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Guzman Y Gomez Mount Lawley

One week ago, Guzman Y Gomez (GYG) celebrated the opening of its 44th restaurant with their signature Free Burrito Day at the iconic Mount Lawley Planet Video site. This is the second GYC store in Perth and the first store is at Northbridge. During GYG’s opening in Northbridge last year, GYG gave away an impressive 4,372 Burritos and Burrito Bowls.

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Matt and I arrived at GYG Mount Lawley in the evening and there was a long queue. We joined the queue but luckily it was fast moving which did not take us long to arrive at the doorstep at GYG. While queuing up to get our hands on the burrito, we were also treated to free guacamole, corn chips, moustache-painting and entertainment from a traditional mariachi band. It was a mexican fiesta at GYG’s opening.

For the Free Burrito Day, basically we have to choose either a Burrito or Burrito Bowl and either a spicy or mild filling. I had the Pork Chipotle Burrito and Matt had the Steak Chipotle Burrito. The Pork Chipotle burrito consists of rice, cheese, vegetarian black beans, salsa and tender pulled pork, seared and hand rubbed with Chipotle Adobo. I thought that the Pork Chipotle was lovely. Although it was a bit dry with the first bite, the more I sink my teeth into it, it was moist and tender. Overall, it was actually quite filling! I tried a bit of Matt’s Steak Chipotle and it was really good. The steak was marinated well and it was juicy and tender. A nice complement to the other ingredients in the burrito! Apart from burritos, it will definitely be nice to come back to try other options from their menu.

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 Pork Chipotle Burrito

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Beef Chipotle Burrito

 I would like to thank David Gardiner Public Relations for inviting me and letting me know about Guzman Y Gomez’s Free Burrito Day and their opening at Mount Lawley.

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Revisiting Mrs S

After our spontaneous trip to Swan Valley without making a booking for Father’s Day, our lucky last alternative was Mrs S. I have been to Mrs S before and it has been a while since my last visit. We arrived just after the peak lunch hour and managed to score ourselves a table. YAY!

What I have noticed was that Mrs S has a Brunch menu until 3pm which is awesome and definitely leaves you with plenty of choices to choose from. The menu has also changed a bit since my last visit but that’s alright, it’s always good to have a changing menu for something different :)

I had the Smoked Pork Hock, Chorizo and Potato Hash with fried egg, quince and aioli ($20.50). As they ran out of quince, they had to replace it with cauliflower. The Pork Hock was smoked perfectly and was cooked well to tender which complements the chorizo and potato hash well. There were definitely a nice hint of flavours, which made it delicious.  Oh and the cauliflower still blends in well with the other elements too!

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Smoked Pork Hock, Chorizo and Potato Hash with fried egg, quince and aioli

 Dad had the Coconut Braised Beef Short Ribs ($25) with sweet potato puree, nam jim, peanuts and herb salad. I had a taste test of dad’s dish. The beef short ribs came off the bone easily and was very tender and juicy. I loved how the flavours of this dish marries well with each other and I can definitely taste the Thai flavours coming through in this dish too. It’s like East meets West. Superb.

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Braised Beef Short Ribs

Mum had The Manwich ($16) with pulled pork, beetroot pickle, cucumber, aioli and ciabatta roll. Mum’s Manwich was really a Manwich. It was generous in portion and the pulled pork was soft and tender with fresh flavours from the beetroot pickle, cucumber and aioli. The ciabatta roll was also soft, fluffy with a nice crunch on the outside.

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 The Manwich

To finish off, we had coffee and shared a Chocolate Flourless Cake ($7). The chocolate flourless cake is probably one of the best I have had so far. With a drizzle of salted caramel, it was smooth and soft with the right amount of sweetness, oh, I was taken to chocolate heaven! With each spoonful of the chocolate flourless cake, I ate my way through it without feeling sick as it wasn’t super sweet.

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Chocolate Flourless Cake

After a very satisfying brunch, we left Mrs S happy and satisfied. With good service, food and coffee, Mrs S will still remain our family favourite which never fails to disappoint! Thank you Mrs S, you have saved the day! :)

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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Run Amuk Hotdogs Unleashed

After finishing uni at mid day, the family and I decided to take a drive down the Freo. There were a lot of places in Freo which came to mind but there is one place that I have always wanted to try, which is Run Amuk Hotdogs Unleashed. We arrived at Run Amuk just after the peak lunch hour and were welcomed by the lovely lady who told us a bit about Run Amuk. She also gave some good recommendations which we eventually ordered based on her recommendation.

I had The Punk ($12.50) which consists of premium bratwurst, crispy bacon, caramelised onions, cheddar, american style mustard, tomato sauce and smokey BBQ sauce. The Punk hotdog was delicious and full of flavour. I loved the combination of classic flavours from the mustard, tomato sauce and smokey BBQ sauce, giving a punch of flavours. It might seem ordinary but yes, you can’t go wrong with the Punk. The bratwurst was also fresh, juicy and flavoursome as it was well seasoned and the lightly toasted bread was soft and fluffy. If you like your classic Hot Dog with a whole lot more of flavour and zing, the Punk is for you.

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 The Punk

Dad had the Mischief ($12.50). I had a taste test of the Mischief and I quite like it too. The Mischief to me seems to have a mexican take on the traditional hot dog with tortilla chips, freshly made guacamole, jalapeno and sour cream. The flavours worked well together and the jalapeno gave a subtle hint of chili kick. And not forgetting the crunch you get in every bite from the tortilla chips. The Mischief is truly one Mexican fiesta.

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The Mischief

As Mum loves her chili kick, she went for the Rukus ($13.50) from the Dogs on Fire section. The Rukus consists of  premium bratwurst, chili and lime sambal, crispy prosciutto, spinach, cheddar, sour cream and jalapenos. Just like the Mischief and the Punk hot dogs, the combination of flavours from the chili and lime sambal actually worked well in the Rukus, giving some nice kick and acidity. A perfect choice for those who like it spicy.

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 Rukus

 To complement our Hot Dogs, we shared some Fries ($4). The fries were fresh, crispy and tasty with a good hint of salt. I loved it. We were also told by the lady that everything at Run Amuk was made fresh and that they never reuse their oil to cook the fries, which is really great. Run Amuk also offers dipping sauces such as classic aioli, coriander & lime aioli, spicy cajun aioli or tasty tomato relish at $1.50 to complement the fries too. 

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Fries

Apart from delicious hot dogs, Run Amuk also has cool interior with miniature cars stuck together on the wall, bus seats as diner booths and drum stools. Oh and not forgetting, tables covered with pages from Where’s Wally books, guaranteed to keep you occupied while waiting for your hotdog. At this stage, I can say that the best hot dogs in Perth is at Run Amuk. Everything on the menu looks good and I already can’t wait for my next visit again!

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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The Leopard Lodge

Sometimes there is a place that you want to try but it is so far away from home. You really want to try it but you start to think “Will it be worth the drive?” “Should I take the risk?” I guess sometimes it is worth the risk and definitely worth the effort if it is for good food. Yes, Leopard Lodge was worth the drive.

Leopard Lodge is located in Carabooda, 15 minutes north of Joondalup (took us 35 minutes from Innaloo area on a Saturday evening!) On our way there, it was dark and we were worried at one point that we were lost. When we saw the Leopard Lodge Entree Gate with its banner on the top, we know that we have arrived at the right place. I first found out about the Leopard Lodge from one of my friends and recently, I saw a car with The Leopard Lodge logo surrounded by leopard prints passing by in the city and I thought YES! I have to give this place a try no matter how far it was from home.

One step into the restaurant and The Leopard Lodge is a reminiscent of an opulent African Game Lodge, with its fusion of stone walls and rich wood interior. Look slightly above you when you enter and you will be welcomed by The Leopard Lodge’s mascot, the leopard. I felt like I was transported to Africa with the typical African Lodge atmosphere, subtle lighting, soft calico curtains and the unusual African artefacts on the wall. The ambience and interior just speaks for itself.

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To start off, we shared the Garlic Bread ($7.50). The bread at Leopard Lodge is freshly baked on the premises and is infused with Leopard Lodge’s own garlic and butter. The bread was very soft with a nice crunch from the crust on the outside. There were also subtle and delicate flavours of garlic and butter which complements the soft bread.

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Garlic Bread ($7.50)

For mains, I had the Spare Ribs ($38) which consists of a succulent rack of pork ribs char grilled to perfection, basted in tangy homemade BBQ sauce. It was so delicious. You really have no choice but to get down and dirty and use your hands, sink your teeth in and lick the rib clean. When eating ribs, the key is to put your demure side away, eat like a dude and you will get the most out of your ribs. You also get two choices to choose from the Steak Side Dish Menu and I chose the Roast Vegetables and Baked Potato with Sour Cream.

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Spare Ribs ($38)

As mum wasn’t keen on having a large meal, she decided to opt for a lighter dish which was the Vegetarian Special ($20). The Vegetarian Special for the night was a Zucchini Spaghetti with roasted cherry tomatoes, feta and a hint of chilli. Leopard Lodge is not all about meat and they do have vegetarian options and fish dishes for you to choose from if you don’t feel like having meat. I tried the Zucchini Spaghetti and thought that it was very light and delicate in flavour with a subtle hint of spicy.

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Zucchini Spaghetti with roasted cherry tomatoes, feta and a hint of chilli

At Leopard Lodge, you get to customize your own steak – choose your cut, how you would liked it cook, two side dishes and free homemade sauce. Dad had the 500g T-Bone with Herb and Garlic Sauce ($38) with Roast Vegetables and Beer Battered Chips and Monkey Gland sauce. (Don’t worry, no monkeys were sacrificed in the making of the Monkey Gland sauce!). The T-Bone steak was cooked perfectly to medium – tender and juicy, executed well. The Monkey Gland sauce also complements the steak well. Dad loved it. Oh and if you have a huge appetite, I challenge you to order the 1kg “Elephant Rump”. If you finish it, you get to receive the coveted Leopard Lodge’s Certificate of Achievement and a photo on the wall of fame!

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500g T-bone

After our satisfying mains, it was time for dessert. While waiting for our desserts to arrive, we had a little chat with Mark, the owner of Leopard Lodge who told us a little about proposing to have a few luxury Africa tents at The Leopard Lodge where guests can spend the evening after having a meal at the restaurant. For dessert, we shared a Lemon Meringue Pie ($10). The Lemon Meringue Pie is one of Leopard Lodge’s most popular dessert, made the South African way with condensed milk and real lemons, topped with real meringue. One bite and it was foodie heaven. The meringue was so fluffy together with the tangy-ness of the lemon pie. It was a winner. 

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Lemon Meringue Pie ($10)

We also shared the Voortrekker Pudding ($10) which is a caramel infused Malva Pudding (similar to sticky date), served warm and accompanied with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The Voortrekker Pudding was lovely. It was soft and smooth in texture. Yes, it definitely made a sweet ending to a scrumptious feast at Leopard Lodge!

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Voortrekker Pudding ($10)

 

We really enjoyed our dining experience at the Leopard Lodge with good food, atmosphere and warm and friendly service. If you are there early in the evening while the sun is still up, keep a look out for the decorative elephant at the entrance welcoming you to The Leopard Lodge. Bookings are highly recommended, especially during the weekends just to be safe and to avoid disappointments. I highly recommend The Leopard Lodge and I am already thinking about my next visit! At The Leopard Lodge, everyone enters as strangers and leave as friends. It’s a true hidden gem.

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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PappaRich Northbridge

PappaRich has finally arrived in Perth and is a newbie on the Perth dining scene. It’s the first outlet in Western Australia too, along with 10 outlets operating in other Australian states. Established in 2005 with its first restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and today, PappaRich has expanded across Malaysia and internationally. (Yep believe me, it’s everywhere in Malaysia!) PappaRich also boasts an extensive menu with a variety of dishes to choose from. Oh and their menu comes with mouthwatering photos too. From Malaysian classics like Nasi Lemak and Satays to Roti Canai, PappaRich caters for all tastes and palates.

PappaRich has a unique ordering system which may be new to some of us. There is a notepad and a pencil placed at each table. All you have to do is to write down the menu item from the menu, the quantity and additional remarks such as extras. Once you have written down and decided what to order, press the button on the table and let the staff know that you are ready for them to take your order. It’s simple and efficient.

For our drinks, Matt and I decided to go for the Iced Teh Tarik ($3.90) and the Milo Dinosaur ($4.90). Having Milo Dinosaur will always bring back the nostalgia of my childhood days spent in Malaysia before migrating to Perth such as going to mamak stalls at night to have supper with my family whenever we feel hungry.

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Iced Teh Tarik

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Matt and I ordered and shared a Roti Telur ($7.90), Roti Telur Bawang Beef Rendang ($13.90), Satay Mixed ($22.90), Pappa Special Briyani Rice ($15.90), Pappa Special Nasi Lemak ($15.90), Beef Rendang ($7.90), Seafood Curry Laksa ($14.90) and Pappa ABC with Green Tea Ice Cream ($9.90)

The Roti was soft and fluffy with a bit of a crisp on the outside. A great complement to the Roti was the beef rendang. The beef rendang was tender and flavoursome. It was executed well. Oh and not forgetting the curries which goes together with the Roti. One of them has a great chili kick – I’m sure you can tell which one from the photo. Next to arrive on our table was the Mixed Satay which consists of 6 satay sticks of chicken and 6 satay sticks of beef. My verdict? I loved the satays and thought that they were delicious! The meat itself on the sticks were not too chunky and the satay overall had a nice aroma to it.

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Roti Telur

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Roti Telur Bawang Beef Rendang

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Beef Rendang

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Satay Mixed (12 pcs)

Here is Matt’s review of the Pappa Special Nasi Lemak – The nasi lemak overall had great presentation. The curry chicken was tender and cooked to perfection. It was a truly authentic dish and would recommend it to anyone who’s trying this place out. I had the Pappa Special Briyani Rice with Sambal Eggplant, Fried Chicken and Sambal Prawns. The briyani rice was fluffy and fragrant. The Sambal Eggplant and Sambal Prawns gave a hint of chili kick to the dish and the fried chicken was crispy, marrying the dish as a whole together.

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Pappa Special Biryani Rice

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Pappa Special Nasi Lemak

We also shared a Seafood Curry Laksa with mussels, prawns, eggplants, tofu puffs, foo chok (beancurd skin), fish cake and bean sprouts.  The Curry Laksa was quite authentic and there was a generous amount of fresh seafood swimming in the sea of spicy coconut gravy and yellow noodles. It was lovely.

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Seafood Curry Laksa

You must be thinking have these two finished eating yet? Nope, the feast does not end here. To finish off, we shared the Pappa ABC with Premium Ice Cream. We were also given a choice to choose from between green tea and vanilla, so went for green tea instead. The ABC has most of your usual suspects in it, corn, cincau, lychee, red bean, you name it. It was a refreshing ending to our Malaysian feast.

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Pappa ABC with Green Tea Ice Cream

I have been to a PappaRich restaurant before during one of my annual holidays to KL and I would say this is pretty similar to PappaRich back home. Matt and I enjoyed our PappaRich experience from the start to the end. The service was very efficient and friendly as not long after we placed our order, our food arrived promptly and our table was soon filled with food. PappaRich Northbridge has a casual and simple interior while retaining a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. The open plan layout allows you to take in the aroma of flavourful Malaysian food while watching the chefs in action. Whether it is a casual catch up with friends or a meal with the family, it will always be a Malaysian feast at PappaRich.

Matt and I really did have a very indulgent Malaysian feast. Well, maybe more like a Malaysian food marathon and we went home feeling satisfied and very very full from the delicious food at PappaRich Northbridge. It was our pleasure to be invited to dine at PappaRich and we would like to thank Wasamedia and PappaRich for the opportunity to feast Malay style at PappaRich Northbridge.

Oh and if you are living down south, PappaRich is opening its doors next at Carousel in a few months time!

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Mindfulness Matters at Grill’d

For the month of August, Grill’d in collaboration with not-for-profit organisation Smiling Mind introduces the Mindfulness Matters campaign. Smiling Mind is Australia’s first not-for-profit online tool developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy to assist in improving lives of young Australians through Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs. (Check out the Smiling Mind App. It’s free to download!)

The Mindfulness Matters campaign is designed to encourage burger lovers across the country to take the time to make more mindful decisions in their day to day lives for the wellbeing of mind and body. Only this month, Grill’d will dedicate its Local Matters program and rename it to ‘Mindfulness Matters’ to help fund the provision of Smiling Mind resources to be used at schools and organisation working with young people and also sporting clubs local to each restaurant. So, everytime you buy a burger, you will be given a token to pop in one of three jars ultimately deciding which group you would like to support. At the end of the month, each Grill’d restaurant will donate $500 towards provision of Smiling Mind resources. The group with the most tokens receive $300 worth of the program resources and other two groups receive $100 each so everyone gets something. It’s a great cause to support!

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I was invited and were given vouchers by Grill’d to experience mindful eating. On a beautiful Friday afternoon, Matt and I went to Grill’d Scarborough for lunch to have our own mindful eating experience. As Grill’d Scarborough is close to the beach, the cool sea breeze and the lovely ambience created a relaxing experience to indulge in our Wild Wild West Burger. There was no rush and we took our time to enjoy each bite of our locally and freshly prepared burger while thinking about each element of the burger and where it came from.

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Wild Wild West Burger and Sweet Potato Chips

Check out these handy tips on how you can also practise Mindful Eating:

  • Avoid mindless eating! Take the time to enjoy your food and eat at a slow pace, paying attention to the smell, aromas, texture and look of what you are eating. It is easy to over eat as it can take up to 20 minutes for your stomach to talk to the brain about how full you are.
  • Even when your day is jam-packed and time is not on your side, it is important to spend a few seconds to choose a healthy meal that will ultimately fuel your body with the nutrition it needs to get you through the day. Fresh is always best!
  • Find a nice and relaxing place to eat your food and arrange your food nicely on your plate to make it a positive experience. Negative thoughts can effect even the healthiest food.
  • Try not to use technology such as the television or mobile devices while you are eating. This includes staying off social media and checking emails.

Want to join the Mindfulness Matters Movement? Share your ‘mindful moments’ on Facebook or Instagram using the campaign hashtags #grilld #MindfulnessMatters #mindfulness #mindfuleating #smilingmind

I would like to thank the team at P4 group for the invitation to have our own mindful eating experience at Grill’d and Grill’d for the fresh and delicious burgers as always.
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Rumours

After reading some reviews on Urbanspoon and Dimmi, my parents and I decided to give Rumours a try for dinner after church as it was only 10 minutes away from home. Coincidentally, there was also a voucher for Rumours in the current Entertainment Book which allows you to get 25% off the total bill.

Rumours is located in the suburb of Tuart Hill, on the corner of Wanneroo Road and Cape Street. The restaurant is quite large and from table to table, it was quite spacious. Rumours also has a really nice and lovely ambience with live piano music playing in the background. Each table had a free music CD to take home by Len Brauer, the pianist of the night.

There are a good selection of drinks at Rumours and I have always heard that their cocktails are good. It was hard to decide which cocktail to order but from our waitperson’s recommendation, I had the Mojito ($15) which was very refreshing.

We started off with a Grazing Plate ($35). From Arancini Balls, crispy turkish bread to slices of ham and salami, the grazing plate had a good variety of starters. A great way to start off the dinner with a plate full of delicious and yummy goodies. The Grazing Plate is also perfect for sharing as the portion is very generous.

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Grazing Plate ($35)

I had the French Lamb Cutlets ($38) marinated in garlic and rosemary, served with creamy mash potato, wilted spinach, roasted capsicum and red wine jus. The lamb cutlets were cooked to perfection – tender and full of flavour. Beneath the lamb cutlets lies a generous portion of creamy, smooth and soft mash potato. It was flawless.

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Lamb Cutlets ($38)

Dad had the 300g Black Angus Scotch Fillet with red wine jus served with hand cut chips and fresh garden salad ($38). Dad’s Scotch Fillet was cooked perfectly to medium and it was juicy and tender. The red wine jus complements the Scotch Fillet giving it a lovely hint of flavour. I had some of the hand cut chips and they were very tasty with a good sprinkle of salt on top.

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300g Scotch Fillet ($38)

Mum had the Fish of the Day ($32) which was the Crispy Skin Barramundi. The barramundi was fresh in flavour and was cooked well, with its perfectly crisp skin on the outside, giving a nice crunch. Mum enjoyed her barramundi and thought that it was a lovely dish.

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Fish of the Day

Overall, we were very satisfied and full after our mains and unfortunately had to give dessert a miss during this visit. But that means, there is Round 2! I thought that the service was excellent – friendly, warm and attentive. Rumours is a perfect place to celebrate all occasions whether it is a romantic date, that special occasion or a casual dinner with family or friends. There seems to be a hidden neighbourhood gem in every suburb. And yep, you heard it right. Rumours has it.

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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