Spaghetti Western

June 1, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | FOOD, Restaurants, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

111 King William Street, May 2017 Another Italian restaurant in Adelaide? Give us a break! But Spaghetti Western is an attempt at something different, positioning itself neatly between the haute Mediterranean cuisine of, say, an Il Bacaro in Melbourne, and the ho-hum, red-and-white-checked pasta houses that line the streets like weeds. It is also cleverly situated, being near the various laneway bars and watering-holes popping-up on Waymouth Street, just around the corner. Modelled on a fusion of the mock 19thC horse operas such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (where, incidentally, the best grub the gunslingers usually get is a smear of stinking beans)…

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Sean’s Kitchen

May 17, 2017 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | FOOD, Restaurants, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(Adelaide, May 2017) This sliver of a dining room just adjacent the Adelaide Casino (and in fact, part of the Skycity complex – on the way to the loo you can peer through a window at the poor wretches playing the pokies) is trendy, at least on current trends. Whilst L thought the refectory-type furniture a tad less than comfortable, there was compensation provided by the confident menu and spot-on service. Our table started with a Waldorf salad ‘Moderne’  à la Sean and the King Crab Cocktail – these saucy homages to the 1970s were adequate, but seasoned by nostalgia rather than hitting us…

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April 1, 2017 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | Restaurants, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

Namaste Nepalese Restaurant, 41 George Street, Parkside SA (8272 2288) This lovely little joint tucked away in the south side of Adelaide used to be a chi-chi coffee shop which passed (disastrously) through various hands till its current emanation. Now its a great place for a small party or a quiet dinner. Beware of imitations: this is the best joint of its kind in town (to find anything properly comparable, you’d have to travel down to the Bay). We started with a combination of entrees – Momos, chicken or vegetable dumplings with ginger, garlic, spring onion & coriander. Steamed and served with tomato achar,…

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The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down

Why is Lisa Always Wincing? (image by Alpha from Melbourne, Australia)

(by Peter FitzSimons). Like the caring and observant types at TVC, you will have wondered why TV butterfly Lisa Wilkinson always looks ashamed and sad.  We think it could be this:-

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“Cool as the Desert Night”

October 25, 2016 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | FOOD, HISTORY, LIFE |

(Painting by Jules Larcher)

Champagne Quotes “Champagne for our real friends and real pain for our sham friends!” (Toast by Francis Bacon) “Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes, the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge.” (Hester Browne) “Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!” (Winston Churchill) “‘And for wine, mademoiselle? What do you say to champagne?’ Miss Monro said nothing – or everything.” (Agatha Christie, The Big Four)           “Pleasure without Champagne is purely artificial.” (Oscar Wilde) “Champagne! In victory one…

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