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 ­čÖé

Burch Family Wines and Terrace Hotel Dinner

Hi everyone,

On Tuesday March 19th there will be a dinner at the Terrace Hotel, as part of Eat Drink Perth, which a series of dinners, workshops and events occurring accross Perth over the month of March.

default-image-cafe_0Howard Park has also released the wines that they will be putting out for the  intimate 5-course degustation wine dinner created by Executive Chef Shannon Wilson.

The Wine List

Penet-Chardonnet Grand Cru Reserve Extra-Brut NV

Marchand & Burch Chablis

Howard Park Riesling

Marchand & Burch Bourgogne Rouge

Marchand & Burch Mount Barrow Pinot Noir

Howard Park Leston Shiraz

Howard Park Scotsdale Shiraz

Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon

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Details for the dinner are,

Bookings: Very limited. Bookings essential. Email functions@terraceperth.com.au

Time: 7pm arrival for Champagne, seated by 7.30pm

Where: The Terrace Hotel, 237 St Georges Terrace Perth

Until next time!

Valley and Vines Festival, Swan Valley

Hi everyone,

Sunday March 3rd 2013, part of the Labour Day long weekend in Perth will see the inaugural Valley and Vines Festival. This festival is designed around 6 different venues in the Swan Valley offering food, wine for sample and sale along with live entertainment from 10am to 5pm.

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Participating Venues:

Olive Farm Wines & The Cheese Barrel

Duckstein

Carilley Estate (Homestead location)

Chesters of Heafod Glen

Harris Organic Wines

Ugly Duckling Wines

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The format for the festival consists of visiting three venues (of your choice and order or in a pre-arranged package including transportation) for a two hour period at each with 30 minutes provided between the venues for transportation. Ticket holder are entitled to:

  • Valley & Vines branded lanyard featuring their itinerary (must be worn all day)
  • Valley & Vines wine glass to be used throughout the day
  • First pour (120 mls) at the first session of the day

Tickets are $35  per person with an additional $40 if you wish to not have to worry about transportation or a schedule for the day. To make a booking to attend Valley and Vines, follow this link.

I unfortunately am not free to attend this event which is in a format which I would have been very curious to see, if anyone does end up attending this event feel free to comment below and let me know how it went!

Until next time!

Spanish Sundowner, Swan Valley

Hi everyone,

The Cheese Barrel and Olive Farm Wines are hosting a Spanish Sundowner filled with wine, cheese and tapas on their Property in the Swan Valley on the evening of Saturday March 16th for a cost of $65. Below is the flyer for the event. If you have been wanting to try the wines from Olive Farm Wines or the cheeses from The Cheese Barrel then this would be the perfect time for both.

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Until next time!

Perth Twilight Hawkers Markets

Hi everyone,

A few weeks ago I went to the Perth Twilight Hawkers Markets with a friend. We didn’t stay too long as it was quite loud and chaotic and our first selection of food did more than enough to fill us up so we ended up opting for some retail therapy to burn off the food.

There were about 15 stalls at the event ranging from a few Japanese restaurants, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Vietnamese to Bratwurst and Snags and Sons (which I had tried at the Gourmet Escape last year), Paella, Crepes, Macaroons and Ice-cream. There was also music being played with involvement from those browsing the stalls, the music made it quite hard for my friend and I to catch up and was one of the reasons we choose to move on from the Markets.

Beef, feta, and onion gozleme.

Beef, feta, and onion gozleme.

I opted for the meat version ($12) pictured above while my friend had the vegetarian version ($10) which came with feta and spinach. I have had these before in the past and thoroughly adore this dish. The dish was filling and quite rich however the lemon juice brought a nice touch of acidity, which balanced out the richness between the bread and meat.

After we had finished our meals we found ourselves satisfied, which was a little disappointing for myself as I had hoped to try some more dishes. We opted in the end for some retail therapy and a hot chocolate at the end before heading home. It was a very pleasant way to end the week and I do hope to make it back to the markets after university classes one friday to sample more of the dishes on offer.

I would love to return with a larger group so as the dishes can be shared around more giving me a chance to try more of the dishes which caught my eye on the night. Prices seemed very reasonable and you will leave the Markets thoroughly filled!

Until next time!

Good Food and Wine Show – Perth, 2013

Hi everyone,

Just a quick little post to say that the dates for next years Good Food and Wine Show have been released. For Perth the dates are July 19th to 21st.

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Tickets will be on sale from May 9th for the Perth show and I know I will be getting in early this time around as I am eyeing off the Pinot Unearthed class on Pinot Noir wines!

Anyone else considering going to this show next year?

Until next time!