dish, which we looooooove. (I sub in broccoli for half of my pasta serving).
If it’s still early I’ll have a peppermint tea and a couple of pieces of dark chocolate for dessert, but I try not to indulge too much during the week!
Weekends are completely different, and no day is ever the same, but I am definitely improving on keeping my healthy eating habits through Saturday and Sunday… with the occasional cheat meal – everything in moderation!
So that’s me. God I love food, and my relationship with it is becoming so much healthier.
Bring on spring and summer, and the fresh fruits and vegetables they bring with them!
The Breakfast Club
Shout out to miss Linley Wall for suggesting this post!
I love breakfast. In all forms.
Toast with peanut butter, banana slices and cinnamon
A big bowl of porridge with swirls of honey
Smashed avocado and feta with a poached egg
A green smoothie
A bowl of cereal
Oh, it’s just the best, and without a doubt my favourite meal of the day.
It is also the most important, as they say…
Breaking the fast from a good night’s sleep is so important to kick-start your metabolism and restore your glycogen levels; so you have energy throughout the day. Eating a healthy breakfast within an hour of waking up can help your lil’ body out in so many ways. Plus: it’s delicious!
Luckily, in Perth, we have SO many options for a decent brekky. Sure, you can eat at home (which I often prefer), but sometimes a sunny Sunday calls for a breakfast outing.
Sunshine, on My Window
27 degrees and sunny, on a winter’s day. Are you joking? But also, how amazing!
God, I love a Perth winter. Saturday was absolutely glorious, and Sunday didn’t disappoint either.
So what does a gal do with all this sun? Soak it UPPPPP!
Papa Bell asked me kindly to housesit his place while he and Melissa flew to Broome for the weekend.
As his house is a 5 minute walk from the beach, I’m so glad I didn’t turn this offer down. After waking up early (cheers Andrew) I took myself for a little beach stroll, breathing in the fresh air and stretching my legs. I came back to a very sad looking dog, begging to be taken out… so I went for another walk. On a day like this, I couldn’t resist!
Look at that face! I hate these kind of dogs, but Sparki is so beautifully ugly – with a huge underbite and disproportioned body, it’s so hard not to love him!
Until he steals one of your socks, develops lock jaw and then cries like a baby because he doesn’t know what to do with it.
The rest of the day was equally as blissful, celebrating a dear friend’s birthday over delicious breakfast and incredible coffee.
Laura chose the new spot Finlay and Sons for her special day, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. I can see this becoming my new favourite local. A full menu with too many choices, coffee I knocked back in about 30 seconds, and the most gorgeous, aesthetically pleasing interiors make this girl very happy.
Just look at that rose gold and exposed brick; love love love!
The staff are lovely, and the food is divine. I caved to my standard order of bircher muesli, and was not disappointed in the slightest.
Anh’s mushrooms on goat’s cheese toast looked and smelt unbelievable, the truffle oil wafting in my direction almost gave me food envy. I can’t wait to come back here!
The birthday girl, what a doll! Happy Birthday LB, we love you enormous amounts!
The rest of the day was spent riding to watch my girl’s play netball, quickly popping in to see Andrew and racing back to Dad’s place to feed the pooch.
Anh, Brooke and I had the perfect night in – thai takeaway, rosé, 10 Things I Hate About You and Sean’s homemade caramel slice.
What a classic! Bless you Heath Ledger.
Sunday began with a coffee run to meet up with Book Club over a home cooked breakfast. THANK YOU BROOKE!
Also, please do not ever read The Virgin Suicides. Or watch the movie, we made both errors.
One netball world cup final (YES AUSTRALIA!), a sneaky vino for a friend’s birthday and a fajita bowl on the couch whilst watching House of Cards; and that was my weekend, done and dusted.
I live for the weekend, and I’m sure you can see why! Gotta love these days in the sun, exercising, eating, talking absolute nonsense with the people I love most – I couldn’t ask for anything better.
I hope you all had an equally lovely weekend.
That word definitely looks like it should mean a sweaty blog.
But no, I really mean blog inspiration, but I shortened it to be like the cool kids. Totes on fleek.
This week, I was following my daily routine – breakfast, instagram, work, work, work, check blogs in the breaks, and I stumbled across this post. Cupcakes and Cashmere is one of my favourites to read [side note: Emily just launched her own clothing line under the same name and I am coveting it all!].
Emily is from LA, so obviously a lot of these suggestions are LA based, or at least feature in the states.
However, Australia has some damn good food and I have so many favourites in Perth, that it got me thinking about the best things I’ve ever eaten.
This was pretty hard to narrow down, but I’ve kept my list to 10. Aaaaaaaaand the winners are:
Pad Seuw from Chin Chin, in Melbourne.
This restaurant was at the top of Anh and my “must do in Melbourne” list; and for good reason. This noodle dish was by far the most amazing I have ever eaten. Featuring six hour braised Wagyu Beef (back when I was on the red meat train) it melted in the mouth and left us gobsmacked! I’m not sure if its still on the menu, but they would have replaced it with something incredible I’m sure.
2. Ice Cream
Peanut butter something or other from Gelato Messina, Sydney.
Again, the menu changes regularly, but anything with peanut butter in it is incredible. Props to them for the awesome and creative names too.
Fish tacos from Bib & Tucker.
These are all about texture, the perfect crunch from the lightly battered fish balanced out by the corn, avocado and punchy mayo. Runners up goes to La Cholita, who do a terrific beef tongue taco.
Buckwheat pancakes from The Little Bird Cafe, Northbridge. Fresh, colourful and so, so pretty! These are delightful, and delightfully filling. I dare you try to finish one.
Sticky Date, from Coles. No joke, they are the best cupcakes I’ve had in a long time! Super soft, perfect frosting to cake ratio and $4.50 for 4-pack doesn’t hurt in the slightest.
I couldn’t narrow this down. So there are two: The Acai Bowl and the Smoked Bacon & Roasted Field Mushroom – both from Hylin, West Leederville.
I’m actually drooling thinking about that perfect mushroom, bacon and heavenly pea puree combination.
Hemingway’s Burger, from Hemingway’s in Manly. It appears to be a humble beef burger, but it is so much more than that.
I gave up red meat a few months ago, and I would change my mind 100% if I had one of these in my hand.
It was my perfect burger.
Black Cod Miso, from Nobu. This is obviously not something I eat everyday, but I have been lucky enough to try it more than once. Every time I do, I am in heaven. The cod is so silky, and the miso accompanies it beautifully.
Peanut Butter Parfait, from El Publico. I did try this after a coupla’ tequilas, so my memory might be betraying me.
However, it is Peanut. Butter. Parfait. I think I’ve said enough.
Char Sui Bao, from Wonderbao, Melbourne. Two attempts to eat at this hole in the wall (FYI – they are closed on Sundays) were well worth our while. These beautiful, soft buns filled with moorish pork, crunchy veg and oozing sauce are the perfect handful of flavour.
I kept this list domestic, but I’m not sure why because now I’m remembering all of the amazing things I have eaten on my travels. Oh well, a blog post for another time!
I need to go eat now. Someone bring me one of everything!