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DOES FREO NEED ANOTHER PIZZA BAR?

Posted in bar, cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2018

 

The FPOL Committee of the City of Fremantle will this coming Wednesday make a decision about signing a fifteen-year lease with Sierra Orenda for the upstairs-former KULCHA-section above the DOME cafe of the Evan Davies building at the Cappuccino Strip.

Sierra Orenda wants to open a small bar and restaurant and serve wood fired pizza.

The rent for the property would be $ 80,000 per annum, plus all outgoings and GST.

Fremantle City recently spent a lot of money on creating universal access to the building by adding a lift and new entrance at the back of the building, so everyone will now be able to get upstairs without difficulty.

My only question is why another pizza outlet in Fremantle? Another new bar and pizza outlet will open on Victoria Quay soon. There are sooooooo many of them, all taking away business from each other while other international cuisines are lacking in Fremantle. Variety is the spice of life!

Roel Loopers

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

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