Steam Haus – Maylands {QUICK BITE}

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The Whatley Street strip has a wealth of cafes to visit. Brunch lovers head to Mrs S, those of us with a sweet tooth can’t stroll past Sherbet without a coffee n cake, If you’re feeling like something boozy, then Swallow Bar will fit the bill and then there’s Steam Haus – where they’re serious about their coffee and helping the environment too.

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Little Chef and I popped by for a drink, while we were out and about. The café is busy, but we find a couple of seats on the long share table by the front counter. It’s overlooked by a train mural, Steam Haus is found right opposite the Midland line, near the Maylands station. Further inside the old building and you’ll find a warren of little rooms and nooks to sit. If you venture through the back door, you can also sit on their back porch. A good spot for brunch with your fur-baby (who are very welcome).

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One of the rooms has a dedicated kid’s area, there’s a few tables for parents to sit with some food and coffee, while little ones play with toys and books. It’s a good spot for a small Mum’s group catch up, highchairs are also available. Little Chef dragged me back to the light and bright entrance, where he’d spotted an old-school pacman game in the window. Continue reading

Maison Saint-Honore, Swan Valley

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Here’s a truth bomb… for years I’ve been guilty of pronouncing the word “macaron” wrong! It’s “mac-a-ron” not “mac-a-roon” (coconut biscuit). Silly me…

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I had a #girlboss catch up with a couple of lovely ladies in the Swan Valley, coffee and notepads at the ready. I work from home now, freelancing with writing and social media, and these networking and “pep-talk” meetings are invaluable for sharing ideas and encouraging each other. Working on your own can be incredibly lonely!

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Perth Night Noodle Markets 2016

IMG_2766Have you been to the Night Noodle Markets yet? It’s part of Good Food Month. Last night we checked out this years line up of 20+ stallholders with hawker style eats under the city lights at Elizabeth Quay.IMG_2789

I’d heard how popular the markets are, so as soon as I got there I made a bee-line for Bao Stop which was top of my food wish list. They are a mobile container restaurant based in Sydney. For the uninitiated, bao is essentially a small, soft Chinese bread bun. First in the line, I ordered the bao trifecta ($20). Wow -those bao were jam packed with flavoursome fillings and if you think $20 is a bit steep, I think this dish is worth the splurge. (Left to Right) There’s Peking Duck, Pork Belly and Fried Chicken. I loved them all – the fried chicken had to be my favourite.IMG_2763

The Peking duck fries ($15) were also a must try for me. I would have like the fries to be hotter, but topped with a sweet plum sauce and shredded, crisp duck they were pretty darn fine.IMG_2761

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Hoy Pinoy was a favourite of ours from last years Night Noodle Markets. Their smokin skewers are divine, $13 for two. Choose from chicken BBQ’d in a traditional marinade or BBQ pork belly with a banana ketchup glaze. Chef ignored my “no eating before pics” rule, his pork belly skewers were so good!IMG_2786

I visited the lovely Mei at Turban Chopsticks and she has some tasty options for those with dietary requirements. Most of her dishes are vego, vegan and gluten free. The satay “gado gado” noodle bowl is so fresh and vibrant – proving healthy food can be super tasty too! Its brimming with rainbow salad, kale, tofu, coconut milk, tapioca chips, rice noodles and finished with a nicely spiced satay sauce. Yummy! (gifted).IMG_2780

Mei also gave us some sweetcorn fritters to try. The crisp fritters were accompanied by a tomato eggplant chutney and they went down an absolute treat! IMG_2781

Time for something sweet… Black Star Pastry hails from Sydney and I have had my eye on their stunning  Strawberry Watermelon Cake for some time (via Instagram!). It’s a scrumptious layered cake made up of almond dacquoise, rose-scented cream, strawberries, watermelon and finished beautifully with dried rose petals and pistachios. It costs $9 and is worth every cent.IMG_2770

Black Star Pastry has teamed up with N2 Extreme Gelato, who have stores in Mebourne and Sydney . Little Chef scoffed their Ferrero Gelato, $9. It has a crisp rice bubble choc top and a chocolate ganache filled syringe. I had a bite and the Ferrero Rocher gelato was spot on.IMG_2769

Not to be outdone, Chef’s dessert was a fancy Nutella covered waffle from Waffle on a Stick. It was served warm and super fresh.IMG_2802

It’s simply impossible to try everything – though we gave it a good go! Other local and interstate vendors include: Dainty Dowager, Low Key Chow House, Apple Daily, Lucky Chans, Bangkok Jump Street, Cili Padi, Roti Road and more. There’s also a few bars scattered around and live entertainment too making for a fantastic atmosphere.

IMG_2795All in all the Night Noodle Markets are a great event. My tip is to get there when it opens  to grab a table and minimise queueing. I saw a few people who brought picnic rugs, which is a good idea too. There were a few reservations about accessibility, but with the EQ train and bus stations, the ferry and plenty of parking, the foodie event is pretty easy to get to. Get your noodle on before the Night Noodle Markets end this Sunday (10th of April). See you next year!IMG_2805

For more info visit the Good Food Month website.

Propeller – North Freo

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We love the Fremantle vibe – so casual and carefree. Though technically in the western suburbs, the North Fremantle strip exudes the same Freo quirkiness and it has an intimate village feel too. There’s small bars and restaurants aplenty – including the popular Habitué, Mrs Brown and Flipside – where Prince Harry recently dined.

Propeller is an eatery that resides in and around an old refurbished bus garage – a brilliant use of space. A colourful mural adorns the inviting outside dining terrace, though unfortunately on this day the Fremantle Doctor is well and truly in – it’s too blustery to sit outside.

Perth’s love affair with brunch is still going strong. At Propeller you can brunch till 3pm, which is great if you feel like an all-day breakfast. We’re dining at the later end of lunch and we’re happy to see there isn’t solely breakfast dishes on the menu.IMG_0153

The menu is interesting. Propeller’s kitchen is inspired by flavours of the Levant region, which is made up of countries from the eastern Mediterranean, an area where European and Middle Eastern flavours collide. The service is much warmer than the sea breeze and our waitress is very accommodating.

The wine list is small, but adequate with some Australian and Italian picks. A good selection of craft beers and spirits are also available in the fully licenced venue. Flu-season has well and truly taken hold in our house – so I take advantage of a green veggie juice.IMG_0145

I enjoy every mouthful of the pulses in rich tomato sauce, served with a confit duck leg, $18. There are lentils, chickpeas, butter beans and more – with some thickly sliced bread to soak up the meaty sauce. The duck leg is oh so tender and full of game-y flavour. The freshly baked sourdough is supplied from one of my all-time favourite dining spots – Bread in Common. The dish is served in a retro falcon ware bowl. Whilst it looks great, the high sides make it impractical. I give up trying to cut the bread with a knife and tear with my hands instead. To be honest, I think that’s the way this rustic dish is meant to be enjoyed!pulses

Chef, who I’m tempted to start calling “Pizza Boy”, chooses yet another pizza. He assures me of his informed choice, he’s heard great things about the pizzas here at Propeller. He’s impressed with a meat manoushe, a Lebanese pizza, $22. The pizza base is incredibly light and fluffy – topped with spiced minced beef, pomegranate (which WOULD have looked great, but Chef asked for none, he’s fussy!), parsley and labne, a creamy strained soft cheese. Chef spreads the labne very liberally over the mince – he loves it.IMG_0141

Another interesting oval pizza-esc dish keeps being delivered to tables around us. After some enquiries we find out that it’s one of their specialties, a pide, which is a Turkish pizza. We have some serious food envy!

Though Propeller oozes cool, it’s also family friendly. Little Chef takes after his Daddy and chooses a meatball pizza, $10. It’s a tasty pizza, but a little on the small side, even for a six year old.IMG_0140

The sweet treats are baked on site daily and are on display at the repurposed shipping container bar outside. The flourless chocolate and blood orange cake, served with a little cream, is great for gluten intolerant diners and just as delectable as the real deal.IMG_0149

For the coffee n cake crowd their locally roasted Darkstar coffee is top notch too. The nut tart is savoured by Chef – it’s absolutely scrumptious- the pastry is spot on too.IMG_0150

Propeller is a great spot to break bread with friends over a drink or two. Propeller is mainly an outside venue and on a warm summer’s day or evening it will be delightful.

** First printed in the Post Newspaper**

At a glance

■ Propeller

222 Queen Victoria Street

North Fremantle

Phone 9335 9366

■ Opening times

8.30am to 11.30pm

Monday to Sunday

■ Rating

food 3

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 3

■ style – Mediterranean

■ wine –small wine list

■ Chef – Kurt Sampson

■ Owners – Hamish Fleming

and Siobhan Blumann

■ feel – Casual cool

■ wheelchair access – yes

■ cost

Entre – $9 -$23

Mains – $12 – $36

Dessert – $15

■ all in all – A cool, airy

venue with attentive service

and interesting, tasty food.

 

Red Retro Café – Currambine

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One of the things about blogging I love the most is stumbling over somewhere new that I’ve never heard of  – especially if it’s local to us. Little Chef and I were at Currambine Central (where Grand Cinemas is) and just happened to find the recently opened Red Retro Café, right behind Basq restaurant. The quaint café is full of colourful mismatched furniture and some comfy looking sofas. Being a warm day, we sat outside in the little courtyard.

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On the chalkboard are toasties and quiches which are very reasonably priced from $4. Breakfast is available all day. Little chef and I shared a giant piece of chocolate mud cake for afternoon tea. It was served warm and with lashings of sauce and cream. It was sinfully scrumptious! I had a chai latte too.

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Red Retro is a cute little café, perfect for a coffee and cake or light bite to eat before going to the cinema. It also has a little nook of vintage inspired gifts and jewellery.

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Fairbrossen Estate – Carmel, Perth Hills

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A few months back, Chef and I visited a few vineyards in the Perth Hills, for the Bickley Harvest Festival. I’d made a mental note to return to Fairbrossen as it looked like a wonderful spot for a Sunday afternoon with my mum. The cellar door and café overlook the boutique vineyard and wishing well. We were lucky to get a table in the cafe, I’d defiantly recommend booking, as it was very busy.IMG_1508

We were there for some afternoon tea. Mum had a Devonshire tea, two super fresh scones with home-made jam and cream. I had a deliciously moist cake made from Carnarvon bananas. We shared a pot of tea for two.IMG_6801

If you’re after something a bit more substantial they also have steak sandwiches, homemade pies and humongous share platters on the menu. A share platter full of all sorts of delicious morsels was on the next table – I had a really bad case of food envy after spotting that!

The Fairbrossen café caters well for the little ones too. As well as children’s options on the menu – there’s a corner full of toys and books. Little Chef was very happy with that and he made some new mates whist we had a pester-free chat.IMG_6799

Next time I’ll have to head back to the cellar door – there is some very nice wine at Fairbrossen, to suit all tastes. From sparkling, rose, shiraz, tempranillo etc etc  The family run winery also has a vineyard in Margaret River where they have cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay vines.

“I’m fair Brosen” means “full to bursting” and we certainly were after sweets and copious amounts of tea! Fairbrossen is a lovely spot in the Perth Hills. From the warm welcome, to the home-style food, to the freshly picked flowers on each table – it’s a taste of the country just 25 minutes from the city.

 

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The Market – Saturdays at Westfield Whitford City

IMG_1678One of the things I really love about blogging is the little platform it gives me to promote wonderful local businesses that I find – be it a locally run café or an innovative stall at a Perth market. So, it was a bit random that Westfield, a massive international corporation, was holding a local produce market at it’s Whitford City Shopping centre. I thought it was a superb idea though, from their Marketing Department. I love a browse around market stalls and there aren’t that many in our area (outer NOR). Some of the stalls at Whitfords are also found at the Twilight Hawkers Market, Perth Upmarket and various farmers markets.IMG_1665

“The Market” at Westfield Whitford City launched yesterday (Saturday the 10th) and it will be on each Saturday morning for at least the next few weeks – hopefully longer!

IMG_1645There is local produce (honey, seafood etc) street food stalls (like latasha’s Kitchen and Boss Hoss BBQ), juices, popcorn and other small local businesses like “Pretty Sharp”, who will professionally sharpen your knives.

Honey I’m Home

IMG_1672Honey I’m Home is a local business run by Beekeepers Blaine and Tristan.Their hives are in Beechboro and she also sources honey from other hives around Perth. There are lots of different honeys on offer; I found the infused honeys really interesting. I like the sound of the Star Anise Honey for use on Pork and I can’t wait to try the cinnamon honey on some pancakes! Yummo.

FACEBOOK PAGE>> https://www.facebook.com/honeyimhomeproduce

Marcelita’s Empanadas

IMG_1653Marcelita and her husband Matt (a fellow blogger) are the lovely people behind Marcelita’s Empanadas. They can be found cooking their tasty morsels at many markets and special events around Perth.

Empanadas are delicious, deep fried savoury pastries filled with various ingredients. Empanadas originated in Spain and so popped up in Latin America. In Colombia, they make their empanadas with maize flour.

I tried three varieties of empanadas.
• Beef – Shredded beef skirt with potato and capsicum
• Pork & Lime – Pulled Pork Shoulder with Lime & Coriander
• Potato – Potato with paprika & spring onion

They are all delicious, the Pork and Lime is my favourite though. Make sure you check them out!!

FACEBOOK PAGE>> https://www.facebook.com/marcelitas.empanadas

Tanya Mac Inspired

IMG_1666I met Tanya, of Tanya Mac Inspired and the passion for her boutique product development company was infectious. Tanya has gorgeous designer pantry labels – I love the vintage look of them and they will be a great addition to my super organised pantry. I am an “everything in its place, pedantic, labels to the front kind” of gal. So I need to find some lovey big jars for these pretty labels. These are also a great gift idea.IMG_1667

FACEBOOK PAGE>> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tanya-Mac-Inspired/201603246675099

The Honey Cake

IMG_1660This layered cake is simply heaven on a plate! It’s a really unique cake, ultra-thin layers of caramel and cake, like nothing I’ve ever had. It’s perfect for a little self-indulgent treat. There’s no nasties either, in the handmade cakes.

FACEBOOK PAGE>> https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-HONEYCAKE/159838120823643IMG_1627

The Market is on Saturdays’, 9am to 2pm and can be found outside at the Woolworths entrance. The vendors change a little each week, there are about 12 different stalls, live music and entertainment for the kids.IMG_1623