The power of Instagram was recently highlighted for me with the opening of the new Frisch and Barć in Como. I mean, I know how big of an influence social media is and I guess it depends on who and what you follow based on your interests but man, this place was all over my news feed. After all the photos I saw of that French toast pop up everywhere I just had to go check it out and I knew exactly what dish I would be eating. I know we’re all drawn to different things when it comes to food, and well, life in general, but this was a testament, not only to how much social media can influence your choices, but also, to how darn amazing that French toast was!!
After the opening of Odyssea earlier in the year and the hype that surrounded it, it was firmly on my list, however due to its popularity and crazy busy weekends it seemed a mid week dinner was the way to go and that time had come. Odyssea is complete beachfront on City Beach and part of an impressive new development that will include a couple more establishments as the year goes on. I’ve often felt Perth has suffered from a shortage of good beachfront restaurants, which seems like such a shame considering our incredible coastline and breathtaking sunsets. So whenever a new one opens up and promises food that matches the view, I’m in. Odyssea had a couple of negative reviews early in the piece but as this is fairly normal whilst a new venue finds its feet it certainly did not deter me and I can tell you now, after my visit, I can’t wait to go back.
It was a sunny, blue sky winters day a few weeks ago and with a lunch date with my mum on the cards, we were hanging out to head back to Green Door Wines in Ferguson Valley after a successful birthday lunch earlier in the year. The Ferguson Valley is a charming wine region 20 minutes east of Bunbury and aside from being in my parents back yard it is one of my favourite places to visit. It’s much much smaller than the likes of Margaret River and because of its size it has a lovely warm, community feel to it without all the tourist hype. There is a handful of fantastic wineries, a couple of breweries and restaurants and lots of pretty scenery, especially at this time of year when everything is green and lush.
I find going out for breakfast or brunch always a great idea in theory but too often I am disappointed with the food. I guess it’s because my love for going out to eat is to experience food that I wouldn’t or couldn’t cook myself at home so the standard bacon and eggs just doesn’t do it for me, because that, I can do (and pretty well too). It also drives me a little crazy that you often can’t book and have to fight against everyone else with often large lines and waits at busy cafe’s and without my morning coffee and an empty stomach, this never bodes well. So with more cafe’s doing interesting things, serving up dishes outside the norm and all day brunch becoming more common, my interest in going out for breakfast (or brunch) has certainly been reignited.
One of my favourite new drinking destinations in Perth would have to be Halford Bar. Located down a flight of stairs in a back corner room of the beautifully restored State Buildings, this classy but fun new bar has its home in what used to be the basement Safe Room of the 1897 Titles Building. I dare say it looks a whole lot different to what it would have done in 1897.
Stepping into this quaint small bar in Maylands was like being transported to a charming bar in Paris, very European in style and brimming with warmth and energy. Swallow Bar in Maylands had been on my list for a while and I wish I had visited sooner.
Food for me isn’t just eating 3 square meals a day, food is something I’m passionate about, it brings joy and inspiration, smiles on faces, and I’m always dreaming about my next foodie experience. There are many people in Perth these days doing amazing, interesting and inspiring things with food and I just want to get amongst it! So when I discovered Secret Suppers I was intrigued and excited. Talented creatives wanting to bring something unique to Perth, for lovers of food, to highlight WA’s incredible produce and to give us a chance to meet new people and do something different.
Ever sat at your desk, staring out the window, dreaming about what you’ll have for lunch, I know I have, and for us city workers, when Tiisch opened a couple of weeks ago it gave us a place to take that day dream. Tiisch is on the corner of Hay and Milligan in a beautiful heritage building that has been brought back to life, high ceilings, breezy colours, natural light and lots of greenery, this is your lunching oasis in the city.