10 Things That Make Me Terribly Happy About Autumn

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  1. Not sweating all the time. I can’t even tell you how happy this makes me.
  2. Cups of tea, all day, everyday
  3. Being able to exercise at any time of the day
  4. Incorporating jeans back into my wardrobe
  5. Raining days spent inside on a cozy couch
  6. The promise of better mountain biking conditions
  7. It’s not too hot for a glass of red, red wiiiiine
  8. Those gorgeous Autumn colours; oranges, earthy reds, soft browns.
  9. Crunching over leaves in parks
  10. Enjoying our last Perth sunset over the ocean.

Hanbel.
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The Pedal to the Metal, The Pedal to Whatever

Do you ever get in a funk? Like this little cloud is just chilling above your head, giving you all kinds of stormy moods and cloudy thoughts.

This has been happening to me lately, particularly with riding. No matter what I was trying, I hadn’t had a good run for so long. Even when we went road tripping down south and got to check out some beautiful new tracks, I just couldn’t get in the right head space. To be honest, with the impending Canada move at the back of my mind, I was getting a little stressed out.

I can’t handle being bad at something. If I’m not nailing it, I usually give up and move onto something within my reach… Until Andrew and mountain biking came along. His persistant encouragement and gentle coaching have pushed me out of my comfort zone and into this crazy, adrenalin fuelled sport.

IMG_0104Margaret River, such a beauty

I learn at my own pace, and will never move onto the next step unless I am confident and have learned every aspect. It must be so frustrating to watch, and even worse to ride after me, but Andrew does it all without complaining. Actually, I lie, he complains when I don’t have a good time and am too hard on myself. What a guy, right?

Even with this support behind me, I’d just not enjoyed it lately. I’ve been getting scared and frustrated with my thoughts taking over. It’s been super dry in Perth lately, which definitely doesn’t help. So I decided to take a week off and get back to me.

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Today, I woke up itching to ride. I wanted to get back out there and give it another go. My head was in the right place and I was feeling pretty relaxed. Which was a godsend, my ride was so much fun! The uphills weren’t killing me, the downhills didn’t shake me too much and I managed to get some PBs knocked out. More importantly though, I was smiling.

IMG_0118Riding in Pemberton, probably before a hill because I’m still smiling!

I don’t know if every ride will be like this, or if I’ll ever make it past this stage of riding. But, I think I’m okay with that. As long as I get some really good days in, I’m prepared to try and overcome the bad ones.

Life’s a little better today, endorphins do not suck at all. Little victories make me pretty happy too, so I’ll keep at it.

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Happy Thursday,
Hanbel.
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P.S. If anyone was interested, this is where we ride:8818cbe921b37d0d76d089a0aa03cc9d

Mercury Street is my comfort zone, but lately I’m trying Goldilocks, Judderbars and Alchemy.

Why You So Obsessed With Me?

It’s been a while since I’ve done up one of these lists, I know you all must be dying to know what’s on my mind right now.

So, without further adieu, current obsessions include:

  1. The Urban List
    Since Urbanspoon was bought out by Zomato, I am in desperate need of restaurant advice.
    Enter The Urban List. Not exclusively food orientated, this website offers tips and reviews on cafes, bars, pubs, shops, health clubs and online purchases throughout this fine city.
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    I’m currently eating my way through their “50 Meals You Should Have Eaten If You Live In Perth“. 12 down, so much deliciousness to go.
  2. THESE NUTS
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    My new snack. So much crunch, a little bite of salt and not too moorish (so I don’t devour the whole packet in one sitting). Perfect for mid-morning, when it’s far too early to scoff down lunch.
  3. This Updo
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    My hairdresser is a magician. How she managed to create an updo with these baby hairs is beyond me! I had this done for a wedding, and it stayed in place for around 12 hours. If you’re in the Northern suburbs and in need of a hairdresser, look up AZ Hairstylist on the book. She’s a gem!
  4. Scar Tissue
    96647I’m re-reading this bad boy, and it still astonishes me how Anthony Keidis is still alive. The amount of drugs that have gone through his system, combined with downright dangerous situations is a recipe for disaster, but instead he produced incredible music. Great read!
  5. Pumpkins!
    Can you tell that Halloween is around the corner? I know as Aussies we’re not big celebrators of the holiday, but I still love a little festivity.
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    My little guy from 2011..

    My favourite American bloggers have been visiting pumpkin patches this week, and making me super jealous. Love, Taza and her littles,  Barefoot Blonde and her babe, and Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere has it on her to-do list. One day I’ll get to do that…
    For now, I’ll settle for cooking something pumpkin based, watching Hocus Pocus and making Andrew carve a pumpkin or two with me.

And those are just a few of my favourite things. This week at least!

Hanbel.
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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.

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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).

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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.

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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!
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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.

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

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!
Hanbel.
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You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry

He’s coming. That old mate Santa Claus. He’s coming to town!

We are well and truely in the midst of the Christmas countdown. Today is the 25th of November, marking one month to make the most of the merriment.
I have said this to a lot of people over the years, and I stick by it now – I love the build up to Christmas Day much more than the day itself.

I’m a sucker for all things sparkly and magical so when those Christmas lights and trees start going up, I can’t contain my excitement.
I just feel that this season waves this mist over everything and everyone. We all have a little break to look forward to, we’re encouraged to think of our loved ones and what makes them happy, and we are given a little distraction from the day-to-day routine.

In Perth, there are a few events happening all over town to assist in the magic.

Over the weekend I went to the Christmas Markets held in Forrest Place, in the city. They were a little underwhelming, having used the same vendors from Angove Street Festival, Beaufort Street Art Market and the Beaufort Street Festival. As amazing as it is that they are showcasing local talent, I felt like I had seen it all before and was hoping for more of a Christmas theme.
Regardless, I still picked up a little present and am happy I went.

Bring on the next events!

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Via Twigged by Tali Facebook

Tonight, I am accompanying some work friends to the Twigged by Tali wreath making course, held at Rochelle Adonis – with high tea to follow!
I am sooooooo excited, I have already bought a wreath hanger from Target ($5!!) and praying that my wreath making skills are somewhat decent.

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The Leederville Carnival is happening on the 7th of December. It will include all the usual suspects – food stalls, art markets, crafts, live music, flowing drinks, people everywhere.
If you stick around until 8pm, they turn on the Christmas lights – which is always such a nice moment!

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There are so many events and daily christmas activities happening in Perth this year, most of which can be found here.
Everyday, at 11:45am and 1:15pm London Court in the city will put on a “snow show”, giving us a little taste of a winter wonderland. In the middle of summer…

One to take the kiddies along to is the Channel 7 and West Australian Christmas Pageant on the 6th of December along St George’s Terrace, also in the city.

Another event that is probably for the kiddies, but I have no shame in attending is held in the Northbridge Piazza throughout December. Festive Flicks, including The Polar Express, Elf and The Grinch will be shown on the big screen FOR FREE. Winning.

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There are about a million Carols by Candlelight events in perth, the search for the best has begun here.
We never went when I was a kid (don’t ask me why!), so I’ll have to take your advice on which is the best.

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I am also heading off to another exciting class – Christmas Baking at the Cooking Professor. Gingerbread skills come at me!

This is not even half at what is going on in Perth, so I would suggest you keep an eye out in your area for anything else fun to do! Enjoy the season with your family and friends, it is the best way to make the most of your time off.

What events do you go to every year?

Livin in a Hipster’s Paradise

It was a beautiful, sunny Saturday. I donned my hipster hat, slapped on some sunscreen, grabbed two of my girls and headed down to the Beaufort Street Festival.

An annual event, on my favourite street in Perth, where a good portion is closed off to cars and opened up to bars.
All the fantastic vendors and businesses on the street open their doors, crank some music and provide amazing food.
As it’s popularity is growing, I knew this year would be crazy busy so we planned to arrive at the start of the event.

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Damn lucky we did too, because even at 12:15 it was chockers! We hit the south side first, made our way up the street and headed for the shady shack. There wasn’t much we missed, and after three hours Anh and I felt like we’d done enough. Big crowds don’t do a lot for my stress levels, so these days I stay at these events for as long as I’m enjoying myself and leave before I get too frustrated. Lucy has a much bigger tolerance level than I do, and she ended up kicking on for most of the day!

IMG_0239We began with samples from Rochelle Adonis, including a Christmas pudding soaked for 18 months in brandy! Rich, christmassy heaven!

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We hit up the soul food truck for some smokin’ pulled pork. Our logic was to share everything, so we could sample as much as possible.
Girls who think with their stomachs…

IMG_0244Duck Jumplings had me jumping for joy (too lame?).

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Being a lactard I couldn’t get involved in these double espresso chills! Which sucks, because they were freebies, and who doesn’t love freebies?!

IMG_0247I made do with a coconut, which was leaking all over the place but refreshing as hell.

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The lovely Lucy from Luce’s Eternal Sunshine.IMG_0248My little Anh, with a couple of nuts.

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IMG_0251   IMG_0256  IMG_0258There was a little section hidden away from the madness, in the carpark behind Fresh Provisions, dedicated to artwork. And free gingerbread men…

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Which was also where we discovered the greatest buy of the day. Matso’s ginger beer – icey pole style.
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IMG_0267When we had completed the full loop, we wandered back down the road to El Publico, my favourite restaurant and the highlight of the festival, in my opinion.
They transform their carpark into the “Shady Shack” where all the 18+ tequila fun times begin. My pick from the bar is the tequila and fresh apple juice. It sounds simple, but it is so refreshing and packs a punch. Paired with smooth guacomole, crunchy chips, a cuttlefish tostada, some astro turf, and cruisy beats we were sent into the most chilled out, happiest of places.

IMG_0268Earlier in the day the girls were made promises of Sundaes at Rochelle Adonis, so we decided to finish our palates off with some SUGAR.
I opted out of this as well, but they looked incredible, although maybe a little rich as Lucy and Anh couldn’t finish one between them.
I pocketed a couple of lemon curd tarts (I am suuuuuch a lemon curd fiend) to bring home for the boy, and Anh and I took our full tummies home.

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During the day we bumped into people we knew (bound to happen on this street) including our friend who had brought her Irish cousin along. He had just flown in the day before and this was his first taste of Perth. On a day like this I was so proud to call Perth home, event like these help us all embrace our city and to remind us how much we love dear little Perth.