A Brunch: Typika Artisan Roasters

A couple of weeks ago, I went with two of my highschool friends to Typika Artisan Roasters at Claremont. The place is a little tucked away but very close to Claremont Quarter. We all wanted to try a few different things so we decided to order 3 meals from their lunch menu and share it between the three of us.

My main worry when ordering at a relatively western restaurants or cafes is the taste. I grew up in Asia and I am very used to stronger tastes and western cooking usually taste a little bland to me. However, this worry was a useless one at Typika! The presentation of their dishes is definitely very nice and I love all three of the dishes that we ordered.

Here’s what we got:

Pork and Crab Gyoza at Typika Artisan Roasters

Pork and Crab Gyoza $16.00

Free-range pork and Shark Bay Blue Swimmer Crab fried and steamed dumplings with a soy and red vinegar dipping sauce.

The gyoza is definitely delicious and I’d go back and eat it though I don’t think it is at all Japanese nor if it is supposed to be real Japanese gyoza. It’s yummy and that’s all I care about.
Pulled Pork Quesadillas at Typika Artisan Roasters

Pulled Pork Quesadillas $20.00

Shoulder of pork, marinated in spices and slow cooked in sarsparilla, shredded and served in a grilled tortilla with cheddar and BBQ sauce, accompanied by a BBQ corn, capsicum and avocado salsa.

This is the first time I have tried anything like this. The shredded pork is so fine, soft and smooth that the texture reminded me of canned tuna – in a good way (I love tuna!). The taste is sweet and I am hungry just thinking about it now.

Petite Steak Sandwiches at Typika Artisan Roasters

Petite Steak Sandwiches $25.00

Three mini steak sandwiches on garlic croutes, succulent grilled fillet steak, cream cheese, bacon, asparagus and harissa hollandaise, served with beer battered onion rings and aioli.

Yet another yummy dish. All I can say is yum yum yum.

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I would definitely go back to this place. Although the price is a little high for me to visit and eat often but it’ll be somewhere to go to for when I feel a little fancy.

Have you been to Typika?

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

Glad I have you: Leather Puncher

Hello lovely smiles,

Leather puncher in its packaging

Leather puncher in its packaging

About a month ago, as some of you might remember, I bought an AUD$1 belt at a sale about a month ago and they were way too big for me. I talked about getting a leather puncher so I can customise the belt to my size. Well, I’m telling you today I’m glad I decided to buy this little gadget! Now, I can surf the sales all I want and since my size is normally the one that is gone first (XS/S) and therefore found it hard to buy belts on crazy sales in the past. Now, I can buy larger belt sizes and will still be able to wear them!

If you are petite in build like me, then I definitely recommend this investment. I suggest buying the revolving one with multiple sized “punchers” (for lack of a better word – I don’t know what you’d call them) since different belts will require different sizes. Especially those fastened with a push button.

I researched DIY alternatives and they are very tedious, uncertain and the results are not satisfying at all! (messy, rough, etc) Trust me, $10 will be paid back in a flash! (e.g. I recently bought a supposedly $14 belt for $1 which was too big and I had to punch a few extra holes with my leather puncher at home. Now, I think by having the leather puncher, I saved $13 — BAM! Leather puncher paid back.)

Revolving leather puncher - multi-sized puncher

Revolving leather puncher – multi-sized puncher

A great tip if you are in AustraliaDO NOT buy this from Spotlight. I tried finding something like this there and it costs AUD$25+. I luckily went to Bunnings (a home-improvement/hardware store) shortly after and found this one that I bought for a little less than AUD$10.

Leather puncher packaging

Leather puncher packaging

I also searched online and found nothing worthy of buying less than $8. And that didn’t include shipping either. The wait times for delivery and such were around 1 month. Totally would have costed me more than $10.

hole comparisons

Holes originally on the belt vs holes I made using the Leather Puncher

UPDATED: here is the hole comparisons – original holes vs punched holes. In my opinion the holes are really neat and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference unless you stare at them really well. With my black belt, I had to make the hole bigger since I didn’t want to even attempt to make the slits.

If you would like to use this, then make sure you start from a hole that is a little smaller in size than what you think it might be. If you made a mistake in judging, you can always go bigger, but not smaller.

So that is all smileys, I hope you found this useful!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita