Oh hi! It’s a little dusty and neglected in here. Please, make yourselves comfortable while I clear the cobwebs and straighten the furniture. Poor little blog, it had a promising start, but a short unexpected hiatus lead to days, then weeks, then months and then … total neglect. This dear little corner of the internet has been left by the wayside while I gaily galivanted across the gastro-sphere. But! Fear not, for I have returned, and I promise to not let it be so long between conversations.
But first, I didn’t think it appropriate to start writing on the happenings of the new year without first providing proper closure for the year just past. While I may have not been writing (shame on me), I have been participating in various food related events that have been fun, educational and most definitely delicious.
Rather than a tedious blow-by-blow break down, I’ll summarise the second half of 2010 in 3 parts:
Two great food events that I’ve attended in 2010. Firstly there was the Good Food and Wine Show at the Convention Centre. My first GFWS and I wasn’t too sure what to expect. Except of course that there would a lot of people. The Cheese Matters course I found quite entertaining and enlightening, sampling a variety of cheeses with matched wines. It was there I discovered a new found favourite tipple: prosecco.
The second, my very first Mundaring Truffle Festival, where I took part in the Truffle Master Class hosted by Poh Ling Yeow, of Poh’s Kitchen fame. Not only did I sample some deliciously decadent, truffle loaded delicacies, I also managed to have a chat (and pictures taken) with Poh, Chef Alain, Chef Emmanuel and Chef Hadleigh. Another highlight of the festival was the truffle themed Long Lunch. Never have I had or since a meal as decadent and luscious as this.
My good friend Matt of Abstract Gourmet fame, got married in what would have been the guerrilla wedding of the decade. Guests were invited under the pretext of an engagement party up in the hills. Only when the red carpet rolled out and Matt re-appearing in a suit, did I realise that something bigger was afoot. It was a fantastic day, filled with much love, laughter and camaraderie. Not to mention of course, excellent food and wine, prepared on site with friends and family lending a hand.
The second Largesse Dining dinner. A rather brilliant concept, where 6 of Perth’s top chefs get together and put on a 6 course degustation dinner, with all proceeds collected going to a nominated charity. This time raising funds for the Arthrogryposis Society. Held at Clarke’s of North Beach, all six chefs plus front line staff and assistant chefs willingly gave up their night off to come together and place their support behind this fantastic cause.
Let this be a lesson to you all, backup, backup, backup! Since returning to Perth I’ve been rather heavily reliant on my 3 year old laptop for, well, virtually everything. Unfortunately, the poor old thing just couldn’t handle it anymore and finally gave up the ghost. Taking with it all of the photos I’ve taken througout the year. To add insult to injury, the main external harddive which I’ve kept older files from my time in the UK has also crashed.
Actually, I have nothing under this heading to write about. 2010 has been, all in all a good year. I’ve moved continents and hemispheres, discovered a new world of good food, wine and coffee has opened up in Perth, re-aquainted with old friends and made lots of new friends.
That, in a nutshell was my 2010. 2011 is now well and truly underway, and I hope it will be a much, much better.