Bread in Common – Fremantle

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I met one of my lovely besties, Ren, in Freo for a lunch date. Bread in Common has been on my “to visit” list for ages and it’s a great spot for a catch up. We found the hip restaurant in an old warehouse on a Freo side street – just around the corner from the Esplanade Hotel and park.IMG_6996

The aroma of freshly baked bread and coffee fills the air. The set-up of long communal tables, makes for a bustling atmosphere, there are a few smaller tables too and a few outside. Racks and racks of wine adorn the brick walls. We’re seated at a long table and order some juices to start.

IMG_6979The menu is a mix of brekkie, brunch and lunch foods. We opted for the lunch-y dishes. Also on the menu are gourmet sandwiches – I liked the look of the rump, cheese, horseradish, shallots and BBQ sauce. They even do a decadent chocolate, ricotta, honey and cinnamon toastie! This time though, we were not there for sandwiches. Ren and I decided to share our food as we both like to try a bit of this and that. The dishes are mostly in-between the size of an entrée and main – perfect for sharing a few plates.IMG_6966

Our waitress was warm and had a great memory. She took our 6 dish order without need of pen and paper. Maybe that’s not super impressive, but for someone who has a goldfish memory (like me), I certainly couldn’t do it. Our food comes out about 15 minutes later, just as we ordered:

IMG_6967Mushrooms, bitter leaves, coconut, almonds, thyme ($15)

IMG_6975Duck fat roasted potatoes, rosemary, garlic and ketchup ($13)

IMG_6973Salmon, cauliflower, goji berries, sunflower seeds ($26)

IMG_6978Prawns, char grilled cos, salami, orange, oregano ($24)

All the dishes were excellent. I really loved the mushroom dish which was packed full of nutty flavours. I also couldn’t go past the duck fat roasted potatoes – they were perfect and complimented by the sweet tomato ketchup.

IMG_6991We had a side of super fresh bread too – it would be rude not to!

IMG_6974They don’t have a kids menu at Bread in Common. To be fair there weren’t many kids there. They were more than happy to adjust their scrambled organic eggs & rocket (minus hazelnut dukka) $14 so it was friendlier for Little Chef. He relished the buttery eggs.

There is a reason why Bread in Common often sits at the top of the Urbanspoon “Talk of the Town – top 5”. It has the trifecta of fantastic food, great service and casual vibes down pat. It’s also a cool wine bar by night.IMG_6983

Food Photography – my favourite photos.

IMG_9367Something that goes hand in hand with food writing is food photography. I think without the colour and story telling that a picture provides, blogging would be a bill dull. It’s terribly cliché, but so very true, that a picture tells a thousand words. I really love taking photos too. I started out using the camera on my Samsung Galaxy, which served me fairly well, as luckily camera phones are good quality these days. Chef had been talking about getting a DSLR camera, for photographing his food, for a few years. A few months into the blog, I could see the merits of investing in a good bit of equipment. So we chose a Canon 700D.Untitledgrilld

It’s taken me a little while to get used to it. It’s not as inconspicuous as whipping out my mobile and at first I was a little uncomfortable, thinking I was drawing attention to myself. I didn’t feel comfortable using it when Chef and I went to dinner at Amuse. I didn’t think it would be good manners at an expensive restaurant to start clicking away with a beeping camera. But that’s just me, I probably could turn off the beeps if I knew how! Poor Chef has learnt that he must wait to be told he can eat, till I have a good shot of his food! I do photograph my own dish last, it’s only fair. The chunky DLSR is part of a bloggers uniform and I won’t go dining without it. Wether I remember to pop the SD card in is another matter… Chef just rolls his eyes now, I’ve done that a few times! Whoops!IMG_0285aa

When I attended the Eat Drink Blog conference last year, I picked up some good tips from the photography session. It also cracked me up that whenever there was attractive food around, a scrum of bloggers would gather, clicking away with there DSLRs! I felt at home. I really love the photo I took at the Mushroom Farm on Day two of the conference.Untitledcmmmmmmm

I really love to eat out during daylight hours, as it obviously brings better lighting conditions. So this has also brought more eye rolls from Chef, as I’ll say something daft like “It’s raining today, let’s go to Bib and Tucker on a sunny day”. The things we bloggers do for a good beach shot…IMG_9696

A few people have remarked that I have a good eye for photography. I just put it down to dumb luck, as I feel there are a lot of things I still need to learn about how to use our camera to its full potential. Looking to the future, I hope to do a food photography class soon.IMG_8793

I love to use Instagram. Last week I added yet another social media platform – Pinterest. Now, I’m still a Pinetrest newbie, so I don’t really know what I’m doing! If you’re on Pinterest be sure to follow me on there too – I’ll be adding my very favourite photos.

LINK>> http://www.pinterest.com/chefswifeperth/Untitled

Here are a few of my favourite pics from the last year and you’ll notice that they’re not all of food. Wether it’s edible or a beautiful part of WA, I just love a good photo 🙂IMG_0112 IMG_9807aUntitledzIMG_9857

Happy 1st Birthday to my lil blog!!

What a year it has been…

My first post was on April 7th 2013, recommending the newly opened Jamie’s Italian. Since then, the blog has changed and evolved such a lot. I quickly changed my writing style, though I can still dribble on, originally I wrote lots more for each post. I’ve also come a long way with photography (though there’s a long way to go!). From my nervous beginnings – thinking that only 5 people would “like” my FB page to hitting 1000+ likers – I was very surprised! In October I had a re-branding to a shiny and bright new logo. That made me feel much more professional hehe

From month to month my little blog grew into something I’m immensely proud of. It’s also something I never thought I’d be doing. I’m so glad I gave it a go. I’m pleased as punch that I’ve found something I really love. Chef has enjoyed being dragged along to many meals out, even if he has to wait to eat, while I take pics of his food! There are several highlights from the year. Meeting many fellow bloggers from all around Australia, at the Eat Drink Blog Conference, in November was a fantastic experience. More recently, I was tickled pink when I saw my name in print – when my first monthly review in the Post Newspaper was published. That was a definite “tear in the eye” moment!

UntitlededbBut it’s not all been a success… I gave up on the “52 recipes in 52 weeks challenge”. After completing the first 3 weeks I came down with terrible toothache and had to have my wisdom teeth out. I didn’t feel much like eating or cooking for a couple of weeks. The challenge I had set myself, to use my piles of recipes to cook something new each week, lost even more momentum when a few weeks later I had a bad case of food poisoning. Add in fussy eater Little Chef and the new addition of my newspaper reviews, it was just not happening for me. I apologise if you were following that post, perhaps I’ll revisit it in another form in the future.

Screenshot_2014-04-07-15-47-10Chef’s had a very busy year at work. Though that kept him from competing in the Dubai International, he was very proud to represent his country again when the Australian Culinary Team won gold in Pattaya, Thailand.

I want to thank you all for your kind words, likes and comments. On those days when I have writers block, it spurs me on! As lots of you will know, being a working mummy, with a 4 year old who still likes to get up in the night and a husband that works very long hours – it’s hard to get everything done and keep motivated sometimes. It’s encouraging and humbling when someone takes the time to send me a lovely message or email. It absolutely makes my day.

suburban_table-write-upI’m very excited for what the next 12 months has in store. I can’t even begin to imagine where I’ll be at when it’s The Chef Wife’s 2nd birthday. There are many more new restaurants, cafes and bars that we are planning to go to. My “to eat list” is so long, I’ve had to create an excel spread sheet!! In just a few months we are travelling to the UK, so I will be blogging about everything from pork pies, country pubs, fish n chips to a few Michelin starred restaurants and a certain Mr Blumenthal. Little Chef is more excited about visiting Lego Land than all that though!

The blog has far exceeded anything I had imagined – If I could give each and every one of you a hug I really would! Thank you very much! I hope you’ve been enjoying the posts as much as I enjoy creating them 🙂

Here’s to another year of discovering great food and drinks in Perth!

Cheers, the Chefs Wife, Amanda xxx

PS This week I have a few special posts up my sleeve to celebrate my first milestone.