Savour South East Queensland, Australia

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Prawns – Courtesy of Urbane Restaurant

There has been a flourishing in South East Queensland food scene.  Gorgeous, bountiful local produce, which there’s never been a shortage of, is making its ways to the creative, able hands of extraordinary chefs, and to the tables of some tremendous restaurants. Continue Reading →

Pleased to Meet You, global trendsetter, Western Australia

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One of my favorite places to eat, on past trips to Perth was Harvest, a wonderful laid-back space in North Freemantle. Brunch at Harvest was a must on many a visit. Sadly, Harvest closed down in 2013. So, when I heard that owner Clint Nolan had opened a new place, this time in Northbridge, I marked it down as one of our possible must-try restaurants for our March 2014 trip. And then, later, when I started reading some of the early reviews and blog posts about Pleased to Meet You, it quickly became the one restaurant in Perth that I knew I simply had to try. Continue Reading →

One perfect day in Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Braemore vineyardBraemore Vineyard – Courtesy of Thomas Wines

The Hunter Valley Wine country is New South Wales’ largest wine region.  Its proximity to Sydney, a drive less than two hours away, makes it a perfect escape from the city.  One day in the Hunter can pack a lot of activity and ignite the senses without wearing you out as a visitor.  It’s an ideal detour from the joys of Sydney’s harbour and beaches. Continue Reading →

Keeping the kids happy in Margaret River, Western Australia

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Once upon a time, my wife S and I visited Margaret River, located three hours (by car) south of Perth, Western Australia, on an almost annual basis. In fact, we had some of our best and most romantic holidays there. We’d almost always rent a house or cottage, spend the day visiting wineries, checking out local food producers and end the day with a homecooked meal, washed down of course with a new and yummy discovery. Continue Reading →

Nomad, Sydney

house cured and smoked meatsNomad is Sydney’s current favorite casual, modern Australian restaurant. As simple as that.  Since its opening in 2013, reservations aren’t easy to get, the buzz is all over town, and the praise is continually hot. Continue Reading →

Ron Roozen House, the best vacation home in Margaret River

Ron Roozen House

Su-Lyn and I love Margaret River. We used to visit this West Australian wine (and surf) region on an annual basis back my wifey was working on her (never-completed) doctorate with a university in Perth. A number of years ago, we discovered an incredible, gorgeously-designed house, just a short five minute drive from Margaret River Town, perched on a cliff, and overlooking the Indian Ocean. Back then, we had rented the house with two other couples and (because we were in the area for a wedding) had a blast entertaining several friends during our stay. Most recently, we decided to head back to the house with our son and Su-Lyn’s parents. Continue Reading →

New bistro with French and Modern Australian accents: Cafe Boheme Sydney

Cafe BohemeFrench bistros have a certain charm that lets them exist in a league of their own.  Perhaps it is the embrace of a local restaurant, the assurance of some classical flavours, the moderate prices, or the use of established techniques that stands the test of time.  Great bistros have beautiful pastries, fresh charcuterie, great wine lists.  Café Boheme is one such place.  It is a Sydney newcomer, but it’s quickly becoming a favourite among locals. Continue Reading →

Rushcutters: a fresh new restaurant and a deli in Sydney’s inner east

rushcutters saladSydney is going through a restaurant resurgence; there seems to be a refresh and revival in the dining scene. The vibe, one that’s more casual, more relaxed, flexible. Increasingly, more inviting establishments are propelling well-known chefs to take different risks and reinvent themselves. One such place, led by executive chef Martin Boetz (previously from Sydney and Melbourne’s famed Longrain Thai restaurants) alongside head chef Kasper Christensen, is Rushcutters. Continue Reading →

Jan Power’s Farmers Markets has a new jewel at the Albion Mill Village. Brisbane, Australia

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Fifteen years ago Brisbanites could only dream of having the kind of access to farm fresh produce that much of Europe and Asia enjoyed for as long as anyone can remember. Roadside stalls with boxes of produce and an honesty box yielded you a hit and miss selection of whatever was in season if you were prepared to hit the hinterland on a weekend but other than that and what you could grow in your backyard, produce buying happened at the local fruiterer and increasingly, at the supermarket. Continue Reading →

Jocelyn’s Provisions in Brisbane, Australia, continues to shine

ricotta cakeIt’s an institution revered by Brisbanites and many frequent visitors since its opening in 1996. And with progressive management and a keen eye on current trends (as opposed to flashy fads), Jocelyn’s Provisions, located in popular James Street, has maintained its place firmly at the top of the sugar-sprinkled ladder. Continue Reading →