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Eating is the purest mode of consumption. Our purchases are statements about our social class, our friends, and our beliefs. Buying something as continually necessary as food is an ongoing act of self-definition. - Evan D.G. Fraser

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As a traveler, I've often found that the more a culture differs from my own, the more I am struck by its essential humanity. -Rick Steves, Travel as a Political Act

 



National days.....

 

Mauritius 12 March (National Day, independence from the United Kingdom 1968, republic 1992)

What do people eat in Mauritius?

Trivia:  The seven different coloured sands of Chamarel are a unique natural wonder, only discovered in the 1960s. More...

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Hungary 15 March (revolution of 1848, for constitutional demands)

What do Hungarians eat?

Trivia: As of 2007, 13 Hungarians had received a Nobel prize, i.e. more than Japan, China, India, Australia or Spain

 


 

Republic of Ireland 17 March (St. Patrick's Day, patron saint of Ireland)

On the Irish table...

Trivia: Dublin boasts one pub for every 100 head of population.

 


 

Northern Ireland 17 March (St. Patrick's Day) 

The food of Northern Ireland....

Trivia: The Titanic was built in Northern Ireland.

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See how the rest of the world is celebrating IRELAND'S SPECIAL DAY....

 


 

Aruba (Netherlands18 March (Flag Day: autonomy within the Netherlands in 1948)

The food of Aruba....

Trivia: Aruba has 80 separate nationalities due to the turbulent past and you can see the influence of each one. More...

 


 

 

Iran 20 March (The beginning of the new Iranian year Nowruz)

Food of Iran....

Trivia: Nearly half of Iran has an arid desert climate. It receives less than 4 inches of precipitation each year.

 


 

Tunisia 20 March (Declaration of independence from France 1956)

The cuisine of Tunisia...

Trivia: The Tunisian oasis at Kebili has been found to be containing evidence of Stone Age settlements.

 

 

Kurdistan 21 March (Nawroz, Kurdish New Year celebrated on the spring equinox)

On the Kurdistani table....

Trivia: Two long rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrateshave their sources in Kurdistan, which is also watered by two huge lakes—Van in Turkey and Urmia in Iran.

 


 

Namibia 21 March (Independence Day, from South African mandate 1990)

Namibian food.....

Trivia: The world’s largest single meteorite, weighing 66 tons, was discovered by a farmer near Grootfontein in Namibia. 

 


 

See all National Days for MARCH

 


 

Food related events....

 US food festivals in March 2017

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Food festivals WORLDWIDE in

MARCH

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Food related events on this date in history!

 


 

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 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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Just wish you could sleep comfortably on a plane?

Maybe now you can....

 

 


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This may be more the 'food of later in the century' but we are told they are on their way!

Are you brave enough to try them?

 


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It's a New Year on the Chinese calendar.  Here are some fun Chinese sayings.......

........about food!

 

 

 

Want to cruise a French canal but...

 ....without the responsibility of being skipper? 


 

 

books

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


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

Trends, tours, twisted things, and top foodie places to visit

 

Seven food trends for 2017 identified

What do you see as food trends in dining and cookery for the years ahead? Hospitality Magazine has identified several, and here are some of them.

(Kohlrabi, enoki and fermented apple at Yellow)

MEAT-FREE: 
A recent report from analysts from Roy Morgan found that between 2012 and 2016, the number of Australians who adhered to a vegetarian or almost vegetarian diet rose from 9.7 percent of the population to 11.2 percent. On the back of this booming trend, the humble vegetable has learnt to stand on its own on foodservice menus.

(Crystal ice plant salad at Lotus Barangaroo)

NATIVE FOODS: 
Alex Chan, owner of artisan chocolate shop Oh!Boo, said native foods will be 2017’s strongest trend. Oh!Boo is working closely with local indigenous leaders to develop its Barangaroo Box, a chocolate box made exclusively with the flavours and ingredients coming from local indigenous produce.  

At Lotus, also in Barangaroo, head chef Chris Yan adds a touch of Australia to the Chinese menu, using native Australian ingredients such as lemon aspen, cassia bark, butterfly pea flower and crystal ice plant. Yan’s even enlisted the help of a horticulturist to plant herbs and native ingredients around the restaurant.

Other chefs championing native ingredients include Elijah Holland, Matt Stone (Oakridge Winery), Clinton McIver (Amaru), Kylie Kwong (Billy Kwong) and Clayton Donovan.

STRONGER FOCUS ON SINGLE ORIGIN: 
Brasserie Bread has just converted its entire range to single origin sustainable grain and expects others to do the same in  2017. It's working directly with farmers from wheat-growing regions such as the Southern Flinders Ranges and Gwydir Shire to craft a milled flour perfect for sourdough.

Single origin coffees will continue to gain traction in 2017, as will single origin teas (like those on offer at The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar) and chocolates (RivaReno in Sydney’s Barangaroo uses single origin Valrhona chocolate in its gelato).

Read the entire article and find out what the other four trends you can expect in 2017....

 


 

Ask visitors to Britain for their appraisal of the food and there will be mixed reactions, therefore this book with a typically British understated title, will catch the attention of many.

Compiled by award-winning food critic, author and MasterChefUK regular William SitwellThe Really Quite Good British Cookbook is keenly anticipated and a stunning object in its own right. 

'What do you cook for the people you love?' This was the question asked of a hundred of Britain’s food heroes. In reply they have shared their most beloved recipes to make this extraordinary cookbook.

  • Nigella Lawson divulges how to bake her chocolate Guinness cake
  • Rick Stein fries up shrimp and dill fritters with ouzo.
  • Yotam Ottolenghi would serve pea and mint croquettes.
  • Jamie Oliver opts for his unrivalled Happy Fish Pie. 
  • ... and many more contribute to the feast.

These are just a few of the incredible recipes provided by the best and brightest on the British food scene, including names such as Raymond Blanc, Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay, Tom Aikens, Antonio Carluccio, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Delia Smith, James Martin, Nigel Slater, Thomasina Miers, Mark Hix, Jason Atherton, Claudia Roden and many more.

Ultimately it is a celebration of the breadth, creativity and richness of Britain’s unique food culture.

William Sitwell is an award-winning editor, broadcaster, writer and food critic. Best known as a critic on the BBC show MasterChef, he’s the long-standing editor of Waitrose Food magazine and writes about food for a variety of newspapers and magazines. As Editorial Director at John Brown Media, he has launched food magazines for supermarkets across the world from Dubai to Boston.

Released in March 2017 by Echo Publishing, hardcover, $49.99  More information....

 


 

Figgy heaven

Crafted from age-old French techniques Esprit de Figues is the exquisite new French fig liqueur that showcases beautiful earthly delights of rich, fresh figs - created by artisan distillers.

Succulent handpicked Violette de Bordeaux figs are tenderly infused for three months to release their delicate flavour and bottled at a 150-year-old distillery located in Burgundy, France.

Developed by Patrick Borg and his team at Australian liquor distribution company, Think Spirits, Esprit de Figues has been a labour of love of Borg’s for many, many years and is now being launched in Australia.

Originally inspired by his family’s Mediterranean heritage: Borg’s mother migrated from Malta to Australia in the 1960’s and brought a small clipping of her favourite fruit, a fig. To this day, the tree she planted still produces luscious figs for only two precious months each year.

Exclusively designed to mix well Esprit de Figues holds its bold purple/mauve colour and importantly maintains its distinctive flavour. It’s perfect to add a splash to Champagne or Prosecco and brilliant for creating cocktails such as Fig Sangria; Figtini or Fig Honey Sour. Esprit de Figues can also be added to simple mixed drinks like Esprit & Soda.

For the full collection of drink and cocktail recipes visit.......

Read an interview with Patrick Borg as he speaks about this new liqueur......

 


 

Sweet tastes from Japan

Just when you thought custard tarts could not improve - a Malaysian company has raised the bar.  

The launch of Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart into Australia has been met with anticipation and excitement from fans of the snack that has taken Asia by storm.

The first store opening took place on the 10th of December 2016 in Melbourne Central with fans queueing for up to an hour to get their cheese tart fix. Having launched with acclaim in Shanghai, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, and Malaysia, Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart were always set for success.

ST Group Managing Director, Tatt Ghee Saw says, "We were expecting the stores to be busy, because we knew we had a lot of cheese-loving fans who have tried our tarts in the stores throughout Asia. But we were excited to see we had underestimated how many would show up on opening day."

Inspired by the distinct cheesy taste of Hokkaido dairy, and using a traditional recipe from Japan’s dairy heartland, it is not surprising that the famed ‘Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart’ is so popular throughout Asia. After a long process of taste testing using Australian ingredients, the company is confident that it has succeeded in recreating the Hokkaido cheese flavour perfectly.

More details....

WATCH this video from Not Quite Nigella...

 


 

 

New Caledonia's new menu

Many people planning a holiday in New Caledonia, think mainly about its beaches and water sports and don't realise that is is also an exceptional destination for food-lovers.

The archipelago, situated in the picturesque South Pacific, is unlike any other in the region, together with its fusion of French sophistication and authentic Kanak culture, the destination provides a vibrant menu which is sure to satisfy the hungriest of travellers.

There are unique and extraordinary flavours to be found in each of the destination's varied regions, whether they be from the blue waters of the crystal clear lagoon (the world’s largest), the more rural ‘cowboy country’ in the west, the Gallic hub of Noumea or the traditional Kanak culture in the east.

At less than three hours from Sydney and four hours from Melbourne, Francophiles can feast on the escargot (snails) of the Isle of Pines, or indulge the senses with dishes like gratin of mangrove crab, local venison, dauphine potatoes and croquettes at a traditional French restaurant in Noumea.
 
In local markets, French delicacies such as cheeses, wines, fresh-baked pastries and chocolates will awaken the palate – and all this just a few hours away.


 
Whether it’s fine dining, eating with the locals or enjoying wine or cheese tastings, there is something for everyone in New Caledonia. Freshly caught seafood can be barbecued beside white sand beaches, while thirsty travellers can sip on cocktails made from the assortment of mouth-watering fruits found on the islands, including coconuts, mangoes, passionfruit and papaya.


 
With day-trips out to some of the more remote islands like the Loyalty Islands and Amedee Island for kite-surfing, snorkelling, swimming and diving on the itinerary, there is a definite need to refuel. A popular (and more affordable) way to do this is by packing a personalised picnic lunch.
 
Those with a more adventurous palate are encouraged to explore the flavours of the local Kanak culture, where they can discover the ‘bougna’, a dish typically made from vegetables, coconut milk and fish. While the bougna is served in many of the islands’ restaurants and gourmet hot spots, travellers can also opt to stay with a local Kanak tribe for a more traditional and special experience.
 
The process of cooking the bougna is a spectacle in itself: red-hot rocks are placed into a hole in the ground and the bougna left inside for hours to cook.


 


To add to the destination’s already plentiful culinary offerings, there is a variety of key gastronomic events and festivals coming up throughout 2017 including the Gastronomy Festival, the Giant Omelette Festival, the Cheese Festival, the Avocado Festival and the Pahatr (fern) and Lobster Festival, as well as a series of cooking classes, demonstrations and tastings. 


 
 
Or search social media using the hashtag #TasteNewCaledonia
 
 

 

Nibbling Noosa

Noosa  Food  &  Wine  Festival  2017  is on again and has seventy events planned to take place across the four-­day event, which will run  from 18th until 21st May.    

A  total of 45 visiting chefs from Australia’s best restaurants will attend this year’s festival, which will have a presence across two festival  villages  –  Noosa Main Beach and The Woods.    

Noosa’s top restaurants will also enjoy local collaborations as they play host to a number of visiting chefs. With more than 50 wineries and 100  food producers taking part in this year’s festival, there really is something to suit every taste and budget. 

A handful of signature events will be hosted across the four-­day event, each one offering something completely different and special, for the ultimate food and wine experience.     

For a truly exclusive experience, make memories at Make Peace with Wine. A private island off the coast of  Noosa, Makepeace Island is Richard Branson’s haven in Australia.    

The region’s best producers, cheese-makers and saluministi will also be present, making sure no one goes home feeling hungry.    

Find the full festival program here....    

 


 

Behind the scenes at North Sydney market

Behind the scenes tour of Northside Produce Market is a free tour of the other side of the stall counter. On 6 May @ 7:30 am, Northside Produce Market, Miller St, North Sydney, NSW, join Tawnya Bahr on a Northside Produce Market Tour to go behind-the-scenes and meet growers and celebrate fresh autumnal produce.

Find out the stories behind the producers who bring the market to life every fortnight, get recipe ideas, enjoy tastings and stock up on fresh locally grown ingredients.

Another one for the diary: Diggin' for Diamonds with Black Star Pastry Southern Highlands, NSW, 1 July & 15 July 2017. Those are 'black diamonds' and you can guess what they are!

 


 

Top food Destinations that you have never heard of!

Todi, Italy

Umbria is heaven for foodies and the medieval hill town of Todi is a shining example of what the region has to offer. The town itself is a beauty, with meandering narrow streets and revered frescoes in grand churches. But the cuisine merits a visit all by itself. Umbrian food puts an emphasis on fresh, high quality ingredients used in simple recipes and with a lot of good meat. A classic dish is palomba alla ghiotta, spit-roasted wild pigeon with sage, rosemary and garlic. Expect out-of-this-world local olive oil, foraged greens and mushrooms and juicy fat figs warmed by the Umbrian sun.

 

Aït-Benhaddou, Morocco

Sitting along the old trading route between the Sahara and Marrakech, the ancient fortified settlement of Ait Benhaddou has the dramatic appearance of being carved into the desert. Wander the streets of earthen clay architecture glowing orange in the African sun and head to the perfectly preserved Kasbah before tucking in to a tasty lunch. Expect authentic Moroccan dishes full of spices and mouthwatering flavours.

 

Kagoshima, Japan

Kagoshima is generally known for Sakurajima, a very active volcano that sits just opposite this seaside city on Kinko Bay. But its unique cuisine makes it a great destination for foodies. Varied, interesting local dishes include ‘black pork’, ‘Satsumaage’ (fried fish cakes) and tempura sweet potato. Shabu Shabu, a hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water is a must-try – think flavourful meat and delicious vegetables boiled to perfection and then dipped in aromatic sauces.

 

Motovun, Croatia

Istria is known as the land of truffles, and Motovun is the jewel in its crown. This pretty hilltop village with extensive views is surrounded by woods perfect for foraging and hunting. Looking out over them while sipping a crisp local wine and tucking into fine cheeses and hams in the charming main square is a must.

 

Sayulita, Mexico

Sayulita is a treasure trove for tasty street food, as well as having a huge range of restaurants to choose from. Take in the colourful atmosphere and relaxed vibes of this lazy jungle beach town while enjoying a Margarita in one of the brightly-decorated cafes. Expect affordable, filling fare, with every kind of taco under the sun, from coconut shrimp to organic steak.

 

Tanunda, Australia

Tanunda is at the heart of the Barossa Valley wine region of South Australia, a gorgeous landscape of rolling hills and vineyards as far as the eye can see. You can feel the influence of the 19th-century German settlers here, with lots of German bakeries and sausage shops. But there’s also a variety of fine dining options that have cropped up to cater for the wine connoisseur crowd and most of the local wineries are open seven days a week for tastings and sales.

 

Rockport, USA

Rockport’s quaint, laid-back atmosphere has lured visitors for some time but it’s not just lobster rolls with lighthouse views. This mid-coast haven is big on slow food and offers some blissful waterfront dining options. Look out for sustainable local produce and an impressive assortment of food trucks offering high quality goodies.

(This information, thanks to booking.com)

 


 

With over a billion video views and counting, the smash-hit online food channel Twisted has rescued countless viewers from the dreaded mealtime apocalypse. Now you too can step into the light.

Twisted: The Cookbook features a collection of Twisted’s most foodgasmic, mind-bending and downright hilarious creations, as well as some never before seen, grade-A bangers.

Whether it’s game day with your pals, a night in with a special someone, an epic party or a sluggish Saturday morning, these 30 tried-and-tested recipes have got you covered. Whatever you decide to cook—whether it’s the Fajita Cake, Camembert Hedgehog Bread, Breakfast Nachos, Pizza Donuts or Snickers Salami—this is food porn at its most gratuitous.

About Team Twisted

As purveyors of some of the finest food porn on the internet, Twisted Food produce viral videos of their incredible recipes that are regularly viewed in their hundreds of millions. Their unique creations have hit the headlines and been viewed and cooked around the globe.

Twisted, the cookbook, from Team Twisted, published 2017, rrp $16.99. You can find them online.....

Instagram: @twisted_food  Facebook: @TwistedFoodSocial

 


 

A growing business

 

Most peoplke believe that plants, especially vegetables, do best in fresh clean air and with plenty of sunlight. Well, not always! In Britain a couple of men have been trialling the growing of greens underground, in the tunnels below the Northern Line, near Clapham North.

It is not a new idea. During World War II herbs were successfully grown in South London air raid shelters. 

 

Before you dismiss these men's plans as crackpot and doomed to failure, you need to know that Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr (above) has joined the company as a director.

The plans are to initially grow exotic herbs and shoots, such as pea shoots, then other salad items such as rocket, garlic chives, red vein sorrel, and Thai basil. Later, edible flowers and miniature vegetables are on the gardening menu as well as heritage tomato varieties and mushrooms.

 WATCH this video to understand how it works.....

 

 


 

Yass! It's all happening in April

What’s better than celebrating with wine on a weekend? Celebrating wine for a whole week! And right now, the wineries of the Yass Valley are getting ready to take part in the Canberra District Wine Week – a celebration of harvest time from 31 March to 9 April 2017.

Canberra District Wine Week is a ten-day program of wine tastings, food matchings, tours and events which will be held across the entire Canberra district including Hall, Bungendore and of course Gundaroo, Murrumbateman and Yass in the Yass Valley.

Some of Yass Valley’s best wineries and restaurants are really worth checking out over Wine Week. Ewe and Me Restaurant in Yass is offering a degustation dinner on Saturday 1 April, and you can enjoy ‘left field’ wines and canapes at Clementine Restaurant in Yass on Wednesday 5 April.

Other Yass Valley based events taking place as part of Canberra District Wine Week include a four sangiovese dinner at Four Winds Vineyard Cellar Door, and a ‘Taste of the region long lunch’ in Yass on Friday 7 April featuring local food and five vineyards.

As you travel around the region later in the year watch out for Sculpture in the Paddock. Staged in the beautiful surrounds of the National Trust property Cooma Cottage, in Yass, home of the famous Australian-born colonial explorer Hamilton Hume, Australia's newest sculpture expo, last year had extensive coverage through a range of media including exposure nationally via ABC 2 television. 


YassArts have developed the project to include a scholarship program for young up and coming sculptors. 

For more information on Yass Valley including accommodation options. 

For more information on Canberra District Wine Week and associated events.

 


 

Culinary travel in India

In some countries you need someone to guide you and explain what you are seeing - and in the case of this tour – what you are tasting.

Tour leader Jacob Ikareth knows the area intimately and on this tour through states of southern India and eight or more regional cuisines, tour members will be glad they have someone who knows and understands the diverse and complex dishes they will be tasting. 

Travel commences in Bangalore and ends in Chennai. If your idea of Indian food is based on Indian restaurants in the West, be prepared to be challenged and amazed by the diversity and array of flavours you will experience en route. On this trail, guests experience Gowda, Mangalore, Kodagu, Kerala Muslim Moplah, Syrian Christian, Tamil Brahmin, Chettinad, and Creole cuisines. 

Along the way, Victorian architecture in Bangalore sits alongside high rise towers, imperial palaces in Mysore, colonial architecture in Northern Kerala, the list goes on. The tour group has entry into several Chettinad mansions that are not generally accessible to the public. In Pondicherry, a little bit of France remains in the architecture from colonial times. Auroville, a utopian city conceived in the mid-1960s designed and built by an international team over several decades on the fringes of old Pondicherry, by a philosophical movement figures in our trip from an architectural point of view.

This tour will take place in April 2017 and be repeated in September 2017.

For bookings and more details: contact Jacob Ikareth for more details on +61 (0)466 097 727 or by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


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