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Check it out: Gado Brazil Steakhouse

In Mt. Lawley 620 Beaufort Street!

ALL YOU CAN EAT!

Gado Brazil is an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse ( Churrascaria ) where the meat is cooked over a wood-fired charcoal BBQ.

This results in a mouth watering flavour and texture that will have you craving for more.

Wood-fired is the ultimate flavour enhancer.

Gado means livestock or herd in Portuguese referring to different types of meat that will be available and presented to you during this unique dining experience.

Gado Menu has been designed in the ALL YOU CAN EST style.

The menu offers over 15 varieties of meat, including beef, poultry, lamb and pork,

Along with the charcoal grilled meats will be served a full selectionnof vegetarian dishes, rice, beans, sauce and desserts all made in house by the Brazilian chefs.

Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all day at $45 p.p.

And receive a complementary glass of house wine or tap beer.

Thursday and Friday:

Happy Lunch at $39pp

Kids under 5 year are free

From 5 to 12 Year $15

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday diner is $45pp

Dont miss the opportunity to give Gado Brazil a go.

I have tried and the meat melt in your mouth!

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Excited and sad at the same time. How is that possible?

Simple. My son Merv and his partner Toni are leaving for a 6 Month holiday around the World.

They received a wedding invitation from a cousin in Calgary Canada several months ago and after debating about how and what to do, finally jumped at the chance to go. Lucky them as they will get to see a lot of family members that haven’t yet had the chance to visit us here in Perth.

Merv has always had the “travel bug” because up to the age of 15 years old we were globetrotters due to my husband’s work and we have lived in a few Countries.

The last time Toni and Merv travelled for 11 months and visited a lot of family so it’s great that they can do this again, especially as Merv has an online software business that does not depend on where he is. So off they go.

We planned to make a nice dinner and drop them off at the airport for a midnight flight, however luckily Mike checked the departure schedule and monitors flights (engineering man) and saw the flight was delayed til 8am the following day.

Well we made it to the airport finally and the lineup was slow moving, finally there and the travel agent who they purchased the tickets from said 30kg bags each, but the lovely checkout person… suggested they only take 23kg each…

Oh fun, well they purchased a overpriced duffel bag at the Airport (isn’t everything at the airport overpriced…) and removed 7 kg from one suitcase and another 7 from the other and lined up again.

Well they got through and we had to rush them to the gate, not enough time for a coffee…

They are off for now for 6 months and am envious of them as I too love travel.

Thankfully with all the technology like FaceTime it will be easier to keep in touch with them.

i got a photo of them in the brand new plane!

 R

 

Heathridge: Music prodigy Luis Santos on international mission to record more bassoon tunes

BASSOONIST Luis Tasso Santos and his double bass playing partner Ebony are growing tired of the same ‘old’ tune they play together.

“For double bass and bassoon duet, there’s only one piece to play for that and my partner is a double bassist so we haven’t had much music to play together,” Santos explained.

He is set to do his part to rectify that situation for musicians everywhere by taking up an international scholarship at a Dutch music academy next month, where he will commission, perform and record new music for early, baroque and classical bassoon, a Renaissance-era rackett, double bass and bassoon duet and solo bassoon works with electronics.

The 19-year-old from Heathridge said he wanted to have a greater variety of new music to play for these underrated instruments and to eventually buy his own Classical bassoon and contrabass rackett.

“The repertoire we have for these instruments is very old music, from at least 300 years ago,” he said.

Santos was the recipient of the 2018 Anniversary Scholarship from Royal Schools Music Club and received $5000 to be paid over two years for this project.

The former Trinity College student is somewhat of a music prodigy, capable of playing at least seven instruments and even conducting a 160-piece orchestra during his school years.

Before jetting off to the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Ebony, the couple will hold a public farewell recital at St George’s College in Crawley on August 25.

Santos said he had been thinking about exploring music outside of Australia for a long time to join a larger community of musicians playing these instruments.

“If I have more bassoonists around me, I’ll be more competitive and have more people to support me,” he said.

“Netherlands as a country and Amsterdam as a city has a long history with music and arguably has one of the best contemporary music scenes.

“Hopefully I’ll be in Amsterdam for the rest of my life but if something comes up, I’ll move.”

Luis and Ebony’s Farewell Recital

When: Saturday, August 25 at 3pm

Where: Dining Hall at St George’s College, 44 Mounts Bay Road, Crawley

One moved out and the other moved in!

The house was empty for ONE whole week after my daughter moved out with her hubby, son and the dog and into their new home and took all their belongings with them.

The downstairs room beside the garage was used by my husband as his “man cave” until my daughter moved in and used it to store her boxes and furniture, which reduced the “man cave” area.

Now with them moved out my husband has his space back….? Or so he thought, because while my daughter was packing up and moving out, my son was packing up and moving in!

My husband had his “office” and I had the garage back for all of a week before they took it over.

I’m not complaining though, In fact it is funny and I’m happy to have the house full again and they know they are always welcome.

With 6-8 months of planned travel ahead of them, my son and his girlfriend have decided to pack up their house and see the world again and will be staying with me for 3 weeks before they take off.

First stop on their itinerary is Calgary, via Vancouver for a family wedding then after some time with the family they will head down to the states and road trip to see as much as they can before they head to Nova Scotia for more family time and then to Madrid, Spain and Italy.

At this stage they have planned 4 months in North America and 2 months in Europe before making the trek home via Hong Kong and South East Asia…. What a whirl wind trip huh? Lucky ducks!

We will all miss them though as we have Tuesday night dinners each week with the whole family which we love.

However, thanks to modern technology we have Skype and Facetime to see and talk to them whenever we like.

Are you going anywhere? Or have any tips on places for them (Or Me) to see, please share!

Moving out but not too far and already missing them!

I had my daughter and her family, (husband, son and dog) son and the dog spend almost 3 years in our house.

It was a load of fun, the house once again with the warmth of a family, the laughter of a child growing up from babyhood who is now over 3 years old and so independent!

It kept my husband sane, busy with the little one going for walkies with Kiba the dog, too. Kiba is still with us, until the backyard is gated well at their new place, but I have to say the 3 year old doesn’t shed as much fur!

I had many outings with my grandson showing him off to my friends or going shopping and eating at the shopping centres – he always surprised nearby diners with the amount that he could eat! – he’s growing up so fast! There was always a warning from Mummy: no more toys! He has everything he needs. I splurge now and again though, on a new pair of shorts or socks he picks out himself.

We know they’re not far, only a short drive away. It won’t be the same but we will still be a big part of one another’s lives.

In fact I’m visiting today, I wonder how many boxes they’ve unpacked. Moving house is always chaotic. Especially with young children. This way my daughter can get more things done and I can get in some time with my grandson.
Maybe between ‘3 years in our house’ and ‘It was a load of fun’ put this paragraph:

I have always had an open door policy in my home. So my kids keep coming back! I’ve even had clients wanting to downsize and I’ve told them to hold off. Months later they’ve informed me their children had come home to them too!

Family gathering every Tuesday and Dining out on our Birthdays!

In our family, we make a point of meeting each other for dinner every Tuesday. This way I know I am going to see my children and their partners and family at least once a week. One home-cooked family meal every 7 days. It’s a nice simple tradition.

However on birthdays we make an exception. The birthday person picks the restaurant of their choice and we go out to celebrate on (or near) their birthday. It’s a nice way to sample new restaurants around Perth, but often we just end up at our favourites again.

June 5th is my husband’s birthday. He had been working away but arrived the day before, just in time for us to make a birthday booking. His choice was the Belgian Beer Cafe. It’s his favoutite, for the ambience, the food, and of course – the beer. I am not a beer drinker, but i tried the Cherry Kriek beer which is the most delicious – and does not taste like beer at all!

As we get older, it gets harder and harder to find the right gifts for one another. What do you get the person who has everything they need? We seem to be more interested in finding the funniest cards we can, instead. We all have a good laugh!

Do you have any special family or birthday traditions?

Saying good bye to a lovely neighbour!

We will all miss you, Rebekah!

Catching up with all of the neighbours in my street at the Angling Club to farewell Rebekah, who is moving out of the house next door to me.

She’s only moving away to a nearby street but I will miss her a lot.

Hopefully she will continue to help me out every Thursday with my Community commitments.

My neighnours are the most caring. Every time someone moves in or leaves, we have a party together.

We also have our angel in the street, Lynnette; organiser of lunches, parties and Christmas do’s.

Today she has planned a lovely lunch at the Angling club in Marmion.

Good bye Rob , Rebekah, family and your gorgeous dogs!

Do you often see your neighbours?

 

Happy 7 YUK 0 Birthday!

We, the SINers had a fantastic lunch in Mundaring for my friend’ s 70th Birthday.

It was a full-house, with over 25 of our members attending, each with their own special creation, so we ended up with a fantastic collection of savoury and sweet dishes to choose from.

Marion’s property in the hills also has an extensive kitchen garden, which many of the SINers made a point of checking out – aided by my grandson and two chocolate coloured puppies running riot. A few of the ladies went home with goodies from the garden, and one of our ladies even brewed up some lemongrass tea.
Marion made a delicious cake to celebrate which we all enjoyed, and I really cracked up laughing at the writing on top of the cake. My grandson managed to nab a piece too, but his mum caught him before he made it back for a second. He spent most of the time playing with the cats and following Marion’s husband around.

Meeting all the SINers every month is one of the highlights in my life. I have other highlights too which include dinner with my two grown-up children and their family every Tuesday. These monthly lunches give me dinner ideas too, but we never need dinner the night of the SINers meet, because there are always enough leftovers for everyone to take home.

Happy Birthday Marion. You are one of my most dearest friends and we all enjoy your beautiful crafts that you whole heartedly distribute to all of us.

Emma is in Fremantle!

This Monday just gone (Labour Day), I was just about to finish my lunch when my husband cried out loud: ‘Emma is in Fremantle!’
It took a few moments to gather my thoughts before I realised the significance of what he had said.
Suddenly it hit me.
Emma.
My niece Emma.
From Canada.
Is in Fremantle.
‘Emma is in Fremantle?’ I exclaimed!
‘Yes, and I’m going to see her with Nikky.’ (our daughter).
I shouted ‘I want to go too!’
My daughter had arrived home around 12:30 with her sleeping toddler, who now, after only an hour of sleep was being woken up and hustled into the car with promises of a family adventure, and snacks. He didn’t seem to mind too much. More than a little flustered, we all packed into Nikky’s car and set off on our journey to Freo. I called my son Merv on the way. He and his parter Toni were shopping, but they said they’d be there by 3pm.

Emma took on a 6 month contract working on the Celebrity Solstice, a huge cruise liner, travelling around Australia, New Zealand and other amazing places. She’s 23, working the gift shop and travelling the world (but seeing nothing, as my husband jokes, having heard about life working on liners). Luckily, she was allowed on shore for a two hour window, and we were all – surprisingly – available to leap into action and see her! My husband had been tracking the Celebrity Solstice for weeks, but stopped 8 days ago while it was moored near New Zealand. And none of Emma’s had emails made it through due to variable internet connections. My husband checked his email at 1:30, expecting it to be a mid night message from his brother Ian in Canada, but lo and behold cousin emma was HERE! I think we beat some kind of record for getting our things together and getting out of the house!

We picked her up at Victoria Quay, and took her for a short drive to the E-shed markets for coffee, nibbles, and stories of her travels. Quite a whirlwind visit, but worth it. She was happy to see us, we think, familiar faces halfway around the globe. And we always love having visitors. We figure we’re the most isolated of the lot, so we like to make an effort when someone makes aaaaaall the way to Perth to see us. I wonder who will be next!

Craft work Before and After

My friend Jean’s daughter Kendra started this little craft with these 2 tables and chairs. She did the hard work but ended up leaving aside.

Years gone by and her Mum Jean decided to donate to my craft group in Edgewater.

I love it right away and took possession of it.

Showed to my friend Wendy who is very good with crafts and she offered to finish for me.

In one week she brought the finish product and of course my grandson was the lucky winner of this precious little craftsmanship.

Thanks Kendra, Jean and Wendy!

Great work!

 

 

BMW $1200 1st Anniversary Voucher

I received a voucher of $1200 from BMW as a Christmas gift. A lovely present to be used at Verve Portraits.

Unfortunately I won’t use the voucher. My daughter is a professional photographer doing this type of business and has just done a portrait of her brother.

I didn’t want it to go to waste so I decided to offer it as a gift to my clients.

Thanks to Deb Diamantis at BMW Wangara who provided me with excellent service and made it possible to transfer the gift to whoever I want to.

I sent 375 emails/texts and said that the first one to call would receive the gift.

I had a few calls but the first one was Kyro Saweres, pictured with me.

Thank you all and sorry I could not please everyone.

Wait for my second Anniversary until BMW sends me another gift….maybe.

And you also could consider going to BMW Wangara to purchase a car for yourself.

They offer excellent service and it comes with tea, coffee and lots of smiles. Worth the experience!… Plus the gift which is a bonus, right?