Cheeky Sparrow by day

Cheeky Sparrow is one of my all time favourite small bars in the city, the atmosphere is generally unpretentious and relaxing. Recently, I had an early morning commitment in the city and thought I would take the opportunity to float  by Cheeky Sparrow, hoping it would be a good morning cafe as it is a small bar in the evenings. Opening at 6.30 am, I think I was there just after 7, early ...

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Cycle and Coffee, Swanbourne Beach to Swan River

Computer work has been sending us a little crazy lately. Seeking some fresh air and a little bit of adventure, we decided to get on the bicycles this weekend for a pedal around Perth. Winter may appear to be an unlikely time to be outside, however thanks to Perth's mild weather it's probably the best time. I'll give you some worthy reasons - no flies, no scorching sun, less sweating, less ...

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Organic Olive Picking, Toodyay

The other day I was shopping for some honey at Dunn and Walton and a small sign for olive picking in Toodyay caught my attention. We are an olive loving household here and the idea of picking bucket loads of them sounded right up our alley, especially since its difficult finding olives cured in a good quality brine. I emailed my interest to visit and Margaret Esslemont responded she would touch ...

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Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant

There is something undeniably festive about gathering around German food and jugs of beer. For a friend's birthday on Saturday night just gone, a group of us spent the evening at the fairly new, Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant for a mighty or should I say, meaty feast! Brotzeit is located in 140 Perth,  a snazzy building development above the Perth underground train station. Various art installations decorate the lanes that intersect and ...

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Ocean Views at Bib & Tucker

Beginning a morning at the beach is a must do in Perth, and anywhere along the coast will do. This Good Friday holiday we headed to Leighton beach for an early (for a public holiday anyhow) morning breakfast at Bib & Tucker.  Most places tend to close on Good Friday, however, this year there were plenty open around town and with an instagram account it was an effortless task in finding choices for ...

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Dinner at Print Hall Bar

The evening before my birthday, Derek and I decided to go for a pre-birthday celebration. We have been wanting to dine at Print Hall for a long time now, truthfully, since it opened a few years ago! We've had a couple of drinks upstairs at Bob's rooftop bar under the neon West Australian sign, and they always turned into great nights in the city. I wouldn't say the website is confusing, however, ...

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The Good Food Guide 2015 Launch + Awards

Every year the West Australian publishes a guide to dining in Western Australia, it's a handy resource for anyone interested in the food scene or perhaps wanting to discover a new place to dine. Edited by The West’s columnist Rob Broadfield, all featured restaurants are visited and graded on a point system out of 20. The guide book also covers regional Western Australia and includes a section for cafes (my favourite part). The ...

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German evenings at The Rhein Donau Club

Celebrating a friend's birthday, a group of us spent a Saturday evening at the Rhein Donau Club in Myaree. The interior of the club is very much old school European and I doubt much has changed since it opened in 1959. Features of wood constructed booths, lanterns and alpine trimmings add to the European charm.  I notice an emblem carved into the dining chairs. Being non club members we paid a small ...

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Cafe Cafe, West Perth

The other day I stumbled across the Perth Cafe Cafe branch walking along the west end of Hay Street. The cafe is located under the Ellement 996 apartment complex. Cafe Cafe in Subiaco is a popular haunt for the locals and the convenient location across from the Subiaco train station and Woolworths supermarket draws in visitors passing by as well. I used to order my meeting catering quite a bit and love ...

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Esthers Cake Shop and Cafe

Located on William Street, a short distance from the Newcastle Street intersection is a small takeaway Asian bakery. On a Saturday morning the smell of freshly baked warm buns and soft Pandan cakes is an excuse to stop by. Also, the first destination on the Red Hot Spatula Asian foodie walkabout tour (post to follow soon) with Yvonne and Yolanda.   Similar to a bakery we visited in Japan the protocol is to ...

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