Have you met Zigfrid?

Who: Zigfrids

Where: 65 Pakington Street, Geelong West

When: 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch & dinner!

Geelong West's newest eatery and bar!

Geelong West’s newest eatery and bar!

On our morning walks to and from our local caffeine dealer, Andrew & I have been coveting a particular red brick warehouse on Pakington Street and imagining the things we could do to it if it belonged to us!  As it turns out, the real owners, two very experienced Geelong locals (Beav & Donna), had a vision far beyond ours!

When I discovered that they had finally opened last Friday night, I decided that we needed a night out for a family dinner and to see what had been going on behind closed doors all these months!

Sorry Jen; we’ll have a girls night there when you get back from LA!

Slick industrial fit-out designed by Donna!

Slick industrial inspired fit-out designed by Donna!

The first thing that had me gobsmacked was the slick fit-out, which compliments the buildings original features – clearly Donna has a natural talent, as she designed it herself!

While we were there, an elderly couple arrived and spent quite some time soaking up the interior.  They were once the owners of the property and used to run it as a mechanics workshop. They were so impressed that the old building had been brought back to life with the use of polished concrete floors, exposed bricks and spectacular handcrafted and locally made dining tables. I don’t know about you, but I love the increasing trend of new owners of old buildings in Geelong, re-purposing them for all of us to enjoy!

So we sat for a couple of hours and were fed by Zigfrids incredibly talented chef; Alex McIntosh, who hails from Canada and has now, made Geelong his home.

We started with a tuna titaki that literally melted in our mouths and some oysters from St. Helens in TAS and Coffin Bay in SA. The Tassie ones are my absolute favourite as they are small and sweet (Don’t gag Laura; I’ll make an oyster connoisseur out of you one day!).

They don’t have a specific “kids menu”, but there are plenty of kid-friendly options (think Pork Sliders, Chicken wings, Lamb ribs) and the kitchen was happy to make them something simple, if we wanted. Our kids are pretty adventurous eaters and will try anything put in front of them, so it was definitely not needed!

Miss 9 and Master 6 had the prawn cocktail, which was absolutely NOT the 1980’s version; this one had yummy fat prawns, amazing Asian-style dressing and killer chilli!  Not sure how many kids would cope with that much chilli, but it was pretty easy to avoid!

The pork sliders were perfect! Miss 7 managed to down all 3 of them without having to share! I did have to ask her very nicely if I could have a bite so I could write about it!

Tuna Titaki, Pulled Pork Sliders & Killer Prawn Cocktail!

Melt-in-your-mouth Tuna Titaki, Perfect Pork Sliders & Killer Prawn Cocktail!

For main course, Andrew had the HUGE pork loin, with smoked apple puree and toasted oats; which he described as a pork apple crumble!  I wanted to save room for dessert so I had the perfectly cooked salmon. (Unfortunately the soft shell crab wasn’t available last night, so I had a super-sneaky lunch there today and can HIGHLY recommend it).  We couldn’t decide if we wanted the coconut panna cotta for dessert, but I’m a sucker for chocolate & cherries, so we went for the very naughty ice-cream sandwich!

Moriac Pork, Tasmanian Salmon and a naughty ice-cream sandwich!

Moriac Pork, Tasmanian Salmon and a naughty ice-cream sandwich!

What we sampled on Monday night was just the tip of the iceberg!  Zigfrids is open 7 days a week from 8am – 11pm  and bookings are recommended.  Whether you’re after breakfast, lunch or dinner, they’ve definitely got you covered and there is a casual outdoor area if you just want a snack and a drink. Their extensive list of Australian wines, as well as local and imported beers & ciders, are all served by staff that were both friendly and super-efficient!

I loved everything about Zigfrids and I’m so happy to see Pakington Street continue to evolve into a real destination for eating, drinking and shopping!

Very much looking forward to my next visit!

xx

(photo’s courtesy of Andrew Cirillo)

Boom Gallery

Where: 11 Rutland St, Newtown

When: Wed to Sat 9.30 – 4

Web: www.boomgallery.com.au

Yesterday, I needed to unchain myself from the stress of my workbench momentarily, to clear my head and have a change of scenery!

One of my favourite places to visit for a little bit of escapism is Boom Gallery.

For those of you that have been reading Oh! Hello Geelong since the early days, hold tight whilst I give our more recent followers a snapshot of Boom Gallery’s history…

Founders Kate Jacoby and Ren Inei have a passion for all things art and design.  Put simply; they are brilliant at what they do!

They have done both themselves and Geelong proud, by breathing new life and purpose into an old red brick warehouse, originally home to a wool mill that provided employment for returned service men.  Located in the industrial heart of Newtown just off Pakington Street, it sits perched, proudly, above the Barwon River. Since it’s opening in August 2011, Boom quickly established itself as Geelong’s premier contemporary art gallery and has continued to grow from strength to strength!

From the moment you walk through the door, their vision and respect for the integrity of the building’s industrial heritage is abundantly clear! The use of big bold light fixtures and recycled wood throughout the interior, has given way to a sleek, contemporary gallery/café/retail space!

Boom Gallery exterior/interior

Boom Gallery exterior/interior

August 2013 saw the launch of Big Boom; a celebration of their second birthday and the opening of the gallery space to include the adjacent warehouse; a perfect solution for the ever-growing cross section of work that includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography and small objects – all with a strong regional bias!

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More recently, local chef Andy Pye (talented owner of the fabulous Rue ClerMarket – stay tuned for this delicious post!) has joined forces with Boom and is serving breakfast and a gallery lunch, 9.30 ‘til 4 Wed – Sat, featuring incredible local produce, bakery sweets and of course, Geelong’s very own Cartel Coffee.

Rue-Cler Market

Rue-Cler Market

So back to the escapism…

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to catch the Merrang exhibition (it runs until the 30th November). This exhibition is a collection of works by 9 artists (Ben Fennessy, Pai De Bruyn, Jiri Tibor Novak, Gregory Day, Cricket Saleh, Glenn Romanis, Deb Fisher, Ren Inei and Natalie Anderson) that Boom Gallery took on a 3-day field trip to Merrang; a historic property of national significance, located in the heart of the Western District of Victoria.

Merrang Exhibition

Merrang Exhibition

It was a slow procession around the spaces, absorbing the diverse subject matter and media, but for me, the standout was an installation piece by Glenn Romanis. You need to see it in person to really appreciate the inspiration behind it!

Glenn Romanis

Glenn Romanis

 

Boom will be presenting their final two shows for 2013, both opening on Friday 6th December from 5.30pm – 8pm.

“Terrafirm” (until 1st February 2014) is an impressive body of work by Mackay-based Ngaio Lenz.  Over the past 10 years, she has had many solo shows in Queensland and Victoria, most recently at Flinders Lane Gallery & Hand Held Gallery in Melbourne and Umbrella Studio in Townsville.

Terrafirm - Ngaio Lenz

Terrafirm – Ngaio Lenz

Boom’s third annual Christmas Show (until 21st December) brings together seven diverse artists from Geelong and Melbourne and will focus on affordable, small format artworks – yay!  This year the participating artists are Shelley McKenzie, Steve Salo, Mark Cuthbertson, Elize Feely, Simon Benz, Sandra Eterovic and Idil Ersoy.

For a little more reading on Boom Gallery, please see our previous post from July 10, 2012.

For the full experience (trust me – you need to do this!) please visit them at 11 Rutland St, Newtown (Geelong), Victoria 3216.

Special thanks to Cricket Saleh & Boom Gallery for providing photos for this post!

Nat xx

Armageddon Cake

Where: 7 McLarty Place Geelong

When: Thursday to Saturday 7pm to 11pm

Web: www.facebook.com/pages/Armageddon-Cake

What more can we say….CAKE….CAKE…and more CAKE. We just had to go and try this little gem of a place our selves as we had heard so much about it. And we didn’t try it just once, I went back the next week and did it again. Yes, that’s just how much we like CAKE. Nat is a huge sweet tooth, me, I love a bit of sweet and sour and I was not disappointed.

First time around we had the boys in tow, so we opted for the tasting plates, well we ordered two, as we just had to try everything on the menu. And not only that, it came with a plate of equally delicious sweet sauces and condiments to go with it. I could have eaten a whole bowl of the special lemon curd, but decided to restrain myself and have it on all of my cakes.

The menu at Armageddon is short and sweet, well it is CAKE. With 6 staples to select from plus a few weekly specials there is something to tempt everyone. With a cheesecake, decadent chocolate brownie and an apple pie, there are also cakes for the vegans and gluten free diners as well, along with the weekly pudding, there is something for everyone. The tasting plates offer you a half serve of each cake you select or you can go for a very generous full serve that is perfect to share as well. I think the cheesecake rocks, but the brownie is pretty decadent too, especially when you slather it in house made raspberry sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!

Armageddon Cake

To find Armageddon look for the electrified blue bike and head down the lane, a little world of sweet delights await you along with speciality tea and coffee. It’s a great place to head out to for a sweet bite to eat, to sit and relax and to catch up with friends for a chat. The inviting atmosphere and friendly staff make you feel very welcome. Quirky vintage decor and fun walls give you plenty to look at or pick up a book and have a laugh. If you can’t stay you can grab your cake to go. Takeaway can be arranged or you can phone through an order. But if you are after something special for an event, Armageddon can organise an amazing cake for you. Just ask.

We really love Armageddon and i’m sure you will too. Who doesn’t love to eat CAKE…

Warren & Hutch

Where: 156 Pakington Street, Geelong West

When: Monday – Friday 8am ’til 6pm
Saturday 8am ’til 4pm
Sunday 9am ’til 3pm

Phone: 03 5229 7720

Web: www.warrenandhutch.com.au

Let’s be honest, most of us that live in G’Town have a favourite spot and tend to stick with what we know.  I know I’ve been guilty of that.  So most of you that know Warren & Hutch think they are only good for sourcing that hard-to-find spice or a ‘Jonathan’s’ sausage; well it’s time to think again!  What was once simply a provedore, has evolved into so much more!

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Jasmine & Keith Bainbridge bought the business in November 2012 with the intention of improving upon what had already been established.  Keith, originally from Durham in North East England, has been a chef since the age of 16.  He has worked all over the UK and more recently the Bellarine region before taking on this new venture. If you pop in for breakfast or lunch, you might not get meet Keith; he’ll be busy out the back cooking up a storm for you!

Jasmine grew up in Geelong and met Keith whilst on a working holiday in Scotland.  They traveled all over the world before deciding to make Australia their permanent home. Coming from a real estate marketing background, Jasmine had never intended to work for the business, but fate intervened and 2 weeks before the new venture kicked off, the company that she worked for closed down without any warning.  Really not a nice thing to have happened, but as the saying goes; one door closes and another one opens!

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The first thing you’ll notice is that the clutter has been removed and replaced with a vibrant wall of Marimekko wallpaper.  I’d like to think there is a little more behind that choice than simply some happy looking cows’ frolicking in a green field!  To me, it perfectly sums up the philosophy of the new Warren & Hutch: to deliver ethical and sustainable produce from the paddock to plate!

Gone are the freezers and in their place rustic crates housing an array of seasonal, certified organic and chemical free fruits & vegetables, baskets full of super-fresh free range eggs that you can select yourself and an incredible selection of oils, condiments and essentials to cater to every foodie’s whim! All of the fresh produce is sourced locally.

In the fridge, you will find organic meats from the top producers in our region, cheese & ciders!

If you can’t be bothered cooking (and let’s face it; we ALL have those nights!) never mind the usual suspects for your mid-week take away.  Warren & Hutch have freshly made meals available every day!  The small size serves 2 – 3 people and the large size serves 4 – 5 people and they are all a far more delicious alternative to take away!  Pretty soon, you’ll even be able to order it online and pick it up on the way home!

On weekends, they are serving a cooked, full free-range breakfast or you can be really naughty and try one of Keith’s INCREDIBLE apple & custard Danish pastries! You all know I’m a sucker for anything sweet, but you’ve not really had a Danish, until you try one of his!  He makes everything on site, right down to the pastry!

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Unfortunately Jen wasn’t with me today, so I sat at the beautiful timber communal table and had lunch with Andrew!  Actually, I bribed him with lunch, as my ulterior motive was to get him to take the photo’s!  I had freshly squeezed blood orange juice and we shared an Indian-style spiced lentil & vegetable soup followed by roasted spatchcock served with roasted vegetable couscous & a lemony yoghurt dressing.  And yes, it was as delicious as it sounds! I could go on and on, but maybe we could just meet there on the weekend and you can see for yourself!

Nat xx