Archive for September, 2015


Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Introducing our guest blogger, and budding restaurant reviewer, five year old Nico. For Fathers’ Day, he offered to take me to one of my (and his!) favourite Cairns restaurants, Bushfire Flame Grill at the Pacific Hotel on the beautiful Cairns Esplanade.

Bushfire is an ‘all-you-can-eat’ Brazilian ‘Churrasco’ inspired barbecue restaurant, and is a veritable paradise for carnivores…

Here are his thoughts:

Its name really sounded nice, and even it had some fires, and the people were really nice and really kind and they didn’t talk hard to you.

It’s like people go around with big sticks and they put meat on it; lamb, beef, not chicken - it comes in a bowl - pineapple with addings. Everything there was really good because when something we wanted wasn’t there, something else we wanted was…

I liked the chicken best, because there wasn’t a lot of fat and it was nicely cooked and they put a lot of work into it.

The dessert for me; the things that looked like glass, one looked like a plastic and we could eat it. I thought we couldn’t eat it but then when I ate it, it was nice. But my own dessert, a little bowl of ice-cream, was really nice and I didn’t even have to ask for it; it just came.

Sunday lunch at Marina Paradiso

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Sunday was the last day of winter, and it was a perfect day to farewell the chilly season… thirty degrees, wide blue skies and just a breath of balmy tropical breeze. As good excuse as any to head down to the waterfront for a long boozy lunch.

The city of Cairns, being built on a coastal inlet, boasts many…. many… terrific spots to enjoy a glass or a meal overlooking the water, but none would be better than the open plan corner position under the Harbour Lights Hotel, enjoyed by Marina Paradiso.

Also, my staff had been becoming restless about missing out on a Christmas party last year (I had absconded to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia over the holiday period!) so we figured we’d better bring them along and stop their grumbling ;)

We started with a couple of bottles of bubbly and some breads. Then  a grand plate of carpaccio which was absolutely.mouth.watering and a generous serve of calamari. I am not a big fan of calamari, but those who ate it (everyone but me) said it was up there with the best they’d had.

For mains, I felt like choosing something light until I saw ‘lamb shanks’ on the menu. So that was my decision made for me, and one that I didn’t regret. Maria opted for a Caesar salad, which was clearly fresh and crisp. Nico *surprise surprise* went straight for a ham and pineapple pizza, which he assures us was delicious. Becky chose the linguine which was loaded… loaded… with seafood. Her hubby and her Mum both had the gnocchi, and a hearty serve that was. And Emma - the only one of us with the presence of mind to photograph her food - had this delightful dish:

Giant homemade tortellini *drool*

I don’t think any of us could consider anything else to eat after mains, but as time went on and the bubbly flowed, dessert did start to seem like a good idea…

Pear and ricotta cake, tiramisu, alcoholic strawberries… when are we going back to Marina Paradiso???