Crowne Plaza – A Perth Staycation

IMG_5274From the moment we pulled up at Crowne Plaza Hotel and handed our keys to Concierge to valet park the car, we felt relaxed. With limited time, a family staycation with just 25 minutes travel required, suited us down to the ground.IMG_5331

The four and a half star hotel is right on the edge of Perth’s CBD, with many attractions just a short stroll or free bus ride away. Crowne Plaza Hotel is found on Langley Park, opposite the Swan River. IMG_5511

Check in was very quick and by the time we’d headed up to the 10th floor in the lift, our bags were already waiting for us in the room. We opted for a Premium River View Room (with a trundle bed for Little Chef), so we could enjoy a river facing balcony. Large family rooms are also available, which have two queen beds and larger en-suites. Before we headed out to explore the rest of the hotel, East Perth and track down some food, we had a good look around our lovely room. IMG_5139 Continue reading

Mundaring Weir Hotel – Perth Hills

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As a kid growing up in the Perth Hills, I went on many a Sunday drive to Mundaring Weir – it usually would end with a cone from an ice cream truck at the dam or a trip to the Mundaring Weir Hotel. Now with Little Chef, it was a case of history repeating itself some decades later, as we stopped at the historic hotel for a bite to eat.

The Mundaring Weir Hotel, just a two minute drive from the Mundaring Weir dam wall, has huge gardens and an amphitheatre where they stage regular concerts by popular artists like Kacey Chambers, Kate Cebrano and more. We walked through the historic hotel which is over 110 years old. The upstairs bar is full of antiques, which caught Little Chef’s interest. He’s never seen a gramophone before.

The hotel’s café is found downstairs, at the back of the building and there are loads of shady decks and verandas dotted around it in an eclectic fashion. It can be a bit of a maze. We ordered our food at the café and about 15 minutes later our buzzer went off for us to collect our lunch.

Both my Dad and Chef chose a steak sandwich, $21, to enjoy with a cold pint of beer. They gave it the thumbs up. A scotch fillet steak with onion jam, cheddar cheese, beetroot, rocket and BBQ sauce was served between two slices of Turkish bread with a serve of extra chunky beer battered chips.

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Yak Ales Barbecue Festival – April 8th & 9th

IMG_5859Little Chef and I headed to the carnivores’ paradise that is the Yak Ales Barbecue Festival at Burswood Parklands. The inaugural Perth barbecue event features the very best of barbequing from America and WA.

IMG_5906There’s meaty morsels to devour, a barbecuing competition for the die-hards which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), the world’s largest organisation of barbecue enthusiasts, barbie cooking demos, a mini expo with barbeque retailers, rides and games for the kids, live music and more.IMG_5837

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A Baby Shower with High Tea in a Box

IMG_4904If you’re hosting a high tea in Perth at your home (or at work for that matter) High Tea In A Box is a wonderful concept and a real lifesaver too!

IMG_4880I hosted my Sister In Law, Kristie’s Baby Shower on a sunny Autumn afternoon. Chef, Little Chef and I are absolutely giddy with excitement about having a new baby niece or nephew. Just a few more days until we find out 🙂

Kristie is another Chef’s Wife in our family. She is married to Chef’s little brother “The Pastry Chef” who himself has made high teas at the Ritz in London, desserts for Marco Pierre White, as well as lots of sweet goodies around Perth. He was a bit too busy at work to bake for us, though he did manage to knock up some delicious mini eclairs! Whoops, I’m getting distracted by food… back to the high tea set up…

IMG_4865Anyone who hosts an event at their home knows what a mammoth job it can be. As well as organising all the details for the event itself, you also want your house to be clean and tidy for all the guests. Not having to set up the table was such a time saver for me and Mary Jane from High Tea in A Box did an absolutely beautiful job. I simply left her the clean tables under my pergola and she set to work prettying them up!IMG_4876

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Market & Co – Crown Perth

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Little Chef and I have been to some exciting family events at Crown in the last couple of months. Both times, we’ve had plans to have a pre-show bite at one of my favourites, The Merrywell – both times it’s been far too busy to get a table. Our go to “Plan B” is Market and Co, which is found opposite The Merrywell, at the Crown Promenade Hotel.

To be honest, the first time we ate there I wasn’t sure how good the food would be, but we were pleasantly surprised. We sat in the bar area and choose from the tapas menu, which was perfect for what we were after – a few share plates to nibble on.

The kids menu is packed full of all the usual favourites. All kid’s meals are $12.90. Little Chef chose the Hawaiian pizza, which he said was very tasty and had a thin crust.

On our first visit, before Santa’s Magical Kingdom, my Mum and I had quite a feast to get stuck into! We had grilled Turkish bread, $14, which was nicely toasted and served with olive oil, balsamic and a fresh capsicum dip.

The pulled pork soft tacos, $15, were absolutely delicious. The meaty tacos were brimming with lime slaw, chipotle mayonnaise and guacamole. We both really loved those.

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Announcing the Australian Grand Dairy Award Winners!

 

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We’ve been enjoying tasting our way through this year’s Western Australian champions of Australian dairy! The Australian Grand Dairy Awards recognise and reward excellence and quality in Australian dairy produce, paying tribute to the highly-skilled specialists who develop and make these “legen-dairy” products for us.

I had a very special delivery last week from Mundella and Bannister Downs, who are both very proud winners of a coveted Australian Grand Dairy Award – Australia’s most prestigious national dairy award and the highest accolade for a dairy producer in Australia to win. Here in Australia we’re lucky to have some of the very best local producers and dairy products in the whole world.IMG_4859 Continue reading

The Guide to Truffle Kerfuffle 2017

The days are getting cooler and it’s heading towards that time of year again… the Truffle Kerfuffle!1

The festival in Manjimup is held on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of June. You can feast on truffle inspired dishes, drink local wine and meet those beautiful truffle dogs – all in the stunning setting around Fonty’s Pool.unspecifiedIn the Truffle Tent there’s cooking demos and panel discussions.4 Continue reading