I’ve taken a few days off from work for exam study. Ok rephrase, I’ve taken a few days off to procrastinate, or shall we call it “staycation”. The weather is so beautiful today and it’s not hot at all. How can you not head out. Spent the morning battling through endless lecture notes and journal articles, so for lunch I decided to have it under the sun. Mum was home today so we grabbed baguettes from Jean-Claude and subi and sat in the park. Mum’s lunch was so delicious that she attracted couple of ducks. And by the end of her baguette the duckies got some comfy with her that they decided to sat around her. Or I shall say “own” her.
And of course I spend the arvo making cold drip and filtered coffee
six days till exam. Shall I panic now?
Another blurr week: study, gastro, all family members back from their holiday. One and a half more week then break!
Had a nice lunch at Bread in common today. Been wanting to go there for ages. (ps. We actually drove down Freo one Wednesday night and it was packed ! we couldn’t get any seat so ended up eating Pata Negra. Hmm squid ink paella…)
The interior was so impressive; had resemblance of sibling Gordon Street Garage and il Lido but only better. Located in the hipster side of Freo (Pakenham street, around the corner from NDU and the cappuccino strip) so didn’t surprise me the abundant of uni students sipping coffee scribbling notes. The brunch menu had a mixture of sharing plates as well as breakkie options.
So we ordered 2x common loaf to share for three with olive oil and butter; wagyu bresaola; grilled octopus with corn and pepper and lime mint lamb ribs.
The bread was by far the best in town. Not the usual yeast leavened bread but good old levain bread: moist, soft and fresh with thick brown crust. There were large holes throughout, not the best for sandwiches but delectable when dipped into fruity olive oil or with generous chuck of butter. The wagyu bresaola had delicate flavor and texture, was delicious with some sort of fruit chuntney and rocket leaves. The grilled octopus was succulent, perfect with sweet corn and pepper. The lamb ribs were a little too fattening for my liking (even pair with a minty sweet sour sauce). But that’s with all lam ribs, isn’t it?
On the way out I can’t help but grabbed a loaf of common bread and a loaf of honey fruit bread. I live a little far from freo so might as well stack some in the freezer in case I crave for them later. Otherwise, I’m sure my palate will appreciate soft goats cheese on honey fruit bread for lunch tomorrow.
Bread in common
43 Pakenham St
mon:sun 10am-10pm (fri sat til late)
Posted on 12 November, 2013
One of my close girlfriend married the love of her life earlier this year. It was a beautiful wedding: full of happiness, laughter, and a little bit of tears. I also found out on the night, that my other close girlfriend will soon be to proposed! it was very very exciting news. And of course couple of weeks later, she returned home from her Europe holiday with HER FIANCE and a rock on her ring finger. I already this was going to happen but it’s ecstatic to see her ring and hear about her proposal. In the months after she started going to wedding expo, venues and gathering idea. So I suggested to go to see the First come love wedding expo. Ive heard about it the year before when I was helping my other friend planning her wedding. I heard it was quite boutique-ey and niche.
First come love wedding expo lived up my expectation. They did it at the St George’s college in UWA. OMG the venue is so so beautiful ! Was love at first sight. The arches, the old red bricks, the ancient wood finish, the painted window panels, the stair case that squeaks when you walk on it and everything thing about it. Then there was the surrounding, the small church, the tranquil surrounding, the old ficus, the little fountain, the stone finish. I can’t express how much i love this venue.
They had a collection of creative exhibitors. From old fashion film photographers, to hand crafted head pieces, succulent bomboniere, red velvet wedding cake, wood carving invites, cocktail in a teapot that smokes, classy versus contemporary central pieces etc etc. It was just wonderful.
I was given brochures as my friend took her time to speak to each of the exhibitors. I thought this was going to another pile of dust collector but guess not. My other friend who was recently engaged has missed out the expo. I guess she can do with extra information !
I went to the Perth upmarket last weekend. Been wanting to go there for ages after hearing so much good thing about it. I didn’t plan to buy much and instead wanted to go there to suss it out. Saying that though I still end up getting bits and pieces. The shopaholic can’t help it. The market was situated in the beautiful ancient Hackett Hall. To be honest I was surprised by the number of stall holders and visitors on the day. But what is even more surprising is the design and the quality of some of these products. simply amazing ! It’s full of products from made by local talented artists and designers.
The beautiful Clay & Clasp. Oh so cute Macaroon and coffee bean stud earring
My favourite stores (well there were three). Bahen & Co, chocolate crafted locally in WA (Margaret river). They were one of the most popular store in the market. I mean you can’t go wrong with chocolate tasting! Their products only contain two ingredients: cocao and cane sugar. So not the velvety smooth french couverture style chocolate; but sharp bitter and acidic. It’s so different on the palette yet so enjoyable. It was such a pleasure to taste (and buy) the whole product range. It’s also wrapped in beautiful paper that I wish I kept after munching down the whole bar !
and this was another of my favourite. Im so bad that I dont remember the name of the stall. Their Japanese style pottery was elegant and beautiful.
Another store that I absolutely love was the terrarium store ! They had too many customers so I couldnt get a shot of it. I highly encourage you all to visit the next Perth Upmarket. It happens once every three months. There were other stores for drinks and food including Turban Chopsticks and Kustom cupcakes. ATM machines are also available but the line for it was quite long. So get some cash ready if you’re planning to visit the next Perth upmarket, AND be a greenie bring your own shopping bag. For the upcoming market dates visit Perth Upmarket for details.
Awesome night out @ Fuku; great company, great food & drinks.
This is a modern Japanese teppanyaki restaurant. I love their idea of private dining - no more than 16 guests at once. We had the 8 courses omakase - Good.
(ps. watch out small eaters, generous portion)
All the food were prepared right in front of your eyes, it was great as we get to interact with the chef.
Smoked wagyu, oyster tempura, burdock and school prawn kariage. - usually not a fan of oyster but the ginger sauce made the oyster tempura enjoyable for my palate. Very tempted to try the Best omakase next time. It has blow fish added to this course
Twice cooked partridge in soft wrapped with cherry tomato, cucumber served with yuzu sauce and a little side of beetroot relish.
Scallop, prawn and crispy prawn head with yuzu butter. the praw head was delicious ! love the crispness and saltiness, went well with the sweet scallop.
Wagyu sirloin steak, Mayura Station grade 9+ with garlic crisps, spicy tomato sauce and teppanyaki onion. plus side of wagyu flavoured fry rice . my fav dish of the night. The chef diced the wagyu which allowed heat to disperse all around the meat and release the full flavour of the meat and fat. The fry rice was crispy and delicious. The cooking process was also very entertaining. It’s a shame by that time I was so full I can’t finish the meal.
Over all it was a very nice meal. Look forward trying the “Best” menu next time
20 Glyde St
Posted on 15 June, 2013
if every memory has a taste, then the thought of this place is sweet.
So, once again, it’s my usual tuesday off day. I’m usually quite but today is a bit of a yay-and-nay. Today is also day 1/3 of my study break. next week I will be off doing my first written-close-book-3-hour-exam since uni 3rd years; and also first oral exam since registration. I am a little stressed, ok, a bit more than little. It’s doesn’t help that I have to be house sitting alone. Nevertheless, soldier on.
So to keep my spirit up I’ve got to start day one with a nice cup of long black. While I was out doing bits and pieces I dropped by this new cafe in Doubleview. I adore these neighbourhood cafes that tuck away from the busy CBD yet serve amazing coffee (and home style cakes) and with friendly staff. And Little Sisto is definitely one of those little gem.
Five senses beans + synesso + mazzer grinder = win. good beans, good gears, good barista; how can you go wrong with this combo? I’ve noticed Five Senses Darkhorse has been quite popular in the last year or so. Very happy trying a diff blend. The long black was a little more acidic and lighter on the palette than the Darkhorse. I like the acidity note so that suits me perfectly. Temperature was also perfect.
The interior design of the cafe was neatly done. It was simple, crisp with hint of characteristic (there’s also a beautiful garden at the back, bonus). While I was waiting for my coffee I can’t help but mesmerized by the beautiful interior (bronwnie points +)
It was quiet at that time I placed my order and I thought to myself what a shame this little place is not yet discovered yet. But before I knew it the morning caffeine crowds all popped in at the same time! Being a new cafe I guess it still needs a bit of fine-tuning, but overall it’s a very lovely cafe.
ps. I was being naughty and ordered banana bread as side to my coffee. photo omitted due to my lack of ability to eat with appropriate table manner. But I can tell you the banana bread was delicious and full of home flavour. I’ve noticed they also do a range of organic juices and sandies for lunch. Can’t wait for my next visit !
145 Sackville Tce
tues: sun 630am-230pm
Tagged #perth cafe littlesisto Posted on 11 June, 2013
ok fine I admit it - I’ve neglecting this space (super).
I am still breathing, eating, drinking, baking, cooking, cafe hoping, calorie consuming etc etc etc.
So in the last X months life’s been great - completed my 4/7 units of postgrad with exceptional result (and moved onto the core unit which is - by far- the most challenging unit); moved into a new home; officially a car owner (love my little Elle); settled into new job(s); had the honour to be my girlfriend’s bridesmaid; and of course attended the funnest wedding in history ! Life is great. no I am not too busy to update I am just too lazy to update. (in fact I almost forgot I had this space until my friend mentioned it…)
The new house is great. It’s so much more comfier and more secure than our last house in Mount Lawley. Although I am a little far from everywhere now but I love our little abode. Mum always wanted a citrus tree in the yard so she planted a lime tree last year. THEN we found out our neighbour’s lemon tree grows over the fence. This is a great tree and yields juicy lemon.
It’s so handy since fresh lemon is probably one of the best ingredient in kitchen ! Lately I am addicted to sipping my winter lemon soother while procrastinating.
it’s so easy - fresh rosemary, slices of lemon, piece of lemon peel, few pieces of ginger, dash of honey, add hot water - voilà, happy tea making people.