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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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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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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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What’s blisteringly hot? David Thompson’s Nahm, Bangkok

September 10, 2012
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One of the most popular posts on The Gourmet Forager is one recreating David Thompson’s tom yum goong recipe (Thai hot and sour soup with prawns) – one that is at first glance intimidatingly complex yet once attempted, I found it was simple, reliably reproducible yet no less impressive. The flavours were so punchy and [...]

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Securing a booking at 3 Michelin-starred Per Se, New York

April 11, 2012
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There are still plenty of unwritten posts from my trip to New York mid last year that despite good intentions, were eventually unceremoniously shoved into a dark corner and told to shut up whilst other areas of my life trounced onto centre stage. With the wedding over now, I’ve allowed my self to reminisce on [...]

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A degustation on a lungful of air

November 2, 2011
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Busy is a monumental understatement describing my past few months. Ever since returning from New York over 4 months ago, my professional work went into turbo hyper drive and has now settled comfortably into a constant state of wide-eyed panic; I contributed to another freelance writing project with a super tight short turnaround time; and [...]

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Dining on 3 shiny Michelin stars at Daniel, New York

July 5, 2011
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We thought 10 days in New York would be enough to get a great taste of the city – to really get under her skin, get to know her and convince her to divulge her secrets. But we were wrong, New York unleashes an overwhelming stream of possibilities on the unsuspecting naive. “The city that [...]

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Frisbees, tiles and lessons in wastage from Wasted popup

May 28, 2011
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What’s the most adventurous, most challenging thing you’ve ever eaten? That was the question I posed to my friend, Jo, as we waited outside Ten Buck Alley – the location of Wasted, a new pop-up restaurant in Darlinghurst offering a value-packed 6 course degustation for $70 or matched wines for $120.  Most pop up restaurants [...]

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The vegetarian strikes back at Efendy

April 27, 2011
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After the meat fuelled posts of late, it’s time I veered off the meat freeway and explore other paths. In recent years I’ve been reading more and more about the types of food groups we eat; where the food comes from; what the Western diet has come to be and even what we’d evolved to [...]

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Paddock to Plate: A degustation of beefed up foodblogger creations

April 17, 2011
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My much anticipated followup to the previous post is here. In my last post I introduced The Paddock to Plate project that I and 7 other foodbloggers were participating in, a project designed to increase the appreciation of the process and energy required to get a beef product from paddock to plate. I had been [...]

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