Koko Black Salon, Claremont

Kick starting the weekend a little earlier we visited the Claremont Koko Black Salon. On a Friday morning, a normally hectic Claremont Quarter Shopping Centre was blissfully peaceful  with the exception of the retail staff preparing the stores for the morning rush. Koko Black had just opened its doors for the day and we were the first ones in, taking our seats on a lounge in the corner. The chocolate cafe always brings ...

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Toastface Grillah, revisit

Winter in Perth has me craving cheese and bread and what better way to satisfy this want than visiting a place that has eight different styles of grilled cheese toasties! Toastface Grillah is a small cafe concealed rather well in the Grand Lane (cnr of Wellington and Barrack street) of Perth. A no frills casual sort of place where I dig the tunes and sitting back on benches, definitely a place ...

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Il Lido Italian Canteen, Cottesloe Beach

Walking into Il Lido the coffee machine is the first thing I see, an area dedicated for brewing and serving as well as furnishing takeaway orders. Il lido has somewhat of a casually relaxed vibe about it, it might be the Cottesloe Beach side location or the long solid timber communal tables and the beautiful large windows intended for gazing with a cup in hand. It is table service and we take ...

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Canvas Cafe @ Fremantle Arts Centre

Having worked over the Easter long Weekend I welcomed in my very own long weekend with coffee and breakfast followed by spending a birthday voucher down at Kitchen Warehouse in Success. Canvas Cafe is located inside the historical Fremantle Arts Centre, it is the Gothic looking building on Ord Street across from the Fremantle pools. If you take the entrance from Finnerty Street you will walk through an archway consumed in ...

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Cycle Pit Stop at The Naked Fig

Marking the beginning of warm weather in Perth (also known as beach weather here) and our first day off work together in a very long time, Dk and I embarked on an uphill cycle starting at Lake Claremont and ending at a beach side cafe called The Naked Fig. Swanbourne Beach is easily found at the end of Marine Parade a few minutes away from the popular and iconic Cottesloe Beach. ...

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The Truffle and Wine Co

Travelling back to Perth from Pemberton and wanting to delay the transition into civilisation again after a weekend by the beach miles away from people, work and traffic, we stopped by The Truffle and Wine Co vineyard located off the main strip of Manjimup, on Seven Day Road. Even in the middle of winter the sun was out giving us a little warmth from the chilly air, hard to believe ...

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Riverview on Mount Street

8:30 am on a Saturday morning in Perth and you would think it would be quiet around town.  We were planning on going to the new Gordon Street Garage Cafe which has magically appeared on Urbanspoon's talk of the town section (poll position 2) but unfortunately or maybe even fortunately for us there was a line out the door and waiting was not a option we were going to entertain. Our ...

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Sculptures by the Sea + Breakfast +Caversham Wildlife Park

Sculptures by the Sea has brought us to Cottesloe Beach this morning and before we wandered through the free open air gallery of art we stopped past our favourite cafe for some breakfast, hello John Street Cafe! The cafe is situated amongst residential homes in Cottesloe, several metres from the Marine Parade strip. This morning was no different to every other morning at the little street side cafe, it was busy with a ...

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Coffee on Rottnest Island

The Lane Cafe flung open it's doors late last year in the Thomson Mall of the main settlement area on Rottnest Island. This small takeaway coffee house serves a killer coffee and the staff who are baristas by trade provide notably an excellent level of service for the island. Our first morning on the island we cycled to the mall for our first coffee of the day. We were staying at Hotel Rottnest ...

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Candlelit Dinner on Rottnest Island

2012 was an exciting year for Rottnest Island with several establishments opening their doors to hungry holiday makers. Rottnest Lodge underwent a change of ownership when The Karma Royal Group took over last year and unveiled the newly formed Italian restaurant, Riva. Luciano Ottaviano  formerly from Pronto in Claremont developed a Mediterranean style menu for the island's visitors. The beverage menu incorporates a long list of West Australian wines, international champagne and sparkling ...

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