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How often have the greatest thoughts and ideas come to light during conversations with the family over the evening dinner? -  E.A. Bucchianeri

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With the earth firmly beneath our feet, we can approach what attracts us, and withdraw from what unnerves us. If there is real danger, we can run. Mobility means security, both physically and emotionally. Flying takes away our most basic way of regulating feelings. - Capt Tom Bunn LCSW

 


 

National days.....

 

 

Cameroon 20 May (National Day, creation of a unitary state 1972)

The food of Cameroon....

Trivia: There are a star and three colours on the country’s flag; green for vegetation, red for independence and yellow for sunshine.

 


 

East Timor 20 May (Independence from Indonesia in 2002)

Dining in East Timor.....

Trivia: Timor comes from the Malay word timur, which means “east” – so the name East Timor can be translated to “east east.”

More fun facts....

 


 

Yemen 22 May (Unity Day/National Day, North and South Yemen are unified as the Republic of Yemen 1990)

Learn about Yemeni cusiine....

Trivia: Yemen is part of Biblical tales and legends. Noah knew it as “the land of milk and honey.” The Three Wise Men presented the infant Jesus with myrrh and frankincense from its mountains, and some claim it is the Queen of Sheba’s home.  more....

 


 

 

Eritrea 24 May (Eritrean independence from Ethiopia 1993)

On the Ethiopian table...

Trivia: Eritrea's capital city Asmara is also called the "Italy's African City" or "New Rome". This, due to the distinctive Italian touch it exudes. More facts....

 


 

Bermuda 24 May (Originally Queen Victoria's birthday; now "Bermuda Day" to celebrate the islands' heritage and culture)

Dining in Bermuda.....

Trivia: The typical breakfast in Bermuda is codfish and potatoes. More facts...

 


 

Argentina 25 May (First Patriotic Government, the Spanish viceroy is removed and replaced by the Primera Junta during the May Revolution

On the Argentinean menu...

Trivia: Argentineans celebrate Friend’s Day, a day dedicated entirely to friendships. and everyone gets together late at night to celebrate friendship on July 20th. More facts....

 


 

Jordan 25 May (Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1946)

Dining in Jordan...

Trivia: The Jordanians believe that praising children excessively can invite bad luck and is generally avoided. More facts...

 

 

Georgia 26 May (Day of First Republic, declaration of independence from Russia 1918)

What's on the Georgian table?

Trivia: Georgia is considered the birthplace of the wine. On the territory of present-day Georgia found the oldest remains of wine jugs and vines. Georgian wine is just awesome. Be sure to try it. Georgians are proud of their wine. More facts...

 

See all National Days for MAY

 


 

Food related events....

 US food festivals in MAY 2017

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Food festivals WORLDWIDE in  MAY

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Food related events on this date in history!

 


 

Food history

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...visit The Old Foodie.

 


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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


 

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

 

What a menu: everything from popcorn to pippiesSicilian food to cider!

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Starting off with a Bang Bang 

Great news for London! The highly anticipated Bang Bang Oriental will open in summer 2017 in North London. The eco-friendly venue will bring a pan-Asian culinary experience and cultural entertainment concept to the capital. Bang Bang Oriental will encompass a food court, restaurant, shopping experience and community space - all under one roof. 

North London’s hottest new destination will celebrate Asia’s vibrant culture with 33 individual kiosks offering an eclectic mix of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Singaporean, Taiwanese and Malaysian cuisine. This sophisticated and affordable food court, seating up to 450 guests, will bring the energy and authentic vibe of an Asian Street Food Market to the capital.

The exciting new hub will also be home to the stylish Golden Dragon flagship restaurant. The 300-cover restaurant will offer dim sum lunches with an extensive traditional Chinese menu in the evening.

There will be four separate retail units on the mezzanine floor beside the community space, including Chinese massage and herbal medicine, and nail and beauty boutiques. There will also be indoor and outdoor spaces for community events, cookery classes, and cultural activities such as Lion dancing.  

‘Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall’ translates as ‘Good Good Oriental Food Hall’ in Mandarin. The venue will be open all day from 11am until 10pm.

Bang Bang Oriental is a green initiative so sustainability is important to the site. The venue will feature state-of-the-art technology such as a bio-fuel cylinder which will collect food waste for energy regeneration, thus reducing carbon emissions. The design will fuse minimalism and oriental culture to create an iconic building within the local landscape.

More information.....

 


 

Italian match-making

In Italy, it’s customary to bookend one's meals with a pre-dinner aperitivo or a post-dinner digestivo such as amari, sambuca or limoncello. But there's much more you can do with Italian liqueurs once you learn to incorporate them in your cooking. —Saluti!

A sip of limoncello is all it takes to evoke the bright, summery citrus scent of lemons. But there's a lot more to this complex Italian liqueur than just citrus. Discover the hidden flavors behind Limoncello di Capri's secret recipe.

 

Or, you could try these Sambuca vegetable desserts:

Learn to pair the distinctive flavor of Molinari Sambuca with anise-scented vegetables in two new craveable recipes for Sambuca panna cotta with dill sorbet and pickled fennel and Sambuca-infused chocolate mousse with apricot - carrot sorbet and pickled carrots.

Read more....

A tasting guide to Italian Liqueurs:

Learn your way around Italian Liqueurs and enjoy them as more than just an aperitivo or a digestivo. Take a tasting tour of Italy's best known liqueurs so you can start experimenting with them in your cocktails and cooking!

Find out how....

 


 

Sweet Provence

Provencal specialities: Sweet Treats (© Fotolia)

While many think only of olive oil and pissaladiere when Provence comes to mind, there is a sweet side to this southern part of France.

Fruits confits d'Apt:

Fruits confits are the product of an ancient art form of candying fruit - a delicate and subtle art, made exclusively by hand. They were created as a solution to preserve fruit for the winter months. The fruit is boiled, and then absorbed in syrup, once drained, they’re coated with a thin film of sugar to preserve its taste. Fruits confits d’Apt come in all different flavours from figs, plums, cherries, melons, apricots, pears, and citrus.  

Berlingots de Carpentras:

Legend says it was a baker of Pope Clement V living in Carpentras who created this hard candy during a banquet in the fourth century. The Berlingots de Carpentras are pyramid shaped candied fruit made from syrup, marked with white stripes. The concentration of the syrup gives this delicious confectionary its hard, translucent structure.  

Calissons d'Aix-en-Provence: (pictured above)

A trip to Aix-en-Provence wouldn’t be complete without tasting this delicious candy. The origins of this almond-shaped sweet are fittingly delightful, created to celebrate the second marriage of King René to Princess Jeanne de Laval in 1454. Calissons are made from almond paste, candied melon and orange peel on a thin layer of wafer, topped with royal icing. It’s impossible to leave without one of these heavenly confectionaries melting on your tongue.  

Read more.....

 


 

 Grab a beer - and have some fun

Each year since 2012, the GABS Beer, Cider & Food Festival has set out to create an unforgettable and fun experience that shares a love of craft beer and cider with as many people as possible.

In 2016 GABS attracted more than 32,000 people, so, what’s in store for Australasia’s premier beer festival this year?

More Festival Beers & Ciders.

A key point of difference to the GABS experience are the ‘Festival Beers & Ciders’, where leading brewers and cider makers from Australia, New Zealand and around the world, create a unique beer or cider especially for the festival.

Served from distinctive 40ft shipping containers converted into bars, the Festival Beers & Ciders are hugely popular with event goers, and in fact many brews - such as Yeastie Boys’ Gunnamatta Tea Leaf IPA, La Sirene’s Praline Belgian Ale, Two Birds’ Taco, BrewCult’s Milk & Two Sugars Imperial Milk Stout and Big Shed Brewing’s Golden Stout Time - have gone on to enjoy great critical and commercial success following their launch at GABS.

While breweries are encouraged to be creative, some take it even further and last year’s Belly Button Beer from 7 cent Brewery and Robe Brewing’s Ambergris Ale, made essentially from sperm whale vomit even made global headlines.

In 2017, GABS is again looking to take the entertainment offering to new heights (literally). Atop the shipping container bars stages will be built for dramatic live performances. Think of costumed acrobatic artists atop sway poles circling nine metres above customers' heads, precision Taiko drummers booming from container to container, or perhaps an operatic duo reaching a soaring crescendo. Brief, incredibly high impact performances that will amaze the entire festival audience.

And then on the event floor, there will be a number of mini stages featuring solo circus performances interspersed between the container top acts. Again, awesome feats of skill that culminate in a ‘wow’ moment are the order of the day.

For discerning drinkers, both new and old, GABS has become a true celebration of craft beer and cider creativity and diversity, as well as the stories behind the products and the craft breweries. For some, it’s an introduction, for others a journey, and for all, it’s an incredibly fun festival experience.

GABS Melbourne, 19-21 May 2017 Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

GABS Sydney, 27 May 2017 Sydney Showground, Olympic Park

GABS Auckland, 16-17 June 2017 ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane

More details....

 


 

Sip Sydney - botanically, that is!

Premium Australian artisan spirit, Distillery Botanica Gin, has partnered with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to create the limited-edition ‘Rather Royal Gin’ using botanicals grown in the Garden itself.

Proceeds from sales will go towards the Garden’s conservation programs, which preserve its precious biodiversity through seed collection, seed banking and conservation research and training.

Botanicals from the famous Botanic Garden’s landmarks, such as the Rose Garden and Spring Walk, were chosen to create a rare collection of 1000 handcrafted bottles of well-balanced gin which explores the essence of the iconic Sydney destination.

Distillery Botanica’s award-winning Master Distiller Philip Moore worked with the Garden’s Director of Horticulture, Jimmy Turner, to select the best flora for the gin including Pope John Paul roses, mandarin leaf, lemon verbena, horehound, curry leaves, lovage and chamomile.

Moore spent months refining the gin through the thousand-year-old technique of enfleurage to cold-extract their perfumes, producing a highly-aromatic, drinkable equivalent of a visit to the Gardens themselves.

Rather Royal Gin is available from distillerybotanica.com, selected stockists, and over the bar at the Botanic Garden Restaurant.

 


 

Have a Golden Pig-out

There's  going to be a lot of good food consumed later this year in New Zealand. How do we know this?

Katrina Ryan, owner and head chef of Golden Pig Food & Wine School will be leading the next Golden Pig Food & Wine Tour from 30 September to 10 October 2017.

Katrina has teamed up with fellow foodie and New Zealand restaurateur Vivienne Farnell, owner of Non Solo Pizza in Auckland and ‘Poderi Crisci’ Winery and Restaurant - Waiheke, to create a 10-night luxury, epicurean tour of New Zealand’s finest. 

 This will be a select tour of New Zealand, with guests staying in luxury accommodation and focusing on hand-picked regional food and wine experiences, with a little bit of walking, cycling, cooking, kayaking and optional golf, thrown in to work off the calories!

The specially selected itinerary features a list of inspiring highlights including - two nights on Waiheke Island with lunch at Poderi Crisci and staying at Baywatch Estate; two nights in Hawkes Bay including a cycling tour of the wineries and accommodation at Summerlee; three nights exploring Marlborough and staying at Chateau Marlborough; one night in Christchurch and a visit to Pegasus Bay Winery. 

Then it's on to Queenstown in time for a private cellar tasting and lunch at the famous ‘Trust the Chef’ - at Amisfield Winery, with overnight accommodation at the beautiful Rees Hotel. To end the tour the final day features a wine tour of Central Otago including Mishas and Mt Difficulty - dinner at the Botswana Butchery. 

View the itinerary....

For more information.....  

 

 

Pop it yourself

Don't you love innovative thinkers. From Mulyan in Cowra ‘Popcorn on the Cob’! Who needs the packet stuff when one cob = 2.5 litres of cooked popcorn?

All you do is: 


1) Break cobs in half. Roll the kernels off.


2) Microwave on High for 90 seconds.

OR

1) On the stove top – in a medium to large pan, heat  2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat.
 Add corn kernels.

2) Remove from heat once popping slows.

WATCH the video to see how it happens....

A message from the growers

"Welcome to Mulyan. We are primarily a horticultural farm located five kilometres north-west of the town of Cowra in Central Western NSW. The property has 12 kilometre frontage to the Lachlan River.

We are proud Australian farmers who grow asparagus, baby leaf lettuce, baby leaf spinach, onions, beetroot and popcorn. These vegetable crops are then sold either direct to the markets or to other companies for further processing. We grow all of our produce in accordance Freshcare’s guidelines to ensure that we remain accredited with them."

 


 

Reunion's scent of success

Bourbon Pointu coffee, which had died out over the last few decades, has been given a new lease of life thanks to the passion of a hundred or so family producers. It was discovered in 1771 on Reunion Island, formerly called the Bourbon Island. As a drink it was greatly appreciated in the court of Louis XV.


Bourbon pointu is a coffee variety obtained from a mutation of the Arabica cultivar. 

The drink has a delicate taste, with exceptional sensory properties, mainly due to its delicate aroma and highly original fruity taste: orange, tangerine and even lychee in some batches.



Nowadays on Reunion Island, Bourbon pointu coffee is harvested manually and very carefully, using selective hand-picking at optimum maturity, as the cherries do not all ripen at the same time. It is wet-processed then sun-dried before being roasted in the old fashioned way so it can fully express the aromas and flavours of the land that it comes from.


For those who have tasted it, this coffee made in a grègue (a traditional Reunion Island coffee maker) is exceptional! Bourbon pointu coffee is considered to be one of the finest in the world by connoisseurs.

But there is another fragrant product of this fascinating island.

1841: a young slave learns how to raise vanilla on Reunion Island ...

Towards the middle of the 19th century, scientists discovered that the vanilla tree needed an external fertilizing agent, in this case, bees. At the same time on the island of Bourbon, Ferreol Beaumont Bellier became interested in botanical vanilla plants on the island of Réunion. Then, in 1841, a young slave, Edmond Albius, orphaned and taken as a son by M. Beaumont Bellier made the discovery that will revolutionize the culture of vanilla.

This discovery allowed the development of the vanilla culture of the island of Reunion, which became the world's leading vanilla exporter. The means of fertilisation of vanilla flowers was discovered on the island of Reunion; the techniques of drying and fermentation of vanilla beans was practiced by the Aztecs, and all these methods were introduced to the other islands of the Indian Ocean from Bourbon Island: Seychelles first, then Madagascar and the Comoros.

So important was this that on the coat of arms of the island of Reunion, a vanilla vine wraps around the motto of the late Indian Company Florebo quocumque ferar (I will blossom where I am worn).

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 Italy's football island

There’s a lot more to Sicily than the Mafioso. The “big toe” to Italy’s boot is also the birthplace of the sonnet, home to the tallest active volcano in Europe, and according to many (who aren’t Greek) it has better Greek ruins than Greece itself.

It’s also a foodie’s dream. Palermo, Sicily’s capital, was recently named as the European Capital of Street Food; matching the findings of Forbes magazine which listed it inside the top five cities in the world for this gastronomic characteristic.

The best way to see this is take a tour, and enjoy walking tours where you will sample the best of Sicily’s street food, led by local expert guides. You will see some of the world's most luscious produce.

Sample the food too. This is caponata where eggplants are chopped and fried, and then seasoned with sweet balsamic vinegar, capers, and sometimes pine nuts and raisins. The result is a sweet-and-sour salad that’s a delicious accompaniment to a meal.

Then there's arancini. Bite into one of these fried rice balls, and who knows what you might find within - anything from meat ragu to mozzarella to peas!

And - for something more familiar - perfectly cooked lamb.

Could this  be you?

Explore the fascinating culinary world of Sicily’s Capital as you visit the famous and bustling Vucciria and Mercato del Capo, outdoor markets, tasting different Sicilian treats along the way.

Have an Apero - dinner in a charming place overlooking the saltpans during sunset - in front of one of the most peculiar landscape of Sicily: the Stagnone di Marsala.

Enjoy a guided tour of the Villa Romana del Casale, built during the imperial age and famous for its precious mosaics, which constitute some of the best conserved in the entire Mediterranean basin. See ceramic artistry in Caltagirone, the Sicilian capital and stopover at the wine cellars of the Antica Tenuta del Nanfro for a guided visit and tasting of typical vintages from the area: Nero d'Avola and the Cerasuolo di Vittoria.

Find out how....

 


Please note: All editorial on this site is included only because of its interest and value to readers. None of the places or products mentioned above has paid to be included. Text and pictures used with permission.

 

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India's best-kept secret - a state of excitement and mystery.

Discover why you should go there....

 


 

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

Something a little different, but very popular in Wales.

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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Need a coffee????

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.

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Woollahra's BUZO has evolved.

Find out about the Evolution menu....

 

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Find out what US food events are on in

MAY 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.