Morsels http://morsels.com.au A Perth food, travel and lifestyle blog - Martin Eade Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:03:54 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Remedy Kombucha now comes in handy 250ml cans! Now there’s no excuse not to get healthy … http://morsels.com.au/remedy-kombucha-now-comes-in-handy-250ml-cans-now-theres-no-excuse-not-to-get-healthy/ http://morsels.com.au/remedy-kombucha-now-comes-in-handy-250ml-cans-now-theres-no-excuse-not-to-get-healthy/#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:58:31 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20447 The post Remedy Kombucha now comes in handy 250ml cans! Now there’s no excuse not to get healthy … appeared first on Morsels.

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Toasties of the Town – Broadsheet Perth http://morsels.com.au/toasties-town-broadsheet-perth/ http://morsels.com.au/toasties-town-broadsheet-perth/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:37:52 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20444 Toastie. Jaffle. Plain old toasted sandwich. The basic ingredients are the same whatever your preferred style: bread, filling and heat, the latter of which can escape from a toastie but remains treacherously trapped inside a jaffle.

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Toastie. Jaffle. Plain old toasted sandwich. The basic ingredients are the same whatever your preferred style: bread, filling and heat, the latter of which can escape from a toastie but remains treacherously trapped inside a jaffle. It’s a concept Perth has embraced with a growing number of cafes and dedicated vendors playing in this space. Although menus are becoming more creative and complex, simplicity is the key to the toastie’s enduring popularity.

Read more on Broadsheet here.

(image : Rebecca Mansell)

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Camping Australia: Top Destinations http://morsels.com.au/camping-australia-top-destinations/ http://morsels.com.au/camping-australia-top-destinations/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:37:23 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20440 When it comes to enjoying the great outdoors in Australia, camping is one of the best options out there. And with such a diversity of places to go, we really are spoilt for choice!

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When it comes to enjoying the great outdoors in Australia, camping is one of the best options out there. And with such a diversity of places to go, we really are spoilt for choice! Ultimately, it all depends on what your preferences are and what kind of scenery you most like to enjoy. Though there are thousands and thousands of options out there to choose from, we have just gathered together five of the best so you can get a flavour of campsites in Australia. Sit back, be inspired and get packing!

Mitchell Falls, WA

When you decide to go camping, being located nearby to a natural wonder is certainly a bonus. And while this location may be very remote, you are rewarded with front row seats to an incredible four-tiered waterfall. However, you will want to make sure that you are an experienced camper before you aim to take on this particular spot. Check out camper trailers for sale as it is likely you will need a whole lot of stuff. The remoteness also works in your favour if you are a fan of getting out there and seeing a spot that not many other people in the world have a chance of enjoying.

Dawsons Spring, NSW

Located in the heart of the Mt Kaputar National Park, the Dawsons Spring camping ground is home to some of the most incredible views in the whole of the country. As you might expect, the mountain itself is what you will need to scale if you are hoping to enjoy some of the best sights that the park has to offer. From the summit of 1510m, you can see 360 degrees around you which take in a tenth of New South Wales.

Lucky Bay, WA

If your dream camping experience involves setting up a spot right by the sea, then Lucky Bay is the place for you. You will find yourself right next to 5km of shimmering water, so grab your surfboards! If you want to do something else while you are here, there are plenty of bushwalks so you can enjoy the coastal scenery.

Noah Beach, Qld

Noah Beach is the place you want to go if want to get up close and personal with the variety of wildlife this country has to offer. Just two of the species that you are likely to encounter include the tree-kangaroo and ringtail possum. If birdwatching is your thing, the nearby rainforest is home to hundreds of different species. And the campsite itself is set only 50m away from the shore beneath a forest canopy.

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Ormiston Gorge, NT

In many places, light pollution means that the stars are sadly obscured, but this is certainly not the case in Ormiston Gorge. Though there are plenty of hiking opportunities to enjoy during the day, the real show begins at night when the sky becomes illuminated like you are not used to seeing in the big towns and cities. What could be better?  

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All for a Good Cause – The Variety Toy Bank Rockpool Luncheon http://morsels.com.au/good-cause-variety-toy-bank-rockpool-luncheon/ http://morsels.com.au/good-cause-variety-toy-bank-rockpool-luncheon/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:24:48 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20421 Last week I was invited to attend the Variety Toy Bank Rockpool Luncheon at Crown Perth, presented by Masonmill Gardens.

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Last week I was invited to attend the Variety Toy Bank Rockpool Luncheon at Crown Perth, presented by Masonmill Gardens.

Since 1994, Variety Toy Bank has been bringing happiness to children who have escaped domestic violence situations and are sheltering in women’s refuges. It holds a minimum of three events per year, with funds raised through donations, raffles and auctions. Attendees are also asked to donate a new toy.

In recent years, funds raised by Variety Toy Bank have provided resources for refuge workers to teach children about their right to feel safe, rebuild their sense of safety and equip them with the self-confidence and skills to hopefully break the cycle of violence.

Variety Toy Bank

The next Variety Toy Bank event is the “Enchanted Forest Parade” luncheon in the Crown Astral Ballroom on Friday 08 September. For an amazing gourmet experience, don’t miss out on the 2017 Variety of Chefs dinner in the Crown Ballroom on Friday 21 July.

I’d like to thank Variety – the Children’s Charity of WA, Rockpool Bar & Grill and all the event sponsors for allowing me to attend this most enjoyable (and delicious!) event for a very worthwhile cause.

See a few more pictures from the event below.

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Livingstone’s Urban Jungle Launches a $20 Truffle Toastie http://morsels.com.au/livingstones-urban-jungle-launches-20-truffle-toastie/ http://morsels.com.au/livingstones-urban-jungle-launches-20-truffle-toastie/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:51:18 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20417 Risotto. Pasta. Scrambled eggs. Black truffles can bring a luxurious touch to many dishes, even the humble toasted sandwich. This week, CBD toastie purveyor Livingstone’s Urban Jungle unveiled its latest toasted sandwich creation: The Lord Byron.

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Risotto. Pasta. Scrambled eggs. Black truffles can bring a luxurious touch to many dishes, even the humble toasted sandwich. This week, CBD toastie purveyor Livingstone’s Urban Jungle unveiled its latest toasted sandwich creation: The Lord Byron.

Read more on Broadsheet here.

(image : Rebecca Mansell)

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A Night of Food and Laughter at Taste Budds Cooking Studio http://morsels.com.au/a-night-of-food-and-laughter-at-taste-budds-cooking-studio/ http://morsels.com.au/a-night-of-food-and-laughter-at-taste-budds-cooking-studio/#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:28:17 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20390 I was invited to the recent Dim Sum Dumplings class, which was very informative, really hands on and a damn good laugh (often too good).

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If you’re looking for a great foodie night out, I can highly recommend a cooking class with Sophie Budd at Taste Budds Cooking Studio.

Sophie is a fantastic chef who has worked with the likes of Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver (and catered for Adele when she visited Perth!) She’s also a supporter of good causes such as Buy West Eat Best and is an ambassador for Food Rescue.

I was invited to the recent Dim Sum Dumplings class, which was very informative, really hands on and a damn good laugh (often too good). The class was split into two groups of four, with each making different sauces and dumplings for all to share.

By the end of the class we were all very full and there was still plenty of food left to take home. Sophie sent us the recipes by email after the class, just in case we felt brave enough to try them at home.

Taste Budds offers many different classes covering diverse topics such as pasta, seafood, cakes and truffles – even ones for kids. 

See the current class list here, and some more pics from our evening below. Go on, spoil yourself (or your team).

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Colin Fassnidge Returns to Headline the 2017 Variety of Chefs Dinner http://morsels.com.au/colin-fassnidge-headline-2017-variety-chefs-dinner/ http://morsels.com.au/colin-fassnidge-headline-2017-variety-chefs-dinner/#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:27:25 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20378 Celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge is back again as the headline chef for the 2017 Variety of Chefs on Friday, 21 July at the new Crown Towers Ballroom.

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The Crown Towers Ballroom will transform into Perth’s hottest restaurant on Friday, 21 July as seven award winning chefs come together for an evening of gastronomic delight, entertainment and fundraising – all raising funds for WA kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

Forming a spectacular six-course degustation, with sommelier selected matched wines; the line up will see the following chefs preparing a course each:

  • Colin Fassnidge (My Kitchen Rules, 4Fourteen)
  • Stephen Clarke (Clarke’s of North Beach)
  • Sean Marco (Crown Towers & Conventions)
  • Naomi Bulner (Steve’s, Nedlands)
  • Pete Manifis (Passion Meets Purveyor)
  • Karmen Lu (Masterchef, Measure) & Amanda Yong (Measure, previously Wildflower)

Colin Fassnidge, who counts pork, potato, lemon and peas among his favourite ingredients to cook with, says he was drawn to cooking as a career at the age of 12 after seeing esteemed chef Marco Pierre-White on TV. He went on to forge a successful career, working under Raymond Blanc in London, leading him to own one of Sydney’s top restaurants 4Fourteen. Colin is now a popular judge on Channel 7’s My Kitchen Rules.

Known for his nose to tail cooking philosophy, the Irishman firmly believes the secret to cooking a great dish is planning and “having a bit of love for the food”.

MasterChef superstar Karmen Lu is joining the line-up this year and will be teaming up with acclaimed pastry chef, Amanda Yong (previously from Rockpool Bar and Grill and more recently Wildflower), for what will no doubt be an unforgettable dessert course.

Karmen’s much anticipated Mount Lawley dessert bar, Measure, is set to officially open this week and will be Perth’s first ever small bar and dessert restaurant! Variety of Chef’s guests will be amongst the first to try their signature desserts in Perth.

Variety WA CEO, Michael Pailthorpe comments, “We are thrilled to have Colin returning for yet another year and are excited to also have some fantastic new Chefs on board for what really will be Perth’s best restaurant for the night.”

“It’s always such a memorable evening and it’s great to have so many generous people in one room not only enjoying six amazing courses but also helping to raise funds for WA kids who need it most.”

Guests will enjoy pre dinner drinks, oysters from ‘Perth’s oyster shucker to the stars’ Andy Grljusich and will be hosted by the fabulous Tim Gossage and Channel 9’s Rebecca Johns. There will also be fine wine, a Thermomix cocktail bar, show stopping entertainment by Perth’s party band Switch, an exciting fundraising auction and more. Guests will also have the chance to meet the chefs.

Funds raised from the night will help Variety provide practical equipment and experiences for Western Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, empowering them to live, laugh and learn.

Tables of ten start at $2,900. Table sponsorship packages are also available. For more information or to secure your table, visit www.varietyofchefs.com.au

The 2017 Variety of Chefs is proudly supported by Thermomix, Linneys, Crown Perth, The Sunday Times and Mix 94.5.

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Fethiye, Turkey: More Than Just a Port Town http://morsels.com.au/fethiye-turkey-just-port-town/ http://morsels.com.au/fethiye-turkey-just-port-town/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:58:30 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20370 Fethiye is more than just a port town, it’s a historical and cultural hub, a perfect spot for relaxation and a launching point for many extreme sports.

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On the south-west of Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline, situated at the foot of the Taurus mountain range sits the seaside town of Fethiye, a bustling market town and popular holiday destination which still retains it’s Turkish authenticity. The picturesque bay of Fethiye boasts lush green hill sides, pristine beaches, charming coves, blue skies, hot summers and mild winters. With a quaint port and harbour Fethiye is a natural starting point for multi-day gulet cruises along the Turquoise coast and offers many day trips to surrounding islands. Fethiye’s marina is a hub of activity with a pretty boardwalk leading to the Paspatur (Old Town), frequented both by holidayers and locals the old town hosts a colourful shopping area and covered market as well as many restaurants, lively bars, accommodation to suit every budget and travel agencies which offer a wide range of daily Fethiye tours.

Within the Town

In Fethiye you are likely to be staying close to the Old Town, just inland from the port and coastal park. To locals, this quirky part of town is known to locals as Paspatur and is a popular meeting point for locals to eat and drink Çay (Black tea) from hourglass shaped glasses. The streets are filled with shops selling anything from fresh spices, souvenirs and jewellery to Turkish woven carpets and textiles. While a few high street shops have made their way onto old streets the majority of space is reserved for individually owned businesses and local produced goods. Even those who do not want to shop can enjoy a stroll along the shaded streets under the vine canopies and colorful umbrellas. Old Town is also a delightful place to people-watch, grab a coffee or taste Turkish cuisine, seafood is the specialty although there are plenty of options on the menu. In the evenings the streets fill up with party goers looking for a taste of the national beer (Efes Pilsen) or cocktails, there is live music every Saturday and bars are open until the early morning during the summer.

When you’ve finished shopping for knick-knacks you can stop by Fethiye’s fish and fresh produce market. Extended on a Tuesday, it brings in tourists from nearby coastal resorts as well as residents of rural villages who come to do their weekly shopping. I’s a busy whirl of activity, particularly in summer when it is recommended to visit early to avoid the crowds and pick the freshest fish which you can barbeque at one of the seaside picnic areas.

Before returning to the marina you could pay a visit to Fethiye’s Eski Cami (Old Mosque) or Eski Hamam (An Ottoman Turkish spa) or stop by one of the Lycian Sarcophagi. Fethiye was previously known as Telmessos. A major city dedicated to the god Apollo, Fethiye is dripping in history from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Ancient Lycian cave-tombs, a medieval castle and a Roman theatre are an easy walk from the center. The Roman Theatre, built in the second century in typical Roman style, is the easiest to find, standing opposite the commercial harbour where most boat tours depart. Below it are the semi-excavated ruins of a Greek amphitheatre the ongoing restoration project began in 1993. Meanwhile the less visited ancient castle would be an excellent spot to watch the sunset, it’s a short walk up the hill either along the road or by navigating a maze of staircases behind hillside houses. The eleventh century castle sits upon the place where the city was founded, it served as a naval base and was rebuilt in the fifteenth century, a Turkish flag is flown above the ruins.

Around Fethiye

Fethiye has excellent public transport within the city and also to nearby sites so make sure you leave yourself a few extra days to visit some of the following locations.

Calis

This wide pebble beach is located a short bus ride from the centre of Fethiye, it offers views across to Sovalye Island and is a popular spot for Kite-boarding or sunbathing. Shops, hotels and restaurants line the seaside so it’s a good option for those who prefer not to stay in the town centre. If you’re feeling active you could rent a bike and cycle the five kilometers through the coastal park.

Saklikent Gorge

A breathtaking natural wonder! Saklikent, meaning ‘Hidden City’, lies just a 40 minute drive from Fethiye. Daily tours are available to visit this spectacular sight. Not only is it the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey but, at 300 meters deep and 20 kilometers long, Saklikent is also the second-largest in Europe. As the snow melts on the Taurus mountain peaks icy water fills the gorge and gushes between natural stone walls forming small pools ideal for swimming. From April it is possible to walk 4 kilometers through the gorge and rent a tube to float back downstream, stopping to immerse yourself in one of the natural mud-baths. Other outdoor activities include hiking, rafting and canyoning. For adventurers, Saklikent Gorge will be the highlight of your trip!

The Ghost Town of KayaKoy

Since the ‘population exchange treaty’ in 1923 Kayakoy, which was once a Greek village, has become known at ‘The Ghost Town’ due to the remains of around three thousand abandoned buildings built on the steep slope of the valley. New houses sit below the ruins, some offer accommodation and refreshments. Buses run to Kayakoy every 15-20 minutes in peak season, alternatively you could choose to walk the six kilometer marked trail from the edge of Fethiye marina. The marked trail continues through ruins to the ‘blue lagoon’ at Oludeniz.

Oludeniz and Butterfly Valley

At only 14 kilometers from Fethiye is Oludeniz, noted by UNESCO for its sublime flora, the Oludeniz Lagoon is a national park which sits alongside Belcekiz Beach. Oludeniz is a stunning resort town and major tourist destination. Babadag (father mountain) provides a majestic backdrop as you swim in the turquoise bay and as one of the most renowned paragliding spots in the world you’re likely to see people floating overhead while you on the beach. From Oludeniz you may wish to take a boat to the next bay and walk to the waterfall at Butterfly Valley. At the foot of a cliff face, Butterfly valley is only accessible by sea or by a steep and rocky trail from the village of Faralya on the cliff top therefore it should be free from large crowds.

The Lycian Way

The Lycian way is Turkey’s first long distance hiking trail. The waymarked route begins at Ovacik, just 11 kilometers from Fethiye on the Fethiye-Oludeniz road, and continues for 500 kilometers over through pine forest, rural villages, high mountains, dry scrub and quiet beaches, finishing in Geyikbayiri, 20 kilometers for the coastal city of Antalya. It is possible to hike just sections of this epic trail as accommodation and transport to Fethiye is available in most villages. Ovacik to Faralya can be walked in one day. This section is particularly spectacular as you are rewarded with views over the Oludeniz bay. From Faralya it is possible to return to Fethiye by bus, alternatively you could descend to Butterfly Valley and take a boat to Oludeniz.

12 Island Boat Cruise

Scattered along the coast are many small islands some of the most beautiful include: Red Island, Flat Island, Dockyard Island Rabbit Island and Cleopatra’s Bath. The best way to see them all is with a 12 Island Fethiye Day Cruise, these usually depart from the central harbour and make various stops for swimming and to visit the islands. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing on deck, or watching for wildlife, you are likely to see flying fish, dolphins and sea turtles. This is a fantastic day trip on the open sea and a perfect way to end your vacation in Fethiye, Turkey.

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Blackwood Valley Brewing Launches Truffle Ale and Cider http://morsels.com.au/blackwood-valley-brewing-launches-truffle-ale-cider/ http://morsels.com.au/blackwood-valley-brewing-launches-truffle-ale-cider/#respond Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:45:59 +0000 http://morsels.com.au/?p=20358 Truffle season has begun, so it’s no surprise to see new products and innovative pairings hitting the market.

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Truffle season has begun, so it’s no surprise to see new products and innovative pairings hitting the market. Getting in early is Bridgetown’s Blackwood Valley Brewing Company (aka The Cidery) with its truffle ale and truffle cider, the results of a 12-month collaboration with Manjimup’s Truffle & Wine Co.

Read more on Broadsheet here.

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