Monthly Archives: February 2009

Balthazar Restaurant + Bar, Perth

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While we were in Perth, we frequented close by cafe/bar Tiger, Tiger to steal their internet and get restaurant recommendations. One of their recommendations was Balthazar in the CBD.

So one Saturday evening, after a most informative and entertaining walking tour around the city, we headed down towards the Swan River for dinner. I had actually made a booking earlier in the day, but as it was Saturday night and last minute we were offered either a wait in the bar until a table becomes available or just eat in the bar. We thought we’d wait and see when we got there.

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C Restaurant

cextFine dining in Perth…well,  I had tried to get into the renown Jackson’s, but Da Boyfriend won’t do a degustation, so we were running out of options, particularly as we were relying on people we came across for recommendations. One of the recommendations we were given was for C Restaurant. First things’ first: It revolves. Yes, a revolving restaurant on top of a building!

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Taste of Sydney

Wine courtesy of Chandon

Wow! Thanks to Christie of Fig & Cherry, and Prue from Mint Partners the Sydney blogging community is going mainstream! Along with some of the luminaries of the Sydney foodblogging scene, such as Not Quite Nigella, Grab Your Fork, Spicy Icecream, Jenius, Fooderati,  the crew from Eat, Show and TellA Table for Two and last but not least, Chocolate Suze, we descended on the recently refurbished Centennial Park Dining for the launch of the Taste of Sydney Festival

The Taste Festivals are new to Sydney, but have been running since 2004, starting in the UK, then spreading to Ireland, South Africa, and in 2008 expanding to Dubai, Amsterdam, Brussels and Melbourne.

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The Equinox

Our first night in Busselton and we were on the hunt for a “proper” meal…Lucky for us there was more than just a restaurant for us to head to, for when we got into town, we were delighted to discover that the Busselton Show was on with the main streets closed for the highlight, Petticoat Lane Markets.

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It was packed with people and stalls selling bric-a-brac to fundraising for various community groups, to the many food producers of the region. There was biscuits and honey and jam and wine! It was glorious. Thanks to the wonderful Da Boyfriend I also scored the most divine french oak serving board made from an old wine barrel…I won’t be taking the knife to it that’s for sure!

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Gastronomia Pelagio

Ah, breakfast in Darlo…one of my favourite things to do! The choice available never ceases to satisfy!

Since Pelagio changed hands about a year ago, things have changed. Formerly a deli/greengrocer with a huge range of products available with some eat in options, the space has been cleared and refined…

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We meet here for breakfast bright and early (9am) to avoid a wait for tables…

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Margaret River Big Day Out

busseltonjettyWe were told by many that we shouldn’t stay in Margaret River because the accommodation would be up to 30% more expensive..so from the glossy tourist brochures, and the web we settled on Busselton. Situated in Geographe Bay, Busselton seems to be the equivalent of Batemans’ Bay for Canberrans. A lovely seaside town, not too far from home, with some decent restaurants and cafes…The main attraction being the historic Busselton Jetty… So I managed to find a wine and food tour of the Margaret River that wasn’t for old people!

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Little Creatures Brewery

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My favourite pub in Western Australia. The one place everyone had told us to visit: The Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle.

Unfortunately for you, and me, for some reason I lost all my food photos!

Sitting on the harbour, the Brewery is housed in converted ship sheds looking out to the Indian Ocean. Every night we were in Freo we ate here sitting in the delightful beer garden, fully equipped with a bocce green!
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