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South America calling

November 1, 2009
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Bienvenudos to the first post in a marathon series covering my month long travels with the Co-pilot across South America. A month! The longest holiday I’ve ever been on! Who knows when I’ll get another chance to blow all my annual leave in one go.. It pains me to think about it but as one […]

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South American goodies

March 23, 2009

I’ve had pozole blanco on the brain. It’s a delicious pork and hominy stew that I first had back in my uni days at Azteca’s, a Mexican restaurant in Randwick, near UNSW. I still remember the taste of that stew and it was the first time I’d tried hominy, which are corn kernels treated to […]

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A taste of the NSW South Coast and Southern Highlands

October 5, 2012
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There’s a mantra that’s gaining momentum: local produce is king. It seems to be an all-pervasive mantra and is no longer a niche philosophy reserved for the progressive and early adopters.  It’s one that is being increasingly repeated from market stall to kitchen tables; from small diners to fine dining kitchens where menus proudly tout […]

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48 Hours in London: The Value Hunter’s Gourmet Stopover

December 21, 2012
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With so many amazing places to eat Londoners and by extension, us tourists, were really spoilt for choice. I’d never been to London before so given we had a mere 48 hours or 6 precious meals to have in London, we’d amassed a great spreadsheet list and slowly whittled it down to a shortlist of […]

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Competition: Win a Blurb photo book!

December 7, 2010
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Throngs of people amble listlessly and aimlessly, glazed over eyes wandering and scanning the landscape; irritation and rage lies dormant but festering just beneath the surface ready to be unleashed with the mere hint of a competitive tussle for a prized find – all whilst infuriating blood-boiling cheer loops on in the background.  You’d be […]

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Animal Autopsy

November 18, 2010
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There were so many events on at SIFF 2010 that one really had to sift through the pages of events, lunches, dinners, email and impromptu twitter announcements to keep on top of the events that most appealed to our individual tastes. On one hand I relished the opportunity to seek out the rare hidden find […]

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So hungry I could eat horse meat

October 19, 2010
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The location was a closely guarded secret, the small guest list carefully canvassed and the topic discussed in hushed tones whilst surreptitiously checking for eavesdroppers. All the secrecy is for good reason as I was invited to a private 4 course dinner and the star ingredient is a topical and controversial one. On the menu […]

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Anaconda hunting and piranha fishing in the Amazon pampas

September 26, 2010
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I’ve always had a fascination with wildlife documentaries. Long before I discovered Sir David Attenborough and his mesmerising BBC documentaries chronicling creatures one can only imagine, as a child I was addicted to the weekly program, “The World Around Us” and more than a little in awe of Malcolm Douglas and the deft ease with […]

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Learning to ride a bike on Death Road, Bolivia

July 29, 2010
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With the recent end of the Tour de France, it seems befitting that I post about my own personal cycling challenge. When we were planning our trip to Bolivia last year, one standout adventure presented itself again and again and refused to be ignored: cycling down “the world’s most dangerous road“, better known as Death […]

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Breathtaking dining in La Paz, Bolivia

June 12, 2010
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When we trundled into La Paz from Uyuni, spent and exhausted from the nightmare bus that rattled till my teeth shook and my organs liquefied, the Co-pilot and I checked ourselves into Hotel Europa. Once we’d scrubbed 3 days of grime off we felt recuperated and launched ourselves out into the streets of La Paz […]

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