From now on I will be doing a weekly round-up post every Sunday – a summary of food stories, recipes, restaurant openings, or anything interesting that I ate over the past week that’s too short to go into a full review.
Enjoying a tipple and some paella at last year’s Gourmet Escape
WA Food News: Heston confirms attendance at this year’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape (via The West Australian)
Many a Heston fan were disappointed last year when he had to understandably cancel his visit at the last minute due to a tragedy involving two of his chefs. Can’t wait to see the rest of the line-up!
Foodreads: “Worth the Wait” by James Oseland in Saveur Magazine
One of the things I love about food is that there are so many narratives, memories, and cultures that surround it. A dish can never just be a dish. Just this week, my manager shared a lovely story about her first experience eating Singapore noodles – for a teenager growing up in a small town in New Zealand who rarely got the chance to experience other cultures, it virtually changed her life. Here, Oseland shares a beautifully nostalgic story about his first visit to Indonesia when he was 19, and eating a dish - beef rendang - that thereafter convinced him to revolve his life’s work around cooking and eating.
Perth Openings: Typika, Claremont
A massive 150-seater cafe opens in the space previously occupied by Claremont Fresh by the people behind Cimbalino Espresso, with an custom-fabricated $800 000 coffee roaster as the main centrepiece. Rob Broadfield has already sung his praises for their “Beef Benedict”, a spin on the classic Eggs Benedict. The place looks pretty flash so far.
Wine Rave from a Wine Noob: Dona Paterna Alvarinho 2010 at Gordon St Garage
To be honest, I’m still learning about wine from my colleagues at Gordon St Garage – so I’m somewhat reluctant/embarrassed to post any actual “reviews” about wine here. But I’ve definitely come a long way from being completely dumbfounded at my first wine tasting two months ago. We had another wine tasting at work the other day, and this portuguese wine was my favourite from the lot – In my hastily scribbled notes from this one: “Luscious and creamy, smells like toffee and even bubblegum (?!), gorgeous textural mouthfeel.” I also drew a massive love-heart (my own version of wine rating) – hey, we can’t all be James Halliday. To learn more about Portuguese wines, check out this article.
Foodreads: San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants List is released…
And I still cannot afford to eat at any of them. One day, my friends, one day…
Perth Openings: Toastface Grillah, Perth
A little sandwich store opens in the backlanes of Perth CBD, immediately wins the love of hipsters and hip-hop fans for its brilliant name. Just in time for grilled cheese season as well – reviews look pretty good so far, although there have been some complaints about a 30 minute wait for a toastie. If want to make your own grilled cheese sandwich at home, my favourite combo? Kimchi + Cheddar = The Grill’d Kimcheese. You heard it here first.
Favourite Bite of the Week: Egg Tart at New Moon Dim Sum, Northbridge (2 for $4)
Egg custard tarts are my kryptonite, the kind of thing that I could eat dozens in a row of if not for the thought that it was going straight to my thighs. A beautifully yolk-coloured and silky smooth custard and crisp flaky pastry that crumbles in the mouth. The wobble of an egg tart makes me go weak in the knees. I was especially excited to learn that New Moon Dim Sum is also open on Friday and Saturday NIGHTS, and charge only $1 pp for BYO corkage. Egg tarts past 9pm, be still my heart.
Recipe to try: Polenta Cakes with Honey-Roasted Figs
A perfect little thing to bake as the weather finally starts cooling down for real in Perth (just a month shy of winter). Unfortunately it’s a little hard to come by fresh figs in Perth at the moment, so perhaps swap them out for an autumn fruit – a poached pear, perhaps?
Best Jobs in the World – Taste Master Update
I am now an official contributor to Relax.com.sg and SoShiok.com.sg. Check out my first feature article on Relax.
I also have 3 days left before the submission for the next stage of Best Jobs in the World – I am definitely up against some impressive people, including an ex-contestant of Masterchef USA! A little intimidating, but nevertheless, keep supporting by spreading the word and liking my page on Facebook!
Have a brilliant week ahead guys! xoxo Stef