Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

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Originally appearing as a pop up restaurant in 2014, Piggy Food Co soon made a permanent home on the bustling North Fremantle strip. The small bar has a Southern Californian food offering, featuring the type of easy to eat comfort food that’s found right on the border of the US and Mexico. Here, it’s ok to make a piggy of yourself. Cutlery is optional, but napkins are absolutely essential!

Piggy Food Co is the epitome of Freo chill. We’re given a warm welcome and encouraged to sit wherever we like. We can grab a high table in the industrial-style bar adorned with unique piggy artworks. Or sit out in the beer garden, surrounded by green succulents and shaded with umbrellas. During the day we find a relaxing spot for a bite to eat with family and friends. By night it takes on more of a cosy small bar feel.

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

If you love craft beer, with a side of dude food – Piggy Food Co is the spot for you. There’s an ever changing draught selection of local, interstate and international beers from small independent breweries. Chef chooses a south west favourite, from Colonial Brewing Co. The “S’wine” list is short and sweet, though not without some interesting choices. I enjoy a glass of fruity Alkoomi SSB, also from Margaret River.

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

I order food at the bar, where the furniture has been made by multitalented co-owner and Head Chef Max Kordyl, with locally salvaged materials. The engaging, friendly staff are only too happy to have a chin-wag and offer us suggestions of the best menu picks. There’s even a special grilled cheese menu for those with the late night munchies, well after the kitchen has closed.

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Pork is very much the star of the menu, with pork covered fries, pork burgers and pork tacos. The local produce driven menu offers other choices too. Everything is made in house, from scratch, with the exception of their burger buns and ice cream.

Saucy BBQ chicken wings ($10) are simply scrumptious. The tender wigs are served with a blue cheese sauce or creamy ranch dressing for dipping. If you’re feeling brave, add a kick to the wings with a generous squirt of hot sauce.

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Nicely charred grilled mini corn on the cobs ($5) are delicious, tossed in a little smoked paprika and garlic.

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

Loaded “Hog Fries” ($14) are topped with plenty of pulled pork, cheese, salsa fresca, house BBQ sauce and a dollop of sour cream. These fries last a matter of minutes, we should have ordered two serves. The boys are such food-hogs! The topping isn’t gooey enough for my liking, I would have liked to see copious amounts of melted cheese smothering the meaty fries.

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Chef couldn’t say no to the pork-tastic “Whole Hog” burger ($20). This soft ciabatta bun is jam packed full of flavours from a spiced chorizo patty, mouth-watering pulled pork, crispy bacon, cheese, slaw, salsa fresca, smoked chipotle mayo and house BBQ sauce. All that makes for a huge burger to try to fit it in your mouth! Chef only just manages to devour it all.

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The Vault, Kalamunda

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For over 30 years I’ve been visiting The Vault. First, in it’s previous incarnation as the local Commonwealth Bank. From starting my dollarmite account when I was little, to the shiny and new restaurant it is today, it has always felt like a hub of the community sitting proudly on the leafy Haynes Street. The recently opened Italian-style eatery has been transformed from a drab bank to a airy modern restaurant with its patio overlooking Haynes Street.

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The Vault is open seven days for breakfast, brunch, coffee and cake, lunch and dinner. Little Chef and I stopped by with my parents for lunch. It’s clear to see that the spot is still a hive a activity in Kalamunda.

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And where is the actual bank vault? The old vault, complete with secure door, is now home to the restaurant’s wine cellar.

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There is a mainly WA vibe to the wine list, including a very fine Saracen Shiraz. My Dad enjoyed local beer from The Bickley Valley Brewing Co. too.

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The Italian lunch menu has mainly pastas, salads and pizzas to choose from. There’s a huge pizza oven in their kitchen and take away gourmet pizzas are also available. My Dad chose the classic lasagne, very reasonably priced at just $22, with a cheeky bowl of chips on the side ($6.50). I pinched a few of the hand cut chips, which were deliciously crunchy!

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I absolutely loved the risotto Milanese ($28). The chilly Perth hills weather begged for a soul warming dish like this. There were generous chunks of osso bucco beef throughout and the risotto, which has nice bite, was nicely flavoured with saffron and parmesan reggiano cheese. Sitting proudly in the middle was a beef bone, with a tasty morsel of marrow inside. Nice touch.

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Kids are very well catered for at The Vault with lots of choice – like pasta and meatballs, fish n chips, popcorn chicken and pizza. Little Chef chose one of his favourites, which is not often seen on kids menus – Lasagne.

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The food at The Vault is hearty and full of flavour. It’s an excellent spot for groups and I’ll look forward to going back again to try some more dishes.

More on The Vault here.

Garum, Hibernian Place Perth

Garum, Hibernian Place Perth

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First, the trail blazing Brookfield Place, a hub of cool eateries and bars arrived in the CBD. Then Perth was positively spoiled with the State Buildings dining precinct. Now, Hibernian Place has opened in the city’s east end. Here, the stunning five star Westin Hotel seems to have sprung up out of nowhere and with it has brought a whole host of trendy restaurants and bars.

We headed to one of the most buzzed about spots, Garum, found in the heritage listed Hibernian Hall. The face of Garum is familiar, celebrity Chef Guy Grossi, of Melbourne’s Florentino Grill. What he has brought to Perth is not your ordinary Italian. Specialising in the traditional food of ancient Rome, the 120 seat diner has components like lucaniaca sausage, hand cut pastas, farrow and the restaurant’s namesake, garum (a Roman fish sauce) on its menu.

Garum, Hibernian Place Perth

The immense dining space boasts the original high timber ceiling, exposed brickwork and timber floors, giving the feel that Garum has been around for much longer than a few weeks.

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We’re seated under the vine covered wall and look over Garum’s wine list, which also takes inspiration from the Romans, listing varieties by colour. There’s “white” and “yellow” wines, white being refreshing and light, while the yellows are richer and fuller. Equally, reds are divided into “Red Blood”, “Purple” and “Black Wine” types. The wine list is WA heavy, with a sprinkling of Italian drops. I choose an Italian San Martino Prosecco, which has a lovely dryness. Chef opts for an earthy Silverstream Pinot Noir from Denmark.

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Many ancient recipes are used, including the Roman sourdough, which we start our meal with. On the side is moretum, a herb and ricotta cheese spread, that ancient Romans liked to spread on their bread.

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Guy Grossi, temporarily in Perth to open his first venue outside of Victoria, is painstakingly looking over each dish that leaves his pass until Head Chef Mario di Natale takes over the reins.

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I find the raw kingfish Crudo ($20) cut too thick for my liking. The fresh fish is full of flavour, topped with barley, and complimented with the freshness of sorrel and cucumber, along with garum.

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The delicate quail ($22), is brined and then grilled with honey, garum, fennel, currants and pine nuts. Tender morsels of meat are spot on, making it a delicious dish with a real peasant feel.

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After our plates are cleared Chef orders another glass of the pinot. His glass is replaced, though it sits there empty for some time.

Chef enjoys the Amatriciana pasta dish. At $24, it’s reasonably priced. You can have a light lunch and glass of wine at Garum without having to blow your budget. The bowl of thick spaghetti-like pasta, bucbatini, is cooked perfectly al dente. The pasta, which is made in-house, is smothered in a lick licking sauce of simple flavours – pancetta, tomato and chilli, giving it a subtle bite.

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Perfectly pink Akady lamb cutlets ($45), have a beautifully charred crust. The lamb is a little fatty, but bone-nibbling delicious, served with parsley, capers and anchovy. Sautéed radicchio is too bitter for my taste, even with a squirt of grilled lemon.

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Now, to dessert. The brand spanking new restaurant is absolutely heaving with a fully booked lunch service. Our mains are cleared, but we aren’t offered the dessert menu for a good 20 minutes or more. Chef’s waiting on his second glass of red, which is still MIA. After trying to make eye contact with a waiter for what feels like an age, finally I wave one down and request the dessert menu. He is very apologetic about the wine and does not charge us for that.

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The globi ($16), small doughnuts with poppy seeds, have a rustic feel. Unlike traditional doughnuts, they are not particularly sweet or fluffy, with a more bread-like texture. The honey ice cream provides moisture and sweetness to this tasty dessert.

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A little disappointed by their gluten free menu offering, or lack there-of, I have a bowl of honey ice cream and chocolate sorbet. 

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Garum is full of well-cooked Roman classics, made with top West Australian produce. Once the service is polished I’d definitely return. If you love pastas that are the real deal, Garum is the spot for you.

Garum, Hibernian Place Perth

At a glance

■ Garum
Hibernian Place
480 Hay Street, Perth
Phone 6559 1870
■ Opening times
Mon to Fri, 6am until late
Sat to Sun, 6.30am until late
■ Rating
food 4
service 2.5
ambience  4
value for money 3
■ style – Modern Italian
with a Roman focus.
■ wine – mainly WA drops,
with traditional Italian wines
from the region of Lazio.
■ Chef – Mario di Natale
■ Owner – Guy Grossi concept, Westin manage
■ feel –bustling and classy
■ wheelchair access – yes
■ cost –
Entrée – $4.70 to $22
Pasta – $24 to $28
Mains – $42 to $65
Dessert – $16 to $22
■ all in all – Soul warming
mod-Italian classics. Patchy
service, brilliantly different wine list.

{A Sweet Mothers Day} Fiorentina, North Perth

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Angove Street in North Perth is a lovely little cafe strip. The bustling street is lined with tables and chairs, cafes packed with people and their pooches at spots like Milkd, Stomp Coffee (at Angove Street Collective), Locale and Fiorentina – where we popped in for afternoon tea. My Mum, who’s very partial to a sweet treat or three, thought this would be a brilliant spot to stop for coffee n cake.

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Mother’s Day is such a busy day. Chatting to my friends, I find that as Mums we want to relax and enjoy the day, but we also feel pressure to do the rounds with our own Mums, inlaws and Grandmothers. A coffee and cake catch up is perfect, if you’re short on time.

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Fiorentina patisserie has been around since the 1970’s and is one of the few traditional, artisan patisseries remaining in Perth. Its Italian roots means you can expect to find deliciously fresh pastries, biscotti and torta’s. Fiorentina is also popular for brunch. The Italian café has European vibes with its shady awnings and vibrant red blooms. Most of the seating is outside, in chillier months they crank up the heaters.

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Inside there are cabinets brimming with all sorts of fine Italian pastries and delicious bites to eat. It was very difficult to choose just what we should enjoy with our Bonissimo coffee. We picked a few afternoon tea treats, handmade from traditional recipes by the Pastry Chef. My Mum tucked into a scrumptiously rich chocolate cake, with ice cream on the side.

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Little Chef loved the vanilla slice. For a gluten intolerant person like myself, there were still a few sweet options, including a huge range of different flavoured macarons. Yum!

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The coffee was wonderfully smooth and of course Little Chef just had to have his café favourite – a baby chino.

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Fiorentina patisserie also is said to be home of some of Perth’s very best cannoli, so be sure to grab some take away treats with you!

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Find Fiorentina at 44 Angove St, North Perth.

Web: fiorentina.com.au

The beautiful photos are by Monica Defendi Photography

This article is sponsored by the City of Vincent to promote Mother’s Day in and around Angove Street, North Perth. All words and opinions are my own.

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{A Foodie Mother’s Day} Satchmo, North Perth

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North Perth, in the City of Vincent, is a cool little part of town. One place that really encapsulates this is Satchmo, an inner city cafe, with New York Deli vibes. Satchmo, which is a cafe by day and has more of a small bar feel by night, has excellent coffee and soul-warming food. If I was asked where I’d like to go for a Mothers Day brunch, this is exactly the type of place I’d pick.

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Little Chef and I took my Mum out for a pre Mother’s Day brunch at Satchmo. My Mum loves a tasty feed and though she wouldn’t know trendy if she fell into it (bless her!), she can appreciate something that’s finger licking delicious. And their coffee is good too. Real good.

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The menu at Satchmo pulls from traditional Jewish cuisine and also has a big New Orleans influence. Think Mamm’s Matzo ball chicken soup, fresh bagels and Louisiana gumbo. It’s deliciously different. I hear their house-made bacon is also a huge favourite.

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The roasted field mushroom dish ($18) is a brunch winner. I hungrily tucked into the meaty mushrooms, pan-fried halloumi, kale, and an avo-sweet pea-feta crush. This is usually served on rye bread, but I enjoyed the gluten-free option. Next time I’ll add some runny poached eggs too!

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The Mississippi special ($18) is pretty darn special! A freshly toasted bagel is jam-packed with southern fried chicken, a spicy chipotle mayo and kale slaw, with a few slices of watermelon on the side. My Mum and Little Chef both loved this.

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Little Chef got stuck into the watermelon!

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If your Mum loves a trendy and tasty brunch, then you won’t go far wrong with Satchmo. Music lovers will also like to browse their vintage vinyl collection and even have a chat with owner and music enthusiast Nathan Karnovsky.

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On the jazzy soundtrack, you’ll be sure to hear the café’s namesake Louie “Satchmo” Armstrong, singing the blues and blowing his trumpet. I’d blow my own trumpet too, with food that’s this delicious! Satchmo is well worth checking out.

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Find Satchmo at 400 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth.

Web www.satchmocafe.com.au

Beautiful photos by Monica Defendi Photography.

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This article is sponsored by the City of Vincent to promote Mother’s Day in and around North Perth. All words and opinions are my own.

Shopping for Mum at Angove Street Collective

Angove Street CollectiveThe City of Vincent is one of the most foodie-blessed spots outside of the Perth CBD. There’s the bustling Beaufort Street and Leederville’s vibrant Oxford Street. Another foodie hotspot is a little more tucked away on Angove Street in North Perth. Here there’s a mini café strip, small bars, coffee shops, a pub and some brilliant boutique retailers.

Over the next week or so I’ll be bringing you some must-visit Angove Street spots to take your Mum (or yourself if you’re a Mum) for Mother’s Day – whether she likes to shop, brunch, get dressed up for nibbles and drinkies or loves something scrumptiously sweet. But first, you’ll need to find her a lovely Mother’s Day gift! Little Chef and I took my own amazing Mum along to Angove Street Collective, to see if there was anything on her Mothers Day wishlist. I have to admit, I found so many beautiful items to put on my own!

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Angove Street Collective is a beautiful homewares emporium of many independent retailers, which is jam-packed with gifts for your Mum, Nanna or even yourself! If you’re on the lookout for something unique, on-trend or quirky, Angove Street Collective has a multitude of items that will fit the bill perfectly.

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The flowers by Debra Hayes Floral are simply stunning. The store within a store features garden and plant-inspired homewares that any green thumb will love and there are many vibrant, fresh blooms to-go in the “flower fridge”.

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At Angove Street Collective you’ll find a great range of homewares which make me want to throw out all my decade-old furniture and accessories and start again!

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Indoor plants are so on trend right now and as well as looking totally lush, they purify your indoor air too. For me, a bit of greenery would be my perfect gift.

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Paper Fusion, next door to the main Angove Street Collective space, is a gorgeous spot. Here you’ll find luxury stationery, hand-painted invitations and unique greeting cards perfect for Mothers Day.

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At Angove Street Collective you’ll also find clothing by Elk and Harpers Emporium. And don’t forget to pop into Stomping Ground cafe for a coffee! Angove Street Collection really has something for all Mums.

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Find Angove Street Collective at 31-39 Angove Street, North Perth, WA.

www.angovestreetcollective.com.au

All of the beautiful photos are by Monica Defendi Photography

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This article is sponsored by the City of Vincent to promote Mother’s Day in and around Angove Street, North Perth. All words and opinions are my own.

Meeka, Subiaco

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I notice Meeka’s new additions as soon as I arrive at the restaurant, which overlooks a leafy Rokeby Road. The exterior is now adorned with exotic murals and the beautifully carved Moroccan door at the restaurant’s entrance, beckons us inside.

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Head Chef, and co owner Leah Clarke has also added a woodfired oven to her kitchen. A few years after my last review on Meeka, we decide to take another look at this Subicao favourite. Meeka is a classy little place – a modern, crisp restaurant with a splash of Moroccan decoration that reflects the style of food perfectly – modern Australian cuisine, with a Middle Eastern twist.

On my first visit, I was impressed with the hospitality of Faye Clarke, who as well as being co-owner is also Leah’s Mum. Her enthusiasm for their wine list was infectious. The mother-daughter team had won a bevy of awards and accolades including “Wine List of the year”. Their impressive wines are handpicked to complement Meeka’s menu.

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My Dad is along for the ride, with Chef busy working. Many people think I acquired my love of food from being married to a Chef, it has far more to do with being the daughter of a man who approaches eating with the gusto of a hungry Labrador! He enjoys a glass of cabernet sauvignon from Perth Hills winery Aldersyde. My pick, the Murdoch Hill chardonnay, has fresh and fruity flavours that compliments the Turkish, Lebanese, Israeli and Moroccan inspired cuisine so well.

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First, we share dishes from the mezze menu. I can’t possibly eat Middle Eastern cuisine without a little hummus ($12). It’s served topped with coriander roasted honey pumpkin, and a yoghurt flatbread for ripping and dipping into the creamy hummus.

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Baharat fried cauliflower ($13) is a flavour sensation. Meeka’s own baharat spice blend includes cinnamon, allspice, cumin, coriander, as well as some well-guarded “secret” ingredients. The crisp morsels are complimented by a smooth preserved lemon tarator, a honey nut based mayonnaise. Candied almonds add even more bite.

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Watershed Margaret River

IMG_7151The impressive cellar door was our first port of call at Watershed Estate, just a few minutes south of Margaret River town. Here kids can sit on the sofas while you enjoy a wine tasting. We always like to do this before we dine at a winery – so we know which bottle of wine to enjoy with lunch.

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Outside, manicured lawns overlook sweeping views of vines and a sapphire blue dam. It’s pretty as a picture.

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There’s a couple of ways to dine at Watershed. Choose to either eat at the casual café, where there’s a kids play area in the outside courtyard or if it’s a special occasion, why not pick the more formal restaurant, which enjoys the vineyard views. After looking over our options, we opt for the café, given that Little Chef would prefer to roam around the playground. The menu still looks really tasty and is good value too.

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On the menu there’s light bites, casual dishes like burgers and fish n’ chips as well as share platters. There’s also coffee and cake available. As tasted earlier at the cellar door, I chose the crisp and fruity SBS for lunch.

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I really loved a flavour packed Vietnamese chicken salad ($25). The poached free range chicken was so tender and served with crisp cucumber, rice noodles, mint, nuoc cham dressing and fried shallots.

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My Mum really liked the house smoked salmon potato salad ($26.50), with horseradish, chives, apple, and a gooey soft boiled egg.

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Dad tried something a little different and was pleased with his grilled halloumi dish ($25), with freekeh, roasted pumpkin, nuts, seeds, Turkish bread and a tahini yoghurt.

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They both chose a shiraz to enjoy with their lunches.

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Little Chef chose the cheese burger and chips from the children’s menu.

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After he’d finished his lunch, Little Chef heads to the shady playground, which is still in view of our table through the window. There are also outdoor tables by the play equipment, if you’d prefer to sit closer. This gave us time to enjoy our meals in a little peace!

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A delicious lazy lunch over a glass of wine is my favourite thing to do when in Margaret River. We don’t always feel comfortable taking Little Chef along to some of the more formal winery restaurants. Watershed ticks all the boxes. There’s a view to die for, with a laid-back, holiday feel. Watershed is a must stop winery for foodies and families in Margaret River.

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Find Watershed on the corner of Bussell Highway and Darch Road, Margaret River.

Let’s Thursday Like We Friday

Why wait for Friday drinks to celebrate the end of the working week? City of Perth has come up with a fantastic initiative to get Perthies to ring in the weekend a little earlier – ‘Let’s Thursday Like We Friday’. The Perth CBD and Northbridge has an eclectic selection of restaurants, bars and foodie events, many of which are taking part in ‘Let’s Thursday Like We Friday’ offering meal deals, entertainment, drink specials and more.

I joined in on the ‘Let’s Thursday like We Friday’ fun with Taco Thursdays at Baby Mammoth small bar in Northbridge and the Two Feet and a Heartbeat cocktail walking tour in the CBD.

Baby Mammoth – $6 Taco Offer

Baby Mammoth is a little piece of South Africa, found in between fellow trendy bars and restaurants on the bustling William Street in Northbridge. Each Thursday Executive chef Ryan Lambson creates three delicious tacos with whatever produce he has, on hand pressed soft corn tortillas. They are SO dang good!

The delicious tacos are just $6 each and there are also glasses of house wine and a selection of tinnies for $6too. At Baby Mammoth, there are A LOT of alcoholic options – an extensive bottled beer list, loads of cocktails and an intensively researched wine list. The bar team love to get creative and their own beer-based vermouths and liqueurs form the base of their unique beer cocktails. The drinks list isn’t full of the usual suspects and I really love that. My friend Reeva and I shared some tacos at the bar over a glass or two of crisp house white and a big bowl of fries.

A hemp seed taco filled with smoked, pickled mushrooms and herbs is available on their menu anytime.

Brisket, queso fresco, confit tomatoes and fried purple sweet potato tacos were sooo tasty!

Salmon, creme fraiche, celeriac kraut, lemon juice and coriander tacos really hit the spot too!

The food at Baby Mammoth is wonderfully different and reasonably priced. Totally recommended for some drinkies over some bites with friends or your work besties.

Two Feet and a Heartbeat – Cocktail Tour Offer

Two Feet and A Heartbeat have been running their walking tours of Perth for over a decade. My lovely friend Jo and I popped along to their Cocktail Tour, which usually is held on Saturdays and especially for “Let’s Thursday” during May. The tour takes in three sophisticated bars where you can expect a night filled with yummy cocktails, fun facts and quirky tales of Perth characters. We were excited to meet our guide, the very knowledgeable Ryan, and our friendly tour group under the arches of Perth Town Hall. The secret itinerary only added to the excitement!

The Treasury Lounge & Bar’s “Kings Park” Cocktail

First, we headed to the neighbouring State Buildings, where there were so many exciting cocktail possibilities! I had thought we were going to enjoy drinkies at Halford Bar, though we headed downstairs to trendy Thai spot, Long Chim. Here,Ryan paused to give us a little history on the buildings.

Then we carried on through the grand old building to The Treasury Lounge and Bar, which is the swanky lobby bar of the luxe Como Hotel. Their “Kings Park” cocktail showcases fresh local ingredients like Jarrah honey water, a housemade lime sherbert, orange bitters, and a jasmine green tea infused Tanqueray gin. The flower garnished drink is so refreshing!

After, we took a stroll down St Georges Terrace, with Ryan telling us interesting titbits of Perth information along the way.

Print Hall’s “Red Skye Over Red Sea” Cocktail

At Print Hall were treated to an exclusive cocktail made one time only by one of Print Hall’s talented bar mixologists.

If you love a slightly sour cocktail, with lots of tang, this one is definitely for you. The tasty cocktail is a twist on a Dark and Stormy with Campari, sweet lychee syrup, rhubarb bitters (not heard of that one!), ginger beer and finished with a slice of orange and dash of lemonade.

Our group also tucked into some drool-worthy stone baked pizzas, as well as octopus and chorizo.

Next, we walked down King Street in search of our final cocktail. Along the way, Ryan stopped to tell us a tale about the delivery boys that used to sit on a step at His Majesty’s Theatre, when they’d have their beer after work. Years ago, they would cross King Street to push their bottle tops into the trunk of one of the Palm trees outside the Intercontinental Perth. I couldn’t believe that I’d walked past this tree hundreds of times and never noticed all the shiny and weather rusted bottle tops!

Ryan gave us a clue that there would be live music involved in our final stop and I had a pretty good feeling we were headed to a spot that I’ve always wanted to try…

Laneway Lounge’s “Champagne & Strawberry Martini” Cocktail

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I always thought the Laneway Lounge would be my kind of bar and I was right. A live band was playing old school RnB classics and there was a great atmosphere.

Here, we had my favourite cocktail of the evening, though it was a tough call! This cocktail tastes like strawberries and cream with ketel one vodka, fresh pressed strawberries, creme de fraise, and a champagne emulsion. SO LUSH!

I was really impressed with Two Feet and A Heartbeat. A walking tour is a great way to meet new people and discover something new about our beautiful city. ‘Let’s Thursday Like We Friday’ runs during May 2018 in the City of Perth. There are over 50 fantastic food, drinks and events offers to check out here.

I was invited to check out these ‘Let’s Thursday like We Friday’ offers by the City of Perth, all words and opinions are my own.

Battle of the Sangas at The Merrywell

For Little Chef’s birthday we enjoyed a special pre-Derby lunch at the Merrywell. We’ve visited the gastro pub many times since it opened about 6 years ago. The incredibly popular, laid back eatery is always buzzing. Crown Perth had invited us in to taste test their “Battle of the Sanga” specials, where you can choose your team and help out their Perth charity of choice too. It’s a food fight for charity!

We made sure we got there extra early (11.30am) to dine on something delicious before the big game. The wrap around, leafy courtyard is a top place to sit. This time, we sat inside, at a table along the curved window. Despite it being filled to the brim with Dockers and Eagles fans, we could still hear ourselves chat.

Chef, a massive Eagles fan, has been to every Eagles game for the past few seasons. Saying that, the amount of football he actually watched was minimal – since he was working as Executive Sous Chef at Domain stadium. Today, we were lucky to have three tickets to the Derby at Optus Stadium, which was a wonderful birthday surprise for the AFL-mad Little Chef.

The Merrywell’s menu has an easy to eat, American “dude” food vibe. Gluten-free meals are not marked on the menu, so I ask one of the friendly wait people for a bit of assistance. The last couple of times I’ve been to the Merrywell I’ve had the same waiter, who is so happy to help and basically goes through the whole menu and explains the various options for me. He’s lovely.

We shared the lollipop buffalo wings ($21), with blue cheese fondue and celery sticks. This has been a Merrywell menu staple since day dot and long may it continue! The chicken was very tender and the sauce has a good kick, but not overpowering. This was balanced by the creamy fondue. A top share dish.

Chef scoffed the Eagles Big Bird Sanga ($25). This is a “Battle of the Sangas” special on till May 27th 2018. At $25 (including fries and a soft drink) it’s great value and also includes a $5 donation to Telethon! There’s never been a better time to head into the Merrywell! This was stuffed with tender buttermilk fried chicken, oozing cheese sauce, slaw, salad – sandwiched between two waffles.

And for the Dockers fans there’s the tastebud tempting Freo surf n turf sanga with sliced roast beef, crisp popcorn prawns, cheddar cheese, remoulade sauce salad and pickles – which I love the sound of. I also love that $5 from the sale of each of these Freo sangas goes to Ronald McDonald House.

Pic Credit: Crown Perth

Feeling like something light, I chose the Merry’s Little Lamb tacos ($22), their GF option for these is to serve them in lettuce cups, which is just fine with me. Filled with spiced pulled lamb shoulder, a coriander crema and sweetcorn salsa, they really hit the spot.

For little one’s there’s a kids menu, and on request, they provide some colouring paper and pencils too. Their famous Mac & Cheese Bites feature on the kids menu too. These deep-fried delights were very cheesy and more-ish. Little Chef can’t get enough!

We were a little full, but since it was Little Chef’s birthday, we just had to treat ourselves to something sweet to share. We love s’mores and the Merrywell’s take on this American camping dish is to turn it into an ice cream sandwich – nice one! Vanilla ice cream is wedged between chocolate chip cookies, which are topped with gooey toasted marshmallow and smothered in chocolate sauce.

The Merrywell doesn’t disappoint. There’s delicious food, good service and I love that kids are welcome, but it’s not overrun by ankle biters!

Crown Perth is the perfect place to stop before or after a big event at Optus Stadium!

I was invited to the Merrywell by Crown Perth, all opinions and words are my own.