Monday, 28 July 2014

Sugar & Nice, Inglewood

My Mum and I popped into' new kid on the block', Sugar & Nice on the way home from the Vic Park Farmers Market and Taste of Sri Lanka Food Fair over the weekend. 

I was surprised that Mum suggested Sugar & Nice as we were in Vic Park (nowhere near Inglewood) and have an abundance of lovely little cafes in Maylands that we usually frequent. I wasn't disappointed to visit though because since I first read about Sugar & Nice on Pantry in Suburbia's Facebook page, I had wanted to check it out. 

Friday, 25 July 2014

Hangout Bar n Cafe, Como

I've been trying to hangout at The Hangout for years but everytime we go (even though Urbanspoon says they're open), they're either closed or closing. I finally got there one sunny winter day in July with my friend Pen before a visit to the Cygnet Cinema to see Jersey Boys. 

Raffles Hotel, Applecross

Visiting the Raffles ticked off #9 on my list of AHAWA Winners from 2013. Late last year, I set myself the challenge of visiting all 31 winners. It is now July and with three months to go, it has become very evident to me that I'm not going to be able to do that (nor do I want to anymore).

The Raffles won an award for Best Retail Bottleshop. In hindsight, I should've just visited the bottleshop because my visit to the bar left me disappointed and feeling ripped off.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Casa Barilla Cooking School: Sammy and Bella's Seadas recipe

I had the opportunity to attend a pre-show cooking class at the Casa Barilla Cooking School stall at the Good Food and Wine Show with Bella and Sammy,  Season 2 winners of My Kitchen Rules. The girls from the WA team from Season 5 of MKR, Chloe and Kelly were also at the class.

We were taught to cook seadas, a fried pastry filled with fresh ricotta cheese and drizzled with honey. They are eaten any time of the day, including for breakfast.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Gado-Gado recipe

For those who have followed my blog, you might have picked up that I love Bali! I first visited in January 2010 and by December 2014, I will travelled there a whopping 12 times. Earlier this year on a solo visit, I met a girl from Chile on my flight who was starting a four month adventure around Asia. We got chatting and discovered that our hotels were just down the road from each other. She hadn't made arrangements to get from the airport to her hotel, so I invited to her ride with me and the driver I'd hired for the morning. We parted ways and met up for dinner that evening. She had scoped out Jl Kasari and found a cafe that ran cooking classes. It was a private class with a set menu but needed a minimum participation of two people. I'd never made Indonesian food (I don't think Satay Chicken from a kit counts) so it didn't take any arm twisting... I was in!

The class was at Manik Organik in Sanur and run by the Head Chef and the Cafe Manager. One of the dishes we made was Gado-Gado. In Bahasa Indonesian, the words "Gado-Gado" translate to "Mix-Mix". This dish was so easy to make and was delicious!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Bbox Korean Restaurant, Mt Lawley

A new Korean restaurant opened in Mt Lawley a few months ago.  In the lead up to the opening, it was getting quite a bit of hype on Facebook and Twitter from food bloggers who had spotted the construction and signs. It took a few months after opening before I was able to visit but friends who had documented their trip on Facebook and Instagram gave me feedback ranging from "okay" to "bloody brilliant".

Thursday, 26 June 2014


My cousin invited me to join her at BROTHER using a Scoopon voucher. There was some issues booking on the phone when she called. Either the phone wasn't answered or when she did get through, they couldn't hear her. She was eventually able to get through via Facebook and was able to make and confirm a booking. Unfortunately when we arrived at the restaurant, there was no record of the booking and there was a large group in the restaurant celebrating a birthday. The Chef came out, apologised and made a booking for the following day. When we were leaving, he offered us a complimentary coffee (which we declined) and also informed us that the Manager who had dealt with this booking had since been fired. (Um... OK?).

When we turned up the next evening, we were offered a seat in the centre of the restaurant. Unfortunately BROTHER have an automatic opening sliding door, so we instead of being blasted with cold 5'c air, we opted to sit on the cafe side on the stools and high table.

I thought BROTHER was strange. The kitchen and coffee counter is gorgeous and oozes with charm and warmth but the rest of the restaurant didn't match. I think the automatic doors play a large part in this. If they can be turned off and opened manually, I think it would be a huge improvement. It felt a bit disconnect... part lunch bar, part hip cafe.