High Tea at Hadley’s Hotel, Hobart

A weekend in the capital of food, wine & whisky-loving Tasmania meant one thing: Non-stop indulgence. Hobart is the second-oldest city in Australia, but it feels like the oldest. Unlike in Sydney, there are no skyscrapers or towering modern icons here. The sandstone warehouses & heritage buildings of Salamanca Square and the city still rule the roost. When you’re soaking up the old world ambience of … Continue reading High Tea at Hadley’s Hotel, Hobart

Strawberry picking on the Sunshine Coast

I’ve wanted to visit the Strawberry Fields Farm at Palmview for ages, and the perfect opportunity arose on our drive up to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland this past weekend. David & I were taking a long weekend in the mountain townships of Montville & Maleny and the fields are only a half-hour detour. As it turned out, Friday was a great day to go – … Continue reading Strawberry picking on the Sunshine Coast

That’s Amore Pasta Cooking Class, Rome

The best thing about eating pasta in Italy? It’s free from the “evil carbs” baggage that it gets burdened with back home. No, Italian pasta doesn’t make you “fat” – just look at all the Italians. As our local guide explained, Italians don’t eat pasta drenched in creamy, fatty sauces. Our idea of a spaghetti bolognaise is virtually foreign to them and a carbonara in … Continue reading That’s Amore Pasta Cooking Class, Rome

Paris Cooking Class: L’Atelier des Chefs

A cooking class in the heart of Paris. What could be more perfect? Part reward, part an opportunity to put our French to the test, our French teacher took our whole class to L’Atelier des Chefs near the end of the exchange program. It is one of my favourite experiences from the trip, because it was an unusual experience that I didn’t expect to have, … Continue reading Paris Cooking Class: L’Atelier des Chefs