Sensational coffee at Pickle & O, Nannup

Gearing up for a day of exploring the town of Nannup we stopped in at Pickle and O, a small fresh food focused cafe on the main street next to the tourist centre. Around the town in spring there are some beautiful tulips in planter boxes along the street. We sat outside enjoyed a smooth long black coffee and breakfast. I highly recommend this place for coffee and a reasonably priced ...

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Barking Cow in Bridgetown

Finishing our 3 day ride along the Munda Biddi trail and 71km behind us, we were talking about a nice big meal and barista made coffee when we rolled into Donnelly River Village.  After we unpacked the bikes and trailers we made our way to the nearby town of Bridgetown, wandering along the main strip in search for a place to eat.  Barking Cow Café looked inviting and the name sparked some ...

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Sweet Potato, Beetroot Brownie at Nature’s Harvest

Located on Napoleon Street and in the heart of Cottesloe's shopping area is Nature's Harvest, a combined café and health product store. Nature's Harvest offer fair trade coffee, a good variety of raw desserts, salads, warm bean bowels and juices. Most items are gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, raw, paleo, oil free (first time I have seen this one on a menu) and nut free. I am a little intrigued with the menu, ...

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Burgers, Ribs and Steak at Tony Roma’s

Celebrating Derek's birthday we found ourselves at Tony Roma's Restaurant in Perth's CBD. The birthday boy was super excited about tucking into some sticky slow cooked ribs.  When I initially phoned earlier in the week to make a reservation, the staff member advised the restaurant doesn't take bookings on a Saturday of which I responded 'I have a group, will this be an issue?' 'Yes ma'am, before 7pm is recommended' he said. Okay ...

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Beginner Skiing at Nozawa Onsen Resort

Earlier this year Derek and I spent a week of skiing at a tiny Japanese mountain village called Nozawa Onsen. It feels like a life time ago now but it was a wonderful holiday with aspects of complete unfamiliarity like nude bathing in an onsen and fumbling our way through the country with our limited Japanese knowledge relying on a small pocketbook dictionary. Skiing was by far the most memorable ...

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Coffee Diary Nozawa Onsen, Japan

I enjoy my morning espresso and admittedly it is my one daily ritual or rather I could say a mild addiction, take it away and strange things may occur!  On our ski holiday at a traditional Japanese mountain village I found some great places around town and although coffee is a global product a cup of coffee certainly differs around the world. Yu Bakery This bakery was just adorable, run by a hardworking husband ...

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Shirakaba, our Japanese Guest House Stay

Nozawa Onsen on the edge of  Kenashi mountain (1,964m) remains a traditional Japanese village that is located north of Nagano, a couple hours’ drive from Tokyo city. It is also only 30 kilometres from the ocean and this rather unique position is a hot zone for heavy dumps of snow. We travelled all the way from Australia for the ski season which runs from December to March each year. The village is quiet and minus an ...

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Sushi Master experience at Hamachozushi

The final days of the ski season and the small Japanese mountain village is gaining back some of its normality. In the cold evening we walk up a deserted slope from our ryokan towards a warmly lit door, plastic sushi samples sit in the dusty window illustrating the menu for foreigners. Gradually sliding open the shoji door reveals a one room restaurant of traditional Japanese style floor seating and a bar. ...

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Wedding Rehearsal Afternoon, Koh Samui

Good friends of mine were getting married on a tropical island in Thailand and I volunteered myself to the task of organising the wedding rehearsal event. Socialise being the underlining word here. Everyone was travelling from different parts of the world and meeting for the first time. Whatever the idea, it had to negate any awkwardness before the big day! To organise an event to be held in a different country was at ...

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Penang you were fascinating

Following a few highly spirited nights in Koh Samui we boarded a Firefly propeller plane bound for an island destination in the bordering country of Malaysia. The flight to Penang was a comfortable and uneventful 2 hour and 30 minute trip. Just enough time for me to snack and read the inflight magazine before the plane commenced its descent. New to Penang We were met at the airport by a driver organised through our hotel. The driver chatted to us the ...

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