What does 2014 bring to Gourmet Vicariously?

This blog is a little over a year old and it has been quite the adventure already!

Firstly I have met some wonderful people this past year through this blog including the pleasure to be a part of a group of wine lovers in Perth who formed a Wine Century Challenge group. If you want to see our progress in the wine century challenge you can check it out here.

Secondly I have as a result of this blog discovered some wonderful places to dine out in and around Perth. It is amazing how many little places either already existed or have popped up in the past year. It has been a great thing to see how Perth has changed these past few years, and many many changes for the better!

Along with all these experiences I had quite a hectic year in 2013 outside of this blog as can probably be noted by my sporadic posting. In 2013 my highlight was that I completed my final year of studies to become a qualified secondary teacher and the lowlight was the ending of a long-term relationship with formerly known BF on this blog. With all the commotion of 2013 I decided to follow through on a dream that I have had since my first year of university. I have always wanted to live overseas and it was one of the first things to go on my bucket list when I sat down and wrote out a list when I turned 18.

With all my experiences from last year I begin 2014 with a very ambitious challenge – I have begun a second blog… and before I you say it I know what am I thinking two blogs when I could barely keep up with this one last year?! Well, this new blog is a more personal one to chart my travels as 2014 is bringing a change of scenery for me. In less than a months time I will be packing my life up into 30kgs and heading off to live on the other side of the world (the UK) for two years. For those who wish to see how my travels go feel free to check out Europe: Travel and Teach. I do not know how often it will be updated as I plan to use it more as a journal for my experiences while overseas as a teacher and traveller, as well as a way of letting friends and family back home know what I am up to while I am away.

So what does this mean for this blog in 2014? I will still be posting food and wine related content on this blog, however there will be a slight change of location and there may also be a slight drop in content uploading as I settle into my new life overseas (mainly find a place to call home on a semi-permanent basis with reliable internet) so I apologise in advance. I do however hope to post at least one new post a week – fingers crossed this will be a resolution I can keep this year šŸ™‚

Weekend Brunch @ Bread in Common, Fremantle

I caught up with some girl friends at Bread in Common in Fremantle a few months ago when it had not been open very long. We met early on a Sunday to have brunch and to avoid the crowds that had been frequenting the establishment. The atmosphere of Bread in Common is very well done and provides the restaurant with an intimate feeling even when you are seated at a long table with other diners.

We ordered a range of juices and the others also got some coffees before we settled into looking at the menu. After a quick glance I saw a dish with asparagus and my decision was made – quite a feat as I’m usually the last to decide what I want to order! I did enjoy the dish with it’s interesting combination of flavours, it unfortunately did not fill me up as I had hoped it would. What it did give me that chance to do was to order a dessert and boy was I glad to have done that! All the desserts looked quite delicious and I took a little longer to decide on which to have but I was very happy with the decision I made. The banana, meringue and caramel desserts elements worked well together and made for a very filling way to end the meal. By the end of the desert dish we were all in love with it and throughly filled.

The staff were attentive and nothing was ever too much for them. I will happily go back to try our their lunch and dinner menu and hope to do so soon.

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Post Theatre Dinner @ Jamie’s, Perth

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I went back toĀ Jamie’s Italian in PerthĀ after going to see Peter Pan at the ballet last month. I arrived quite late in the evening, and was worried that we were too late to be seated. However, the staff at Jamie’s happily found us a table and had food out to us in no time at all!

For my main meal I ordered the Spring Pea and Mint Ravioli and a Peach Belini to go with it. Our pastas did not take long at all to come out of the kitchen even at 9pm at night. I was impressed with the speed and presentation of the kitchen so late in the evening. I enjoyed the flavours in this dish and it was a nice, simple summery dish.

After we finished our pasta we quickly agreed that we still had room for desert, a favourite of mine at Jamie’s. I did look over the desert menu but could not pass up another chance at having the brownie again. The brownie was better than the first time I tried it, a very nice rich and moist brownie and hot chocolate was the perfect end to my night out in the city with friends at the ballet.

 

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