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  • Piari & Co, Dunsborough

    Piari & Co, Dunsborough

    Piari & Co is a cosy casual chic restaurant in the heart of Dunsborough’s CBD, close to beautiful beaches, accommodation and shops.

    They like to refer to themselves as a “neighbourhood restaurant” but in typical Piari fashion they are being far too humble. Even though the restaurant is relatively new it has recently been named one of Australia’s Top Restaurants by The Australian Financial Review and already has two Gold Plate awards.

    Piari focuses on using the highest quality fresh produce from the South West to create simple delicious dishes that showcases the foods natural strengths. Almost everything on their menu is house made from their bread and butter to their ice cream and condiments. If something on the menu is not house made it’s because it is an artisan product that they have sourced from the ultimate producer in the region that specialises in making that particular product.
    Their menu changes seasonally and at the moment features local gems like pickled octopus from Busselton, olives from Eagle Bay, organic cheese from Yallingup and Lamb, Pork and Venison from Margaret River.

    Blair and Renee, the owners of Piari & Co, really know their stuff. If you had a list of the very finest produce from the region and put it alongside their menus they would match up exceeding well. It’s safe to say that if you are looking for a restaurant that sums up the most outstanding produce that you can find in the South West, Piari is pretty hard to beat. Dining at Piari & Co is like going on a culinary journey though out the region, not just food but the beverage menu is equally as impressive.

    It is quite clear that like the food menu, the wine and beverage menu is very well thought out and each item on that list has been carefully selected by someone who knows what they are on about. They have Champagne from France but the majority of the items on the wine and beverage list are locally sourced including some of my favourites; Windows Estate Chardonnay and Zenzero Ginger Beer. They even have their own “Piari & Co” wine that they have made and serve only in their restaurant and a barman that whips up some impressive looking cocktails.

    The decor at Piari & Co is simple, modern and warm – it’s a nice place to relax and unwind. The service is superb and families are welcome.

    Piari & Co is open for lunch Tuesday to Friday, dinner Wednesday to Saturday and they also host special events like Wine Dinners where a winemaker, usually someone that is highly knowledgeable and respected from a boutique local label, will come in and present a range of their wines and Piari & Co will provide their guests a showcase of dishes that matches perfectly with each wine.
    They also have weekday deals; at the moment they have $50 lunch menu which includes two courses & a glass of wine and $8 coffee & cake.

    Piari & Co is located at 5/54 Dunn Bay Rd, Dunsborough WA and can be contacted on (08) 9756 7977 for bookings.
    For more information check out their website and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

    Disclaimer

    Even though Piari & Co is one of my favourite restaurants and I have written about them before I thought it was only honest to let you know that they invited me recently to dine at their restaurant and while I was not paid to write this review they did gift me a beautiful dinner with my husband.

  • Kids Kerfuffle – School Holiday Fun!

    Kids Kerfuffle – School Holiday Fun!

    Simmos Ice creamery in Dunsborough is the place to be this summer!

    Not only do they have over 60 delicious ice cream flavours to choose from, a play ground, mini golf, ride on toys and an ice cream eating Emu for a limited time only they are hosting Kids Kerfuffle.

    Kids Kerfuffle is an awesome obstacle course with water slides, climbing inflatables, net crawls, foam, tyre runs, a huge inflatable slide and more.

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    Not only is Kids Kerfuffle lots of family friendly fun it is fantastic for fitness and co-ordination too!

    You can find the Kids Kerfuffle obstacle course set up on the grassed area at the back of Simmos daily between January 4 – 10 from 10am to 4pm.

    Prices are $25 per hour (adults at kids prices) or $80 for a family of 4.
    You can do as many laps of the obstacle course as you like within the hour.

    Kids aged 6-12 require adult supervision
    Teens aged 13-18 require parental consent

    Book online to avoid disappointment as wave times will fill fast!

    Simmos Ice creamery is located on 161 Commonage Road in Dunsborough and their facilities include; parking, BBQ’s, picnic tables and seating, high chairs toilets and baby change facilities.

    For more information check out the Kids Kerfuffle website and be sure to follow them on Facebook.

     

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  • Your Margaret River Region

    Your Margaret River Region

    The Busselton & Margaret River Tourism authorities have recently amalgamated to become The Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA)  and have a beautiful new website!

     

     

    The thing I love most about the new website the most that it is beautiful, clear & simple.
    Taking something that is vast and complex and making it simple is one of the hardest things to do and, as many of the worlds past and present geniuses believe, a sign of true greatness. The creators know the region so well that they have been able to take an enormous amount of information and present it in a way that people understand.

    I was truly honoured when they asked me to come on board as a blogger, travelling around the region finding the best places to eat, rest, play & explore. It’s the job of my dreams and it is so great to work with people that are as passionate about the region as I am!

    My favourite part of my experiences so far is meeting the people behind each operation I review.
    One of the things I have noticed about so many people in this region is they are so passionate and enthusiastic about what they do and how they do it.  There is a lot of pride and heart put into what they do which is obvious when you give them your full attention and encourage them to talk about it.
    Something that on paper might seem a bit ordinary comes alive and becomes extraordinary when they start telling their story. Their energy is contagious and I hope you feel it too in my writing.

    To read all of the articles that I have written for the website so far click here.

     

  • Rise & Co

    Rise & Co

    Rise & Co, Busselton’s newest cafe and artisan bakery, opened it’s doors on Saturday morning. It was so well received on the first day they sold out of food!

    My son Max and I caught up with friends for brunch today at Rise & Co and we were all very impressed.
    The food was stunning – it was hard to choose! They had breakfast food, beautiful fresh salads, burgers and gorgeous sweet treats including gluten free options.

    We ended up ordering a eclair for the kids to share over babychino’s

     

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    and I had the Chorizo and Sweet Potato Rosti with grilled veggies topped with a poached egg – it was delicious!

     

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    Rise & Co is a really warm and cosy cafe with fireplaces, jarrah floorboards and beautiful stained glass windows.

     

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    Max and his friends had a ball in the kids playroom. They played happily for over an hour while we enjoyed catching up over a cuppa.

     

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    Rise & Co is a brilliant place for families because not only do they have a indoor playroom they also have colouring in, high chairs and baby change facilities too.

    My friends and I all agreed we will be coming back here often, especially on rainy days!

    Rise & Co is located on 51 Bussel Hwy in Busselton.
    For more information follow them Facebook or check out their website.

     

  • Livity Margaret River Review

    Livity Margaret River Review

    I have been gradually trying to eat better and improve my health.

    At one point even though I had planned to clean up my diet I found myself busy, going out a lot and eating foods that were not the best for my body and I was really starting to feel it.

    I was just thinking to myself that I needed something to get me back on the right track when I won a juice cleanse via Instagram – talk about ask and you shall receive!

    The cleanse consisted of cold pressed juices, green smoothies and nut milks as well as detox tea and cleanse enhancers.

    Basically for three days you don’t eat any food and just drink the products provided by Livity and then after that slowly introduce solid food.

    I picked up my boxes of goodies from the Garden Basket in Margaret River, which came with straws and a cute little tea strainer and began my juice cleanse journey.

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    I’m not going to lie, even though the juices were delicious, detoxing from alcohol, sugar, wheat and dairy at the same time was HARD! There was highs and lows and sometimes I really struggled.

    I would recommend if you are going to do it, be kind to yourself and don’t over do it. Stay at home a just kick back if you can, it’s probably best to do it on the weekend instead of during the week when you are not busy working or at school etc

    Though the cleanse was challenging it gave me a priceless gift – the gift of clarity.
    It made me slow down and cleared my mind. It helped me realise what deep down I already knew but didn’t want to admit to myself.

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    After the cleanse my stomach was the flattest that it had been since I don’t know when and it stayed that way while I continued to eat clean. As soon as I reintroduced wheat back into my diet my stomach was so round and bloated I looked about 6 months pregnant! The reaction was so severe I could no longer lie to myself and pretend it was ok for me to eat wheat and since then I have stayed away from it. Except for one other time and I paid for that!

    Same with dairy, as soon as I had some after the cleanse I experienced flu like symptoms but I already knew that.
    I am lactose intolerant so why was I eating it anyway? Partly because I have always eaten it but also because I love pizza, ice cream, cheese and just about anything that includes dairy.

    Doing the cleanse forced me to break the cycle, take a step back and really have a look at why I was eating food that was making me sick.

    I did some research and found out that wheat, sugar and dairy are all addictive and can be harder to give up than drugs and cigarettes. Interestingly wheat, sugar and dairy are found in almost every processed food on the shelf.
    It’s no wonder people become addicted to processed food – it’s designed to be addictive!

    In summary;

    Did the juice taste good? Yes.
    Was it hard? For me, yes but was that because I was detoxing from food’s that I am intolerant and addicted too? Maybe.
    Would I recommend it? You betcha.

    This three day cleanse finally made me realise that nothing tastes as good as healthy feels. No food is worth being sick and in pain over!

    If you would like to find out more about Livity Margaret River’s juice cleanse checkout their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates and giveaways.

     

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    Super cute tea strainer!