CUISINE

AUSTRALIA, SA: Dishing It Out In South Australia
When we walked into the restaurant the maître’d was describing the menu to one of the midday diners ahead of us, “Well” he said, “food still remains food . . . from nose to tail," it was something we were soon to sample.
KIWI: High Seas Sensations – Cruising New Zealand
As a virgin cruise passenger I was apprehensive about spending four nights at sea with about 1900 other souls on Holland America Line’s MS Oosterdam, who would probably all be well versed in cruise line etiquette and the in's and out's of life aboard a massive vessel that operates like a medium sized New Zealand town.
KIWI: Waiheke Wok Cooked Mussels
the great thing about this dish is that mussels from the local supermarket are inexpensive and available year round, and it doesn’t take long to prepare and cook. We used local Waiheke mussels and bought enough to serve 4 people.
AUSTRALIA, NSW: A South Coast & Southern Highlands Tasting Seduction
It was my first venture into this part of New South Wales and I was beginning to sense this three-night road trip would have a tempting smorgasbord of culinary opportunities and I wasn’t about to be disappointed. First night’s entrée would be staying and dining at the exclusive ‘Paperback Camp’ in National Park. Mains and dessert was a Movable Feast thereafter.
AUSTRALIA, TAS: A Taste and a Tipple in Tassie
This was my first trip to Tasmania so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Launceston’s gracious Victorian streetscapes were very different from many other Australian cities I have visited. Not only did the scenery look different but as I was to find out, the food and wine temptations are on a par with some of the world’s best hotspots.
USA, CA: In Yountville Pushing the Epicurean Envelope
My first view of Yountville was driving along Washington Street, the main ‘cultivated’ thoroughfare, lined with both ivy-covered historical and faux-vintage buildings, a small train station, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, galleries, sculpture lined sidewalks, an array of large palm trees, neatly clipped hedges and colourful hanging flower boxes.
AUSTRALIA, QLD: A Taste of Sunshine in Queensland
If you’re staying at Noosa, Coolum or Maroochydore make the effort to spend a day up in the Hinterlands and you’ll discover craft markets, rainforest walks, cascading waterfalls and by following your nose you’ll also find a glorious amount of food and wine to lick your lips at.
NEW CALEDONIA: Flavours of New Caledonia
Eating and drinking in New Caledonia is to enjoy life and their unique and some say delicious cuisine, considered to be among the best in the South Pacific. An integral part of dining out and experiencing food in New Caledonia is to embrace the French-like daily routine. Venture out into the narrow streets and savour the kind of lifestyle that’s been around for over 150 years.
AUSTRALIA, QLD: Taste of the Tropics
It’s known as the Fruit Bowl of the World and they rightly boast about it too. Besides all the restaurants and cafes this region offers an authentic taste sensation at small roadside stalls and outdoor farmers markets; exotic fruits of all kinds, spices, vegetables as well as traditional aboriginal herbs, roots and plants. Add to that tea, coffee and sugar plantations and yore in food paradise.