Monthly Review: March

Hi everyone,

This past month has been quite a hectic one and I have not had the chance to get out to wine and dine all that often. I did however still manage to come across some new favourite places and drinks over the course of the month. Hope everyone has had a good Easter and is welcoming the cooler conditions in the Southern Hemisphere, or the hopefully warming conditions in the Northern Hemisphere.

1. Favourite drink of the month?

I went to the Trustee Bar in Perth with my friend C earlier this month and we tried out some of their cocktails as well as their tasting plate. I really enjoyed their Cider Slider, pictured below. A full write up of the cocktails we tried and thr Trustee can be found in this post.

Cider Slider ($16).

Cider Slider ($16).

2. What has been the best value wine of the month?

Lab, 2010 ($10 at Liquorland). The full review of this wine can be found in this post.

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3. What has been added to my to-try wine list?

Talkavino perked my interest in trying Saperavi and Arneis varietals from their home regions in comparison to the Australian wines that I tried, especially as the Australian Saperavi from King River Estate was a favourite of mine on the night.

Sapaveri.

Saperavi.

4. What restaurants do I want to return to?

I went to Bad Apples Bar in Applecross last week for another Wine Century Challenge meet. While I was there I had a chance to try some items off their menu as well as the chance to eye off many other dishes that they offer. I was very impressed with what I tried and saw and will be back for sure. Full review will be up next week along with the wines sampled for the Wine Century Challenge.

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5. What was my favourite meal this month?

I haven’t eaten out all that often this month – I did however have lunch (finally) at the Pickled Fig in South Fremantle, the blog post for this meal is still in the works however this summery gnocchi dish was delicious and quite filling. I cannot wait to head back and try more items off their menu!

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Going Gnocchi with Mount Barker free range chicken

6. Upcoming events for next month?

Inaugural Food and Wine Event at Bad Apples Bar including Oakridge wines – April 8th.

Yelp’s Garden Party – April 13th (RSVP required).

Fine Food Western Australia (food and wine industry trade show event) – April 14th-16th.

Northbridge O-Day – April 21st.

The last Twilight Hawkers Market will occur on April 26th so If you have been wanting to go one Friday and have not done so – you have one month left!

7. Favourite wine packaging?

I know this may be cheating but does Sangria in a Teapot count? This is how I was presented with my Sangria that I ordered at Bobeche Bar in Perth. While it was a little lacking on the ‘punch’ that I like to have in a Sangria I cannot fault them on the presentation.

Sangria Teapot.

Sangria Teapot.

8. Best service?

Bad Apples wins for the best service hands down as their service was friendly and attentive even while the place had a line outside the door on a Wednesday night.

9. Restaurant I am most keen to try next month?

I am planning to visit Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant in the Perth CBD, Jamie’s in the next month or two. I will just need to arrange a booking as I am not the most patient person who can wait 2+ hours for a meal, which was the estimated wait time when Jamie’s had it’s soft opening just in time for the Easter long weekend. The menu for Jamie’s can be found here.

10. Wine Century Challenge.

Total: 44 varietals.

Favourite = Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Nacional

Until next time!

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Wine(s) of the Week: University (week 10)

Hi everyone,

When I sat down to write this blog and I wrote the title it came as quite a shock to myself that I have just finished my 10th week of graduate studies. It feels like so much has happened and yet it feels like little to no time has passed. I am sorry that this blog has had to go on the back burner for many weeks and some posts have felt a little rushed. I am slowly getting into the swings of the course and trying to stay on top of the readings, assignments and placement requirements.

Matso's Ginger beer.

Matso’s Ginger beer.

I have had a few cheeky drinks this week while doing my readings as it helped pass the time reading chapter upon chapter and a never ended stream of journal articles. I bought myself my annual 6-pack of ginger beer from Matsos (located and brewed in Broome, Western Australia) and for anyone from Western Australia if not Australia this is such a smooth and creamy ginger beer like no other, if only it was not priced so exorbitantly I would be able to buy it on a more regular basis ($28 for a 6-pack and $95 for a carton at Liquorland). I have also over the past month or so been buying different ciders for dad to try as he has been curious to try and find one which he really likes, currently his all-time favourite is Bulmers. This week I brought him home a 4-pack of Monteith’s Cider from New Zealand, which he found this cider to be very smooth he also found it to not be as ‘gritty’ as Bulmers and missing the final ‘punch’ that comes from this texture in the cider. I am quite a fan of Monteith’s for it’s smoothness and easy-drinking palate.

Monteith's Apple Cider.

Monteith’s Apple Cider.

This weekend I also caught up with some friends for a long overdue catch up for drinks and nibbles. We ended up at Bobeche in the city as I had heard of their teapot cocktails and was very keen to try them. This bar was located right next door to the Trustee, which I visited last week and reviewed here. Beboche had an intimate atmosphere and focused more on spirits and unique cocktails to highlight the spirits.

Jamsheed 2010 'Le Blonk Plonk'.

Jamsheed 2010 ‘Le Blonk Plonk’.

BF and I arrived early so he settled in with a pint of Millers Genuine Draft ($10.5) while I had a glass of Jamsheed 2010 ‘Le Blanc Plonk’, Victoria ($9 a glass). This wine is a blend of Riesling and Gewürtztraminer, and it became quite aromatic and I began to note a palate to the wine as it warmed up. It was a nice crisp wine and impressed me much more than last time I tried Gewürtztraminer. I was impressed with their use of different wine glasses depending upon what wine you ordered, even if they used a chemistry beaker to measure your wine.

Sangria Teapot.

Sangria Teapot.

When the rest of our group arrived we moved on to the cocktails, I shared a teapost of the Sangria with a friend which was fruity and well blended however there was little alcohol in the cocktail, most of it was ice, lemonade and fruit. The cocktails were all well blended and contained interesting combinations, however for the price you paid their size was tiny compared to the size of the cocktails next door at the Trustee. Below is a list of wine and cocktails that people in the group ordered, I heard only postive comments from the group with regards to both their food and wine, except for the portion sizes which was our only complaint.

NV, The Lane ‘Lois’, Blanc de Bland ($10 a glass)

Fraise Sauvage – Beefeater Gin, fresh lemon, house made strawberry cordial, sparkling wine ($19).

Saint Croix Fix – Cruzan Estate Dark 2YO rum, pineapple syrup, fresh lemon ($19).

Cameron’s Kick – Monkey Shoulder whiskey, Jameson’s Irish whiskey, orgeat syrup, fresh lemon ($19).

I personally was more impressed by the range and prices of the Trustee next door, however it was nice to see another new bar in Perth.

Until next time!

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Left Bank, Fremantle

Hi everyone,

BF and I went and had lunch at the Left Bank just before the New Year when we had that heat wave. Having lunch overlooking the river made for a much cooler meal that we would have likely felt had we eaten in Fremantle like we had originally planned to.

I haven’t been to the Left Bank in over a few years since I last went for breakfast and found the spinach in my Eggs Florentine had not only not been washed but they also failed to take out a 2inch root before serving it to me. I decided to give The Left Bank a second chance.

BF had a pint of Bulmers cider, while I opted for a glass of West Cape Howe’s Riesling ($10.5) over cider at the last minute as it had been too long since my last Mount Barker Riesling.I ordered the Margarita Pizza ($17.5), BF ordered the Chicken Parmigiana ($23) and we also got a small side of chips with aioli sauce ($5.5).

Neopolitana Pizza.

Neopolitana Pizza.

The pizza was not bad, the base was done well for my liking, the tomato sauce was watery and the cheese felt a little too tough for my liking making me feel it was sort of plastic-ish cheese.

Chicken Parmigiana.

Chicken Parmigiana.

The potatoes that came with the parmigiana were delicious and creamy! Only downside was that the potatoes were cold from the dish being brought out to the table. BF enjoyed the parmigiana however the service was seriously large and he didn’t get through it all in the end.

Chips with Aioli Sauce.

Chips with Aioli Sauce.

Chips were alright, Aioli needed more garlic for my liking.

The wine was nice as satisfied my longing for a Riesling. Still would have to say I was spoilt being given the chance to sample Plantagenet’s 2012 Riesling last year, which made the West Cape Howe’s Riesling not bad, but still not the best I feel I’ve had.

Overall the meal was ok, better than my last time at the Left Bank but not enough to inspire me to return to the Left Bank for more than a drink with friends for a ‘Sunday Sesh’ in the future and possibly a snack to accompany our drinks.

Until Next time!

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