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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Win 1 of 10 double passes to see Haute Cuisine!

April 11, 2013
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During his first term as President of France in the early 80′s, François Mitterrand was served by an all-male team of culinary chefs skilled in haute cuisine. Mitterand was a renowned gastronome and had a penchant for ‘simple food’ done superbly so upon his re-election for a second term, he requested a change to his [...]

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Slaying old demons at House, Surry Hills

March 6, 2013
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We’d first dined at House, sister restaurant to Spice I Am, just after it opened in 2010 and having just returned from a summer holiday in Thailand and desperately missing the excellent cheap Thai street food, daily massages and generous cocktails, the Co-pilot and I together with our travel companions DanW and Katie booked ourselves [...]

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Caffe Sicilia’s Heinz Beck ‘Legacy Degustation’: Michelin starred dining in Sydney

January 12, 2013
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Sometimes sifting through the motony of emails, wading through the newsletters, spam and group deals, will yield rewarding little nuggets of pure gold – a golden ticket as it were. Was I interested in a masterclass with 3 Michelin starred chef, Heinz Beck? I replied with lightning speed to the invitation – you betcha I’m [...]

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Reflecting on a kinder 2012 and wishes for a happy 2013!

January 1, 2013
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Happy New Year! Wherever you are in the world, I hope you’re celebrating in style! We’re celebrating down the south coast of NSW in Tuross Heads with family, friends and plenty of good food and wine; fishing, foraging, sun and sand. There have been feasts galore and on new year’s eve last night, between mouthfuls [...]

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Win a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem Cookbook!

December 28, 2012
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Our experience at Yotam Ottolenghi’s Nopi in London left quite the lasting impression on us. The combination of fresh vibrant flavours and exotic spices so foreign and tantalising to my palette that we reminisced about the details of that meal fondly. Below are a few of the photos from our lunch at Nopi and you [...]

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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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