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ASIAN FREO FISHING BOAT HARBOUR

Posted in city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 17, 2017

The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour will get more diversity with Asian restaurant Han’s opening ist 13th franchise outlet there.

Han’s signed a ten-year lease for the 240sqm space that once occupied the Mussel Bar.

Let’s hope number 13 is a lucky number for them and for Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD DAY

Posted in fishing, fremantle, western australia by freoview on March 30, 2017

The fishing industries and Department of Fisheries are holding the W.A. Sustainable Seafood Day at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour tomorrow, Friday March 31.

This is an industry day but the public is welcome, so if you like seafood and are around tomorrow go and check it out.

Could we please also have an affordable seafood day where the fishing industries try to find solutions to make seafood cheaper and more affordable. The 50+ dollar per kilo for fish is not affordable for low-income earners.

Roel Loopers

 

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GREAT SHOPPING IN FREO’S WEST END

Posted in fremantle, heritage, retail, shopping by freoview on March 1, 2017

 

High Street in Fremantle’s historic West End is the most beautiful street in Western Australia in my opinion.

It is also a fantastic old-style high street shopping experience that has a sense of wonderment about it. If it had a roof over it it would be one of the world’s most stunning shopping arcades.

There is such a large variety of traders in the Goldrush period buildings that I thought to mention them all, because there are probably quite a few you don’t know about:

  • The National and Orient hotels, Lapa Brazilian restaurant, Roma Cucina Italian restaurant.
  • Chalkys, Blink, Hush, Breakers, High Street Dispensary, Piccolo, Cafe 55, Quinlans, and Common Grind cafes.
  • Japingka, Adam Monk, Artisan Store galleries.
  • New Edition and the Second Hand bookshops

and there is a whole lot more!

Clara Beauty, Remedy, Bousfield, Adulshop, the Police station, Notre Dame University, Enzo D’Allessandro hairdresser, Djurra, Ugg Australia shoes, Three Stories fashion, Common Ground fashion, Fremantle Beach and the Sundance backpackers, Printline, Bitches Brew framers, Unique Hair, Bodkins Bootery, Anjel MS fashion and Fremantle Art Space, Kartique. Ame Belle fashion, Port Stationary, Dreske Somoff leather, Tuart Place social services, Australian Maritime Officers Union, West Coast Cruise&Travel Centre, High Street Chemist, Haute on High fashion, Lee’s newsagency, Compendium, Ancient Earth, Lavita hairdresser, Finishing Touch gallery, Rialto Apartments, The Record Finder with two shops, Port Jarrah furniture, Absolutely Adult, the Buffalo and Navy clubs, ACAI Bros raw food, Brazilian Butterfly beauty, Miss Chats Bar.

You still want to argue there is no shopping variety in Fremantle? This is just one street full with it!

To top it all off Freo’s most gorgeous street ends at WA’s oldest public building the Roundhouse and the lovely Bathers Beach.

It is anyone’s guess why the City of Fremantle and BID don’t do more to promote High Street as a great shopping experience that has character, is very Freo, and very different from the sterile shopping boredom in the major centres.

Roel Loopers

FOOD MAKES MONDAYS GREAT AGAIN

Posted in food, fremantle, western australia by freoview on February 6, 2017

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The Under The Bridge Foodtrucks organisers came up with the Trumpish slogan Make Mondays Great Again, so I am stealing it from them.

It’s on again today from 5-8.30 pm at the Fremantle East Street Jetty and a lot of fun. It’s also a great spot to watch the sun set behind the port, fall in love, network, meet new friends, take the dog for a walk, or have a quick swim in the Swan River.

Roel Loopers

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FREO FOOD REVOLUTION

Posted in food, fremantle, fremantle network by freoview on November 29, 2016

Robert Peters of FREO FOOD was the second speaker at Monday’s Fremantle Network event at the National Hotel, and the concept of the community having more control over the food chain by purchasing from small growers and farmers is very interesting.

“It is a platform to regain ownership of our food system to build connections with producers and each other to revolutionise how we engage with food.”

Unfortunately it was not very well communicated how it worked and how the idea can grow without becoming another fresh food shop. At the moment there is a depot but Robert did not mention where that is, so I assume we’ll have to check out the Facebook page to find out more, but he did mention that food could become more expensive once they went into a brick and mortar venture.

Better quality food produced by local producers but 10-15 per cent cheaper than the shops sounds almost too good, but the future will tell if that is sustainable.

I am not sure also if Food Freo is a not for profit group, but one can also go to houses and buy products there direct from those who grow vegies in their gardens.

Blueberries from Jandakot, pork and other meat from Margaret River, eggs from a couple who started a small egg farm, bread, root vegetables and lettuce, mushrooms, fish, local garlic. It all sounds great, and Robert said it was “really value for farmers and consumers.”

I was surprised though to hear that the group is now thinking of including craft from local artisans as that is a whole different kettle of fish, and my impression was that there are a lot of unresolved business issues the group should sort out first before expanding and sell anything else.

For that same reason I am at loss why Freo Food applied for a six-month lease of the No 1 studio at J Shed in the Bathers Beach Art Precinct. I am not at all sure how a food business does fit in with any of the criteria for that art area.

Anyhow, it is a great idea to buy direct from producers and if it can become a viable business good on them!

Roel Loopers

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FOOD TRUCKS AT THE SWAN RIVER

Posted in food, fremantle by freoview on November 28, 2016
Photo by Alma Sarhan

Photo by Alma Sarhan

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It’s a beautiful day in Fremantle yet again, so why not enjoy the sunset at the Under The Bridge Food Trucks at the East Street jetty this evening and watch the sun set behind the port.

Five trucks will offer a variety of international food to choose from and you can even throw in a line and catch some fish while there.

It’s on from 5-9 pm, so head out to the Swan River!

Roel Loopers

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LILLY STREET LASAGNA BAKE-OFF

Posted in community, food, fremantle by freoview on November 19, 2016

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The annual Lilly Street Lasagna Bake-off was on again today and the community came out in droves to connect and have fun.

It has become a great tradition and a fantastic celebration of Fremantle’s multiculturalism.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ON THE MOVE

Posted in fremantle, hospitality, retail, shopping by freoview on October 10, 2016

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There is a lot going on in Fremantle in the retail and hospitality sector with a New Orleans style cafe opening in Phillimore Street near Cliff Street and the Stable Hand cafe in Bannister Street.

In Market Street Wassup Dog will start selling gourmet hotdogs where the Freo Kebab shop was, opposite the National Hotel, and ACAI Brothers have opened in High Street west where the newsagent next to the Adam Monk gallery used to be and sell superfoods.

Chemist Warehouse has moved next door in Adelaide Street into the bigger former Dick Smith shop and the Italians are modernising with Galati’s at Wray Avenue changing the shop layout and Romano’s at Lefroy Road doing the same and including a cafe.

If you know of any new shops, cafes, etc. that open in Freo let me know please so I can keep the wider community informed about those positive changes in our city.

Oh, and the QUEST short-term apartment hotel at Pakenham Street has its sign up and will open in six weeks on November 23.

A lot of good changes are happening in Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

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IMPROVING ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE AT MOORE&MOORE

Posted in food, fremantle, health, hospitality, western australia by freoview on September 26, 2016

My friends at the Fremantle Moore&Moore Cafe are holding another event tomorrow in their series of Vital Table Talks.

Stef Sifandos and Tenille Bentley will talk about the importance of creating inner homeostasis and equilibrium of the mind, the holistic self and our relationships to others.

The two experts will show you how to embrace all aspects of life as a whole rather than in a fragmented manner.

There is food as well of course! Spring vegetable ratatouille with Fremantle sardines and lemons, garlic and parsley and foraged greens, and other yummy things.

It costs $ 47, concessions $ 34 and bookings are required at: vitaltable@mooreandmoorecafe.com

This event will be held at the Fremantle Bowling Club in Parry Street due to an exhibition at the Moores. It is on at 6 pm on Tuesday September 27.

Roel Loopers

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FREO UNDER THE BRIDGE FOOD TRUCKS SUNSET

Posted in food, fremantle, western australia by freoview on September 11, 2016

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The Under The Bridge food truck sunset fiesta will return on Mondays throughout summer at the East Street jetty between the Fremantle bridges.

Five trucks will be at the Swan River from 5-9 pm, so come and enjoy the international food by Eat No Evil, Flying Falafels, Comida do Sul and others.

It’s a nice location to watch the sunset over the port, so come along! It starts tomorrow September 12!

Roel Loopers

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