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¡Salud! Drinking in Barcelona

¡Salud! Drinking in Barcelona

You’ll be very happy to know that during my rather long hiatus, I have been conducting some very serious research on the alcoholic capabilities of Barcelona. It’s taken quite a bit of work on my behalf, but now I am happy to share all my results so you do not […]

August 11, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel

Ramadan and Iftar – what it means for the food traveller.

Ramadan and Iftar – what it means for the food traveller.

The world’s about to be turned upside-down. Breakfast will become dinner, night will become day, and fasting turns to feasting. For non-Muslim tourists, Ramadan seems to be something to avoid like bad weather. In Muslim countries, everyone fasts, at least in public. Malls are wastelands, there’s nothing at all to […]

July 7, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel, Eating up Dubai

Encore Por Favor – More Mexican please…

Encore Por Favor – More Mexican please…

Finally, Dubai is catching up. We have watched other cities around us haul in the flavours in Mexico like a kidnapped cactus. They dump the flaming, piquant flavours in their frosty cities, and the gringos slurp them up like they’ve never had a chilli with citrus in their life. And […]

June 26, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel, Eating up Dubai

The Top 5 Restaurants in Dubai – Part 1

The Top 5 Restaurants in Dubai – Part 1

Well, you asked for it, and here it is. It’s not the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards, but it’s a little bit like it. It’s not the What’s On Black Hat guide. It’s a very different list to Ahlan’s top 100 restaurants. It’s definitely not Michelin. My top five restaurants […]

May 20, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel

A Guide to Australian Country Pubs

A Guide to Australian Country Pubs

When I put the words “travelling in Australia” in my mind and shake them up to conjure an image, I end up with a quarter-acre stretch of lawn leading up to a slouching weatherboard homestead with a thick verandah shading wooden tables and chairs. My kids are running on the […]

May 12, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel

The Barossa – The Australian home of Shiraz and much more

The Barossa – The Australian home of Shiraz and much more

The Barossa Valley was never my home – not at all… really. But it’s funny – there is a feeling of homesickness being abated whenever I return. It’s hard to figure out why – I’m from Melbourne – the city, in another state, and I’ve never lived in Adelaide, let […]

April 13, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel, Eating up Dubai

Finding a slice of Baghdad in Dubai

Finding a slice of Baghdad in Dubai

When I started the year, I thought over a few of my highlights of the last. Can you remember me mentioning Arva Ahmed of Frying Pan Adventures? Well, I’ve recently been on a second tour with Arva, and it was even better than the last. So much so, that she […]

March 24, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel

Eating on the South Coast of Sri Lanka

Eating on the South Coast of Sri Lanka

There’s a building on the corner next to the market. It’s the same colour as the sea just past a reef in the Maldives. A fresh, colour, both cool and deliciously warm at the same time. But it’s cracked in places, slabs of render have fallen off revealing the ruddy […]

February 11, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel

My 10 top meals out for 2012

My 10 top meals out for 2012

Well, considering the world was supposed to end with the year, I dined my little heart out in twenty twelve. I’m a suspicious person, and although I didn’t believe that a race that could not predict their own decline could accurately pinpoint the apocalypse centuries and centuries in the future, […]

January 1, 2013 ×