No4 Blake Street, North Perth

If you have been searching for that perfect place for a weekend brunch, definitely hit up No4 Blake street – I guarantee it won’t let you down.

Located on Blake Street in North Perth, this cafe-come-restaurant is everything you want in casual dining, breakfast, lunch or dinner. No4 Blake Street features a modern and original menu that foodies about town will rejoice in, as well as funky, fresh decor, a great atmosphere and to top it off friendly but not over the top customer service.

Having read quite a few glowing reviews about No4 Blake Street on various Perth food blogs, I now understand what all the fuss is about. For my lunch on this sunny but cold Sunday, I had the Breakfast Bruschetta, which featured smashed avocado and grilled tomato on toasted sour dough, topped with rocket and goats cheese curd. This came with a side of two poached eggs and I paired the meal with a creamy soy latte – all in all, a perfect casual Sunday lunch.

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I kind of already knew I was going to order this beauty before I arrived, as I follow a Perth Instagram account called @bitchezwhobrunch, who featured this divine looking creation a few days earlier. While this meal is actually on the breakfast menu, lucky for me customers can order from this menu at lunchtime on weekends, so the meal I had been eying off was all mine, and it was just as delicious and as incredible as I’d hoped.

No4 Blake Street was just fabulous from the get-go to the last bite of my meal and I will definitely be going back soon.

Dominique

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Europe 2014 – My Highlights

Going to Europe for a month was a whirlwind, an incredible experience and really, truly the trip of a lifetime. I feel as though we saw so much of this part of the world in so little time and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to while I am still so young. Many people don’t ever get the chance to travel or holiday (my parents just went on their first big overseas trip a few years ago!), so I’m very happy and grateful that I’ve had the chance to explore some of Europe, including some major cities.

Below I have shared a few snaps and some of the highlights of my trip – enjoy!

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The day has come – Europe 2014!

Today I’m off on a trip of a lifetime – Europe here I come!

Europe

I will be away for four weeks in total, and while it’s not nearly long enough I’m sure this trip will give me a good taste of the best of Europe and will spark the travel bug in me for future European holidays and travel. Having never been before, I’m going to be such a tourist – all the major tourist attractions in the cites we visit high up on my to-do list.

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Keturah Day Spa – Heaven in a massage and facial

For Christmas last year I received a gift voucher for a massage and facial package for Keturah Day Spa. SQUEE! Best. Present. EVER. I didn’t even hint at wanting this either (though I really, really did) – good job, Boyfriend! I was saving my voucher to use for a special occasion, so I recently decided to book myself in at Keturah in Highgate to rejuvenate my skin after a few weeks of travel – my poor, dehydrated skin was definitely feeling the ill-effects of flying.

Keturah

An award winning day spa with four locations across Perth (Highgate, Nedlands, Fremantle and Carine Glades), Keturah is the epitome of luxury and you notice this as soon as you walk through the door.

Arriving 15 minutes early as recommended, I was shown into the relaxing, beautifully furnished waiting room and offered a herbal tea, a bowl of mixed nuts and given time to fill out my consultation form. I then met with my therapist, a lovely, very professional and softly spoken Irish girl named Christine, who went through the necessities and would be providing me with my massage and facial package for the next hour and forty-five minutes.

And it was pure BLISS. The personally customised Keturah Signature Facial made up the first 45 minutes of my treatment and the use of the high-quality products with pure essential oils and plant extracts, teamed with the expert knowledge of my certified skin therapist, made this a facial I won’t forget in a hurry. As recommended I had booked the package for late in the afternoon where I had no plans for that night, to ensure I got the best benefits from facial – and I did. The next day my skin was so plump, dewy and soft that I didn’t feel the need to use any products or wear any makeup.

The relaxing one hour Full Body massage was next and I was so relaxed during this that I actually nodded off for around 10 minutes – whoops! I’m not sure of the etiquette of getting a massage but I really couldn’t help it, my muscles and my mind were so relaxed!

After my treatment, my skin was so hydrated and silky smooth and my mind was so blissfully relaxed, I felt like I was on cloud 9. My face and body really did appreciate this wonderful experience and I had the best sleep that night. Ahh, if only I could afford book in for a massage and facial at Keturah every month!

The professionalism, quality and service of Keturah in Highgate is incomparable to any other day spa I have experienced in Perth – it really is the ultimate day spa experience – or as they put it, ‘Perth’s best and finest 5 Star Urban Spa experience.’ Yes, I know it is a marketing slogan, but hands down I wouldn’t hesitate to give this day spa their 5 stars.

A gift voucher for Keturah would make the perfect gift for any occasion for both the women and men in your life and I couldn’t recommend it more (ahem, Family if you’re reading, my birthday IS coming up…)

Dominique

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*This review was not sponsored by Keturah in any way, I just really loved the experience.

Cheeky Chocolate Cheesecake

A chocolate cheesecake was my little brothers’ dessert of choice for his 18th birthday dinner recently. I like to bake but was happy he chose something easy as I’m certainly no pro (see my Super easy *cough packet mix* Easter cupcakes here).

Chocolate Cheesecake

I came across an easy, no-bake chocolate cheesecake recipe from MasterChef Australia 2009 winner Julie Goodwin, which I’ve shared below. This cheesecake is really rich and creamy (its main ingredients are cream cheese, cream, condensed milk and chocolate) but was a hit with my brother and the rest of the family.

I substituted the plain biscuits in the base with Arnott’s Chocolate Ripple biscuits and decorated it with a punnet of fresh, locally grown raspberries – at $8 a punnet they weren’t cheap, but were oh so tasty.

This cheesecake serves around 12 people and takes about 30 minutes to prepare (plus chilling time). The recipe originally appeared here.

Ingredients
1 x 250g packet plain biscuits
100g butter, melted
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons powdered gelatine
500g cream cheese
500g milk cooking chocolate, chopped
1 x 395g tin condensed milk
1 cup thickened cream, whipped

Method

  1. Process the biscuits to a rough crumb, similar to breadcrumbs. Add the butter and sugar and mix well. Press firmly into the base of a 26cm spring form cake tin and refrigerate.
  2. Sprinkle the gelatine over 2/3 cup lukewarm water and stir until dissolved.
  3. Place the chocolate in a glass bowl over a barely simmering pot of water. Stir until the chocolate is just melted and remove from heat (alternatively microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, then 1 further minute and stir again).
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and melted chocolate until light and fluffy. With the mixer running, pour in the condensed milk. Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir through the gelatine mixture, then fold through the whipped cream. Pour into the spring form pan.
  5. Refrigerate for several hours (preferably overnight) until set.

Just a few extra notes about this cheesecake:

  • It took about 24 hours to set, not several hours as the recipe states. As a precaution, I did make mine the day before, but I was still so worried it would sink as soon as I took it out of the spring form tin. I would highly recommend making it the day before as I did, and also maybe add a teensy bit more gelatine (another ½ teaspoon) to help it set a bit more.
  • If the weather is hot, this heavy cheesecake can ‘sink’ and go a bit soft once you’ve taken it out the fridge. I think it might be worth putting it in the freezer for around 10 minutes before cutting.

Dominique
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Rochelle Adonis – Another fabulous experience

A friend of mine recently turned 23 and to celebrate she arranged for a group of us girls to head to High Tea at Rochelle Adonis Cakes and Confections in Highgate. Cake, champagne* and gossip – I can’t think of a better way to celebrate!

I have reviewed Rochelle’s before (you can read about this here) so I won’t go into all the details, but yet again it was another fabulous experience and here are here pictures to prove it.

Flowers

tea

savouries

Sweets

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*We were booked in for the 10am session so decided against the champers, but the special blend loose-leaf teas by the Seventh Duchess  (I had ‘Queen of Hearts’) and Remedy single origin French press coffee were the perfect accompaniments to our High Tea delicacies.

Dominique

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Tara’s favourite Anzac biscuits

Anzac biscuits with a cup of tea - perfection!

Anzac biscuits with a cup of tea – perfection!

ANZAC biscuits are high up on my list of favourite things to bake. Mainly because you can eat the delicious uncooked mixture without feeling too sick afterwards (I think it’s because there are no eggs in the recipe) and also because they are so damn easy.

Ever since early high school, I have made Anzac biscuits using my mums recipe, which in all honesty is probably very similar to all other recipes out there. One day when I brought some Anzac’s to school that my mum had baked, my best friend at the time (who is still my best friend to this day) declared that they were the best Anzac biscuits she had ever eaten. And so began the tradition of me baking Anzac biscuits for her, though she still claims that mine are never as good as my mums, even though I use the same recipe!

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Super Easy Easter Cupcakes

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I baked these yummo chocolate cupcakes for my family Easter dinner last night and decorated them with chocolate frosting and Cadbury speckled mini eggs.

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So what’s the recipe? I’m not going to lie… these cupcakes were actually a packet mix! The ‘recipe’ was White Wings Chocolate Cupcakes and it was so simple and quick to make. The cupcakes tasted fab (very moist and chocolaty) and I personally think they tasted authentically homemade. They were a big hit with all the family, especially with my two little cousins, aged 8 and 9.

Sometimes I think it’s fine to take shortcuts in your baking and in this case, this White Wings packet mix was a perfect shortcut for my busy Easter weekend!