Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Travel Diary :: Cruising To A Foodies Paradise: Celebrity Solstice

Happy New Year! May your 2018 be filled with prosperity, good health and happiness! I’m catching up on all my writing on the awesome things I experienced towards the end of 2017. A sense of experience is driving trends in cruising and dissipating the myth that cruising are only for honeymooners or retirees. Nope. From what I experienced being on-board the Celebrity Solstice for a couple of hours whilst it was docked in Sydney, it is a foodie’s paradise where there is something for everyone and be prepared to be eat lots and also make use of the ship’s gym to work it off so you can start all over again the next day.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Spiced, oiled and creamed in the The Darling Spa: Moroccan Hammam

Image courtesy of The Star, Sydney
If I only had 24 hours in Sydney, organising a hens pampering day out or a bride wanting some indulgence, where would I go? The Darling Spa and I would book myself into their signature treatment, the Moroccan Hammam. It is the perfect sanctuary to remove yourself away from it all, a place that feels like time has stopped for a brief while and a place to quieten your busy mind. At The Darling Spa I was spiced, oil, creamed and rubbed for 2 and a half hours in a Hamman ritual. It was true bliss, bliss I can only remember that I last experienced in Thailand or Dubai. The Darling Spa is probably the best spa treatment I’ve experienced in Sydney and to a standard that’s similar to what I have experienced at an international level. The Darling Spa is located in the The Darling Hotel which has been named Sydney’s first and only luxury hotel to receive the prestigious Forbes five-star rating – the most coveted award in global luxury travel. Hammam is the Moroccan name for Turkish baths and versions of this ritual date back centuries. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Musical Diary :: Mamma Mia! The Australian Tour 2017/2018

Judging from the responses I got from my Instastories of yesterday’s rehearsals and media preview in ABC Studios of Mamma Mia! the Australian musical that is about to be launched in Australia, the enthusiasm for ABBA music lives on. The catchy tunes and clever plot will no doubt make Mamma Mia! a success when it hits the Australian stage, starting with the Canberra Theatre on November 24, 2017, followed by a season from December 26, 2017 at QPACs Lyric Theatre in Brisbane before it hits Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from February 11, 2018, Crown Theatre Perth from May 15, 2018, Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from July 10, 2018 and the Festival Theatre in Adelaide Festival Centre from October 9, 2018.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Travel Diary :: Things to See, Taste, and Do in Angsana Laguna Phuket resort


When I look back at Angsana Laguna Phuket each resort, I think a beach resort, pools, fun and family friendly. Whilst the time we went was the beginning of monsoon season, the sun was out some of the days we were there and we enjoyed the 31 degree humid climate which was a welcome warm relief to Sydney’s Winter. We headed off in our tut tut with our luggage from Banyan Tree Phuket where our 3 night stay ended and headed to Angsana Laguan Resort for a 2 night stay which was only a few minutes down the road. The Laguna Phuket complex is a large but discrete village of five resorts united around a lagoon or lake and Angsana Laguna is known to be the most family friendly option. But even if you are a couple or with friends it is also a good option with pools, activities and the beach.

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.