Monday, 14 April 2014

#AHAWAchallenge - Tony Roma's 7/31

The 7th #AHAWAchallenge event took place on a Thursday night in February at Tony Roma's. I drive down Hay Street all the time but despite the large sign, have never noticed it.

Tony Roma first opened in 1972 in Miami, Florida. Today the franchise has over 150 restaurants on six continents. While the bright lighting, decor and American grill menu are all very family friendly, the prices (approx $20 kids menu and $40 adult menu) make it an expensive night out for a family. The price does not seem to deter patrons, the restaurant was really busy with a constant flow of diners on the evening we were there. I had booked via email which was probably a good thing as I think there would've been a wait otherwise.

I suggested on the invite that people bring a family member (as it is a family restaurant ). I had my cousin come as my guest, my friend P had her husband in tow but my friend L came without her husband and kids as the kids were a bit grumpy that evening.

I ordered the Original Baby Back Ribs - Half Rack. They were excellent. I think I'd go as far as saying they were the best I've had. So tender and succulent with finger licking marinade. 

The ribs come with two sides - corn on the cob, wild rice, broccoli, fries, baked potato, ranch style beans, loaded mash potato or baked sweet potato. I chose the coleslaw and roast sweet potato. The coleslaw was very creamy and a bit bland. The roast sweet potato came with "the lot" (bacon, cheese, sour cream and spring onion) was a nice accompaniment to the ribs. I ordered a half rack which was the perfect amount to feel satisfied.

Original Baby Back Ribs - Half Rack $32.95

Bistro 38, Joondalup Resort

I had the pleasure of attending a Blogger's Lunch with The Chef, His Wife and the Perthfect Life and Eat Scout to sample the new menu at Bistro 38 at the Joondalup Resort. I don't get up that way a lot and hadn't heard of the resort before receiving the invitation so was surprised as I drove down Country Club Boulevard (I am serious - that's the road that the Joondalup Resort is on!), to find myself in a little oasis that felt so far removed from the hectic morning I'd had.

The Joondalup Resort is a 70 room resort located in Connolly which boasts an impressive golf course, three restaurants and conference/ball facilities. 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Bali spa and massage recap: December 2013

Most people come to Bali in search of good food, cocktails and massages. Massages and beauty treatments are incredibly cheap in Bali compared to Australia. A one hour foot reflexology massage at a cheapie massage joint can cost as little as 50,000rp ($5AUD). For $5, you won't be indulged with mood music or dimmed lighting but you can get a decent foot rub. On the other end of the scale, massages at resorts can cost in excess of $200AUD for a massage package.

When I travel to Bali, I like to have a mix of massages. I certainly don't budget for $200 massages but I do splurge a little. My most expensive massages are had at Jari Menari where an hour and a half massage will set you back at little over $40AUD (after tax). I would recommend calling ahead and getting an appointment.   

If you intend on getting manis and pedis, I would recommend going to a good salon. The cheaper places have dubious hygiene and (in my opinion) sub-standard setups. A salon like Amo Spa (Petitenget - near the W Resort) has dedicated mani/pedi areas with foot sinks and sterilised equipment. Others that receive good feedback in the Seminyak area are BodyWorks and Glo Spa, while Therapy and Golddust in Canggu are widely praised.

BodyWorks, Seminyak

I wrote this list after each massage and spa treatment while I was in Bali in December/January 2013/14. For some reason, I never got around to posting it. I think with all spa treatments, it's very hard to recommend places. Staff turnover is high and it really depends on the therapist you have.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Dakgangjeong (Korean fried chicken) recipe

When Maanchi's dakgangjeong recipe popped up on my Facebook newsfeed, I thought two things.
2. Eep - how unhealthy!

My first thought overruled the second and I tried the recipe. I probably should've gone to the shops before I tried the recipe because I didn't even have chicken wings in my fridge. Instead I used the chicken breast that was meant to be for a stirfry the next evening. Goodbye meal planning.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Anna Chandler Design

Over the past few months, I've been on a winning streak. I won a $200 voucher to BStore, a wine tour for two on a Hidden Detour small bar tour and most recently, two beautiful velvet cushions from Anna Chandler Design.

I knew about the Anna Chandler Gypsiana shop in Cottesloe (although I'd never been) and I have often seen Anna's beautiful pieces in independent giftware stores.The fabrics are designed by Anna and printed in Osborne Park and overseas.

When I walked in the shop to collect my prize, I hadn't intended on taking photos but knew I had to when I entered the space. The space is an explosion of colour and beautiful things.

Look at the gorgeous cushions I won!
Photo credit: Anna Chandler Design Facebook page

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Bib & Tucker, North Fremantle

I have a friend who moved from inner-city apartment living in East Perth all the way to Freo. When she moved, I lamented very dramatically that I'd NEVER get to see her but promised I'd make one trip a year to Freo to visit. She recently moved from Freo to beach front apartment in North Freo (which in my mind is still Freo) and so I 'road tripped' down to check out her new places for my annual visit.

We met for brunch at Bib & Tucker, went for a beach walk and then went back to her flash new place for a grand tour. I've heard quite a bit about B&T and had read a few reviews. It seems that people love the location, the food and the venue but are indifferent about the service. I left with similar feelings.

JapChae recipe

Whenever I go out to a Korean restaurant, I always order JapChae. JapChae is a traditional Korean noodle dish made from sweet potato cellophane noodles called 'Dang Myun'. They're unlike any other noodle dish I've had... A mix of sweet, salty with a strong sesame, garlic and mushroom flavour.

I've made this recipe a few times for family and friends and they all love it! It's quick, easy and delicious! 

The recipe below has been adapted using japchae recipes from Aeri and Maangchi