Sunday, May 28, 2017

Vivid Sydney 2017 : Taronga Centre & The View Restaurant

 
After not having been to Taronga Zoo for years (probably since my teens as far as I can remember), I’ve been to Taronga Zoo twice now in the space of three months. By day, it was wonderful to see and hear the animals, where their characters can be observed if you linger long enough at an enclosure. I was there courtesy of Taronga Zoo because their new baby Pygmy Hippo was born earlier in the year, a rare occurrence for the zoo and in wildlife because it is endangered. But by night during Winter from now until 17 June 2017 your focus is not on the animals, well not the live ones in any case, which would have sensibly retired into slumber for the night.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

City Staycation :: Fraser Suites Sydney


A well-executed city staycation can be just as relaxing as a week-long holiday. You are not far from home and the point of a staycation is that you feel you have got away to take a break. Staying in a luxury suite close to home is a good way to do that and that’s what I did, although the practical side of me ensured my staycation was also aligned to a day of a friend’s wedding I attended in the city. I’ve attended many weddings in the city and they are always late nights and by the time you get home and get ready for bed it’s always around AM and you waste the following morning sleeping in. Not to mention if you are planning to drink at a wedding, you have to factor in how you are going to get home, particularly if you live a bit further out from the city.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mayfield Gardern and Central West, NSW :: Things to see, taste and do


When the NSW Tourism Minister Adam Marshall said to me a couple of weeks ago at the Mercedes Benz Australia Fashion Week 2017 launch party that regional NSW has a lot to offer and there is so much to see, I believe him. Too often we think of going on holidays as hopping on a plane and flying to another capital city or overseas, but what if we hopped in a car or a guided minivan tour and headed out to the Central West NSW which is about 3 hours drive, to explore what is on offer, for a long weekend getaway from Sydney, for some country fresh air, to be seduced by the pastoral beauty, lush green fields, to learn of the region’s history, the local produce, to taste the food and the wine?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Recipe :: How to make ANZAC biscuits


I read some of the old war stories on ANZAC day that the universities like Monash publishes. Some are quite intense stories of pain and suffering and makes you feel lucky we live in where we are in the world today. The history of the ANZAC biscuit is interesting though. And it's an ANZAC biscuit not cookie to ensure there are no foreign influences to one of Australia's signature food.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Top Ryde City :: Your one-stop-shop for fresh produce


Despite the rise of home delivery and online shopping, I hope grocery shopping doesn’t become a forgotten pastime. Online shopping can’t replace buying fresh produce from a store, nor does it give you a holistic overview of what produce is in season.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Casa Barilla Cooking School :: Italian Easter Delights


Easter is a big deal in Italy and the most important event after Christmas. Easter is one of the most important holidays in the Christian religion and is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ, three days after he had been crucified. One important detail about this holiday, is that the date changes from year to year. As was decided at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AC, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon of Spring and can therefore vary from March 22nd to April 25th.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

#50BestTalks :: Sydney Opera House


Australians love their food, and today was no exception. Today’s event #50BestTalks held at the Sydney Opera House was very well attended. It seems people don’t only like to eat food but they also like to talk about it too. Today we heard the views of the world’s culinary geniuses, the ‘Roger Federers in the kitchen, the brightest stars in the constellation as today’s host, political journalist, Annabel Crabb described it. Massimo Bottura, Peter Gilmore, Brett Graham & Dominique Crenn are the people every person’s eyes were focussed on for a full 90 minutes today, who shared their insights and food stories with us on how they got to where they did, how they were influenced in their careers, how they go about their creative processes, gender issues in the restaurant industry and finally an audience question and answer where the topic of sustainability appears to have dominated that segment. It was excellent panel discussion which was moderated by Annabel extremely well, and an event that got me curious and listening to every word that was said, inspired, with many funny moments where I chuckled.