T’was a quiet night on Christmas Eve in Perth. Too quiet and empty that you thought you might start seeing cartoonish hay balls rolling along the streets. Stan and I spent our last Christmas Eve in Japan and unlike Perth, every shops and street corners were bustling with convenience store staff all decked out in Christmas costumes and gears, selling strawberry shortcakes and fried chicken; Christmas songs were blasted in almost every shop’s speakers; and everyone was lining up to buy Christmas themed foods home to celebrate with their loved ones or friends and family. Anyway, enough bantering for now. For this Christmas eve, Stan and I decided to have a nice dinner in the city. As the title of this blog post has ‘hinted’, no it is not a giant roast turkey dinner, instead, we had Japanese food at Edosei.
Our obsession with long train trips and onsens continued and we decided to go on a day trip to visit Arima Onsen, just north of Kobe. We booked a day stay at a onsen including a 5 – 6 course lunch – including Sashimi, Kobe beef, Tempura among many others, and a dip in their famous sulphur onsens.
There’s nothing like having your boyfriend rewarding you with a pleasant brunch after an entire month of hardwork on major assignments. Despite living quite close to Hampden road, Stan and I have never taken notice of the cafes along that area. After goggling and a little bit of brainstorming, Stan decided that we should try out Santi’s cafe. Just next to a pharmacy, Santi’s cafe is one of the couple of quaint cafes that have popped up under our noses over the years. The cafe is busy throughout the week but not to the point where you have to wait for almost 2 hours to get a seat like most other popular cafes in Perth. With baby blue as the main colour scheme, the cafe has a vintage modern touch to it.