All posts filed under: Miscellaneous Intrigue

Why I’m Living Below the Line in May

This year I’m Living Below the Line. Running a food blog, I spend an awful lot of time eating, thinking about and writing about food. I’ve always felt lucky to be able to eat out and indulge in delicious meals but have taken it completely for granted that I would go to bed with a full stomach each night. Just putting food on the table is almost impossible for those living on the poverty line. There’s no breakfast out, no morning coffee, no sneaky 3pm chocolate when you need a pep up at work. 1.2 BILLION people live on less than $2 a day ALL THE TIME. The least I can do is try it for 5 days.* Living Below the Line is a chance for me to do something for those who haven’t been as privileged as I have. I’m starting my fundraising by donating $25 – what it might cost for a coffee** and a meal*** at a cafe on a Saturday morning. So help me help others, come have ‘virtual brunch’ with …

Frenchtoastandindiepop’s potentially helpful guide to moving interstate

   So you’re moving interstate, well done you! Having recently attempted this myself I have some helpful hints and tips, otherwise known as the things I learnt not to do, having already done them… Perth to Melbs – the West to East journey Before you leave: There’s loads of things you’ll need to do before you leave so I’ll just try and give you some of the most important things. Do a reconnaissance – scout out your intended neighbourhood before you make the big move. What is the area like? Is there easy access to public transport, supermarkets and any other services you need like Physio? What’s the average price for rentals and how does this vary? As a foodie I highly recommend you get an idea of local eateries and coffee scene before you settle on a neighbourhood! If you need a specialty coffee to start your day you probably won’t be as happy in a location that doesn’t have a suitable shop in a reasonable distance. What about work? Do you want to …

The Dollars and Cents: What it really costs to eat out for breakfast in Perth!

When you’re talking about eating out in Perth you will never be far from a discussion about prices. It has caused a lot of debate in Perth, with people often saying ‘it’s so expensive to eat out here’ or ‘the coffee is cheaper in Melbourne‘. Well as someone who eats out their fair share, I’ve decided to share what I know about dining out for breakfast in our lovely city. I’m going to give you some details from the stand point of a couple, dining out for breakfast with a meal and two coffees each, as a point of comparison. When I write a blog post and use the word ‘cheap’, it generally means that two meals and two coffees cost us under $40. While saying something is ‘expensive’ usually means that it cost us over $50. You’ll often see references in my posts to price, and while I try not to itemise everything we eat, I do like to give people a rough idea of what they’ll be paying should they visit. The average …

Book Review: No Witness, No Case

Just for a change I’d like to share a review of a book I really enjoyed, don’t worry there’s no spoilers! No Witness, No Case By Bill Robertson ***** Mafia Member Slain, Corrupt Politician Gaoled, Toxic Waste Scam Exposed, Is Justice Working? Bill Robertson is a first time author, but has plenty of credentials for writing a crime novel having been the Assistant Police Commissioner in Victoria (where the novel is set) in another life. The book itself is a thrilling crime drama, full of political intrigue, the murky underworld of Victoria, corruption, murder and even toxic waste. Our hero is Andy Drummond, an ex-military cop who somehow finds himself in the middle of a dirty world he could only begin to guess at, all because there was a truck fire in a country road near his house. It gets intense fast, with the reader soon propelled in the underworld, corrupt politicians, pretty women, the Mafia and even the Russians. The book moves at a cracking pace, and I felt myself absorbed in the story,and far …

Nail-tastic

Aside from eating I also like nail polish and glitter. I hope you enjoy this brief interlude from overindulgence in the festive period. Meet my new favourite thing, colour changing nail polish. This is the polish before it is in UV light, something amazing happens when you go out in the sun. The thing that’s really awesome is that I can have super bright party polish when i’m outside and business appropriate subtly when I’m inside. Here’s some more cool things you can do with it! It gets better when you add a little glitter. Lucky for me I have plenty of glitter polish thanks to a Christmas gift: I’d like to introduce to another colour changing polish, Ruby Wings I started with a base of silver, before adding on glitter over the top. This is what I ended up with: Just for the record I usually wear OPI, and the base and top coats for the above was OPI. However when using colour change nail polish I tend to avoid a top coat, just …

The Roaring Twenties

There’s some eras that you just get hooked on, and for me watching the movie “Midnight in Paris’ set me off in the direction of all things twenties. It was the music, the dancing, the dresses (especially the dresses) and the crazy opulence of the time. With the release of the Great Gatsby on dvd, the twenties seems to be once again in the spotlight. What is more iconic of the time then the image of a flapper? Wearing a drop waist skirt, all the glitter and beads the dress can hold and some feathers thrown in for good measure she was unmistakable.  It is unsurprising that Gil Pender, the protagonist of Midnight in Paris, was enchanted with the city and it’s women. His love  interest Adriana is beautiful, intelligent, idealistic. She encapsulates the optimism and reckless abandon of the flappers and the youth of the time. The dresses they wore, free of the tight corsets that had once shaped their womanly features are just an external reflection of their inner rebellion. The Great Gatsby …

An Experiment with Caviar Nails

In preparation for a ball, and in discovery of products within my price range, I have done a little experimenting with caviar nail polish over the last few days. I absolutely love doing my nails and having new techniques to try, and if I worked somewhere that allowed it they would probably bright and covered in glitter at all times. That and if they didn’t chip so easily with my current line of work. I tried three products, black caviar nails, silver caviar nails and red micro glitter applied in a similar manner to the caviar nails (as opposed to a normal glitter nail polish which has the glitter in the polish itself). In each case I used a Bys nail polish kit, bought at Gloss for $8 (Find them here http://www.glossaccessories.com.au/BEAUTY/Products/Nails.aspx). They had so many colours, if it wasn’t for the fact that I had a specific event in mind I think I would have come home with a lot more! The usual method to apply caviar nails is as follows: Apply a thin coat …

Why French Toast?

French toast is my all time favourite breakfast by a long shot, and I’m going to attempt to tell you why (mouth-watering food photos definitely included!) I first discovered French Toast when a friend made it on a road trip, how I managed the first 18 years of my life without it astounds me, and I have been making up for the lost years ever since. So what is it exactly? French toast is basically bread soaked in egg (and generally milk) and fried. There both savoury and sweet versions. French toast has a long history over a number of countries. There are records of bread soaked in milk, as a sweet dish in 4th and 5th century Rome, 14th century Germany, and across Denmark, Norway, Sweden in Finland. French toast has a history of being referred to as pain perdu, or ‘lost bread’ in french, because it was used to save bread that had gone stale. It was not necessarily had as breakfast, and could be a day time meal, or dessert. The term ‘French …