Café Moka, Mandurah

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To me, there’s not much sweeter than finding a gem of a brunch spot. Mandurah locals are lucky to have the waterside Café Moka on their doorstep. Found at Dolphin Quay, the bustling café overlooks the marina, which is a lovely backdrop for my Mothers Day breakfast. It’s part of our May weekend staycation in Mandurah, and we’d been invited to enjoy a tasty brekkie there by Mandurah & Peel Tourism Organisation, who have expert local knowledge for the perfect brunch spot for my foodie family.IMG_7519

Chef and I ordered a couple of flat whites ($4.50). The Toby’s Estate roast really hit the spot! And being Mothers Day I also got given a rose – what a lovely gesture!IMG_7492

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Margaret River Bakery

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We’ve often stopped by Margaret River Bakery for a early morning pie. I can tell you that their buttery pastry and hearty fillings really help with winery/brewery induced hangovers! We’d heard great things about their breakfasts, so we stopped by for a more substantial bite to eat.

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It’s not your typical, sterile shop-like bakery. Margaret River Bakery is eclectic. The furniture and crockery are completely mis-matched. The café has a bustling atmosphere with a real mix of customers too. There are lots of freshly baked treats and breads available, as well as good coffee. It wasn’t particularly busy when we went, though I had to ask twice to get the previous customer’s dirty plates and glasses moved, which were still sitting on our table when our food arrived (see below pic).IMG_0013

Little Chef, with his plate barely fitting on the full table, devoured his fresh croissant that was filled with gooey cheese and good quality ham. Chef loved his brekkie burger, brimming with crisp bacon, runny egg, Swiss cheese, relish and rocket. It also came with a bottle of fresh juice. IMG_0019

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Flinderz – Hillarys

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Flinderz is an old favourite of ours. Back in 2014/15 Chef was the Head Chef there, before he left for the bright floodlights of Domain Stadium and the WACA, cooking for his sporting heroes. Chef loved Flinderz, but pretty much never had an opportunity to actually dine there, because he was always so darned busy at the bustling suburban gem. We were really excited to revisit Flinderz after owner Louise  invited us in for brunch.img_3526

Flinderz is in Hillarys, but it isn’t found at the Boat Harbour. The modern café is located at the leafy Hillary’s Shopping Centre on Finders Avenue. I like to dine in their shady alfresco area, with it’s pretty greenery and chilled atmosphere. It a good spot for a lazy brunch or lunch.img_3522

There’s a good choice of drinks – coffee, tea, smoothies and more. We’ve always found them to have quality coffee.img_3481

Little Chef ordered his favourite – a babycino. I also enjoyed a refreshing juice after my caffeine fix.img_3510

Since I last visited there’s been some interesting new additions to the Flinderz brunch menu. I really liked the sound of their house smoked Atlantic salmon and the French toast, but opted for my favourite House made granola, $17.img_3495 Continue reading

Our Last Day in Denmark (Part 5)

img_1405Our trip to the Great Southern region of Western Australia was wonderful, but not nearly long enough, there’s so much to do in delicious Denmark! If it wasn’t for Chef’s busy work roster, we would have stayed on a few more days at charming Misty Valley Country Cottages. We all felt so relaxed, even after a few days of getting away from the daily grind! img_2008

On our final morning at Misty Valley, farmer Warren showed Little Chef how to milk his cow, Holly. It was really interesting and he loved the experience. Chef even had a go! We fed the chooks, ponies and those cheeky goats too. Before we said our goodbyes, Warren handed us a big bottle of the fresh milk as well as more freshly laid eggs to take home.img_1836

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img_2051Mrs Jones is a wonderful café in the centre of town and we stopped there for brunch on our last morning in Denmark. The popular café has great menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner and good coffee too.img_2077

Chef devoured the tasty eggs benedict, $18. Bacon and perfectly poached eggs are smothered in hollandaise and sit upon two door-stepper slices of freshly baked bread.img_2067

I was really impressed with the Shakshuka, $17. Baked tomato, capsicum, fetta and spices were served in a bowl. Hiding underneath this rich and sweet Moroccan style tomato sauce were baked eggs. I used the thickly sliced fresh bread to mop up every last drop of the sauce – delicious!img_2076

Before we left town I needed to stop at a winery. Denmark has so many highly regarded wineries, it would be rude not to go to at least one of them. We popped to Mad Fish Wines and Howard Park, so I could squeeze in a quick tasting and obligatory wine purchase before we headed home. I found a nice drop of pinot noir there to take home.img_2041

We decided to drive back to Perth via a different route. Though it was longer, there was more to look at along South Western Highway. We stopped a few times to break up the five hour drive with stops at:

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Little Chef loved stretching his legs at the fantastic Manjimup Timber Park. It has loads of fun play equipment…img_2093

gorgeous animal carvings…img_2107

and one MASSIVE slide. It took poor Little Chef 5 minutes to be coaxed down, but he enjoyed it in the end. He’s braver than I am!img_2094

Another hour further up the road is the Donnybrook Apple Playground, another brilliant park, said to be one of the biggest free playgrounds in the southern hemisphere.img_2132

Bridgetown looked lovely, but we’ll save that to stop at on another trip. Our trip to Denmark was so enjoyable, but far to short to fit everything in. There are many wonderful wineries and restaurants that we didn’t explore, like The Lake House and Estate 807. We also didn’t make it to the Denmark Chocolate Company and we would have loved to hire a canoe on the Denmark River. There’s plenty more to experience on our next trip to Denmark and the Great Southern.

If you haven’t discovered Denmark yet- we really recommend that you do!img_1401

Our thanks again to Warren and Leonie at Misty Valley Country Cottages for inviting us!

Odyssea – City Beach

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Earlier this year Chef and I dined at Odyssea, enjoying a very tasty dinner with a sublime pink sunset. So when I received an invite in the post from Odyssea to check out their new brunch menu, featuring CharCol Springs eggs, I jumped at the chance to enjoy that stunning view over the Indian Ocean once more. Here’s that beautiful sunset by the way…img_2552

Odyssea are proud to use local West Australian produce and the star of many of their breakfast dishes are pastured eggs from CharCol Springs in Manjimup. The CharCol Springs hens roam around on chemical free pastures pecking on bugs and lots of greens. I can tell you the eggs are really tasty, you can definitely tell they are laid by happy chickens! I’ve cooked them myself, after I received some CharCol Springs eggs as part of the breakfast invitation – what a cute idea.20161107_110149

I made it down to Odyssea for a 7.3oam breakfast, one of the perks of now being a #girlboss is that I can enjoy a lazy breakfast if I like, no having to rush off to work. Nice one! A group of Perth Food Bloggers and Instagram influencers sat in the dining room on a tall, long table with owner Eleanor Hupfer. It’s an ultra mod, light and airy space.img_2511

I had barely stepped through the door when a very efficient waiter asked me what drink I would like to order. I was a little desperate for my morning coffee, so I really appreciated that! My Fiori coffee arrived in no time. Looking over their new morning menu, there are so many tasty sounding dishes – many of the other foodies at the table were gravitating toward the meaty pulled lamb dish and I was no different.img_0968

Before breakfast arrived we indulged in some Peach Bellinis. I’m not usually one for boozy brunches, but I’m also not one to say no to a bit of fizz. These were absolutely scrummy!img_0978

I couldn’t go past the lamb shoulder hash, $22. I wasn’t sure if it would be too heavy for brekkie. Though it’s a filling dish, I found it fairly light. The crisp pulled lamb is served with sautéed courgette, pea and coriander. A CharCol Springs fried egg is served sunny side up and there’s a delicious harissa hollandaise on the side. I was so pleased with my choice and very impressed! img_0989

Here’s some of the other breakfast dishes enjoyed on our table from the new menu:

A healthy option is the gluten free granola, $14. Served with a rhubarb yogurt parfait and poached pear.img_0993

A tasty vego dish is the baked eggs, $18. Served with braised spinach, spiced yogurt, fried chickpeas and flatbread.img_0990

The prosciutto di parma, $18, looked tasty. Accompanied with a radicchio jam, blue cheese mascarpone and toasted sourdough, topped with a 65 degree poached CharCol Springs egg.img_1004

A dish I’d really like to try is the Torbay asparagus, $22. I couldn’t believe just how thick the asparagus was. Served with cured salmon, fennel, goat’s curd, soft boiled egg and sourdough toast. This is a beautiful, summery brunch dish.img_1003

Odyssea’s owner Eleanor, was keen for us to sample the house ginger bread, $16. I couldn’t resist having a bite of this pretty breakfast dish. The spiced gingerbread is absolutely scrumptious and served with whipped ricotta and fresh strawberries. A must try dish for sweet tooths. img_1007

Odyssea is a wonderful spot for a summery brunch whilst watching the waves roll in. With a great selection of house made pastries and breakfast offerings, delicious drinks and beachside dining – it really doesn’t get much better than this! img_1014

Thanks to the lovely ladies at Detail and the Odyssea team for organising a wonderful breakfast featuring freshly laid eggs by the girls at CharCol Springs, Manjimup.img_1011

Blacksmith – Highgate

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Want a side of hipster cool with your family friendly brunch? Blacksmith, a new spot on the Beaufort Street strip, is an eatery imported straight from my favourite part of Sydney – Surrey Hills. Inside, the bustling café is teaming with people getting their caffeine fix and enjoying some tasty bites from the menu, which caters for a lot of tastes.img_0449

There’s an industrial-cool vibe about Blacksmith. My friends and I sat out the back, under the pergola. There’s where you’ll find the alfresco dining and adjoining kids area. Handy for us, as we had four kids between us to keep entertained, all whilst trying to hold an adult conversation! There’s a playroom, sandpit and lots of toys to keep the ankle biters busy.  The outside area can get quite noisy with people chatting and kids playing, so I’d only advise sitting out there if you have kids yourself.img_0450
They are serious about their coffee at Blacksmith. Their machine was especially made for them and is only the second coffee machine of its kind in the world. The coffee roast at Blacksmith is by Toby’s Estate and it’s pretty darn good.img_0454

Being morning tea time, Little Chef chose a slice of the chocolate and peanut butter cake ($7) from the cabinet, which is full of house made goodies. He devoured the scrumptious slab of cake in no time!img_0456
The adults are well catered for too, with some delicious traditional dishes (and non-traditional for the more adventurous) on the brunch menu like the eggs benedict, $17. Two well poached eggs and cured ham sit upon lightly toasted bread and are covered in lashings of cider vinegar hollandaise. img_0459

Feeling like something light on the body (and hip-pocket!) I chose the Brookland Farm granola, $13. The tasty toasted muesli is topped with honeyed yogurt and seasonal fresh fruit.img_0462

Our service was really good, with a friendly waiter only too happy to help with our requests for three highchairs. What wasn’t such a great look was what I assume was the supervisor and another waiter having an argument over the till about coffee, as I was trying to pay. Awkward!

Brekkie, brunch, lunch or even coffee n cake – Blacksmith is a good spot for a meal with kids in tow or even sans children!img_0472

The Shore Café – Alkimos

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Driving up Marmion Avenue, north of Butler, Perth’s urban sprawl seems to go on forever. We went for a drive around the new estates, as they have some fantastic playgrounds for Little Chef. We stumbled upon a new café at the Shorehaven Estate, in Alkimos, The Shore Café. The interior is quite cosy, with just 6 tables, but I can see it would be a wonderful place to dine alfresco in warmer weather. The café also has a small bar licence and is open for brunch, lunch and dinner.

The Shore Café sits in the sandy white dunes, much like a mirage. The mural covered eatery is right on the beach front, so has a beaut view of the ocean. We spotted the remains of the rusted Alkimos shipwreck, after which the suburb is named, poking out of the sea. The ship has a very interesting history including murders and buckets of bad luck – some say that it is haunted.img_0556

For lunch, Chef chose the Shore burger, $24. A thick and juicy beef Pattie is absolutely covered with melted cheese. The burger, which has to be held together by a knife, is brimming with bacon, beetroot relish, onion jam, aioli, lettuce, tomato and salad. There’s a side of chunky chips on the side.img_0546

I chose something a little more brunch-y. The wild mushrooms, $22. The mushrooms on toast/eggs benny hybrid hit the spot. Different varieties of mushrooms, along with wilted spinach sit on buttered toast. That’s all topped with a couple of perfectly runny poached eggs and creamy hollandaise, finished with truffle oil and shavings of pecorino cheese. I could definitely taste the truffle oil and its use was spot on. A few more drops and it would have been overpowering.img_0551

Little Chef chose a ham and pineapple pizza from the chiller cabinet, which he gave the thumbs up. The Shore Café has a good kids menu which includes “make your own tacos”. There’s a climbing frame next to the café for the kids to play on and loads of grassed areas.img_0544

With thousands of new homes in this area, inevitably there are thousands of residents, though so far the locals don’t have many dining options, other than taking a drive to Mindarie or Yanchep. Thankfully for them, the Shore Café is a little oasis in the outer northern suburbs. We’d definitely return if we’re ever out that way again.