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June 15th, 2014 by Rose

On being sick

I’m one of those people who go a year or two practically immune from the cold then BAM the flu hits me in the face and I’m down for several days. I think the long spell of good health actually works against me because I’m nowhere near prepared when I do get sick.

Since I was housebound for the last couple of days I had to resort to home remedies to make myself feel better. In the interest of science, I present to you my somewhat drug-assisted home remedies in order of “no help at all” to “all of this all the time”:

1. Sleeping it off

This has worked for me in the past for “baby” colds. I’d feel a bit of a cold coming on, have a good night’s sleep and hey presto fresh as a daisy the next day. This doesn’t work for my bi-annual plague. I came home early on Friday, took a sleeping tablet and was all yeah I’ll feel better after 18 hours sleep. Oh no. The onset of a fever meant I was too cold to sleep, then was too hot when the fever hit and couldn’t get comfortable cos my joints ache.

2. Hot water with lemon and honey

Kept me warm but tastes like ass.

3. Tea with honey

Kept me warm and tastes less like ass.

4. Chicken congee

The ultimate comfort food when I’m sick. I don’t expect it to be anything other than bland cos I can’t taste anything anyway and so good on cold winter nights. My go-to food once I feel like eating again.

5. Cold and flu tablets

This sounds really weak but seriously… this shit is the bomb. I normally get the Chemist’s Own day and night flu tablets (found them as I was rummaging through my kitchen drawer looking for paracetamol) and they are the best. Why be stoic, pharmaceuticals are there for a reason.

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor so get medical advice and be sensible. Just trust me on the hot lemon and honey, it’s gross.

February 17th, 2014 by Rose

Things I like about hipster boyfriends

(from a shallow, hetero biased, inner-city-dwelling-hipster biased POV)

  • Essentially doubled my wardrobe size
  • Fearless when it comes to bright colours
  • Helpful when trying to put together an outfit
  • Wow I didn’t know that Mac shortcut does that
  • Creative romantic gestures
  • Relatively easy to buy gifts for
October 22nd, 2013 by Rose

Melbourne and stuff

I turned 32 last month. I like to think that I’ve come a long way from last year. With the help of good friends I’ve got my shit (almost) in order, I have a cute little apartment (with a particular emphasis on “little”), and I’m dating someone who’s pretty freaking great.

To congratulate myself on a job well done I booked a weekend away in Melbourne with Mr Gif in tow. We stayed at Hotel Lindrum (which I will recommend forever) where cake and flowers from friends await. The weekend was off to an awesome start, aside from the hangover from the birthday party the night before.

I didn’t take too many photos of the food but here are some I took when I’m not otherwise drunk or feeling too self-conscious.

1/11 Collins St, Melbourne
Chicken tostaditas

Chicken tostaditas with avocado, chipotle mayo and queso fresco. Delicious, crispy, more-ish.


Eat ALL the food – pancita de cerdo (braised pork belly), plaintain crisps, beans and tortillas.


A closeup of the braised pork belly cos I love youse all. The green bits are deep fried parsley, genius. It tastes as good as it looks FYI.

Mr Gif and I went to Mamasita very early on a Saturday – about 12pm – so we didn’t run into the infamous Mamasita queue. Service was great and food was even better. I don’t queue for restaurants anymore cos I hardly find any worth the wait, but I’d line up for Mamasita. Only for maybe 15 minutes, though.

Papa Goose
91-93 Flinders Ln

This was a bit of a weird one. The restaurant was completely empty when we went (admittedly it was at 12pm on the dot since we had a plane to catch), and the only other people to show up were a couple maybe an hour or so after we arrived. The food was great, so could just be a city on a weekend emptiness, idk.

This was our last meal of the trip after a LOT of eating, so we were pretty defeated at this point. Foolishly we still ordered the Sunday roast which was good value at the price of $50 p.p. for two courses (you’ll see why in a minute).


Entree of charcuterie board with pickles and croquettes.


MASSIVE roast lamb with Yorkshire pudding and roasted vegetables. Seriously this would’ve fed about four people it was so big. I almost wish I’d gone to the gym that morning so I’d have more space but, y’know, on holiday and all that.

We also went to MoVida on our first night and The European for my birthday dinner. Both incredible as always.

Mr Gif asked me last night if I’m happy. In short, yes. I’m still stressed out and anxious about a lot of things but really, they’re no big deal now compared to the ball of tightly wound rubber band I was a year ago. It’s amazing what difference 12 months make – here’s to another year of kicking ass.



August 27th, 2013 by Rose

The weekend in haiku

Pimento made this
Amazing arcade table
He’s a genius

Arcade table motherfuckers

Oh but wait there’s more
He also made sausage rolls
Ladies, he’s single

Sossij rolls

Yeah that’s right bitches
Braised pork belly in a bun
Jealous? You should be

Braised pork belly inna bun

Mr Gif chipped in
Made him chop all the chillies
Because I’m a wimp

Motherfuckin chillies

Although, looking back
Wasn’t the best idea
That stuff really burns

July 15th, 2013 by Rose

The weekend went like this


Never enough time.

June 16th, 2013 by Rose

Art and sharks and donuts, oh my

This post is a bit overdue, but well, it’s not like I’m disappointing any readers. I also had a draft of this entry in my head but I forgot to write it down and have had a couple of heavy drinking sessions in the last week so you’re not exactly getting Shakespeare here.

First off, me and Mr Gif (formerly known as Pork Ribs Guy) are a thing. Not sure how this is going to go and how long this will last but I’m trying very hard not to let my neuroses get the better of me. I think I’ll be relatively happy even if it ends tomorrow – it’s been pretty amazing.

To celebrate the Queen’s birthday I had a dirty weekend padded out with some stuff (thanks, Queen!). There was art:


Ryoji Ikeda’s Test Pattern no. 5 at Carriageworks. If you hurry you can still make it – this one finishes up on the 1st of July. Dunno about the other stuff at Carriageworks. One of the installations is a dude in a gold spandex bodysuit undergoing his daily dialysis treatment. Idgi.

Then Mr Gif took me to Sydney Aquarium because I told him I like sharks. Here are some motherfuckin carpenter sharks.


And this here is a fish I can’t remember the name of, but it’s apparently v. poisonous:


That’s pretty much all the photos y’all are gonna get cos the rest of the photos are a bit shit even with heavy GIMPing.

Then in the morning we made some bacon and egg Krispy Kreme roll:


This was his idea, and I fell in love with him that little bit more.

Mmmm sexy:


The best I can say about it is that it’s not as bad as I’d expected. It’s pretty much a sugar coated cholesterol roll so I won’t be making it again anytime soon.

May 27th, 2013 by Rose


Recipe from Grab Your Fork. Thanks for helping me get laid, Helen!

Ribs for your pleasure


May 25th, 2013 by Rose

That thing where you expose just that little bit more about yourself

Cooking for someone I don’t know very well tonight. Don’t know if it’s just me but I feel a bit of anxiety when I have to do this. I mean I know I’ve more issues than a magazine anyways but I guess it’s a thing, right, when you grow up in a family where physical affection is rare so you make up for it with other ways to tell the other person you think they’re pretty swell. E.g. home cooked meals, gifts, monetary bribes, ignoring them for days on end cos you’re awkward with your feelings etc.

Tonight I’ll be making braised pork ribs, noodles and blanched veggies cos life’s too short to make anything more complicated. If it all goes to shit at least the pizza place is just round the corner.

May 22nd, 2013 by Rose


Hey guys, what’s happening?

It’s obviously way too late and I’m incredibly tired, but have finally finished doing stuff behind the scenes to get this thing going again. Yeah, how many times have you heard that right?

So, update: separated; living on my own; still quite into pork belly. Learning to do that thing where I try to relate to complete strangers which is all at once terrifying, exhilarating and surprising in a lot of ways.

I’m starting up a fun side project with the gorgeous Sarah from Life Glutton, so watch this space.

Also to watch: a cafe bucket list with Sara (shameless plug: buy her cakes, peeps).

That’s quite a lot of feelings in one post, so will leave you with the current theme song of my life:

October 9th, 2011 by Rose

Hey guys I’m 30

I turned 30 last month. I’ve been freaking out about turning 30 almost all of last year but it wasn’t too bad really.

Here are the good bits:

  • Spent most of my birthday week drunk or hungover or both
  • Birthday dinner at Marque (post on this coming, I swear)
  • Second birthday dinner at Flying Fajita Sistas, where I forgot to take photos
  • Bought the 15th anniversary K boxset as a present for myself
  • People giving me lots and lots of booze as gifts

The bad bits:

  • I’m 30
  • “It’s all downhill from here!” type comments
  • Confusion re wardrobe. Should I get rid of my young people clothes now?
  • Noticeably slower metabolism
  • Anxiety around mortality etc

Is this where I clean up my act and be a proper grown up?