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DESTROY ART GREAT FOR CAFE D FREO

Posted in art, cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2017

 

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The Fremantle CAFE D FREO in Essex Street has received a very welcome facelift, as the interior design was pretty uninspiring up to now.

The modern furniture and outdoor benches look so much better and there is a great new mural by artist DESTROY on the right-hand wall.

Cafe D Freo specialises in Italian cuisine, and I have heard positive comments about it, so try it out one day soon.

They are next to the Istanbul Turkish restaurant, and there is plenty of parking in the vicinity for us lazy ones.

Roel Loopers

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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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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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BLESSING OF FLEET MULTICULTURAL SHOWCASE

Posted in blessing of the fleet, fremantle, multicultural by freoview on October 30, 2016

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The traditional and very lovely Blessing of the Fleet was held in Fremantle again today, so don’t get a fright when the fireworks go off at  4pm and 8pm today.

The Blessing was held for the first time in Freo in 1948, the year I was born, so it is pretty old. Unlike me though it is still vibrant with many young people joining in the parade to the Fishing Boat Harbour, where they board the fishing boats for a ride through the harbour.

I love the tradition of the blessing as it has become so much more than a religious event and is now a true showcase of Freo’s fantastic multiculturalism.

Roel Loopers

MOLTO BENE LITTLE ITALY BY THE SEA

Posted in community, culture, festivals, fremantle, hospitality by freoview on October 30, 2016

 

What a shame that the Little Italy by the Sea event at Bathers Beach had to put up with very strong winds and rain on Saturday, but it is on today again from 12 noon till 10 pm, so go and enjoy some Italian culture and food.

The Blessing of the Fleet is also at 2 pm and will come past there and there are fireworks at 8 pm, so bring the family!

The spaghetti eating competition was very funny and good to see that great butcher Vince Gareffa also there selling yummy porchetta-baby pig.

Roel Loopers

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AWFUL NEW CAPRI AWNING

Posted in cappuccino strip, fremantle, hospitality by freoview on October 27, 2016

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Not sure at all that I like the new Coca Cola awning at the old Fremantle CAPRI restaurant on the Cappuccino Strip.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S LITTLE ITALY BY THE SEA FESTIVAL

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Buon giorno!

Fremantle will host another festival this summer on the weekend of October 29 and 30, in conjunction with the Blessing of the Fleet. The Little Italy by the Sea festival will be held at Bathers Beach and the Fishing Boat Harbour and will also be the venue for the Australian Specialty Coffee Championships 2016.

The weekend will be a celebration of Italian culture, food, coffee, art, dance and music, while “Piazza Italia” will be a bustling cafe strip. Belissima!

I am only hoping now there won’t be many business people complaining and saying these kind of events take business away from those who pay rent in the inner city, as the piazza is basically a market with stalls.

I love Freo’s summer of festivals and events and hope the entire community and people from all over Perth will embrace and enjoy it. Uno double Espresso per favore!

Roel Loopers

 

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IT’S FREO FUN DAY EVERY SUNDAY

Posted in community, festivals, fremantle by freoview on April 17, 2016

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I hope the rain will disappear soon as there are so many outdoor activities in Fremantle today.

The Esplanade Youth Plaza Festival is on from 10-4. It’s a free event so take the kids there, sit on the grass and watch the amazingly skilled young ones.

First things first, of course, so I will traditionally start my Sunday with a stroll at the Growers Green Farmers Market and buy some yummy Dutch bitterballen at Treacle Treat. Linda also sells those delicious fluffy little Dutch pancakes! Hey kids time to take your parents there!

After that I am off to have a look at SAGRA at Kings Square. It’s a traditional Italian cultural community event of food, wine, music and dancing, and of course I’ll be enjoying the traffic free Cappuccino Strip and the alfresco and entertainment there.

And when I have done all that I will go home and  put my feet up and watch the Dockers game. Hopefully that will not spoil the fun day.

Roel Loopers

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FUNDS NEEDED FOR FREO ITALIAN SAGRA

Posted in culture, food, fremantle by freoview on February 17, 2016

Four Italian ladies want to organise a traditional Italian SAGRA at Fremantle’s Kings Square and are doing some crowd-funding to make the event financially viable.

Sagras are traditional rural festivals during the summer months in Italian towns where the bounties of the earth are celebrated with local folklore, culture, dance, music and of course food.

The Sagra festivals bring local communities together where young and old sit at long tables in city squares and streets and eat great and affordable food.

If you would like to see a Freo Sagra happen go to the crowd-funding page and pledge some money: http://pozi.be/italiansagra

Roel Loopers

FREO IS NOT LITTLE ITALY

Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 2, 2015

I have been thinking about the Committee for Perth suggestion that Fremantle should market itself as Little Italy because we have a high percentage of Italian restaurants and residents with an Italian background. It would be the same kind of  silly real estate marketing that suggests that Mandurah has a resemblance to Venice just because it has some canals.

Fremantle is Freo. It is unique and multicultural and has great character, and we have many Italians living here and many mainly mediocre ‘Italian’ restaurants. Let’s be honest, it is hard to find a true Italian restaurant in Fremantle that would be given more than a 12/20 rating by restaurant reviewers.

Our outstanding heritage architecture in the west end is British rather than Italian, so why should Fremantle pretend it is a little bit like Italy? It isn’t!

Fremantle is a fantastic summer festival city with the, in my opinion, outstanding Street Art Festival at Easter. That is what we should be promoting to overseas and interstate visitors, not the fact that we have a lot of restaurants who sell more or less the same kind of uninspiring pasta dishes.

Fremantle also has a real multicultural feeling with people from all over the earth living here, and making it even more exciting are all the international students at Notre Dame University who add colour and vibrancy to our city.

Fremantle does not look or feel Italian, it feels just like Freo and that is a very good thing and a great brand to promote, so why bother putting it into a drawer and pretend we are more Italian in Fremantle than Croation, English, Greek, German, Macedonian, Dutch, Irish, or whatever.

Freo is a great place to live and tourist who visit love it because it is so different from Perth. Only last week a couple who had just driven around Australia said for them Fremantle was the most beautiful city they had visited on their long journey. That is the stuff we need to be proud off and promote, not just one ethnic group who have made Freo their home.

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