HEMMES DOES IT AGAIN

One of my favourite nights of the year is the March into Merivale launch party.  This event gets better every year & I wasn't the only one saying it. 

Outstanding food from the Paddington, Fred's & Coogee Rooftop, just to name a few.

The best part for me was the GF sign posting on the menu, this makes life so much easier if you are allergic to gluten.  

The main credit of the Hemmes empire goes to his staff, friendly, extremely well groomed & just so damn  friendly, we like that.  

Merivale  

The entrance  

The entrance  

Paella

Paella

Coleiac friendly

Coleiac friendly

Chargrilled octopus  

Chargrilled octopus  

Prettiness everywhere & not just the flowers  

Prettiness everywhere & not just the flowers  

Nice dress

Nice dress

Cosmopolitan  

Cosmopolitan  

Goodnight  

Goodnight  

PILU IS PERFECTO

Pilu has always been a favourite, great food & stories to tell.  

Always look forward to going there, but when the friend that invited me, warned me in advance that there had been varied reports recently & not all were good, we were all a little worried.

Food was fabulous, service impeccable, thank you James for looking after us.  

Pilu is still an excellent dining experience, the restaurant matches the stunning view. 

 

Aperol spritz

Aperol spritz

GF bread

GF bread

Salad of burrata, fennel, celery heart, cucumber, radish and bottarga  

Salad of burrata, fennel, celery heart, cucumber, radish and bottarga  

Pecorino consommé and zucchini flowers  

Pecorino consommé and zucchini flowers  

Suckling pig terrine, chickpea focaccia and salsa verde

Suckling pig terrine, chickpea focaccia and salsa verde

Kingfish, leeks, onion & squid ink puree

Kingfish, leeks, onion & squid ink puree

Domori dark chocolate  

Domori dark chocolate  

 

Pilu.com.au 

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HOW DO YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART

After we farewelled my beautiful  bestie, I needed to escape, I decided on Hamilton island, very naughty of course, as it should be. 

I stayed at beach club on my first night, recently renovated & superb, extremely attentive staff, I am moving to Qualia in the morning, hang on, do I really want to leave this oasis.  

Yes I do & thank god I did. Qualia is everything you imagine, champagne, Charles heidsieck no less, on arrival & departure & the sunset cruise, think they may have taken a loss!! 

Everything about this place is superb, I had a golf buggy to drive around the island but didn't see a thing, it's time to sit by the pool, drink, eat & take it in, it's time to relax.

Of course the question remains, did you mend the heart? No, it's not possible, but it helped  

Visit Hotelclub 

Visit Qualia  

 

 

Beach Club

Beach Club

 complimentary Qualia

 complimentary Qualia

Sunset cruise

Sunset cruise

Dinner at pebbles beach

Dinner at pebbles beach

Alex Hotel

If you are visiting Perth, this is the place to stay, it's a boutique hotel, so don't expect big rooms, but it's BIG on friendly and approachable service.  

At first I wasn't sure about fetching my own ice for the chilling of champers, then grabbing my own ironing board from the hall cupboard... but I came to realise that it was these small touches that made just like home with a luxury upgrade.  

Ultimately it came down to the staff. Thanks Alex for the great recommendation of Margaritas at Mechanics Bar next door.  

Let's not forget the delicious gluten free friands and bread for breakfast which are included in the room rate. Nice touch.

Can't wait to return to the Alex hotel.  

Visit alexhotel.com.au
 

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BIG HANDS DOMINATED Margaret River

Well it started off badly when the Rick Stein Dinner on Busselton Jetty was re-scheduled  at the last minute, luckily Brand Events were extremely helpful & got me into Xanadu, they even drove me home. 

Sometimes the unexpected turns out great. Met Matthew Pavlich from Fremantle Football Club & I now know how he marks that football so easily.  

It was a pleasure to meet the easy going Rick Stein, unfortunately all too quick.  

Dinner at Woodlands was exquisite, I missed dessert, apparently it came down to face painting for some. 

The platinum lounge at Leeuwin Estate is the only place to be on a hot day at the Gourmet Escape, a bargain at $220 includes 2 drinks & unlimited food options in air conditioned comfort before venturing out to the many food & wine exhibits.  

Back to Leeuwin on Monday for a relaxed lunch, fabulous food. 

 

Matthew Pavlich  

Matthew Pavlich  

Mark Best

Mark Best

Gourmet Escape  

Gourmet Escape  

Lunch at Leeuwin  

Lunch at Leeuwin