Never order food in excess of your body weight. - Erma Bombeck
Two great talkers will not travel far together. - George Borrow
National Day of ...
Gabon 17 August (Independence from France 1960)
Trivia: The rainforests are home to 777 species of birds. The largest lake in Gabone is Ogooue which stretches over a distance of 1200 km.
Indonesia 17 August Proclamation of Independence day, (Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan R.I.), from Japan 1945)
Trivia: Marco Polo is believed to have been the first European to visit Indonesia, in 1292. More....
Afghanistan 19 August (Independence from United Kingdom control over Afghan foreign affairs in 1919)
Trivia: Afghanistan’s national sport Buzkashi, or ‘Goat-Grabbing’ as it is also known, is considered to be one of the most hectic and dangerous sports in the world.
Hungary 20 August (St. Stephen's day)
Trivia: Inventions by Hungarians include the noiseless match (by János Irinyi), Rubik’s cube (by Erno Rubik), and the krypton electric bulb (Imre Bródy).
Ukraine 24 August (Independence from the Soviet Union 1991)
Trivia: Ukraine is the largest country in Europe (2nd biggest if counting Russia) and it is called Ukraine not The Ukraine. Read more.....
Uruguay 25 August (Día de la Independencia, declaration of independence from Portugal 1825)
Trivia: In Uruguay there are three cows for every one person.
Trivia: Moldova's production of wine is the highest in the world per capita.
See all National Days for AUGUST
Food related events....
AUGUST, 2015, food-related events.
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Australian Travellers - do you need a visa?
Q. Which grain had a whole year dedicated to it not so long ago?
A. Quinoa (PRON: KEEN-wah) The United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 as the 'International Year of Quinoa', in recognition of ancestral practices of the Andean people, who have managed to preserve quinoa in its natural state as food for present and future generations, through ancestral practices of living in harmony with nature.
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Heart-shaped Tasmania is all about good food.
How big is your garden? Even a tiny courtyard is big enough to add to your menu.
The best of the best. Iconic cookery teacher Gretta Anna's recipes with her son Martin Teplitzky.
Washington DC probably has many secrets....
Have you ever wondered what top chefs eat at home - when they are not at work?
Food is art - and here, a master chef marries Italian cuisine and painting.
For those who love the world and its beauty and want a REAL life.....
Fancy some fishing - with a chef and TV celebrity and two other seafood experts?
Healthy, beautiful and well-fed?
Ever wished you could escape to Spain?
Heading for Hong Kong? Take this book (and an appetite) with you!
Explore 19 areas and discover Tokyo's best food and shopping.
Find your way around a new country - greet the locals, eat the food...
Everyone's favourite grandmother and cook, as known by her grand-daughter, Kate Gibbs....
Now you can create your own home patisserie.
Does Australia have the world's best beaches?
Join five women for a weekly meal in Umbria, Italy - simple, but so much more.
Adriano Zumbo is king of the A-Z of sweets, desserts and pastries.
If chocolate is your weakness, this new book will feed your need.
If Thai cookery has always been too difficult...
Learn the tricks of barbecuing from an expert with an endless supply of ideas and tips.
Is Copenhagen big enough to conceal many secrets?
You probably know of Rick Stein from his TV and cookbook fame, as well as his restaurants...
Put the Taste of Australia into your meals with Lyndey Milan's latest book.
Fresh from the West - chef Sophie Zalokar's delicious recipes using local south-west Western Australian produce.
Visit Spain - from your own home!
Lovers of Venetian food will be thrilled with this insiders' guide to the city and its food.
Whether you are a wine expert or just want to be, this book is for you.
If you can't get to Scandinavia - you can at least bake its cakes and breads.
If you are a reader of food blogs, this behind the scenes peep at the real story, will captivate.
Yes, the City of Light has still more secrets to disclose!
Thai Royal Cuisine is now within your reach with these authentic recipes, edited by a descendant of Prince Chakrabongse.
America-bound travellers, take note!
If you'd like a food-loving guide to show you around Paris, Jane is the person to do this.
Want to eat the world? Here 39 cuisines have been explored and explained.
Love cooking, like trivia?
Now you can bake like Phillippa!
Got friends coming for a party - this is the book for you!
The world's greatest maritime explorer - and real person.
Burma is a mystery to many people. Its food is even more obscure.
The biggest and most beautiful book of Italian food.
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China's rainbow scenery.
Don't turn your screen upside-down!
The resort where you are welcomed by a friendly 'local'.
Which is the world's most liveable city?
Let's go cruising......
Take a look at what's happening in Newcastle's food and wine scene.
There are dozens of ways to travel the world....
Planning on travelling with children soon?
WA's Batavia Coast is known for its shipwrecks and lost treasures.
Now this strange creature is bringing new wealth to the area.
This has to be the world's most advanced suitcase!
Fancy a 200km beach drive?
And how about knowing ahead of your trip what Duty Free bargains you can plan on buying?
Just look what's planned for fabulous Freo!
A tour of France - see it all here....
Take a walk on the whisky-side and discover another face of Scotland
Hawaii's annual coffee festival turns 45 this year.
Talented Rachel Khoo cooks Melbourne soon in a new TV series
If you like beer, this could be helpful when you travel.
What do Latin Americans eat for breakfast?
Visiting Paris? Taste the city while you are there.
Which Sydney hotel has just been named #1 in Australia, NZ and south Pacific?
Autumn in Korea - it's brighter and tastier, and more fun, than you could imagine.
Visit the cool south of the world.
Once known as 'tin city' now there is much more.
Where did Portugal's former colonies go?
Do you want to enjoy some FREE things when you travel?
Take a seafood tour in Hobart....
Stay in a Parisian villa...
Take the Grand Tour of Switzerland.
A 'grand' way to travel in Ireland.
A miraculous way to stay less expensively in Rome.
Get some help with cooking from a robot!
Pack your Big Yellow Suitcase ...
DON'T MISS THESE:
AUSTRALIAN FOOD EVENTS
The Truffle Festival, June-August, Canberra region, ACT
The Coffee Experience, Sydney, September 3-5
Sample Food Festival, Bangalow, northern NSW, September 4
Royal Melbourne Show, Sept 19-29
Fine Food Australia, Sydney, September 20-23, 2015
Cake Bake & Sweets Show, 23-25 October 2015, Melbourne
Taste of Melbourne, 12-15 November
Potato 'pizza'? Or just something tasty to have with fish or for the barbecue.
Don't be fooled! This is a giant-sized chocolate truffle.
(recipe and pic courtesy of Sugar Hero)
MUST TASTE THIS
They're calling it the mayo for the masses - soy, dairy, egg, nut and gluten free.
Need a coffee????
330 of Sydney's BEST cafes in this HUGELY POPULAR iPhone and iPad app!
NOW ALSO available on Android
visit the blog and hear the good news!
This Italian cheese-maker serves it up at the table....then sells the makings upstairs.
..and then there's Andy, the Irish cherry pie maker on the north coast of NSW...
TAKE A BREAK
AUGUST 2015 food-related events worldwide.
So you want to explore SYDNEY?
A year of fabulous food festivals is ahead in 2015 for Britain!
Festivals throughout Australia too in 2015.
Scotland's Year of Food and Drink 2015....
Festivals in Korea, 2015
2015 Malaysia's Year of Festivals....
What's happening in Rome this month....
Ever dreamed of having your own place in France.
SPOIL YOURSELF - TOTAL LUXURY
Tour the world in a luxury private jet .....
Where better to take a French cookery course.....
Taste Miami with someone who knows.
Shopping in Paris is great fun - but you might need some help...
...and not just with carrying your purchases!
A food and wine tour in one of France's most beautiful regions.
Now you can travel and pick up some artistic skills - and enjoy Italian cuisine.
Here is the answer for food and wine lovers travelling around Australia.
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