Monthly Archives: February 2015

Bunbury Cup means Bunbury Style…..And we have it covered

Arguably one of Bunbury’s biggest events of the year, the 2015 Bunbury Cup will continue to deliver. And it is the day when both guys and girls get the chance to truly shine. We love dressing up so thought we would put some ideas out there to get you all excited. With such amazing artwork now showcased throughout the city we were provided with the perfect back drop for our shoot.  All clothing provided by Essence and Brooklyn for Men while headwear from SWIRL and shoes provided by JOLT. Styled by Nathan Gardiner.

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Artwork by Kyle Hughes-Odgers

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Fintan Magee’s ‘The Storm’ brought back recent memories of The Giants visit to Perth.

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And who says you have to wear heels to the races.  These loafers add a touch of quirkiness to the outfit, and the guys can still look smart in casual shorts and shirt.

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Amok Islands Flounder is a beautiful blend of subtle colours.  Great to bounce off these bright tones.

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Thanks to Ben and Carly for being such accommodating models, especially for getting up so early. This is only a small taste of what you can find in the shops of Bunbury.  We have an awesome selection of boutiques and shoe stores so take a walk and enjoy the pleasure of strip shopping.

Lifestyle on the Fringe – Balingup’s Summer Long Table

One of Bunbury’s glorious attributes is it’s geographic position which plonks it smack bang in the middle of the abundant and diverse Geographe Region. This means that our privileged lifestyle can be enjoyed both in Bunbury or a short drive in any direction. So this Stylo was easily enticed to spend a weekend away in the beautiful town of Balingup that sits on the fringe of the Geographe.  Here we were guests at Katrina Lanes Summer Long Table held at the very quaint town hall. We headed off late Saturday morning and thought we may as well begin our degustation weekend with a local lunch.

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Berry Delightful is exactly that.  Nestled just south of Donnybrook and hidden by rambling shrubs and trees lies a beautiful cafe with views across a much loved and well established garden.  Hosts Mark and Sarah are the epitome of all we love in small country cafes.  Greeted with genuine hospitality and treated to tasty home cooking that reflects their lifestyle and garden.  Started with a shared wood fired pizza followed by Marron and tarragon tart with incredibly fresh garden salad. Sweet treats were too tempting so finished with an amazing berry parfait.

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While Balingup is an easy 50 minute drive from Bunbury we still opted to spend the night since we were there to enjoy 8 courses, all matched with local beverage. We settled in at Balingup Heights. These quaint chalets are perhaps on the highest point of the town which offer spectacular views in all directions.  Quick afternoon nap, read of the weekend papers and then on to a much anticipated dinner that we had all been looking forward to for many weeks.

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Balingup and it’s little town hall are very special to this Stylo. My Italian grandparents and their families all settled in the area when they immigrated between the wars during the 1930’s. I have fond memories of visiting family, sharing meals and picnics, and watching the town develop and change over the decades.  I can remember as a child when The Brotherhood set their community up to much interest and some objection from the locals, and when the Old Cheese Factory opened it’s doors and offered one of the first country cafes in the region. We were also re visiting the Town Hall where husband and I had celebrated out wedding reception just a few ‘short’ years ago. Decorated simply and tastefully for this occasion it still oozed all the rustic charm expected.

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It was breathtaking to turn the corner and see a collection of young creative chef’s bending over long trestles as the last rays of sun lit the trees beyond.  Canapes were presented by Paul Iskov from Fervor (who offers unique pop up dining experiences in WA) and Sam Ward from Perth’s El Publico. Guests mingled and chatted while dipping fresh radish and carrot into gourmet dips and smooth pates, while sipping on a very refreshing watermelon, tomato and  mint aqua fresca. And this was just the beginning.  As the sun set we entered the hall and began an evening mingled with amazing gastonomic experiences, laughter, luscious drinks and the sharing of a true passion for the South West’s food producers and the young people who create, present, share and respect our wonderful resources.

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Hats off and a huge round of applause to Katrina Lane.  If you haven’t visited here cafe and providore then you must. We first met Katrina through regularly calling into Taste of Balingup on trips south. It is easy to go back. Katrina is an inspiring woman who is a strong advocate for local producers. She works tirelessly with a determined goal to connect producers and farmers with customers, chefs and restaurants. One of the things I found most exciting about the Summer Long table was the gathering of such creative and exciting chefs, both experienced and up and coming. It was very clear that Katrina is an amazing role model and inspiration to this collective and it is through people like her that the South West can boast such an exhilarating and ever growing food culture. This pic was taken of Katrina at the 2014 Gourmet Escape. Always in the thick of it.

So many memorable moments from the evening. My picks.

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Second course by David Coomer. This salad was just pure bliss and paired with lovely bubbles from  Pemberley. A picture of Australian Summer on a plate.

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Discovering this little gem (label) on the Custard and Co Scrumpy. Bunbury is very proud of our Andrew Frazer, founder of Rediscover Bunbury, and how nice to see his artwork on such a fantastic local beverage.

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Most pics of this dish were pre consumption. I couldn’t wait. My absolute fave for the night was Joel’s fried olive oil cake, vanilla pannacotta, lemon and salted olive sherbert. It was paired with a shooter of Pemberley bubbles and lemon gelato. Joel Valvasori-Pereza is head chef at Perth’s Lalla Rookh. Great bar and great food.

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The windows of the old hall.  The breeze wafting through these beauties created a great atmosphere and temperature.

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Lively discussion with great people. The highlight of any long table is sharing stories, interests and laughter while making new friends. Loved sharing our evening with Paul from Colonial Brewery, Alex who has just released the great Hippocampus vodka, all the Eagle Bay Brewing crew and Margaret and Stuart – from Geraldton to Balingup for a tree change. We were very lucky to taste Alex’s bespoke vodka, only released a week. With a touch of cherry and spice added this little jar, was a treat.

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Taste of Balingup’s Summer Long Table is an annual event so keep in the loop and don’t miss out next year. Check it out www.tasteofbalingup.com.au and sign up for the newsletter.Supporting this little providore means you also support countless producers, chefs, farmers, distillers, winemakers and suppliers of WA’s fine food.

 

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