Monday, October 3, 2016

Travel diaries :: Long Weekend Away: Things to See, Taste and Do on Norfolk Island

As we landed on Norfolk Island on board an Air New Zealand flight from Sydney, I saw the vastness of emerald green pastures, rugged earth, bottle green pines and surrounding turquoise bays meeting the metallic deep seas of the South Pacific Ocean and oh, a local cow, briefly looked up at the plane and then resumed grazing grass as if to say, “Just another plane landing.” I read in a brochure on the plane that the “cows have the right of way on the roads”. I knew what I would be experiencing on Norfolk Island would be something of beauty and intrigue.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Bistro Remy takes you to France without leaving Sydney :: The Langham, Sydney

It is pleasing to see Sydney’s finest hotels reinventing their restaurants and making them more accessible to local residents and neighbouring office workers in terms of quality dishes using fine quality Australian produce but without the luxury prices. I was invited to a lunch last Wednesday for the opening of the new Bistro Remy of The Langham Sydney, one of Sydney’s finest and grandest harbourside hotels in the heart of The Rocks district in Sydney and I’m blessed to have a heroic appetite on occasions like this.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Abode Bistro and Bar at the Park Royal Darling Harbour

I was invited to the try the tasting menu of Abode Bistro and Bar at the Park Royal Darling Harbour which I was only too happy to go as I’m always on a look out for a list of venues I can roll off my tongue to recommend to my colleagues for business dining during the work week. The criteria is that it needs to be in the Sydney CBD, elegant, refined but not too refined, not too noisy so you can hear the other person speak with ease, a good menu, good wines, great coffee, exceptional service and consistency because you really only have that small lunch slot during your work day so efficiency is important.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekend recipe :: Pesto Pappardelle with Chilli Tuna and Asparagus


I look at recipes all the time but I rarely follow them word for word as I like to experiment, thinking "what if I added this instead?".

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Slow Living Weekend Recipe :: Harissa Lamb Cutlets

My tastebuds crave spice from time to time and Harissa Lamb Cutlets is on my menu today and its very simple to make. Slow living to me is thinking about what the best and freshest ingredients I can source to enjoy the process of making a simple and delicious dish. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Cooking From The Source with Lonely Planet

I like to cook. That hasn't always been the case but it has been in the past few years or so. I like the process of creation as it allows you to think about your ingredients, the flavours that go together, what to get, how to prepare it, and how it should be presented, what it should look like. But sometimes in the process of cooking with music from the radio in the background (I'm really hooked on 95.3 Smooth FM as my cooking music), it makes you reflect about the people you come across and the stories they tell you well before getting to the stage of simply having lunch or serving a dish at the table. Today I witnessed something quite extraordinary ... an extraordinary act of kindness.