All posts tagged: Dining

Gooseberries in Suburbia

In a quiet location opposite Kensington Primary school you’ll find Gooseberries Cafe. It’s recently had a revamp with new owners and a new look. Its inside is a mix of edgy wood, and clean surfaces, with colourful art adorning the walls of what must have been someone’s home at some stage. We collected a menu from the counter and found a seat opposite this piece. We found the cafe surprisingly spacious despite its small outer appearance. After ordering from the friendly staff, our drinks arrived quickly and breakfast soon followed. First up was an ice coffee, at $6 it was quite expensive, there being no cheaper option to not include the ice cream. We felt that it probably needed an extra shot, but the coffee itself was a nice flavour. The latte however was good, creamy and strong without being bitter or over extracted. Though temperature wise it was a fraction too hot for our liking. We ordered Arby’s pancakes, and added home made blueberry coulis for an extra $3. The pancakes were amazing, big …

Maylands: The Eighth Avenue Strip

There’s no doubt about it, Maylands is becoming quite an urban hotspot. You’ll find boutiques, cafés, an art gallery, a delicatessen, even a butcher, bakery and small bar. Eighth Avenue now boasts everything a foodie could want in one convenient location. So you’re in Maylands for breakfast – where to go? Highlighted Meal The Bacon Stack You’ll find this gem at Milk’d, a veritable mountain of bacon, rocket, gooey poached eggs AND tomato, all on buttered, salty toast. It’s one of those meals that just works, and something you’ll find yourself coming back to try, again and again and again. Milk’d Milk’d is the old reliable of cafés on the strip. They serve good food and good coffee fast and with a smile, though without some of the refinement and flair of Mrs S or Chapels. They are a great family-friendly venue and have plenty of room; we’re especially fond of their airy outside tables. Plus, they happen to serve the bacon stack, which we absolutely adore. Mrs S Mrs S is located on the …

Beyond Beaufort: Lincolns 102

Just off the main Beaufort street strip, though it feels like its in another world, you’ll find Lincolns 102, a quaint cafe full of the eclectic charm Mount Lawley is known for. Colourful cushions, and interesting decor adorn it’s interior and the staff wear vibrant aprons, it’s impossible not be cheerful in the face of such charm. We started with a coffee, you can’t help but admire the impressive Synesso on the counter and we had high expectations. The coffee arrived fast but was too hot to drink initially. When it was at a more drinkable temperature the flavours were good, the milk creamy with a good level of foam. Eggs benedict is one of those breakfasts we get on a regular basis, it’s the ‘old reliable’, poached egg, creamy hollandaise, where could it go wrong? This eggs benny was a touch different to the norm, served with bacon and not ham and dispensing with the usual English muffin. The bacon was nice with a hint of crispness and the wilted spinach moist and there …

Deep-Fried French Toast

Health nuts look away now! French toast is not particularly good for you at the best of times, but boyfriend-who-bakes and I have made it even less healthy and even more tasty by, you guessed it, deep frying it. Its one of those moments of heaven when you take a bite of perfectly cooked, crispy, golden french toast with a touch of cinnamon, icing sugar and honey. It really needs no garnishes, no toppings to disguise any imperfections in the cooking of the toast itself, my current pet peeve when buying french toast at cafés. Plus everything tastes better when you make it yourself, it just does, even if there’s no logical reason for it to be so. Don’t freak out now and tell me you don’t have a fancy deep fryer, it certainly makes it easier if you have one but it’s really not necessary. All you need is a pan deep enough to get about three inches of oil with a nice thick bottom. So no excuses for not trying this at home! …

Typika Roastery Claremont

Typika is one of our favourite breakfast, brunch and coffee locations and it certainly seems to be everyone else’s too if the amount of people there are anything to go by. It’s located just outside the Claremont quarter in a big, almost warehouse like building with the coffee roastery visible in the middle. I couldn’t help but watch it all happen, it’s so, for want of a better word, cool to see the master roasters in action. Then again I am a little bit of a coffee fan girl so it may just be me. Besides a bit of a mix up with the service – one of our coffees arrived much later then the others, the coffee was very good. We even tried a second coffee on the way out which was equally impressive and the barista happy to chat with me about it which I always appreciate. The spiced beef benedict is a bit of a signature breakfast at Typika, and something we’d really enjoyed previously and were looking forward to. The hollandaise …

The Daily Planet – it’s always breakfast time somewhere

Long having patronised the Planet Empire of stores, it was about time we gave the Daily Planet a revisit. We had been when it first opened and was having a few teething problems so we were really overdue for a proper trial. The Daily Planet is located next to the bookstore (and below the music and dvd arm of planet) just a touch down from its previous iconic corner locale (there’s whispers it’s becoming a krispy kreme donuts?). It’s typical Mount Lawley when you enter inside, quirky furniture, chilled and alternative staff as well as some pretty awesome wall art. While we visited at lunchtime they have a breakfast menu until 3pm which we were keen to take advantage of. Breakfast is pretty much the best meal of the day (Parks and Rec got this right – why would anyone eat anything else?) so we had to choose both a breakfast kind of meal and as more normal lunch type of meal. The service was very slow, and it took a lot of time to get the …

Overly Ambitious Christmas Baking – Red Velvet Shortbread

Yes you did read that correctly. I made red velvet shortbread. Before you ask I didn’t know such a thing existed either until I decided it would pretty christmassy to have red velvet shortbread. Because christmas has always meant shortbread in my family (and lets face it I will never be able to make shortbread as well as my mother, she has it down to a fine art) and red and white are christmas colours it seemed like a good idea. Sure I could have made normal red velvet but I had my heart set on shortbread. Not having a recipe I adapted a standard short bread recipe they ended up looking and tasting pretty amazing. Out of all the baking outcomes that could have resulted from my impulsive idea, this was by far the best one. So if you’re ready to give it a go yourself this is what you’ll need – Ingredients (two trays worth ~15 biscuits) 2 cups (250g) plain flour 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 baking powder 250g butter 1/2 cup caster …

rrRaw by Chris

As some of you may be aware I recently sampled some delicious raw treats from Halo Espresso, some of which happened to have been created by Chris, who you can find in her kitchen creating delicious food for rrRaw by Chris and Tales of a Kitchen. I was fortunate enough to have been provided with a box of her treats to sample, and aside from the obvious (give a foodie delicious food and they can’t help but enjoy it) I only agreed to do so if I could give a totally honest review. Chris puts her heart and soul into her food, and I am certain she’s been waiting for me to get this review up with bated breath. So without any further fluff I’ll put Chris out of her misery. Chris and I met at Kettle Cafe to chat over breakfast about food and life. I was keen to learn about her take on food and how her business had come about. Chris’ philosophy on food is refreshing, she has a passion for raw food and hopes …

Chewy Caramel Tim Tam Slice

What’s more Australian then Tim Tams on Grand Final Day? Nothing that’s what! Ingredients: 300g Milk Chocolate 150g Butter 2 x 200g Chewy Caramel Tim Tams Method: Melt the butter on low heat in a saucepan. When it is just at the point of melting remove from the heat and slowly add in the chocolate in small pieces and stir. If the mixture becomes to cool, put on the lowest temperature and remove as soon as melting starts again. Line a baking tray with baking paper and break the tim tams into chunks and spread over the tray. When all the chocolate has been melted pour the mixture over the tim tams and make sure they are totally covered and the chocolate goes to the edge of the tray. You can make it thicker according to your preference. I liked mine a bit thicker and rustic. Put into the fridge and let set for at least half an hour. When it is set, cut and serve, making sure to place any left overs back into …