A Hot Chocolate and Choux at Chu, Perth, Australia

When I lived in Paris I would have a hot chocolate every morning. It was what coffee is to most; a necessary part of my morning. The hot chocolate wasn’t anything fancy, there were no bells and whistle to speak of. It was just good chocolate mixed into good milk and drunk in a rush. I call these the dailys. This was always accompanied by a pain au chocolate (chocolate croissant), freshly baked, chocolate still warm inside. Chu has my Perth daily hot chocolate/pain au chocolate combo, although I don’t actually have the chance (or the budget, these daily necessities [...]

2018-05-22T08:11:01+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Perth, Western Australia|

A Hot Chocolate at Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe, Perth, Australia

When you eat, and drink, as much good chocolate as I am lucky enough to eat, and drink, you lose patience very quickly for bad chocolate. I drink many, many more hot chocolates than I review here. The sad truth is that most are really not great (and the café owners then seem surprised that no one ever orders them, and then they make no effort because no one orders them and you have a chicken and egg scenario….). When a Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café opened up on St. Georges Terrace the chocolate snob in me kicked in and I [...]

2017-08-23T01:07:04+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Perth, Western Australia|

Sculptures by the Sea and the Hot Chocolate at Il Lido, Perth, Australia

I have never seen anything quite like Sculptures by the Sea anywhere. Sculptures by the Sea is an annual event that goes on for several weeks. For that period, the beach and area around the beach is transformed into a large, open air, and free art gallery. The sculptures are from a variety of artists, both homegrown and foreign, sharing pieces that range from breathtaking and serene to powerful and thought provoking. A large glass marble reflects the world upside down, dolphins swim across the sand, a surfer appears and disappears depending on where you stand. We visited many many times and each time discovered [...]

2017-07-31T06:31:38+00:00 August 7th, 2017|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Perth, Western Australia|

A Hot Chocolate at Duck Duck Bruce, Freemantle, Australia

Given the name and logo for this little café in Freemantle I assumed I’d enter to find ducks everywhere. But no, no ducks. But there is a Bruce. And there is a nice little hot chocolate. Lets start with Bruce. Lets start with the fact that Bruce is a bit of mystery since the creators of this great spot are actually Sean, Charlie and Woody. I guess Bruce is hiding out back with the ducks but no problem, I’m a fan. Actually I did a bit more searching and Bruce is the name of the model shark used in the [...]

2017-07-31T05:58:17+00:00 July 31st, 2017|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Perth, Western Australia|

A Hot Chocolate at Bread in Common, Fremantle, Australia

Freemantle may seem to be a part of Perth, but to those that live here it isn’t at all. Freemantle, or Freo as it is called here, is its own little wonderful world and once you visit you understand why the locals not only love it, but see it as its own city. Between the Freemantle Market, the port, the little stores and gorgeous historic buildings, it is a real jewel. If you walk through the centre of Freemantle, turn left down a little road, then right, there it is. This building at 43 Packenham was originally a pharmaceutical warehouse [...]

2017-05-15T03:23:40+00:00 May 15th, 2017|AUSTRALASIA, Perth, Western Australia|

The Joondalup Festival and a Hot Chocolate at Lowlight Espresso, Perth, Australia

The name “Joondalup” conjures up images of a magical place. The land of Joondalup…well in this case it is the City of Joondalup in Perth, definetly turns into a magical place every year for a few days in April during the Joondalup Festival. The event takes over much of Central Park and parts of the town, and is all about the idea that anybody can perform, create and imagine. Everywhere you look there is a chance to participate; the giant marionette that the public can have a go at puppeterring, the CLOUD that needs visitors to pull its strings in order [...]

2017-04-28T02:52:08+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Australia, Perth, Western Australia|