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FREO’S PORTOROSA ON THE MOVE

Posted in city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2018

 

Fremantle’s long-established PORTOROSA Italian restaurant is downsizing up the road in Market Street.

The very popular eatery will move into the space below La Sosta, where the lovely Botega cafe used to be, so just 20 metres from where the present restaurant is.

I love Italian food, but Fremantle has too much of the same and needs diversity in its food offerings, and that applies to cafes especially where almost every one of them offers the same wraps, etc.

Roel Loopers

GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET IS ON NOW

Posted in city of fremantle, community, growers green markets, Uncategorized by freoview on August 5, 2018

 

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It is still pretty cool and there are a few clouds around, but the sun is peeking through them, so why not get out and about, meet the community, eat great breakfast and buy fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, pastries, eggs, etc. at the Growers Green Farmers Market.

It’s on right now from 8 am till 12 noon at Fremantle College on Lefroy Road.

Catch up with friends, meet new people, relax and enjoy that very special Freo vibe!

Roel Loopers

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A MAGIC FREO WINTER MOMENT

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2018

 

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With more heavy rain predicted for next week people took advantage of the nice winter sunshine on Sunday.

What a delightful spot the balcony at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach House is for a quiet drink and a meal while watching the Indian Ocean..

Roel Loopers

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STUTTERING FREO WEST END ACTIVATION

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2018

 

 

There is always so much talk about the activation of the Fremantle historic West End, but then projects are stalled or abandoned and that is a real shame.

The former cute Notre Dame University bookshop building on the corner of Henry Street and Marine Terrace is still vacant, and the considerations of making the boring back wall of the Santa Maria library in Henry Street into a heritage wall also have not eventuated, and neither has the planned activation node on Phillimore Street.

I hear from the hospitality industry that the former bookshop rent is far too high at $ 40,000 a year, indexed at 3-4%. An interested party told me they would have to invest around $ 200,000 for a commercial kitchen, etc. and that the figures simply don’t end up for them to open a cafe in the space that has a lovely courtyard in front of it.

The very good refurbishment of the Prindiville Hall in Mouat Street is positive, but it is a space for students rather than for the community

The Fremantle community and West End traders want more than talk and want to see action on activating the area.

Roel Loopers

 

FREO LONG TABLE DINNER ON AGAIN

Posted in charity, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, st patricks, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2018

 

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Early warning that the fantastic Fremantle Long Table Dinner in historic  High Street will be on again this year on November 29.

Tickets will be going on sale from September 3, so make a note of that so you won’t mis out.

Proceeds of the delightful evening go to the St Patrick’s community group, so it is not only a great night out, but all for a very worthwhile cause.

Roel Loopers

GROWERS GREEN SCHOOL HOLIDAY START

Posted in children, city of fremantle, community, family, growers green markets, Uncategorized by freoview on July 1, 2018

 

 

The sun is out and it is a nice invigorating morning, so why not start the school holidays at the fantastic Fremantle Growers Green Farmers Market at Fremantle College on Lefroy Road.

They have plenty of hot drinks and food to keep you warm and there is a lot of fresh produce, breads, pastries and heap of other things.

The Growers Green is a great community meeting place to catch up with friends, or make new ones. There is live music by Freo musicians, Farmer Damian’s animal touch farm, face painting, etc.

Once you’ve done that go and enjoy the Winter World on the Esplanade and do some skating, build a snow man, drink mulled wine and eat roasted nuts.

Have a fun Sunday!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO GIVE&TAKE COMMUNITY CUPBOARD

Posted in charity, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on June 21, 2018

 

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There are many delightful, caring and considerate people in our lovely Fremantle community, and this photo is proof of it.

The residents of 109 Lefroy Road in Beaconsfield have built a  Give and Take Community Cupboard where generous people can donate food, clothes, books, etc. for those who need a bit of support.

Great idea. Thanks for caring!

Roel Loopers

PERFECT SUNDAY FOR FREO’S BEST MARKET

Posted in city of fremantle, food, growers green markets, markets, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2018

 

 

The sun is shining in Fremantle and the Dockers are playing good footy. Tomorrow is going to be a stunning day, until the next winter storm arrives in the late afternoon, so a perfect morning to go and spend some hours under the trees at the Growers Green Farmers Market at Fremantle College.

The new location of the market to the east of the new school building is superb, and there are several new stalls for great organic fruit and vegetables, breads, pastries, breakfast and lunch.

One of my favourites of course is the Dutch Treacle Treat stall that cooks all the favourite snacks I love from my country of birth. If you have not tried the absolutely yummy fluffy tiny pancake pockets Poffertjes, do it tomorrow! A great snack for young and old. Linda also sells Dutch beef croquettes and bitterballen, and stroopwafels.

There is live music and Farmer Damian’s animal touch farm is a favourite with children.

I’ll see you at the GG tomorrow morning! It’s open from 8am till midday on Lefroy Road, Beaconsfield.

Roel Loopers

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MOLTO BENE SPECIAL AT FREO’S GALATI&SONS

Posted in city of fremantle, food, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2018

 

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It took less than three hours for the very special Galati&Sons offer to sell out this morning.

The Fremantle Wray Avenue family business has been having Saturday specials from the back of a truck for months, but today’s special of only $ 1 for a 10-kilo box of tomatoes was super special. They sold 1,000 boxes!

Check out their Facebook page on Fridays to find out what Saturdays’ specials are.

Support Freo’s local small businesses!

Roel Loopers

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WETTING MY WINTER APPETITE

Posted in city of fremantle, food, rain, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on June 12, 2018

 

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I tend to hibernate quite a bit, especially during the winter months, so I forced myself away from the couch, a book and the heater and went for a stroll through Fremantle.

I took the still life photos of the wet tables at the National Hotel and Lapa.

Now the pea&ham soup is slowly simmering. The best thing about winter for me are the winter meals! ; >)

Roel Loopers

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