I grew up in the sleepy town of Manjimup, and it seems to be one of those towns where the food scene has always been the same. Pizza shop (pretty good actually), pub (very good food but very pub-esque), and local cafe that I actually used to work at (so of course I didn’t want to dine there because I spent most of my time there working). The odd fast food joint would pop up for a few months then disappear, because although the town is a beautiful escape it isn’t the busiest place to run a business. But when I visited Manjimup on my Christmas break I was dying to try the new bar and restaurant everyone had been raving about. Does Manjimup finally have a modern eatery worth food blogging?
One thing I noticed about eating out over the holiday period was the lack of cafe’s and restaurant’s that were actually open! I totally get hospitality staff need a break too but they would have made a killing over the Christmas and New Year period, the places that were open were super busy! So busy that my friend L and I had to “shop around” in Northbridge recently as the cafe we were planning to visit was so packed we probably would have waited 30 minutes for a table. Thank goodness Little Willys on William Street was open and we managed to score the only free table in the teeny little cafe. I love it when that happens!
They say not to judge a book by its cover, but easier said than done, especially when it comes to food. Pretty food is always going to be lusted over and eaten first – that is probably why #foodporn is such a massive hashtag on Instagram. So where did I visit over the weekend for the superficial reason that the food snaps I had seen were absolutely beautiful? Pixel Coffee Brewers in Leederville. The hole in the wall has been around for a little while now, but is still super busy in peak times and my friends L and V and I were lucky to squish onto the end of a communal dining table on this particular Saturday morning. The interiors are simply stunning at Pixel. The space is light, bright and airy with plenty of floral inspiration and modern nick nacks gracing the wooden tables. The communal dining vibe is very present, but if you’re feeling a more private breakfast they do have smaller tables for two. There are even a few quirky chairs …
I’ll admit I’ve been stalking Holly Raye’s Cafe on Instagram since the early building stages and couldn’t wait to visit the new Bassendean hang out. We don’t visit the suburb very often but it was worth the wait and short trip up the highway. What a stunning little spot.
This weekend is set to be another crazy busy ride for me (family dinner, Rottnest trip, hangs with mates, Bloggers Bloom Together event), but even at the busiest of times, you still have to eat, right? Correct. I’ve been on my usual foodie adventures as of late, zipping around from suburb to suburb, trying the coolest new spots (and my usual favourites), meeting up with friends, spending time with my E, all over a strong coffee and plates of delicious treats. Food brings people together, and if your Zomato wish list is as long as mine you better get started this weekend. Here are three stand out places I’ve been frequenting as of late.
Kettle Cafe is a hip little eatery in the suburbs that would fit in perfectly in a burb like Vic Park or Mount Lawley. Thankfully it’s not though, and is only a five minute drive from home. Yay. Totally dog friendly (I think we counted six the morning we were there) and with the option to sit in or outside, it’s a super cute spot for a bite to eat. Set across the road from a park, the menu is packed with healthy eats, exotic specials and the usual breakfast fare.
Kitsch Bar in West Leederville has been around for a few years now, but when I heard the place had just been revamped including a brand new menu, I was there.
I thought I’d start this post with a warning. It may contain content you might not be too keen on, especially since you might be reading this first thing with a cup of coffee. Let’s talk about lactose intolerance. I can’t even remember when my body stopped “liking” milk products. It’s been that long. First it was regular milk, then came yoghurt and ice-cream and don’t even ask me about excessive amounts of cheese. My Mum always drank soy milk in her coffee back in the day, but as a child I hated soy. I didn’t want to find an alternative so I rebelled for a while. I kept drinking milk, I gorged on ice-cream and ate cheese by the chunk (don’t you do that?). My body hated me. I was constantly bloated and nauseated, I was back and forth to the loo post binge and I was irritable and generally unwell. So I had to move away from milk which really pissed me off, because I loved dairy products! Besides the obvious of not …
Roll back eight years and I was out on the town nearly every night with friends, dancing until dawn and drinking whatever was the cheapest option that evening (usually Passion Pop, ew). These days I prefer a few drinks with close friends and something I actually enjoy drinking. Introducing my new favourite go to beverage – Coco Vodka. Sounds delicious already, right?
Life has just been so insanely busy lately I haven’t had much of a chance to dine out in true food reviewer form. I know right? Blogger blasphemy! I love a good cafe visit, but every time I have dined out recently it has been an eat and run moment. Or a catch up with friends moment. Or a “I am so hungry I can’t be bothered photographing my food until it’s cold” moment. No staged pictures, no “styling” the table. Just good old fashioned nomming. But I thought I’d share a few spots I’ve recently visited (in non blogger style).