#perthinstameet

We idle way those quiet times escaping into the screen, forever scrolling our way to early RSI.  Some are searching for inspiration, whilst others are the curators, who share breathtaking moments of wonder captured in that small square frame.  Instagram has fast become the epicentre of fashion, design, culture and dreams. 

Perth is just bursting with creative folk many of whom have become a little Insta-famous.  Without these people amongst us, who else would be colouring not just our world, but our local communities and circles with their inspiration and talent.

For the past year I have been blessed to get to know, work with and become wonderful friends with Stacey Clark.  Not only is Stacey a bundle of talent, but she is a pocket rocket full of laughter and all things bright.  Stacey is one of those lucky few, living her dream of connecting creatives all over. 

On a lovely Spring evening, Stacey Clark and Instagram maven Bec Tougas joined forces to curate Perth's first Instameet. A perfect night for the flourishing community to get together, have fun and swoon. 

Window styling and event curation ~ Stacey Clark Stylist
Event curation ~ Bec Tougas
Photography ~ Christine Lim
Space ~ Empire Homewares Mount Lawley
Video ~ Ethan Ho 
Typography ~ Tash 'The Articulate'
Delicious gelato ~ ChiCho Gelato
Coffee times ~ Micrology Coffee Roasters
Cupcakes ~ Cakes by Laura Isabella
Cold pressed juices ~ Pure Glow Cleanse
Grown up drinks ~ Bar Pop

Here is Stacey Clark doing what makes her happy.  She was invited by Empire Homewares to dress the window and boy did it look pretty!

Here is Stacey Clark doing what makes her happy.  She was invited by Empire Homewares to dress the window and boy did it look pretty!

Oh so pretty! 

Oh so pretty! 

St Michael 6003

Culinary magic is bound to happen when the owners of two of Perth’s best restaurants join forces.  St Michael 6003 is the love child of Red Cabbage's Scott & Hazel O'Sullivan and Petite Mort's Todd Stuart with talented chef Adam Sayles in the kitchen.

It was the end of an era when Jacksons closed its doors but now newbie St Michael 6003 has taken up residence on Beaufort Street.  

St Michael 6003 uses a small plate approach where diners mix and match each dish creating their own degustation.   This was our first experience and it was so good, we went back.   

 

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Bread and butter; Smoked pork hock, piccalilli and parmesan 

Bread and butter; Smoked pork hock, piccalilli and parmesan 

Roast cauliflower, capers, jalapeño and manchego 

Roast cauliflower, capers, jalapeño and manchego 

Scallops, corn, spinach and shaved squid

Scallops, corn, spinach and shaved squid

Marron. mushroom dashi and turnips

Marron. mushroom dashi and turnips

St Michael 6003
Honey cured bacon, mustard, charred pickled onions and cumber

Honey cured bacon, mustard, charred pickled onions and cumber

Lamb belly, mandarin and pickled yabbies 

Lamb belly, mandarin and pickled yabbies 

Wagyu rump cap, cherry, oats, seeds and nuts

Wagyu rump cap, cherry, oats, seeds and nuts

Peanut butter, salted caramel and chocolate 

Peanut butter, salted caramel and chocolate 

Pumpkin, white chocolate, cheddar crumb, pear sorbet and blue 

Pumpkin, white chocolate, cheddar crumb, pear sorbet and blue 

St Michael 6003 on Urbanspoon

For the love of buttermilk chicken

I shocked myself by ordering the granola (although I did beg for a bite of the buttermilk chicken) 

I shocked myself by ordering the granola (although I did beg for a bite of the buttermilk chicken) 

Maple pancake with =buttermilk chicken and egg

Maple pancake with =buttermilk chicken and egg

Poached Autumn fruits with coconut yoghurt and gluten free granola

Poached Autumn fruits with coconut yoghurt and gluten free granola

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la familia

Threecoins is the literal translation of the family name Trequattrini and a new little joint that has opened on Beaufort Street down Inglewood way.   A family affair founded on a common dream to bring home cooking, Trequattrini style, to the table.

Nothing delights me more than being heartily welcomed into la familia, with loud smiling voices and big bold gestures, and this is the vibe that echoes at Threecoins.  Complete with red and white checkered tables and the fine flavours of regional Italian cuisine, I am chuffed to call this little trattoria my local.

Antipasto plank ~ arancini with polenta mash, farmhouse duck liver parfait on toasted ciabatta, eggplan parmigiana with pie top, prosciutto and cheese Homemade marination in EVO, lemon zest, garlic and fresh herbs

Antipasto plank ~ arancini with polenta mash, farmhouse duck liver parfait on toasted ciabatta, eggplan parmigiana with pie top, prosciutto and cheese
Homemade marination in EVO, lemon zest, garlic and fresh herbs

Homemade ravioli with pumpkin and Taleggio filling tossed with butter, parmesan and sage, finished with pure white truffle oil

Homemade ravioli with pumpkin and Taleggio filling tossed with butter, parmesan and sage, finished with pure white truffle oil

A family special ~ slow cooked lamb leg ragu with fettucini finished with shaved pecorino

A family special ~ slow cooked lamb leg ragu with fettucini finished with shaved pecorino

Slow cooked beef cheeks, red wine gravy, grilled polenta and Italian coleslaw

Slow cooked beef cheeks, red wine gravy, grilled polenta and Italian coleslaw

Chicken cacciatora ~ free range chicken drumstick braised in white wine sauce, olives, capsicum served w/ traditional Umbrian focaccia

Chicken cacciatora ~ free range chicken drumstick braised in white wine sauce, olives, capsicum served w/ traditional Umbrian focaccia

Threecoins Pannacotta ~ the perfect way to end an evening

Threecoins Pannacotta ~ the perfect way to end an evening

Threecoins Italian Trattoria on Urbanspoon

Winter Supper Club: Sue Lewis Chocolatier

Follow your nose to the Perth Town Hall this Friday as the Winter Supper Club delivers another bounty of fabulous food.  From Colombian delights to Aussie bush tucker, you can even enjoy a short trip to Paris with a belly full of crepes and macarons or delve into Italian eats.  The Winter Supper Club is a melting pot of flavours and it would not be the ultimate foodie gathering without everyone’s favourite sin… chocolate.

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Sue Lewis has worked with the cream of the crop in the in the world of chocolate.  Step aside Willy Wonka!  The past year has been a busy one for Sue, having recently set up her own little sweet shop in Subiaco.  At her studio you can find all sorts of wonderment. Each chocolate is lovingly handcrafted, bearing unique and exotic flavours in the finest quality chocolate. 

Not only have I had the pleasure of enjoying a truffle (or ten) but I have also had the pleasure of meeting Sue on many occasions at her pop up stalls and most recently on The Food Alternative on RTRFM.  She is an amazing woman, with a huge amount of talent and not much time to herself.  Anyone starting up their own business knows the amount of  hard work, dedication and passion it takes to make that dream a reality.  Sue has a great Pozible campaign running so that she can share her chocolate a little further than Perth.  Visit this link to see what you can do to make this happen!

You will find Sue and her team smiling whilst serving up dairy-free hot chocolate, brownies and mulled wine.  They will be ready to warm you up on Winter’s final Friday and are always happy to share their story.  And if you are feeling ultra indulgent, treat yourself to a box of her signature truffles.  Rumour has it that salted caramels, creme brûlée, raspberry, black cardamon and ginger are on the menu, so get in quick!

Sue Lewis Artisan Chocolatier on Urbanspoon


that unconditional love

We first met when Mischa was 8 weeks old.  She curled up into a shy little ball in my lap on the drive home.  Enduring sleepless nights of puppy crying, it was not long before she was lifted up to sleep on her little corner of the bed.  She was far too cute not to cuddle! 

From puppy training to chewed up shoes, sleeping in the cleans clothes basket (something she never grew out of) and ripped up gardens, she was always up to mischief.  We had been through heart breaks together, both eating all day and lazing on the couch watching movies, moved house twice, enjoyed summer afternoons in the park and wintery nights tucked up in bed.  You forget that they go through everything with you and are always there. 

After nine years of that unconditional love that only dogs can give, we had to sadly say goodbye.   The house feels empty, I have more room on my bed and I miss having Mischa under my feet. 

You will be missed my little Mu.

Giving Up the Ghosts

A lone tree looms in the background, its bare limbs sorrowfully mirroring the sad girl on stage. She paces back and forth frustrated, back and forth past the worn car seats that litter the stage. Circling the car, she looks into the distance with wild, manic eyes. The girl checks her watch and shakes her head. The mood of the theatre grows uneasy with her consuming panic as she paces and circles some more.

‘Giving Up the Ghosts’ follows the story of an unlikely pair. After connecting on an internet forum, Ruth and Steve plan to meet a week later, both with their hearts set on the same ill fate. A secluded beaten track, off a quiet country road, is the perfect place to be forgotten.

Ruth, neurotic and still living at home, has never really known happiness, whilst Steve an affable truckie feels lost and hopeless. Based on a real event in the UK where two strangers meet online to commit suicide, this compelling production explores the story of two souls rather than the act itself. What unfolds is a tender and honest depiction of the human heart and how easy it is to break.

Georgia King and Paul Grabovac deliver stand out performances in this dark and brooding new works by emerging talent, Sarah Young. The dialogue is thoughtful yet wry, the intimacy of the Blue Room providing the perfect setting for this provocative piece to unfold.

‘Giving Up the Ghosts’ is showing at the Blue Room until 12 July and is part of the Winter Arts Season. For more info visit the Blue Room Theatre.

Yum cha in the fresh air

The bustle and clatter of dining carts at yum cha on a Sunday morning can be a little too much if one has consumed far too many gin and tonics the night before.    One of my favourite tricks is to grab yum cha takeaway and enjoy every greasy morsel in the fresh air and comfort of my courtyard. 

Golden Century Seafood Chinese Restaurant always hits the spot. My yum cha favourites are steamed pork buns, radish cake, crispy squid tentacles and dumplings.  Goodbye hangover ... old friend. 

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