Thursday, 29 January 2015

Common Ground, Curtin University

Common Ground is a perennial favourite for staff and students at the Curtin University campus in Bentley. Located in the site that some may remember as Monties Cafe and the Noodle Bar, Common Ground offer an extensive cafe menu with plenty of gluten free and vegetarian offerings. Deviating from traditional menu names, the menu is full of made up (and hilarious) names which reference pop culture. Some of my favourites are the  'Margaret Hatcher' chicken burger, the 'Nicki Spinaj' pizza and the 'Pasta Rhymes' pasta.

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.