Newsflash! It’s a New Post… about a #dirtystreetpie

Clearly the “back in business” post in April was premature because here we are in September (what!? September!? It’s almost Christmas) with not a sign of a post in between.

So I’m cutting myself some slack. I have a life. I have a family. I have a full-time job where I use up my best words every day and then some. Maintaining a blog as well as a social media presence – I haven’t gone dark on Twitter or Instagram – takes time.

So rather than long, ambitious posts like the ones that have been stuck in my drafts for weeks and months, I think I’ll try to keep them short and sweet. Or savoury if the mood suits. A picture says a thousand words, so I’ll try to post more photos.

In the meantime, here’s a link to a feature from The West’s Travel pages that ran last month about my culinary adventures through Sydney’s Surry Hills in June when I was a guest of Destination NSW and Vivid Sydney.

A selection of images ran in the print version including IMG_1912 this one, or a variation of this one, that I took outside the ever-popular Bourke Street Bakery.

I sat on a park bench on the other side of the road eating a chicken, sweet potato, pea and lime pickle pie out of a paper bag.

And just as I typed this, I realised, I ate a #dirtystreetpie before that hashtag was coined this month on reality series #thebachelorau after Laurina had tears and a tanty for being taken to the legendary Harry’s Cafe de Wheels!

Which is also a neat segue into partially explaining my blog absence, because I have been addicted to watching The Bachelor Australia every Wednesday and Thursday and tweeting, possibly a little over-enthusiastically.

Even though I am tweeting in Perth real-time, ie two hours behind the east coast, a selection of my tweets have ended up on much to my colleagues’ amusement.

Anyway, must go, have some ACTUAL pies to make before the footy finishes!



Cupcakes from Sherbet
Cupcakes from Sherbet


As promised…
I visited Sherbet in Maylands on
the way home
from a film
screening today.
Apologies for the dodgy food styling, it was past lunch and I was starving.
Pictured here from the top, clockwise, are a vanilla raspberry, chocolate and vanilla. Vanilla seemed popular today because I snapped up the last one. 
The bake shop is intimate and quaint (ie not too many tables) with a selection of savoury flans and sandwiches in addition to the sweet delights. And boy, do they have a lot…salted caramel chocolate slice (is salted caramel the new black of sweets?), scones, all sorts of cakes by the slice, all beautifully presented. I also tried the passionfruit pound cake (sorry I sliced it up before taking this!) which was moist and tangy.
Open for two months, Sherbet seems unlikely to remain a suburban secret, given anyone with a sweet tooth who read the STM article last weekend will have added it to the must go list.
Having travelled far and wide in search of cupcakes (Kalamunda, Sydney, Los Angeles) – I must say, these were pretty darn good – moist cake and simple, delicious but not overdone frosting.
And yes…they all tasted good and NO I did not actually eat all three, I shared. A bit. Click here to visit Sherbet’s website.


We recently spent a few days eating our way through the Dunsborough region. With two kids in tow we gave most of the stamping grounds of old a fairly wide berth and headed for places that were known to be child-friendly.

One of the first stops was at Colonial Brewery just outside Margaret River heading towards Cowaramup; good food, good beer (so I am told) and a massive play area with slides, sand, spinning thing, flying fox etc. Photo to come.

Country Life Farm also proved popular with an abundance of furred and feathered friends to be fed and petted, not to mention plenty of ride on cars, a sandpit, bouncy castle and giant inflatable slide. You can see a few photos of Colonial and Country Life in my Flickr photostream.

As for the food photos, hard to go past Dunsborough Bakery. That said the chicken and mushroom pie was a disappointment – who uses canned champignons in anything these days? The vindaloo pie also lacked spice.

All photos tagged Dunsborough were taken on the Nokia 6220 Classic, a 5MP camera.