Inglewood Night Markets

Loads of people get Monday-itis… Poor Monday is the most unloved day of the week. Personally, I love Mondays, and not just because one of my most favourite binge-worthy shows (Outlander) is on telly. You can make Mondays a no-cook zone in your house and head out to the food-tastic Inglewood on Beaufort Night Market. This food truck extravaganza is held each and every Monday evening from 6pm in the warmer months.

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Both sides of Beaufort Street between Sixth Avenue and Dundas Road are lined with a mix of food trucks and hawker food stalls, with a couple of craft and fresh produce stalls too.

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We started our foodie trail at the city end, near Mondos Butchers and walked up one side of the street then down the other side on the way back. It’s a nice stroll and there’s lots of live music along the way adding to the vibrant atmosphere.

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There’s a huge choice of cuisines from all around the world… This fresh paella looked and smelled amazing.

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And what a mouth-watering  mountain of meat at El Argentino!

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The grassed Town Square area is a really popular spot with families to throw down a picnic rug. The kids will love having a dance to the live music.

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We’ve been a few times in the last month, here’s out pick of what we’ve tried (so far!):

 

Delicious Columbian empanadas from Marcelita’s – the pulled pork and lime (3 for $11) is my favourite filling and best of all their tasty morsels are gluten free.

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Little Chef chose a woodfired pizza ($15) from Fire Truck Pizza. This is by Chef Lorenzo, who’s Ellenbrook Woodfire Italian Restaurant is a huge favourite with us. Lorenzo has decked out an old fire truck with a pizza oven and flashing lights in the Italian colours – of course. Continue reading

Inglewood on Beaufort – Monday Night Markets

IMG_1800Everybody gets Monday-itis… Poor Monday is the most unloved day of the week – from which Friday just seems so far away! I’ve discovered a reason to LOVE Mondays in Perth! Inglewood on Beaufort is a night market that’s held each and every Monday night from 6pm – August till March.IMG_1823

Both sides of Beaufort Street between Sixth Avenue and Dundas Road are lined with a mix of food trucks and hawker food stalls, with a couple of craft and fresh produce stalls too.IMG_1805

We started our foodie trail at the city end, near Mondos Butchers and walked up one side of the street then down the other side on the way back. It’s a nice stroll, not a great distance for little people and there’s lots of live music along the way adding to the atmosphere.

Admittedly, I did have my food blinkers on a little as I was on a mission to find hummus. I’ve met the lovely people behind the Hummus Club at a few foodie events. I’ve had scrumptious little samples of their food and been desperado to try a proper sized portion for a long time!IMG_1799

It was totally worth the wait. I savoured the Club Mix – which is a  mix of all their favourites- a generous serve of hummus, fluffy falafels, a middle eastern salad with a pomegranate dressing and fresh pita. I had a little chili sauce on the side too which gave a spicy kick. The delish dinner was washed down with their refreshing pomegranate lemonade. Find the Hummus Club at their Trinity Arcade pop up in the CBD and Friday Hawkers market in the city too.

Little Chef chose a woodfired pizza ($15) from Porta Pizza. Just like Daddy, he chose his favourite topping Meatlovers, fresh leg ham, Italian sausage and bacon.IMG_1802

There’s a huge choice of cuisines from all around the world…

This fresh seafood paella from KQ Spanish food looked amazing!IMG_1810

And what a mouth-watering  mountain of meat at El Argentino!IMG_1806

You’ll also find:

  • Soup from Suppa Club
  • Columbian empanadas from Marcelita’s
  • Dutch pancakes from Café Oranjeaus
  • Gourmet toasted sandwiches from Grilled To The Mac
  • Arabic Rice and more from Meast (Middle Eastern Street Food)
  • Freshly baked bread from New Nocia Bakery
  • Indian treats from Bollygood Foods
  • Bratwaurst from Antons
  • Meat, meat and more meat by EL Argentino
  • Chilean delights by La Fuente
  • Coffee from Coastal Coffee
  • Chilli Dawgs and more at Smokin BBQ Bus
  • Handmade marshmallow from Mashmalloz
  • Asian eats by Bangkok Jump Street
  • Moroccan Food by Shak Shuk

I’ve hardly even scratched the surface. There is SO MUCH more food too! Wether you have a savoury appetite…IMG_1828

or sweet tooth there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.IMG_1809

Heading back to the car, Little Chef bought a choc mint ice cream from Wicked Waffles and Ice Cream with his pocket money. It was a hot summers night so he had to eat it very quickly!IMG_1825

I was really impressed with the Inglewood on Beaufort Night Markets. You could go every Monday and eat from a different vendor every time. I think making Monday a cooking free zone sounds like a very good idea to Chef and I!IMG_1813

For more info check out their website.

St Stephens Farmers Market, Tapping – Week One

Like all foodies I love a good farmers market. We’re blessed with some crackers in Perth – I enjoy the bustle of the Subi Farmers and love the village feel of the Kalamunda Sunday Markets. Wherever we go, it’s always a hike, as we live north of Joondalup. On Saturday, Little Chef and I enjoyed a new farmers market… The St Stephens Community Farmers Market is just a few streets from where we live – it was nice that the farmers, food trucks and artisans came to us for a change *wink*IMG_0031

The St Stephens farmers market is on from 8am to 12noon, in Tapping, each Saturday in September. If locals get behind it, it will be around for a lot longer. We left home a bit later in the day and missed the biggest crowd, though it meant that by the time I made it to one of my favourites – “The Juicist” – they had sold out of juice! Bummer.IMG_9983

It makes a lot of sense having a famers market in Tapping. Before the suburb existed 15-20 years ago it was mainly market gardens. There are still many operating market gardens in the surrounding suburbs of outer Wanneroo. The fruit and veg stalls are brimming with local produce and I got some to cook that night in a stir-fry.IMG_9982

We sampled some award winning olive oil, made locally in Gingin. The oil, from family owned Guinea Grove Farm is organic and biodynamic. Guinea Fowl roam free amongst the olive groves to reduce pests. I bought a bottle of olive oil that is blended with lime juice. I had a lovely zesty flavour and is apparently great with seafood and as a salad dressing – I can’t wait to use it!IMG_9994

I spotted the lovely Mei, creator of Turban Chopsticks. You may remember I cooked some TC onion bhajis and biryani – check them out here. For a lazy cook like myself, the Turban Chopsticks meal kits are a godsend and make cooking a tasty dinner a breeze. Mei was very kind to gift me a jar of her butter chicken sauce – so I’m looking forward to cooking that along with the Turban Chopsticks ricotta bites. Stay tuned to how that turns out in the next week or two.IMG_9986

Raw food is so on trend at the moment. There are a couple of raw sellers at the market. After a couple of taste tests, I bought a Red Velvet bliss ball from Sneaky, who have a range of organic, gluten free treats – including protein bars.

I was intrigued by the Bon Pussy chilli sauces. Jamaican food is something I don’t know too much about and I’d love to find out more. We tried a couple of sauces, which are also great as marinades – they were really tasty! The chillies used are grown in Freo and the popular product is shipped all over the world.IMG_0023

I had a chat with another fantastic Perth foodie, Latasha from Latasha’s Kitchen. She has a multitude of spice blends, oils, pastes, chutneys and more. Check out the scrumptious Chicken Kuruma Masala I made a few months ago HERE. At the market, I tried one of her sweet creations – a cherry chocolate sauce – which would be amazing on a pavlova! IMG_0001

Little Chef can’t go past a Bratwurst stand or a sausage sizzle without begging me for a snag. These smelled heavenly, but the little fella scoffed the lot before I even managed a nibble! Greedy guts.IMG_9996

As well as a multitude of foodie stalls there’s also home ware, crafts, beauty products and more.IMG_0018

It’s a great place to find a unique gift.

IMG_9989With so many delicious aromas in the air, I sniffed out a giant paella dish before I saw it! It was from KQ Spanish Food – I happily tasted the paella which was brimming with chorizo, carrot, zucchini and corn on the cobb.IMG_9992

There’s lots for the kids to do – a bouncy castle, petting farm, pony rides, go karting – as well as a big sandy and shaded playground. There’s also live entertainment, which adds to the atmosphere.IMG_0025

On our way back to the car we made one last stop. Little Chef had been so good while I chatted to many stall holders so I let him have an “Ice cream”. I’m not entirely sure if frozen yogurt is more healthy than Ice-cream, but I assume it is. Little Chef chose to have a Tim Tam crushed up into it too – so it turned out to not be such a healthy snack – whoops.IMG_0034

We both enjoyed the St Stephens Farmers Markets and will be back again next week for sure – when I got home I tucked into the Red Velvet Sneaky bliss ball – so scrummy and healthy to boot!IMG_0038

We hope everyone else in the Joondalup and Wanneroo areas get on board too – it will be wonderful to see this become a permanent fixture in the outer northern suburbs! Each week the stall holders line up changes a little, so I’m looking forward to what I discover there next Saturday morning!

For more info check out the website… www.sscfarmersmarket.org.au

 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor – Coffee Caravan

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Driving home from work something red and shiny caught my eye… Sitting on the edge of Yellagonga National Park near Lake Joondalup, you will find Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor, a specialty coffee caravan.IMG_9822

This family run business  is new to Joondalup – there’s coffee, T2 tea, hot chocolate and bottled organic cool drinks too.  Cake and some freshly baked biscuits and slices are also available – with some savoury treats coming soon.IMG_9820

I love coffee – though I have a self imposed “not after noon” rule. Caffeine after lunch will mean that I’m staring at the ceiling at 3am that night. Being a touch after 1pm, I chickened out and grabbed a decaf! Chef on the other hand can have a few double shot flat whites, followed by a cheeky Espresso Martini or two and fall asleep five seconds later! Go figure.

The coffee at Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor is excellent, made by  proper café coffee machine. It was no surprise to me that they use the local 5 senses roast – a favourite of mine. The friendly baristas grind the “Dark Horse” beans to order – to ensure the highest quality and freshness.IMG_9821

If you’re driving up Joondalup Drive, make a tiny detour for a fabulous caffeine fix! You can find Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor on the corner of Joondalup Drive and Lakeside Drive (Northern End) Weekdays 9.30am to 3pm.IMG_9825

Food Truck Rumble 2014

IMG_1152The inaugural food truck rumble was held recently in Perth as part of the Eat Drink Perth festival, which is on for the entire month of April. Ai-Ling, a Perth food blogger and Chairperson of the Eat Drink Blog Conference last year organised it all on her own and my, she did a great job!

IMG_1144Perth has a fantastic and ever growing food truck culture. I’ve tried the food of many of these trucks at the Perth Hawkers Market, farmers markets and other events and festivals and find that on the whole thay provide tasty fresh food at reasonable prices. Most have an international flava and offer something that perhaps we’ve not tried before.

IMG_114217 Food trucks rumbled into the grounds of  the Perth Cultural Centre (Northbridge). The crowds were expected to be big and they were huge! I had anticipated the popularity, so opted to arrive early, it started at 11am, for an early lunch. It was open all day till 8pm, but many of the vendors had long since run out of their food stocks and shut up shop by then. Here’s who was involved:

  • Comida do Sul (Brazilian Food)
  • Mojito Cantina
  • Butty’s (US style burgers and cheesy fries)
  • Churro Central
  • Cocktail Gastronomy (pop up bar)
  • Vince’s Mobile Wood Fire Pizza
  • Delish Ice
  • Franklin Foodies (Ffoodies)
  • Hey Pesto
  • Lil Tortilla Boi
  • Jumplings (Amazing dumplings)
  • The Merrywell Food Truck
  • Kustom Cupcakes
  • Little Caesars Pizzette
  • Miam Miam (Crepes)
  • Miss Tartufo (Gelati, sorbet and coffee)
  • The Juicist (Freshly pressed juices)

IMG_1149Also permanent residents to the Cultural Centre – Ben & Jerry’s Ice-cream and Polly Coffee Bar joined in.

The Merrywell Dude Food On Wheels on Urbanspoon IMG_1147I tried the Merrywell’s new food truck. Like all food trucks, they run with a fairly limited menu, but there were burgers and the famous mac and cheese bites to choose from. I had a Merry Burger ($10). The burger was totally lush, tasty patty and cheese oozing out the sides. We found a shady spot on the steps to eat and I ended up with sauce dripping down my arm – what a grot! IMG_1159

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I can safely say that we’ve never passed the Delish Ice caravan without making a purchase! Little Chef tucked into a salted caramel ice pop, which after a bit of convincing him to let me have a nibble, I found it was indeed delish! I also wanted to try some juice from the Juicest, but the queues soon grew really long and Little Chefs little legs were tired! There was also live entertainment and a few kids rides. It was a lovely family friendly event.IMG_1153 I’m not too sure what Ai-Ling’s future plans are, regarding when the Food Truck Rumble will return, but given the overwhelming response I’m sure that it will. We’ll be there with bells on!!IMG_1155rrr

Joondalup Festival 2014

UntitledaThe annual Joondalup Festival is on this weekend, 2pm till 10pm each day! It’s a great community event. The weather looked a bit dicey, but luckily we didn’t get rained on, though it threw it down just after we left. Little chef and I headed down the Joondalup CBD in search of food trucks, and we found so much more.UntitledpThe main food area is on Grand Boulevard. Long communal tables have been set up to dine at – under the gumtrees and fairy lights. There are lots of food stalls including paella, juices, Japanese, Hare Krishna Vegetarian, churros, pizza etc etc. We were spoiled for choice!IMG_0841

El Asador

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I’ve been dying to try these meaty ribs since I saw them at the Beauford St Festival (the line there was too big). The Argentinian beef ribs are grilled on massive coal BBQS. I can smell them a mile away – devine! The ribs were topped with chimichurri (a salsa made from herbs and spices like parsley & garlic). They were lip smacking-ly good.IMG_0868

Butty’s

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I’m a BIG fan of Butty’s burgers. Take it from me, their Rib burger (bursting with sous vide rib meat) is TO DIE FOR! Tam is an excellent chef and I was pleased to hear that he’s got a few more foodie things in the pipeline happening soon. This time Little Chef had some cheesy fries – and I may have pinched a few… They are proper crinkle cut fluffy fries, with a sprinkle of spice, melted cheese and onions. Yummo.IMG_0872

Delish IceIMG_0846I love Delish Ice, in a gorgeous retro caravan. It’s a staple at most hawkers and markets around Perth. Somehow I always seem to miss out on the salted malted caramel ice pop! Not this time! It was just as good as everyone has been saying and Little Chef loved his Raspberry Lemonade ice pop too.IMG_0848

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Little Chef just couldn’t go past the macaroon stall. He picked a scrumptious blueberry flavoured macaroon, which he wasn’t prepared to share, even for a ride on the carousel!IMG_0890

So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you can’t go too far wrong with a trip to the Joondalup Festival. There’s great live music, rides for the kids, fashion shows and a big top with a big program of cabaret and other fun shows. Entry is free and there’s lots to do for all the family. Luckily, It looks like the weather forecast for Sunday is dry! Untitledd

And don’t forget that Butty’s Burger!Untitledb

Grilld Airstream at Bar Pop (Urban Orchard Perth)

UntitledgrilldIt’s these balmy summer nights that we sometimes take for granted in Perth.  It was a beautiful Wednesday and I bet 95% of people were commuting home after a days work; to cook dinner and watch a bit of TV. Not us. We’re all for the mid-week jaunt. It breaks up the working week and brings a bit of excitement to hump-day. So what if you have to work tomorrow? Toughen up I say!

UntitledferWe weren’t staying out till late, just having a chilled drink at the Urban Orchard’s Bar Pop. It overlooks the city skyline and is in the grounds of Perth Cultural Centre – just a second from the Perth train station. The pop up bar was stocked with Feral Brewery’s finest ales and the food was covered by Grilld Burgers. They were cooking them out of the Airstream – a retro food truck. It’s usually based on the East Coast doing the rounds with festivals, concerts and the like. The grand old lady had just completed a five day trip across the Nullarbor and WA sure was in for a treat on the “Wild West Burger Love Tour”.

IMG_9908We had two deliciously fresh burgers. Chef had the Crispy bacon & Cheese Burger ($13.50). I had the chicken, avocado andbBacon burger “Simon Says” ($14) Now for the revelation… It may just shock you… I’ve NEVER had a chicken burger before!! Don’t get me wrong, I love chicken – but for me a burger is all about the red meat burger patty. And the less shocking part was that I loved this chicken burger (a whole chicken breast). It was very tender and tasty.

IMG_9921So do yourself a favour and grab a burger from the Grilld Airstream while it’s still around. It’s at the Urban Orchard from 12 noon to 10.30pm till Friday the 22nd of November.

*Chef and I would like to thank Grilld for their kind invitation for us to go down to Bar Pop. We love Grilled burgers – here’s a link to our blog post on Grilld from a few months ago… http://thechefhiswifeperth.com/2013/07/29/grilld-burgers/

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* voucher – 2 for 1 main menu item