How to eat a granita

Granita is one of the best things about living in a hot climate. I don't know why in Australia it isn't more readily available. On a stifling summer's day we could really use a hit of ice cold sweet'n'sour, semi-frozen goodness. And it's not too calorific either. Granita comes from Sicily and is more or less the... Continue Reading →

Walking in Bobbin Head

Bobbin Head in Kuringai Chase National Park is my backyard. In the cooler months I go bushwalking and in summer I go kayaking. (Of course, anytime of year is good for a coffee and chocolate brownie from one of the two cafes.) I've done many of the walks countless times, but I've never completed the... Continue Reading →

Hawkesbury Harvest

On the map the Hawkesbury Harvest Trail could seem like a wild goose chase. On the ground, it suddenly makes sense The Hawkesbury Harvest is a food trail that brings together food producers in the Hawkesbury area, which is the huge swathe of land stretching from the edge of the Blue Mountains to Brooklyn in Sydney's... Continue Reading →

Boon Cafe: boom times

You eat at Boon Café because of the name. Boon. Who doesn’t want to go there? And you come back because the food is so good. Located in Sydney’s booming Thaitown district – the ill-defined area between Central Station and Chinatown, Boon Café is a bright, modern café cum Thai grocery store. It does a... Continue Reading →

High life in Italy on a budget

Yes, it's possible to enjoy the famed dolche vita on a budget. With a little planning and know-how, you can travel cheaply in Italy without skimping on all the pleasures that Italy has to offer, especially the eating and drinking part. Catch the train - Italy has a cheap and excellent train system, which leaves Australian... Continue Reading →

Passegiata with a ferret

Well, I've seen it all now. In the picture-perfect town of Ascoli Piceno in Italy's eastern Le Marche region, this rather dapper gentleman was taking his ferret for a passegiata. There were no eyebrows raised by the good people of Ascoli Piceno as he strolled around the main square with families, couples, poseurs, old men... Continue Reading →

Backpackers free camping payday

In-the-know backpackers (which it seems is all of them) are adept at nabbing the best camping spots for free. They simply park their Wicked van in a beach carpark and wake up to a beautiful beachy sunrise. And a whole lot of lycra from the middle-aged morning walker crowd. In Sydney, predictably this free beach camping practice... Continue Reading →

Walk Pyrmont

Pyrmont is a finger of land sluiced between Sydney's Darling Harbour and ever-so-trendy Glebe and Rozelle. It holds a grand place in Australian history, it is here that soldiers left to fight in both wars and boatloads of immigrants arrived from Europe after the Second World War, which has effectively made Australia the open, multi-cultural... Continue Reading →

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