Araluen’s Avocado Festival, 24 & 25 Nov

I visited the VERY FIRST and Perth’s only Avocado Festival at Araluen Botanic Park today! There’s lots of unique avocado food combinations created especially for this event from sauces and beers to ice pops and soap. I was pleasantly surprised with the foods I tried, everything was so creamy and smooth.

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It’s on all weekend, so be sure to head to the Perth hills tomorrow for a Sunday Drive and check it out. Whether you love to eat the healthy and versatile fruit, use avocado oil in beauty products or learn how to grow the fruit trees in your own backyard, this festival is avo-solutely for you!

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The two day event is held at the blooming lovely Araluen Botanic Park, in the amazing Perth Hills, just 35km from Perth’s CBD. Here’s what I discovered today at the Araluen Avocado Festival:

Avocado Packed Food

There’s a variety of food trucks and stalls that will please both sweet and savoury lovers. Tuck into treats like avocado pizza, frozen avocado yogurt pops and of course some green guacamole.

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Canary Foods, who serve up cuisine from the Canary Islands, topped a tasty chicken, chorizo and lamb paella with their delicious avocado and coriander dressing.

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I loved the Avocado Ice cream from SubZero Gelato.

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Avo-licious Drinks

I found a whole host of unique green drinks;

Avo and greens juice by the Farmers Wife, who is always found at the Kalamunda markets.

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Thorny Devil (From Mandurah) are serving up their range of beers, including a special guacamole beer, with very subtle coriander and avocado flavours.

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A smooth avocado Margarita cocktail by Crafted, the guys behind Lucky Chan’s and The Dutch Trading Co.

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Live Demos

On the stage, I watched Perthonalities giving talks and holding cooking demos, there’s a Smashed Avo competition too!

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ABC TV’s Verity James and Chef Vince Garreffa from Mondo Butchers cooked up a storm, while gardening guru Sue McDougall gave advice on growing both avocado and chili plants.

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Avo Products

There’s so much you can do with the versatile avocado. There is lots of stalls to browse, packed with avocado health and beauty products, soaps, preserves, the latest avocado tools and gadgets (so you don’t stab yourself trying to remove the stone!).

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Take home an avo tree! There’s a huge range of avocado and chilli plants, including hard-to-find varieties, which are available to purchase and grow yourself. And plenty of experts on hand to give you tips.

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Entertainment

At the amphitheatre, you can “Guac ‘n’ Roll” to the excellent live music! Throw down  a picnic rug and enjoy your food with some cool tunes and good vibes. There’s plenty to entertain the kids too, with an animal farm on Saturday and Storytelling on Sunday.20181124_122204_Moment

So, make sure you get along to enjoy some delicious Avocado at Araluen tomorrow, Sunday 25thof November!

See the full list of Avocado Special Offers, available throughout November at: https://www.perthhillsarmadale.com.au/avocado-special-offers

For more information, including the list of demo times etc, see the full event guide here: https://www.araluenbotanicpark.com.au/araluens-avocado-festival-2018/

Find Araluen Botanic Park at 362 Croyden Road, Roleystone.

This blog has been written by myself, in collaboration with Perth Hills Armadale. All words and opinions are my own. 

Bistro Guillaume, Crown Perth

My how time flies! I can’t believe it’s almost 5 years since my last long lunch at Bistro Guillaume – where modern and classical French cuisines collide beautifully. The Crown Perth restaurant is by celebrated Parisian Chef, Guillaume Brahimi. In his early career, he worked under legendary Chef Joël Robuchon (who has amassed an amazing 28 Michelin stars).

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Bistro Guillaume is still one of the most breathtaking dining rooms in Perth. Mainly black and white, with a fresh and bright splash of green. From the bar, to the statement foyer sofa; the striking shade of green is used throughout – even down to the green bottle of Tabasco sauce on each table.

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We were seated by the window, which overlooks the inviting Crown Metropol lagoon pool. This excited me, as part of our ultimate lunch deal was receiving a free pool pass!

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At the bustling bistro, there are spaces for groups and intimate gatherings. There’s also a large balcony, where you can dine alfresco, overlooking the pool. We started with some freshly baked bread and butter – the perfect way to start any French meal! Gluten free bread is also available.

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We had one of my favourite non alcoholic drops, a lemon Efferve’, a drink fit for a summery lunchtime. And of course there’s always room for a glass of wine too.

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For entrée we had a tasty country style terrine, served with pickles, dijon mustard and grilled sourdough. It’s a wonderful peasant style dish.

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I loved the organic steak tartare. The raw beef given even more flavour from cornichons, capers, shallot and a spicy tomato sauce. This gluten free dish was served with pomme gaufrette (crisp potatoes).

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I was SO pleased with my choice of pork belly for main. The sous vide pork was tender and served on a mound of creamy mustard brussel sprouts, cabbage, and pickled apple. As a side note, when I ordered the waiter let me know they’d be no crackle, because of the way it’s cooked. While I love crackle, that was fine with me. I was really pleased the waiter had mentioned it, to manage my expectations. What a delicious dish!

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The kingfish with cauliflower purée, shitake mushrooms, spinach and balsamic beurre noisette was expertly cooked.

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Though we ordered from the $55 set menu, we are still able to also order sides from the main menu. We picked a winner with the sautéed greens, smothered is a garlic cream, anchovies and smoked almonds.

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As we were dining on the $55, 2 course menu, we could have stopped there, but we thought we’d indulge a little further. A simple lemon tart (from the regular menu) was a hit.

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I traded up to the 3 course $75 ultimate lunch with a decadent chocolate delice. This silky smooth dessert is served with macadamia ice cream and salted caramel.

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We very much enjoyed our lunch at Bistro Guillaume and its relaxed and sophisticated vibe.

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I was invited by Crown to experience the $55 Ultimate Lunch. We paid for our drinks, sides and desserts. All words and opinions are my own.

The Ultimate Lunch and Dinner menu is available at Silks, Modo Mio, Nobu, Rockpool and Bistro Guillaume until 25 November, Pool passes must be used by December 6th.

See the Crown Perth Website for more on the Ultimate Lunch and Dinner offer.

The Araluen Avocado Festival is on THIS Weekend!

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Perth’s only Avocado Festival is heading to Araluen Botanic Park this weekend – the 24th and 25th of November. If you LOVE smashing back some avocado, then Araluen Avocado Festival, a celebration of this healthy and versatile fruit, is avo-solutely for you!

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Just this month, cooking extraordinaire Nigella Lawson praised West Australian avocados calling them “the most wonderful butter”. I totally agree with her. Besides in salads, I use my avo like butter on bread, crackers, toast and as a dip. As the Avocado Festival will show, this creamy and delicious fruit is even more versatile than you could ever imagine!

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The two day event will be held at stunning Araluen Botanic Park, which is found in the amazing Perth Hills, located just 35km from Perth’s CBD. Here’s my preview of what you can expect to discover at the Araluen Avocado Festival:

Avocado Packed Food

A variety of food trucks and stalls will cover all your foodie needs – from every one’s favourites smashed avo and guacamole, to unique drinks like avocado beer, cocktails and cider and must try treats like avocado pizza, frozen avocado yogurt pops and avocado ice cream.

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Pic Credit: Pash

Live Demos

On the stage, Perthonalities will be giving talks and cooking demos, and there’s a Smashed Avo competition too! ABC TV’s Verity James, butcher Vince Garreffa from Mondo Butchers and gardening guru Sue McDougall are amongst just some of the local avocado lovers sharing their passion for the yummy green stuff!

TV presenter and gardening guru Sue McDougall

Broadcaster and gardening guru Sue McDougall. Pic Credit: Perth Hills Armadale

Avo Products

There’s so much you can do with the humble avocado. They’ll be lots of stalls to browse, packed with avocado health and beauty products, the latest avocado tools and gadgets, as well as a range of avocado and chilli plants, including hard-to-find varieties, that are available to purchase and grow yourself.

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Pic Credit: Araluen Botanic Park

Entertainment

At the amphitheatre, you can “Guac ‘n’ Roll” to the live music! It’s a fab spot to take a picnic rug and enjoy your food with some cool tunes. There’s plenty to entertain the kids too, with an animal farm on Saturday and Storytelling on Sunday.

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Avo Offers

Venues in the Perth Hills (Armadale region) will be celebrating with special avocado-themed offers at selected restaurants, bars, and retreats throughout November. At the very aptly names Avocados Restaurant, on the Canning River, try avo Damper, avocado margaritas and avocado & pecan cake. Healthy drive through, “Bean Thru” is offering a great value chicken, avocado and quinoa salad, as well as avocado and blueberry smoothies.

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Avo Margarita from Avocados. Pic Credit: Perth Hills Armadale

And while you’re at the Araluen Avocado Festival, why not make a day of it and see some of the City of Armadale other attractions – waterfalls, wineries, cideries and wildflowers. My pick is the delicious Naked Apple Cider House.

If you want to stay a little longer and explore the area, Avocado’s Accommodation is offering packages for the weekend of the festival which includes two entry tickets, an overnight stay and breakfast for two for just $130 (valued at $200).

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Avocados Accommodation. Pic Credit: Perth Hills Armadale

So, make sure you get along to enjoy some delicious Avocado this weekend at Araluen – I’ll see you there!

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Pic Credit: Thorny Devil Beer

See the full list of Avocado Special Offers which are available throughout November at: https://www.perthhillsarmadale.com.au/avocado-special-offers

And for more information, including the list of demo times etc, see the full event guide here: https://www.araluenbotanicpark.com.au/araluens-avocado-festival-2018/

Avocado Festival

Pic Credit: Perth Hills Armadale

Find Araluen Botanic Park at 362 Croyden Road, Roleystone.

This blog has been written by myself, in collaboration with Perth Hills Armadale

Meat & Wine Co Perth

We almost didn’t get the pleasure of eating in one of Perth’s finest dining rooms. The one hundred and twenty two year old Palace Hotel, which sits of the corner of St Georges Terrace and William Street, was set for demolition in 1972. Thankfully, after decades of serving as a bank, the grand old lady has been beautifully restored to its former glory and is now home to The Meat and Wine Co.

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The high-end chain restaurant, hailing from South Africa, has a choice of two dining spots.

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The bar area overlooking bustling William Street, is heaving with city workers on business lunches.

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Chef and I are seated in the opulent “heritage dining room”, where the contemporary and traditional mingle beautifully, with its grand high ceiling, whisky bar and funky furniture.

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The booths are covered with chunky knotted ropes that give a private, cosy feel to each table.

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We’re handed menus with striking images of lions, leopards and rhinos – just a few subtle nods to the fact that we’re sitting in an African steakhouse. There’s no naff theming here.20181001_125558

As for the epic wine list, there’s not as many South African labels as I would have expected, with most of the wine list made up from local West Australian as well as South Australian drops. Rare, vintage and a very special selection of Penfolds wines are also on offer at a hefty price. I enjoy a fresh and fruity glass of Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.20181001_132215

The service is attentive, though still green, a few weeks into the venue opening its doors. Many menu components are double checked with the kitchen, as well a drink forgotten, but quickly rectified.

The menu is not in-your-face African. It includes boerewors and a spicy African chilli sauce, other than that, it’s all red-meat and sides with a few chicken and fish dishes added for good measure. We devour the tasting plate ($54), brimming with mildly spiced Szechuan calamari, halloumi, succulent pork belly and a bruschetta overflowing with fresh tomato.

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A colossal 500g cut of Wagyu rump ($49), lives up to its marbling score of 6+. The deliciously tender piece of meat is basted, grilled medium rare and full of flavour – melting in the mouth like butter. Served with crunchy chips and a choice of sauces – Chef liberally pours a nicely reduced red wine jus over the steak.

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I choose skewered Portuguese chicken ($32) which rains meaty juices onto a bowl of crunchy chips below. The incredibly tender peri peri spiced chicken thigh easily slides off the skewer and is nicely charred.

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As with all upmarket steakhouses, at The Meat & Wine Co, side dishes are a must. This can turn lunch into an expensive meal for two. We share a posh mac and cheese ($12). Rigatoni and charred cauliflower is covered in a creamy two cheese sauce (American Monterey Jack and parmesan) and finished with a little truffle and panko crumb.IMG_8458

Our onion rings ($7) are more like crisp onion slices, with not a circle in sight, but delicious all the same. I also order a token healthy side of sautéed greens ($13), so our lunch isn’t solely a meat, wine and carb fest.

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Squeezing in dessert, we enjoy a perfect crème brûlée ($13), topped with a patisserie chocolate meringue biscuit and moreish, crisp dehydrated mandarin.

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The pretty pavlova ($13) with caramelised pineapple, sweet berries, chantilly cream, passionfruit coulis and baked meringue is a swoon-worthy dessert.

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The Meat and Wine Co has hit the ground running with a stunning fit-out, attentive service and the well-cooked proteins are packed with punch. If you are mad about meat, you won’t be disappointed.

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At a glance

■ The Meat & Wine Co
108 St Georges Terrace
Perth
Phone 6163 8880
■ Opening times
Sunday to Thursday 12pm -10pm
Friday to Saturday 12pm – Late
■ Rating
food 4
service 3
ambience 4
value for money 3
■ style – Steakhouse
■ wine – an extensive list. Many WA,
Interstate and International wines.
■ Chef – Nicole Finlay
■ Owner – Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group
■ feel – Warm, classy heritage interior
■ wheelchair access – yes
■ cost
Entree – $9 – $54
Mains – $25 – $79
Dessert – $13 – $49
■ all in all – Meat & Wine Co delivers
exactly what it says on the tin,
mouth-watering meats and fine wines –
all done exceedingly well. One for the carnivores!

Xanadu Margaret River

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Chef and I were wowed by our winery lunch at Xanadu earlier this year. The restaurant is a stunning setting for a long lunch – the perfect mix of classy and casual. The plates that came out of the kitchen were thoughtful, innovative and above all – delicious. Their Head Chef Melissa Kokoti knows exactly what to do with the amazing local produce on her doorstep, as well as growing a lot of her own vegetables and herbs onsite.

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I jumped at the change to dine there again, when we were recently invited back for an encore. It was brilliant timing as I was already planning on enjoying a break with my parents in the foodie’s paradise that is Margaret River. This time the weather was a little chilly, so we enjoyed the ambiance inside the stone and timber-clad restaurant.

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As well as the amazing food, I was looking forward to a glass or two of my all time favourite chardy (the Black label 2016 Xanadu Chardonnay). I was so excited to hear that just a few days earlier Xanadu had been awarded the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Melbourne Wine Show for their 2016 cabernet sauvignon. It’s regarded as being Australia’s top wine award, it’s been awarded to a WA winery only a handful of times.

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Xanadu Restaurant Manager Dexter, with the Jimmy Watson Trophy

We started off our lovely lunch with a glass of bubbles, from Xanadu’s sister winery Yarrabank. The sparkling Cuvee is made with French yeast and went down a treat. We looked over the menu and there are so many taste bud tempting dishes on there. The sashimi style ocean trout is a vibrant, flavour bomb of a dish. Plated beautifully with beetroot, black sesame, fish roe and lime, the fresh trout was silky smooth and absolutely delicious. I loved this entrée.

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My Dad made a bee-line for the moist smoked hock – mainly as it featured a bit of black pudding, a favourite of his. Plump broad beans, mint and apple made up this tasty dish which was finished with a garnish of thinly sliced crisp pig’s ears. That may sound a bit iffy, but they’re essentially the same as pork crackle and very moreish.

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The katalfi prawn dish was served in a deep, wide lipped bowl, which added to the drama of the striking whole prawns. The plump prawns are wrapped in a crisp pastry, which sit on a bead of smoked almonds, quinoa and pomegranate.

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The three of us were still gushing about our entrees when our mains arrived. I don’t think the Arkady lamb belly dish should ever leave the menu. Scrumptious rolled belly meat is so flavoursome. I love it. Served with parsnip, green olive, an almond vinaigrette and broccolini, I was so chuffed that I chose this dish.

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Rankin Cod was the market fish of the day, perfectly pan fried and accompanied by fennel, potato, tartare, herbs and lemon.

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There is so much finesse to the pretty venison dish. The game meat served in a crisp cigar along with beetroot, an oyster cream and bone marrow.

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Desert was a showstopper. Last time, I adored the strawberry panna cotta. This time a zingy lemon mousse, white chocolate, lemon balm, apple granita is served in a stemless wineglass… which was really quite apt, as after a few wines I was on the way to  feeling a bit legless myself! I love wine, but rarely have more than a glass or two in a sitting, as it does go to my head.

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My Mum also loved her mille-feuille of salted caramel, vanilla, praline, and dark chocolate sorbet. mille-feuille means “million layers” in French and refers to the puff pastry.

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Cheese goes so well with wine, so my Dad chose a creamy blue gorgonzola. The cheese, which was surprisingly sweet, was spread liberally on lavosh with nut and fruit pastes.
If the choice of a whole menu is just too much, Xanadu’s Chefs can create a degustation of their favourite dishes for $85 per person.

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The day we dined, Xanadu had been announced as being in the top 50 restaurants in Western Australia, by the WA Good Food Guide. Another very well deserved accolade for the popular winery restaurant. If you haven’t been to Xanadu yet to see what all the fuss is about, you really must book a table next time you’re in Margs – it’s simply superb.

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Find more info on Xanadu Margaret River on their website.

Big thanks to Dexter and his friendly front of house team, as well as Chef Mellissa and her talented Chefs, for making our Xanadu lunch so special. We’ll absolutely be back.

Slate Café, Bennett Springs

Slate Café, Bennett Springs

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Slate Café is found on the fringes of the Swan Valley in Bennett Springs. It’s a casual spot, predominately made out of shipping containers.

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The café is very popular with mums, as it caters well for kids with it’s large outdoor area featuring a covered playroom, a nature play area, play equipment, cosy coupes and lots of grass where you can throw down a picnic rug and watch the kids while you sip on a hot coffee.

Slate Café, Bennett Springs

We visited on a chilly day. Luckily I’d dressed warmly as the café, though covered, is still very open. I’m what my Yorkshire friends would call “nesh”, in that I feel the cold really easily. God knows how I survived 10 pommie winters! Luckily  a cup of coffee, a local Fiori roast, warmed me up.

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The menu is a mix of brunch favourites and Vietnamese dishes. I enjoyed a pulled pork eggs benedict, with Asian flavours and nicely runny egg. There’s a more traditional ham eggs benny available too.

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One of my friends ordered the spicy prawn omelette.

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The kids menu has quite a few choices and from what I saw generous servings too. Not only is this café very child-friendly, Slate is dog-friendly too, with a fenced dog agility course next to the nature play area. Lots of fun for fur-babies!

Slate Café, Bennett Springs

Slate Café is very close by to Whiteman Park so it’s a good place to stop for a tasty feed on the way to the park.

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Find Slate café at 12 Dulwich Street, Bennett Springs. 

 

 

Esther Café Kalamunda

Esther Cafe Kalamunda

If you love to help an excellent cause, as well as enjoy a great cup of coffee, check out the brand new Esther Café in Kalamunda! There’s a lot to this little café, which overlooks leafy Haynes Street, next to the Vault Restaurant. As well as a great coffee spot, there’s a recycled clothing boutique and it also doubles as a training café.

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The Esther program trains young women that have been through crisis situation and traumatic experiences like abuse and eating disorders, in Baristering and baking, helping them gain important skills and a certificate in Hospitality II.

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Some of the tasty and wholesome fresh bakes you’ll find at Esther Café are hummingbird cake, chocolate beetroot cake, chocolate banana cake, the famous Esther brownie (GF) and much, much more.

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We sat outside with our pup Ruby. She’s a 4 month old Groodle and full of energy, but thankfully, she behaved herself!

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The Roma coffee, served in unique handmade cups, is so smooth and creamy. I’ll certainly be back for more.

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Little Chef ordered a babychino, made with lots of love.

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He also devoured a homemade beef sausage roll, it was huge!

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I chose the fresh poke bowl ($14). The healthy bowl is brimming with free range chicken, organic brown rice, quinoa, roast pumpkin, feta, beetroot, avo, salad and more.

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For little one’s there’s a small table with toys and colouring essentials.

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I love that when people pop in for a cuppa and a bite to eat, they’re not only treating themselves, but helping a very worthy cause.

Find Esther Café at 23 Haynes Street, Kalamunda (Was previously located in Como)

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Moore & Moore Café Fremantle

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I’ve always heard great things about Moore and Moore Café in Fremantle, found in a heritage listed building on Henry Street. It’s in a beaut location, just around the corner from Bread in Common and a stone’s throw from the Fishing Boat Harbour, Esplanade Park, Round House and Cappuccino strip. Making it really accessible to pop by for a coffee whatever you’re doing in Freo.

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Moore and Moore is very Freo – a little alternative, very artsy and boho chic. You’ll find the eclectic café in the Moores building, a beautifully rustic warehouse which is also home to a contemporary art gallery.

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You can choose to sit out in the shady courtyard.

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We chose to sit inside, in the cosy front dining space, which has mismatched furniture. It was a lot quieter in here, filled with uni students, from the neighbouring Notre Dame.

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To our delight, they serve Karvan Coffee, which is excellent.

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Everyone on our table (my parents and Little Chef) were pleased as punch with their food choices. The menu has a lot of options and locally scoured, organic produce. My Mum enjoyed New Zealand king salmon, with crispy skin, a poached egg, delicious dill creme fraiche and rocket with blistered cherry tomatoes on Turkish toast ($21).

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My Dad loved the grilled gouda and parmesan potato cake, with runny poached egg, toasted broccoli and an organic sun dried tomato and cashew pesto ($19). He added bacon to the dish too.

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I enjoyed an absolutely delicious grazing bowl. It was chock-full of so much flavour, there’s roast pumpkin, salsa, sesame avo and pickled veg, as well as some spicy pulled Harvey Beef! All that and gluten free too – I was stoked!

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Little Chef chose a toasted croissant from the kids menu. Even this was beautifully presented with house made sauce.

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For the kidlets, there’s not one but two areas in the back courtyard where they can play. There’s an Astroturfed kid’s corner for toddlers that’s full of toys and a blackboard.

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As well as that, there’s a shady play area with sandpit and boat, as well as some brilliant climbing ladders that older kids will enjoy.

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If you’re in Freo, Moore and Moore is an excellent spot to stop by for a coffee and bite to eat – even with kids in tow. The service is so friendly and I was really impressed by their brunch offering, it’s so good to see a café that is clearly very passionate about local produce and the food it sends out of the kitchen!

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Find Moore & Moore at The Moores Building, 46 Henry Street, Fremantle.

More info on their website.

Cott & Co Cottesloe

Cottesloe is almost deserted on this mid-week winter’s day, as we watch waves crash against the groyne and rain clouds blow in from across the churning ocean. Sure, it’s not a picture-postcard sunny day, though it’s equally stunning. We take cover at one of Marine Parade’s stalwarts – The Cottesloe Hotel.

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Inside the dining room of Cott and Co Fish Bar, the seafood focused restaurant at “The Cott”, is a hive of activity. Distressed timber and strong blues give a casual, driftwood chic feel to the light-filled room. Here we can sit at the kitchen bench and watch the Chefs in action in the open kitchen or at a table with ocean views. We choose a front row view of the stormy ocean, at a table by the window.

Service is efficient, if not a little business-like. The wine list is substantial, with lots of popular drops, as well as a few interesting tipples to try from smaller vineyards. Not surprisingly, Sandalford wines appear on the list. The winery is run by the Prendiville Group, The Cottesloe Hotel’s owners. We pick a crisp Forrest Hill Gewürztraminer from Mount Barker to compliment the seafood dishes.

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A crowd pleasing menu is small, and features the dishes you’d expect at an upmarket pub – fish and chips, steak, chili mussels and more.

The black boards are where the really exciting dishes are found. These individual boards change daily, depending on what fresh and local produce the Chefs have to hand. Expect to see such WA delicacies as Busselton whitebait and Exmouth tiger prawns, as well as Humpty Doo barramundi from the Northern Territory.

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Plump oysters ($4 each) from the pristine waters of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula are served no-fuss, with a squeeze of lemon. I love natural oysters, and enjoy their fresh, salty flavours.

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Smoky chargrilled chorizo ($14) with a Pedro Ximenez and orange reduction, almonds and a creamy hummus, is a delicious share plate.

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The Shark Bay manna crab ($16) absolutely blows the chorizo dish out of the water. The luscious chunks of crab meat, with a hefty kick of Aleppo pepper, adorn a mound of creamy polenta. Perfect for smothering over the grilled bread. A cracking dish from the black boards. I could have easily gone back for more.

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For Chef, beer battered Shark Bay Whiting ($28) with triple cooked chips and tartare sauce ticks all the right boxes. Crisp golden batter, check. Hand cut chips, check. Scrumptious flaky flesh, check. I’d like to see the smashed minty peas served hot, not chilled, but maybe that’s my British blood and a hankering for mushy peas, getting the better of me.

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Another dish chosen from the fresh specials is the coral cod ($38). Poached to perfection, this silky cod is swimming in a fish broth along with asparagus, capers, basil oil and confit heirloom cherry tomatoes.Coral Cod

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Fans of a liquid lunch will be happy to know Cott and Co offer “liquid dessert” cocktails. I pick the Tiramisu Martini ($16), garnished with a sponge finger. The chocolaty, vodka concoction is a pleasant way to end a tasty lunch at one of WA’s most iconic ocean side pubs. Be sure to hit The Cottesloe Hotel this Spring, as there will be a fresh new look at the iconic Beach Club.

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Cott and Co Fish Bar is more “swish and chips”, than your average Cottesloe fish and chip eatery. The Chefs at Cott and Co certainly know how to cook their seafood to second-perfect timing, allowing the quality local produce to shine. It’s a top spot for fresh seafood by the seaside.20180814_135518

At a glance

■ Cott & Co Fish Bar
104 Marine Parade
Cottesloe
Phone 9383 1100
■ Opening times
Mon – Sun 12pm to late
Breakfast Sat & Sun, 8am to 11am
■ Rating
food 4
service 4
ambience 4
value for money 4
■ style – Seafood
■ wine – great selection of
local and international labels
to please all wine lovers.
■ Chef – Marco Purussini
■ Owner – Prendiville Group
■ feel – casual coastal
■ wheelchair access – yes
■ cost –
Entrée – $3 to $14
Mains – $26 to $38
Dessert – $14
■ all in all – Catch a table at Cott and Co
to enjoy well-cooked local seafood,
with top notch wines and ocean views.

Cott & Co. Fish Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Charcoal Charlie’s Currumbine

Charcoal Charlie's CurrumbineBarbeque has been on trend for a few years now. In my own ‘hood there’s been a distinct lack of BBQ’s meats… until now! There’s a brand new BBQ ‘n burger joint in Currambine – Charcoal Charlies. If you love your meats cooked low and slow, then CC’s is well worth trying out. First and foremost, Charcoal Charlies is a takeaway, found at Currambine Central Shopping Centre. We found about 8 tables there too, which made it the perfect spot to enjoy a casual family meal close to home.

The eatery, which has recently opened, specialises in slow cooked meats, and burgers. Tender meats are cooked in a custom built smoker and Chef Andrew makes all his marinades, sauces and rubs from scratch. I’m very happy to report there are no nasties, additives or MSG here!Charcoal Charlie's Currumbine

Ordering your meal can be a little tricky, as we wanted to try everything! The menu has lots of tasty meats to choose from charcoal rotisserie cooked chicken, saucy ribs, and more coming soon.

I chose the lip-smackingly delicious lamb ribs, which are full of smoky flavours, moist and incredibly moreish. On the side I had the tastiest, herb-y rice, as well as a salad.

Charcoal Charlie's Currumbine

There are loads of delicious sides to pick from, including about 4 different freshly made salads. The potato bake, mac n cheese, poutine (on my list for next time!) and charred corn cobs look great too.

Charcoal Charlie's Currumbine

Chef ordered the “Chubby Charles”, which is not for the faint hearted. Two thick beef patties, double American cheddar, a gooey fried egg, smoked bacon, onion, lettuce, tomato, beetroot, pickles, American mustard and the special CC burger sauce. He devoured almost every bite, but the burg did bet him! The seasoned chips are also very tasty too.

Charcoal Charlie's Currumbine

Little Chef picked the “Cluckin Hot”. There is a kids menu, but the little chili addict just HAD to try this adult sized burger. A buttermilk fried spicy chicken breast, American cheddar, slaw, chipotle mayo and lashings of CC burger sauce are all served on a buttery brioche bun.Charcoal Charlie's Currumbine

There’s vegetarian and gluten free options, so everyone can enjoy the epic burgers. Charcoal Charlies is a walk in spot serving soul warming food. I’d happily grab a tasty chook, salad, rice and chips for a “chef inspired take away” family meal if I’m short on cooking time too. If you love meat and live in the Joondalup area, then Charcoal Charlies is for you!

Find Charcoal Charlies at 1244 Marmion Avenue, Currambine.
(Right on the outside corner of Currambine Central, on the Shenton Ave side)

More info on their website.

I was invited to dine at Charcoal Charlies at a discounted rate. Thanks for having us!