Here’s a version of an article that originally appeared in the Age earlier this year.
Lunchtime conversation with ex-pat chef David Thompson is a hoot. We are having lunch out on the deck at his restaurant, Nahm in Bangkok. I’m slowly working my way through fresh noodles with . . . → Read More: Profile: David Thompson in Bangkok
We drove about five hours south from Piedmonte along the Tuscan cosat to Chianti. Along the way we stopped for coffee, fresh fruit and a brioche. As we headed south, the hills become steeper, the countryside more rugged and less cultivated.
Our destination was Chianti, and we pulled into . . . → Read More: Chianti
My last days in Piedmonte were filled with eating, walking and visiting a few wineries with husband Alex for his work. Just for something different! The wineries are spotless, every bit of land in this northern region of Italy is arable land. The steep slopes are covered with vineyards, . . . → Read More: Piedmonte and Alba
The Piedmonte region is famous for its food and wine – the foothills of the alps. The vineyards are terraced on the steep slopes and in the valleys they have hazelnut and poplar tree plantations. I spent yesterday wandering around the local village of Montforte and surrounding areas. Here . . . → Read More: Montforte d’Alba
I think I have discovered the key to long-haul flying: the stopover massage. We transited through Bangkok and a bowl of spicy Tom Yum Soup, beer and a one-hour Thai foot massage complete with pounding to the back and shoulders ensured that I slept most of the way to . . . → Read More: Day One: Piedmonte
49-year-old Thai chef Vichit Mukura is a busy man. Head chef of one of the best Thai restaurants in Bangkok, organic rice farmer on weekends, provincial restaurateur, husband and father and recently voted “ Most handsome chef in Thailand” by a french-based travel magazine.
During the week Mukura is . . . → Read More: Review and Profile: Chef Vichit at Sala Rim Naam, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok
OK, OK … I know it’s a while since I was OS but I’ve been a bit sick this week and a little bit of confinement has made my mind wander.
Instead of making “to-do” lists for the garden, I’ve been lying here thinking about some of the loveliest . . . → Read More: Review: The House (Nomad, Ginger & Kafe), Chiang Mai, Thailand
My two weeks meandering Paris have drawn to a close and I just thought I’d upload some images. There are a few of the usual suspects … Eiffel Tower, Grand Arche, Arche de Triumph mixed in with some public sculpture and, you guessed it, gardens, parks and shops. . . . → Read More: Salut, Paris!
Sorry about the cliche but there is no better time to be in Paris than spring. Spring brings with it possibility, new growth, life, energy, colour – all of which I need a good dose of!As well as trees in leaf, the other essential spring ingredient in Paris are bulbs. Pots and window boxes with bulbs and other unusual and colourful combinations are crammed onto every balcony and shopfront. . . . → Read More: Spring in Paris: bulbs, pots and window boxes
Given that this is a blog dedicated to food, gardening and any other activities we can think of, it’s fitting my first blog on holidays in France is all about the food in Montmatre. I am officially in the “Eatie” camp and for all you fellow Eaties out there I have found the perfect street: Rue des Martyrs in Montmatre. . . . → Read More: Paris: Eat street in Montmatre