Ssss…Subiaco and Scarborough on a Saturday and Sunday

While in Perth, we stayed with my Nanna and Grandad in Claremont. It was so lovely catching up with family and just hanging out, and for me it felt as though it were just yesterday that I was there. Hard to believe it has been a whole year since I was in Perth, finishing up my uni placement.

Claremont is a stone’s throw away from Subiaco, which is the home of a weekly farmers market every Saturday morning. We took the train over one morning to check them out.  It’s a great little farmers market, with a lovely vibe. As we walked in, we were greeted by the Subiaco Ukelele Free For All (SUFFA) group playing – mad deja vu to the Cruelty Free Festival this time last year. They are fabulous and never fail to bring a smile to your face.

We wandered around the markets, picking up the odd bit of fruit and veg and browsing the different wares. We found one little stall (that I can no longer remember the name of) that was selling a range of little cakes and treats, mostly raw. Billy picked up a little pecan tart and I chose a gorgeous little blueberry cake. Billy’s was being digested before I could even reach for my camera. Mine survived long enough for this shot…

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Billy’s was a little bland, but mine was packed with flavour. It was almost just a blueberry puree, and rich like a jam. Just lovely!

After the markets we wandered around the op shops, then completed our morning with a trip to Gelare, as we had heard rumours of a couple of vegan flavours. We weren’t disappointed. Not only did they have the usual vegan sorbet flavours, but they had vegan chocolate, cappucino and coconut flavours. We shared a cup of coconut and cappucino.

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Yum! The cappucino was awesome, and for me it was necessary to balance out the coconut which I can find a bit overpowering sometimes.

The following evening, we decided to check out a place in Scarborough called the Wild Fig for dinner with my Nanna and Grandad. We had read a bit about the place (and it’s sister cafes – the Naked Fig and the Pickled Fig, in Swanbourne and Fremantle respectively). While the website declared that the menu changed seasonally, there appeared to be several delicious sounding vegan dishes. I was quite excited.

The Wild Fig is a nice open space, looking out over Scarborough beach. It was just starting to get quite busy when we arrived, as it had been a warm day, and being the weekend, many people were migrating up from their day the beach.

Looking over the menu I was surprised to find that the two main vegan options I had been eyeing off were nowhere to be seen! In fact, the only vegan dish apart from the sides was the bruschetta. I was a bit disappointed to have no choice after such a promising online menu (that included an amazing sounding lemon and thyme polenta dish and a szechuan pepper and cashew crusted tofu dish, as well as a vegan pannacotta…YUM), and was told by the waitress that they have a vegetarian night on wednesdays with plenty of veg options. I couldn’t quite understand why at least one of these was not made available on a regular basis. Aaaanyway.

We started with a trio of dips with bread, which we were assured were all vegan. You’ll have to excuse the TERRIBLE pictures, as the lighting was just starting to get dim around this time.

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These were nice, I particularly liked the centre dip – a sundried tomato based one.

Next up I got the bruschetta. As it was an entree, I decided to get a side of chickpea salad, as I thought it would be quite small.

Again, please excuse the horrible pictures here. It’s all I got.

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This wasn’t what I expected at all. The bruschetta was a mix of tomato, red onion, sweet potato, pumpkin, rocket and balsamic. This was decent, albeit a little plain compared to the other dishes I was teased with. I was disappointed by the plain toast arranged on top of the veggies, somehow I thought it should have been a nice thick slice of something rather than a flat piece of toast, particularly given the price.

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This was nice, but again, a little plain. It was dressed with olive oil and did not have a whole lot of flavour. In fairness, it was just intended as a little something on the side. It was nice and fresh though, I’ll give it that.

The service was okay, but seemed to be quite disorganised. Our dips came out quite quickly, but there was a big gap in between until a different waitress came over all of a sudden and asked if we were ready for our mains. There was also an extra main added to our bill, though the waitress noticed the mistake as she gave it to us. It wasn’t at all a bad experience, in fact, despite what I’ve just said we had a pleasant time. I just couldn’t help be disappointed by the lack of vegan options on the regular menu, after seeing so many listed. I would still love to go and try some of them on their vego night.

Subiaco Farmers Markets
Subiaco Primary School
271 Bagot Rd, Subiaco
Every Saturday – 8am-12pm

Gelare
51 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco
Mon-Sun – 9am-6pm

Wild Fig
190 The Esplanade, Scarborough
Mon-Sun – 6am-10.30pm

The day I woke up at the Farmer’s Market

This post is a day late.

But by the time we’d finished work yesterday, cleaned up, walked to the Laundromat, waited for our clothes to wash, walked back, made dinner…it was bed time and I was ready for it! I just didn’t have it in me to blog.

Everybody who kept their fingers crossed that there would be a market on – thank you! We woke up at about 6.30 on Saturday morning and there was a little market set up about 100m from where we are camped. Hooray!

We started the day with a super duper smoothie of frozen banana, cacao, choc protein powder, peanut butter, vital greens, chia seeds and milk before heading over to take a poke – POW! Hello day!

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The markets were set up along a concrete pathway, in a kind of modern, refurbished part of the showgrounds. It’s kind of a shame it wasn’t on the grass, but it may well have usually been where the camping and caravan expo was on. Who knows.

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It was the biggest or the best market that I have been too, but it was very welcome. It also had some interesting fruits and vegetables – ones that we aren’t really used to in our neck of the woods. I keep forgetting that we are reaching tropical regions (how could I with this weather?!) which have some pretty amazing natural treats.

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There were some really lovely stallholders too. We bought some tapioca, or cassava root of these two men who showed us how to peel it (we had never seen the root before) and told us we could use it just like a potato, or make a sweet porridge type dish. We ended up eating some savoury style with our dinner that night which was different – it was super starchy but not in a bad way. The only way I have ever really known tapioca before is in pearl form – as a sweet dessert or in a bubble tea drink.

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I only had twenty dollars cash on me so we had a bit of a budget to stick to, but we managed to come in under. Take a look at our haul…

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Eggplant ($1!), bag of tomatoes ($2.50), bag of mixed lettuce ($2), bunch of mint ($1.50), red capsicum ($1), bag of little avocados ($3), bag of snowpeas ($2), tapioca ($2), black sapote (or CHOCOLATE PUDDING FRUIT -$2).

I was super stoked to find some black sapote. I’ve only ever had it once before – in Mullumbimby – in a smoothie. These four aren’t ripe yet, but the man selling them gave us an extra one which was ripe and had been squished a little. We ate it yesterday…so chocolatey! It’s hard to believe it’s a fruit…although I suppose chocolate is derived from plants too. Mmm chocolate.

Anyway, we finished up our work stint and got paid some cash moneys to keep rolling with, so we’re going to be leaving Mackay in the morning, heading up towards Airlie Beach.

I’ve got a (hopefully) delicious plan for some of the above veggies, so stay tuned…

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