A D’Arenberg Degustation

At the end of last year, I was getting ready to take some time off work and head to Bali to celebrate a close friends 30th, when Mount Agung started to get a little restless, flights got cancelled and I was left with $500 worth of Jetstar credit. For a while I was a little bit at a loss about where to go. Melbourne again? Was it time to venture down to Tasmania? I was still umm-ing and ahh-ing over the decision when, during one lazy Sunday morning in bed, I scrolled past a Jetstar advertisement for $200 return flights to Adelaide and made the snap decision to visit the wine regions of South Australia to celebrate my 30th birthday. Little did I know at the time it was going to lead to one of the most interesting meals of my life, a degustation full of delights at the newly constructed ‘cube’ at D’Arenberg in McLaren Vale.

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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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The Standard

Just around the corner from my apartment is one of my favourite places in Perth, The Standard. This bright, leafy sanctuary on Roe Street is one of my favourite places to stop by for an after work drink, a quick bite to eat or a leisurely Sunday lunch. On a sunny day their wine garden is to die for, and the menu is perfectly curated  to never leave you wanting. I know I am getting into gushing territory a little here, but I seriously love this place.  Continue reading

The Prophet

Vic Park  – it’s one of those parts of Perth that has just exploded with great dining options over the last few years. I mean, I’m sure there has always been a few great spots along the strip but in recent times it just feels like there is more and more options in this area for those nights when you just can’t be bothered to crack open a cookbook at home.  I don’t make it over there often, but one Friday recently I found myself in the area for a girls night at the The Prophet. Excited to be trying this highly regarded Lebanese restaurant for the first time, I headed down Albany Hwy with a bottle of red wine in hand and a sense of excitement.   Continue reading

Mandoon Estate & Homestead Brewery

Last weekend, I had a friend from Canada as a house-guest, and I got the chance to spend a few days playing tour guide in my own city. It was a really fun experience – I find that all to often, life and chores and seeing friends and visiting grandma and tending to your dying pot plant and all those things that are really nice to do but use up all of your time on the weekend happen, and its not often enough that you get to devote a weekend to enjoying everything that your own city has to offer. Getting out to those places like Lesmurdie Falls and spending whole days meandering around the Swan Valley sampling cheese, chocolate and wine to your hearts content definitely needs to happen more often for most Western Australians (or maybe everyone does these things, and I just spend too much time keeping up with netflix). Anyway, with a Canadian in tow on a sunny winter weekend, I took the opportunity to cross a few of those spots in the Swan Valley off the list for another few months. Continue reading

Tropico

Lately, much of my time has been taken up with holiday planning – poring over maps of central Europe, planning breathtaking stops in the Austrian Alps, hunting down perfect lakeside cottages and learning all about the whimsical wonders of Germany’s Romantic Road.  Combined with trying to save money for the same trip, going out to eat and blogging about it has taken a bit of a backseat in my life lately. A girl can’t live on home-cooked meals forever though (as good as they might be) so a couple of weekends ago I packed into the car with my girlfriends and we motored our way up the Mitchell Freeway to cafe hotspot Tropico. This bright, airy cafe set one street back from the beautiful North Beach has been on high rotation on all forms of social media lately, serving up all manner of visually perfect grub and we wanted to see if it lived up to its picture perfect reputation!  Continue reading

The Brisbane

Every year, the Rabbitohs make the long trip all the way across Australia to treat the people of Perth to a live rugby league game.  While AFL-obsessed Perth is a pretty long way from home for an NRL team, they can’t complain too much about the trip, because they normally come over here to take on the NZ Warriors who probably have to endure two flights to get themselves over to Perth. A group of friends and I look forward to the game each year, which is partly a legacy from our dads who are mad Rabbitohs fans, partly because the Kiwi fans are probably the most good natured fans I have ever barracked against, and partly because it’s a bunch of incredibly muscly men running at each other at each other at high speed – and what could be more sporting than that? Lunch and a few beers is always in order before the game and the Brisbane is always the place to get amped up before heading to NIB stadium – it doesn’t hurt that  the food there is always outstanding as well. So on that sunny Saturday at the end of autumn we got all geared up in our red and green and headed on over to Highgate early to get a table before the crowds arrived.

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