Archive for October, 2011

Destination Guides

The Prize – Palio at Citta Della Pieve

The Prize – Palio at Citta Della Pieve

It’s hot. Parched, and yet dripping, I’m pent up like a pressure cooker. My children are whining, I have a headache, my husband has not been seen since he left us at the city gates to find somewhere to park the coach. Nobody here speaks my language, yet they chatter […]

October 30, 2011 ×

Destination Guides

Eid Round-up

Eid Round-up

I may not be Islamic, but I still get their holidays. Being a western expat in a Muslim country, with a husband working for an English firm, and children going to an English curriculum school, we get the best of both worlds – Christian and Muslim holidays. The kids love […]

October 26, 2011 ×

Culinary Travel, Destination Guides, Wine O'Clock

Food and wine for a lifetime: Red Hill

Food and wine for a lifetime: Red Hill

I’ve talked about home before. If you’re a new reader to the hedonista, I’ll fill you in. I’m from Melbourne, Australia, but have been living in Dubai for the past three and a half years. So now, you might say I have two homes – the one I call home, […]

October 23, 2011 ×

Eating up Dubai, News Events and More

Table 9 – great expectations for Dubai

Table 9 – great expectations for Dubai

I was at an event yesterday afternoon, and another of my food blogging Dubians asked a chef, who is Michelin starred in his own country, “Is Dubai ready for Michelin?” He spoke diplomatically for about two minutes, praising many of the restaurants in Dubai, it’s rapid growth, and then swiftly […]

October 20, 2011 ×

Destination Guides

Reflections on Five Lands – The Cinque Terre

Reflections on Five Lands – The Cinque Terre

I’ve just been scanning through my photographs of the Cinque Terre and trying to figure out what I should tell you about it. You see, my thoughts initially were that the Cinque Terra gets built so high, that when you get there, you are inevitably let down. I was going […]

October 15, 2011 ×

embracing culture, personal deviations

Is youth wasted on the young?

Is youth wasted on the young?

There’s a galah on the railing. The scavenger pink and grey Aussie, the gaudily dressed cocatoo, bold as brass, with a screech loud enough to blow the hairs out of an old man’s earhole.Speaking of old men, there’s one to my right, tottering into my elbow, who shares some similarilties. […]

October 11, 2011 ×

Destination Guides

Dubai Kitsch

Dubai Kitsch

“No Photos!” she says. Why? The place is dark and dusty, unkempt as a mythical toymaker’s workshop. The advertising for this place is forlorn, and with a name like Fakih Collections (which does not phonetically sit very well in English), I wonder how anybody has taken the effort to find […]

October 6, 2011 ×