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Bar Hop – The Junk Bar

The Junk Bar features this old fashioned light and lampshade in dimly lit room

I thought my bar hopping days were over. It's not that I can't take the liquor. What I can't take, are the prices. Where are the days of $3 vodka and watered down orange juice at White Chairs? It seems that at least some of the crowd I run with are still very much into bars… >> Read more

Filed in: Brisbane, Restaurant Review
Dish of Cretan Dakos with bread, chickpeas, tomatoes and feta cheese

I like to think that I cook well and that the food I create for friends and family is enjoyed and remembered. I spend time planning menus, challenging my skills and creating meals that are unusual and a talking point. Why is it then, that my most talked about and asked for recipe is made from… >> Read more

Filed in: 2. Mids & Mains
From an op shop at Bargara: divided Pyrex serving dish with Spring Blossom pattern

It's National Op Shop Week in Australia. We are all encouraged to donate, shop and support op shops as part of helping the community and reducing out footprint. This could not have been more perfectly timed as I have just returned from a week in Bargara, near Bundaberg where I unearthed several treasures. I've written… >> Read more

Filed in: Op Shops
various books and ephemera from the wrietrs Gerald and Lawrence Durrell

If you have watched even the smallest amount of the Rio Olympics on television, you can't have failed to see the ad for 'The Durrells - coming after the Olympics'. To say that I'm more than a little bit excited about their imminent arrival is an understatement. You see, I'm a Durrellphile. A complete Durrell tragic… >> Read more

Filed in: Miscellaneous

NeNe Chicken

Pieces of NeNe Chicken in a lunch box with accompaniments

I had heard the buzz about NeNe chicken being 'so good' and the best Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) around but couldn't really see a situation where I'd be seeking it out. Cue a Friday night on the tiles and suddenly, NeNe seemed mighty appealing. NeNe means Yes! Yes! in Korean, which is exactly what we… >> Read more

Filed in: Restaurant Review
A religious festival reveller in balaclava, fringed coat and whip

Welcome to the A-Z Guidebook Link Up. If you would like to join, read the A-Z Guidebook tab at the top of the blog and write a travel post relating to the letter of the month. *When I can, I share your posts on social media and also pin to the A-Z Guidebook Pinterest page. I… >> Read more

Filed in: A - Z Guidebook, Travel
Fruit TOast at Republic Coffee Traders

To be honest, I didn't know Republic Coffee Traders even existed until I saw a review in the newspaper. Amazingly, it's less than 2km from home and I pass it on my daily commute but as it's on a side street, it could have remained undiscovered. Thankfully, it did not. This is a Public Service… >> Read more

Filed in: Restaurant Review