Friday, 29 August 2014
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.
Monday, 25 August 2014
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 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
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
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.
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Wednesday, 13 August 2014
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|
Monday, 11 August 2014
With the Perth Fashion Festival just around the corner it’s timely that the Art Gallery of WA is exhibiting the works of American photographer Richard Avedon, the man who has been called the ‘most significant portraiture photographer of his time’, and responsible for changing the face of fashion photography. While it was wonderful to see his portraitures of celebrities and influential people, there was something else that stopped me in my tracks.
|Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris August 1955|
Photograph by Richard Avedon
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