I love that there’s always something to look forward to in Perth. When I first started blogging five years ago, the ‘Perth is boring’ sentiment was running strong. Thankfully these days that sentiment is starting to change. There is so much diversity in this little city of ours that there is always SOMETHING on – you just need to know where to look! This week, with an exhibition dedicated to one of Perth’s favourite actors, night markets, a food and wine festival, a chance to get up close with elephants, and an overnight event to get you in the mood for Halloween, you’re in the right place!
The clouds are clearing, the days are warming up, and Perth is really bringing its best with a whole bunch of awesome things on the radar as we head into summer. From a beer degustation and kustom culture celebration, to theatre, a moving historical exhibition and the city’s most stylish market, I’ve got the lowdown on the best things to see, eat and do in Perth this week.
Hands up if you’ve ever had leftover cake for breakfast? If you have a snack draw at work, filled with chocolate? If you regularly save a tiny bit of room for dessert when you go out? Sugar fiends rejoice, as a fellow lover of all things sweet and indulgent, I’m here to guide you through some of the best treats our city has to offer. So come on over and join me sweet tooths – it’s time for a sugar high!
There’s no need for any preamble here, so I’m just going to come out and say it – Mashawi Moroccan & Middle Eastern is, hands down, one of my favourite Perth restaurants.
In a gorgeous space with high ceilings and a great big wooden feature wall, in a prime spot on Mt Lawyley’s Beaufort Street, with very attentive staff, a large menu and SO MANY absolutely delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes, there really is a lot to love here.
Mashawi is a friendly and unpretentious spot – high ceilings, large windows looking out over Beaufort Street, bright decorative touches including recurrent pomegranate motifs. The tables are a little on the small side (especially when you want to try as much from the menu as possible) but the place regularly gets booked out, resulting in a lively and eclectic atmosphere.
The other day, I got chatting to a woman who was taking part in Plastic Free July – a challenge that asks you to refuse single-use plastic for the month. I have to be honest, up until that conversation I really didn’t realise how much we rely on plastic. After I spoke to her I started trying to make more conscious decisions instead of blindly reaching for the plastic wrap or tossing plastic packaging into the recycling bin.
It’s not easy, that’s for sure. Cherry tomatoes – they come in a plastic container. My favourite skincare – plastic tubes and bottles. Chocolate – wrapped in plastic. But just being aware of how much plastic we use every day is the first step to making smarter choices and looking for alternatives.
Thanks to Black Swan State Theatre Company, I have a double pass to giveaway to their latest production, Coma Land, on Thursday 20 July 8:00pm in the Studio Underground of the State Theatre Centre. More details on how to win below!
Descend into the Studio Underground at the State Centre Theatre of WA and enter the bizarre, darkly funny and confronting world of Melbourne playwright Lally Katz’s The Eisteddfod.
After brother and sister Gerture and Abalone are left orphaned following a ‘pruning accident’, the pair retreat into their own world, agoraphobic, starved of human interaction and clinging to each other with both hope and resentment.
When I was in high school, I dreamed of becoming an actor. I loved the spectacle of it, the ability to be another character, to step outside of my introvert self and explore the endless possibilities acting offered. I took drama classes at school and did OK – my teacher’s wouldn’t have said I was destined to be a star but I wasn’t terrible either. I even thought about going to WAAPA, but somewhere along the line I realised I liked the stories more than the acting and got into writing instead.
But there is something still so undeniably exciting about theatre, whether it’s a world class or an amateur production, it just ignites that sense of possibility within me. That’s why I am so excited to be running a competition to give away a double pass to see The Esiteddfod at the State Theatre Centre to share the magic of performance. Keep reading for more details on how to enter!