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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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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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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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French Food Safari to inspire Francophile adventures

June 22, 2011
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Ah hello wintery cold Sydney – a bleak, icy contrast from the humid, hot weather and semi-tropical thunderstorms we experienced in New York. We touched down in Sydney only a few days ago, narrowly squeezing in before the Chilean ash clouds, having circumvented the globe, decided to grace our shores again and shut down our [...]

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Rejoicing in the long Friday lunch at Marque

September 2, 2010
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Dining at a three hat restaurant is reserved for special occasions and this occasion was no exception. There were a couple of important milestones to celebrate amongst my colleagues; JC had reached a significant target at work and The Bride had an impending marriage date and was more than happy to shout it proudly to [...]

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Steak tartare, a Bastille Day tribute

July 14, 2010
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The Co-pilot travels more than anyone I know. He travels internationally a few times a year for business, and another few times for pleasure. Not to mention all the domestic travelling he does. Despite all that, he seems to have a never ending supply of annual leave remaining and I have long suspected there is [...]

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Pamper yourself at Galileo Restaurant, Observatory Hotel

July 30, 2009

Every now and then you should treat yourself to something nice. I’d been hoarding some lovely little vouchers for the Observatory Hotel Day Spa for a special occasion. But with birthdays just gone and anniversaries too far away, there didn’t seem to be a conventional reason to celebrate. Except of course that we can (and [...]

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