Tracy Barker has been very helpful over the years with supporting fundraising efforts for the Autism Association and has always had solid advice on finding ethical chocolate for Easter.
Barker and Hale is one of those stores where you can expect to find the best and both Martin and Tracy have worked hard to make it something special:
Martin and Tracy
Plunger Heaven - I really really want to try the double walled stainless steel plungers - they also stock the Presso - I have one of those and I love it.
Another thing I have tried (but haven't yet bought) are the Zero tea pots which have one of the best filter baskets for loose leaf teas that I have found yet - they also don't dribble when you pour them!
There's a lot of unusual and hard to get foods - some I have not yet been game to try but this maple flavoured balsamic is intrigueing. I wonder how long it will be before we see a competitor pull it out at a barista championship?
I took the Junior Grendels along with me on this visit but this shelf made me nervous - due to their propensity to act out the 'Bull-in-the-china-shop' scenario.
Who: Barker and Hale
What: Gourmet foods, fresh locally roasted coffee beans, hand-made chocolates and the best coffee, tea and hard-to-get kitchen items
24a Napoleon Street
Western Australia 6011
Tel: (08) 9284 6644
17 Floreat Forum
Western Australia 6014
Tel: (08) 9284 0899
When: Monday, 27 April 2009
Accessibility: Very Good
Web: Barker and Hale