Food & Travel

How to design your Kitchen to suit you


A few years ago we were renovating our house.  It was a very long, painful process which seemed to go on forever.  I recall being grumpy most of the time - mainly because nothing seemed to go according to plan - and EVERYTHING cost more than we had … [Read more...]

Want to reduce that kitchen clutter?

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Anyone renovating a house or apartment knows all about real estate. I'm not talking here about bricks and mortar real estate, I'm talking about kitchen counter top real estate. That's because these days the kitchen counter top competes with … [Read more...]

Can Technology Save Your Relationship?

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The argument.  You knew you were going to have it the moment he walked through the front door some 45 minutes after he said he was coming home.  As he hurries past you to the shower, you can feel the track suit pants you've had on since this … [Read more...]

Inner City Escapes: Canberra’s Crowne Plaza & Sage Restaurant

Crowne Plaza Canberra Lobby

  Though many associate the upright corridors of Canberra with power, I have a simpler, in some ways, realistically romantic view of the Nation's capital.  She is a practical creature, born of compromise and collaboration.  The product of … [Read more...]

Inner City Escapes: InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto

Hotel Intercontinental Melbourne at Rialto Lobby fashion show

 That cold kiss of winter.  I love to hate it.  At once it sets my heart in places I know I will never travel to.  It makes me dream of a hot steamy island where I hope to forget my troubles.  For a while at least.   Of course even if I could … [Read more...]

Chocolate Macadamia Brownie

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When I was growing up my mother was very focused on getting good, nutritional foods into us.  I have always marvelled at how she could make broccoli soup or lentil stew taste so good that you never thought twice about the fact that it was also … [Read more...]

Why Random Acts of Kindess Can Benefit Your Well Being

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I know it sounds clichéd, but I helped a lady cross the road today who was struggling to manoeuvrer the footpath with her walking frame.  I could see the stress on her face and feeling her pain, I went to her aid.   Once she had crossed … [Read more...]

Undercover Lover? Check out Ananas Bar & Brasserie

Ananas Bar Brasserie Dining area

"Whenever your heart beats heavy And worry has got you down Come to your, lover undercover And I will turn your mood around" Melody Gardot   The French, famous for affairs of the heart, were known to visit their lovers between the hours … [Read more...]

The Dinner Dash: Chicken with Herbs and Porcini

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I have to give Jamie Oliver some credit, the whole concept of the 30 minute meals was pure genius.  The only issue I have is that his recipes contain so many ingredients and require pulsing in the blender.   BUT he has some great ideas.  My … [Read more...]

Want to make macarons like Adriano Zumbo?

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If you have Masterchef mad kids like me - you have no doubt been pestered to either bake or buy these tricky, but tasty delights.  While it's relatively easy to buy macarons in Australia's urban centres, they are expensive and can be difficult to … [Read more...]