Thursday, May 11, 2006

The New Noricia Bakery
(Mt Hawthorn and Subiaco)

What makes the New Noricia Bakery one the best places for foodies to visit in Perth? It seems to make every food writer's and chef's list of places to write about and/or visit when talking about food in Perth. I am looking forward to finding out what makes this place so great for food other than its fabulous bread.

The New Noricia Bakeries have won national and international acclaim for its genuine sourdough bread, french pastries, nutcake, pan chocolatti and bisotti. New Norica operate a second wood fired bakery in Perth and produce 20 different types of bread, 10 are sourdough for the Perth markets. The New Noricia nutcake and pan chocolatti are also baked in the wood fired oven.

In 1846 a group of Spanish Bennedictine monks led by Bishops Rosendo Slavado and Jose Serra landed in Fremantle, Western Australia. They walked to the current site and established a self sufficient mission and orphanage which operated until 1973. It is Australia's only monastic town consisting of a range of Spanish classical, Byzantine and Gothic buildings.

New Noricia was named after the Italian birthplace of St. Bennedict. The 10,000 hectare monastery farm raises sheep, and grow produced including wheat, canola, honey, oranges, figs, plums, manarines, quinces and olives. New Norica also produces red and white wine plus muscat from fruit grown at the Abbey's Bindoon vineyards.

New Noricia was named best bakery in Western Australia by Gourmet Traveller in April 2006.

Carmel Valley Chocolates
Panche Gourmet Food and Wine (Subiaco)

Carmel Valley Chocolates (Pistachio and Mandarine)is dark chocolate sweetened with organic raw sugar and dairy free. A 100g block containes 64% cocoa solids making it extremely good quality chocolate and at $6.50 a consumer would think so.

The cocoa liquor is imported from the Ivory Coast and Ghana and contains roasted pistachios and candied mandarine, natural vanilla and organic whole bean soya. The label describes the chocolate as being handmade in small batches in a boutique factory in the Hills of Perth. I am not a fan of dark chocolate but this chocolate with its whole roasted pistachios and mild mandarine flavour is just divine.

Other flavours included organic sultana and almond, macadamia nut and hazel nut.