Sunday, October 15, 2017

Travel Diary: Camp Food Recipe: Spiced Lamb Cutlets

The good thing about testing camping recipes is that you are making dinner that's easy to do which is also perfect for weeknights. I really am addicted to the foil wrap cooking method as it is really simple and all the flavours are contained in your little parcel and is absolutely delicious when it is ready.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Travel Diary :: Things to see, taste and do at the PARKROYAL Parramatta:

Now for something closer to home but not that close as it’s still a 40 minutes drive from home – a weekend escape to the bustling precinct of Parramatta. For those who have followed me on social media and Instastories, you probably would have seen that I’ve been out the Western Suburbs a lot for food tours (run by Taste Food Tours) and there is a lot of cuisines, authentic and done to a high standard out west that you won’t taste on the North Shore, South, Sydney CBD or Eastern Suburbs. You will only experience it by being out west. The Western Suburbs is the ultimate cultural foodies experience.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Travel Diary :: Camp Food Recipe: Foil Packed Spicy Singaporean Noodles

When I ask people what they would cook when they go out camping, often I hear "try damper" ... but I can't eat that every day I'm out camp and it's so bland for someone who has a palate accustomed to a range of Asian flavours. So I tried out making Singaporean noodles without a wok but instead using a foil pack on the BBQ. Wow, it came out so delicious, easy to make and more important no lifting of a heavy wok and scrubbing all the noodles that's stuck to the bottom. Ideally, if you are going out camping you can have the ingredients to make Singaporean noodles prepared and thrown into a foil pack so that all you have to do when you get to the camp site is put it in the camp fire or on the BBQ. When you use the foil pack, there is a crispy noodle layer that forms on the bottom that you can peel off and its so delicious too. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Amity Created :: Tea for Tomorrow at The Grounds of Alexandria

Pause for a minute and think about someone you know who has been affected by cancer … I can think of a few people who have been a part of my life but no longer with us because of cancer. I spent my Sunday at The Grounds of Alexandria with Danielle Libri of Amity Created (Instagram
@amitycreated) for the Tea For Tomorrow to support and raise awareness for the good work done by the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (Instagram @cancer_researchau). 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Travel Diaries :: NSW Weekend Escape: Unspoilt Shoalhaven Foodies Trail

Foodies will travel anywhere for good food. It’s crazy, I know. Food lovers book flights and troop around the world to indulge on good food. But what if I told you that you don’t need to book an air ticket and as a Sydneysider, a culinary inspired trip is only an hour and half drive away from Sydney? I’m talking about the Shoalhaven region, in particular a little village town called Berry and a little bit further south, Milton for some of the finest regional restaurants in the country.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Style Diary :: Alannah Hill in Mayfield Gardens

I’ve travelled a fair bit now since I’ve had my blog. I’m always up for new experiences and challenges on what there is to see, taste and do that is not too far from home. I travelled to Mayfield Garden recently and it’s such a beautiful place to be, so peaceful and allows me to be reflective. I was just thinking through my travels and the process of meeting new people and businesses, some people provide services that you think “that’s different” and some provide services that are quite homogenous where I think “oh I can get that back at home”, which particularly rings true for the restaurant and hospitality business. I’ve come to realise that the differentiator though despite providing “the same thing” as someone else is having a great personal relationship with someone, someone who isn’t only "just a customer". Even if their product or service may be a little more expensive, people keep coming back to them because of the strength of their relationship, “they always know what I want” and they are consistent, which secures customer loyalty. Of course, strong relationships doesn’t happen overnight and great relationships and loyalty are built over time. The reverse is also true in that good relationships can be unwound in seconds due to in most cases, distrust. Another aspect is getting your foot on the door, which can happen through word of mouth and leverage from our old customers and referrals and the value of an introduction. Never underestimate the value of an introduction.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Travel Diary :: Mayfield Garden in Oberon, NSW Things to see, taste and do Part 2

This is the third time I’ve visited Mayfield Garden. I always have seen it as a place that provides acres, 160 acres to be exact of botanical profusion that promotes an equal amount of introspection. Mayfield Garden is one of the largest privately owned cool climate gardens in the Southern Hemisphere situated in Oberon in Central West, NSW, about a 2 hour 45 minutes drive from Sydney. Mayfield Garden was inspired by the great gardens of Europe. The garden is owned by the Hawkins family and is open 363 days of the year.