Menulog Winner Announced

Over the last two weeks you’ve all been liking The Grizzly Bear Perth Facebook page and leaving comments about what you would order if you won a $25 Menulog voucher, and who would you share it with.

Menulog WinnerThe winner was drawn at random last night from a purple bucket of names by my mum – she’s been making all the lovely crêpes you’ve been seeing.

Congratulations – Kenton Baird
“Crust Pizza, because I share a house with three other people and I know what they like.”

I’ll be in touch, and look forward to hearing all about your Menulog experience.

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-The Grizzly Bear

Who Is The Grizzly Bear – Perth?

After my short stint away from The Grizzly Bear Perth, I’ve come back refreshed and with a bit of a refreshed perspective on food blogging. So I thought it was time I told you a little about myself, so now you can not only get a taste of my reviews and foodie opinions, but you can get a little taste of girl behind those words.

I was asked these questions recently whilst registering myself as a food blogger on another website, and they seemed like a great way of showing you a little insight into who The Grizzly Bear – Perth (TGBP) really is.

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to start your blog.

1405663665916Back in early 2013 I had started a food blog which mostly comprised of recipes, until an incredible restaurant experience made me need to share my moment with the world. From that point on the blog very quickly became dominated by restaurant reviews, and the more I blogged the more I realised food was all I talked about. Not only was most of my income now being spent on groceries and eating out, but my friends were constantly asking me for restaurant recommendations and cooking recipes, so I figured, why just talk about it with my friends when I can write about it and share my knowledge and experiences with others people out there too. Because of this, I began to meet more of my local foodie community and found it so warm, welcoming and vibrant that I couldn’t help but get more involved.

Now in mid-2014, I hope to bring all my followers a blog where full of my own unique perspectives, flavours and twists on everything foodie, especially if it’s from Perth.

What does food mean to you?

It simple means family, friends and love.

Coco & The Grizzly Bear Square ProfileBorn into a Polish family I was brought up on my mother’s freshly cooked wholesome meals, which kick started my love of food and cooking. To this day my mum still show her love through her cooking, and has passed on this trait to me. Beyond my family I’ve been lucky enough to met a lot of people and families throughout my life, all of which have taught me a lot about about different varieties of food, flavours and cuisines. This has allowed me to expand my culinary knowledge as well as allowing me to explore and enjoy a lot of amazing and unique foods.

What would you eat for your last meal?

20140710_165956I’m so indecisive that I get the feeling I’d either have to flip a coin or have someone surprise me. However, I get the feeling it would look something along the lines of a pot of my mum’s barscz (Polish beetroot soup), an entire tray of vegetarian lasagne (cooked by my best friend) and an overly indulgent cheesecake (made by my best mate). Warm, comforting and super indulgent.

What’s your favourite Australian food city? Why?

Snapchat-20140703014451My love of food has gone hand in hand with my passion for travelling, which has allowed me to taste and enjoy many of the unique flavours this great world has to offer. But even having tasted some of the most thrilling home-cooked dishes as well as having eaten in some of the most amazing restaurants around the world, I’ve always found there’s simply no better place to explore and enjoy food then in my home town of Perth, Australia.

Favourite Fornightly Foodie Photos

I’ve always enjoyed taking photos of the foods I come across. So when I finally purchased a nice new smart phone, the camera quality simply enouraged the behaviour. Because I take so many foodie photos, I thought I’d take a moment to share some of my favourites from the fortnight just passed (27 July – 11 August). To be completely honest, as this is my first foodie photo recap, there may be just a couple images that I’ve snuck in from a couple days earlier.

The Office On Harrogate, West Leederville
Quiche and SaladQuiche and Salad

Burger
BurgerBowl of Salad
Bowl of Salad

Chili Mussel Special
Chili Mussel Special


Tom’s Cafe, Leederville
1/2 Price Large Salad
Review coming to The Grizzly Bear Perth next week!1/2 Price Large Salad

The Naked Fig, Swanbourne
Millbrook Winery DegustationMillbrook Winery DegustationCeleriac Soup Shooter With Tea and Wasabi Flavoured BreadCeleriac Soup Shooter With Tea and Wasabi Flavoured Bread

Homemade
Banana Bread – By MeBanana Bread - By Me

Quiche Lorraine – By MeQuiche Lorraine - By MeEggy Toast and Sausage BBQ – By My FriendEggy Toast and Sausage BBQ - By My Friend

Pankcakes – By My FriendPankcakes - By My Friend

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing  – By Me
Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing  - By Me

Chocolate Brownie Cake  – By MeChocolate Brownie Cake  - By Me

Strawberry Crepes With Caramel Sauce – By My MumStrawberry Crepes With Caramel Sauce - By My MumMixed Berry Crepe Parcels With Caramel Sauce – By My MumMixed Berry Crepe Parcels With Caramel Sauce - By My Mum

 

The Office On Harrogate, West Leederville

Hipster paradise by day, trendy bar by night (Wed-Sun), when my office moved to West Leederville at the beginning of the year, my offices café was yet to be built and good coffee in the immediate area was limited to a few key cafes… one of those being The Office on Harrogate. Having now frequented The Office for meetings, coffee with my boss and dine-in lunches with colleagues over the past several months I feel as though I’m now truly able to gauge The Office.

The Office On Harrogate Quiche and Salad

Atmosphere: With somewhat limited competition in the immediate area, The Office on Harrogate seizes the opportunity to monopolise it’s hipster charm. The Office on Harrogate is a modern hipsters paradise with freshly squeezed juices served in mason jars, burgers served on wooden boards and a young energetic workforce behind the counter. It is small and trendy, with a range of indoors and outdoor seating options. In winter, the staff place heaters outside if required, so you can enjoy outdoor seating without getting uncomfortable. Due to it’s capacity The Office is not overly suitable for large groups over 10 or so, however I’m sure the friendly staff there would be more than happy to try any arrange something if asked.Salad Bpwl from The Office On Harrogate

Service: In my experience, the staff are always fresh and lively. They’re polite, charming and are great to have a quick chat with whilst ordering. On the rare occasion that I’ve not been first at the counter (usually due to a busy peak around morning tea/coffee time), the staff have always managed to serve the line of caffeine deprived office workers very efficiently and with a fun smile.The Office On Harrogate Burger

Food/Cost: Much like the staff the food at The Office is always fresh and lively. The specials board is always full with a great variety of lunch options from salads and quiches to wraps and burgers and the counter is always full of little snacks and treats to enjoy alongside a coffee. Whilst I’ve personally enjoyed the salads and quiches myself, whilst my colleagues have enjoyed the burgers, I most recently I jumped onto a $15 chili mussel lunch special and was beyond delighted. The sauce was thick with chili and garlic and the bread was thick, making it perfect was soaking up the last of the sauce. I couldn’t stop smiling (like a kid with a bowl of candy in front of her, according to my colleague) as I enjoyed each mussel, splashing the sauce all over myself, my face and the table. I liked my fingers clean and polished off every drop of scrumptious sauce with the bread. Needless to say I spent the better part of the following hour bragging about how great my lunch was. Whilst I was ravaging my chilli mussels a colleague was tucking into a Chicken Burger from the board with a Redbull for $20. The burger  had lashings of cranberry sauce and was generous on the brie cheese, which was the same burger experience he’d had with a beef burger just a couple weeks earlier. My colleague was smiling at his burger and I could help but feel like I’d won a mini lottery with my Friday afternoon lunch.

As for the coffee, I still continue to walk down to The Office regularly for my usual tasty medium take-away long black ($4.50) and a smile, even though my office has a café located under the building.20140725_133754

Summary: The Office knows it’s surrounds and makes the most of it’s location, selecting it’s food and setting it’s pricing for the office workers of the immediate area. It’s a trendy place that definitely follows the principle of quality first, whilst still being somewhere you can get a great feed at a great price, especially if you play your cards right. If you want to enjoy what The Office has to offer but are a little strapped on cash the best time to visit The Office would be on either a Wednesday night for $10 Lamb Shanks or Thursday night for $10 Chili Mussels. That way you can see what The Office has to offer at only the cost of a lunch wrap.

The Office on Harrogate on Urbanspoon

Nourishing Notes:
The Office On Harrogate makes it simple to satisfy everyone. It has plenty of full-flavour, satisfying, health conscious options (that I simply love) as well as plenty of the usual subjects, but with the Office’s flavoursome gourmet twist (which my carnivorous male colleague always adores).

- The Grizzly Bear

The Naked Fig, Swanbourne – Millbrook Winery Degustation

20140724_185239Being a food blogger you’re always visiting local restaurants, cafes and events. Some are good, some are bad, and sometimes you experience a rare gem that defines and sets a new standard. It was a dining experience of this nature that spawned my very first food review in early 2013, and now more than a year later it’s happened again. Thanks to a 25-words-or-less competition on Great About Perth I won a degustation dinner for two at The Naked Fig on Thursday, 24 July. The degustation was hosted by Millbrook Winery, with tickets selling for $99. The event was sold out and for good reason, so I decided to take Coco along to experience the evening with me.

I wish I could tell you that what you are about to read won’t make me sound pretentious, or like Matt Preston reviewing a MasterChef contestant’s dish in the final week of the show. However, there is just no way I could avoid it in this case. No other words would do this review justice other than those I am about to use.

20140724_190002Upon entering The Naked Fig we were greeted immediately at the door with a warm friendly smile and seating. The atmosphere was amazing with beach views, the warmth of fireplaces and The Naked Fig’s unique interior decorating style. Cold water was immediately served, and the menus were on the table teasing.

Our first delight was a glass of Millbrook sparkling. It was bright, dry, crisp and about the finesse of flavours, rather than the power. The perfect glass to tantalise the tastebuds.

The first course of celeriac soup shooter, wasabi tea flavoured bread. It was not on the menu, but a nice complimentary start to the evening as we waited for all the guests to arrive. The shooter was soothing. The creamy, rich and warming sensation on the tongue complemented the sharp kick of the wasabi and tea flavoured bread. It was the perfect tastebud teaser to start the evening. If I could have a bowl of the celeriac soup for a meal I would order it without batting an eyelid.20140724_191436

We then received an introduction to the gentlemen from Millbrook who would, throughout the evening. be speaking to us about the evening’s matching wines.

20140724_200042The second course was marinated baby octopus, coriander potato, chilli. This complex dish was an unexpected highlight of the evening. The finesse placed into the presentation was worth appreciating as though it were an art piece, and the flavours and textures followed suit. The potatoes were firm, complementing the tender octopus, whilst the coriander added just the right level of sharp freshness to the dish.
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This was accompanied by the clean, dry, zippy sauvignon blanc. Paired with the dish it truly came alive on the palate, complimenting the flavours of the dish.

Third course was a warm apple tart tatin, miso, caramel. A rich, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth sweet treat, somewhat polarising the previous dish. The miso added a umani layer of depth to the strong buttery caramel sauce, which helped balance the otherwise sweet dish. The richness of the dish helps set up the following mussel dish, and the accompanying arneis pleasantly cut through the rich buttery sauce, making the each bit more delectable.

20140724_204728The fourth course was unlike anything I’d ever had the pleasure of tasting before. The mussels, creamed yuzu sauce, petit greens were unexpectedly intense. The dish played an interest game on the tongue, immaculately balancing the luxurious texture with the intense punch of the flavour. The uniquely intense flavour from the creamed yuzu sauce was accompanied by another spectacular and unique in the way of a viognier. The wine was distinct. Full but balanced, intense and dry. It had a distinct combination of complex aromatics that was unforgettable. The distinctive and powerful flavours lingered, suiting well to the rich flavoursome dish. This was the kind of dish and wine pairing that not only would make anyone turn their head, but it would be right there in the person’s face screaming at them to take note.
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The fifth course kindly lowered the intensity with the medium to full bodied pinot noir kindly coupling the rabbit saddle, smoked leg rillette, master stock. The moist rabbit and rich smoked leg rillette was served on the plate before the waiter poured the mouthwatering master stock on the dish at the table, enriching the meats. The first red meat of the evening was hearty, befittingly bridging between the intense flavours of the forth course and those more subtle in the sixth.

20140724_215806Upon tucking into the sixth course of pork belly, apple puree, short rib, spiced bread, ginger salsa micro herbs it quickly became apparent it was about to become the favoured dish of the evening – though it was a tough call. The pork belly was supple and the short rib could only be described as falling apart at the slightest touch. The dish melted in the mouth with the softer, medium tempranillo which lingered with its fruity flavours.

20140724_223431The final seventh course grew on the sweeter notes of the fifth with an intensely sweet Pedro. The dark dessert wine paired well with the slight hints of tartness in the light dish. The fruit spring roll, palm sugar syrup, toasted sesame seeds was a great ending with its crisp pastry, chewy apricots, creamy vanilla ice-cream and nutty sesame seeds.

The evening closed around 11:00pm with a small speech and smiles all around. The wine had continued to graciously flow all evening, the service was immaculate and the atmosphere divine. Each dish was as unique as the wines, yet the balance and flow throughout was faultless and the evening truly memorable. For $99 I would highly recommend any of The Naked Fig degustation dinners to anyone after a luxury evening on a budget (or not), or anyone looking to impress.

Two Naked Fig degustation dinners remain in 2014 – Seppelt on Thursday, 21 August and Howard Park on Thursday, 18 September.

-The Grizzly Bear

The Naked Fig Cafe on Urbanspoon

Win A $25 Menulog Voucher From The Grizzly Bear Perth

To celebrate the my home-coming to The Grizzly Bear I’ve decided to celebrate with a competition. My friends at Menulog have been kind enough to offer one lucky TGBP fan a $25 Menulog voucher.

To enter, simply ‘Like’ The Grizzly Bear Perth Facebook page to enter the competition and either leave a comment in answer to the question ‘What would you order with your voucher, and who would you share it with?’ or post in answer to the same question on the The Grizzly Bear Perth blog Competition page.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Menulog is a new upcoming website and mobile app that allows you to type in your postcode or suburb and find a list of restaurants in your local area that can offer you pick-up and/or delivery services. You can rank the listed restaurants by speed or rating and select from a range of deals on offer for these restaurants through the website. Being a bit of an online coupon/deal addict, this has to be my favourite feature. There’s also reviews available and the ability to place a pre-order if your restaurant is closed at the time. Then once you’ve selected your restaurant you simple order your food online, which menulogis very nifty if you’ve found yourself having a cozy night on the couch in the middle of winter and don’t particularly feel like getting up to cook yourself a warm meal. If you’d like to give Menulog a go yourself, simply visit http://www.menulog.com.au/browse/perth-wa

The competition is open to all Perth residents, with the competition closing on Saturday, 17 August 2014 11:59pm (AWST). The winner will be announced on Sunday, 18 August 2014 via a personal message, before being announced on both the C&TGB Facebook page and blog.

Best of luck!

-The Grizzly Bear

Terms & Conditions can be found on the TGBP Competition page.

I’m Back At The Grizzly Bear Perth

Not too long ago I announced my plan to launch my new food loving blog Coco & The Grizzly Bear in conjunction with my foodie friend Coco. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, I’ve decided to come back to my home at The Grizzly Bear Perth, where I will continue to blog about all the wonderful things the Perth food scene has to offer.

This simply means that all my posts (including those originally on C&TGB) will now be available here on The Grizzly Bear Perth blog and Facebook page. Including the Menulog competition! All my posts from the last few weeks will slowly be appearing over the next week, so keep your eyes pealed for anything you might have missed!

Thank you again for all your support during this time, and welcome home.