This year is flying by. And it’s been full of highs and lows, much like 2016 was for me (and apparently everyone I knew). Maybe it’s as you get older life just gets more serious, more complicated and unfortunately more painful.
My grandfather passed away this week and it broke my heart.
I recently travelled back to Taiwan to reset my head after deciding to move on from my workplace and look for a new challenge; and it was also an opportunity to get back to my roots and see my family. Heading there was bittersweet. It’s been three years since I’d returned, and seeing the serious health decline for my ah kong (grandpa) was devastating. Now only just over a month since I’ve come home we’ve now lost him from our lives – and though I knew it was coming, it really did throw me for a six.
Between starting a new job and Jeremy in the final throws of his practical assessments for work, the house has been a bit in shambles. Not in terms of cleanliness (because if you know me at all, you’ll know I’m a clean freak) but emotionally we’re a bit run down – and this was another contributing factor.
So when my girlfriend Valeria organised an impromptu catch up for Sunday I was pleased for the distraction. For a chance to catch up with her and the other girls (Laura, Ai-Ling and Kira) who were strangely free too (this never happens, we’re a hard bunch to wrangle in) and bring a bit of lightness and love into the weekend. And our brunch at Someday Coffee in Floreat did just that – it was tasty, cozy amid the belting rain outside and restorative for me. Being around loved ones when you’re hurting, it can just mean so much.
Someday’s fit out is beautiful – my kind of joint. It features fresh green plants throughout, and millennial pink accents (definitely appealing to me). There’s a constant stream of people filtering in and out to get takeaway coffee, which I hear is delicious, and a cabinet stocked with cakes, wraps and other bites. Treats from Mary St Bakery are also available for purchase.
Luckily despite the rain we manage to get a table in the corner, which is snug and perfect to curl up and chat while looking over the menu. It’s relatively expansive, so it seems there’s something for everyone.
Between the girls orders include the Mexican beans ($18.00) which come with a baked egg, sautéed zucchini and kale, guacamole and for an extra $3.00, chorizo too; the buddha bowl ($17.00) with sweet potato falafels, red quinoa, zucchini and carrot ribbons, avocado, kale, sauerkraut and more, plus some haloumi on top for an added $5.00; and also the vegan big breakfast ($21.00) with falafel, mushroom, beans, kale and tomato – and to un-veganise it, a cheeky egg included for $3.00.
It all seems fresh and relatively hearty. Simple but tasty, which is the kind of food that appeals to me.
For me, I knew immediately I wanted the forest mushrooms with crispy enoki and haloumi ($19.50). It was a plate of Mary Street Bakery sourdough topped with balsamic, garlic and thyme roasted mushrooms, a couple strips of grilled haloumi, pickled red onion, fresh herbs and a poached egg.
And boy was that egg nice and runny! Check out my yolk porn loving here: Someday Coffee
I really enjoyed the punchy flavour of the mushrooms, which were earthy and garlicky. I would have liked a bit more haloumi for a dish that boasts it as a headliner – but I am a bit greedy when it comes to the squeaky king of cheeses. Or any cheese really.
But all in all, it was a very enjoyable dish and with my matcha mint Community Brew, and beautiful company, I felt myself start to lift again.
Yes, life can throw curveballs at us. And they can hurt so, so bad. But it’s important to continue to thrive; to hold our heads high and remember how wonderful life can be. And when something as simple and humble as a meal can remind us of this, well that reinforces it altogether.