Jan 29, 2019

It's Summer and It's Hot In Sydney. Food I Ate In Perth.

It's not fancy but it was cheap (the last one they had at Woolies for $35 down from $50) and we've become very good friends in the days that we've been together.

I speak, of course, of my new metal floor fan.  My old one broke rather dramatically on the night we returned from Perth and fate stepped in the next morning at Woolies.

I'm counting myself lucky I only got back for the back end of the heat wave.  Look at what's happened to my jar of coconut oil while I've been away! 

When it's Mecca Beauty Loop Box time and you leave the store with more than just the box.

In a somewhat tangential thought, the new fan reminds me of what is might have been like on the set of a mid-nineties fashion shoot.  All the volume in the hairstyles must have come from somewhere.  If it wasn't so hot and I wasn't so deeply entrenched in holiday mode, I could recreate the scene right here at home with this new makeup that found its way home with me from Mecca the other day.

It's a New Year and with that comes hope.  Hope in the form of bottles and jars.  My money's on NARS for Twenty Nineteen.  I've finally come to the end of my Ellis Faas foundation and I'll be starting on NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and Radiant Creamy Concealer.  Both products are Instagram favourites so I have high hopes for them.  The foundation glowed rather than shone around my pores when I tested it and a light dab of the concealer managed to do away with the last of the night before's makeup (big night out with my Perth besties) as well as the sum total of about 6 months of not enough sleep as I needed (no one's fault, just my fondness for burning the candle at both ends).

Meanwhile in Perth.  The sun finally did return while I was there.

We spent Friday afternoon at Elizabeth Quay which is a newly developed public space on the water in the city.

We walked along the footbridge and watched the ferries cruise below.

The Island  cafe and brewery greeted us at the end of our short walk.

Of course it was an Aperol Spritz for me. 

The kids menu woodfired pizza was especially well received.  I had a grain bowl with smoked trout that I also highly rate.

We then decamped to the outdoor play area.  It's a lovely surprise seeing something like this in the city centre.  The area was shady with lots of places to sit.  The climbing frames are probably better suited to older children but there were also a number of water play stations that kids of all ages would enjoy.

Then we stopped off for gelato before making our way to the train station for home.  Both the bus and the train stations are only a few minutes easy walk from Elizabeth Quay.  It's totally doable with prams and early aged walkers and directions are very clearly signposted.

There's more food news to come but to give you a break, here are but four images from our evening at the Australia Day fireworks.

Master SSG was in charge of my phone camera and we ended up with 200 shots from an event that went for half an hour.

He's still a bit miffed that I deleted the other 43 shots of the jetty...

We both agreed that the pelican photo should stay.  It's a bit dark but it's still a keeper.

No matter how hard I try, I just can't photograph fireworks.

These were the best of an average lot.

There's a new dumpling house near where my mum and dad live.  It's called China Tang and it's well worth a visit.  The service is lovely, the serves generous and the food excellent.  My picks are the dumplings and also the jelly dessert topped with crushed peanuts, sultanas and a drizzle of brown sugar syrup.  Sounds crazy but it's very refreshing.

My foodie meal of the trip was at Lulu La Delizia in Subiaco and I have my Melbourne friends to thank for making the booking and herding us all there on Friday night.

The cuisine is Italian and the setting hip.  It was the perfect setting for a relaxed, loudish Friday night catch up with people whom you've been through it all with.

Don't let the deceptively random looking dish of popcorn fool you.  It had a smoky barbecue flavour and went down a treat with my err... third glass of wine.  I can't remember how young I was when I last managed pre-dinner drinks and dinner drinks on the same night but where there's a will there's a way.

There were too many superb dishes to discuss on what is now essentially a fortysomething mum life blog but these were my highlights.

The squid ink fritole,

Nona's meatballs

and of course, the Tiramisu and Crostoli.

How are things with you?  Home from your holiday getaway?  All set for the first day of school? 

1 comment:

  1. your comment about big hair and fans reminds me of my in the 70s singing in front of the mirror blasting a hair dryer at my face to get that effect. I spent hours of my early teen years doing that. Oh well. Great pics, tell Master SSG loved the pelican shot. Shame mum didn't show more, :) Im with both and he on the food. I would have found it hard choosing between the trout and the pizza and think it would come down to how my weight is. Heart says pizza and head says trout. Thanks for linking up. Its weekly so if you have another post this week then join number two dear SSG x


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