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2013 Araluen Fremantle Chilli Festival

Yes, Perth foodies, this weekend signalled time to unpack the chilli spoon and head to the Fremantle Esplanade for the annual Araluen Chilli Festival. This festival is getting bigger every year, and is a definite must on the tasting calendar. We arrived just before the opening time of 10am on Sunday, and found a fairly large crowd already starting to form. Thankfully the weather was overcast and not too hot, better than the much hotter and humid day yesterday. On entering, it was obvious that there has been a layout change from previous years and the provision of extra shade was the most obvious addition. There seemed to be a few new product stalls in amongst the usual suspects, and a substantial increase in the number of places to buy food to eat which was great. I didn’t buy much to take home this year – ok, I couldn’t resist…

Quick Breakfast Review: Cafe Mulberries, Morley

I’ve struggled to find somewhere decent to have breakfast around Morley Galleria, Dome is the best of a bad bunch inside – don’t ever, EVER, have breakfast at the Coffee Club – and the offerings at Coventry Village are improving but still a bit dubious. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised to learn of the existence of Cafe Mulberries, located in a group of shops on Progress Street right next to the Galleria. I had a day off from work today (Friday) and decided to visit Cafe Mulberries for breakfast. Their breakfast menu is quite comprehensive but not at all fussy, so there should be something for everyone. I’d encourage you to look at their surprisingly decent website, which includes photos and other information as well as the breakfast and lunch menus. The Cafe was quite busy when I arrived at about 8:30am, and most of the people there…

My favourite place: Piccos Kitchen, Maylands

As regular readers will know, I like to try new places and only return to a restaurant when there’s something on offer that I can’t get anywhere else. With this in mind, it took me somewhat by surprise when we discovered Piccos Kitchen in Maylands last year, as the food and service has taken us back there time after time for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located somewhat unglamorously between a laundromat and a deli, Piccos would best be described as an “intimate” restauarant, and there’s seating for around 30 including a few tables outside. On entering, you will be warmly greeted by Marissa or one of her staff, who have somehow been trained to always provide the perfect level of attentiveness. Piccos is one of those rare places where they actually do want to get to know you, and make the effort to remember your name. We usually go to…

Breakfast Review: Pimlott & Strand, North Perth

It’s amazing how you can easily miss a good thing – I drive on Fitzgerald Street in North Perth every day to get to and from work, although I’d never given a second thought to the cafe at the front of North Perth Plaza, which turns out to be gourmet deli & cafe Pimlott & Strand. Having discovered this quite by accident, we decided to go there for breakfast on Saturday morning and were pleased to see them open at a bright 7:30am. There are plenty of tables inside and outside, and the walls are lined with interesting gourmet produce. The cabinets are full of meats, cheeses & pasta as well as savoury lunch items, pastries and macarons. Breakfast options include muesli, crepes (berry or chestnut) and eggs done in some interesting ways – I was quite tempted by the “Eggs Hamburg” ($15.50) with parmesan herbed beef, poached egg, free…

Enjoying your Subway Footlong? Not quite…

The New York Post recently measured the length of Subway “Footlong” subs from various location throughout New York, and discovered that four out of seven were only 11 or 11.5 inches long. It seems we may have a similar problem here in Australia, based on this recent post from their Facebook page: Of course this post has since been taken down – what kind of idiot would make a statement like that? If you’re a regular Subway eater, I’d suggest you take a ruler with you in future. (via FoodBeast)

No photos, just anger: Italians Restaurant, Dianella

I wasn’t going to review tonight’s dinner as we were both tired and hungry after a long week and in need of a quick but decent feed before heading home. What we experienced, however, was some of the worst food I can remember, and there’s just no way I can let it pass. Italians Restaurant is located on the corner of Walter Road and Coode Street in Dianella, and according to its website are “Perth’s pasta specialists” with “quality fresh produced handled lightly and cooked precisely”. Apparently they even do degustation dinners. It’s close to home and we’ve been meaning to give it a try – it’s rated at 75% on Urbanspoon so we were expecting it to be ok, although the reviews vary from good to bad. Firstly, I should point out that the wait-staff were efficient and friendly – but alarm bells started ringing when we were told that…

Breakfast Review: The Subiaco Hotel

The Subiaco Hotel was built in 1896, and transformed into its current “gastro-pub” form in 1994. Its award winning restaurant opens for breakfast at 7:00am every day, which is a great start – far too many places only open at 8:30 or 9:00am. We went for breakfast twice over the Christmas / New Year break, and on both occasions had no trouble getting a table, and found the service to be efficient and friendly without being over the top. The first time we went was on one of Perth’s recent very hot days, and despite the restaurant being open there was plenty of ventilation on offer. The table settings are simple, and there is plenty of room between tables so it doesn’t feel crowded even when busy. The breakfast menu contains some interesting items, and it’s all very reasonably priced. As well as the usual eggs on toast & muesli, you can…