Taylors Art and Coffee House – Middle Swan

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Taylors Art & Coffee House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I’d heard great things about Taylors and have been keen to try the Swan Valley brunch spot for some time. Taylors Art and Coffee House is found in a rustic building, which has charming little nooks to sit in – like a corrugated iron water tank – it feels like you could be in an outback oasis.New Image

As well as the café, you’ll find quality arts and crafts there to buy.IMG_1528

It was a very hot day so we opted to sit inside. While we waited for all of our friends to arrive, I slurped on a deliciously refreshing beet and veg juice. IMG_1517

Kez had the smashed avo, $16. This was a tasty version of the breakfast staple. Smashed avocado sits on rye with fresh tomato, crumbled feta, balsamic and a free range poached egg.IMG_1526

Kimie chose the gluten free version of the brekkie sandwich, $16. She also added a couple of sausages on the side. Kim soon realised this wasn’t necessary as there are two rounds of sandwiches! The sarnies are brimming with bacon, eggs, tomato relish and cheddar cheese. Yummo!IMG_1525

I ordered the cornbread, $22 served with tasty chipotle butter. It is topped with guacamole, dressed greens and a free range poached egg. There’s an option to add bacon for an extra $8 and of course I couldn’t resist! The egg was perfectly gooey and the bacon slightly crisp. I ooo-ed and yumm-ed my way through this dish – it’s very very tasty! I’d have it again in a heartbeat!IMG_1524

The kids are spoiled for choice too with a decent kids menu for breakfast and lunch. There’s also a large sandpit in the outside dining courtyard – but it was far too hot for that! Miss M had a 2 Pancake stack with maple syrup, banana, strawberries, cream & icing sugar, $12.IMG_1522Little Chef enjoyed his bacon, scrambled eggs & toast $9. The portions served for kids meals can vary a lot and I thought at Taylors these are very generous.IMG_1527

All in all we enjoyed Taylors and I’d absolutely go there again. Hopefully we’ll visit on a cooler day so we can sit outside and enjoy a hot coffee with brunch. The food is excellent and well priced too. Recommended!IMG_1529

 

Celtic Kitchen – Joondalup

IMG_1861It’s no secret that Joondalup is also known as Little Britain. It’s home to thousands of ex-pats loving the white sandy beaches and year round sunshine. You’ll find many British themed spots in the area – that the Poms in Perth flock to – like the Great British Chippy, The Boat, The Duke and more. Another such spot has arrived in Joondalup, next door but one to Paddy Malones Irish Bar.IMG_1761

Co owners, brothers Dave and Karl are from Cornwall. Fitting then that traditional Cornish pasties feature on their menu. They also make sausage rolls, bread, pies, pasties, Scotch eggs and desserts daily. The local Irish community will love their freshly baked soda bread, bacon and cabbage pies and traditional Irish fry-ups too!IMG_1760

We popped by for a weekend fry-up. Chef chose the “Full Irish”, a generous serve of pork sausage and black and white pudding from McLoughlin Butchers, beans, bacon, potato and a fried egg.IMG_1753

Oh and on the side was some a slice of regular toast and a slice of soda bread too. All that and a cup of tea or coffee for $18.50.IMG_1757

The thought of a greasy fry up was very tempting (mmmm bacon!), but I am trying to be healthy! So I opted for the homemade granola with fruit salad, honey and yogurt. It was presented in a cute jar, which looked great, but not 100% practical when it came to fishing out large chunks of melon. The granola was nicely toasted and tasty.IMG_1755

There isn’t a children’s menu, but the friendly people at Celtic Kitchen were happy to make a little something for Little Chef. He was stoked with a bacon and egg sarnie and gobbled it down in no time.IMG_1752

On my way out I spied all the baked savoury pastries and made a promise to myself I’d have to come back for lunch. A few days later, I popped in for a pork and apple sausage roll. The house made meat was delicious and encased in a golden pastry. On the side was some sharp cheddar and a bit of Bramston pickle. Lovely Jubbly!IMG_1858

I’ll be back for a pasty for sure. Check out Celtic Kitchen, for breakfast and lunch – they also sell their baked goods at Eden Beach Farmers Market.IMG_1763

Inglewood on Beaufort – Monday Night Markets

IMG_1800Everybody gets Monday-itis… Poor Monday is the most unloved day of the week – from which Friday just seems so far away! I’ve discovered a reason to LOVE Mondays in Perth! Inglewood on Beaufort is a night market that’s held each and every Monday night from 6pm – August till March.IMG_1823

Both sides of Beaufort Street between Sixth Avenue and Dundas Road are lined with a mix of food trucks and hawker food stalls, with a couple of craft and fresh produce stalls too.IMG_1805

We started our foodie trail at the city end, near Mondos Butchers and walked up one side of the street then down the other side on the way back. It’s a nice stroll, not a great distance for little people and there’s lots of live music along the way adding to the atmosphere.

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Admittedly, I did have my food blinkers on a little as I was on a mission to find hummus. I’ve met the lovely people behind the Hummus Club at a few foodie events. I’ve had scrumptious little samples of their food and been desperado to try a proper sized portion for a long time!IMG_1799

It was totally worth the wait. I savoured the Club Mix – which is a  mix of all their favourites- a generous serve of hummus, fluffy falafels, a middle eastern salad with a pomegranate dressing and fresh pita. I had a little chili sauce on the side too which gave a spicy kick. The delish dinner was washed down with their refreshing pomegranate lemonade. Find the Hummus Club at their Trinity Arcade pop up in the CBD and Friday Hawkers market in the city too.

Little Chef chose a woodfired pizza ($15) from Porta Pizza. Just like Daddy, he chose his favourite topping Meatlovers, fresh leg ham, Italian sausage and bacon.IMG_1802

There’s a huge choice of cuisines from all around the world…

This fresh seafood paella from KQ Spanish food looked amazing!IMG_1810

And what a mouth-watering  mountain of meat at El Argentino!IMG_1806

You’ll also find:

  • Soup from Suppa Club
  • Columbian empanadas from Marcelita’s
  • Dutch pancakes from Café Oranjeaus
  • Gourmet toasted sandwiches from Grilled To The Mac
  • Arabic Rice and more from Meast (Middle Eastern Street Food)
  • Freshly baked bread from New Nocia Bakery
  • Indian treats from Bollygood Foods
  • Bratwaurst from Antons
  • Meat, meat and more meat by EL Argentino
  • Chilean delights by La Fuente
  • Coffee from Coastal Coffee
  • Chilli Dawgs and more at Smokin BBQ Bus
  • Handmade marshmallow from Mashmalloz
  • Asian eats by Bangkok Jump Street
  • Moroccan Food by Shak Shuk

I’ve hardly even scratched the surface. There is SO MUCH more food too! Wether you have a savoury appetite…IMG_1828

or sweet tooth there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.IMG_1809

Heading back to the car, Little Chef bought a choc mint ice cream from Wicked Waffles and Ice Cream with his pocket money. It was a hot summers night so he had to eat it very quickly!IMG_1825

I was really impressed with the Inglewood on Beaufort Night Markets. You could go every Monday and eat from a different vendor every time. I think making Monday a cooking free zone sounds like a very good idea to Chef and I!IMG_1813

For more info check out their website.

Fringe World Festival Perth & Noodle Palace

IMG_1795It’s that time of year again! When Perth is abuzz with quirkiness and fun – it’s Fringe time!

Chef and I headed along to the opening weekend of Fringe, a month long festival of comedy, cabaret and theatre. The majority of Fringe World events are on in Northbridge, but there are a handful of events in Scarborough, Freo and a few other spots too.

IMG_1771First, we headed to Noodle Palace – a pop up rooftop bar with good vibes, drinks and fantastic food. Their hawker style eats come courtesy of a few Beauford Street favourites of mine… KUNG FOOD is the creation of Mary’s (the evening version of the excellent Mary Street Bakery). Feeling like something light, I ordered the “Spring Rolls Special Sauce”. On the limited menu you’ll also find dirty fried rice, lamb ribs, a soba salad and curry rice. The famed Mary Street Bakery donuts are also available.IMG_1777

I was pleased to get three decent sized crispy rolls for my $9. They were mouth wateringly delicious, so full of  flavour and bursting with very tasty veg. I never found out what was in the creamy dipping sauce – but it sure was special!IMG_1787

Mary's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

From El Publico, who I rate very highly, there is a Mexican pop up – SEÑOR JORGE’S COMIDA. Chef ordered the DF Burger, $13. Also available are chilli agave popcorn, totopos fried chicken, street corn and chorizo tacos too.

IMG_1782Chef loved his burger – he practically inhaled it. The juicy beef patty, cooked medium rare, was served on a fresh brioche bun – oozing with melted cheese and a Mexican style sauce. There is a real spicy kick too, with some jalapenos added for extra bite.IMG_1786

el PÚBLICO Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

As with a lot of these events, we found the drinks are super pricey. Chef gulped at $11 for a small cup of beer and I wasn’t sold on the $15 Pimms cocktail either. I really loved the idea of it being in a bubble tea style cup with a fat straw, but as a big fan of Pimms this version was disappointing and tasted very watery. What a shame.IMG_1773

Other than that we loved Noodle Palace and I bet it would be stunning at night with all the lanterns. There is a DJ spinning some tunes on the decks and lots of spots to sit and chill. We headed over to Lot 20 for a couple more drinks, before the show.IMG_1770

There just so happens to be a Game of Thrones themed show on at Fringe. A little bird told David Gardner PR that we are both BIG fans of Game of Thrones. We went as far as visiting some of the Game of Thrones filming locations in Ireland when we were holidaying there in 2014. DG PR was kind enough to invite Chef and I to enjoy the show at the Circus Theatre!IMG_1768

Graeame of Thrones is a GoT parody – with lots of laugh out loud moments. We enjoyed seeing the three actors scramble to change into the next characters and what crazy scene would be played out next. It’s described as “Featuring a family tree wider than The Wall and more subplots than anyone can follow, it’s a rollercoaster ride of beheadings, incest and war.” It was lots of fun and a little random at times. The re-enactment of the infamous fight scene between The Mountain and Oberyn Martell would have to be my memorable moment! Classic!

Photography by Paul Wilkinson Photography Ltd.

Image from Graeme of Thrones. Photography by Paul Wilkinson Photography Ltd

We really enjoyed our trip to the quirky side at Fringe. It’s here for a whole month, so I’d love to see a few more shows, I really enjoyed soaking up the buzz in Northbridge! I’m looking for some tips – what show will you see?

Click on the links to find out more about Noodle Palace and Fringe World Festival.IMG_1764

Timber Café – Harrisdale

IMG_1434Timber Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I’m the first to admit that I’m totally clueless when it comes to dining in the southern suburbs. In my stomping grounds of Joondalup, the inner city areas of Perth, my “golden triangle” Post Newspaper region in the western suburbs, the Swan Valley and Perth Hills – I definitely have my finger on the foodie pulse. If I take a trip over the Narrows Bridge – I don’t have a bloody clue! I suppose that comes part and parcel with just how huge Perth’s sprawl has become.

A couple of my besties live SOR and I do love a catch up with them over a meal – finding a gem that’s close to them is a bonus. Last year I found a firm favourite – Rustico Tapas in Rockingham – I’m still looking forward to another visit there.

When catching up with the lovely Nays recently, we decided on brunch at a hot new café in the Canning Vale area. We met at Timber Café in Harrisdale, where we enjoyed a couple of juices and a natter, whilst we waited for our food.IMG_1424

The cafe has a rustic chic vibe, with a cool mural on the wall – just like something you’d find in Leederville or Mt Lawley. Though it’s right smack in the middle of suburbia. In my opinion there should be way more quality places like this in the outer areas of Perth, as frankly not everyone can be bothered to drive to the city!IMG_1423

Nays had the avocado bruschetta, $15. Though there wasn’t an abundance of avocado, it was still tasty and mixed with a corn and quinoa salad. There was also a poached egg sitting on top of the fresh sourdough and grape tomatoes and sharp radish on the side. Nays enjoyed her dish – especially as it didn’t come with a runny egg. A gooey egg is my idea of heaven, but not for Nays, the chef was more than happy to serve her egg “well done”.IMG_1426

I ordered the mushrooms on toast, $17.50. It was a medley of five types of mushrooms, which are absolutely mouth-watering as they’re sautéed in a herb chilli butter. The yummy morsels of mushroom are served on fresh sourdough with creamy goats curd, wild rocket, a sprinkling of dukkah and a runny soft poached egg. A fab dish!IMG_1430

All in all we both loved the chilled atmosphere and yummy food at Timber and if I lived in the Southern River/Harrisdale area I’d be stoked to have Timber as my local café.IMG_1435

 

Chu – Highgate

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Chu Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Chu Bakery on William Street, Highgate, has been open just a few months. In its short life, the teeny tiny bakery has amassed a very strong and loyal following, often selling out of its sweet goodies. Little Chef and I headed there on what felt like a sort of pilgrimage. It was a school holiday treat – for both of us!IMG_1474

There’s not a lot of room inside the small bakery and faced with so many good-looking pastries, I started to feel a little overwhelmed! I definitely needed sugar and fast! For Little Chef, deciding which pastry to pick for morning tea wasn’t quite as tough – he made a bee-line for the first thing he saw that was covered in chocolate! There are almond croissants, passionfruit and chilli brioche doughnuts (which sound very interesting!). If it wasn’t so hot I would have grabbed a coffee too.IMG_1476

There’s just a few stools outside Chu. I had my sights on the gorgeous Hyde Park right across the street. Little Chef found a spot to sit on the grass, right under a shady jacaranda tree. Perfect.IMG_1483

Little Chef literally hoovered up his hazelnut praline éclair. It was spot on, I was lucky enough to have a very small nibble. It’s absolutely the best éclair I’ve ever tasted. The light choux pastry is golden brown and filled with decedent hazelnut praline cream.IMG_1487

I took a little longer over my Lychee and raspberry chu puff, taking some photos, then savouring the pastry and raspberry cream. Hiding inside was the sweet lychee and boy was that a great flavour combo! Everyone seems to pick the ‘on trend’ matcha chu puff, but I really loved this version. Raspberry Chu puff

After we’d scoffed our sweet treats, we walked it off around the little lakes and had a run about the playgrounds. It was so lovely to meet Chu!!IMG_1481

Chef was a bit upset we’d made the visit without him – so we’ll be seeing Chu again very soon I’m sure! :)IMG_1479

Mia Cucina – Hillarys

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Mia Cucina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
As a Perth food blogger, I get a lot of people telling me about their new finds, old favourites and hidden gems they discover. I’d been told by a few separate people that I must try Mia Cucina at Hillarys Boat Harbour. It’s found on the northern side, near the boat ramps and has a stunning view over the harbour.

We dined with a group of our friends. Little Chef was also in tow, as was the beautiful baby Grace, it’s family friendly and has plenty of space for prams. We had a front row seat of the beautiful sunset – I’d definitely recommend booking a table right on the window.IMG_0671

As we were all starving and feeling gluttonous we decided to have entrees and mains. Chef chose the Calamari ($17). He enjoyed the tender calamari, which was lightly fried with a touch of chilli. It’s served with a crisp salad garnish and tartare sauce for dipping.IMG_0675

I’d been told to try the arancini, $17, so I ordered the traditional Italian risotto balls. These are filled with pork mince, prime beef, mozzarella cheese & peas and coated with crisp golden breadcrumbs. I liked these, though I think they could have done with a little more seasoning.IMG_0672

I experienced a little food envy as Mrs C tucked into her baked goat’s cheese, $18. The ooey-gooey cheese was baked with honey, apple and rosemary, with toasted Turkish bread on the side for dipping. IMG_0674

For main I had the beef cheek triangoli, $28. The hand-made ravioli triangles are filled with tender braised beef cheeks, nutmeg and parmesan. They are then pan-fried with white wine, prosciutto, fresh spinach, cherry tomatoes and finished with truffle oil.  It promised so much and looked hearty and delicious. Unfortunately, as I ate the dish I discovered that their chef had been too heavy handed with the truffle oil and it completely overpowered all the flavours. A shame, as all the other components were spot on (though taste-wise it was hard to tell!). This comes in main and entrée size and I wish I’d chosen the smaller size – not only as I found the flavours too rich, but it was also a very filling dish.IMG_0679

Chef, ever the meat lover devoured the di carne pizza, $25.  It was topped with cacciatore sausage, prosciutto, shaved ham & bacon, fresh tomato, red onion & mozzarella. Mr H really enjoyed his pollo (chicken) pizza too.IMG_0678

All in all, I liked Mia Cucina, though it didn’t wow me. The simple meals are reasonably priced and the café is in a beautiful location. I think on this occasion I didn’t get very lucky with my own menu choices, as everyone else on our table enjoyed their meals.

LOVE Italian food? Check out my other blogs on Italian restaurants in Perth!

Il Lido – Cottesloe

Bravos – Vic Park

Café Avellino – Wanneroo

Jamie’s Italian – Perth CBD

What’s your favourite Italian spot in Perth?