Beach vs mountains. The mountain. I respect it. A heaving, dense beast ready to climb and snowboard down. Nothing feels as exhilarating as boarding down it, taming it and feeling so free. But if you don’t pay attention, it can engulf you in its wilderness. The beach. Feel the worries release as soon as your eyes fall on it. ‘The wind blows the cobwebs away’, my mum used to say. A swim in the sea is like a thousand d […]
At the end of a day on the slopes you want some tasty food. And you want it quick, because you can barely lift your arms up let alone chop, sautee and stand up cooking for another few hours.
If you’re anything like me, it’s that time of winter where you look down, grab a spare tyre between two fingers and give yourself the flab test. The ultimate sigh-maker. There’s no denying the scales. YES I’ve been drinking too many cheeky glasses of Shiraz, and a few too many morning gym sessions have been missed by hitting the snooze button. Right! In the words of Redman, time for some action (or, in 90s hip hop dictionary rules, time 4 sum […]
Most weekends come and go in a blink. The customary washing piles up, the fridge gets filled and the house gets cleaned. Another Monday quickens, and the lingering feeling of exhaustion rises. I sigh and wish I had done something better with my days off. The remedy appears. A long, lazy Saturday lunch. Some good friends, a highly trained chef and an abundance of local wine. A road trip down the Peninsula, an unusually warm, sunny Autumn day in celebration […]
A couple of years ago, I noticed a pattern in my travels. It seemed that the harder the place was to get to, the better it was. Pretty simple theory: the more difficult the trip, the harder it makes it for bulk tourists to go. It rings true of Porto de Galinhas and Jericoacoara in Brazil, Ko Tao in Thailand, and even our favourite local spot near Mallacoota in Victoria. Pemuteran in North Bali was a windy, bumpy, 4 hour ride […]
Categories: Global snacking
As an early birthday present, I went to Gingerboy’s Jungle Curry Cooking Class as part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. I’ve done a lot of cooking classes across Vietnam and Cambodia, but this was definitely the classiest.