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If you are afraid of butter – use cream. – Julia Child

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You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there. – Yogi Berra

 


 

National days.....

 

Colombia 20 July (Declaration of independence from Spain 1810)

Cuisine of Colombia....

Trivia: Colombia has the biggest salsa festival, biggest theater festival, biggest outdoor horse parade, biggest flower parade and second biggest carnival all over the world. More facts....

 


 

Belgium 21 July (Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld takes the oath as first king of the Belgians in 1831)

Dining in Belgium...

Trivia: There are over 800 kinds of beers made in Belgium. Belgians consume in average 150 liters of beer per person per year.

 



 

Guam (US21 July (Liberation Day, Americans landing on Guam 1944, the beginning of the Battle of Guam (1944)

What to eat in Guam.....

Trivia: Guam is where America’s day begins. This US territory is the other side of the International Dateline. Time-wise, Guam is 20 hours ahead of Hawaii time.  

 

Egypt 23 July (Revolution Day, the revolution of 1952)

Eating in Egypt....

Trivia: For ancient Egyptians, bread was the most important food and beer was their favorite drink. Models of brewers were even left in tombs to ensure that the deceased had plenty of beer in the next world.

 


 

25 July (Constitution Day, establishment of Commonwealth of Puerto Rico 1952. Formerly Occupation Day (1898)

Eating in Puerto Rico....

Trivia: The world’s largest telescope is located in the island nation . It has a diameter of 305 meters and is used for accurate information about when and where an asteroid might hit Earth.

 


 

Liberia 26 July (Proclamation of the Republic: independence from the United States 1847)

Liberia's food.....

Trivia: The Liberian flag is designed after the American flag. The eleven white and red stripes that it sports stand for the eleven people who signed the country’s Independence declaration.

 



 

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Food related events....

 US food festivals in JULY 2017

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Food festivals WORLDWIDE in JULY

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Food related events on this date in history!

 


 

Food history

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...visit The Old Foodie.

 


See where we have been...

24 percent of the world's countries!

 



 

 SMART TRAVELLING

 

How SAFE is my destination?

Australian travellers can find out here......

 



Australian travellers - do you need a visa?

Check the visa requirements by country...

Read more....

 


Packing tips

What you may and may not be allowed to carry onboard an aircraft, or pack in checked baggage.

Find out here....

 


Will you need an umbrella?

 

What will the weather be like where you are going?

Or where you are right now?

Find out here...


 

Check the TIME

Don't miss that flight! Never be late again when travelling.

Use the world clock to find out the local time....

 


 

WORLD CURRENCIES

Which currency will you need in the countries you plan to visit.

See them all here...

&

Check out the current exchange rate..... 

 


Airport codes

Baffled by those codes on your intinerary? Don't know where you will be landing?

Check this site....


 

Drivers! You need to know this about drinking and driving overseas.

Learn more...


 

HELP!

How to get urgent assistance  when you need it!

World emergency numbers....

 


 

Have you had your travel shots?

Make sure you are covered for serious diseases in other countries....

 

 

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It's great to be 'connected' when travelling. But it can create hassles.

Here's how to simplify it ....

 

 


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Sometimes there is a food just too pretty to eat...

...but you should try it, though.

 


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It's truffle time of year again in the southern part of the world.

How much do you know about those black diamonds?

 

 

 

Switzerland shows its eco-friendly side on the water.

MSC meets Lake Lucerne...


 

 

books

.............and Apps and DVDs


 

Everyone loves secrets - especially about favourite places.

  

These will be invaluable....

 


 

One of the most unusual books you will read - a memoir of sorts. The journey is through life and discovering its answers - or even more questions.

Read more....

 


 

Take a food trail every weekend of the year - that's the offer from Lonely Planet...

...going global with the world's tastiest destinations.

 


 

Now you can cook meals like a cafe-chef pro. All day every day!

Read more...

 


 

Lucio does it again with co-author David Dale as this time they explore the coast of three countries.

Find out more....

 


 

For those keen to know about the food of the Adriatic Coast, this is the ideal book.

See more here.....

 


 

Reprinted 2017

Don't think you know enough French to travel in France?

This book might give you confidence......

 


 

Start planning for Tokyo 2020 Olympics or go earlier.

This guide is what you need....

 


 

Did you think salads were only for summer?

Think again!....

 


 

Always wanted to visit Turkey? You've been, and loved the food?

This book is for you....

 


 

One of Australia's top chefs, shares good and tasty dishes for home cooks.

Read more here...

 


 

It's that 'sweet spot' of the year when some sugary treats are even more welcome.

Sweeten up your life....

 


 

Trivia buffs - this book is for you.

Especially if you love to travel...

 


Just in time for the holiday season.

Check your favourite wineries....

 


 

Three cities full of secrets.

     

Learn where they are.....

 


 

Take a trip to stylish Amsterdam!

It will be worth the trip....

 


 

The world's BIGGEST bread cookbook.

See for yourself...

 


 

A true story of survival of a family and the cuisine of their homeland.

A must-read....

 


If you love a bit of mystery and wackiness with your travel, this book is for you.

Find out all about it....

 


 

There is much more to Rio de Janeiro than meets the eye.

Discover its secrets....

 


 

Do you need some travel ideas? Here are 1001 historic sites to visit.

Start planning now...

 


 

Ah, Chocolate! Here presented by 'the queen of chocolate'!

Find out more....

 


 

If you always thought cooking Indian was too difficult....

... think again and see how easy it can be.

 


 

Find out what Edinburgh has been hiding.

Read more here.....

 


 

Need somewhere to rest during a busy day in London?

Here are about a hundred ideas....

 


 

Do you love Paris? Would you like to really know your way around?

This book will show you how...

 


 

Favourite cookery book writer Anneke Manning, opens her BakeClub files.

See what she is sharing...

 


 

What's for dinner? Now you kn ow with the help of this expert.

Nadia's book has the answers....

 


 

Is there such a thing as a quiet spot in Los Angeles?

This book shares 120 of them....

 


 

If you love food and travel equally, this new novel might satisfy your hunger.

Take a look....

 


 

If you think you know Australia well, you need to see this book and realise there is still more.

Read more...

 


 

Sydney has many precincts and now you may explore them.

See what you may have been missing out on....

 


 

Have you been to Berlin? This book will make you want to visit.

Read more....

 


 

Something for every day of the year from famous writers and speakers through the ages.

Read more.....

 


 

Now you can cook all your favourite foods from Japan's capital.

Find out about it...

 


 

Here's a book with double value.

Find out what it is.....

 


 

India has some of the best vegatarian dishes in the world.

Find them in this new book....

 


 

Chef-farmer Matthew Evans helps us through hot weather cooking.

Read more...

 


 

Could this be the el Bulli of Australia?

Find out why.....

 


 

Spend some time with Australia's 'Queen of Nyona'.

Learn her history and Asian cooking secrets....

 


 

Looking for a way to spend your weekends in Australia in 2016? 

Here are 52 suggestions complete with things to do and places to eat....

Read more..

 


 

 

Hate waste? Want to feed your family healthily?

Get preserving....

 


 

Frustrated by a fridge full of leftovers? Don't know what to do with them?

Your worries are over....

 


 

It's not often a Michelin-starred chef shares his favourite home-style recipes.

Get the help of an expert...

 


 

Attention! All those who thought they would never cook Japanese food at home!

A leading chef show you how....

 


 

How to eat like an Italian! 

Fratelli Fresh's Barry McDonald gives the recipes you need....

 


 

Lovers of Middle Eastern food will devour this book - and its wonderful recipes.

Read more...

 


 

Too old to colour-in? Not with this delightful book.

Release your inner child...

 


Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton would like to assist you in your kitchen...

.... that is, his amazing dessert cookbook will.

 


 

Outback food from a Masterchef contestant.

See what the country has to offer....

 


NEW from Lonely Planet

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See more...

 


 

Meatballs for everyone - from the Meatball and Wine Bar.

Read about them...

 


 

Lovers of food and beer, need to see this latest book from Ross Dobson.

Find out more.....

 


 

Perfect for summer. Hartsyard shares its secrets.

Learn them all....


 

Aimed at the food industry, but also valuable for home cooks, this tongue-in-cheek book might make you think.

Read more...

 


 

One of the delights of travel is eating on the street.

This book helps you cook the food at home too...

 


 

One family of foods can help you eat your way to health!

Find out how....

 


 

Heart-shaped Tasmania is all about good food.

Find out who is making it even better ........

 


 

How big is your garden? Even a tiny courtyard is big enough to add to your menu.

Find out how....

 


 

The best of the best. Iconic cookery teacher Gretta Anna's recipes with her son Martin Teplitzky.

See it here....

 


 

Food is art - and here, a master chef  marries Italian cuisine and painting.

Find out more about a truly beautiful book ...

 


For those who love the world and its beauty and want a REAL life.....

.....this is the book for you.

 


 

Fancy some fishing - with a chef and TV celebrity and two other seafood experts?

Go fishing (and cooking) with these there....

 


 

Heading for Hong Kong? Take this book (and an appetite) with you!

Read all about it.....

 


Explore 19 areas and discover Tokyo's best food and shopping.

Read more....

 


 

Everyone's favourite grandmother and cook, as known by her grand-daughter, Kate Gibbs....

....sharing her recipes for life , and for the kitchen

 


 

Now you can create your own home patisserie.

A top French patissier shows how....

 


 

Does Australia have the world's best beaches?

Find out where Australia's best ones are....


 

Join five women for a weekly meal in Umbria, Italy - simple, but so much more.

Find out about this beautiful book... 

 


You probably know of Rick Stein from his TV and cookbook fame, as well as his restaurants...

..but now you can get to know him from his memoir

 


Put the Taste of Australia into your meals with Lyndey Milan's latest book.

Read more....

 


Love cooking, like trivia?

This book is for you!

 

 

 

 

 

Taste the world

France in Australia, Slow Food in Siberia, Japan in the UK - it's all here this week!

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What next? Terrific truffle toasties

This could be Australia’s most luxurious toastie.

Made of 100 percent West Australian ingredients, the ‘Lord Byron’ is part of an expanded truffle menu on offer at eateries across Perth this winter.

Using truffles harvested in the Southern Forests region of WA, three hours south of the city, the $20 'sandwich' features butter-sautéed Life Cykel oyster mushrooms, truffle béchamel, chardonnay and thyme macerated stracchino cheese and shaved Manjimup black truffles. Paired with Wild Bakery truffle-infused sourdough bread, it is the product of a partnership between The Truffle and Wine Co (in the truffle heartland of Manjimup) and Livingstone’s Urban Jungle (in the Perth Cultural Centre) where it is served.

This winter, you'll also find WA truffles on the menu at Fremantle’s The Black Truffle and Young George, and Perth high-end restaurants WildflowerFraser’s and Bistro Guillaume. Alternatively, visitors can head to the source in Manjimup, in the state's south-west to see specially trained truffle dogs sniff out the delicacy at local farms, and sample a newly released truffle ale and cider from Blackwood Valley Brewing (The Cidery).

Read more about Manjimup truffles.....

 



Be quick for this one - or  flag it for next year's Singapore visit

The Singapore Food Festival (SFF) 2017 is back for its 24th edition. Taking place from 14 to 30 July, this year's SFF pays tribute to all things Singaporean, and locals and visitors alike can look forward to a delicious spread of both traditional and contemporary Singaporean flavours, interpreted through the palates of our home-grown culinary heroes. Themed “Savour Singapore in Every Bite”, the festival will feature up to 20 gastronomic experiences that celebrate our heritage and flavours, and honour the people who work passionately to keep local culinary traditions alive.

The celebration of all things local will be brought across not just through the food on offer. At this year's SFF dishes won't just feature local flavours, but also local ingredients. Partner events also highlight Singapore's culture and history, such as heritage food tours, talks and dining experiences.

STREAT, STB's anchor event for SFF 2017, is returning for its third year. The highly-anticipated pop-up restaurant will be helmed by Peranakan chef Malcolm Lee of Michelin-starred restaurant Candlenut, and Wild Rocket's chef Willin Low, who is widely recognised as the founder of Mod-Sin cuisine. Together, they will present contemporary interpretations of local classics, through a three-course Mod-Sin and modern Peranakan Tok Panjang menu.

In addition, the pair will also work together to curate a selection of nine stalls, each helmed by young “hawkerpreneurs” and chefs, who will present a unique spin on quintessentially local dishes. Some of the participating vendors include New Ubin Seafood, Peranakan Khek and Whampoa Prawn Noodle. Visitors can also look forward to first-time collaborations at STREAT, such as between popular zi-char stall, Keng Eng Kee, and Good Chance Popiah, as well as between contemporary eateries, Taste Affair and The Masses. 

In addition there are island-wide Culinary Events according to Foodie Profiles: the Gutsy Gourmand who lives and breathes modern cuisine; the Traditional Taster who believes there's nothing like old school fare; the Culture Craver who embraces all things local; and the Art Addict who appreciates creativity not just in food, but in art form as well. There are events and food for each food profile.

Which one are you?

Read more.....

 


 

A taste of the UK

Remember when people in Britain turned their noses up at garlic and called it 'foreign muck'? Not any more. Now they celebrate it.

        

Then there is the energetic Big Feasterval (above) in England's usually quiet Cotswolds,
 25 – 27 August 2017
. Every year, Blur’s bassist-turned-cheesemaker Alex James opens up his farm in the Cotswolds for the Big Feastival.

The aptly named festival really is a feast for all the senses, as up on the bill of celebrity chefs are Rick and Jack Stein, Antonio Carluccio, Nathan Outlaw, Neil Rankin, Romy Gill and Gizzi Erskine. There’ll be feasts and banquets, a food and drink market, street food, table sessions, a ‘cookaholics’ cookery school and Alex James’ famous double-decker cheese hub.


Getting there: Kingham is in the Cotswolds, an hour and 25-minute train journey from London.

        

If there ever was a niche food festival, then the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival from 19 – 20 August, 2017
 (above left). Celebrating the endless versatility of the little white allium, the Great British Bake Off’s TV star baker Jane Beedle will be among the chefs giving cooking demonstrations and signing books.

Of course, it’s not just garlic, there’ll be other delicious local produce on offer, like meats, cheeses, honey and cider. Don’t miss the chance to tickle your taste buds and try some garlic fudge!


Getting there: The Isle of Wight sits four miles off the coast of Hampshire. Portsmouth in Hampshire is an hour and 40-minute train journey from London. Regular ferries run between Portsmouth Harbour and the Isle of Wight.

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Then there is the Port Eliot Festival, (above right)  the sort of festival that feels like the world’s most magical secret garden party. Set in the rolling Cornish countryside, within the grounds of the quintessentially British Port Eliot House and Gardens, it’s so pretty that Napoleon once claimed it ‘the most beautiful place in England’. The festival is also renowned as a foodie lovers’ favourite, with the past roll call of chefs including everyone from Rick Stein to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Angela Hartnett. Taste some of the freshest just-caught fish from the atmospheric fairy-lit Oyster Shack in the walled garden.


Getting there: St. Germans is in Cornwall, south-west England, a three-hour and 40-minute journey from London.

 


 

It's Gaggan again!

Gaggan has been crowned Best Restaurant in Asia at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 awards ceremony.

Gaggan in Bangkok claims the No.1 spot for a third consecutive year, retaining the dual titles of The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, and The Best Restaurant in Thailand, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. Chef Gaggan Anand is renowned for his creative twists on Indian cuisine, reinventing traditional dishes through contemporary techniques.

Also representing Thailand are familiar favourites Nahm (No.5), Issaya Siamese Club (No.21), Eat Me (No.31) and Bo.Lan (No.19), the latter making a welcome return to the list. 2017 marks the debut of four Bangkok restaurants: Sühring (No.13), The Dining  Room at The House on Sathorn (No.36), Le Du (No.37) and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Bangkok (No.40).

The winning chefs and restaurateurs, above, celebrate at the fifth annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. The 2017 list welcomes 10 new entries, while China, Japan, Singapore and Thailand each count nine restaurants on the list.

 


 

Chocolate makes a Euro-trip even sweeter

Here's the chocolate-fuelled Euro-trip you won’t want to miss out on.

Before you read any further, STA Travel, the company which has made this mouth-watering list available, would like to make it known that it takes absolutely NO responsibility for any damages caused by drooling all over your laptop or phone screen after reading this. 

If you are brave enough to read on, STA Travel have put together the only guide you need while gallivanting across Europe; the go-to chocolate brands and chocolatiers across ten different countries, and where to find them...enjoy!

Read more....

 


 

Would you like coffee in your oil? Or oil in your coffee?

Spotted: this unusual blend of flavours at the century-old Naschmarkt, an extensive outdoor market in Vienna on a recent trip to Austria. 

Gegenbauer, an Austrian company originally made its name with flavoured vinegars, but has now expanded to include a range of oils made from ingredients you  would never expect, like raspberries, currants, even plum kernel and apple seed.  

More familiar ones are apricot kernel and pumpkin seed, a delicious nutty flavoured oil, for which Austria is creating quite a following.

Then there are the seasoning oils such as the coffee one (above), as well as chilli, basil, paprika, fennel, lemon, and rosemary. It will be surprising if your mouth isn't watering now with ideas of how these could be used on salads and grills.

More details.....

 


 

Siberia quickly embraces Slow Food

The Slow Food Chefs' Alliance in Russia is gaining more members across the country. At a June event organized by Tipografia restaurant in Gorno-Altaisk, the first Siberian chef joined the Slow Food international project, committing to cooking and promoting products from the Slow Food Ark of Taste and communities of local producers.

The Altai republic is a mountainous region located on the fringes of Central Asia, at the intersection of Mongolia, Kazakhstan and China. It is characterized by a variety of landscapes once populated mainly by nomadic peoples like Chelkans, Kumandins and Tubalars.

The Slow Food Chefs' Alliance project already has hundreds of members in eighteen countries (Albania, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, Mexico, the Netherlands, Uganda, United Kingdom and Russia). In Russia 18 chefs have already joined the Alliance.

Yulia Fominykh, a Chefs' Alliance member from the Tipografia restaurant, will prepare a special menu recalling Siberian traditional cuisine, including dishes of horse meat cooked on an open fire.

He says: “Being at the intersection of geographic and cultural regions has influenced the gastronomic heritage of Altai. We want to study its history from ancient times to the present, in order to understand the essence of the dishes, the seasonality of the ingredients and the opportunity to interpret and adapt it to modern tastes. It is interesting that at the heart of our ancestral cuisine there was a no-waste concept.

"The Slow Food Chefs' Alliance demonstrates that there are people worldwide united by one idea – the revival of cultural heritage via the preservation of traditional gastronomy and agrobiodiversity. On this occasion we will gather together and talk about the Slow Food philosophy. The purpose is to show to ourselves, our guests and a wider public that our traditional dishes are accessible and that our rich culture needs to be preserved.”

As of today, there are 63 products from Russia on the Ark of Taste.

 


 

Train your tastebuds

If you love food and train travel, this could be for you. This special four-day heritage rail journey in September, 2017, promises to be an indulgent, fun and relaxing gourmet journey to the NSW Riverina’s sun-kissed vineyards and vast, irrigated farmlands - the foodbowl of Australia.

Pioneered by waves of Italian migrants over 80 years, the essence of the Riverina capital of Griffith is all about food, wine, friends and family. Almost two in every three people in Griffith claim Italian heritage, with today’s descendants proudly showcasing the traditions, flavours and passion for food and wine their forefathers brought with them.

 

At day’s end, Griffith is our 3-night base, with the next morning spent visiting Corynnia Station. Owners Bruce and Julie Armstrong will show us their working sheep and cotton property where we'll tour the farm and award winning garden and enjoy lunch sourced from local produce. We'll then head for the cotton gin at Carrathool to see how cotton is produced.


The escapade begins the moment you board the privately chartered heritage train featuring restored buffet and compartment seating cars from the 1930s and hauled by the trusty, 62-year-old ‘Streamliner’ locomotive 4204. 

There are stops for lunch at the 139-year-old Junee Railway Station Cafe and afternoon tea in Narrandera - gateway to the productive Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area

After some free time to explore Griffith, prepare for a true treat - a spectacular, private dinner of traditional Italian food using fresh, locally sourced produce at Zecca Handmade Italian. Owners Daniel, Ben and Michaela welcome us for a meal featuring the best food and wine the Riverina has to offer.  


On this unique tour, you’ll spend three nights in Griffith during the spring-time Taste Riverina Festival that celebrates ‘la dolce vita’ - the sweet life that this fertile region has become renowned for.

There is much more: wine tastings, a farm tour and free time to explore Griffith at your leisure. 


Find out more.........

 


 

Bistrot meets history

Sydney is not short of dining places, yet the search is always on for new locations. Inner-city space is always highly coveted, and so Chippendale's Kensington Street has now gathered the ideal eclectic mix of small restaurants featuring local and international cuisine.

One of the best, which we visited very recently is Bistrot Gavroche with acclaimed former Singapore chef, Frederic Colin, at the helm. Called after a street urchin in the novel, Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, the bistro's very-French name is a good fit for the laneway location of this eating quarter of the city.

The occasion for our visit was a special Bastille Day lunch, but the regular menu is rich with offerings such as this.

And yes, there are snails, Burgundy escargots baked in their shells with parsley and garlic butter. Mai oui!

Pate en croute too, but not just any recipe - the one Chef Colin uses is his Grandpa Henri's own creation. In celebration of Chef Frederic’s roots, the menu pays homage to many recipes from his youth when he cooked in his grand père Henri’s restaurant and kitchen from the tender age of 10. 

Add in an array of classic dishes that capture the Parisian spirit and a wine list with a mix of both French and Australian wines hand-selected by sommelier, general manager and co-owner Lionel Richard, and you’ve got the buzz of Paris in the heart of Sydney.

While open for lunch and dinner on weekdays, a weekend brunch menu featuring egg dishes and traditional French favourites through to shared desserts, is also popular. Bottomless sparkling rosé accompanies the entire brunch that is available Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 3pm.

More details.....

 


 

A Reunion picnic

Picnics are a tradition on Reunion Island, a time to relax and recharge. All year long, whatever the season, at the weekend or during the school holidays, the islanders spend time together and enjoy the many picnic and recreation areas on the island.

With their family, friends or lovers, families find a spot in the Highlands, or the Lowlands, in town centres, near a waterfall or a river, overlooking the ocean, right on the water's edge, on the edge of the forest, in the shade of the filao and coconut palms, in unusual places or on wooded, landscaped, grassy and shady recreation areas which often have playgrounds for children.

BUT you won't see any sandwiches, salad, sausage or cheese. Picnics on Reunion Island are a true institution, a Creole way of life! On the menu there will be rice, caris cooked over a wood fire in huge pots, rougails and plenty of other delicacies, a truly authentic experience.

Find out more about this fascinating island - and its picnic spots....

 


 

Latte with attitude

Yes, it's a latte, but no, it doesn't look like any latte you have drunk. This one was served at Concrete Jungle, a hip and happening cafe in inner-city Kensington Street, Sydney, and to get one like it you need to ask for a turmeric latte.

What's with the colour? And why turmeric?

In Ayurvedic medicine in India, turmeric has long been used as an attempted treatment for a variety of internal disorders, such as indigestion, throat infections, common colds, or liver ailments, as well as topically, to cleanse wounds or treat skin sores. Western nutritionists also now believe that turmeric, the spice that turns curries and other Asian dishes a lovely golden colour, can be beneficial in many ways.

While it is not proven, some believe that the cucurmin contained in turmeric may help some conditions, including cancer. Which explains the many dishes and drinks featuring turmeric - and now, it seems, even lattes.

While I didn't ask the cafe for its recipe, here is one you could try....

Learn from an expert about turmeric....

 


Here's a different way to experience Australia's centre. Uluru Fork and View uses a specially designed and modified double-decker coach, the lower deck having been completely transformed into a kitchen/servery and the upper deck a 44 seat open air eatery with uninterrupted views of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

The tour departs approximately one hour before sundown and the three-course progressive evening dining experience, begins with guests enjoying canapés and sparkling wine as they marvel at the beautiful changing colours of Uluru at sunset with 360-degree panoramic views of the National Park from atop of the double-decker coach.

Next, the group is taken to the base of Uluru to enjoy main course with premium wines as they learn about the pioneering history of the region. Dessert is served on board a short distance away at the Mutitjulu Waterhole with Uluru silhouetted against the starry desert sky.

The menu has been planned to embrace  the pioneering history of the region in its flavours and theme.

More details....

 


 

Saké in Cambridgeshire

A first for Britain is a Sake Brewery and visitor centre in Fordham Abbey Estate, Cambridgeshire. Due to open in  June, 2018, work is well underway. The Jichinsai Ceremony was held on 28th October 2016 to purify the site for the Brewery, and pray for the safety of all the people involved in the construction.  

The ceremony was conducted by the Japanese priests.    

Before the official opening in June 2018, a cafe-restaurant, visitor centre and shop will be added

All these facilities will be open to the public in 2018. Watch the construction of the brewery here....

The project is a new role for the red brick Georgian country house that stands on the ancient site of a Gilbertine priory founded in the reign of Henry III in the 13th century. The priory building is said to have been destroyed by fire in 1419. Following the reformation, the monastery was dissolved in 1538.

 

Although the rice needed to produce the saké will be imported from Japan, the makers will use local Cambridgeshire water. And there could be a new addition - they may even experiment with a sparkling saké.

Keep up with progress of this project...

 


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No liability is accepted for any of the items mentioned in this article. It is the responsibility of users of this site to undertake their own research and make their own decisions.

 

 

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Find out what to do with them...

 


 

Tasty Austria has something for everyone but...see what it doesn't have!

Window on Austria is now here...

 


 

Best food destinations around the world....

Here they are according to Booking.com's research.

 


 

What ever happened to What's next....?

The recent roundup of upcoming features is here....

 


 

Fells and dales, gingerbread, shaggy sheep and weird standing stones.

But please don't call the lake a loch!

 


 

Glasgow is shaking off its grey reputation.....

... becoming colourful - and tasty!

 


 

Still find all the food and fun of Central Taiwan ....

...HERE

 


From the valleys to the seaside - sharing the surprises of South Wales.

See more here..... 

 


Lovely green Kerala has a friendly welcome for everyone.

Meet the locals here...

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Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city, is full of surprises!

See for yourself....

 


 

Can't get enough of Singapore?

Find out how to get more for your money too....

 


 

Why does dining on an island always seem so much better?

Meet some of the best places to test this theory....

 


 

FIFTY places and foods you may (or may not!) recognise.

TEST yourself....

 


 

The world's BIGGEST war memorial. HINT: it's in Australia.

Find out why and how....

 


 

Meet the courageous Japanese city that is embracing the future.

Learn where it is....

 


 

The Blue Mountains have much to offer - summer or winter.

Check out the history too...

 


 

A cruise around south-east Asia uncovers some fascinating secrets.

Find out where...

 



 

So you thought throwing the wedding bouquet was strange....

See what happens in other countries!

 


 

If you like beer, this could be helpful when you travel.

Useful phrases....

 


Pack your Big Yellow Suitcase ...

... find out where you can take it!

 


 



 

 

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AUSTRALIAN FOOD EVENTS 2017

The Truffle Festival, Canberra Region, June-August, 2017

Fine Food Australia 2017, Sydney, 11-14 September

 


RECIPE TIME

 

Here's a healthy loaf that tastes as good as it looks.

See the recipe.....

 


 
On all the tables in Georgia (not the US one) and easy to make.
 
 
 

 

 MUST TASTE THIS

If you love figs, mixing drinks, and  experimenting with new flavours, you have to try this NEW fig liqueur.

See more.....

 


 

Have you heard of oyster leaves?

Here they are.....

 


 

You mean they can make this from bananas?

Read more...

 


 

Design your own chocolates. It's not difficult.

Find out more....

 


 

A fruity beer? This Australian company likes a challenge.

Take a look...

 


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stay in touch on the FB page.

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Hear a podcast

 
 
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Top chef has found a new Abode at ParkRoyal Darling Harbour.

Food you have to taste...

 



 

Lot 1 near Wynyard, this one is worth knowing about too.

Find out more....

 



 

Woollahra's BUZO has evolved.

Find out about the Evolution menu....

 

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TAKE A BREAK

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Find out what US food events are on in JULY 2017

and what is coming up WORLDWIDE

 


 

Go glamping in Queensland - luxury in the rainforest.

The best of both worlds...

 


 

food and wine tour in one of France's most beautiful regions.

Learn more about it...

 


 

Meet Derek the wombat. What could be cuter?

Find him in Tasmania....

 


 

Add some craic to your Christmas!

To be sure, you'll love it....

 


 

Take a walk in Japan and feel refreshed.

See more...

 


 

A year of fabulous food festivals in 2017 for Britain!

Find out when and where....

 


 

Festivals throughout Australia too in 2017.

Check these out...

 


 

Scotland's Year of Food and Drink 2017....

...what's on?

 


Festivals in Korea, 2017

Here they are....

 


 

2017 Malaysia's Year of Festivals....

Find out when and where...

 


What's happening in Rome this month....

Check it out here...

 


 

Ever dreamed of having your own place in France.

This may make it easier....

 


Now you can travel and pick up some artistic skills - and enjoy Italian cuisine.

...find out where

 


 

Looking for a way to spend your weekends in Australia this year? 

Here are 52 suggestions complete with things to do and places to eat....

Read more..

 

 

 


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Sally, and Gordon Hammond also operate the Australian Regional Food Guide Web site. This comprehensive directory is a great resource for everything that is happening in the regional food scene in Australia. Make sure you visit and bookmark this site. Please Follow on Twitter or Like on Facebook.