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I think preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way that feeding ourselves is a way of honoring our own createdness and fragility.― Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

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Traveling in other countries is especially fun because others often attribute your differences to the less-stigmatizing idea that you're like this only because you're a foreigner.― Michael John Carley, Asperger's From the Inside Out: A Supportive and Practical Guide for Anyone with Asperger's Syndrome

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National Day of ...

Andalusia, Spain 28 February (Dia de Andalucia)

The food of Andalucia...

Trivia: Andalusia has the only rainforest on all of the Mediterranean coastline.

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See all National Days for FEBRUARY.

 


Food related events....

FEBRUARY 2015, food-related events.

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Food related events on this date in history!

 


 

Want even more food history?

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...visit The Old Foodie.

 


 

See where we have been...

24 percent of the world's countries!


 

Bali - island of a thousand temples....

...and so much more!

 


 

Auckland on New Zealand's North Island has plenty to offer.

See what you could enjoy there...

 


 

Discover Ireland's sensational Atlantic coastline.

Now you can walk along it!

 


 

Pack your Big Yellow Suitcase ...

... find out where you can take it!


 

One of the world's largest cities, Shanghai still has a personal side.

Find out what it is .....

 


Proving there's more to Bora Bora than sand and palm trees.

Find out what....

 


 

Would YOU fancy a night in a Swiss igloo?

Find out more...

 


 

Is this the world's most dangerous road??

See what you think...

 

 


Bangkok is a bustling fascinating city with friendly people.

Read more...

 


Which part of the UK is said to be the 'world castle capital'?

Find out here...

 


 

How would you like to holiday in a palace?

How about this one?

 


 Wonderful Agra - romantic ...and more.

Find it here.....

 


African touring just gets more do-able!

See what we mean?

 


 

Or maybe you can spend some time in Greece?

Here's how....

 


 

Picton on a perfect day....what could be better?

Find out more about New Zealand's hidden gem....
 

 


The butcher-shop that's open only ONE day a week.

Find out where (and why)....

 


 

Peru is a fun place for food...

... and they love a good festival!

 


 

The French love wine, but they consume another drink even more!

Learn where to find it at its source!

 


Not all art belongs in a gallery.

See these outdoor sculptures....

 


Outer-space artists??

Where is this....?

 


 

If you missed seeing our story about Kashmir, and meeting Ali Baba ....

....here it is now.

 


 

Did you know that France covers more time-zones than any other country?

Find out why...

 


Spice travel with Herbie!

Learn more here....

 


We caught a whale!

...on camera

 


 

Stay in a Royal Pavilion in the desert...

Where, where?

 


 

Lovely Kerala has more than elephants to experience...

.... but the elephants are pretty special!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ever wished you could fold up that way-too-big SUP (stand up paddleboard)?

Now you can.....

 

 

 


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Mangoes are coming into season now and are as healthy as they are delicious!

More about mangoes....

 


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Did you know potato blossoms were once fashionable?

Find out other strange potato facts.....

 

 

 

 

Now you can earn a prestigious wine diploma - and cruise the Med at the same time!

See how.....


 

 

books

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


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....

 


 

Fresh from the West - chef Sophie Zalokar's delicious recipes using local south-west Western Australian produce.

 

Read more....


 

Visit Spain - from your own home!

Learn how to cook the food with an expert!

 


Lovers of Venetian food will be thrilled with this insiders' guide to the city and its food.

Read more.....

 


Whether you are a wine expert or just want to be, this book is for you.

Find more here...

 


 

If you can't get to Scandinavia - you can at least bake its cakes and breads.

Here's how....

 


If you are a reader of food blogs, this behind the scenes peep at the real story, will captivate.

Read more.....

 


 

Yes, the City of Light has still more secrets to disclose!

Discover them here....

 


 

Thai Royal Cuisine is now within your reach with these authentic recipes, edited by a descendant of Prince Chakrabongse.

....enjoy preparing them yourself.

 


Love cycling? Live in Melbourne or visit often?

You need this book!

 


Is there a budding chef in your family? This eBook will help them master more dishes.

Here it is.....


America-bound travellers, take note! 

The fully revised edition is now  available....

 


If you'd like a food-loving guide to show you around Paris, Jane is the person to do this.

Read her book....

 


Want to eat the world? Here 39 cuisines have been explored and explained.

Find out more....

 


Love cooking, like trivia?

This book is for you!

 


 

Ever wondered what makes Melbourne so special?

This book will show you....

 


The Big Apple has some huge and hidden surprises.

Discover more...


Now you can bake like Phillippa!

Get ready for the compliments!


Got friends coming for a party - this is the book for you!

Find some new recipes....


One of the stars of MasterChef share his take on healthy food.

Good and good for you!


Are you ready for a fashionable shopping spree in Paris?

You need this book!


If you have small children and live in Sydney or Melbourne, these cute but very helpful guides are for you!

Read more...


The world's greatest maritime explorer - and real person.

An engaging read...


Would you like to cook like an Italian nonna?

Silvia can show you how....


Sneak a peek at the tried, true, and prize-winning recipes of CWA Judge, Merle Parrish.

...learn to cook like she does

 


Burma is a mystery to many people. Its food is even more obscure.

Read this and be delighted...


Craving a burger? Live in Victoria - or visiting?

This book is a must to read...


Finally Sydney has its own Gault & Millau restaurant guide...

....but do you know how to pronounce it?


The biggest and most beautiful book of Italian food.

Read about it here....

Coffee seems to be the fluid which fuels most of us in this beautiful book

Learn about who grows it, roasts it and makes it.

 


If you think you may be the only person 'that everything happens to' when travelling - read this!

 

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and laugh out loud....


Give this book and you give even more. 

 

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find out how.......


 

 

 

 

Taste the world

Black cherry tomato wins

(ABC’s Costa Georgiadis gave a talk on tomatoes, and also put his palate to the test)

Almost 10,000 visitors came to the recent Tomato Festival in Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden and got through over 50 kilograms of colourful tomatoes during the weekend.

They had a responsibility, though. Votes were taken on which they believed was the tastiest. Overall winner was the Black Cherry Heirloom tomato, winning the people’s hearts. Which is appropriate, of course, as tomatoes were once known as 'love apples'!

Dr Brett Summerell, Deputy Executive Director Science and Conservation said: “The clear winner was the Black Cherry Heirloom! The array of colours and textures of tomatoes for tasting led to comments about whether the weirder the colour the tastier the tomato!” 

It seems in these sort of contests, the public always chooses heirloom tomatoes over hybrids for taste. Heirlooms are pollinated naturally and tend to have superior flavour and are easy to grow - which is great for the home gardener.

Dr Summerell explained that the Royal Botanic Garden’s joined with the Diggers Club for the Tomato Festival  - Diggers began rescuing heirloom tomato seeds about 25 years ago and introduced them to Australian gardeners in 1991.

This is important, he stated, because Australia has lost nearly 25,000 heirloom varieties of vegetables which includes tomatoes since the 1800s. They’ve been replaced by hybrids which are commercially produced.

"Once an heirloom is lost, it’s gone forever – which means biodiversity decreases,” he said.

 


 

How do you move a group of friends around London on a night out? The newest way involvcs fresh air and a little exercise to help keep the 'other activity' in balance. Welcome to the only drink-drive option in town!

The pedibus can transport a total maximum of 12, which includes eight on cycle-points and four on the VIP platform at the back. If there are more than 12 people, more Pedibuses are available, up to five, although only the routes on London Bridge, Tower Bridge and Borough Market can accommodate two or more Pedibuses. There are four routes available in all.

The Pedibus is easy to use and can even be powered by one person. If it is raining, there is a roof which can be fitted.

As this is a 'cycling bar', most importantly the Pedibus will meet you with glasses, cups and bottle openers. You can bring as many soft drinks and snacks on board but alcoholic beverages are restricted to a pint or a large glass of wine per person, per tour. Champagne, cider, alcopops are permitted, but no bottles of spirits are allowed on board. This is not really bad news as there is always time for a pub stop on the route.

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Korea's feast of festivals in 2015

The best way to immerse yourself in the culture and history of a country is to join in and take part in a festival event. Koreans love a party it seems and there are over forty outstanding festivals throughout the country in 2015. And many of them concern food!

 

Wanju Wild Food Festival, September, 2015

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Held to spread knowledge of Wanju, a city where one can experience cheonryeop (river-fishing), Korean wilderness, and nostalgia, the festival also provides nature-friendly food experiences using local agricultural products, along with varied wild plants and animals from Wanju. This festival aims to give visitors a feeling of nostalgia for food from the past through diverse hands-on food programs, surrounded by nature. 
Venue: The area of Gosan Recreation Forest in Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do

 

Hyoseok Cultural Festival, September, 2015

This takes place in Pyeongchang, the setting for Lee Hyo-seok’s famous novel, When Buckwheat Flowers Come into Full Bloom. The festival highlights different locations depicted in the novel as well as the area’s folklore. The festival is held at the most splendid time of the year when the buckwheat flowers blanket the entire Bongpyeong area. Don’t miss the wide range of foods made from buckwheat, exciting programs, and the vast plain of buckwheat flowers. Venue: Bongpyeong-myeon Munhwa (Culture) Village area in Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do

 

Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival, July, 2015

This is held around Gungnamji Pond, an artificial pond constructed during the reign of King Muwang of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C. – 660 A.D.). A performance based on the love between Prince Seodong (King Muwang’s name in his youth) and Princess Seonhwa is the highlight of the festival. Events during the festival include face painting, lotus leaf tea sampling, lotus flower soap making, lotus flower photo and painting exhibitions, and a variety of performances. 
Venue: Seodong Park (Gungnamji) area (Dongnam-ri, Buyeo-eup, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do)

 

Bonghwa Eun-eo (Sweet Fish) Festival, July 2015

This takes place in Bonghwa, a well-preserved natural habitat surrounded by mountains, trees, clean water, and fresh air. Eun-eo, or sweet fish, only live near the source of clean and clear streams. Visitors can cool down while catching fish in Naeseongcheon Stream with their bare hands. In addition, visitors can engage in night fishing or enjoy some eun-eo barbeque. 
Venue: Bonghwa-eup Sports Park, Naeseongcheon Stream area (Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

 

Boseong Green Tea Festival, May, 2015

The largest green tea festival in Korea takes place in the Boseong Green Tea Plantations, a well-known filming location and tourist site. Visitors to the festival will get a chance to pick tea leaves, make and sample green tea, make green tea snacks, learn traditional tea drinking etiquette, and take part in a tea photo contest. 
Venue: 775 Noksa-ro, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do (1200, Bongsan-ri)


 

Herb Medicine Festival, May, 2015

Daegu Yangnyeongsi is known for its rich history and traditional eastern medicine culture. Designated as an official Culture & Tourism Festival in 2001, the festival has since become a signature celebration that promotes traditional Korean medicine worldwide. Throughout the festival, visitors can learn the history of traditional Korean medicine and experience traditional medical treatments. 
Venue: Yangnyeongsi area in Jung-gu, Daegu

 

Yeoju Ogok Naru Festival, November, 2015

This is a combination of two festivals: Yeoju Farm Festival and Sweet Potato Festival, based on Yeoju’s representative products, rice and sweet potato, respectively. Visitors to the festival can find Yeoju’s quality agricultural and local specialty products and enjoy participating in a wide range of fun, informative programs. Venue: Yeoju-gun area, Gyeonggi-do

 

Sunchang fermented soybean festival, November 2015

Sunchang, a village famous for its citizens’ longevity and for the production of red-pepper paste, holds this festival every year. The fermented Sunchang red-pepper paste has recently been recognized for its excellent health benefits. Traditional outdoor performances, percussion performances, and Sunchang red-pepper paste making will take place, as well as a local specialty fair and a Sunchang red-pepper cooking competition.
 Venue: Sunchang Gochujang Village and Gangcheonsan Mountain (Sunchang-gun, Jeollabuk-do)

 

Goseong Myeongtae Festival, October, 2015

To ensure a good haul and community prosperity, this festival is held at Geojinhang Port, known as the primary place of Pollack fish in Korea. The festival includes numerous hands-on events such as a sea festival, a cultural festival, and a local culture experience. The festival has helped the city to promote their local seafood, farm products and other specialties, thus contributing to the growth of the local economy. 
Venue: Geojin-ri, Geojin-eup, Goseong-gun in Gangwon-do

 

Incheon Rice Festival, October 2015

Since ancient times, Icheon’s expansive open fields have offered the perfect conditions for growing rice, continuing to be one of the major rice producers in Korea. This festival combines two of Icheon’s symbols, rice and agriculture, is held in late October to celebrate the year of good harvest. 
Venue: Seolbong Park in Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

 

Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival, October 2015

The city of Ganggyeong produces half of all fermented seafood produced in the country. It is here that Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival is held to offer visitors fresh and tasty fermented seafood at a relatively low price compared to most other parts of the country. In addition, cooking programs with fermented seafood, crafting wish lanterns, and more hands-on activities are enough to draw visitors all year around. 
Venue: Ganggyeongpogu Port, Fermented Seafood Market and Fermented Seafood Exhibition Hall area (Ganggyeong-eup, Nonsan-si, Chungcheongnam-do)

 

For more details on these and all other festivals planned for this year visit.....

For more information on visiting Korea....

 


 

Take your Mum for a spin

...or let her spin herself. This carousel, which holds three delicious unusual artisan liqueurs, promises hours of enjoyment!

Supported in a hand-crafted presentation rack are three reusable sleek Goccia 100ml bottles filled with Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur, fruity Damson Gin and velvety smooth Spiced Rum.

As an added bonus Demijohn will add a personalised message for free, making this great Mother’s Day gift extra special. All three drinks make excellent after dinner tipples which your mum will be sure to love after a Mother’s Day meal. Maybe you could become be very inventive and create a special Mum’s cocktail.

Although the company is based in the UK, these demijohns can be shipped worldwide. 

 

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Valentine's Day is over....

...but love goes on. Especially at one Sydney cafe who released their 'love sliders' for February 14.

Cloud 9 Chocolate Cafe could probably be Sydney's sweetest addition on the food scene. As you can see, the Cloud 9 'love slider' was a heart-shaped waffle dipped in chocolate and encasing a heavenly scoop of gelato. 

OK, that's finished. Get over it! Good news is you can still enjoy cookie or brownie sliders there.

If the way to your beloved's heart is through their stomach, this could seal the deal! More details.....

 


 

A spirited win!

Gold for the American Oak Sherry Wood 43% and Silver for  French Oak Pinot Noir Wood 43% expression at the recent World Spirit Awards, are serious wins for the Tasmania distiller, Nant.    

These awards are considered by some industry insiders as the ‘World Championships’ of the international awards and the highest accolade by the industry. They are judged by the most distinguished and discerning palates, those with decades of experience required to recognise a quality spirit when they taste it.

The award win is Nant’s latest achievement, having twice won ‘Liquid Gold’ status in the ranking system used by the world’s leading authority on the whisky, Jim Murray, in his annual whisky bible.

Nant Estate has been growing barley since 1821 and is one of only a handful of farm-based whisky distilleries in the world.

Each year the Estate welcomes more than 25,000 visitors to its distillery, working farm, restaurant and cellar door.

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Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on oriental cooking, there is more to celebrity chef Ken Hom than meets the eye. And now, it seems, he is an authority on more than just Asian cookery.

His interest in truffles goes back to the 1980’s when Ken Hom met Alain Pébeyre and his son Pierre-Jean, of France’s legendary truffle family. They shared their intimate knowledge of the mysteries of the black truffle with him, and in more than two decades of the deepening friendship that followed, Ken was able to absorb the essence of the black truffle.

In this book, Pierre-Jean and Ken share their approach using truffles in a way that is mindful of French traditions and remains simple, direct and lighthearted. Ken Hom also incorporates various techniques and ideas from his own Chinese culinary background. 

The result is a meeting of East and West, a collaboration between Pierre-Jean and Ken to introduce recipes ranging from the simple to the elaborate, though never complicated, all of them featuring truffles as the star ingredient. Lavishly illustrated with photography by the acclaimed photographer Jean-Pierre Gabriel, the pictures are stunning and some of the most elegant ever to capture the essence of the black truffle and its culinary uses.

This latest book – Truffles – is a departure from the 36 books he has written on oriental cuisine, over a career that spans four decades. And this book, released in the UK at the end of 2014 and inspired by his love of French cooking, has just won the Gourmand Award 2014 for ‘Best Mushroom Book’ category – USA. It now goes forward to the Gourmand’s global awards which will be presented in June.

 


 

Australia's first Cognac-styled spirit

Australia’s first Cognac-style aged spirit, Ochre, will be presented to the public at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival in March, 2015.

Symbolising the desire to explore uncharted territory, two famous Australian explorers, George Bass and Matthew Flinders serve as the inspiration behind Bass & Flinders distillery.

An artisanal distillery, Bass & Flinders produce grape spirit using a traditional Alembic Pot Still to create a range of world‐class distillations.

The distillery is unique in that it produces its own grape spirit used to produce a range of international award winning gins, Australia’s first grape based vodka and of course, the traditional aged spirit, Ochre. As well as being well known for its ever popular gin masterclass.

Bass & Flinders Distillery was founded in 2009 by Wayne Klintworth and Bob Laing. During that year they investigated the Mornington Peninsula and discovered many wineries but no distilleries. They saw this as an opportunity and created an artisanal distillery for the production of quality grape spirits.

Their discovery inspired them to set about creating a unique artisanal distillery, set apart from any other on the Mornington Peninsula. To achieve their goals Wayne and Bob enlisted the assistance of an internationally recognised master distiller to mentor them in the art of distillation. They have also forged contacts with artisanal distilleries in Cognac and Normandy, France. 

Bass & Flinders Distillery uses the finest Chardonnay grapes from Victoria's Red Hill region, one of Australia's most thriving regions for cool climate Chardonnay grapes. 

 

The grapes are harvested at the precise moment when the flavour spectrum for distillation is at its peak. They are then pressed immediately using traditional techniques and fermentation of the juice immediately follows using only the cleanest, purest grapes with no additives.

 

To achieve a world-class spirit, the distillation processes the distillery uses are identical to those used by the French Cognac producers who distill the spirit for major production houses. Distillation takes place in traditionally shaped copper stills, also known as “Alembic Charentais”. The Alambic Charentais is not something one can simply 'create'. Exact rules are set on how the alembic is supposed to look and operate based on age-old traditions.  

As the liquid boils in the copper stills, the wine begins its transformation into eau-de-vie  (French for "water of life") through a distillation process. The quality of Ochre spirit resides entirely on the quality of its eau-de-vie. The double distillation of wines converts into eau-de-vie and is thus a major part of the production process. This is the moment when the first aromas, characteristics and promises of taste sensations reveal themselves. 

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DON'T MISS THESE:

2015

AUSTRALIAN FOOD EVENTS

 

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, 27 Feb-15th March, 2015

Taste of Sydney, 12-15 March, 2015 

Eat Drink Perth, Western Australia,  March 20-April 24, 2015

Flavours of the Highlands, Southern Highlands, NSW, April 4-6

Orange F.O.O.D Week, Orange, NSW, April 10-19, 2015

Barossa Vintage Festival, South Australia, 15-19 April, 2015

Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, Noosa, Queensland, May 14-17, 2015

Foodservice Australia, Melbourne, May 31-June 2

 


MUST SEE!


Lyndey Milan and Ian 'Herbie' Hemphill take viewers on an eight-episode Moveable Feast of Australia, beginning on 7TWO on Feb 7.

Don't miss out.... 

 


 

RECIPE TIME

Is it a meal, is it a snack? This Georgian favourite can be anything you want.

See what you think....

 


 

 MUST TASTE THIS

You need a snack - BUT everything is too sweet, too rich in fat??

Try these guilt-free options...

 


 

Maille mustard has been a leader worldwide since 1747. Now it is in Australia!

Find out more...

 

 

SBS's Feast magazine FINAL ISSUE out now, full of stunning recipes.

Learn more...


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330 of Sydney's BEST cafes in this HUGELY POPULAR iPhone and iPad app!

... read more

NOW ALSO available on Android

 visit the blog and hear the good news! 

Hear a podcast

 
 
 
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True North - set the compass to find where comfort food central is!

See where it is....

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FEBRUARY food-related events worldwide.

 


 

A year of fabulous food festivals is ahead in 2015 for Britain!

Find out when and where....

 


 

Festivals throughout Australia too in 2015.

Check these out...

 


 

Festivals in Korea, 2015

Here they are....

 


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....

 


 

SPOIL YOURSELF -    TOTAL LUXURY

Tour the world in a luxury private jet .....

But wait, there's more.....

 


 

Where better to take a French cookery course.....


...than in Paris?


 

Taste Miami with someone who knows.

See how to do it...

 


 

Shopping in Paris is great fun - but you might need some help...

...and not just with carrying your purchases!

Find out more.....

 


 

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

Learn more about it...

 


 

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

...find out where

 


Here is the answer for food and wine lovers travelling around Australia.

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SYDNEY'S LIVING HISTORY

Find out about the (sometimes colourful) past of  Australia's first city:

slhlogoiPhone and iPad App packed with information and pics.

....discover what has made Sydney the great city it is.

BUY IT NOW on iTunes here

or for Android  here!

 

 

 


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