So I Sat There and Had a Glass of Wine

There is nothing like a quick weekend getaway, other than a longer holiday.
Unfortunately, we’re all a little busy with work or study and therefore had to settle for two nights at Dad’s holiday home in Dunsborough.

Andrew picked me up after work last Friday, and we raced down to meet up with Dad, his partner Melissa, my brother Alistair and his girlfriend Ellen. They had wine, dinner and a crackling fire ready for us – what more could you ask for?

Dad and Melissa have had this house for quite a few years now, and I have the best memories of my time there. Andrew and I have snuck away for weekends now and then, we celebrated a Christmas there with the whole family and I am always reminded of summer holidays with Rhiannon. Which is bittersweet, but I’m okay with that.

This time round, we were invited as part of a deal. If we helped them out in the garden, we would be rewarded some decent food and a night out. Seemed pretty reasonable…

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Why You So Obessed with Me?

Hello beautiful people!

It is time again to share my latest obsessions… I get hooked on things quite easily, but also change my mind quite often.

*Apologies in advance, a lot of these are food related. I’m hungry.

1. Bircher Muesli

IMG_5226I eat this for breakfast. Every. Single. Day. I love it, and can’t get enough!
Oats are one of the best foods to start your day with, SO MANY health benefits, including fibre for your heart and good carbs to burn throughout the day.
To make this bowl of deliciousness, I soak 1/2 cup oats in almond milk overnight.
In the morning I add half a grated apple and a tablespoon of Greek yoghurt – stir to combine.
And then the toppings! These change regularly; the above is kiwi fruit, a little nut mix and maple syrup = heaven in a bowl.

2. Netflix 

I know, SO late to the party. We began with Stan because that was available in Australia first, and then we got hooked on Community and couldn’t give it up. However, this past weekend we gave in.

It’s Netflix time. Give me allllllll the Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Arrested Development, Suits etc.
Goodbye free time!

3. Charcuterie Boards


With the weather cooling right down, it’s definitely the time for comfort food. Wine and cheese nights have never been more welcome. Especially when you don’t have to leave the house.
Saturday Date Night In consisted of grabbing a picnic from Smoults Deli, opening a bottle of red, moving our mattress into the lounge room (in front of the heater) and watching Django Unchained, courtesy of [No. 2].

4. Mandarins!

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With citrus in season, how can I go past these little morsels to up my “2 fruit and 5 veg” intake.

5. Goodreads

This website/app is must for all book worms out there. My dear friends Lucy and Brooke were already on this bandwagon, and introduced the other half of book club to all it’s possibilities.
It’s fantastic! You can log all the books you’ve ever read, and even track the dates to see how many books you’ve read in a year.
You get to rate each book as you add it to your list, as well as log books you want to read in the future.
If you log in through facebook, you can see what all your other friends are reading and how they rate them all.
Finally, if you download the app you can literally scan in the barcode of your own books to add them to your list.

BRILLIANT! My inner book nerd is rejoicing!

What are you all obsessed with at the moment?
Share away…


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.

Standard Sunday

Adventures with Hannah and Sheena; the best kind of adventures! (because they usually involve food).

I picked up Mum yesterday to join me for some location scouting. I’ve been put in charge of this year’s Christmas Party (queue panic attack) and wanted to scope a couple of places out.

I ignored my flashing petrol light and took Stella, my little Golf, out West to suss out Tropico in North Beach.
IMG_5236Arriving after 11am, we were just looking for a quick coffee but were told there was an hour wait for a table.
I honestly thought the buzz from this place had died down, but apparently not!IMG_5237Instead we ordered two coffees and a cronut to go, and walked down to the coast to check out the view.
We managed to catch the only nice part of the day, and enjoyed our treats while basking the sun.

IMG_5245 IMG_5246The space is gorgeous, I love the breath of fresh air that this café has given that little strip and it’s obviously still very popular.
The coffee was perfect; Will and Co beans treated very well, and the accompanying lemon meringue cronut was to die for.
It’s a shame that you don’t actually have a view of the ocean from inside the café (knowing how close it really is), and for that reason I don’t think this is the right place for our Christmas party.
I would love to go back one early morning, though, as I have heard wonderful things about their breakfast.


Having topped up our caffeine and sugar levels, we hopped back in the car and travelled onwards. Destination: Northbridge.
We were both feeling a little too full to begin eating again, so I suggested we check out the current [free] exhibition at the Museum.
They are currently hosting the 2015 World Press Photo exhibit, which holds some unbelievably confronting and exquisite photography. If you’re in the area, I encourage you to pop your head in and have a quick squiz. Be warned though, it’s not the most pleasant collection of pictures, but it is true to the current situations across our globe.

IMG_5238One of the happier shots, I would have taken more but I didn’t want to snap away like a tourist in there.

Sourcing out something to lighten the mood, we kept on exploring our own neighbourhood. Perth is changing in the blink of an eye, with new bars, restaurants and hotels popping up all over town, and we were eager to see the new additions.
One in particular that caught our eye was the Alex Hotel.

After poking our heads in for an unashamed sticky-beak, we were actually given a tour of the hotel! “It’s so Melbourne” was a phrase being thrown around by Mum and I, which made me cringe a little and yet was a fitting description.
With very minimal, but high standard rooms the guests are encouraged to mill around in the common areas, or explore the nearby streets. Described as a ‘hostel for adults’ the floors are decked out with book shelves, reading nooks and huge common tables intended for people to socialise.
It does seem a little hipster with exposed piping, concrete walls, a rooftop bar and cruiser bikes for hire, however I think that it’s exactly what Perth is crying out for! Bring on some more boutique hotels just like this one.


Finally admitting defeat to the weather gods, we found cover and comfort at The Standard.
Having been here before, this restaurant/bar was at the top of my ‘potential Christmas party’ list.

We just needed to double check…


The friendly, bubbly staff pointed us the direction of a dry Tempranillo rose and we placed our order for some nibbles (my favourite way to eat lunch), starting with olives. IMG_5251My lunch date; isn’t she a beauty? (God bless my genes)

We had our eye on the fava chips with mushroom ketchup and aioli, and were also recommended the mushrooms doughnuts – little dough parcels filled with mushroom ragu topped with lemon and chive curd and paprika sugar.


IMG_5253The fava chips were cooked differently from what we remembered, crispier and with more of a batter and the doughnuts could have held more ragu to balance out the heavy dough. However, these were small nitpicks, as the food was delicious and comforting.


The Standard have found such a great location, which will only improve as the Northbridge-City Link is developed. I fall in love with their outside section everytime I visit; the fairy lights and blossoms just do it for me!
The food is delectable, drinks selection on par and the staff are so, so helpful.

Ladies and Gentleman, I think we have a winner.

Thank you for exploring with me Mum, let’s do it again ASAP.