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FREO WELCOMES GRUMPY BABY

Posted in cafe, coffee, food, fremantle by freoview on February 21, 2017

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The lovely Grumpy Sailor cafe in the Paddy Troy Mall have opened another outlet on the corner of Queen and Adelaide street at Kings Square.

Baby Grumpy Sailor is just over the road from Target and serves great coffee and yummy bagels.

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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ANYONE WILL DO FOR FREO’S ART PRECINCT

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, food, j shed by freoview on January 27, 2017

While the official statement I received from the City of Fremantle is that they are looking for alternative options for the short-term lease of the No 1 studio at J Shed, the Fremantle Herald reports that Freo Food will be moving in for five months because O6M will not take up the lease.

Let me first state that I believe that Freo Food is a very good idea. Linking local producers with local customers and supplying packaged-free produce is great. Also good to try to keep it cheap by cutting overheads, so I am all for it.

But the Bathers Beach Art Precinct is the most inappropriate location for a fruit and vegetable shop and it is ridiculous for City staff to tell J Shed artists that the BBAP concept does have allowance for a hospitality operator. Freo Food is not a hospitality operator and it is not an arts related business, so it should not be given the lease to the art studio within the arts precinct. For CoF staff to even consider it is ridiculous!

The anyone will do attitude by the City of Fremantle for the Bathers Beach Art Precinct has resulted in many failed attempts and the committee has not done a very good job in attracting high-quality art businesses to Arthur Head.

Roel Loopers

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FINE FREO FOOD UNDER THE RAINBOW

Posted in food, fremantle by freoview on January 24, 2017

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The Under The Bridge food van market at the Fremantle East Street jetty has become very popular with hundreds of people sitting at the Swan river watching the sun set behind the port and enjoying great food.

It is on every Monday in summer from 5 to 8.30 pm, so go and check it out next week!

Roel Loopers

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MISLEADING FREMANTLE CITY PROMOTION

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, local government by freoview on January 14, 2017

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I wonder if anyone at the City of Fremantle picked up on what surely must be a mistake in the promotion of the One Day In Freo concert in the weekly page the City publishes in the Fremantle Herald on page 2.

It reads “Remember everything is free and no tickets or registrations are required.” 

Just before that in the promo it also tells us there will be food trucks at the event and I have no doubt that food needs to be purchased from those operators and is not free and paid for by the City of Fremantle.

Imagine, yet another, outrage from the Fishing Boat Harbour traders and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce if the City also paid for the food. The howling about it being detrimental to all other Freo food merchants would be never ending.

I am sure it is a mistake and the word EVERYTHING should be deleted,  but as it stands it is misleading advertising CoF!

Roel Loopers

 

 

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FEW FREO CAFES OPEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY

Posted in cafe, christmas, fremantle, hospitality, religion by freoview on December 25, 2016

 

While I respect everyone to believe in whatever god they want to believe in I always find it disappointing on Christmas Day that most cafes and restaurants close, because there are many people, myself included, who are not Christian and who  just want to have a nice coffee and breakfast.

So my research this morning found that on the Cappuccino Strip only Ali Baba is open, and just below in the Piazza Exquise is also open.

No cafes open in South Fremantle, but Lenny the Ox in Wray Avenue is open and in East Freo the Seven Seeds on Marmion Street as well.

Did you know that the lady at Exquise makes all the pastries in house herself and I hear the food at Ali Baba is very good, great fish&chips as well I was told!

Have a great Christmas Day and relax because tomorrow the hectic of shopping and sales already starts again.

Roel Loopers

 

PRIVATISATION OF FREO’S BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, bathers beach house, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government by freoview on December 23, 2016

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While there is public and political outrage about the proposed privatisation of Fremantle Port and Western Power the privatisation of Fremantle’s historic Bathers Beach is well under way.

The Bathers Beach House became the first hospitality venue in Australia that is allowed to sell alcohol on the beach, but today they simply extended the beach chair bar with tables and umbrellas for alfresco dining on the sand. That is not on!

How many events and functions will this hospitality operator now hold on our public beach and will they simply extend the alfresco area onto the beach during busy periods. Who then could stop Kidogo Arthouse/Kelp Bar from doing the same?

Who at the City of Fremantle signed the permission for BBH to set up tables on the beach? What are they charged for using OUR beach?

Roel Loopers

 

 

NATURE PLAY AT MOORE&MOORE CAFE

Posted in children, family, fremantle, nature by freoview on December 20, 2016

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The Fremantle Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street is holding a Kids Nature Play event from tomorrow December 21 to January 20.

There will be a nature play area, market stalls, children’s entertainment, games, craft and more and it’s FREE, so take the kids for some hours of fun in the beautiful heritage building.

The coffee and food at M&M is very good and the staff delightful! They are my mates.

Roel Loopers

COSY BOTTEGA NEW FREO CAFE BAR

Posted in cafe, coffee, food, fremantle by freoview on December 14, 2016

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A lovely new cafe has opened in Fremantle’s Little Market Street below Freo’s best Italian restaurant La Sosta.

BOTTEGA is much more than just another cafe though as it also sells bread, take away meals, preserved chilli, peppers, coffee, etc. and it is fully licensed so it is also a new small bar in the centre of town.

It is a very cosy and comfortable place with huge wheels of cheese on display and large salamis hanging from the ceiling.

The food varies daily and is international from pasta dishes to slow cooked brisket with spicy Korean mayo and kimchi, or braised pork belly with rosti, spicy Thai chicken rolls, salads, field mushrooms with goat cheese, sage and pancetta, etc.

But there is more! The Sri Lankan pastry chef makes yummy-looking sweets in house, so there is something for everyone at Bottega.

I really like the ambience of the place and will most certainly pop in there for a coffee and catch up with friends. It’s open from 6.30 am to 6 pm.

La Sosta upstairs also caters for functions so if you are planning a wedding or corporate event, keep them in mind.

Roel Loopers

Disclaimer: This post is a community service for which I do not charge money or accept free meals for!

 

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FREMANTLE FUN DAY SUNDAY

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Sunday is fun day in Fremantle and tomorrow will be a good day for music, but first things first and start the day at the Growers Green Farmers Market on Lefroy Road from 8am till midday. They have live music as well!

From 2-4 pm the free courtyard music session at the Fremantle Arts Centre with Luke Dux and Atomic Lunchbox is on.

The WAM Award-winner performs stripped back, acoustic versions of his extensive catalogue of solo tunes. Joined by a line up of talented musicians, be captivated by his moody lowdown blues style and intricate guitar work.

And from 5-7 there is Folk&Roots and a great sunset at J Shed on Bathers Beach and food van Flying Falafels will be there for dinner. This is also a free family event!

It should be a very good day of community fun, so I am looking forward to it!

Roel Loopers

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