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While she does enjoy a good hard workout at the gym, Julie-anne Sprague also is partial to a bit of indulgence. So, is the organic focus this week part of a New Year’s resolution?

IT’S on again. After Little Creatures Brewery’s successful La Bohem spectacular first birthdayparty in September last year, they’re hosting another gala. This time it’s a creatures of the night theme, so don your best fairy, devil or troll suit (whichever is clean) and head to the brewery on Thursday January 31 from 7.30pm. The Little Creatures team’s aiming to provide entertainment and events that are a little unusual, and more than a little exciting.

Party-goers can roam through the action and graze on gourmet delights, which are included in the ticket price. Also included is all the magestic fun that comes hand in hand with this type of activity. Tickets for the evening are $44 including GST.

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The Sandcastle Organic Cafe is now open in Fremantle. The owners are still waiting to source organic beer and wine (the grog without the unnatural chemicals and preservatives) but, until the bar is up and running, you can BYO beer and wine. The menu at the cafe covers a wide range of tastes, from beef fillet to sushi to gluten free cakes. The owners say they are just like any other cafe but aim to provide you with a chemical-free non-modified meal. The cafe is open seven days a week from 10am until late.

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And if you want organic food delivered straight to your door, Orion Organics are the people to call. They have boxes (choose a $30 or $45 size) filled with fruit and vegetables sourced from certified organic farms in the State’s South West. Included in your box is a list of all the growers and their certification, so you know it is 100 per cent organic. And how do these growers avoid using pesticides? Orion Organics tells us they use specific flowering plants and herbs that are known for their insect repellent qualities. If you order a box of organic fruit and veg they will deliver it for free. Included is a mixture of seasonal fruit and vegetables, with 17 or so items included in the $30 box.

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It’s official. Cantarella Brothers Pty Ltd (makers of Vittoria Coffee) are suing the Oriel Brasserie Cafe under the Trade Practices Act. The company is suing Oriel after it switched brands to Espresso Di Manfredi in July last year, seven months before its contract expired. A spokesperson for Oriel said the cafe would be defending the claim by asserting its right to serve whatever coffee it chooses.

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It’s approaching open day for Bells Restaurant (Boat Torque’s latest hospitality instalment). The restaurant will be open for Skyshow with a la carte dining upstairs and an Aussie barbecue downstairs. The restaurant will open at the end of the month for a la carte dining, but who’ll be cooking and managing it is still up in the air, with Boat Torque unable to confirm who’ll be running this establishment. When Gusto learns the details we’ll keep you posted.

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Also joining in the festivities is Reflections. They are putting on a three-course meal, live entertainment, and a superb view of the fireworks for $60.

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Join Devils Lair at Reflections on Friday January 25. You’ll have a great time indulging in the winery’s Fifth Leg White, Chardonnay, Fifth Leg Red, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Starting with canapes and finishing with a cheese selection the four-course dinner in between will provide the perfect complement to the wines.

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Leon Jung recently purchased Chianti on Colin and has begun cleaning up the kitchen. He has replaced the floorboards and the equipment at a cost of about $24,000. The work forced the restaurant to close for a few days. It reopened on Tuesday January 16th and, from today, you’ll notice a few other changes. Ray Morgan glassware will be on the tables and the new wine list will be redesigned and covered. Leon says he will be incorporating new wines to the list over time. Leon is spreading the word that Chianti is back and is offering a business lunch, starting today. If you haven’t been to Chianti on Colin in years, now is the time to step in and notice the changes.

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Carnegies, the multi purpose restaurant/ entertainment venue popular in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore will host its official Perth opening on Saturday night. The invite-only function celebrates three weeks of opening in expectation of a prosperous time in Perth. Carnegies is operated by several partners and offers cafe and restaurant dining at lunchtime. The venue transforms to a pub in the late afternoon till the early evening, at which time it transforms again into a nightclub. Simon Wass is heading up the kitchen. The theme of this establishment is based on music with album covers, guitars, and posters donning the two-storey complex. Carnegies is located at 356 Murray St on the corner of King and Murray.

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The Western Australian Olive Festival just got bigger. The organisers have added another day to the March festival. Food for Thought – The Mediterranean Way of Life will take place on Friday March 8. Join Mediterranean food specialist Mark Dymiotis and guest chef Don Hancey to celebrate the Mediterranean diet. If you were thinking of heading up to Gingin for the weekend festival, try and get there a day earlier so you can learn how to grow your own organic veggies, the customs and traditions of Mediterranean culinary practices, and how to build your own bread oven … in the backyard. It’s a day to pencil in. The WA Olive Festival continues on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March. Visit www. waolivefest.com.au

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Bubble Tea, originally from Taiwan, is the hot new thing in Perth’s beverage market. Extremely popular with Taiwanese and Singaporeans (mainly students), Bubble Tea is tantalising Aussie taste buds. Bubble Tea was launched in the mid1980s and is a blend of tea and other flavours that is both frothy and refreshing. What makes this drink unique is the addition of Sago. Sago has a gummy consistency, similar to gummy bears, and forms round, sticky, chewy balls that make the drink truly enjoyable. You can order Bubble Tea with or without sago, but if you’ve never tried bubble tea be sure to include the sago to understand why these drinks have become so popular.

Popular Bubble Tea outlet Utopia moved to larger premises on James Street, Northbridge, about six months ago and adds new flavours on a regular basis. At present they offer 25 different varieties. They will be opening a new store above their Bubble Tea outlet, called Utopia Tea House, on February 11. The new store will offer sit-down dining with 100 per cent vegetarian Taiwanese food and will serve Bubble Tea ... in glasses upstairs and the conventional takeaway cup downstairs.

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The Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group will be celebrating beer this February. Why February? Well it provides the perfect phonetics for FeBREWary Summer Beer Festival. The main ALH pubs hosting the beer festivities are the Brass Monkey, Queens, Sail and Anchor and The Como. Featured beers will be Alpha Pale Ale, Beez Neez, Sail and Anchor Sparkling Ale, and Chilli Beer.

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Refresh Pure Water has launched a new range of drinks to add to free range of liquids, which is free from artificial additives. The team at Refresh has devised a concoction full of natural ingredients famous for their revitalising and replenishing qualities. The key additive missing is caffeine – not one drop will be found in this energy booster beverage.

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