Hello humans! I finally finished putting this post together (took me just under a month, sorry guys!!) Its a long post so settle down with a cuppa or an icy cold drink!
So, I am back from the Wild West of .....Australia, Perth! well not really wild but yes West. Why was i in Perth you may ask?? well because i got to go to Eat Drink Blog 2013!
When i first saw the email saying i was going to EDB13 i jumped out of my chair and started happy-dancing ..... in the office, which resulted in a few odd looks (not the first time mind you :P) I couldn't believe my eyes, i was finally going to meet all the bloggers i've chit chatted to online! I spent the rest of the day in a daze and grinning like an idiot. yup. i wasn't high on something.
Now back to the west side!
I figured since i was to fly 5 hours ( thats more than half way to HK!) to Perth i might as well make the most of it, so i flew in 2 days early to do some exploring of my own.
Due to the time difference, i got to Perth bright an early in the morning, i managed not to get lost from airport to the CBD to the apartments via public transport! (go me!) After checking in and a quick refresher i was ready to do some exploring!
I wandered down to water in East perth to check out Toast Cafe as the people at the apartment and a few blogs recommended it. The weather was beautiful, i could sit here and soak in the sun all day long!
A fantastic location, right b the water.
The cake display was waving its arms and legs at me, but it was a tad too early for cake....
So i settled with a soy chai latte. They use Akardia powdered chai here, i was hoping it would be loose leaf.... Circa espresso has definitely made me picky!
Also ordered some corn fritters with poached eggs, avo and hollandaise sauce. the corn fritters weren't very corny (HA!) and was quite floury and needed a bit more seasoning. The egg porn made up for it tho!
After some food it was time to walk around the CBD and burn off some calories! i rough estimate tells me that i walked 12kms that day!
First stop, Perth Mint. Yeah, very touristy indeed but i wanted to get something for my parent's anniversary here.
Then wandered further into the CBD. loved the London Court building!
The entrance to London Court reminded me of Diagon Alley. Diagon Alley!" " Welcome to (yep die hard HP fan right here!)
Yeah, more obligatory touristy snaps
More waterside snaps!
Stopped at a small park (forgot the name) on the way back to the apartments because the flowers were so fragrant and pretty!
Also trekked up to Kings Park. The hill and the stairs were a killer but the view was stunning up here. i could imagine how nice it would be up here at twilight.
Then off to Cottsloe Beach via train.
The trains are much more efficient than Sydney Trains (I think all trains are more efficient are better than Sydney's ones, not hard to beat!)
First impromptu trip down to Cottsloe, got here a bit late as i missed the train. i ran down to the beach in a bid to catch the last light. (burn them calories!)
Lucky I managed to snap some last light pics tho!
Home time for the birdies too.
It was windy but it was so nice. laid down on the sand listening to the waves crash ashore. very relaxing indeed.
There were also quite a few people rock-fishing here.
Nature can be such a beauty sometimes :)
p.s. there are more sunset pictures further down on another visit to Cottsloe Beach, this tim we arrived with ample time and caught the whole process!
I stayed at Cottsloe Beach until it was completely dark because it was so peaceful but i got a bit freaked out walking back to the station as the street was completely dark and i was a tad paranoid as i kept hearing sounds behind me...
Northbridge is where all the action is after the sun retreats for another day. A very vibrant night life here. So after taking in such beautiful views i trekked over to Northbridge to have dinner with a friend. He highly recommended the Korean BBQ place Tong 86. As i was still recovering from the cold and had a cough that wouldn't go away i opted for the non BBQ options (sad face i know!)
Fish cake soup. this was really nice, it would of been nice with some noodles or something carby tho.
Vincent had the BBQ chicken and pork belly. it smelt amazing tho!
After a day of walking around it was finally time to prop up my feet at the apartments, but not before i met the wonderful bloggers Shez, Sara and Anna who i was sharing an apartment with. rest assured ladies, your dramatic entrance did not scare me, i had a great time sharing a room with you guys!
The next day we hit up Fremantle for Brunch and the makets. We had brunch at Bread in Common. It was so amazing, so amazing it deserves a post of its own! but here is a teaser for now!
Some amazing graffiti outside a carpark. I wish Sydney had more of this.
After a lovely brunch we wandered down to heck the markets, it was quite disappointing, few stores and nothing really interesting. We reached the consenus that we hop back into the car and head for Swan River for some wine, cheese and chocolate!
Sandalford wines- Swan river
Swan Rd is the main road cutting through the abundant wineries, vineyards and providores, with recommendations from Sara's Friend we head off to Sandalford Winery, which is one of the bigger and more scenic wineries in the region. The GPS first took us to the back of the winery and after a few detours ( including following someone into their driveway!) we finally located Sandalford winery.
This place would be lovely for a wedding! so picturesque!
We decided to have a light lunch and so some wine tasting here. For the non-drinker, i ordered Mac's sparkling sour apple which i've been wanting to try for a while. This was refreshing and perfect for a sweltering hot day.
Yeah i know nothing about wines, don't ask me :)
saffron pappardelle, wild rabbit ragout
Whenever i see scallops on the menu its a must order for me. be it steamed, baked or lightly grilled iti s a must for me!
The scallop was fresh and cooked to perfection, it went well with the creamy hollandaise. wish i had a few more to dig into tho ;)
This is apparently an entree sized dish, the portions are so generous! i had taste of the salt and pepper pork and it was out of the world amazing, if only all salt and pepper pork tasted this amazing!
liver pate, sour cherry in port, sandalera jelly and brioche toast
I'm not a big fan of rillettes or pates but i had a taste of this and it was amazing, just the right amount of creaminess and was very smooth too. i wouldn't mind a few more bites of this!
love the outdoor seating! they even had a mist thing spraying to keep the outdoor seaters cool in the weather. really thoughtful!
If only i could teach my plants to grow like that, my garden is a tumble of wines and branches atm. tomatoes and pumpkin all tangled together....
A sneek peek into one of the cellars?
They also had some very pretty florals growing around the place! how pretty is the rose?!?!
Also stopped by the the Margret River chocolate factoy and Providore....
We tasted a range of jams, sauces and chutneys and also wines. I loved the passionfruit curd and honey here, i may gone back for 2nds....
before stopping by the Margaret River chocolate Co. for some Chocolate truffles.
We contemplated gelato....
but with all the chocolatey goodness around us.....
oh hello shez! hiding behind the drinks!
We settled for a range of drinks. there was hot choc, iced choc and ice coffee. my hot choc was on the weaker side and the chooclate didn't really melt but those chocoalte pastille are amazingly addictive to eat!
Every friday evening in the summer, Forrest Chase in Perth CBD has hawker markets. Following a stream of twitter and instagram showed the markets had an array of food trucks and goodies available, but the crowds were insane and we were going to have food trucks for dinner the next evening we foraged off elsewhere for dinner.
of course not before stopping by a pop up bar aptly named BarPop.
Gotta love their sense of humour!
After a fun filled and energy-zapping day we finished off with some lovely fireworks on our balcony (well they were close enough, lets just say they had the fireworks on just for us EDB-ers!)
Perth's fireworks are amazing and no offence sydney, even your NYE ones aren't as good as these random ones. Hope this year's Sydney Harbour Bridge ones are good! *fingers crossed!*
Let the PARTY (and learning) begin!
The conference was held at Perth City Farm this year, i love the concept of having a small farm in the inner city. They have markets here in the weekends which we took a quick look at before heading in for some coffee....
Early start means coffee is an essential. i'm trying to cut out as much caffeine as i can from my diet atm so i settled for a tea but i was told that 5 senses served some wicked coffee! I have to say this was the most popular stand all day, people hovering for their morning wake me up's, midday pick me ups and general hydration (asides Jax coco's coconut water!)
West N Fresh Yoghurt bar! wheee! this yoghurt is amazing, wish i could find this in Sydney. loved the museli one!
Pastry for breakfast makes Millkteaxx a very happy person! bring on the butterrrrr!
Jax Coco's coconut water is amazing stuff! enough said!
Pastry spred and some pears for good balance!
I loved the stage backdrop by European foods (who also sponsored a lovely lunch!) how cute is this!?!?! i would totally start hanging cutlery on my walls if i could. not sure if my parents would appreciate it tho... hrrrm.....
Now lets get learning! i have to say that EDB has been such an amazing learning experience for me, i have learnt so much more about many aspects of blogging and i will definitely put it to good use!
5 sense guys hard at work. Hello handsome barista! (psst thats his instagram name!)
Super aromatic green tea. i should of tried to track down this before i came back to Syd. the name escapes me tho, if anyone remembers, please help me out!
Next up: 5 sense coffee demo. If you weren't caffeine-ed up enough in the morning, you've got another chance!
Then Little sweet baking provided us with a sugar filled delicious morning tea. these brownies were out of the world amazing!
so was the chocolate caramel slice. i may have back for 2nds.....
These were also really good......
it doesn't end! (don't let it end!)
the brittle was also really really good. i could eat a bucket of this..... #diabetes
and you can't go wrong with salted caramel and peanut butter right?!?!
they also catered for the gluten and nut free too. so thoughtful!
Such an amazing spread of sugar, worth every single spike in blood glucose.
Grabbed a pear so i felt less guilty about all the sugar and butter consumed so early into the day....
Time for more talks! #learning
Simon's photography talk was amazing, learnt so much from it! thanks Simon!
They also talked about eating local, which was quite interesting and really did split up the audience.
Thank god for the constant flow of refreshments because the weather was hot hot hot!
Time for lunch!
Lunch was provided by European foods, what an amazing spread!
Love the plates and cutlery!
There was so much good food i don't even know where to start! the scotch eggs were so amazingly good so were the amazing salads!
Desserts was then baci chocolates (my fav, love the love quotes in them!), panna cotta with cookie and fruits!
As we had a bit of time left, i took a wander around Perth City Farm.... hello chick(en)s!
So envious of their gardens!
if only mine was so nice....
perfect place to chill on a weekend!
Afternoon tea was sooner than i expected. my lunch was still digesting but hey, who says no to sugar?!?
and picked up my cards! how cute are these mini cards?!? thanks Moo.com!
First stand: Old Lira sourdough pizzas! i had the mushroom, caramelised onion and feta one. they were still slightly warm when i got to them but if they were piping hot they would of been even more tasty!
Stop 2: Bangkok jump street. Pork. Belly. Salad. need i say more? the crackling was so good, i could of eaten another 2-3 serves.
Also tried their wonton prawn pad thai. instead of the noodles, they used fried wonton wrappers. very innovative indeed!.
Empanadas with guac. these were the deep fried version, the pastry is definitely a lot nice deep fried (what isn't?) but oh so guilty afterwards.
Also tried Jumpling's duck dumplings. excuse the really bad photo, it was really dark and it was almost impossible to take a proper pic of something in a polystyrene bowl.... they were tasty tho.
A little birdie also told me to try Delish ice's passionfruit coconut ice block. i was still sick and coughing but damn this was amazing, i loved it!
Simon (Simon's food favourites) ordered the cheesy fries and rib burger but i was too full by that stage to eat anymore so i stole a single cheesy fry of him. damn they were cheesy ( pun intended) and so damn good. alas i was too full to try the burger. i heard it was heaps delicious tho!
Overall, a great showcase of the food trucks in Perth, Sydney is still a strong contender tho with its great variety! hopefully there are more new ones popping up soon!
Sunday activity: Crown Mushroom Farm
This year there was a choice of 3 activities to choose from for Sunday, cocktail, pastry and mushroom farm tour and cook off. I ended up going to the mushroom farm thanks to Australian Mushroom Growers and Crown mushrooms. They organised a fabulous tour of their farm and took us through the whole process of growing mushrooms. Boy is there are a lot before those mushrooms arrive looking all pretty at our greengrocers and supermarkets.
First we had to disinfect our shoes.
can you guys guess what this is? this is tonnes and tonnes of chicken poop. yep, imagine the smell.....
so when i told Christine that the flies would frolick in the chicken poop and land on us, she immediately whipped out tissues to cover her face. #germaphobe! psst sorry Christine, i didn't mean to gross you out!
Legit mushroom growing! stacked cabinets of them!
oh hello pretty mushrooms!
The staff hand-checking and harvesting them.
We also saw some top quality portobellos! give me them mushrooms!
white button and brown swiss mushrooms in the cold room.
They also pack for WA Coles.
Morning tea time! platters of fresh fruit and savoury muffins were passed around. I think savoury muffins are starting to take over!
close up of the mushroom and chives muffin. deliciousness.
Also received a talk from a dietitian about the health benefits of mushroom consumption, i dose up on mushrooms regardless!
Flowers are overrated, bring on the mushrooms!
an array of ingredients to choose from! thank god this isn't Masterchef or i'd be panicking! i'm not a very spontaneous person as you can probably tell.... :P
First time ever in a commercial kitchen! exciting!
Couscous stuffed mushrooms with a herb salad and asian soy dressing.
Mushroom pate with flatbread and puff pastry triangles.
The amazing array of mushroom dishes! this again showcases how versatile mushrooms are. I believe every dish here was vegetarian too?
Winners of the mushroom cook-off! whee! what an amazing team! shout out to JJ and, melbourne food snob and Feed your soul Perth!
And it begins!
Its been a while since a walk along the beach, squishing sand between toes and catching waves.
simply stunning sunset.
If only i had this kind of view from my window......
Sick of the sunset yet? never!
Bye Mr sunshine. See you back on the east side!
I could sit here for hours and just soak up nature's beauty.
A lovely way to farewell Perth. Definitely a farewell in style!
After chasing the sunset, i decided to chase the sunrise too, on a plane of course! Whilst Perth was fantastic, i was glad to be heading home as i missed my bed very much! the only downside of travelling, nothing is as comforting as your own bed.
The obligatory clouds and plane wing shot.
Goodies from the swag bag and the mushroom activity!
Very generous sponsors!
And some of the stuff i bought. i couldn't bring back too much as i didn't have much luggage space and i so did not know about the copious amount of goodies we got!
Thank you to the Perth EDB Committee and all the sponsors for making EDB 13 such an amazing experience, i have learnt so much ( and have so much more to learn) about blogging. It was also great to finally meet some of the bloggers i've chatted with online. A special thanks to Sara from Belly Rumbles, Shez from One Bite More and Anna from the Littlest Anchovy for being awesome room-mates!