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.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Mario's Pizza, Morley using EatNow

I was recently invited to try out EatNow. Let me preface this post by telling you that I'm a huge fan of ordering online. Not only does it mean I can change my order 10 times before placing it, it also means I don't have to try and pronounce words like "capricciosa" and "char kway teow".

EatNow was simple to use. I went on the website, plugged in my postcode and up popped a summary of takeaway joints in my area. I've been living with my Mum and Dad for a few weeks while my bathroom renovation is being done so I told them the order would be my thanks for the beautiful home cooked meals and laundry (on a side note: do I REALLY have to move home? I've really gotten used to the 5 star service!).

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Silks Crown Perth, Burswood

I made an announcement a few weeks ago that I would be stopping all invited events and posts unless unavoidable for the time-being. Unlike others who have a strong moral stance against these kinds of posts, for me it's more about time (or lack of). I've got a rapidly growing business and a pretty busy workload at my day job and was finding that unlike my normal blogging where I could visit and then blog whenever I felt like it, there's an unspoken expectation from the host/sponsor that you will blog within a certain timeframe. So when an invitation from Silks Crown appeared in my inbox, I had a bit of a dilemma. Take up the delicious opportunity or stick to my word. Turns out my appetite is more powerful than my words (yes, I am hanging my head in shame right now!) so I RSVP'ed with an excited "yes please!" and invited fellow blogger Mel from Take Me To Foodie Heaven to join me.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Little India, Singapore


On our second day in Singapore, we jumped on the MRT and headed to Little India. I didn't know what there was to see in Little India but I knew there were brightly coloured buildings and I knew I had to see them! 

Little India is only two stops (4 minutes) from the Clarke Quay MRT station yet feels like you've left Singapore and travelled to Delhi (albeit a very quiet Delhi). As soon as we got off the train, I noticed that almost all of the passengers who alighted with us were Indian, the advertisments along the MRT walls featured Indian models and as we headed up the escalator to street level, we saw a group of women shuffling along in wearing brightly coloured saris.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Matisse Beach Club, Scarborough

I was really disappointed to have missed a blogger event at Matisse Beach Club because of this so when an email arrived inviting me to arrange a visit, I jumped at the chance.

Matisse is in the location where the Lookout used to be and has been setup up by the same group who are behind the Breakwater. They only opened about six months ago but with their bright neon colours and beach-side location, have been attracting quite a bit of interest. Inspired by the beach clubs in Miami and taking inspiration from places like Potato Head and Ku De Ta in Bali, Matisse is one of Perth's first venues to offer bottle service.