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Last year on Melbourne Cup day I was reduced to driving Lady FWO to and from an event in South Perth and as I reported at the time “on the way home and for several hours afterwards –until she retired for the night – I was entertained by an, at times, ...

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Homestead Brewery


Lady FWO, after swanning around Melbourne in the past week was looking for a relaxed change of pace, so on Monday we went out to Mandoon’s Homestead Brewery for a light lunch and drink to take in the sunny, warm weather. As I have probably ...

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Petition Kitchen


The wonderfully restored State Buildings at the corner of Barrack and St Georges Terrace is home to Petition, three individual venues each with a slight differentiation – Petition Kitchen, Petition Wine Bar and Merchant and Petition Beer ...

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Camellia Restaurant


I have written before about the Camellia in High Wycombe but had not been for some months, so recently along with a mate, I dropped in for lunch. The décor is the usual suburban Chinese restaurant style -and the menu covering the usual Cantonese ...

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The Beaufort Street Merchant


A popular hangout in Highgate, the Beaufort Street Merchant, serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and is seemingly continually busy and buzzy. Plenty of seating across a couple of rooms, with friendly and chatty waiters to welcome, ...

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Rice Tapas Bar and Restaurant


  I found this up a steep set of stairs off Garema Place on my recent stopover in Canberra. A Thai restaurant but advertises itself as tapas style – and there are certainly a number of small dishes that together can make up a pretty ...

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Vamos is a Latin American themed cocktail bar, wine bar, restaurant near the Spring Street end of Little Bourke, but upstairs so it doesn’t immediately catch your eye. What did catch my eye was a young lass handing out free drink vouchers on ...

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Kappys is just around the corner from our place in Guildford and we go there a lot (and sometimes when we are not up to going out or cooking, a pizza from their wood fired oven has proved to be a fine takeaway choice).  We have always had good food ...

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Gingerboy in Crossley Street, a laneway off Little Bourke was a highlight of a recent trip to Melbourne. From the moment you spy the red neon glow of the sign, entering into a dimly lit, moody world of glossy bamboo, hanging red light fittings and ...

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City Heart


In the old Salvation Army citadel building in Pier Street, the City Heart Indian is an unpretentious spot serving up authentic subcontinental food. Certainly the décor is nothing to write home about - other than the old, aged golden coloured ...

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