Doing what I love, all the time

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After two years of juggling my day job, burger boy & I’s business and foodie cravings, I decided to focus my 100% to do what I love, all the time.

For those of you who have been following my food blog, you’ll know that burger boy and I took the plunge almost two years ago to join the Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar family and open our store in Mount Lawley. It was nerve wrecking at the time, as we both didn’t have any food experience and we knew little about running our own business. From the fit-out delays to finding the perfect team and the long hours – it’s been a long and rewarding journey.

This decision didn’t come easy as I loved my day job (of four years), I’ve made some awesome friends and it’s pretty cool to have the Perth CBD at my office’s doorstep. Finding a good coffee isn’t hard with Lowdown Espresso Bar downstairs, Velvet around the corner and @Panache across the road. I knew it was meant to be when the Lowdown Espresso brothers said they were opening a second store called BossMan located conveniently around the corner from our Crust near Cantina 663 in Mount Lawley.

In all seriousness, my decision to make the move from the corporate sector to the Perth hospitality scene full-time all came about when our pizza maker Karina was to flown to the Gold Coast to compete in Crust’s National Pizza Competition.

Karina’s White Chocolate and Raspberry Tart featured below won the state round and she came second nationally out of 100+ stores. burger boy and I were proud parents to say the least…

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It’s also customer fan mail like this which made me realise I want to do what I love, all the time…

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So last week was my first official week where my 100% focus was on burger boy’s and I’s Crust and the blog. It did feel a bit odd last Monday, not needing to get up early before the day job to respond to emails and schedule Crust business meetings after the day job. It didn’t take me long to settle in though, this was my Tuesday…

Beach

I soon discovered that most of my favourite places to go for fish and chips were only open in the evenings…

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Next time I’ll be heading to a beach near the Groper’s and his wife which I hear are open during the day.

I’m loving the flexibility to schedule meetings when I want, work in the comfort of my own home and to have the energy to work in the business in the evenings.

With Beaufort Street Festival coming up again (program just launched this week), I’ve been busy curating pizza competitions for the food stage. If you’re going to be at the Beaufort Street Festival, Perth comedian Colin Ebsworth will be on-stage from 4:20 – 4:40pm and he’ll be looking for contestants from the crowd for a pizza box treasure hunt, pizza box tower and pizza eating competition. Send me an email if you’re keen to get involved as I’ll be locking in some contestants by the 10 November too. Colin Ebsworth with his fellow Perth comedians Sarah Furtner and Adam Peter Scott had performed at our Crust – check out this video if you feel like a few laughs, we were worried our bench was going to break.

Back at our store on the corner of Walcott St, we’re going to have an astro turf chill-out lounge with free Wifi thanks to Freedom Wifi, keg chairs and a Crust $10 nine-inch pizza & drink festival offer.

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And this super cool Upper Crust Bike will also be doing sampling at the festival (yep it moves).

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So from now on, you’ll find more Perth eats and drinks outside of the Perth CBD featured on foodie cravings and also posts at all hours as I’ll be working nights at burger boy and I’s Crust 🙂

A blog post featuring my farewell lunch at The Stables Bar and drinks at Lalla Rookh will be coming soon.

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I have foodie cravings all the time and sometimes at very odd hours, hence the name of this food blog, where I share my love for Perth food, writing and interviews with inspirational foodies who have made their mark in the food scene. I also own Crust Mount Lawley with my burger eating half burger boy and have a mini me who eats all my food, she goes by the name junior burger on the blog :)

18 Comments

  1. Congratulations babe!!! Well deserved and rightly so! I am so happy you get to sleep in n not have to run for the bus ever again lol I know what a big decision this must be for you but I'm sure u quickly realised it was the right one when you are spending your days eating scrumptious food, basking in the sun and reading novels during work hours!!! Look forward to hearing and seeing more of your foodie adventures! Xox
  2. MXR - I remember when you first kicked off with Crust, what a journey! Congratulations in following your passion, you and burger boy deserve every success. Keep up the posts! Xx
  3. Congrats on continuing to build this business and making a mark on the Mount Lawley strip. It needed a great pizza place with a great personality behind it :) Hope it all went well at the Beaufort St Fest!

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