A NEW LOOK FOR PURE MOVES + PILATES TO BURN SOME SERIOUS CALORIES

They say change is as good as a holiday and personally, I like nothing like a little spruce up to keep things fresh. So you can imagine my delight when I waltzed into my Pilates haven, Pure Moves recently. The Cottesloe studio that once sported that iconic purple wall, has debuted a sleek new look with a pared back modern, minimalist style, giving the space an exclusive, luxe studio feel. The renovations included a brand new lounge area for clients to relax in pre or post class, a redesigned reception area, plenty of lush greenery and stunning finishes including modern hanging pendant lights and, my personal favourite, matte black sink and tap ware in the kitchen. The redesign has given the studio more of a unisex feel and has really given the space an amazing lift.

Inspired by the beautiful new fit-out at Pure Moves, and feeling very uninspired by the volume of hot cross buns and chocolate consumed last weekend, I checked into Pure Moves for a post-Easter blitz. I’ve rounded up some of the best classes to schedule in if you’re looking to work up a serious sweat.

Athletic Reformer
Some smart cookie took my favourite Pilates workout and (somehow) made it better. Athletic Reformer is everything you love about the spring loaded resistance workout, but at a higher intensity to really get the heart rate going! I love Reformer because it strengthens and lengthens muscles without adding bulk, and Athletic Reformer takes it to a whole new level with a series of exercises that burn more calories and sculpt the body faster. I jumped into a 6am class and it was the perfect way to wake my body up and get ready for the day. Highly recommend!


TRX
A sure fire way to get your muscles (and metabolism) going is with a TRX class. This workout focuses on suspension training and the movements of the body while, well…suspended. Designed to work core muscles and increase strength, TRX at Pure Moves is a 45 minute class that is over before you know it and the results are almost instantaneous. I particularly felt the burn in my legs, until the next day when my core decided to kick in and my abs ignited. There is nothing like that all over body soreness after an amazing workout.

Boxilates
This game changer combines good old fashioned boxing with a toning Pilates mat class. It’s interval style training at its best which improves cardio fitness, strength and works the core, arms and back. This is a great class that is suitable for all fitness levels. Pure Moves offer three Boxilates classes per week, 8.30am Wednesday, 6.15pm Thursday and 6am Friday.

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Top 10 Places to Eat and Drink in Adelaide

The last few years have seen massive growth and change for the little city of Adelaide. Australia’s wine capital is now teeming with some super cool bars, restaurants and cafes to please even the most discerning food and wine connoisseur. I recently spent a week in the city of churches, bar and restaurant hopping like never before and have curated a list of my absolute “must visit” spots.

La Moka
Tucked away on trendy Peel Street in the CBD, La Moka is the perfect spot for your morning coffee, lunch or an aperitif. This suave Italian cafe is serving up some seriously good coffee, which, paired with a fresh pastry makes for the perfect start to the day.

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Argos Espresso
Hit up Argos for a delicious meal with a healthy twist. Located on The Parade, Norwood, Argos is always packed so make sure you get down early, especially if you want breakfast. Their coffee and food is certainly worth the wait though. My breakfast recommendation is the french toast with caramelised banana…heaven.

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Gin Long Canteen
Chow down on the best South East Asian food in town at Gin Long Canteen on O’Connell Street in North Adelaide. This super trendy eatery serves up modern Asian street food with Thai influences, some smashing cocktails (try the Gin Long) and a buzzing atmosphere to boot. If you’re dining with a group, definitely opt for the banquet option and prepared to be seriously impressed.

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Hispanic Mechanic
Savour every last bite at Hispanic Mechanic. The Latin American/Mexican inspired restaurant is located on Glen Osmond Road in Frewville and is dishing up the best tacos going around. This is another menu where the banquet option is a must, you’ll have the opportunity to try the very best of the menu. The service at Hispanic Mechanic is second to none and is the perfect spot for a night out with friends.

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2KW
Take in the best view of Adelaide from its newest hot spot, 2KW. Located at 2 King William Street in the city this rooftop restaurant and bar is frequented by chic clientele that perfectly match the trendy, upmarket style of the place. It was great to see that Adelaide’s chilly weather doesn’t impact the city’s nightlife as we enjoyed cocktails in the very busy bar, made all the more enjoyable with heaters, rugs and cosy arm chairs!

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Maybe Mae

This hidden underground bar is the perfect spot for an evening tipple before heading upstairs to feast on Bread and Bone’s famous burgers. This cozy but opulent bar is art deco inspired and oozes that speakeasy feel. Boasting an impressive drinks list, including some dangerously addictive cocktails (try the Lady Lou) and delicious bar snacks, Maybe Mae is an absolute must for locals and visitors alike.

Maybe Mae Adelaide

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Bread and Bone

Head upstairs from Maybe Mae to one of the most in demand eateries in Adelaide’s CBD – Bread and Bone. Specialising in burgers, hot dogs and wood grill offering’s, Bread and Bone features long share tables, moody lighting and a view over Peel Street. Get in early to avoid waiting long for a table!

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Electra House

A world class culinary experience in Adelaide’s historic Electra House. Recently brought back to life, the former electric lift and telephone exchange has been transformed into three levels of eating, drinking and sharing. Situated on the ground floor is the Bar and Beer Garden which is absolutely worth a visit. Enjoy craft beer, local and international wines and cocktails in a fun, buzzing atmosphere.

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Hains and Co.

Another one of Adelaide’s hidden gems is this nautical themed gin and rum bar, secretly tucked away off Hindley Street on Gilbert Place. The service here is quick and friendly and the bar staff know their stuff. Not sure what you want? Just explain a couple of flavours and you’ll find the perfectly curated cocktail appear before your very eyes. Perch outside at one of the high tables or inside at one of the booths and watch the nightlife go by.

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La Buvette

I felt like I’d stepped right off the streets of Paris when I walked into La Buvette. This charming French wine and aperitif bar is like something out of a movie; romantic lighting, quirky artwork, delicious snacks and divine French men. Not to mention the drinks which are second to none – not one to venture out of my comfort zone with international wines, the list available at La Buvette is both affordable and delightful. Try the Miam Miam red from the Loire Valley – très bien!

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Review: Hermosa Cantina on Cambridge

Recently, I road tested the new Hermosa Cantina, a Spanish inspired eatery located on Cambridge Street, Wembley. Brought to you by the team behind Tropico in North Beach – George Fowler and Garry Kemp – Hermosa Cantina is the latest addition to Perth’s suburban food scene. Set on Cambridge Street in Wembley, Hermosa boasts a large restaurant space as well as a bar and separate coffee takeaway area where Will & Co coffees are served from 7am Tuesday – Sunday.

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We arrived at 7pm on a Thursday evening and although only having just opened, Hermosa was bustling with patrons all night. Felipe seated us and looked after our table for the evening, explaining the menu and offering some different wines for us to sample. We decided on a Tempranillo, the Castillo Albai Crianza Rioja 2012 – a rich and versatile drop to suit the different dishes we would be sampling.

Chef George Fowler sent out a selection of dishes from the menu which were all just sublime. From the olives with fennel and orange, to the fried Margaret River eggs with herb jus, corn toast and Manjimup truffle, not a single flavour was overlooked. We particularly liked the clams that tasted natural and fresh that were true to their natural texture and paired well with the corn bread served. Equally as good was the pan con mushrooms with goats cheese – rich, textured and full of flavour.

Watermelon compressed, smoked almonds, miso butterscotch

Watermelon compressed, smoked almonds, miso butterscotch

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Warm corn bread, smoked butter, spiced popcorn

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Pan con mushrooms, goats cheese

And then came dessert! We sampled two of the dessert offerings, the first: Josper roasted orange crème Catalan, orange and olive oil biscuit, a delicate yet flavourful twist on this Spanish favourite. However Hermosa’s sweet dish that really takes the cake (pardon the pun) is the “Sangria’’ spiced chocolate custard with rioja jelly, pickled grapes and pan con especias. This dessert was full of delicious spices and has a really interesting mix of textures, including popping candy!

Josper roasted orange crème Catalan, orange & olive oil biscuit

Josper roasted orange crème Catalan, orange & olive oil biscuit

“Sangria’’ spiced chocolate custard, rioja jelly, pickled & slightly dried grapes, pan con especias

“Sangria’’ spiced chocolate custard, rioja jelly, pickled & slightly dried grapes, pan con especias

The vibe at Hermosa Cantina was buzzing, the service exceptional and the food and wine outstanding. Hermosa Cantina is the perfect spot for an intimate date night, dinner with friends or for a lazy weekend brunch. Colourful, on trend decor adorns the restaurant including beautiful feature tiles direct from Spain, colourful fabrics, pared back table settings and a magnificent pressed tin feature at the bar.

Hermosa Cantina is also open for breakfast from 7am Tuesday – Sunday, I’ll definitely be back to try the morning menu!

Hermosa Cantina
353 Cambridge Street, Wembley
Web: http://www.hermosa.net.au
Phone: 08 9387 6448

*Lucy was a guest of Hermosa Cantina

New Zealand: the hottest spots to eat, drink and stay

New Zealand is a stunning country – rich in history, culture and postcard perfect scenery. Earlier this year I spent two weeks travelling both the North and South Islands by car on our honeymoon, below is a snapshot of my favourite places to eat, drink, stay and explore.

Wellington

NZ’s capital city is bursting with vibrancy, life and culture. Often described as the “Melbourne of New Zealand”, Wellington has much to offer the discerning traveller including some top-notch brunch spots, fascinating museums and galleries and activities to suit everyone.

Highly recommend:

  • Joe’s Garage for breakfast and coffee. Located just off Oriental Bay, this funky garage boasts an extensive and delicious all day menu and coffee to wake the dead.
  • Mount Victoria Lookout. Pack a picnic and a bottle of rose and head up the hill for the best view of Wellington.

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Blenheim

One of the South Islands northern most towns, Blenheim boasts marvellous scenery and a relaxed, laid back vibe. Journey into the Marlborough region to experience the world-renowned gourmet food and wine industry enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Highly recommend:

  • Bike riding around the Marlborough region. We hired bikes from our hotel, Chateau Marlborough, and cruised around the wineries. The weather was fine and sunny and a much better option than driving!
  • Wine tasting at Cloudy Bay. Kick back on a sun lounge and sip on some of New Zealand’s finest including the acclaimed Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, a trademark drop of the region!
  • Lunch at Hans Herzog. This award-winning restaurant is set amongst perfectly manicured Mediterranean gardens with roses as far as the eye can see. We treated ourselves to a long delicious lunch, paired with some equally fabulous wines. The ride back to the hotel sure was long…

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Nelson 

Nelson is a very vibrant and pretty town. Situated on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay, Nelson is the economic and cultural hub of the region. The area is rich in spectacular scenery and has the highest sunshine hours in the South Island!

Highly recommend:

  • Stay at the Hotel Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco. We were only in Nelson for one night but couldn’t have chosen a more picturesque place to rest our heads. The Mercure Hotel is situated on the Monaco Peninsula; just a few minutes drive from the airport and town centre. Accommodation options include a Boutique Hotel, Cosy Cottages and Spacious Studios – all beautifully appointed and spacious. We stayed in the Hotel and enjoyed outstanding service, views across the water and fabulous food and drinks at The Monaco Kitchen.

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Queenstown

Possibly the most beautiful region in New Zealand, Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations. Situated on the shore of the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges, Queenstown is world famous for its iconic scenery, food and wine, friendly locals and of course outdoor adventure activities. If you are going to visit anywhere in New Zealand, make Queenstown the top of your list.

Highly recommend:

  • Eat at Botswana Butchery. Located in the heart of town overlooking the water, Botswana Butchery is one of Queenstown’s most stylish restaurants. The luxurious dining environment and private dining suites are beautifully appointed and are perfect for special occasions or an intimate fine dining experience. The diverse menu is full of flavour with a strong focus on finely cut meats and locally sourced foods. I can highly recommend the Hervey Bay Prawns to start and the High Country Lamb as a main.
  • Stay at Double Tree by Hilton. Luxurious comfort located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with spectacular lake and mountain views – you’ll never want to leave your room!
  • Treat yourself at eforea Spa. Located in the Hilton Hotel complex, the eforea Spa is the perfect place to unwind and completely relax (if you aren’t blissed out enough already!). Lie back in one of the ten opulent treatment rooms and indulge in a treatment, all of which are focused on organic, natural products and scientific, results driven practices. Plus enjoy full use of the hotels spa facilities including an indoor heated pool, hot tub, fitness centre, and sauna and steam rooms. I had the eforea Signature Tailored Facial and highly recommend it – just what my skin needed after nearly two indulgent weeks of eating and drinking!
  • Hike up Queenstown Hill. If you’re looking for something to get the blood pumping, then take a hike up Queenstown Hill. Also known by its Māori name Te Tapu-nui (mountain of intense sacredness), this 907m climb is easy but mighty steep! There are many points of interest on the way up describing the history of the area and the very top of the hill offer expansive views of the whole basin including Lake Wakatipu, Cecil Peak and The Remarkables. The walk takes about three hours return.
  • Wine tasting at Amisfield Winery. Established in 1988, Amisfield Winery is a specialist producer of pinot noir and aromatic white wines. Just a short drive out of Queenstown, Amisfield’s iconic stone building overlooks Lake Hayes and is set amongst The Remarkables mountain range. Visit the cellar door for a tasting or stay and dine in the globally recognised bistro, whatever you do though, don’t leave without a pinot!
  • Visit Arrowtown. A scenic 20 minute drive from Queenstown lies the historic mining town of Arrowtown, a quaint, leafy village boasting charming cafes, galleries, shops, bars and restaurants still yet to be touched by commercialisation. Enjoy a long lunch under the dappled afternoon shade or pick up a coffee and stroll through the main street – Arrowtown is gorgeous and very relaxing.

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Christchurch 

For a city that was devastated by earthquake in 2011, Christchurch is still very much rebuilding. I was shocked to see how much of the city still lies in ruin and how very little people there were. Christchurch was our very last stop for a couple of nights, and while we enjoyed it, found there was very little to do given the current state of redevelopment. A real shame for what I am certain once was a vibrant, buzzing city.

  • Stay at Hotel 115. This contemporary boutique hotel is situated right in the heart of the CBD, at the crossroad of Christchurch’s two phases – before and after the earthquake. The city’s tram literally goes right through the hotel, adding to the quirky charm, don’t worry, you wont hear a thing! The staff were excellent and the level of service was fabulous. The rooms are beautifully appointed with modern furnishings and all amenities were excellent.
  • Have a drink at Engineers Bar. The latest hot spot for an evening tipple can be found on St Asaph Street at Engineers Bar – an über cool rooftop haunt complete with overflowing succulents and exposed brick walls. Open for lunch, dinner and after dark snacks, Engineers is where the ‘in-crowd’ hangs out. If you’re partial to a cocktail, the Hurricane Mojito goes down a treat.

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May Street Larder Review

In an effort to extend Valentine’s Day to include a whole weekend of wining and dining, my husband and I wandered through the leafy streets of East Fremantle for a lazy Sunday breakfast at the newest hotspot – May Street Larder.

Olympic Swimmer Eamon Sullivan and Chef Scott Bridger (the brains behind the popular beachside café Bib & Tucker) have changed their tune slightly and are experimenting with new culinary techniques such as pickling, fermenting, preserving and curing their own meats. Don’t go past the in-house larder style deli where you can take home some of their homemade goods.

The May Street Larder menu operates entirely on seasonal produce with a large focus on vegan, paleo and raw dishes and is the first place in WA to offer CocoWhip – a 100% vegan soft serve option.

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My husband and I arrived around 8.30am last Sunday morning, so there was certainly a vibrant buzz about the place whilst not being too busy. We were seated by the window and ordered two Campos coffees that were delivered promptly as we deliberated over the breakfast menu. I decided on the Zucchini, Lupin and Lemon fritters and my husband ordered the Soul Sandwich which was, and I quote, “Quite possibly the most amazing breakfast dish I’ve ever had”. So enjoy trying to make your mind up over this menu…

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Zucchini, lupin and lemon fritters

Zucchini, lupin and lemon fritters

After breakfast, we perused the stock of house made relishes and preserves, as well as a gorgeous array of cookbooks and utensils, ordered a couple of takeaway coffees for the road and went out to spread the word about this amazing new eatery.

May Street Larder is open 7 days from 7am- 4pm for breakfast, lunch and coffee. Evening trading is currently in the pipeline though so stay tuned!

WHERE Shop 23/155 Canning Highway, East Fremantle

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