World Oyster Day


World Oyster Day has rolled around again, and once more with a couple of likely accomplices I celebrated it at Lot 20 on Friday 5th. Although not quite as sunny as the same day last year, the weather was still kind and we set up at one of the outdoor ...

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Spicy Tomato Relish


When Lady FWO owned her coffee shop/café in Guildford – recently sold to some charming chaps who have renovated and expanded the menu to include some exemplary curries – one of the particular hits was the spicy tomato relish she served alongside the ...

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The Cheese Barrel


The Cheese Barrel is right next door to the tasting room and cellars at Olive Farm, in the Swan Valley. The purpose built cafe has a pleasant outlook down to Susannah Brook which flows behind and the deck is great spot to sit and enjoy a glass of ...

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Champagne and Oysters with Jerry and Justin


In Sonnets from the Portuguese Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”; Friday night at Lot20 it was more a matter of “how to prepare an oyster? Let me count the ways”…and in the hands of Jerry Fraser and Lot20 ...

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Simply Paella at Pinelli Estate


Pinelli Wines in the Swan Valley celebrated end of harvest with a function at their Caversham winery – sitting out under the vine covered patio on a warm autumn evening, Lady FWO and I, along with our daughter and son in law, and a good crowd of ...

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Alfred’s Kitchen


Alfred’s in Guildford is a Western Australian institution, one of the last of the old style Aussie burger joints, sadly largely displaced by the boring US chains. It is amazingly popular – we live not too far away and each night when we drive ...

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World Oyster Day


Well World Oyster Day (August 5) has been and gone, and I, along with a couple of friends, celebrated the wondrous mollusc at Lot 20, with Jerry Fraser. We went along around midday before the hordes descended later in the day and found a spot ...

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The Cheese Barrel at Olive Farm


The Cheese Barrel has been built next to the tasting room and cellars at Olive Farm, in the Swan Valley, with an outlook down to Susannah Brook which flows behind. The veranda is a great place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine or two with a ...

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The search for Perth’s best Laksa


I was reading somewhere recently that Laksa – Penang Assam style – was rated the 26th most delicious food in the world in a survey a few years ago, while curry laksa was rated 44th. Who am I to disagree, it is an essential dish whenever I get ...

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Dining on the Island


Last week I was required to go to Christmas Island to work on an investigation as part of the job that actually earns me money, rather than my hobby of eating and drinking which drains my cash and takes up much of my down time; of course I took the ...

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