Ibiza N2 – Mt Lawley

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Ibiza N2 Gelato is no ordinary gelataria. The extra special thing about Ibiza N2 is that they are the first place in Perth to use liquid nitrogen (N2) to flash freeze their gelato. The liquid nitrogen forms a large number of microscopic ice crystals in just seconds. This makes their gelato ultra-smooth and creamy.img_3837

Kids and adults alike will love watching their gelato being created before their eyes. The fresh ingredients are mixed together and then the liquid nitrogen is poured in, creating huge clouds that billow out of the mixers. Little Chef said that it looks like a witches cauldron! After a few minutes, just like magic, you have freshly churned gelato!img_3839 Continue reading

Taylors Art and Coffee House – Middle Swan

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I’d heard great things about Taylors and have been keen to try the Swan Valley brunch spot for some time. Taylors Art and Coffee House is found in a rustic building, which has charming little nooks to sit in – like a corrugated iron water tank – it feels like you could be in an outback oasis.New Image

As well as the café, you’ll find quality arts and crafts there to buy.IMG_1528

It was a very hot day so we opted to sit inside. While we waited for all of our friends to arrive, I slurped on a deliciously refreshing beet and veg juice. IMG_1517

Kez had the smashed avo, $16. This was a tasty version of the breakfast staple. Smashed avocado sits on rye with fresh tomato, crumbled feta, balsamic and a free range poached egg.IMG_1526

Kimie chose the gluten free version of the brekkie sandwich, $16. She also added a couple of sausages on the side. Kim soon realised this wasn’t necessary as there are two rounds of sandwiches! The sarnies are brimming with bacon, eggs, tomato relish and cheddar cheese. Yummo!IMG_1525

I ordered the cornbread, $22 served with tasty chipotle butter. It is topped with guacamole, dressed greens and a free range poached egg. There’s an option to add bacon for an extra $8 and of course I couldn’t resist! The egg was perfectly gooey and the bacon slightly crisp. I ooo-ed and yumm-ed my way through this dish – it’s very very tasty! I’d have it again in a heartbeat!IMG_1524

The kids are spoiled for choice too with a decent kids menu for breakfast and lunch. There’s also a large sandpit in the outside dining courtyard – but it was far too hot for that! Miss M had a 2 Pancake stack with maple syrup, banana, strawberries, cream & icing sugar, $12.IMG_1522Little Chef enjoyed his bacon, scrambled eggs & toast $9. The portions served for kids meals can vary a lot and I thought at Taylors these are very generous.IMG_1527

All in all we enjoyed Taylors and I’d absolutely go there again. Hopefully we’ll visit on a cooler day so we can sit outside and enjoy a hot coffee with brunch. The food is excellent and well priced too. Recommended!IMG_1529

 

Leapfrogs – Wanneroo

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A good family all-rounder is Leapfrogs – one of our favourite locals. It’s casual, kid friendly and has tasty food to boot. An added bonus is that its also in the same venue as Wanneroo Botanic Golf – so great for a bit of family entertainment and a meal. We particularly like their wood-fired pizzas.IMG_1649

Chef, Little Chef and I headed to Leapfrogs for brunch on the first day of 2016. Chef and I hadn’t had a big NYE celebration. A night at home, watching a movie and a low key countdown of “3-2-1-Goodnight”! Even hangover-free, we still had a lazy morning and it took us till 10.30 am to get our act together and choose somewhere to go out for brunch. So we chose somewhere close to home, also on a public holiday the options are a little limited – goodness Leapfrogs was open!IMG_1613

At Leapfrogs the seating is mainly outside, under the patio. I like to grab a table by the koi pond on a fine day, the waterfall is very relaxing and the roses smell divine!IMG_1614

Little Chef chose the kids pancakes and they came out promptly with our drinks – a flat white coffee for Chef and a very refreshing watermelon juice for me.IMG_1606

Chef devoured his brunch favourite of bacon eggs benedict. Deliciously runny poached eggs, smothered in house made hollandaise sauce, sits upon fresh sourdough. It is a generous serving, but Chef just had to add a side of chipolata sausages too, clearly there are no healthy eating new years resolutions for him!IMG_1609

I loved my dish of flatbread with two fried eggs, fresh guacamole and sweet roasted tomatoes. The flatbread is made onsite and baked in their pizza oven. Its so soft and had that scrumptious freshly baked aroma. The flatbread was perfect for mopping up the yolks of the runny eggs. I’d absolutely eat it again.IMG_1612

Once finished, we had a spot of putt putt golf. Being a public holiday it was quite busy and it was also quite warm – luckily about 80% of the course is well shaded. It’s a fun and often challenging course – it certainly gets the better of me.IMG_1615

A few months ago I took my parents and Little Chef to Leapfrogs for lunch. They’d never been before and they were impressed with the quality of the food and friendly wait staff. My Dad ate his burger and side of fries with gusto – washed down with a cold beer.IMG_9439

I felt like something light and opted for a tart, I don’t think it’s on the menu anymore, but it was very tasty!IMG_9444

My Mum chose the ‘Fish Special’, served with chips and salad. On that day it was Swordfish. She was a little hesitant, having not eaten swordfish before, but she still raves about the very tasty fish dish months later. I tried a bit too and it was very moist and full of flavour.IMG_9446

Little Chef chose a pizza. Not satisfied with the topping option of “ham and cheese” on the kids menu, this cheeky 6 year old convinced us that he had to have an adult sized Carnivore pizza ($25). Knowing that Daddy would be only too pleased with us bringing him the leftovers, I gave in. This wood fired pizza was generously topped in mouth-watering prosciutto, pepperoni, ham, bacon, sausage and mozzarella.IMG_9436

Afterwards we had a stroll around the lush Botanic Garden. My parents were so surprised that they didn’t know what a beautiful garden was hiding right here in Wanneroo!IMG_1633

The mature trees and bushes provide a lot of shade and it is full of little pathways, streams and a koi pond – fantastic for exploring!IMG_1619

Leapfrogs is a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours and a great idea for something to do in the Perth school holidays.IMG_1625

 

 

 

 

Gooseberries Cafe – Kensington {CLOSED}

My two work besties and I met at 11.30am, along with Little Chef and cute as a button baby O. Since we all live in different directions, we met somewhere central – the newly opened Gooseberries, in Kensington. It’s in a little old building, opposite Kensington Primary School – just a stone’s throw from South Perth. I wish there was a café like this opposite Little Chef’s School. I’d be there every day!IMG_1791

It’s a lovely café and quite tardis-like. Inside, it’s far bigger than it looks from the road. Brightly cushioned chairs and prints hanging on the walls make it very inviting. The staff are lovely and told me they’d only been open about 12 weeks. They’re also awaiting a shiny new sign, to replace the graffiti style one they have at the mo.

Gooseberries is fabulous for children too. There is a dedicated playroom full of toys for the kids – of course you must supervise them in there. Little Chef enjoyed a play in there and drawing on the blackboard. We decided to sit in the astro-turfed garden outside, since it was sunny.

It was just about lunch time, but Mrs H and Mrs C both were feeling like something brunch-y was in order. Luckily Gooseberries do an all-day breakfast menu. The menu also features burgers, salads, sandwiches and has quite an Asian twist to it. We started with some freshly squeezed juices and coffee.

Summer Brekkie ($19) Mrs H loved her super fresh brekkie of avocado on organic bread, two poached eggs with spinach and grilled tomatoes with pesto and a balsamic glaze.IMG_1756

Ary’s Eggs Benedict ($19) Mrs C is gluten intolerant and though it wasn’t marked on the menu, they have gluten free bread available and there are plenty of GF options. She enjoyed the two poached eggs, crispy bacon, spinach, cherry tomatoes – covered in hollandaise sauce and thought the bacon was delish.IMG_1758

For a change, I felt like something  “healthier”. Endlessly eating out wreaks havoc on the waistline.

Thai Beef Salad ($22) This plate full of mixed salad greens was hiding lots of warm slivers of fillet steak underneath. This is absolutely one of the tastiest salads I’ve had in a long time. Fresh lemongrass, coriander, ginger and mint, coupled with a spicy lime dressing made for a delicious lunch. (Also chicken option).IMG_1760

Unless I missed it, there isn’t a children’s menu. Perhaps one would be a good idea? There wasn’t too much that Little Chef would eat so I picked a freshly made carrot cupcake from the cabinet. Fussy five year old LC should have been chuffed with a cupcake for lunch (It’s ok it’S got veggies in!!). He was doing well till he spotted a tiny sliver of carrot and it was all over. Oh dear. I finished it off and it was a fine cupcake.

Mrs C treated herself to a freshly made GF pistachio slice, which was scrumptious. We all loved Gooseberries and the three of us will absolutely be back. I love it when I find a fantastic little café like this. Can’t wait to try some more of their fresh and tasty food very soon!

Penny Garden Restaurant

IMG_0252We visited the Swan Valley for a special birthday brunch on the weekend – Chef’s grandads 80th.

We easily found the Penny Garden Restaurant (situated next to Yahava coffee and near to the Margaret River Chocolate factory). The name “Penny Garden” comes from the discovery of old coins during its construction.

Little Chef clocked the bouncy castle straight away, which is free for patrons. It was a good bargaining tool for us – he could have a bounce if he ate all his breakfast – little did we know HOW BIG his breakfast was to be!IMG_0270

We sat indoors by the window overlooking the dam and vineyards; you can also sit outside under the veranda. I have to admit I had imagined the restaurant/cafe to be in a lush garden, not just a vast lawn. Inside was a little noisy, as we were essentially sitting in a big shed. The staff were friendly and efficient.

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We had;

UntitledpggAvo Smash $22 2 free range poached eggs, smashed avocado, Danish fetta and spinach on top toasted Turkish bread with a half a baked savoury tomato

IMG_0258Pancake Stack $19 Four Pancakes, with a choice of maple syrup or a blueberry compote. I asked if LC could have a child portion of this (2 pancakes), but the waiter said they didn’t do that. I assume the reason being it would stuff up their mise en place (prep) or something. I just hate wastage though! LC did well, but only managed half of the adults serve.

UntitledpgEggs Benedict $20.50 2 poached free-range eggs, ham, wilted spinach, hollandaise on an English muffin with a baked savoury topped half a tomato. Hash brown $3.50 extra

The food was all very tasty and well cooked. I really enjoyed the Avo Smash. I do think that breakfast dishes should generally be under $20 though (unless a very substantial dish like a Full English). Maybe these dishes were a touch overpriced.

Penny Garden is a very family friendly restaurant and LC just loved the bouncy castle. It was well suited to a large family gathering with lots of children under 10 there. It was a lovely morning spent with Chef’s vast extended family – we were even treated to some tasty cupcakes. Thank you for having us to celebrate with you – Happy Birthday Grandad!! Untitledcc
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