KUNG FOOD - a pop up at Noodle Palace

There is only one week left to revel in fried rice so dirty its almost sexual, completed by a wonderous river of the gooey-est egg porn you've ever dreamed. 

The maestros behind El Publico and Mary Street Bakery have popped up KUNG FOOD at Noodle Palace, a Fringe venue curated by the awesome team at Jump Climb.  Drink at the bar, enjoy a show and tuck into dirty rice and lamb ribs.  

Kung Food Noodle Palace Fringe
Menu - photo from Noodle Palace FB page

Menu - photo from Noodle Palace FB page

Digging in.  Yeah we ordered EVERYTHING on the menu.

Digging in.  Yeah we ordered EVERYTHING on the menu.

Dirty rice, corned beef, kimchi and egg

Dirty rice, corned beef, kimchi and egg

An onslaught of awesome

An onslaught of awesome

#69 special curry and rice

#69 special curry and rice

Egg porn right there (Dirty rice, corned beef, kimchi and egg)

Egg porn right there (Dirty rice, corned beef, kimchi and egg)

Asian chiko roll

Asian chiko roll

Juicy juicy hot and sour lamb ribs.  Make sure you have a wad of serviettes handy for those sticky fingers!

Juicy juicy hot and sour lamb ribs.  Make sure you have a wad of serviettes handy for those sticky fingers!

SINGAPORE CHICKEN RICE - noodles, noodles, chicken rice

There was a time when the Galleria in Morley was ma 'hood.   We hung there every Thursday night throwing our pocket money at clothes from Hounddog and Live. I don't head to Morley much these days but every now and then a trip to Coventry Markets calls.  Its great to stock up on sriracha and kim chee at the Asian supermarkets or spices and chillis at The Spice Wagon and end with a trip to Singapore Chicken Rice.

Curry chicken noodle - $10.80

Curry chicken noodle - $10.80

Fried keow tow - $10.80

Fried keow tow - $10.80

Singapore chicken rice - $10.80

Singapore chicken rice - $10.80

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VIET HOA - you're starting on Monday, so order all the things

I'm a firm believer in starting on a Monday.  Monday not only marks the mourning of the weekend, but it brings that pretty sparkle of hope to start anew with a whoooooole juicy week do things right. I have uttered those words … I'll start [enter new obsession] on Monday … so many times even I roll my eyes.

The latest obsession is to tighten up on dining out.  Work gets cray, the social calendar plumps up and the fridge grows bare, evenings at bikram turn into nights at Brika, Monday comes round and we've been out every night.  It gets exhausting and there is only so much kombucha a girl can drink before she needs to slow down a little on the degustations.  I'm not saying there will be a gastronomic drought or that you won't find new blog posts each week, just going to spend a little more time in.  My aim for the new year to get back into the kitchen, find my inner yogi and spend more time enjoying the sunshine (and not in a beer garden somewhere enjoying pizza, okay well that's a lie).

So with this on my conscience, as anyone in my position would do, I crammed in as many eating adventures as my digestive system could handle before Monday rolled in.  It had been a long time between stuffed chicken wings so we thought Viet Hoa in Northbridge would be perfect for lunch.  We ordered all the things (well except the stuff chicken wings) cos I'm starting on Monday.

Sang chow bow chicken - I love adding mountains of chilli and then eating half the chicken before wrapping it up it like a little lettuce sandwich. 

Sang chow bow chicken - I love adding mountains of chilli and then eating half the chicken before wrapping it up it like a little lettuce sandwich. 

Bun bo xao - braised beef with lemon grass and rice vermicelli.  I found the rice noodles a little too thick for my liking. The crispy roast duck with peking sauce ain't got nothing on Good Fortune Duck House across the road.  Considering we paid only $53 for the whole meal, you can't really complain.  I love this about Viet Hoa - if you want cheap and cheerful it always delivers.  

Bun bo xao - braised beef with lemon grass and rice vermicelli.  I found the rice noodles a little too thick for my liking. The crispy roast duck with peking sauce ain't got nothing on Good Fortune Duck House across the road.  Considering we paid only $53 for the whole meal, you can't really complain.  I love this about Viet Hoa - if you want cheap and cheerful it always delivers.  

Com ga hai nam - Hai Nam chicken rice is a pretty healthy dish if you want something simple and light. The best chicken rice I have ever eaten aside from my Nanna's cooking is Tian Tian Chicken Rice in Singapore.  If you are looking for chicken rice in Perth, then Tak Chee on William Street is the answer, followed far behind by Singapore Chicken Rice at the Coventry Markets. 

Com ga hai nam - Hai Nam chicken rice is a pretty healthy dish if you want something simple and light. The best chicken rice I have ever eaten aside from my Nanna's cooking is Tian Tian Chicken Rice in Singapore.  If you are looking for chicken rice in Perth, then Tak Chee on William Street is the answer, followed far behind by Singapore Chicken Rice at the Coventry Markets. 

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WINDANCE

Established by Drew and Rosemary Brent-White in 1998, Windance Estate is a family owned and operated vineyard.  Just five kilometres south of the picturesque Yallingup beach and in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, the team at Windance focus on producing quality wines whilst incorporating sustainable land management and environmentally friendly viticultural practices.  

 Sometimes it takes a stroke of luck to stumble upon these little gems whilst venturing the South-West.   We always pop in for a tasting in their humble little tasting shed and always leave with a case of award winning wine.  

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Windance

THE STANDARD bar + garden

Oh Northbridge, I love this change in you.   

Marinated olives 

Marinated olives 

Chicken parfait, hibiscus, parsley, shallot

Chicken parfait, hibiscus, parsley, shallot

Free range bbq (deboned) chicken wings, granny smith apple  Hallelujah .. wave goodbye to sticky fingers!

Free range bbq (deboned) chicken wings, granny smith apple  Hallelujah .. wave goodbye to sticky fingers!

Beef carpaccio, wasabi, soy

Beef carpaccio, wasabi, soy

36 hour pork, witlof, onion, puffed grains

36 hour pork, witlof, onion, puffed grains

Lamb belly, sweet and sour eggplant, grapefruit

Lamb belly, sweet and sour eggplant, grapefruit

Spanner crab salad, orange, buttermilk, herbs

Spanner crab salad, orange, buttermilk, herbs

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MANDOON ESTATE - Homestead Brewery

I'm definitely a Swan Valley girl at heart.  I grew up in Henley Brook, before this rural village-style living was barely a whisper.  Blessed with a childhood of vegetable patches and scarecrows, weekends fearlessly riding ponies through the bush.  Our family home is still just that, the scarecrow might be gone but that dry, hot scent of summers gone remains unchanged.   

I love taking that long, winding drive down West Swan Rd and seeing how the view has shaped over the years. Pointing out familiar houses that have stood the test of time, whilst pleasantly surprised to see some have moved aside for new developments.  The Swan Valley is just brimming with fresh new life, that Australian spirit of let's give it a red hot go lingers here.    

Mandoon Estate is one of those new additions and is home to a fine dining restaurant, winery with a classy cellar door and the Homestead Brewery.   When you enter the gates and take it all in, you can't help but think … why didn't anyone do this before?  The green grass sprawls with families enjoying hot lamb rolls and deli meats in the sunshine and not worrying that the kids are running riot on the playground.  The restaurant is a relaxing reprieve to the chaos outside whilst the brewery is lively, full of cheer and welcomed cold beer.  

I'm yet to enjoy one of those hot lamb rolls, but have now spent two separate Sundays enjoying the laid back vibe at Homestead.  You've gotta love a good dose of pub food after a day of sampling far too many wines. Mandoon Estate really captures the essence of the Swan Valley, a haven for families to retreat, where kids can be kids and where honest, wholesome local produce grows strong. 

Beef and black swan pie with steamed buttery vegetables Pizza, prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, basil, San Marzano's 

Beef and black swan pie with steamed buttery vegetables
Pizza, prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, basil, San Marzano's 

Wagyu beef, brioche, baby cos, pickles, house made ketchup and chips 

Wagyu beef, brioche, baby cos, pickles, house made ketchup and chips 

Roasted beetroot, quinoa, roasted sandalwood nuts, goats curd and lemon 

Roasted beetroot, quinoa, roasted sandalwood nuts, goats curd and lemon 

Beer battered goldband snapper with chips 

Beer battered goldband snapper with chips 

Marinated pork ribs, corn bread 

Marinated pork ribs, corn bread 

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GOURMET ESCAPE - a food journey

With a pocketful of gems we manoeuvred our way through the Gourmet Village, eating and sipping, stall after stall.  A bite here and a bite there, often stopping for a chat all the while discovering the magic that the South West and beyond are serving up.  Gourmet Escape is by far one of my favourite weekends on my culinary calendar.  

Here is a snapshot of some of my favourite stops on our journey .

Voyager Estate - Sashimi of tuna ponzu dressing seaweed toasted sesame and radish

Voyager Estate - Sashimi of tuna ponzu dressing seaweed toasted sesame and radish

Poach Pear and Linley Valley had all sorts of piggy goodness at their stall.  I have always been a sucker for Poach Pear's terrines and this time it was a pork and apple number served with homemade piccalilli.

Poach Pear and Linley Valley had all sorts of piggy goodness at their stall.  I have always been a sucker for Poach Pear's terrines and this time it was a pork and apple number served with homemade piccalilli.

That's Sam Ward cooking up a Blackwood Valley beef heart with ants!

That's Sam Ward cooking up a Blackwood Valley beef heart with ants!

Limeburners whiskey

Limeburners whiskey

Justin Bell and the Pinchos team were serving up an awesome little taster. Surtido de Pintxos Andalucian tomato soup with Px vinegar salt cod & potato croquette with goats cheese and honey chocolate and fig truffle

Justin Bell and the Pinchos team were serving up an awesome little taster. Surtido de Pintxos Andalucian tomato soup with Px vinegar salt cod & potato croquette with goats cheese and honey chocolate and fig truffle

Vasse Felix -  Pulled pork shoulder & Kimchee slide Cowaramup Foods -  BBQ'd lime salt WA tiger prawns family grown snow pea and sugar snap salad aioli Grilled haloumi snowpea salad lemon pesto


Vasse Felix -  Pulled pork shoulder & Kimchee slide
Cowaramup Foods -  BBQ'd lime salt WA tiger prawns family grown snow pea and sugar snap salad aioli Grilled haloumi snowpea salad lemon pesto

It's always a pleasure to see Andy Mc behind the bar again!

It's always a pleasure to see Andy Mc behind the bar again!

Lot 20's signature Espresso Highball gave a welcome caffeine kick.   A new take on an old favourite and topped with luscious meringue style foam with a sweet but salty punch.

Lot 20's signature Espresso Highball gave a welcome caffeine kick.   A new take on an old favourite and topped with luscious meringue style foam with a sweet but salty punch.

Whipper Snapper Distillery headed down and were serving up Crazy Uncle in a refreshing limey thirst quencher

Whipper Snapper Distillery headed down and were serving up Crazy Uncle in a refreshing limey thirst quencher

Gourmet Escape Poach Pear
Gourmet Escape This Little Pig Went to Market
Hay Shed Hill -  Crispy soft shell crab tortilla with smoky corn salsa chipotle mayonnaise

Hay Shed Hill -  Crispy soft shell crab tortilla with smoky corn salsa chipotle mayonnaise

The wonderful people from Eagle Bay Brewing Company joined forces with el Publico.  This collaboration saw the A team conquer a sell out Mexican dinner where they served up an exclusive Agave Ale using Agave plants, cinnamon, star anise and rye malts.  

The wonderful people from Eagle Bay Brewing Company joined forces with el Publico.  This collaboration saw the A team conquer a sell out Mexican dinner where they served up an exclusive Agave Ale using Agave plants, cinnamon, star anise and rye malts.  

A little birdie told me the Agave Ale might be available at El Publico so be sure to keep a look out. 

A little birdie told me the Agave Ale might be available at El Publico so be sure to keep a look out. 

Apple Daily Bar & Eating House - Smoked ocean trout from Huon with green mango salad him jam

Apple Daily Bar & Eating House - Smoked ocean trout from Huon with green mango salad him jam

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HARVEST ESPRESSO - worth the venture

Its little cafes like this that ensure I step out of the comfort zone and venture outside the shire of Mt Lawley.   Harvest Espresso is the kind of place you want to call your local.    

You will spot this bustling gem by the throngs of people standing outside, patiently waiting for a table. Clutching the menu wide eyed with  grumbling tummies, wondering what to order, they would all tell you its definitely worth the wait. 

The team at Harvest Espresso serve up serious coffee and the prettiest plates.  The beef tongue was possibly one of the hottest breky plates captured on Instagram this Spring.  Served up on a delightfully fluffy grilled polenta, sauce gribiche, gorgeous poached eggs with the brightest puddles of yoke and a crunchy sprinkling of rye and mixed seed.

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Tokyo, Japan - Studio Ghibli Museum

Searching for things to do in Japan that are a little off the beaten track is near impossible.  We stumbled across this cool site called Voyagin where you can attend workshops or tours with English speaking hosts.  From doing your makeup like a Harajuku girl, taking a traditional cooking class and tuning up your ninja skills.      

Whilst you can purchase tickets to the Studio Ghibli Museum from its official website you may find buying from Voyagin just a little easier. 

I am so excited for our little adventure to Mitaki for a dose of Ghibli wonderment, I am jumping up and down like Totoro! 

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The ghost of old Kanga

I'm not talking about an outback Aussie pub where the toilet is down the grassy footpath and the menu consists of soggy chips and two day old pie.  This is Bill's Bars & Bites, named after the first settler in Leederville, William Leeder or Bill as he was affectionately known.  Bill's offers small bites and an awesome drink list with a stellar fit out.  One visit will have you heading back for more. 
 

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Take me back to Cecchi's

Sicilian olives and chorizo polenta

Sicilian olives and chorizo polenta

Amuse bouche - a delicate gazpacho

Amuse bouche - a delicate gazpacho

Every now and then I stumble upon a stream of food photos that I forgot to blog about.  One glimpse and they transport me back those plates and places rich with flavour.  Cecchi's has long been a favourite.  A welcoming family restaurant serving modern renditions of Italian classics.  Whilst the menu has turned over, refreshed as the months roll on, you will still find yourself with the plate just as pretty.   

You can tell that each ribbon of the papperdelle is made with love.

You can tell that each ribbon of the papperdelle is made with love.

Cecchi's
Burnt sage and pea ravioli

Burnt sage and pea ravioli

Cecchi's
Pour over silky chocolate ganache and then bite into the oozey middle of these ricotta doughnuts.   

Pour over silky chocolate ganache and then bite into the oozey middle of these ricotta doughnuts.   

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Why yes ... I am pleased to eat you

I love the fit out with its punches of cool blue, exposed brick, low hanging warehouse lights and pretty tiles. 

I love the fit out with its punches of cool blue, exposed brick, low hanging warehouse lights and pretty tiles. 

Hi, I am Laura and I am an addict.    Since the glass door swung open, I have easily ventured into Pleased to Meet You every other week to get my fix.  

Maybe it's my love for street food and food trucks, or the staff who are as laid back as the hip hop tunes they play.  Hidden amongst the asian haunts of Northbridge, the stripped back warehouse style feel welcomes you with small bar ambience.  It is just all kinds of right making you go back for another hit of beef tongue reuben euphoria. 

A sneaky little tip is to head in early on a Sunday.  Whilst all the breky joints are heaving with 40 minute table waits, Pleased to Meet You is only gearing up.  Who wouldn't want a wagyu burger and a cocktail for breakfast?

Beef tongue rueben sandwiches in steamed mantou … this is my kinda heaven!

Beef tongue rueben sandwiches in steamed mantou … this is my kinda heaven!

Oh duck tacos  … you make me so happy!

Oh duck tacos  … you make me so happy!

The Argentinian pork sandwich (hello crispy crackling) and a delicious plate of oysters

The Argentinian pork sandwich (hello crispy crackling) and a delicious plate of oysters

Burger time!

Burger time!

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#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.   

 

St Michael 6003
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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 

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