Category Archives: Australia

A journey around my birthplace

“…the pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps more dependent on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to…” Alain de Botton I am currently reading a book by Xavier de Maistre called ‘A Journey … Continue reading

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Vines with a View

Don’t you love those rare days that drift on and on, and seem to stretch like elastic? No rush, no master plan, just endless time. This close to Christmas, such a possibility seems highly unlikely, but three wonderful days in … Continue reading

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The Caledonian Inn

A wood panelled dining room. A quiet corner table by an open window. A cool evening breeze drifting in, after a molten afternoon. A glass of chilled, Limestone Coast Chardonnay. A book. A sumptuous salmon fillet with a crusty, crunchy … Continue reading

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Matt & Matilda

“Aussie food truly reflects the multi-cultured nature of our society and we’re all the better for it.”       ~  Matt Moran Up in the lovely, leafy Adelaide Hills is the town of Stirling, with its plethora of deciduous trees and, this … Continue reading

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A World of Fruit

‘It is not only the taste, or the freshness, but especially the memories, the beliefs, the associations – the whole cultural package – that makes the fruit more than food.”   So says the late, great Doreen Fernandez,  food writer and … Continue reading

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A World of Wine Bars

“A tasty beverage is an adult experience It’s a clear punctuation mark in life’s daily round Be it a full stop to a day’s work done A question mark on what’s to come Or an exclamation mark as the game’s … Continue reading

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Wine, Cheese and Charity

So I was about to head home to Manila after a long, hot summer in Australia when I suddenly remembered an unfulfilled promise and the need to raise some funds for the children at Tulay Ng Kabataan (please refer to … Continue reading

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Safari Supper

After two entertaining, fun-filled evenings with Foodi tours in Adelaide, in parts of town I barely knew, I was inspired to create one of my own, and take the kids on a progressive dinner before I left town. Given that … Continue reading

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Sampling Adelaide

It is twenty-five years since I last lived in Adelaide for any length of time. So this summer, it was fun to head back for a couple of months and set up house near the city. From there, I set … Continue reading

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“There’s a red house over yonder…”

I have been ‘camping’ in South Australia with the family over Christmas, so I was absolutely delighted to discover a great new, character-filled coffee spot within walking distance of our temporary home in the north west corner of the city, and I … Continue reading

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