Sunday, 18 January 2015

Yelp's Beach Party


I went to Yelp's Beach Party today at the Sunset Veranda in Scarborough. The Sunset Veranda is a popup hub for the Summerset Festival and Fringe World Festival. Located on the grassed area behind the beach, the venue is very similar to the Urban Orchard Popup Bar in the Perth Cultural Centre with hay bales, crates, beanbags and pallet lounges (it's a hipsters dream!).

Before the event, I was interviewed by Famous Sharron for a Yelp promo video. I hope the video never sees the light of day... I think I used the word "real" about 35 times in the 2 minute interview. Yes... 'REAL'ly! Seriously though - the reason I like is that the people reviewing are real people using their real name and a photo of their face. :)  I also realised halfway through answering a question  about how I found out about Yelp that I wasn't telling the story of how I found Yelp, but was using someone else's (Perth's Yelp Community Manager, Laura D) answer that I had recently read. I actually don't remember how I found out about Yelp. I'm guessing Twitter. Everything I know, I learnt on Twitter! :P

Famous Sharron

The event was awesome. As well as two free drink passes, we were also treated to samples from the following vendors:

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Shilla, East Perth

I visited Shilla Korean Restaurant in East Perth late last year with my friend and fellow Korean adoptee, Leanne. We had organised to meet with one of the owners to discuss a possible event for Korean adoptees that we want to hold at the restaurant and thought it would be a wasted opportunity if we didn't grab a bite while we were there.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

La Cholita, Northbridge

My friend Miss Donna and I met at La Cholita for a girly catchup just before Christmas. I was running late. Really late. Like 20 minutes obnoxiously rude late. Thankfully Donna was very forgiving when I arrived with wet hair, breathlessly rambling about why I was late, after running from the carpark to the restaurant.

La Cholita has been on my radar for ages. I've heard great things and had always wanted to visit but for one reason or another, hadn't been.

We felt a cocktail was in order but when I realised that all the cocktails were Tequila based, I changed my mind and opted for a glass of white wine.

I hadn't seen Donna for a ridiculous amount of time and we had hours of conversation to catch up on, so every time our cheerful waitress would check on us, we would apologetically have to say "oh sorry, just a few more minutes!". After checking up on us a few time, she suggested we start with some corn chips and guac ($6.50) while we decided and we agreed.

Guac and corn chips ($6.50)
We eventually decided to order a taco each. I had the pork with pineapple and onion taco and Donna had the beef cheek pico de gallo. They were single delicious portions and at $5-10 a pop, you can afford to order more than one.
Slow cooked pork, pineapple and onion taco ($5.00)

We also had the Mexican Sweetcorn which was our favourite. Doused in creamy mayo and coated with chunky granules of salt, the corn was sweet, salty and delicious.

Mexican street corn ($6.50)

It was our intention to order more but we both agreed that we felt satisfied, not full but satisfied so decided to call it a night.

La Cholita on Urbanspoon

Sunday, 4 January 2015

This is your year...

Well actually as it's my diary, it's my year! ;)

Happy New Year dear readers! Would you believe I've been blogging on Life of Pia for two years now? I look back on early posts and can't believe how my blog has evolved. While I'm not blogging as frequently these days because of my business,  I am a bit more active on my Facebook page. So if you'd like to keep in touch and see my mini-posts,  make sure you 'like' my page! 

PS I got my diary from fellow Etsy seller MiGoals.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Lido, Northbridge

Well it's been a long time between drinks... with my business taking off, a new day job and the rush of Christmas, I found myself with little time and lots to do. I recently took a night off from the craziness and  caught up with my old housemate Larissa for dinner at Lido.

Rice paper rolls are one of Larissa's favourites and I was happy to join in. I do find that rice paper rolls are usually pretty bland and it's the sauce that makes them delicious. These ones were no exception so I drowned mine in the thick peanut sauce. 

Pork and prawn rice paper roll $8.50 (for two)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Christmas A'la Malaysia

'Tis the season for Christmas parties and my first invitation arrived in early November from the Consulate General of Malaysia, Trade Section (MATRADE Melbourne).

The event was a sitdown dinner and cooking demonstration from former Masterchef contestant, Adam Liaw at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Getting my glow on with Pure Glow Cleanse

Seven years ago, I was very sick. I had been diagnosed with Graves Disease, an autoimmune condition which causes the thyroid to become overactive. At the time of diagnosis, my levels were so high and symptoms so severe that my Endocrinologist asked if he could use me as his demonstration patient for students. I was having heart palpitations, was constantly hot and sweaty, I'd lost had lost a huge amount of weight in a very short time and with this, lost all muscle tone and energy, my mind was scattered and I was an emotional wreck... I was not in a great place.

Immediately after diagnosis, I was put on beta blocker medication for my heart and medication for my thyroid. I wasn't thrilled with the number of pills I was having to take, so sought advise from hollistic GPs, naturopaths, iridologists, Graves Disease support groups and pretty much anyone who I thought might be able to help. Many knew nothing but were happy to take my money and sell me bottles of vitamins and potions but something they all recommended was juicing and green smoothies. 
I started having green smoothies and raw juices daily and truly believe it was one of the things that helped me go into remission so quickly. Skip forward seven years, I have juice and green smoothies regularly but haven't done a cleanse. I've been feeling quite sluggish lately so when I was invited to try out a one day juice cleanse with Pure Glow Cleanse, I jumped at the chance!

I picked up my box on a Thursday afternoon from the Pure Glow Cleanse HQ in North Perth and headed straight home to refrigerate my juices. The girls recommended storing the juices in the middle of the fridge, as it is the coldest part and helps maintain the juice's nutrients. 

 Inside the box was everything I needed. Straws, instructions and my six juices.

The juices are numbered in the order you should drink them and have invigorating names like "Buddha Juice", "Good Karma" and "Green Guru". 

The juices (for the most part) were delicious! I struggled with juices 2 and 4 a little. Juice 2 tasted very green and was fibrous and thick, so took me a while to drink; while juice 4 had grapefruit, a flavour that I really don't like.

I read that to really cleanse, you need  to do at least a three day cleanse. I certainly didn't have headaches or dizziness like others who have done longer cleanses have documented but at the end of the day, I felt good. Instead of feeling sluggish and bloated, I felt light and satisfied.

The girls at Pure Glow Cleanse took the hard work out of juicing. There was no prep, no cleaning and no thinking which all meant one thing... NO EXCUSES!

My next goal is to attempt a three day cleanse. Having done one day with relative ease, I feel (with some mental preparation) that this might be possible.

Are you ready to get your glow on?
Head to Pure Glow Cleanse to order your 1-day, 3-day or 6 pack (for in between cleanses).

Disclaimer: Life of Pia was gifted the 1-day juice cleanse from the team at Pure Glow Cleanse. Opinions expressed are my own.