FERVOR

Have you ever enjoyed a degustation dinner before? Pretty good aren’t they? So many courses, so many flavours, an extensive range of ingredients being used… some you have heard of and some possibly not. You feel all fancy and suddenly you’re at expert food connoisseur level going over every detail with your dinner companions like you’re a judge on one of those cooking shows. Minus the cravat, of course.

BUT! Have you ever experienced an amazing degustation dinner, on a salt lake, in the middle of nowhere, under the stars?

Didn’t think so.

Yep that’s us, about to be served a stunning ten course degustation dinner by the incredible Fervor team. If you’re a bit jealous then join the queue. There was only a handful of us lucky punters who scored a ticket to this event and by golly I’m glad we didn’t mess about.

For those who haven’t heard, Fervor are a team of passionate foodies who create unique pop-up dining experiences, using locally sourced produce, throughout Western Australia. They are led by the one and only Yoda, real name Paul Iskov but I’m pretty sure only his parents call him that… maybe when he’s in trouble. Yoda’s experience as a chef reads like a map of the world with acclaimed restaurants such as Amuse (Perth), Vue De Monde (Melbourne), Pujol (Mexico City), Noma (Copenhagen), COI (San Francisco) and D.O.M. (São Paulo) all listed on his resume. Yoda has created an absolute monster with Fervor as their dining experiences are becoming increasingly popular around the state.

These guys have literally popped up everywhere, from sunny Broome to Karratha and Karijini in the north, through the dusty middle in Mukinbudin and Dalwallinu and all the way to the crisp bottom of the state in Albany and Denmark. Their events have become known as a must-do, if you can manage to score a ticket before it sells out.

The dinner we attended was at Turtle Rock, 20kms from the nearest town, Mukinbudin, in WA’s wheatbelt region. It was like something out of a movie. The vast landscape, the sun setting in the distance, it was pure magic. We arrived at 5pm for pre-dinner drinks and canapes which consisted of crocodile chorizo, emu salami, mussels and yabbies, all paired nicely with a glass of lemongrass beer, which is brewed by a local farmer. All produce Fervor use is foraged from the region where the dinner takes place, which makes these events even more special as you get to experience local flavours that you wouldn’t normally get to taste. They select fresh ingredients and pair them together in such a unique way that you wouldn’t realise you’re actually eating an animal from our coat of arms. Yes, the emu salami was delicious.

20160910_173024

Emu salami

As the sun was setting we took our places at the tables and settled in for the main event. The tables were set with wildflowers from the region. The fire was cranking. Red wine in hand. I think this is the part where I type #bliss or #lifesgood or #shityeahbestnighteverrrr … or something along those lines.

The “kitchen” set up was right next to us so we could see the guys prepping each dish. They encouraged us to come forward between courses to watch them plate up and do their thang. It’s amazing what you can do from the back of a ute! The guys had it down pat and didn’t falter on a thing.

The master, Yoda, at work. Image via @boxoftomatoes

The master, Yoda, at work.
Image via @boxoftomatoes

As I mentioned, this was a ten course dinner. So I won’t run through the entire menu and every dish in minute detail as I’m sure you have a lot of things to do today. But I do have lots of photos to share. Not of every dish though as it seems as though I forgot to snap a few courses. I blame my lack of photos and concentration on the lovely bottle of red that accompanied my dinner. So I have included a few photos below for your enjoyment…

 

20160910_201933

Kangaroo

20160910_173202

Yabbies

Fervor

Lemongrass meringue

Fervor

Sunrise lime sorbet with ants

Fervor

Honey ice cream with wattle seed curd

Here’s a peek of the menu so you can see the courses we enjoyed. Each course is noted by only certain components used and doesn’t list everything in each dish… if it did then the menu would be as big as Matt Preston’s cravat collection. But trust me, whatever they used created incredible flavour combinations in each individual dish.

Fervor

After all that, we finished the night with a treat of marshmallows which we toasted over the open fire and some de-LISH little morsels of heaven (also known as chocolate fudge). Bloody sensational way to end it all I must say!

Marshmallows and chocolate fudge

Marshmallows and chocolate fudge

With our bellies full and in complete awe of what we just experienced, we started the drive back to town, all the while debating on which dish was the best. As you can guess there was no clear winner as each dish was a standout in it’s own right. Hands down the most amazing menu I’ve ever enjoyed.

Fervor

Peeps, if you ever get the chance to get to one of these dinners then do it without a second thought. With the Fervor team still out and about at the moment I highly recommend signing up to their mailing list so you are in the know about upcoming events and where to find the team next. Check it all out at www.fervor.com.au

You can also follow the guys on Instagram and Facebook for updates so get cracking and hit them up.

Now, where can I buy that cravat from…

Blog Society

If you are a business owner or serious about your blogging, have you ever thought to pay more attention to your online marketing and social media situation? If you answered “not really…” then you need to take a good hard look at yourself… and immediately follow Blog Society to learn more about these tricky little subjects and how they can do wonders for your brand.

I recently completed Blog Society’s Digital Bravery e-course, which is essential for anyone wanting to seriously ramp up their online presence, whether it be to drive more traffic to your site or to increase sales. Whilst I’m not a business owner I am however interested in social media and the digital world and how it can impact your blog or business.

I found Blog Society via Facebook and Instagram and upon following their pages I was instantly drawn to their style and wanted learn more about the digital marketing world. When the recent round of their e-course became open for enrolment I didn’t hesitate to sign up. The course runs for 4 weeks with a new module being released each week. Plus, an additional 2 weeks of study break is included to let students catch up if they’re behind on any module. This is perfect as I work full time (no kids but I do have a cat, same thing right?) which meant I could do the course at my own pace whenever I wanted. Even with the cat sitting on my laptop.

Each module is full of SO MUCH juicy information it will make your head spin – in a good way! If you’re like me and you get excited over the nitty gritty bits then you will absolutely love the course material. It’s all really easy to follow plus there are workbooks accompanying each module to complete along the way. These encouraged me think outside the box, asking the right questions and making it applicable to my blog. There was also a few magical “a-ha” moments which made me see things in a new light and had me scribbling notes and making changes to my site along the way.

Upon becoming a student of Blog Society you are also granted access to a private Facebook group full of current and past students of the Digital Bravery e-course. Having access to this group alone is an awesome benefit as it allows you to chat with like-minded people who can give advice on topics and encouraging feedback on your website if you wish to put yourself out there.

Blog Society owner Jaclyn Carlson is a huge asset in the Facebook group too, offering advice and encouraging students to be brave and step out of their comfort zones by asking questions and getting involved in the community. This is a really important step as if you’re not actively participating online in any aspect then you won’t be seen or heard when needed most. Talking in the group makes it easier to take that first step of being active online. Jaclyn also offers the opportunity to contact her directly throughout the course with any specific questions or problems you may have with the modules. I find this approach quite comforting as you know you don’t have to just give up if you’re finding it difficult to understand.

 

I’m pretty stoked to have all these new bubbles of information in my head and I’m quite excited to put it all to good use. Even though the e-course is finished I still have all the materials to refer back to when I need it, which is a major plus as I’m sure I’ll need to refresh my brain on a couple of things again sometime soon! Based on my experience, I would highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to further their knowledge on the digital world. If you’re a small business owner or getting serious about your blogging, then you need to do this course. It’s a must if you are struggling to figure out the confusing world of social media or if you’re not a full bottle on branding, marketing or SEO – these are all very important and vastly different areas of your business that need to all be working together to get the best result for your brand.

If you want to feel confident, informed and have a renewed excitement for the online world then this course has to be top of your list.

Go on. Be brave. Be inspired.

The next round of Digital Bravery starts Monday 17th October and it’s one thing I cannot recommend enough for bloggers and small business owners. Click here to sign up to become a graduate of  their course.

Go-To Skincare

Go-To Skincare has quite possibly some of the most amazing skincare products I’ve ever used. Created by the magnificent Zoë Foster-Blake (aka Queen Zoë) this product range is all natural and cruelty free, which are two very good reasons to use their goods, but I do know that sometimes it is hard to try a new product for fear it may wreak havoc with your skin. Whilst I understand that everyone is different, I’ve kindly done a little note on each product for you in case you needed a little bit more persuasion. If you want to smell incredible and have fabulous looking skin then read on dear friends and jump on through to the Go-To website when you are ready to take the purchase plunge.

EXFOLIATING SWIPEYS

Go-To Skincare Exfoliating Swipeys

I used to hate exfoliating. I could never find a product that wasn’t harsh on my skin, everything I used was too rough or made me break out. Plus, I used to think I don’t want no scrub, a scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me, hanging out the passenger side of his best friends ride, tryin to holler at me. Amiright, TLC? But Exfoliating Swipeys showed me the good scrub! This is the only exfoliant I will use now. These wipes are super gentle and I literally just swipe all over my face now without ruining my skin. Remember kids, as Queen Zoë says, do this after cleansing and don’t swipe more than 3 times a week. Simples.

Get your scrub on here.

EXCEPTIONOIL

Go-To Skincare Exceptionoil

I could go on for daaaays about how good this little lass is! Quite possibly the best product ever to be created (apart from Ice Magic of course but we’ll do a story on that another day). Not only does Exceptionoil immediately make you think you’re on a tropical holiday with the divine Monoi de Tahiti fragrance but it is so versatile you can use it all over your body. I mainly use it on my sexy bod-ay for moisturising when I’m feeling particularly dry (especially in winter) or on dry elbows, heels and my hands, giving my cuticles a good whack of nourishment whilst I’m at it. Popping a sneaky little bit on the ends of your hair for an extra bit of conditioning is also definitely encouraged. Exceptionoil is a great travel buddy too. She came with me on my travels throughout Europe and she was so polite the whole time – making my skin feel delicious each day, helping me when I caught a bit too much sun, teaming up with wine and cheekily encouraging me to go skinny dipping even when my boyfriend said I shouldn’t… ah the memories.

Get oiled up here, now!

FACE HERO

Go-To Skincare Face Hero

The name speaks for itself really, this guy is here to save your face. This is a must have. I use Face Hero underneath my moisturiser in the morning to give my skin an extra boost. Use this gem at night too and you can also add a few drops in with your moisturiser in case you’re short on time (so basically no excuses, peeps!) In winter, when your skin is feeling particularly dry and you need just a little extra somthin’ somethin’ to make it glow, Face Hero is perfect. It hydrates the shit out of your face and fights to keep away baddies like dark spots and fine lines. My hero! *swoon* Highly recommended, my friends.

I need a hero, get me to the site! I also want to listen to the hero song.

(PINKY-NUDEY) LIPS!

Go-To Skincare (Pinky-Nudey) Lips!

This is a second version of Go-To Skincare’s original Lips! product. The original is a fabulous and hydrating lip balm with a hint of shine but Queen Zoë came up with another idea cos she is a sassy little minx and likes to keep us looking amazing. (Pinky-Nudey) Lips! has the same basis as Lips! but it has (as its name suggests) a pinky-nudey tint to it. Crazy, I know! It’s got a shiteload more amazing ingredients in it to keep your lips nourished plus it has SPF 15 in it which we all know is very important. I’m using this constantly and even though I have to stop myself from licking my lips cos it’s so damn tasty I love having soft and fabulous lips to kiss my boyfriend with (eewww boy germs!)

Get your lip lovin’ here.

VERY USEFUL FACE CREAM

Image via Go-To Skincare

Image via Go-To Skincare

Whilst I’m all out of this product at the moment (so she’s not featured in my main photo) I can highly recommend this one for a nourishing night cream that will make all your dreams come true… well, not really, but she will give your skin loads of goodness and hydration whilst you dream about Chris Hemsworth as she’s full of the all-important anti-oxidents that we need to keep our skin supple and fresh. I don’t use her as my day cream as I prefer to use a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it but you can use Very Useful Face Cream plus a physical sunscreen on top of it if you wish to use in the AM – this nugget of gold is direct from the horse’s mouth, legit! Check it out here if you don’t believe me..

I need dreamy skin at night, take me to the site!

PROPERLY CLEAN

Go-To Skincare Properly Clean

This guy, what an absolute legend. Properly Clean gets the award for being the ultimate multi-tasker – being tough to remove makeup but also being a big ol’ softie on my skin. I use PC (that’s his gang name) every day in the shower, once in the morning to get rid of my night cream and again in the evening to take off my make-up – it removes everything! Now, I don’t wear a lot of make-up every day, mainly just concealer, mascara and bronzer and occasionally some eye liner if I’m feeling able to draw a straight line. Some of you might think that it won’t get off all the other gunk like eyeshadow, foundation, powder, false eyelashes that have stuck to your face from the night before. But yes I can attest that it certainly does get rid of everrryything. But not your bad decisions from that night, no sorry you’ll have to do several hail Mary’s to undo that stuff. If you feel the need to do two rounds of PC to make sure you’ve got it all off then go for it. Get on board and make your daily routine even easier with PC.

Yes please I want to be in the gang!

So kids, don’t forget a healthy skin care regime is very important, almost as important as multiple jugs of sangria on your birthday. The above product reviews are my own and any advice I’ve given has been from my own experience plus tips I have read from the Go-To Skincare website. And remember – all skin types are different but must be loved equally. Do what’s best for your own skin as what works for me could be different for you. But definitely show your skin some love, it’s the only one you’ve got.