The Merrywell, Crown Perth, Burswood

The Merrywell has brought dude food to Crown Perth. It’s simultaneously comforting and indulgent: salty verging on over-seasoned, deep-fried and gloriously fatty, more suited to being eaten with fingers than cutlery. It’s a trendy pub with striking looks, plenty of dark timber and the warm glow of orange lamps. There are beers on tap, a…

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Nobu, Crown Perth, Burswood

Named after founder and chef proprietor Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, Nobu is world-famous, with 27 restaurants across 21 different cities spanning five continents. It’s also famous for its esteemed co-founder, Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro. We’ve been meaning to dine at Nobu Perth since it opened at the Crown Perth (then still known as Burs…

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Caleb’s 2nd birthday party

At the end of December, it was party time as we celebrated the 2nd birthdays of my nephew Caleb and his best friend Grace. It was a hot sunny afternoon and most of the kids kept cool in the pool, supervised by dads and uncles. The eskies were stuffed with ice and cold drinks, and […]

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Good One BBQ Chinese Restaurant, East Victoria Park

Maybe it’s a sign we’re old farts, but Jac and I were content to have a quiet new year’s eve and skip the parties, crowds and fireworks. Instead, after Jac finished work we drove to Vic Park in search of dinner, something different to the Christmas fare we’d been eating the past week. We chose […]

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Family Christmas 2012 – Part 2

Jac and I hosted my family’s Christmas lunch this year. We got up bright and early to get ready for the day. 11-year-old Pixel watched suspiciously as I set the table (she’s not a fan of parties) while 1-year-old Truffle inspected everything with great fascination. Both cats fled and hid when everyone began to arrive. […]

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Family Christmas 2012 – Part 1

I hope you’ve had a merry Christmas and happy holidays! This year, we got together with Jac’s family the weekend before Christmas with a barbecue lunch at Point Walter, on the Swan River in Bicton. We set up in a shady spot next to the water so Jac and the boys wouldn’t have far to […]

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Unexpected Dubai – market, mall and desert safari

In October, I travelled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates as a guest of Emirates and the Government of Dubai, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. This is the third post in my blog series on that trip. Dubai fruit and vegetable market At the fruit and vegetable market, the sellers are all men. […]

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Bistro Guillaume, Crown Perth, Burswood

The baguette is slightly warm, with a craggy, crackly crust. I butter it with a carefree abandon that I’m certain the restaurant’s namesake chef would approve of. A sprinkle of salt, then a greedy bite into the bread and butter. Oh yes. I’ve been secretly studying the menu all week but am still deliciously bamboozled. […]

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Unexpected Dubai – Day 1

In October, I travelled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates as a guest of Emirates and the Government of Dubai, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. This is the second post in my blog series on that trip. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Our driver from Arabian Adventures drove us from the airport to Jumeirah Creekside […]

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