19 November 2019
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Superfoods - the 10 staples to keep in your pantry

Eating healthily doesn’t have to be hard or boring – it’s simply a matter of being a bit organised and being in the know! Once you get a ‘taste’ for how much better you feel, how much more energy you have, how much more your achieve at work and how much better you look, you […]

Italian stallions

As autumn approaches in the town of Alba in north-western Italy, the frenzy and excitement of a new harvest grips the local population. While the local white truffles sit under the soil waiting to be gathered, there is another reason that bon-vivants across the globe worship these beautiful and ancient hills, that being the rows […]

Friends with benefits

Simon Johnson – Sydney’s self-professed purveyor of fine foods – chooses his friends well. I caught up with him following his return from a ‘research trip’ and a tip that his passport had recently been stamped everywhere – from Milan to Puglia – eager to unearth his most amazing food moment while abroad. Naively, I […]

The valley of dreams

For over 150 years, the Hunter Valley has been a wine region of great renown. With famous names such as Maurice O’Shea, Len Evans and James Halliday having made some tremendous wines there it remains an iconic Australian wine region. In fact, today more than ever before it is a fabulous place to travel through […]

The year of living fearlessly

When New York’s 82 year-old Gramercy Park Hotel re-opened in 2006 following a $200 million makeover, renowned hotelier Ian Schrager insisted it wasn’t just another “art hotel”.   He was referring to the surge of hotel chains that had begun to adorn their walls with big-name art in an attempt to gain credibility. Far be […]

The Smoky Isle

Rocking gently in a boat off the west coast of Scotland, the Island of Islay sits off in the distance. On approach it is a relatively bare and desolate landscape; just rolling hills with only the odd group of hunched over trees in sight. Small groups of houses huddle around some of the bays, almost […]

For the love of the game

Who can forget the polo scene in the iconic 1990 film Pretty Woman where handsome eligible bachelor Edward (Richard Gere) and the ‘escort’ Vivian (Julia Roberts) frolic flirtatiously during the divot stomp? Having removed her shoes, Vivian, a vision in brown and white polka dots, leans on Edward’s arm, flashes him her toothy smile and […]

The out of towners

“This is the top venue on the Gold Coast,” the driver told me as we approached the Palazzo Versace. “If you don’t like this, don’t come back.” Straight off the plane from Sydney, I, a brunette, dressed in sombre black had clearly been labelled an out-of-towner. Pulling into the heavily mosaic tiled driveway of the […]

Secret wine business

When an invitation to lunch arrives to celebrate the “world’s hottest new secret wine varietal”, it’s hard to remain suitably nonchalant. To my mind, the words ‘secret’ and ‘wine’ are seldom used together enough so it was with piqued interest I showed up to Kiwi chef Justin North’s Clarence Street restaurant, Etch (a dressed-down sibling […]

Glorious sparkling shiraz

They worked day and night; prospectors scratching at the dry, dusty ground in search of precious gold. It was the 1860s and Victoria was consumed by a gold rush, the likes of which it had never seen before, nor since. When the ore was finally exhausted, the miners departed as quickly as they had first […]

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