Chinese teas good enough to start a war

by Forager on August 23, 2014

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There’s been a resurgence in tea interest of late and Sydney recently had its inaugural Tea Festival so I wanted to post my own tribute to my beloved tea, specifically Chinese teas. Like most Chinese households, we always had a pot brewed at home and I can recall drinking Chinese tea from a very early [...]

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Satisfying cravings at Rockpool, Sydney

by Forager on August 10, 2014

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Reviews of restaurant experiences are normally time sensitive, but given my motherhood sabbatical, the next few posts will be selected archival posts that I had the good intentions to post, but haven’t been able to until now. The experience described in this post is special for a number of reasons – for the specific period [...]

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Taboo Foods in Pregnancy and Beyond

August 1, 2014
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What a long and unexpected hiatus from blogging I’ve had. Let’s call it an extended sabbatical – from work and normal life as I knew it before motherhood. In mid December last year the Co-pilot and I welcomed our little boy, The Master, into our lives and quite frankly it’s been a constant murky sleep [...]

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The ultimate grill masters at Michelin-starred Asador Etxebarri

November 20, 2013
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In our brief sojourns through London and Paris we’d sought out great value restaurants and bistros. By the time we’d reached Sarlat we’d opted for more the simple pleasures of local market fare and home cooking. But who doesn’t like a nice treat every now and then? Spain and more specifically, its celebrated food capital [...]

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A taste of Paris and Michelin stars at Public Dining Room, Balmoral Beach

October 20, 2013
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I’ve been neglecting this blog of late. In retrospect, I can appreciate that over the past few months, I’ve become a social hermit of sorts and took a long hiatus from all my usual routines, including snatching a moment or two for blogging. A few significant life changes lie at the center of this – [...]

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Foraging for shaggy mane mushrooms in Sarlat, France

October 14, 2013
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Foraging in French markets is a wonderfully engaging experience for all the senses – the constant frenetic hum from market goers and stall owners; the vivid colours of fresh local vegetables; the olfactory assault from ripe oozing cheeses and pungent mold encrusted salamis; and constant sampling and snacking from stall to stall to keep both [...]

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Indulging in the culinary fruits of Sarlat, France

October 6, 2013
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Our traipse around Europe had seen us racing across busy London and Paris, spreadsheets of must-eat-at places clutched in hand, trying to fit in as much eating, shopping and sightseeing as the hours would allow. Upon leaving Paris we took the pace down a few notches and cruised into Sarlat a town in the picturesque [...]

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My Top Five Best Value Bistros in Paris inspired by Le Fooding

June 3, 2013
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When looking for luxury options to wine, dine and impress the City of Love delivers in spades. But there is another side of Parisian dining that I sought out, one a bit kinder on the hip pocket. Over a decade ago, two Parisian journalists, Alexandre Cammas and Emmanuel Rubin, were fed up with the conservative, traditional [...]

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ARIA’s Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto

April 24, 2013
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We recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary and took the opportunity to reminisce about our wedding day. There was all that stress in the preceding 3 months, and the Co-pilot is quick to remind me that I did at times transform into a fire breathing nightmare dragon lady.. But all the stress seemed worthwhile when [...]

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Celebrating milestones at ARIA

April 12, 2013
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Some surveys say that the first year of marriage is the hardest. One such survey came out late last year and it was the type of ‘news’ publishers and broadcasters love and made headlines. Apparently for many, the post wedding, house and honeymoon spending bonanza often leads to financial stress and even a diminished quality [...]

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