Sunday, June 17, 2018

Recipe: Lebanese Fattoush Salad

I could’ve walked down to my local shop and bought Lebanese bread for $1.50 to make my fattoush salad but I chose not to and decided to make my own Lebanese bread.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Beachside Staycation: What to See,Taste and Do Around the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach

A well-executed staycation can be just as relaxing as jet setting off to another location, particularly if it is a beachside location in Sydney. On the M5 East Motorway I was there in 30 minutes and it’s not too far from the Sydney CBD and airport. Coogee Beach is where I headed for a weekend staycation to be pampered at the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach. It might have been too cold to swim in mid May but that’s part of the attraction of a famous Sydney beach in Winter – less crowds. It doesn’t have to be a staycation. If you are looking for a place to stay for business travel or a romantic getaway by the beach then Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach would be a nice and cosy location.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Travel Diary :: Nashdale Lane Luxury Glamping Tents in Orange, NSW

I must admit, I’ve never ‘roughed it’ and been camping or pitched a tent. It’s just something my family never did when I was younger. My perception of camping has only been influenced by what I have seen on television: falling asleep under the stars, leaking tents, campfire pits, creatures in tents, sleeping on bumpy ground.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Shangri-La Sydney: How to spoil yourself on your birthday

Forget buying stuff that adds to clutter to your home. Book a staycation close to home and experience luxury for your birthday instead. Yes, as a Sydneysider I’ve seen our Harbour Bridge and Opera House many times before but have you ever just woken up to the sight of the Sydney trifecta of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Sydney Harbour at sunrise or just watched peak hour traffic on the bridge at sunset when the sky transforms into a magical kaleidoscope? 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Travel Diary:: What to See, Taste and Do in Orange, Central West NSW

"You may already know that a dedicated bunch of food lovers want to create a special gustatory event which will appeal to interested locals and tourist in Orange in colourful autumn … What better theme than to use the riches right under our noses?” – Rhonda Doyle, Journalist, 1991

Saturday, April 14, 2018

How to create a simple fresh table flatlay for a long Sunday brunch

“If you could invite anyone over for Sunday brunch, who would it be?” I asked my local florist, Jackie of Jackie’s Floral Gallery as we sat, ate and drank for Sunday brunch in my home. “Oooh, let me think … I would invite Meryl Streep, Clint Eastwood, Ashton Kutcher and I love music and I’m sure I played guitar in my past life somewhere by a river in Mississippi … so definitely Santana, Dwayne Johnson ‘The Rock" and Tina Turner, she’s pretty cool … I would have them all over for brunch.”

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Market life of MD Provodores: The Farmers, the Providore and the Restaurateur and Chef

“Good morning, Jen!” Mouhamad greets me warmly at 6.30am as I approached his warehouse at Sydney Markets. It was drizzly but that didn’t get in the way of the buzz and energy I felt at the markets, with his staff, forklifts and trucks constantly on the move. “Good morning, Mouhamad! Jimena and Juan should be here in 5 minutes.”

Monday, April 2, 2018

Vegan Recipe :: Baked Porridge with Apple and Figs

I can't resist picking up magazines to read as I'm waiting for my turn at the check out aisle and particularly if they are food magazines with new recipes I haven't tried before that are labelled "triple tested".

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Coming up: Things to See, Taste and Do in Parramatta!

I’m excited to be involved in some exciting events coming up next weekend in the City of Parramatta. This weekend, if you have been following my Instastories I’ve been on the new Taste Food Tour, Taste of Australia tour that takes you along the Parramatta River via the rivercat from Circular Quay (it takes 1 hour 2 minutes) and you end up in the Western suburb of Parramatta sampling some the most delicious food and coffee the city has on offer. And I must say travelling via the river is a glamorous way to travel to the Western Suburbs of Sydney from the city. I discovered new restaurants and coffee shops at Parramatta this weekend and the most memorable being the Darcy Street Project, a social enterprise that aims to educate and empower the community of refugees, immigrants, disadvantaged, mature aged groups to gain experience and enter the workforce with confidence, ensuring they become employable in the future. What a wonderful initiative.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Mamma Mia! The Musical is here in Sydney

Sydney, get ready for the biggest dance party of the year! Mamma Mia! is back in Sydney with a refreshing new cast bringing life to the timeless ABBA classics. The catchy tunes, interesting story and ending on an upbeat note with crowd dance and sing a long favourites such as Dancing Queen, Waterloo and of course, Mamma Mia provides the buoyancy for this production. I’ve seen the movie Mamma Mia with Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried many times and I don’t tire of the music and story. Which is why I was particularly excited to attend the opening night of the Sydney premiere of Mamma Mia!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Produce Comes to Life for Orange F.O.O.D Week x Chiswick Woollahra :: 6-15 April 2018

Fate seems to have drawn me to the Central West NSW recently. Orange F.O.O.D Week and Matt Moran’s Chiswick restaurant in Woollahra hosted a dinner earlier this week to launch Orange F.O.O.D Week that runs from Friday 6th to Sunday 15th April 2018. It’s a full and delicious program line up and what caught my eye was the idea of the F.O.O.D Train that leaves from Central Station and arriving in Orange where you go on tour for the weekend sampling local regional food and meeting the chefs and producers.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Travel Diary :: See, Taste and Do at and around the Fraser Suites Sydney

This is my second visit to the Fraser Suites Sydney and this time it was in collaboration with Regent Place Sydney to showcase their food offerings for Chinese New Year 2018. Rest assured there are no shortage of places to ‘Taste’ if you are staying at the Fraser Suites Sydney for the weekend and your problem will be the choices you have to make from the vast array of offerings, and with Fraser Suites Sydney being located in the heart of the all the action in Sydney CBD, there will be no problem in finding things to ‘See and ‘Do’ too. First world problem.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Recipe :: Liver detox: Simple Smoked Salmon Slaw

I used a hashtag #jendetoxes in my latest Instagram post and I'm on a conscious quest to eating well, eating nutritious wholefoods but first to detox the liver to optimise its functionality. Here's why.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Travel Diary: Things to See, Taste and Do on Cockatoo Island in 24 hours

I’ve lived in Sydney in all my life and I’ve never been to Cockatoo Island until recently. Where is Cockatoo Island? You could say it’s like going overseas without leaving Sydney. As I finished packing my overnight bag, I did a quick Google search to see where I was going. Cockatoo Island is located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, in Sydney Harbour. On the Google Map, it was in the Inner West region, a little island in the middle of the Parramatta River of Drummoyne, Woolwich and Birchgrove surround it. The easiest way to get to Cockatoo Island for me was to get the train to Circular Quay and then hop onto the Sydney Ferry service to Cockatoo Island. The Parramatta River service stops at Cockatoo Island wharf in just under 15 minutes. Bring your Opal card too. I can’t think of a better and cheaper way to explore Sydney’s spectacular harbour and we are lucky to have such a beautiful harbour, whose beauty is only magnified on a sunny Saturday. The ferry on the way there stopped at the new precinct of Barangaroo too and it really is beautiful and scenic journey.

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.