About Me

Who are you?

My name is Charmaine (hence the Char in the blog title), and I am a foodie based in Perth, Western Australia. I spent my childhood in Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia, and my adult life in Perth.

I married another foodie, and we fight each other for control of our kitchen, eat interesting things and embarrass each other while we take photos of our food in public.

“Feed the Char” is my husband’s motto, as we discovered long ago that I’m happier when I’m fed and un-hangry.

I believe that food is art and expression, and the best kind of food elevates the experience of eating into something truly divine.


Why blog?

This blog started as a chronicle of my various food experiences around Perth and beyond, and also a long overdue way to work through the many food photos I have accumulated on my phone. Over time, it’s evolved into a food, cooking, recipe, lifestyle and travel-ish blog.

I’m also currently taking an indefinite career break from IT to deal with severe burnout, and writing this blog is part of my strategy to keep a steady routine for myself while I focus on getting better. Blogging here also helps me hone my writing and photography skills, and acts as my writing/photography portfolio while I transition into freelance writing for a living.


What is your review policy?

I mean what I write. Everything posted is an accurate reflection of what I felt about the meal and the restaurant.

All meals have been paid for by myself.

If you are a business and would like me to review your place, I am happy to do so.

However, I reserve the right to write a review that I truly believe in, whether it be good or bad, or to not write anything at all. This is to ensure that my reviews retain their integrity.


Do you have any children?

One guinea pig and one dog. They are my children and no one can tell me otherwise!


Where else can I find you?

All my published writing is currently listed on www.CharmaineHon.com.

My food Instagram (@feedthechar) tends to get updated with food photos a lot more frequently than I post here.

I also post my other photography to a second Instagram account (@charmaine_hon). However, I’m starting to regret splitting my photography into two accounts, so @feedthechar is still my primary account.


I want to say hello!

You can get in touch with me here.


Who shoots the photographs on this blog?

All photographs on this blog are taken by me or my husband, but mostly by me.

I’m still learning how to be a better photographer, so please bear with me as I strive to get there.


What gear do you use?

  • iPhone 6 built-in camera (RIP)
  • Olympus XZ-1 (Retired)
  • iPhone 8 Plus built-in camera
  • Olympus OMD-EM10 Mark II
    • 14-42 mm and 40-150mm kit lenses
    • 25 mm (this is the primary food photography lens)
    • 45 mm