Margaret River Gourmet Escape – BBQ Dinner with Matt Moran

It seems like the majority of Perth foodies went to at least one event at the Gourmet Escape in Margaret River last weekend. Intended to become the leading food and wine event in the Asia Pacific Region, it attracted international chefs such as Rene Redzepi, David Chang, Alex Atala & Sat Bains and many local favourites including Neil Perry, Peter Gilmore, Tetsuya Wakuda, Kylie Kwong, Matt Moran & George Calombaris. Heston Blumenthal was scheduled to be the main star of the show, but tragically had to pull out at the last minute. Side note: For those of you not familiar with Margaret River, it’s an area of Western Australia located some 270km (170 miles) south of Perth that is well known as a premium wine and food region, and has many award winning wineries, restaurants and accommodation. Find out more here and here. As well as the main “Gourmet Village” event held…

Today’s breakfast at Tuck Shop

If you haven’t been to Tuck Shop Cafe, Pie-House and Delicatessen on Newcastle Street then you really should give it a try. My breakfast choice today was breakfast rissole, crumbed potato cake, tomato relish and poached egg ($17.50) which was simply outstanding. And a side serve of toast, of course – I never knew toast could be that good. Great service, excellent coffee and some of the best food in town – you can even have pork belly for breakfast. What more could you ask for?

Oh McHappy Day – the McRib arrives in Australia!

So the rumours were true – as part of celebrations for the forthcoming London Olympics, Australia is being treated to a range of six limited edition McDonald’s items named after previous host cities. So far we’ve had the Sydney Stack (more on this below) but today it’s the main event – the long awaited launch of the McRib in Australia. It’s branded the “Atlanta Pork McRib”, but we all know what this thing is. So down to business… After all that anticipation, it’s not much to look at – under the hood it’s not much better. I thought this was supposed to have pickles, but I’m not a huge fan so no bother there. The bun is lightly dusted with what looks like polenta, and is soft but a little chewy – quite nice actually. The sauce is unique – sweet and tangy, I’m sure I’ve had it before but I can’t…