Jan 20th

The Orange Box, North Fremantle

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Review by Estabelle Ang

The Orange Box is the latest edition to hit Leighton Beach. It is located right next to Fremantle surf life saving club and you wouldn’t miss its bright orange building, which kinda resembles a huge orange shipping container. It is a casual cafe kiosk which serves all day breakfast and lunch, coffee, cakes and ice cream. The little nippers are not forgotten as they have quite an extensive kids menu.

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Menu for the little nippers
Menu for the little nippers

There are seats outside, or you can take a picnic mat and sit on the huge grass patch just adjacent to it while the kids run amok. The beach is also a stones throw away. On the side, there are also deck chairs provided for your comfort and you can set them up anywhere you want. There are also a couple of swing chairs to relax in, think coffee, book and sea breeze, Bliss.

Big field just right next to it
Big field just right next to it

deck chairs under the big umbrella
deck chairs under the big umbrella

chairs and swings
chairs and swings

We went there for morning tea and had coffee and a carrot cake. The little one saw ice cream and had to have one and boy it sure was a generous scoop at 10am in the morning! No fear as he burnt it all off running in the field.

Coffee and cake
Coffee and cake
 
Il Gelato

Il Gelato

 

Gelato

Gelato

Pack a mat, bring a footy or a good book the next time you’re in the area and give Orange Box a go.

The Orange Box at Leighton
Leighton Beach (next to Freo surf life saving club and Bib and Tucker)
Mon – Sun: 6.30am – 4.00pm

For more information visit their facebook page

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Jan 20th

Australia Day Perth 2017

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Here's a round up of what's happening  Australia Day 2017 in Perth

Australia Day Skyworks Perth

There are many locations with equally spectacular views to enjoy the 2017 Skyworks. Here are some options for you!
Langley Park
Located on the northern side of the Swan River, Langley Park is home to the City of Perth’s Entertainment Zone and is the place for free entertainment galore.

Supreme Court Gardens
To the western side of Langley Park is Supreme Court Gardens, the location for 2017’s indigenous Birak Concert. 

Sir James Mitchel Park
On the river’s south side, Sir James Mitchel Park is where you will find the City of South Perth’s Celebration Zone.

Kings Park and Botanic Gardens
To gain the highest vantage point for viewing the Skyworks firework show, entry is a gold coin donation to the Friends of Kings Park. All donations are directed to the conservation of Western Australian flora, to help improve visitor facilities and assist in maintaining some of our State's significant cultural and memorial sites. 

Australia Day Celebration Zone, Sir James Mitchell Park
Presented by the City of South Perth and Supported by Lotterywest, the Australia Day Celebration Zone is the place to be for families. Spanning over 10 hectares along the South Perth foreshore, the event features multiple areas with 100 free activities suitable for toddlers to adults, a range of food vendors and ample shade and picnic areas for families to enjoy. 

LANGLEY PARK ENTERTAINMENT ZONE
This Australia Day Langley Park is THE place to be, with family fun galore in the free Entertainment Zone plus Perth’s best views of the fireworks show. The Langley Park Entertainment Zone starts from 3.00pm.

Carnival Land
3.00pm to 7.45pm
Fun for toddlers, teens and beyond in Carnival Land. Rides and amusements and inflatables for the littlies, there is plenty on offer for all ages to enjoy. Experience the Tumbler, Ferris Wheel, Pirate Ship, Fun Factory, Cup & Saucer, Turbo Tubs, Go Karts, Jeep trucks, Zorb balls, places to bounce, slide, and much more!

Animal Kingdom
3.00pm to 7.45pm
Tiny rabbits to great big camels, the Animal Kingdom is filled with incredible creatures to meet. Enjoy pony and camel rides, interact with farm animals, hold reptiles and discover Aussie icons.

Action Park
3.00pm to 7.45pm
Experience all the action! Dare your friends to ride the Bucking Bull, try the high ropes course or tackle Spider Mountain. Be prepared to be challenged by the climbing wall, fly revolution and more! 

Freestyle Motocross and BMX
3.30pm to 7.00pm
The best of Australia’s extreme action talent perform amazing backflips, mind blowing stunts and crazy tricks. These demonstrations will provide entertainment for all ages
BMX: 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm
Motocross: 4.00pm, 5.00pm, 6.00pm and 7.00pm 

Australia Day Hawkers Market
3.00pm to 8.00pm
Add flavour to the fun of Australia Day by enjoying dishes from around the globe. Some of the cuisines at the Australia Day Hawkers Market include Japanese, French, Thai, South American, Filipino and more.
Rotary Big Aussie Sausage Sizzle
3.00pm to 8.00pm
An Australia Day celebration would not be complete without the sizzle of a sausage or two. The Rotary Club is keeping tradition alive with their Big Aussie Sausage Sizzle for a true taste of the Australian summer.

Skyworks
8.00 to 8.30pm 
The City of Perth Skyworks finale will see the sky above the Swan River explode into colour with Western Australia’s largest annual fireworks display.
The world-renowned Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics will deliver Western Australia’s largest annual fireworks display. At 8pm the sky above the Swan River will explode into colour with this much loved tradition. 
The 2017 City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks will feature a massive floating flotilla of fireworks barges, more firing positions than ever before creating the biggest and widest spread of firing positions in Skyworks history. 
The sequences designed by pyrotechnics choreographer Stuart Bensley promise to be Skyworks’ most memorable yet, including one magical moment which will spell out PERTH in new ‘PYRO DIGITS’ so be sure to have your camera ready! 
Tune in to mix94.5’s synchronised music soundtrack on your radio to make the Skyworks 2017 experience complete.

Australia Day Party, The Maze Home of Outback Splash

Bassendean's 13th Annual Australia Day Celebrations and Fireworks
Come along to the Town of Bassendean’s 13th annual Australia Day Celebrations & Fireworks. Now a hugely popular event held at Ashfield Reserve in Ashfield from 5.00 – 9.00pm, Thursday 26th January 2017 – it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

Join us in a safe and family friendly environment with live music, food, carnival rides and spectacular fireworks.

Be entertained with on-stage performances by Randa and the Soul Kingdom, Phil Walleystack and Bassendean’s own samba band – the Bassonovas.

This year our Australia Day Ambassadors are the Perth Glory FC! We are thrilled that representatives from the team will be there on the day to share what it means to them to be an Australia Day Ambassador. Stay tuned for more details.

The event kicks off from 5pm and continues through till 9pm, with everyone’s eyes turning to the sky at 8pm for the fireworks finale. Tune into 98five Sonshine FM for the live simulcast soundtrack.

Australia Day in Armadale
In an annual Australian tradition, celebrate Australia Day with a jam-packed evening of festivities and fireworks at Minnawarra Park, Armadale. Before this event even begins, Minnawarra Park is dotted with young families and groups of friends donning the colours of the Australian flag and embracing the community celebration in this hassle-free carnival atmosphere.
Bursting with Australian pride, the City of Armadale invites you to picnic across the parks, indulge in the activities including the water fun park, carnival amusement rides and of course tempt your tastebuds with the variety of food stalls. A full program of live music showcasing some of the best local talent that takes us to the finale spectacular fireworks display.

Australia Day Coogee Beach Festival
Celebrate Australia Day Cockburn-style and enjoy a free sausage sizzle on us! Plus there's free entertainment for the whole family including:
Watermelon eating competition- (win double movie passes)
Bring your own watermelon helmet (win a $100 Coles/Myer voucher)
Sandcastle building competition (win one adult season pass to Adventure World)
Performance by Bindjareb Middars 
Aboriginal basket weaving
Water Slides
Performance by Billy Court
Performances by Some Like it Yacht
Roving Entertainers
Appearance by Australia Day Ambassadors, members of the Rio Olympic Women's Synchronised Swimming Team

Australia Day at Kinkuna Park, Eglinton
Enjoy a day of fun, sun, sport and water play!
-Cool off at the newly opened water playground
-Play all day on the rest of the adventure playground featuring ropes, swings, slides, climbing webs and trampolines
-Get active with organised games on the multi-courts
-Bring your bathers and be prepared to get wet on the pop-up water amusements
-Cheer on Australia Vs Pakistan live on the BIG screen for the Australia Day One Day International Series match
-Practice your own bowling, batting & fielding and join a team for some friendly cricket matches
Bring your own picnic or purchase a sausage sizzle, gelato, soft drink or coffee on the day. 



Australia Day 2017 Mindarie
Celebrate Australia Day at The Marina, Mindarie!
Keep the kids entertained from 11am – 4pm at our giant sandpit with free activities including a jumping castle, surf simulator, Aussie temporary tattoos, the big dig, Vegemite finger painting and a bubble zone.
Save your appetite and register for the Jesters meat pie eating competition held at The Boat at 3.45pm. Dr Bogus will also be playing at The Boat from 3pm – 6pm, while The Indi will host live entertainment throughout the day.
Then finish the evening with a choc-top and popcorn whilst watching the Aussie classic, Crocodile Dundee on the silver screen at The Indi.

Australia Day Mandurah's Largest Citizenship Ceremony
Join us on Australia Day for Mandurah's largest annual Citizenship Ceremony.
Head to the foreshore between 7am - 9am to enjoy a $5 cooked Aussie breakfast thanks to the Lions Club of Mandurah and live music thanks to the Mandurah Concert Band. 
The official ceremony starts at 8.30am with the winners for the Citizen of the Year Awards announced, followed by the welcoming of over 100 new citizens who will take their oath to become Australia’s newest citizens.
The event finishes with a flotilla of boats on the estuary, organised by Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club (MOFSC) competing for the best dressed title awarded by Mandurah's Mayor, Marina Vergone at approximately 11am.
There are NO fireworks in Mandurah on Australia Day.

Australia Day Celebrations Byford



Australia Day Celebration Kalamunda Water Park

Tour the Carabiniere
Italian Naval Frigate “Carabiniere” will be docked at Victoria Quay in the Port of Fremantle from the 25th to the 31st of January 2017.
Built in 2015 by Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, the “Carabiniere” is one of the most prestigious ships of the Italian Navy’s fleet.
The “Carabiniere” Frigate will be exceptionally open to the public on Thursday January 26 from 10:00am to 12:00pm and from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. 


 

Australia Day BBQ at Claremont Pools

Australia Day Breakfast, Ballajura

Australia Day Big Breakfast, Gosnells

Australia Day Community BBQ, Morley

Australia Day Celebration, Kwinana

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!

Jan 19th

Jamie's Italian, Perth

By Alison

We’ve always loved Jamie’s Italian in Perth and I think I’m going to love it even more before school goes back as kids 12 years and under eat free between 11.30am – 5.00pm until 31 January 2017! Yep you read that correctly and I’ve read the fine print - the only catch is there must be one adult dining per two kids meals and the adult must order a main size pasta or main, easy!

There’s six tasty options for the little ones – chicken skewers, beef burgers, pasta bake, spaghetti and meatballs, salmon or a picnic box! 



Burgers 

Salmon

My kids love anything that comes with potatoes/chips so on our last visit they got the ‘Happy Chicken Lollipops’. I must admit I pinched one and it was delicious – the chicken was really tender and the side of potato (note, not potatoes) was beautifully baked.

All the kids meals come with a side of ‘shake-me salad’ (salad in a mini mason jar that needs to be shaken up before eating!) and a drink!

Juice isn’t the only option the kids can also get a glass of milk or unlimited fruity water! 

The school holiday offer includes dessert too.

When I first visited back in 2013 they didn’t take bookings for under six people but now they do which is good if you don’t have time to wait around. We went for a weekday lunch and it wasn’t too crowded, plenty of room for the kids to get up and down and change seats at least three times before their meals arrived. And because it's such a big space it’s certainly not a quiet dining experience which I like when I'm eating out with the kids.

High chairs are available if you need one and plenty of colouring-in on hand. We didn’t get a viewfinder to see the kids menu but I did spy a couple around the restaurant so maybe they’re just running low on them at the moment. All in all a great lunch option in the city with or without kids.

Jamie’s Italian was founded in 2008 and with more than 40 restaurants worldwide, a safe option when you’re travelling with kids – good food in a relaxed environment and it’s affordable.

Jamie's Italian is open 11am-10:30pm everyday.
140 William St  Perth WA 6000
(08) 9363 8600
www.jamieoliver.com/italian/australia/perth


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Alison Cridge is a self-employed marketer who loves exploring Perth with her family, more often than not in search of the perfect flat white. A born 'n bred Perth girl, Alison is enjoying seeing a different side of the city with her two young children. She loves travelling and can't wait to show Izzy and Leo the world 

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Jan 18th

Zamalee Equestrian Centre, Gnangara

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Review by Penny Butler

Zamalee equestrian centre is a family run and owned riding school/equestrian centre located at 467 Sydney road Gnangara. The centre is on 16 acres and has a 60mx20m Rubber Dressage arena, 20 m round yard and jumps in large paddock. Leesa, who owns the centre, has been giving riding lessons here for as long as I can remember. I used to have riding lessons here when I was about 10 years old, so at least 20 years now.

Miss 3.5 loves going riding here and has been doing so for the past year. Leesa runs kids club, which is a small group riding lesson aimed at children from about 3 - 7 years old. These classes are aimed at the total beginner rider and include a 30 min riding lesson given by Leesa. The children are also encouraged to brush the horses before the ride and give them carrots afterwards, which my daughter loves to do!

The riding lessons involve a range of activities including balance games and are aimed to gain the confidence of the children on the horses. At the moment, there are 3 or 4 horses that are used for the lessons, so each class is kept to about 3-4 children per class. Parents need to be confident in leading the horse, Leesa gives the lesson as you lead the children around the arena. The horses and Ponies are fantastic with the children and have never put a foot (or hoof) wrong in the time we have been riding there.

Leesa also runs another fantastic saddle club program, which runs on Saturdays from 8am-12noon. This is aimed at children from about 7 years onwards. During Saddle club, the children partake in a theory lesson, which teaches the children about general horse care and riding, followed by a 20 min private riding lesson given by Leesa and then finished off with some mounted games. BYO drinks and morning tea is recommended.

As well as these 2 great programs, Leesa and her ponies/horses often frequent the horse beach at Kwinana during the summer months. She often invites her clients to come along and experience some fun, riding and just generally playing with the horses at the beach.

The cost of the kids club sessions are $20 per child and Saddle club is $80.

Session times and availability are dependant on interest, so please contact Leesa on her Facebook page, which is www.facebook.com/Zamalee-Equestrian-Centre or her mobile 0407 900 376.

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Penny Butler is a stay at home mum of 1 with another one on the way! She loves being home with her children and is passionate about home education and will be starting the journey of homeschooling. Penny blogs about homeschooling at facebook.com/learningthroughlifeblog

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Jan 18th

Wembley Sports Pavilion Playground

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Review by Holly Clark

Next door to the new Wembley Sports Pavilion, there is a brand new playground, just opened as of 18th January 2017. We were lucky to be some of the first people to put it to the test.

This playground combines a great mix of nature play and traditional play equipment.

As we walked across from the carpark, the first thing we came to was some climbing logs and rubbery humps surrounded by wood chips and garden. A blue plastic shell with peepholes is in this area, great for crawling through and playing hide and seek.

The main attractions for kids at this playground I think will be things like the big double zip line, which includes a seat with a harness for smaller children or those with mobility issues. There is soft white sand underneath, just in case of tumbles. Miss almost 3 thought it was amazing to be able to zip line like the big kids!

Next to this is a double in-ground trampoline surrounded by rubber soft fall matting. We did lots of bouncing.

 

Adjacent to this area are some balancing beams made of logs leading down to the barbecue area, and around to some stepping stones.

A twisty race track pathway winds around the all play equipment. Perfect for bikes, scooters or skates!

In another section we found a small swing just the right size for toddlers and preschoolers. Just beyond this is a digger surrounded by soft sand, and on the other side a spinning space-age looking chair. It made me dizzy to watch Miss almost 3 spinning.

Beside the trampolines we found a big seesaw that kids can stand on or sit in the middle of. Some bigger kids were kind enough to help Miss almost 3 test this out properly.

We found lots of climbing equipment suitable for bigger kids at the front, just next to the zip line. One was a three legged tower of different shaped ladders. At the very top is a bell. The challenge is to get up there and ring it!

There was also a new kind of monkey bars with climbing wall style rungs on poles to shimmy up, and a red crows nest on top.

At the far end, past the play equipment is a barbecue with two hot plates and a covered picnic table at one need. Perfect for family gatherings or small parties.

This playground has a bit of everything to suit kids of all ages. Miss 3 almost certainly thought it was fantastic!

There is currently not a lot of shade, relying on the already established trees to shade parts of the playground. New small trees have been strategically planted out, but will take a little while to grow. So id recommend packing your hats and sunscreen.

Wembley Sports Pavilion Playground is located on Selby Street, between Hay Street and Salvado Road in Jolimont. Lots of parking is available at the front.

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Holly Clark has done a bit of everything, from slicing deli meat to recruiting for clinical trials, and most recently volunteered at her local playgroup. However, she has always dreamed of being a writer. She even studied professional writing and editing at TAFE once upon a time and had a short story published in her class' anthology! She is currently a stay at home mum of one, a self-confessed coffee addict and baker of sweet treats, and occasionally writes on her recipe blog, Lucky Star's Kitchen. 
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Jan 17th

Denmark Soccer Golf at The Toffee Factory, Denmark

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By Amanda Carlin 

We had a “ball” playing Denmark Soccer Golf, which is found at The Toffee Factory 

The unique game of Soccer Golf is lots of fun. It’s basically the same idea as golf, each kick is equivalent to one stroke, there’s no dribbling – though the boys had to be reminded of that!  

We all had a different colour football to identify our own ball and we’d start ofeach hole with a massive kick down the fairway. Chef thought he was rather good at this, but got a bit too enthusiastic and ended up kicking the ball into the “rough” a few times. 

There’s lots of obstacles to get in the way of the 14 holes - tunnels, hills, water hazards, tyres, sand bunkers and more. Most of the holes are massive, to fit the oversized balls. On a few of them, you need to do something different to finish, like kick the ball through gap in a gate or into a net – that was really hard!  

There’s no shade, so you definitely will need to slip, slop, slap! It’s suitable for all ages, as long as you can kick a ball. Soccer Golf is more active than mini golf and we all loved it.   

At the Toffee Factoryyou can look through the windows into the kitchen where the toffee is made the traditional English way. The tasty toffee is available in many different flavours and their nut brittles are also very popular.  

The Toffee Factory is also home to the Elephant Rocks Cider Co and A Bit On The Side Sauces, chutneys, salsas, dressings and olives. So there are lots of yummy tastings available.  

Outside, there’s a small playground, with a cubby house, slide and totem tennis game. There’s shaded seating on the grassed area too and you can also enjoy a BYO picnic or one of the Toffee Factory’s famous giant ice cream cones! 

There are also a few farm animals in the surrounding fields. We saw geese, pigs, sheep and cows. With lots to do, a visit to the Toffee Factory is a must for families visiting the Denmark area.  

Find it at 2927 South Coast Highway, William Bay, near Denmark, WA 

Soccer Golf Prices 
Adult $14  
Child $10 (Under 15 Years) 
Family $40 (2 Adults & 2 Children) 
$5 Ball Deposit

Find out more www.denmarksoccergolf.com.au

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Amanda Carlin has her own blog - The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-fect Life. The Chef's Wife LOVES to eat out in our beautiful city and discover new spots to dine. Amanda and Chef love tapas or something a little fancy for date night and with their son "Little Chef" in tow there's plenty of family friendly options too.

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Jan 17th

Perth Zoo Summer Fun

By Buggybuddys Jennie

Tricia the Asian Elephant turns 60 this month and to celebrate Perth Zoo have a whole host of Summer Fun planned.

 

During the month of January (up until 29th) and every weekend in February and March kids can enjoy some wet and wild fun on the pop-up water slide so don’t forget your bathers, towel and sunscreen!

 

The water slide is set up on the Main Lawn area close to the playgrounds. It has a double slide and can be enjoyed by all ages. 

Next to the water slide is a small paddling pool so the less adventurous can have some fun! Don't forget to take along a swimming nappy if you have children that are still in nappies and would like to use the paddling pool. 

The water slide is included in the standard entry fee.

If getting wet isn’t your thing then make sure you check out the Wild Zone for party games, crafts and water fun.

The Wild Zone is located under a huge shaded tree and entry is via gold coin donation. 

 

Kids can create their own animal masks, bowl over penguins and enjoy some good old-fashioned water fun.

 

While you are in the main lawn area don’t miss the Zoo HQ which is located in the old refurbished bird aviary. Our kids had a great time in their playing zoo keepers. They would have stayed there all day if we had let them!

 

On the 28th and 29th January 9am – 3pm Perth Zoo will be holding a weekend-long birthday  party to celebrate Tricia’s birthday. They’ll be live performers, party games, face painting, stage shows and heaps more.  At 12 noon each day you’ll be able to sing Happy Birthday to Tricia and see her enjoy her giant birthday cake! Normal Zoo entry fees apply, there is no additional cost for attend Tricia’s Birthday Party.

Perth Zoo entry fees are:
Adults $29
Children aged 4 - 15 years $14
Children under 4 Free
Seniors $22
Family Pass (2 Adults and 2 children) $75.20

For more information visit www.perthzoo.gov.wa

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Jan 17th

McDonalds, Ellenbrook

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Review by Carmen Lohrentz

We are loving the newly renovated McDonalds in Ellenbrook with its amazing new play equipment.

It’s fast becoming a popular spot for mums around the area because of the large, enclosed playground that can keep the kids entertained for quite a while.

The rocket ship section is a firm favourite with the kids as well as playing hide and seek and racing down the slides.

There are a number of charming personal touches with my favourite being the Ronald McDonald red shoes as the legs of the benches in the playroom. 

The restaurant is a vast improvement from before and there is plenty of space to accommodate a group of mums meeting for coffee and a chat.

It’ll be a perfect place for a birthday party, as part of the restaurant closes up into a party room with access to the play equipment.

The renovated Maccas is definitely a welcomed addition to the area, being one of the few indoor playgrounds around.

McDonalds Ellenbrook is located at The Promenade Regional Shopping Centre, Cnr Main St & The Promenade, Ellenbrook WA 6069

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Jan 17th

Zamia Cafe, Kings Park Perth

By Buggybuddys Jennie

Zamia Café is located in Kings Park overlooking the stunning Synergy Parklands, making it the ideal location for a casual family lunch.

 

Zamia Café is open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week 8am – 4.30pm and until 5pm on the weekend.  Indoor and alfresco dining is available. Being located in such a popular location it can get very busy. You can book at table Monday through to Saturday. Walk-ins are always welcome and if they cannot accommodate you at the time you’ll be put on their waitlist and you’ll receive a call when your table is ready. Waiting is not a chore, kids can burn off some energy in the park and build up an appetite.
 

Zamia Café offers a very diverse menu. The café prides itself on fresh simple food produced in house.  It was really hard to make a choice as everything sounded so mouth watering good!

We opted for the Slow Roasted Lamb ($26) served with pomegranate, parsley, lemon & feta salad, tzatziki and toasted pita bread. My husband loved it so much he insisted we go back the following week so he could order it again!

 

I went for the Turmeric and Coconut Chicken ($24) served with rice and Asian greens which was yummy.

 

There is a large kids menu with staples such as Hotdog ($5), fish and chips ($10) and Toasted Sandwich ($6.50). For the more adventurous eater there is Grilled Chicken Tenders served on a quinoa, roast pumpkin, cherry tomato and mixed green salad ($13).

 

My kids opted for the Chicken nuggets and chips ($8) and pizza ($9).

The café has a large range of beautiful cakes, slices and muffins which are baked in house daily.

 

If you would rather dine on a picnic rug in the park the café offers a dedicated takeaway area serving coffee, drinks, snacks and lunch selections.

 

If you have holding a celebration in the park and don’t wish to cater yourself a range of platters can be ordered from the café. Orders need to be placed at least 4 days in advance.

 

Zamia Café is located at 50 May Park Drive, Kings Park.
Contact (08) 9388 6700

www.zamiacafe.com.au

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Jan 16th

Hamptons, City Beach

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By Amanda Carlin 

We dined as a family at Hamptons, the newest addition to the trendy City Beach dining strip. The light filled dining room, with crisp white furniture, overlooks the ocean. 

The tables are a little close together, so I would advise the venue if you have a stroller. High chairs are also available. There is plenty of alfresco dining too, with a sheltered outside courtyard and a balcony overlooking the beach. It sure is a beautiful view over the white sands to the iconic City Beach lifeguard tower.  

We’ve chosen an early dinner, to enjoy the sunset and also to ensure Little Chef doesn’t get too tiredThe service is friendly and attentive. The wine list is well stocked (thank goodness!) and I pick an on-trend French rose.  

We order from the menu, which is a “modern Australian” style of food, specialising in local seafoodTo start, Chef and I share moreish sweet corn and manchego cheese croquettes with beetroot chutney, $16. They are lovely and crisp and even Little Chef is impressed by them. The spicy buttermilk squid with chorizo crumb, $16 is also a great share dish. 

The children’s menu is has many healthy options which is brave! They offer meatballs with zucchini noodles, zucchini lasagne, steak and more. When we dine out with Little Chef, we want it to be relaxed, no nagging him to eat his greens. Though we really do value the importance of being offered more than nuggets and chips.  

Little Chef chooses the battered fish fillet $13, served with fries and fennel salad. He gobbles down the top quality fish, but turns his little nose up at the sweet potato fries. This seven year old doesn’t appreciate their addition to the fancy kids menu. It may please older children and I thought they were very yummy! It would be great if they mentioned on the menu that they are sweet potato fries or gave the option of regular potato fries too.  

Chef loves the hearty Black Angus scotch fillet 300g, $52, topped with melted truffle butter and accompanied by potato mash, creamed spinach, a crisp asparagus salad and a beetroot vinaigrette 

I choosthe half lobster tail, $42, for my main. The rich crustacean meat, which is oozing with garlic butter, is absolutely delicious and the shell is empty in no time. The tail is accompanied by roasted vine tomatoes and a salad. 

For dessert, we share a beautifully presented chocolate caramel tart, $14. The tasty tart is smooth and rich, deliciously complimented by a generous scoop of raspberry sorbet, which sits upon a scattering of chocolate popping soil – which Little Chef absolutely loves!  

Hamptons isn’t for kids that want to move around, it’s a more formal dining experience which would suit older children. Generally, the food and drink prices are on the higher side, though there are cheaper options for the budget conscious. The food is very good. The addition of Hamptons to the other quality eateries make City Beach the place to be this summer and it’s a good spot for a special family meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner.  

Find Hamptons City Beach at 179 Challenger Parade, City Beach WA 

www.hamptonscitybeach.com.au

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Amanda Carlin has her own blog - The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-fect Life. The Chef's Wife LOVES to eat out in our beautiful city and discover new spots to dine. Amanda and Chef love tapas or something a little fancy for date night and with their son "Little Chef" in tow there's plenty of family friendly options too.

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