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Harry & Gretel @ STM Bistro Felix

7 Dec

STM Front Row @ Bistro Felix is an ongoing collaboration between STM, Bistro Felix Wine Bar and WA’s finest retail outlets. Held on the first Thursday of every month, each edition provides fashion loving friends to get their taste of the hottest looks.

Thursday just gone, I was excited to be heading to Bistro Felix in Subiaco for a night of fashions from local retailer (and a favourite of mine), Harry & Gretel.

With consideration of the 6.30pm start time together with knowledge that the Subi Street Festival was also planned for the area, I left early to ensure I didn't miss a minute of the evening.

Surprisingly, we cruised across the city and won a car bay, not far from the action on Rokeby Road.

After taking in some of the sights and sounds of the Subi Sreet Festival, we headed to Bistro Felix where we were greeted with a glass of Veuve Clicquot and shown to our table. It felt like Christmas with gifts at each place setting – a beautiful Ecoya candle courtesy of Harry & Gretel!


As the parade kicked off, we enjoyed our entree of vegetable terrine and made a note of garments to add to “wish lists” ahead of Christmas.

Chadwick models looked angelic with butterflies in their hair as they strutted gorgeous garments past each table. Labels such as Alice McAll, Poppy Lissiman, Wildfox, House of Harlow and Shakuhachi were on display which I'm sure made guests scramble to find a pen to add items to their list.

The atmosphere within Bistro Felix seemed as if the party from the street had flowed through the doors and resonated among the guests. Tables full of friends and acquaintances celebrated the festivities and enjoyed their mains whilst taking in the second half of the parade.

Slightly edgier, this next parade showed off a fun collection of summer dresses and party attire. As usual, I loved many of the outfits put together and it was interesting to hear Heidi from Harry & Gretel who spoke about her passion for creating an entire look for customer and also the journey that the store has taken since opening.

Heidi told the story of how the store (now Harry & Gretel) once sold only kitchen wares. With a change of hands, Harry & Gretel then incorporated homewares and a small rack of garments which proved a hit with customers. Heidi and Wendy then saw the need to stock a larger range of garments to meet demand as well as accessories and giftware. This is where the Harry & Gretel, as we know it today began and people now head to Leederville certain that they will find something they love at this gorgeous shop.

With succession, Harry & Gretel opened 'Harry Next Door' which stocks homewares and gift lines.

So with the story being told, I was now anticipating a future visit to the store even more to check out all the latest for Summer. But the evening wasn't over- the second half of the parade was as divine as the dessert that we were served. A cute lemon tart with vanilla cream, berry coulis and a touch of gold paint made this sweet dish a winner.

Alexa Coetsee from STM did a beautiful job at hosting the event and she informed us that the next edition of STM Front Row at Bistro Felix is set for February! Don't miss that one as it is definitely a fun filled night of fashion…. and a great excuse to grab your friends for a dinner date!

Keep your eyes on STM Facebook page for upcoming events such as this or head to http://www.bistrofelix.com.au/ for reservations.

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High tea dreaming

11 Sep
My sister in-law Imby is an amazing cook….actually the term cook doesn't seem correct……she is an artist who creates sweet masterpeices!! Imby does cakes, nougat, chocolate…anything with sugar and she's truly inspirational!
Years ago Imby and I went to a cooking class in Cottesloe where we watched Rochelle Adonis create her recipes for 'afternoon tea'! Rochelle Adonis, mind you, is one of my culinary supermodels who is a trained pastry pastry chef who has worked for cake boutiques in London who have created cakes for both the British and Saudi royal families amongst others. She has also worked as head pastry chef at ARIA in Sydney and has opened her own cooking studio in Northbridge whereby she runs cooking classes as well as a decadent 'High Tea' service. So for years now I have followed Rochelle Adonis and her sweet delights and had the high tea service on my list of 'to do's!!'
Over the past 18months I have had 3 bookings for High tea at Rochelle Adonis but sadly each time, one of life's hurdles has prevented me fulfilling my dream of high tea at the beloved 'Rochelle Adonis'!
So, with winter's end and a long overdue catch up with some of my most gorgeous friends…… I finally fulfilled a date with Rochelle Adonis for a high tea service I couln't fault!
With the Sunday sun shining, I put on a spring dress and joined four fabulous girlfriends for a 12pm reservation on Brisbane Street. The studio itself is beautiful and very feminine with flowers dotted around the room and a display cabinet full of sweet delights. The long tables are set with gorgeous vintage tableware and the mismatched peices create a homely warmth.
 
Our hostess for the afternoon gave the impression that she loved her job and she was not only attentitive but so incredible at remembering each dish that we were presented with.
The first plate consisted of 4 small savoury bites that were presented beautifully on a tasting plate for each individual. Incredible flavours and textures with every bite -this plate was an all round winner with my friends and it was fun to discuss the components of the dish as we sipped our bubbly (or tea or coffees)…
To cleanse our happy palette's we then received a watermelon and lemonade ice-block that just melted in our mouths! A real taste of Summer!
Then onto the sweet tasting plate to end the High tea service. A plate full ofsweet, individually portioned desserts were presented with something to please us all. Mini cheesecakes, rice pudding with rhubarb, rocky road parfait and something delicious and citrus-ey were all heaven sent and I couldn't think of a better seat in any restaurant accross Perth at that very moment!
 
I totally recommend booking a high tea service with some fabulous friends …you will not be disappointed with Rochelle Adonis' studio and although you may have to book in advance for a specific day and time – it is worth the wait!! Add it to your 'To do' list ….
 

1920’s style at The Heritage

2 Aug

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Friday night just gone I had a date with one of Perth’s newest ‘the’ bars….. The Heritage.
Its located 131 St Georges Terrace, Perth and the architects and designers have done a superb job in giving this building a make-over to give The Heritage its ‘old world’ charm.

Immediately you feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you walk up the stairs and into the foyer of The Heritage which is decked out in marble floors and high ceilings. The music playing doesn’t blast you away but is still audible enough to create a vibe with the packed bar.
Although our table was ready in the dining room we opted to head downstairs to Bobeche to have a pre-dinner drink….

Bobeche is a 1920’s style bar, tucked down below street level. It’s menu listing classic old world spirit cocktails, tap beer and fine wine along with simply prepared food. It was love at first sight with this quaint venue. Very cute, very unique for Perth and very easy, I would say, to lose an hour or two with some good friends and a cocktail menu!

But we didn’t spend an hour or two…….as we had an 8.30pm dinner reservation upstairs at The Heritage.
Love crisp, white table linen set perfectly and attentive wait staff! We were offered drinks as soon as we sat down and didn’t wait long for them, or our meals to arrive.

Our taste bud envy;

Braised venison shank, gremolata, kale, potato mille feuille   39.00

Salade nicoise with tuna 30.00

glass of bubbles & glass of Pernod pre-dinner………  what more could you ask for on a rainy Friday night in Perth!

Oh almost forgot the cheesecake to finish – everything you could expect from a classic!

Devine dining, great service, great company and surroundings…… The Heritage is definitely worth putting in your diary for sometime in the not-to-distant future!

A bit about the Heritage Brasserie, Bar & Boardroom –

After 25 years of ruin, the architecturally iconic Royal Insurance building of 131 St Georges Terrace became home to The Heritage Brasserie Bar & Boardroom on the 24th of May 2012, as part of Brookfield Place. Conceptually designed with the intent to establish and introduce a hospitality offering that is all encompassing from a classic café/restaurant through to late night bar and take away provedore.

The Heritage Brasserie Bar & Boardroom is based upon the grand cafés/restaurants of Europe. Framed by the historic façade and dramatic high ceilings The Heritage Brasserie Bar & Boardroom features pewter bar tops hand made in Paris, crisp white linen and Italian marble floors. The dining room offers early breakfast, an all day a la carte brasserie menu through to late night cocktails. A European dominant wine list will feature, along with tap beer and an open seafood display. Takeaway coffee, wine and other delicatessen items are also available.

The Boardroom at The Heritage is a private dining room that can accommodate up to twenty people. The room is available for corporate functions and meetings as well as intimate celebrations. Offering varying seating options, a plasma TV and full Internet access, The Boardroom at The Heritage is ideally located for your private dining needs.

Lurking in the basement is Bobèche, a deep and moody personality for those wanting a dark and intimate setting to enjoy fine wine, mixed cocktails, diverse liquor offering, tap beer and grazing food menu options.

A bit about Bobeche………………….

Remember when we went down the spiralling stairs through the tunnel in the bottom of the garden and did an Alice in Wonderland?  The wax was dripping as the candlelight flickered. The performer on the side of the street, adorned in yellow with baggy breeches, checkered stockings with a rich coloured red jacket, a straw coloured wig and a hat crowned with a butterfly jousted for our attention.

Cast your imagination to a period of wry wit and mischief where you are enveloped with the impression of being somewhere dark and mysterious. This 20′s style speakeasy offers old world spirit on spirit cocktails, tap beer and fine wine along with simply prepared food. A place where people can go to be away.

(courtesy of http://www.theheritageperth.com.au/)
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happiness on hobart street………

16 Jul

A very stylish Rebecca Judd (Myer ambassador & model) has a very gorgeous web page – http://rebeccajudd.com.au/
In this very gorgeous web page she drops the names of some very cool Perth places to dine………………one of which is Beluga in Claremont (a favourite of mine) and the other is Hobart Deli on Hobart St, North Perth – noted for their high standards in coffee.

As Ms Judd also added that Hobart Deli was opposite a park, I thought I’d venture North of the city to check it out.

So I lined a friend up, scored a sunny winters day in Perth and had a quick look online for Hobart Deli before departing for my 10am date with a new favourite corner shop!

Well, the street was bustling around the corner cafe and it was easy to see why – fabulous coffee, beautiful cakes and slices and service with a smile…………..

My son liked the decor (a feast for the young eye) and the sweet selections! We chose the lemon pistachio slice – to share (although it was a mistake to think he’d leave me more than a bite!). It was a bite of heaven anyway!

The best part about this very chic Perth cafe was, as Rebecca noted, that there was a fantastic part right opposite – perfect for burning some of that sugary energy that little Perth-ite’s consume………….and perfect for enjoying a take-away coffee and some winter rays for any grown-up!

***A little stumble while searching for Hobart St – the following web page is a useful tool for out & about in Perth; http://acoffeeinthepark.com/hobart-st-north-perth

Winter warming on Ardross St

27 Jun

Sunday just gone was rain, rain and more of it!!

I had a coffee date with an old friend on Ardross St and we sat inside our chosen cafe drinking hot coffee.

Conversation was good so I was happy to be there, regardless of how good or bad the coffee was………

Conversation was good and I was listening intently until I saw a waitress at the resturant next door deliver a dish to one of their patrons. It looked like passionfruit souffle – hot, fluffy souffle -yum!!

I pointed it out to my friend so she knew why I was distracted from conversation and then we just sat there in Souffle envy watching it disappear!!

So after we paid for our coffee we agreed to venture next door to Jacs and treated ourselves to a Sunday afternoon souffle!!

Yep it was passionfruit souffle served with creme anglaise – $14 worth of heaven on a plate……………………definately recommend it- even worth a special trip to Ardross St,  Ardross just for the souffle!!

Pickled Fig

19 Jun

Sunday saw us venture to display homes in North Coogee so I thought what better excuse to have a late breakfast at the Pickled Fig in North Fremantle………..

Cant wait to go back there as the vibe is laid back, yet every table was occupied and the outlook takes in the splendour of our gorgeous coastline. I felt like I was on holiday just for an hour!

Recommed the green smoothy (for the taste and the health benefits) and the

grizzly bear pancakes (purely for the taste)

traditional canadian pancakes , bacon, eggs, gooey maple syrup (gfo) $18

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