Fish Barbeque

SpicedChickpeaSalad

Spring seems to have well and truly sprung….and so a young man’s fancy turns to…well I am not sure anymore…but a seasoned chap’s fancy turns to such delights as barbeques…sitting in our courtyard sipping one afternoon Lady FWO determined that I ...

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Upper Reach Winery

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I have been going to Upper Reach since Laura and Derek Pearse first opened in the mid 1990s. In the early days the tasting was done in the corner of the winery shed. Over the years this has been developed to include a restaurant (Broads), a dedicated ...

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Broads at Upper Reach

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On a pleasant Spring day, last Monday, the Lady FWO and I drove out to the Swan Valley to visit Upper Reach winery and since we were there decided to have lunch at Broads. Annalis and Anthony Broad, who once operated Whiteman’s Abroad in a lovely old ...

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Bassendean Hotel

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The shopping strip in Old Perth Road Bassendean has the potential to rival that of the revamped Maylands strip but has been rather run down in recent years with a tad too many real estate and settlement agencies and politician’s offices and not yet ...

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Thai Pumpkin Soup

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I always think that a bowl of soup – perhaps with a crusty bread roll – is a great lunch when you don’t have a lot of time – weekends for example when there is usually so much to do.  And, of course, my predilection towards spicy foods got me ...

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Christmas Food Drive for Foodbank WA

The Paris Café Christmas food drive for Foodbank WA.  Foodbank WA is the largest hunger relief organisation in Western Australia - last year alone, they provided enough food for 4 million meals.  Foodbank WA is a non-denominational, non-profit ...

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Chesters

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Chesters is one of the many good restaurants to be found in the Swan Valley – in this case part of the Heafod Glen winery on West Swan Road at Henley Brook. The restaurant building itself is somewhat rustic, having originally been a fruit drying shed ...

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Varnish on King

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I wandered into Varnish the other day, following some meetings in town. This little bar, recently awarded the Best Small Bar in Australia award, is well worth a visit. I have been many a time, to eat  (I can recommend the Cajun prawns) or just for a ...

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Swallow Bar

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It was apparently stormy out – as we settled into our seats I received a video text from my son in a more northerly suburb showing the hail and rain pelting down at his place. But in Maylands there had been a few intermittent heavy drops as we walked ...

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Quick & simple chick pea curry

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When you are hankering for a curry fix as I was today and want to make something quickly, and with ingredients you may already have on hand (these are what I had, so this is what you are getting) this is a very tasty and nutritious meal – you can ...

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