Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tuck Shop Café, Perth

The first meal we had in Perth was a very late lunch at the Tuck Shop Café. Before the trip, I had a quick read on some of the most popular eateries in Perth, and this café was high on the list. My friends advised it was best to go on a weekday, because the queue would be super long on the weekend. Good advice indeed!

Having travelled from cold and miserable Melbourne to warm and sunny Perth,  I decided to step out of my comfort zone and ordered.... iced chocolate instead. Topped with vanilla ice cream and a meringue kiss, it was sweet and cooling.

Deciding on my main was a tough decision, but I finally settled with the smoked cod, potato and leek bake with a poached egg. It was a delicious bake with well-balanced flavours, but as it was quite a dense dish, I wasn't able to finish the generous serving. The poached egg was beautifully cooked, with golden and runny yolk spilling from the centre.

Oh, and did I mention that the bake also came with a cheddar toastie? Crunchy bread with stretchy cheese in between meant that it was the perfect tool for dipping into the bake. I'm pretty sure this dish would have been able to amply feed two people.

My best friend ordered the special, which was warm asparagus and spinach with a poached egg and toast. Not sure what it tasted like, but she finished her food when the rest of us were only halfway through, so I guess that says something!

My other friend had the chorizo, potatoes and pork belly with peppers and a fried egg. I could tell from the ingredients that it was a very filling dish and as expected, she wasn't able to finish it either.

In general, it is definitely a great café that serves quality food that will pamper your taste buds and tummies, but make sure you are really hungry because the portions are huge!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Perth 2014

I was in Perth just less than a year ago for a friend's wedding, and I fell in love with the city straightaway. Last week, my best friend and I managed to co-ordinate some time off together, and we decided to visit again for five days. I felt really surprised and fortunate to be able to discover yet another side of Perth.

I met up with many longtime friends, ate lots of good food and saw so many beautiful places. I caught another cold before I actually recovered from my previous cold, but I just took medications and soldiered on! (Which was a bad idea because I still haven't fully recovered.)

I'll be posting about my adventures in the next few days so stay tuned!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Walk To Remember

Oops, I totally forgot to update about my weekly runs! 

In the past few months, almost everyone at work had fallen sick, and I finally joined the club two weeks ago. I was very eager to keep up with jogging, however Google informed me that it was not advisable if I had symptoms like coughing and dehydration. Therefore, hubby and I decided to take a walk around the neighbourhood instead! 

We allowed ourselves to roam freely, and so we ended up walking for almost a quarter of an hour! It was a long but lovely walk, and we caught the sight of a beautiful sunset. 

I actually felt much better the next day and went for a short run, but I still have a cough and runny nose even though it has been almost two weeks. Hopefully I will recover fully before my next scheduled run! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

K.Ho Contemporary Chinese Cuisine, Box Hill South

It's been almost a year since we last went out for crab, so the idea of visiting K.Ho Contemporary Chinese Cuisine, Box Hill South was very appealing. We took our chances and headed straight in on a Saturday night without a booking, and we were very lucky to get one of the last few tables.

We decided to order the crab with flat noodles. While there was a good amount of tasty, juicy crab meat, we didn't think it was worth the price we paid. At almost AUD40 do a pound, we paid more than AUD80 for this 2.25 pounder. The flat noodles were thick and chewy, much like tteok (Korean rice cakes). There was a copious amount of noodles, which we didn't think was necessary, as it felt like they were just trying to bulk up the dish.

When I saw the baby oyster omelette on the menu, I immediately thought of o-jian, our Malaysian version of the oyster omelette. It wasn't crispy like o-jian, but the abundance of oysters with that strong seafood flavour made the omelette very tasty. The dipping sauce had just the right amount of saltiness, which meant that it didn't overpower the oysters.

The complimentary dessert, a warm bowl of sweet red bean soup dressed with evaporated milk, was a nice surprise and a good end to our meal. What we loved about it was that it wasn't too sweet at all.

Although we won't be coming back for the crab (purely because we can get it cheaper elsewhere), we wouldn't mind returning to try other dishes, which seem quite promising. As there were only two waiters serving a fully seated restaurant, the service very slow. Nevertheless, if you are like most of the crowd having a get-together with your family and friends, it leaves you plenty of time to chat.

K.Ho Contemporary Chinese Cuisine 紀好 on Urbanspoon

Sunday, August 31, 2014

One Step At A Time

I have been feeling a little lacklustre lately, and there is no doubt that it's due to the terrible combination of unhealthy eating, non-existent exercise and cold weather.

Yesterday, I went shopping, vacuumed the floors, washed the dishes, did the laundry, and after all that was done, I sat on my couch and stared into space. I really had no excuse. So I dusted my running shoes and decided to go for a run.

I really want to get into the habit of exercising regularly, and I think the best way to commit myself to this goal is to keep track of my progress on this blog. This way, I'll try to make an effort to improve because I won't want to embarrass myself. I'm not going to be ambitious, so I will start off with jogging once a week and then work my way towards three times a week.

So here's the result of my first run in more than 6 months. It was barely 2 minutes into the first song on my playlist and I was already puffed out. I know 2km is nothing for most people, but I think it's a good start for me, for my standards. It also means that there's no excuse not to improve next time!

If you guys have any tips on how to stay motivated please do let me know. I am going to work on expanding my playlist so that I can focus less on calculating how far I've gone and actually try to enjoy the process instead. Hopefully I'll do better next week!