I love this time of year…warm, sunny days that carry an inviting cool breeze with them. It’s a time to definitely be outdoors – Sunday afternoon nibbles and cocktails in the sun, for picnics and lingering walks in the park with my pooches. It’s also an extremely busy time of year for us – and I’m sure you are too!
So exciting news… Recently Jeremy and I bought our first home! It’s been such an amazing (albeit slightly stressful) time and we’re now in the process of moving across to start this next chapter of our life. It’s a brand new house with gorgeous grey and white tones throughout and a shiny kitchen I CANNOT wait to start cooking in!
Since our lives right now are a sea of boxes it’s been important to get out and about whenever we need a break. It’s one thing schlepping from store to store to stock up on new furniture and homewares but you probably know me well enough to know I need to inject some outings that revolve around food in there too.
Combining my love for the outdoors and my need for food, I’ve put together my go-to guide for this summer. And if you’d like more tips for life out and about here in WA, there’s also a free guide by Australian Outdoor Living that you can check out.
Best place for a sunny tipple
The Standard is definitely my go-to bar in Perth when it comes to soaking up sunshine with a drink in hand. Owner John Parker has all the right stuff happening there with a wonderful drinks menu and inspired dishes by Head Chef Chase Weber.
Definitely take a seat in the upstairs section outdoors which has a lovely view of the beer garden and the city beyond. Must eats on the current menu are the blue cheese with honey on oat crackers, the mushroom doughnuts and the chicken grill. Yum!
On warm days definitely take a seat on the outdoor decking and enjoy a freshly squeezed orange juice (and a sneaky crab slider while you’re at it). There’s tables and chairs, but also comfortable lounges to sink down and relax into. Sunglasses are a must to manage the glare of the rays bouncing off the ocean, but think of all that valuable vitamin D you’re soaking up!
Best place for farmers’ market trawling
I love farmers’ markets. I love the fresh produce, the funky local stalls and the endless options to eat. My longstanding favourite has always been Subi, which has an abundance of fruit and vegetables, freshly baked bread and the heady scent of sizzling Moroccan stew.
I can’t help but walk away with bags of fresh veggies, plus have an indulgent pit stop at Mr Drummond’s Crumpets for some tasty breakfast treats. With toppings like tart passionfruit curd or salted caramel, there’s something for all tastebuds.
And if you do visit this market, make sure you swing by Suppa Club, which is a great soup stand that has what I think is the best pumpkin soup I’ve ever tried. His summer options include a cool strawberry soup with yoghurt which sounds so ridiculously tasty – I’ll be stopping by there one weekend very soon!
The best thing to order is definitely the brussel sprouts, which are fried crispy and charred and accompanied with green chilli jam, spring onions, pine nuts and a buttermilk dressing. At $10.00 for a giant plate, I come back for these time and time again – they’re a wonderful side dish to share, and even better when sitting in the sun.