Monday, 1 September 2014

What mistakes can you live with? (Felony movie review)

Don’t know if you’ve noticed but August has been awash with new movies. Whenever I can I like to support Australian movies and in the case of Felony it’s pretty easy. It’s a great thriller that will leave you pondering about what you’d do in the same situation, what mistakes could you live with?

Felony Joel Edgerton

Friday, 29 August 2014

What do Masterchef Australia, the Swan Valley and the RSPCA have in common?

What would bring George Calombaris (Masterchef Australia), Kiren Mainwaring (Co-op Dining), Singapore wine writer Ch’ng Poh Tiong, Anna Gare and the RSPCA together with an array of first class produce in the Swan Valley? I could understand some of the match ups but the RSPCA that left me pondering.
thanks to City of Swan


Monday, 25 August 2014

100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window movie reminds about how to live life

One of the aims of The Ponder Room is to help people get the most out of their lives and to profile people who already are. Allan Karlsson, the main character in the movie The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared, is the epitome of that sentiment. Not only has he lived to 100, but on his 100th birthday he escapes from his retirement village. This is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in years, and I really hope you get to see it.
Thanks to Studiocanal Australia

Friday, 22 August 2014

Last minute delight at Circa Bistro Mt Lawley

Last week I met up with two hard to pin down friends. Our busy lives, combined with the plethora of interesting new restaurants in Perth, caused a minor brain fade. Consequently we ended up making a spur of the minute decision about where to eat, and got a reminder that sometimes it’s okay to have no idea where you’re going.

Beetroot Ravioli Circa © The Ponder Room

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

10 tips for successful event planning (High Tea Party part 2)

Following on from the earlier post about The High Tea Party, here are ten tips I gleaned while chatting to organiser Alison Dean about the upcoming event in Perth. For Part 1 of our chat go to How A Simple Idea Became A National Success

Thanks to High Tea Party


Monday, 18 August 2014

The Hundred-Foot Journey, a delight for the senses and soul

There have been a lot of good food-based movies lately, Chef, The Trip to Italy, and The Lunch Box. Consequently when I first saw the trailer for this movie I was intrigued but had some hesitation. Did we need another food-based movie? Would I be able get over hearing Helen Mirren speaking French? Would it be as good as The Lunch Box? Thankfully it was equally good and very surprising in how it left you feeling.


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

How a simple tea party idea became a national success (The High Tea Party)

Have you ever invited friends around for a tea party? Yes? So you know what's involved … the sandwiches have to be made (no crusts), champers put on ice, children ferreted away and the house cleaned to within an inch of its life. What about holding a High Tea Party for around 25,000 ladies? Then take the whole party across five states of Australia? Now throw in trying to raise $50,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation? Enough? In the run up to the inaugural High Tea Party in Perth, I chatted with creator Alison Dean about how this challenge came to be.

Beautiful strong women at The High Tea Party