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Shane Quade Dessert Degustation

I actually went to eat this a while ago but life just took over and I hadn’t had the chance to do any food posts till now.  Since this did happen quite a while ago I can’t remember everything in exact detail, but from what I can remember from the night was that it was incredibly memorable.  All desserts were very different from one another and in some desserts nothing was ever as it seemed.

The desserts were intricate, well presented and quite different to anything I had tried before.  Elements had been dehydrated, items were not what they seemed, like a yolk was actually a constructed sugary sac filled with a rich creamy sweet pumpkin sauce or what appeared to be nutmeg was instead a chocolate shell disguised as a nutmeg shell and once cracked oozed a luscious chocolate filling, and so on.

The evening staff were well informed, describing each dish and the elements that made them.  The desserts overall weren’t overly sweet and had  subtle flavours and best of all each dessert always kept me guessing and piqued my curiousity to what and how some of the items were made.  I’m very happy to have experienced such as event and if I get another chance I will definitely attend another one of Shane Quade’s dessert degustions.

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Dukes Coffee Review

Wow it’s been a while since I did a cafe review in a while.  To be honest I’ve got a bit of a back log so I’ll try my best to catch up on some more reviews in the next few weeks.

Dukes Coffee is situated in one of my favourite areas to visit, located in Windsor it is a bustling cafe with a lovely warehouse like interior decked out with metal grids, natural woods and rich red brick with helpful waiters and bathed in natural light.  This place was BUSY when I arrived which was around 1 o’clock in the afternoon and like most popular cafes I had to wait a while until I was able to get a seat.  One thing about going to places by yourself (I usually like to eat alone if I’m reviewing a place) is that they can always squeeze you in somewhere with out waiting too long.  However if you go in a group of maybe 3 or more people it looks like you will be waiting for a good 20-40mins.  I was seated quickly and handed a menu to peruse while I waited for someone to come and take my order.  I waited quite a while but it looked like I wasn’t going to be served anytime soon so I had to flag down a waitress and made my order.  The waitress was extremely helpful to answering some of my questions about the coffee’s they were offering, as I’m still quite a noob when it comes to coffee (so I believe).  She recommended a geisha blend and gave me a good description of it’s flavours as well as helped me in making a decision about whether to get the fish tacos or the goats cheese omelette (i got the fish tacos) and after taking my order promptly headed to the kitchen.  Shortly after I received my aero press geisha coffee, a slightly asian flavoured sweet fruity blended coffee which reminded me alot of the cold drip coffees (except hot) and my fish tacos which looked rather measly but after consumption was quite filling and rather tasty.  The coffee and food was very satisfying, and at a moderate price of $19 AUD you can’t complain.  Downside of things is that it was rather loud, so if you like to eat in silence or a quiet ambience then I would recommend somewhere else.  Dukes Coffee also does their own coffee beans, unfortunately since it was so busy and their website is does not provide any information from what I could gather they do their own roasting.  Overall I would come back again if I was in the area.

Snow Queen Shoot

Some time late last year I did a photoshoot inspired by the story of the ‘Snow Queen’.  Originally this shoot was supposed to take place in autumn last year but due to the other photographers and models busy schedule I had to shift the shooting time to later in December.  Along the way a few things needed to be altered to the design/concept since originally I had come up with the idea in autumn, the concept consisted of more layers, furs, jewellery and such.   Unfortunately since the shoot was moved to December (which by then we were experiencing summer) alterations had to be made to the initial idea so I had to come up with a new substitute for the shoot.  Over the last weeks of putting everything together we finally did the shoot on a lovely hot 36 degree day and after several hours of make up and styling we got our shots in under an hour.

Thanks goes to Siera who was my lovely model and to the incredible Marina Pi who did the hair and make up on the day.

Phew it was a long day but had lots of fun with great company and good times.  Below are some BTS shots as well as the final shots from the day.  Enjoy!!!

The very first image is the concept for the snow queen’s make up and feel, digital artwork done by myself for make up artists reference.

Australian Academy of Design 2012 Grad show Part 2

So last week I posted the first part of the the Australian Academy of Design Grad show which you can see here.  Just updating this post with some of the other stand out (in my opinion) designers on the night as well as some shots on the day.  Unfortunately I could not remember all the designers name but have categorised it so that all the collections by the respective designer are together.  Short and sweet post as I’ll be updating again soon with my most recent photo shoot 🙂

Australian Academy of Design 2012 Grad show

Hello all and welcome back to the first blog post of the year.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday over the Christmas and New Year’s break and are looking forward to the wonderful exciting year we have ahead of us.  Sorry for the long absence but I was on holiday back in Perth visiting friends and family so in order to make up for my tardiness I’ll be uploading a few more posts then usual in the next few weeks.

Now that the little intro is over onto what this blog post is really about.  The fashions!!!

So before I left for my Perth holiday I was invited to attend AAD’s (Australian Academy of Design) Graduation show.  This show did not only comprise of just fashion but also showcased the schools other departments such as Graphic Design, Advertising, Photography and Visual Arts.  I mostly focused on the fashion showcase as I was acting as a guest photographer for my friend Anna Cabral,who was the schools Fashion Events Intern and had helped to organise the show.  I went back stage and snapped a couple of “Behind the Scenes” shots amongst the flurry of nervous students and busy make up and hair crew and soon after settled myself in the photographer’s pit for the show to begin.

Amongst the young designers were a few stand outs, one in particular which I’m quite fond of was Joseph Jang’s designs.  His textiles are just amazing and his garment designs are absolutely gorgeous and are immaculately constructed.  I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of his collections in the future to see where this young talent goes.

The night ended with much applause for all the hard working designers and after a long night of running back and forth from behind stage and to and from the photography pit it was time to call it a night since the next morning myself and Anna had a whole day of shooting with our close photographer friends Neil Creek and Elias Lopez (both pretty much my mentors when it come to photography).

I’ll be breaking up this post into 2 parts , the second one I’ll update again with the other students designs sometime this week as there was just too much to post and this would have gone on forever.  So look forward to part 2 within the next couple of days.

Gothic Shoot

Hello everyone and happy holidays!  I hope your looking forward to them as much as I have.  It’s been a busy 3 weeks with one shoot after the next but it’s all been worth it.

About 2 weeks ago I shot a gothic themed shoot with an elegant, aristocratic vampire feel in mind.  Probably not the best idea shooting in summer but luckily we copt a break as the maximum on the day was about 24 degrees so it wasn’t too bad.  This shoot was done straight after the “Mori Kei” shoot which was it’s polar opposite so lighting, make up, wardrobe was significantly different from the week before.  For those who may not be familiar with the whole gothic/aristocrat style it basically consists of dark colours, simple designs with delicate detailing such as ruffles or lace trimmings and heavily pulls influence from the Neo-gothic period or AKA the Victorian Gothic period.  Make up was done by the ever talented Anna who I have worked with several times and mentioned most likely quite a bit on this blog and models are Julianne and Jorge.  Thanks to this wonderful team for making this shoot possible and now onto the lucky last one which I’ll most likely post a little later due to christmas.  Have a happy holidays!

Review: Penny Farthing Expresso

Located in Northcoate I decided to give this place a go as I hadn’t tried too many cafes outside of the city area.  The place is located on a busy street amongst a collection of other cafes that looked equally delectable so I must definitely return to this area to sample the other offerings the Northcoate suburb has to offer.  Upon approaching the cafe it was quite busy, it was a beautiful day so it looked like alot of the locals had the same idea as me and decided to venture out into the beautiful weather.  After approaching the counter (because no one greets you or indicates to you to have a seat) I was made to wait for the waiter to finish his conversation about micro brewery beer and what he had been listening to most recently with his coffee drinking friend.  After awkwardly standing there for a good couple of minutes I was finally welcomed with a “Can I help you?” and I asked him if there were any seats available as most of the place appeared to be packed.  He said he would check the back and upon returning went about his business making coffee.   After a few moments of waiting he looked up confused and asked me “If everything was alright?” I reminded him about the table for me and he replied casually “Yeah there’s some in the back go on through”.  Noting down the awful service in the beginning of the day I decided to plod on through, maybe all the other waiters and waitresses weren’t this awful.  Finally after dodging other wait staff through a narrow corridor I found myself a seat and flagged down a waitress to request the menu.  The waitress was not as bad as the first one but struggled with some questions I had about the coffees.  I made my order and after a few moments received my coffee and breakfast.

I ordered the fig, caramelised onion and bacon chutney served on sourdough with poached eggs and roquette with one of their special blend coffees.  The roquette was of poor quality not offering the bitey nutty flavour that usual comes with it.  The chutney was not what I was expecting and was overall much too sweet and dry for a chutney.  A single lemon wedge offered, provided to lift the dish was pathetic and all dried up.  Bread and eggs were nice but where it counted it didn’t deliver.  

Overall the combination of ingredients could have worked better if more thought and care was put into it.  Coffee was nice but I won’t say it was anything special as I can get just as good a cup at anyone of the other cafes I frequent with much better service provided.  Cost wise in my opinion is a little over priced, I didn’t feel as it was worth the money I spent and ambience was loud and felt as I needed to hurry up, eat and get out.  Spacing is an issue in this place as there isnt much of it especially in the back where I was seated and the overall noise and confined space left me feeling uncomfortable and far from relaxed.

I usually don’t recommend to not attend a place but if you do end up in the Northcoate area I would recommend trying some where else.  If you do go into Penny Farthing Expresso maybe just get a coffee for take away.


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