Breakfast @ Pep and Fodder, Edinburgh

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For breakfast on our second day of the Scotland road trip saw us stumble upon Pep and Fodder after checking out the ruins at the top of one of the hills in Edinburgh and needing to seek refuge once the rain closed in again. From the second we walked in I instantly fell in love with the decor and cosiness of this cafe and loved the diagrams of what makes each different type of coffee above their menu board. S had wanted to go further afield to find a place that did eggs but I knew that I wanted to eat here and I am quite glad that the rain stopped us from going any further.

I originally ordered the porridge with compote but they were out and so had to settle for porridge with honey (~£2.50) instead. It was not a tough decision as the cold weather outside called for…

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English Tea Adventures: The Tea Box, Richmond

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The Tea Box in Richmond, London is a favourite of mine that I have been to on a few occasions while living in London. The teashop is located just off Richmond High Street about a 5-10 minute walk from the station. The tea menu at the Tea Box has a large variety of options from your usual black, white and green teas to alcoholic teas and speciality blends that can be had with a selection of scones, sandwiches or tasting platters.

The decor of the Tea Box has an oriental feel with the metal tables and menu covers and is filled with comfy oversized chairs that are the perfect thing to spend a few hours curled up in while catching up with friends over a few cups of tea no matter the weather outside. It can get a little crowded with the number of tables in the small space but…

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Pre Swim Breakfast @ Bib and Tucker, North Fremantle

Miss S and I decided to return to Bib and Tucker to give their service another go when we went for another morning walk and swim at Leighton beach. When we arrived the place was half filled as we were given the choice of sitting inside or outside. We chose to sit outside in one of the lower couches and tables facing the beach.

It took a while for the waitress to come and take our order but we did not mind, as we did not have anywhere to be and plenty to catch up on. When the waitress arrived this time around we ordered all our drinks at once so there would be no chancing of drinks not arriving. I ordered a freshly squeezed Apple Juice as well as Russian Caravan Tea ($4.50) to drink. About 10 minutes after ordering our drinks another waitress came by and we each ordered some toast with homemade preserves choice of sourdough, ciabatta, quinoa & linseed and rye bread ($7.00). Both of us chose to select the sourdough toast for breakfast.

The drinks arrived a little while after we placed our food order and not long after that our toast arrived also. I selected the sourdough toast and it arrived with berry preserve, apricot preserve and butter. I enjoyed the bread and preserves and it just hit the spot.

The service was far better than our previous time, however it was still slower and disorganised than I would have hoped and expected. Thankfully Miss S and I had a lovely view of the water to watch and nowhere to rush off to but I do hope that the service at Bib and Tucker can tighten up as it does let the place down.

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Weekend Brunch @ Bib and Tucker, North Fremantle

My friend Miss S and I decided to catch up for a walk and swim at the beach and when she picked Port beach I quickly suggested a detour past Bib & Tucker as I had been meaning to check it out. It was a lovely Saturday morning when we met up and after a nice stroll along the beach catching up ad building up an appetite we then headed over to Bib& Tucker. The restaurant was quite busy at around 10am  and we managed to luck in and arrive minutes before a large group of people arrived. There was also a kite surfing event that weekend which could have added to the number of people having breakfast there on that Saturday morning.

When we were seen by the staff we were lead to a table outside on the side verandah. The outside tables were the perfect spot to enjoy the cool summer morning weather.

After looking over the menu I could not go past their Breakfast Pizza while Miss S was eyeing off the Lemon and Ricotta pancakes. Miss S ordered a coffee to go with her pancakes while I ordered one of their freshly squeezed juices and a pot of tea (Russian Caravan).

I enjoyed my breakfast pizza however it was too much just for me but would be perfect to share between two. The tea was nice however it took me a while to flag down a staff member so I could get some milk for it. The juice coming in a sealed cup was a novel concept and made for the perfect takeaway as we returned to walk along the beach a little longer before going for a swim. Miss S enjoyed her coffee and the pancakes did not last very long as they too were enjoyed.

I had read reviews before going to Bib and Tucker and had seen some comments regarding the service at Bib and Tucker being lacking. Miss S and I did have some troubles getting the attention of the wait staff and I think this was due to us being seated at a table in the middle of the side verandah hidden from their view during a busy breakfast service. We also had a drinks order not arrive and had to wait some time at the counter to pay the bill. While it was disappointing to see these reviews being confirmed I did enjoy the food however and will be back again to give the service another try.

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Brunch @ The Little Concept, Fremantle

I went to The Little Concept (TLC) in South Fremantle after being introduced to Red Espresso at a meal at The Picked Fig (blog post here). When I popped into TLC to pick up some red espresso for at home I eyed off their cabinet of sandwiches and drinks menu and knew I had to return with some girlfriends for a meal and drink. My friends Miss M and Miss L agreed to have brunch with me and we returned a few weeks later.

When we arrived we were quickly drawn to their cabinet of sandwiches and slices and after a quick browse we settled on ordering a range of sandwiches, yogurts and chia dishes along with juices and coffees before settling in at one of their tables for a catch up chat. I ordered the toasted BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato) along with a red espresso white mocha and an apple juice. The juices here received a big thumbs up from our entire group with Miss L and Miss M quickly ordering a juice after seeing mine. Miss L ordered the yoghurt and chia dishes of which she enjoyed both, and Miss M ordered a sandwich which I did not get a picture off as it was devoured very quickly and well enjoyed.

After our meal we continued to chat and enjoy our drinks and it was lovely to watch the constant stream of what seemed to be regular customers coming in for their morning coffee. TLC appears to have built up a very good reputation in the area for being opened roughly 12 months ago. Miss M, Miss L and I all enjoyed the atmosphere of the cafe. The staff were all friendly and we even had a sample of a yummy melted chocolate drink brought out to us while we were catching up and had no problem with us remaining there chatting for a few hours past our meal. I will be returning in the future as I would love to try more of the red espresso range as well as more of the sandwiches and bagels in their cabinet.

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Public Holiday Lazy Lunch @ Pickled Fig, South Fremantle

A few months ago we had a long weekend in Perth and I ended up having a lazy lunch with a friend at the Pickled Fig in South Fremantle that weekend. When I arrived at the Picked Fig I ordered a cocktail, the Earl’s Punch  (earl grey tea, brandy, lemon juice). While sipping away at the cocktail I selected the conchiglioni for my main (pasta shells stuffed with chicken, pumpkin and brie with a smoked ham and fennel broth). The friend I was having lunch with ordered the burger for their main (grilled beef pattie topped with bacon, swiss cheese, rocket and roasted capsicum served with a side of wedges and aioli). The burger got a big thumbs up from my friend. I too enjoyed my dish but found it did not completely fill me up. Due to being still peckish after finishing the conchiglioni I ended up helping my friend out with their wedges as they found the burger to be quite filling.

After nibbling on a few wedges from the burger I decided to look over the desert menu. After a quick look at the menu I saw a dish that intrigued me – ooey gooey (served with coconut parfait and tea-scented cherries). I really enjoyed this dish, the different flavours worked very well together! To go with my desert I noticed a drink on their menu called Red espresso. I asked the waitress what it was and she explained it as a rooibos based caffine-free drink, flavoured with cinnamon and honey. I was sold and ordered myself a latte. I really enjoyed the red espresso and found out that I could purchase red espresso to brew at home at a shop in South Fremantle called The Little Concept.

Overall it was another delicious meal at The Pickled Fig. Christine who was our waitress on this day was also fantastic at dealing with us as well as all the other customers on this busy weekend. I will be back for sure!

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Jamie’s Italian, Perth

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Back in July I caught up with a friend L and we decided to try our luck at Jamie’s Italian in Perth for a Friday lunch. L managed to grab a spot in the line minutes before the opened at 11am and by the time I arrived a few minutes past 11am we were instantly seated. We opted to skip entrees after snacking on the complimentary bread basket to save room for desert, and let me tell you that was a smart move on our part!

Bread Basket

Bread Basket

I ordered the Tagliatelle Bolognese main size ($19) along with a Jamie’s iced tea ($16) and split a side of the Posh Chips ($6.5) with my friend. The chips were a bit of a let down after all the hype I had heard about them as they were nice but nothing special. The pasta however was perfectly done both on cooking and portion sizing, especially for the price.

With mains out of the way we settled in for looking at the desert menu. I had my mind made up before arriving that I would be having the brownie ($9) – however the rest of the desert menu at Jamie’s sure put up a temptatious fight. I had heard mixed reviews about the brownie. My first bite into the brownie was looking like it would be a disappointment as it was quite dry on the outside, however I quickly found that the centre of the brownie was not like that and was instead a rich, decadent, and gooey delicious brownie. The brownie like the pasta did not last very long, and was followed up with a pot of tea ($4.25 for one) as L and I continued to catch up and work off the food coma we had developed over our lunch at Jamie’s.

We left the restaurant about an hour and a half after arriving and in that time it had gone from a near empty restaurant to a packed one with a line forming out the front. The noise level towards the end definitely encouraged us to move on to continue our catch up to a quieter spot. Really loved the food, the service was exceptional, the only downside was the popularity of Jamie’s making it very loud and noisy come peak-lunchtime. Definitely worth the visit but try to catch them in an off-peak time to be able to enjoy the meal peacefully and to be able to give it the justice the food deserves.

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