Friday, July 29, 2011

fat duck cycles & espresso, busselton

cycle shop & espresso bar
6 Prince St, Busselton, WA

beans : Fiori
leaf : Fiori loose leaf
soy : Vitasoy
dunk : choc-chip bikkies $3.50
knife : Yallingup woodfired fruit toast $3.00
caffeine free : banana smoothie $6.90

footprint : cleats or sneakers
price : $4
service : fit and friendly
open : 7 days, Mon – Fri 7.00am to 6.00pm, Sat 7.00am to 4.00pm, Sun 7.00am to 3.00pm

buzz : if you like your legs hairless and poured into kinetic lycra with extreme moisture management, then pedal with haste to the Fat Duck for a coffee and two wheeled eye candy.  If you are more like me and prefer your bike to have a wicker basket and pedals that accommodate thongs, the deck and shady terrace is a pleasant area to read the paper or catch up with friends in town.  The menu is simple snack food, with fresh muffins a favourite on cold winter mornings, and coffee is well made from Fiori beans.

Originally the home of The Goose cafe (now beachside near the jetty), a trio of mates (including chef Heath Townsend of Wise Vineyard Restaurant fame) with a passion to fuel their run, ride and swim with good coffee, have transformed the space into a specialist cycling store, service centre and cafe.  The former kitchen is now a workshop where you can book your steed in for the basic “fluffy duck” or the full “duck’s nuts” makeover. The shop stocks a wide range of racers, cruisers and mountain bikes, and all the high performance gear for your next triathalon. 

For the burgeoning cycling community in Busselton, the Fat Duck is a Mecca, and most mornings when the doors open at 7am, a flurry of colour and clack of cleats announce their arrival from dawn training.  After the initial club-like atmosphere dissipates, the cafe is quiet, with daily papers and wireless internet available. Regulars drop in throughout the day for banter with the mechanics and manager Pete McDonald.  Pete was 2009 Australian road champion and brings a wealth of knowledge to the south-west cycling scene. RPM  spin classes are held in a rear courtyard and the cafe is a hub of information for triathalon and cycling events.

On Saturday mornings, team cyclists fill the street side courtyard, and the cafe has become a talked about destination for weekend city riders, and international competitors in town for events such as Ironman WA and The Great WA Bikeride.

If all this talk of cycling has you exhausted and you would rather drive than ride, don’t let the sports jock theme put you off from grabbing a coffee at Fat Duck next time you're in Busselton.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

the wine & truffle company, manjimup

short order review

cafe, cellar door, truffleterie
"Manji" is moving away from it's bogan image of duffle coats and desert boots.  It is now firmly planted on the world stage as one of the premier truffle producing areas, taking it up to the French in their own game.  As we are both vegan and Tom hates mushrooms, we weren't in the market for a gourmet truffle infused lunch.  However we spent a pleasant hour over quality Yahava coffee watching a young truffle dog get his nose in for a future of snuffling around under the oak trees.

The range of gourmet truffle products are available for tasting and the mustard and olive oil are superb. If you are in the mood for a unique winter experience, join the sniffer dogs on a truffle hunt, every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday in July and August. 

For more photos and information on places to visit in the tall timber region around Pemberton, Manjimup and Windy Harbour, read my posts from our Southern Forest Funnymoon part 1, part 2 and part 3.


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