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"There is no sincerer love than the love of food" – George Bernard Shaw


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Of celebrity chefs, canapes and cocktails

As a partner of the Good Food and Wine Show, the Parmelia Hilton hosted a special cocktail event featuring a lively and entertaining Q & A with Chefs from the Good Food and Wine Show. If you are a foodie or you have been a fan of the Masterchef series on Channel 10, I am sure some of these names would have ring a bell to you. The chefs who were present were Antonio Carluccio, Matt Moran, George Calombaris and Alastair Mcleod.

When I received the invitation from Julia, the Marketing Manager at Parmelia Hilton whom I had lunch with at Adelphi Grill, I replied straight away with a big YES. This was an opportunity not to be missed and Matt and I are very grateful to be invited to attend this event. The Q & A session was very interesting, light hearted and some parts were humorous with some insight of the chef’s experiences in their own restaurants and on TV. It was a great experience to see the chefs with their bubbly personalities live instead of how we usually watch them on the screens.

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 Pictured, Matt Moran, Alistair McLeod, George Calombaris and Antonio Carluccio with the hotel’s General Manager, David, Marketing Manager, Julia and Events Chef of Parmelia Hilton, Ricki.

We were also treated to canapes from the hotel’s new event menus with O’Leary Walker wines and cocktails. Each of the canapes which came out from the kitchen were delicious and full of flavour. Our favourites were the scallops with squid ink risotto and kangaroo. Oh and the dessert canapes were really lovely too. I love love loved all of them.

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Overall, we had a great time mingling around with others and definitely had some photos taken with the chefs. (Check it out on my Instagram for the photos!)

Looking for a venue for that special day or to hold a function? Check out Parmelia Hilton’s new event menus which will tantalise your tastebuds while making it an unforgettable night.

Lastly, Matt and I would like to thank Julia for the invitation to this exclusive cocktail event at Parmelia Hilton.


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Beaufort Street Merchant

After finishing a nice BodyBalance workout, I decided to head out for brunch with my childhood friend, Jess. We have been on many dinners with both of our families together but this was the first time that both of us actually went out for brunch. Initially, Plan A was Smuggled Seeds for breakfast. Arrived at 10.30 am at Smuggled Seeds and found out that kitchen had closed early due to a faulty stove. Plan B was to head to Mount Lawley, the closest to Leederville and in the end we decided to give Beaufort Street Merchant a try.

On a late Tuesday morning, Beaufort Street Merchant was actually quite busy. Looking around I can see a group of mums, friends catching up and families – all having a hearty breakky and sipping a cup of coffee or indulging in fresh juices. It’s a local institution to catch up with one another over food and coffee along Beaufort Street. The moment you step your foot into Beaufort Street Merchant, cakes and pastries greet you at the front. Yes, I must say that they are very tempting indeed.

Jess had the Green Scrambled Eggs ($22) with smoked salmon. Here’s Jess’s review of her dish – the bread was topped with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. I thought that the smoked salmon was good as the smoked flavour doesn’t empower the salmon and you can still taste the freshness of the salmon. As the whole dish was dominantly scrambled eggs, the bread underneath was soaked with fluid from the egg. It still tasted good and the bread was soft, so you can pull it apart easily compared to some bread out there which is too hard. I thought that the egg can be fluffier to give a lighter texture. I was really full in the end and Mel had to save the day by helping me to finish my dish.

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 Green Scrambled Eggs

I had the Truffled Mushrooms ($20) with soft polenta, poached eggs and parmesan. The eggs were poached perfectly, with orange liquid full of goodness oozing through. The mushrooms were full of flavour and I like how the polenta was creamy and fluffy which blended well the whole dish. The rocket leaves on top adds a hint of freshness to the dish. It was very tasty.

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 Truffled Mushrooms

To complement my food, I had a cup of Mocha. It was smooth with a nice balance of chocolate and coffee flavours together. A nice drink to have on a cold winter’s day. :)

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 Mocha

Looking around Beaufort Street Merchant, I really liked their interior and how cosy and comfortable it is, making it a nice place to catch up over coffee. Oh and the service was friendly and efficient too. When Jess’s cappuccino arrived, the waitress had accidentally spilled a bit of it on the table. In the end, she brought a new cup of cappuccino for Jess. If you happen to be at Beaufort Street Merchant whether it is for food or coffee, don’t forget to pay a visit to their merchant store inside too. You might be able to pick up an item or two from there :) 

Mel’s Rating : mmm (good)

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Smuggled Seeds Espresso

Smuggled Seeds Espresso has been on my wishlist for a while. I have actually been to Smuggled Seeds twice but have unfortunately missed out on their breakfast. First time I arrived at 11.30 am on a weekday and missed out on food as kitchen closes at 11am. Second visit, my friend and I arrived at 10.30 am after BodyBalance and found out that the food service has stopped because of a faulty stove in a kitchen. Finally, I was lucky at my third visit and we managed to sit down, have a nice cup of coffee and food at Smuggled Seeds.

It was quite easy to decide what to order. In the end we went for the dishes that were only available on the weekends. I had the Twice Roasted ‘Char Siu’ pork belly ($16). Slow roasted ‘char siu’ BBQ pork belly chunks served with toasted ciabatta with 2 slow poached eggs and side of greens. The Char Siu was sweet, tender and juicy. The other star of the dish was the poached eggs. It was literally melt in your mouth and visually perfect that I actually admired it for a bit before indulging. Oh and not forgetting the soft and fluffy ciabatta with a nice crunchy crust; marrying the whole dish together.

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 Twice Roasted Char Siu Pork Belly

Mum had the Mushroom, chorizo and quinoa bowl ($14) comprising of chorizo, diced mushrooms, peas, red onions and spinach on a bed of quinoa with 2 poached eggs and sprinkle of crispy seaweed. I had a taste test of the mushroom, chorizo and quinoa bowl and it was full of flavour. I think this dish was executed perfectly with a nice balance of fresh and delicate flavours along with a crunch in between from the crispy seaweed.

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 Mushroom, Chorizo and Quinoa Bowl

Dad had the Pea and crab fritters ($17) which consists of house made fritters with pea, crab and onions served with slice of ciabatta and 2 poached eggs, finished with housemade chili jam. Across all our dishes, our poached eggs were consistently executed to perfection. The fritters were delicious and fluffy with a light crisp on the outside. The housemade chili jam complements the fritters well giving it an additional punch of subtle spicy flavours to the dish.

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Pea and Crab Fritters

To finish off mum and I had a Matcha Latte ($3.90) and Dad had a Latte ($3.90). We also shared a slice of Hummingbird cake ($5). The Matcha Latte was very rich, smooth and had a strong green tea flavour. Finally, I have found another cafe which serves a good Green Tea Latte in Perth. Dad enjoyed the Latte and he thought that it was really good (Smuggled Seeds uses 5 Senses Coffee as their brew). The Hummingbird cake was lovely – it was moist and not too sweet. It was the perfect finish for our lovely brunch.

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 Hummingbird Cake

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Latte and Matcha Latte

Overall, we really had a great dining experience at Smuggled Seeds Espresso and we will definitely be back again.  The service was also very efficient and friendly. As you can also see, the prices here are reasonable and decent for the quality of food and coffee which is very rare in Perth these days. I am very thankful for that. If you are looking for brunch, breakfast, coffee and cakes, Smuggled Seeds is the place to be. A must try for all foodies and coffee connoisseurs.

Mel’s Rating : mmmmm (take me to foodie heaven)

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Mary Street Bakery and Bossman

After several months of talking about food and sharing the same passion for BodyCombat, Take Me To Foodie Heaven finally dines with Liju from The Hungry Dinosaw. Initially, the plan was to meet at Smuggled Seeds Espresso but unfortunately, when we arrived, we had already missed out on breakfast (Smuggled Seeds, I will be back!). Plan B was Mary Street Bakery, which was not too far from Leederville. Liju and I have heard a lot about Mary Street Bakery but neither have one of us actually tried the food there. This was the golden opportunity.

Mary Street Bakery was not very crowded when we arrived and we were lucky to find ourselves a table. The service was also very friendly and efficient. For brunch, we shared the Buttermilk Pancake with Fried Chicken, Fried Egg and Maple Syrup. You must be thinking, “Hang on! How do you eat sweet and savoury together?” Give it a try and you will be surprised at how awesome this dish is. Put a soft and fluffy pancake together with crispy, tender fried chicken and fried egg topped with sweet maple syrup. Believe me, it’s a matchmake in heaven. The whole dish is just oh so good. Throughout the day, we just could not stop raving about how good this dish was.

Here’s the review from Liju who gave this dish a rating out of 11/10! (That’s how awesome it was!) – OMG! My eyes literally rolled back and both of us went MMMMM OMG SO GOOD. Like a choir. Well seasoned and crispy juicy tender chicken sitting on this cloud of pancake and drenched through with maple syrup. And fried egg just makes anything tastes better. I need this again!

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Fried Chicken Buttermilk Pancake Peanuts Maple Butter and Fried Egg ($21)

I enjoyed the Veggie Baked Eggs and love the sweetness and punchy texture from the tomato base. The Ancho Chili gave the dish its subtle hint of chili kick (Don’t worry, you won’t be on fire). In this dish, the crispy chickpeas were definitely a winner for me. It was so crunchy. I love it. The Vegie Baked Eggs will definitely be a great, hearty dish to have during cold, rainy wintry day.

Here is Liju’s review of the Veggie Baked Eggs which he gave a perfect 10/10! – Yum yum baked eggs, well seasoned tomato base with two lovely baked eggs and an excellent sourdough that has both texture and flavour. The crispy chickpeas were the star in my opinion. Really crunchy with perfect texture!

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Veggie Baked Eggs with Tomato, Ancho Chilli, Crispy Chickpea and Yoghurt ($18)

We also had the Chocolate Malt milkshake and Blueberry, raspberry, banana, citrus and honey almond smoothie. Here is Liju’s review of the milkshake and smoothie –  I LOVE the milkshake. It has the perfect consistency , not too watered down by milk but also not too thick. Its hard to find a good milkshake and this one is it! The smoothie has a really lovely flavor, well balanced and able to taste all the stated flavours on the menu. Perhaps it could be a little thicker with ice or yoghurt blended through.

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 Chocolate Malt Milkshake ($6.50) and Blueberry, raspberry, banana, citrus and honey almond smoothie ($9)

After having an amazing lunch at Mary Street Bakery, we decided to take a stroll around Beaufort Street to see what Mount Lawley has to offer. I can for sure tell you now that my wishlist has expanded. After walking for a bit, we stumbled upon Bossman, located next to Mr Munchies. We stood in front of Bossman for a good 5 minutes, took some time to admire the cakes on offer while taking in the aroma of good coffee.  Yep, we decided to commence Part 2 of our Mount Lawley foodie adventure at Bossman.

We shared a slice of Galaktoboureko which is a Semolina Custard Cake and a regular Latte. The Galaktoboureko was soft and smooth in texture. It was melt in your mouth perfect and not overly sweet. A great complement to the coffee. Attention coffee lovers out there! Bossman do serves really good coffee. The Latte was very smooth which also had a nice aroma to it. With its dim lighting and wooden furnishings, Bossman is hip and happening. It’s a great place to hang out and catch up with friends over coffee and cake.

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Galaktoboureko ($4.50)

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Latte ($4)

At the end of the day, Liju and I definitely had a great foodie adventure around Beaufort Street and we also had a great time catching up with each other. Yes, I will definitely be back to Mary Street Bakery and Bossman again. If you are ever around Mount Lawley, do check out Mary Street Bakery for their cronuts and pastries! Oh and not forgetting Bossman for their cakes and coffee too!

Mel’s Rating for Bossman and Mary Street Bakery : mmmmm (take me to foodie heaven)

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Little Sisto

Little Sisto is one hidden gem located in the middle of the Doubleview suburb. As Gen and I lived in Woodlands, it was really good to see a nice little cafe close to home which was perfect for our catch up over brunch. We arrived just in time for brunch (Brunch is served from 11.30am-3pm) on a weekday and the cafe was not too busy. Little Sisto also has an alfresco dining area, which is currently pending approval to operate from the council of City of Stirling.  It would also be nice to dine and sip a coffee outside under the blue sunny sky.

For brunch, I had the Eggs Benedict ($15) with poached eggs, leg ham and housemade hollandaise on sourdough. As you can see from the picture, the poached egg test has been passed with flying colours. One knife through the poached eggs and wow. Orange liquid with full of yummy goodness oozing out. It was perfect. The hollandaise sauce was light and creamy, complementing well with the tasty bacon. Everything on this plate just goes so well together. Oh and not forgetting about the soft and fluffy sourdough too. YUM!

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Eggs Benedict

Gen had the Thyme Roasted Mushrooms with parsley, lemon and Persian fetta on multigrain sourdough ($12.50). Here’s her review of her dish: The salty and creamy feta cheese was a nice accompaniment to the mushrooms. However, there could have been a little more lemon juice to balance the creamy richness of the cheese and the olive oil, as I only tasted it on a few of the mushrooms. I liked the dish overall, but would have liked another piece of the lovely sourdough bread to feel more satisfied! Service was friendly and fast and our plates were cleared quickly.

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Thyme Roasted Mushrooms

Gen and I had a great time catching up with each other while indulging in some delicious food for brunch. I had to agree with Gen that the service was quite friendly and accommodating; making sure if everything was alright so far and if we needed anymore coffee or drinks. I would really love to try breakfast at Little Sisto and their cakes on display one day, so yes, I’ll be back. To fans of coffee, Little Sisto also serves good, quality coffee, using Five Senses beans. What’s the best part of Little Sisto? The food, coffee and for me, it’s close to home.

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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Voyager Estate Grape Juice

Two months ago, I received some non-alcoholic Sparkling Grape Juice with thanks to Voyager Estate, Margaret River. The sparking grape juice is made with the same Estate grown grapes that are in Voyager Estate’s Shiraz and Chardonnay. Looking for a drink to enjoy minus the alcohol? The sparkling grape juice is perfect for you as a refresher, thirst quencher or an enjoyment.

Crafted and made to the standards of premium wine, the grape juice is available in white and red. It was also a personal favourite of Voyager Estate’s founder, Michael Wright, who actually didn’t drink alcohol.

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With perfect timing, a few family friends were over at our place for dinner and here are a few of their reviews of the Grape Juice:

Fung: “It tasted really smooth and a bit fizzy. It does not taste too sweet and it was just perfect. I loved it”

Ivan: “The red grape juice was refreshing, sweet and great for kids to drink as it is non alcoholic. The white grape juice gives you a little punch. I like to drink it in sips and not mouthfuls.

Bryan: “The red grape juice was a very smooth drink with a lovely unobtrusive sweetness that excites the tongue with its acidic tinge. The white grape juice  packs a surprising punch with its sweetness and  yet doesn’t linger long afterwards”

What do I think? I like both red and white but I’m leaning more towards red, just because I love the sweetness of it and how the taste reminded me of Ribena. Overall, both the grape juices were not too fizzy and not extremely sweet. A lovely sparkling grape juice which will be able to go well with any food you are having or with any occasion.

Voyager Estate Sparkling Grape Juice is currently sold out at the moment, but keep checking out their website as they will be restocking shortly. If you would like to get your hands on some sparkling grape juice, please call +61 8 9385 3133 or email wineroom@voyagerestate.com.au. Alternatively, you can also check out selected retailers such as The Herdsman and the Boatshed.

I would like to thank Voyager Estate for the non-alcoholic Red and White Sparkling Grape Juice. :)


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Ace Pizza

Located along Beaufort Street, Highgate is Ace Pizza. One step inside and you are transported to a pizza parlour in New York with its great fitout, dim lighting and green neon flashes. It was funky and urban – a perfect place to catch up with my friends over dinner.

We had the Fried Mac n Cheese ($7) to start off with. I thought that the Mac n Cheese was really delicious. As it was deep fried to perfection, there was a crunch with every bite with the soft and cheesy textures of Mac n Cheese on the inside. Ahh heavenly.

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Fried Mac n Cheese

For the Pizzas, we had the…..

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 Fungo Magico ($21) –  mushrooms, mozarella and thyme

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 Mr Federico ($20) – artichoke, garlic, pecorino and rocket pesto

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P.R.E.A.M. ($25) – north west prawns, lemon ricotta, spinach, san marzano tomato and mozarella

Here is what my partner and friends thought about Ace Pizza:

Matt: “The pizza’s doughs were chewy and yum. The toppings generally worked well together”

Chloe : “I thought that it was quite tasty but probably for the price, they should have more variety of ingredients. My favourite pizza of the night was the rocket one, just because I’m a sucker for pesto hahaha”

Valerie: “I think Ace Pizza was not bad but the ingredients can be fresher and tastier.”

Siti: “Yeah I think Ace Pizza was alright but it would be better if they had more ingredients for the price.”

My opinion? I thought that Ace Pizza was interesting and that the pizzas were delicious. The best part about Ace Pizza is that it is not only a restaurant dedicated to Pizza. If you don’t feel like pizza (I have never heard and it is very rare that people don’t feel like having pizza) there are also other food on their menu which I think it is worth trying. For me, I think I will be back to find out more on what Ace Pizza can offer. :)

Mel’s Rating : mmm (good)

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