Mexico City 

When I started planning a trip to South America last year, I knew I had to include Cuba in the journey somewhere.  When I realised that it was easiest to fly through Mexico City to get there, the choice to stop a while to try some food was easy. What was not so easy was the decision about which foods to try in the short time we would have there. Honestly, it’s a blessing I don’t have to make real decisions in my life because the one between a street food tour and a taco tour caused me a truly unnecessary amount of angst!

We stayed in a great Airbnb on Isabel de Catolina, just down the road from the central historical district and across the road from a university campus. Being deliriously tired from the preceding 30 hours of transit, we took our Airbnb hosts recommendation and just wandered downstairs to a place called Hosteria La Bota for dinner when we arrived. We ordered molletes especiales and enchiladas verdes, with only a vague idea of what they would be as the menu was all Spanish – should have worked harder on those duolingo lessons! The former turned out to be a crusty bread roll filled with refried beans and chorizo and topped with melted cheese, with pico de gallo on the side, while the latter was corn tortillas swimming in verde sauce with cheese, creme fraiche and chicken. Both were delicious – full of flavour, a decent amount of spice and not too heavy. My favourite part was the refried beans and chorizo mix in the Molletes especiales. And of course, we had a jug of margarita to accompany them – when in Mexico and all that jazz.


So we had ended up booking a street food tour with a company called Eat Mexico. Although the taco tour did truely tempt me, I went with the option with more variety in the end. The trip advisor reviews of the company were glowing, so I had high hopes for the day. We turned up at 9.30am in the city centre jet lagged, but with our walking shoes on, tummies empty and cameras at the ready. Our guide, Anais, was super friendly and really knew her stuff – she grew up in Mexico City and had a qualification in gastronomy from a the university across the road from our Airbnb! 

Over the course of the day we tried tamales, fresh tortillas, burritos, quesadillas, chicharron, fresh juice and a bunch of other things I can’t remember the name of because the jet lag was real and I didn’t write anything down. All the different types of tortillas had different names depending on the shape and it got complicated quickly! We saw cactus ready to be de-thorned and we later ate some cooked, and we got to visit inside a tortilla shop to see how the magic happens. We had a taco made from pig stomach (a bit chewy for my liking, but the other option was uterus!). My favourite was the octopus tostado which was just dreamy with the crispy tortilla, large chunks of octopus, creamy avocado and fresh lime.


After the food tour we headed home to relax after that incredibly taxing morning, stopping by the beer shop to purchase something to enjoy on our sunny rooftop. That evening we headed over to the central historical district to check out the cathedral and see what the area was like. There was a lot of construction work going on, but thre was a good vibe around.  We took a few snaps with the hordes of people and then escaped to a quiet rooftop for a drink. We took the opportunity here to try some Mezcal, which is a drink made from agave plants native to Mexico. To put it in context, tequila is a type of Mezcal made from a specific agave plant, the agave tequilana. I am not sure what type of plant our Mezcal was made from, but it was made to be sipped not taken as a shot. It was served with lime and purple salt, and although not my favourite taste it was interesting to try. 


And that was about it for our short and sweet Mexico stopover. It definitely made me want to come back one day and spend more time in Mexico, but for now Cuba was calling!

Passata day

Recently, I tagged along with some friends from work to an event that has been on my bucket list since watching looking for Looking for Alibrandi as an impressionable teen – passata day. Otherwise known as tomato day, this annual tradition is carried out by  Italian families around the world, usually in the middle of summer when tomatoes are at their most abundant. It’s a whole day sort of affair, with many hands boiling, chopping and pureeing their way to enough sauce to last for the following 12 months – after some has been set aside for a well-deserved lunch of course!   Continue reading

Tiisch

On the corner of Hay and Milligan Street in the CBD lies Tiisch, which I have decided is Perth’s dreamiest cafe. With its bright white walls, punctuated with splashes of greenery hanging from the roof and sprouting from planter boxes, it’s difficult not to be enamoured from the moment you walk in. But if charming interiors aren’t quite enough to win you over, stick around for the food and there won’t be any doubt in your mind. I was so taken with it, I visited for brunch twice in as many weeks!

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Tre Amici

It seems to me that Perth is awash with choices when it comes to dining out these days. Subi is undergoing a renaissance, Leederville is jam packed with cafes and don’t even get me started on trying to choose my favourite place to eat in Northbridge! Luckily for me (and you), for those nights that you really just can’t choose those clever folk at No Mafia, Francoforte and Chico Gelato put their heads together and came up with Tre Amici – a roving dinner experience available Monday through Thursday that’s a damn tasty bargain at just $35.

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Exploring the Great Southern

While the South-West of Western Australia in the summer is undeniably amazing,  with no shortage of white sandy beaches to stretch out on and trails to explore, there is also something attractive about jumping in the car and heading down south in the cooler months. Lush green landscapes, clear cool days and red wine by the fire make for a fine weekend away, and that’s exactly what Ollie and I jumped in the car to experience this winter. Our destination of choice was Denmark, a small town resplendent with natural beauty right in the middle of WA’s rainbow coast.

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Hermosa Cantina

Nestled on Cambridge Street in the heart of Wembley, Hermosa Cantina has been delighting the people of Perth with its Spanish inspired menu for nigh on mine months now, although its dedicated following would have you believe its been around a lot longer. You wouldn’t expect anything different though, given the people behind the scenes are the very people that operate the legendary Tropico in North Beach. Hermosa has been on my to-do list since it first dipped its feet into the Perth food scene, and the only question in my mind was whether to go for brunch or dinner! As usual though, my love of brunch won out and a few weeks ago there I was; 10am on a Sunday at an overflowing Hermosa Cantina.

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Holly Rayes Cafe

Tucked away in the back streets of suburban Bassendean, Holly Rayes is a tiny cafe that it packing big punches for the pooches and their owners alike. The vibe here is warm and welcoming – the owners greeting regulars as they walk past with their dogs, tails wagging as they stop to lap at the bowl of water set out especially for them on the sidewalk (the dogs that is, not humans). The interior is simple is the best way possible – bright and light with the occasional pop of colour. And the food? Well, it didn’t leave anything to be desired!

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