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Margaret River Chocolate Company and Providore

We ate some incredible food on our trip to the Margaret River region, but the most unusual was probably the curry chocolate truffle at Margaret River Chocolate Company. I never would’ve guessed curry and chocolate would combine so harmoniously – I’m serious. General Manager Daniel had a selection of chocolate truffles for us to ta…

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Singapore short stories: BBQ Chicken Power!

Jac and I are currently in Singapore. Today we stumbled across Ramadan Foodfest, on every day until 26 July, 2pm to 9pm in Bussorah Mall, food market stalls set up next to Sultan Mosque in Kampong Glam. These chicken wings smelled fantastic as they cooked on the grill. Must’ve been all that BBQ chicken power! […]

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Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

My partner Jac’s idea of heaven is being out on a boat. If she can’t be out on the water, she’ll settle for being near it. She was thrilled that our holiday in Hobart last year coincided with the finish of the iconic Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, considered to be one of the […]

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Adventures ahead…

If you follow my social media updates, you probably already know this. When I finished work on Friday, I stepped out of the building into the start of 7 months long service leave. SEVEN months. I’m not due back at the office until late January next year. My friends keep asking me: Are you excited? […]

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Salamanca Market, Hobart

As far as street markets go, this one is big and wonderful – 300+ stalls every Saturday from 8.30am to 3pm. We love markets and this was a must-do for us when planning our trip to Hobart, Tasmania last December. We went to Salamanca Place many times during our 6-night stay. It’s a vibrant precinct, […]

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Brookwood Estate, Cowaramup, Margaret River region

The stocky grey pony in the paddock harrumphed and tossed his mane haughtily at us when we arrived, demanding our attention. On our way to the cafe, we met Bella, former rescue pooch now happy winery dog, taking a very relaxed approach to her sentry duties. Later, as we crossed the lawn on the way […]

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A food lovers’ day out on Bruny Island, Tasmania

Our holiday in Hobart last year included a day trip to Bruny Island, located off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania. Bruny Island is nearly 100 km long and composed of two islands, North Bruny and South Bruny, which are separated by a long, narrow strip of land known as ‘the neck’. Armed with a map, […]

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Lake Cave, Margaret River

Long time readers of this blog may remember my first time caving in Kuching, Malaysia a few years ago. The view inside Fairy Cave was spectacular and surreal, but my strongest memories from the experience are of the smells of rust and the goop from railings slippery with mysterious cave drippings and bat poo. That, […]

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Dining in Margaret River town

To eat your way through the fantastic restaurants, wineries and food producers in the Margaret River region, you need to venture by vehicle beyond Margaret River itself; but there’s also great grub to enjoy right in the town centre. On our recent trip to the region as guests of the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association, […]

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MONA, Hobart

Our holiday in Hobart over Christmas included a visit to MONA, Hobart’s iconic and unique Museum of Old and New Art. We took the distinctively painted, distinctly un-camouflaged MONA Roma ferry to MONA, buying tickets from the ferry terminal at the Brooke Street pier. There are two classes of ferry ticket: General (AU$20 return, which [&helli…

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