The Fruits of Summer

 “Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”- Henry James. Novelist Henry James may have waxed lyrical about a summer afternoon, but for me the two most evocative words in the English language would have to be “summer fruits, summer fruits”. Summer is … Continue reading

Fay Gardner: A Christmas Star

Want to know the secret to a long productive life?  Ask cake decorator, Fay Gardner. “Just keep busy,” says the sprightly 85 year-old. Fay has the vitality of a much younger woman and her voice over the phone sounds like that of a 20 year-old. “I’ve no time for old age.  You’re as old as you … Continue reading

All fired up at The Woods

It’s been a while since I’ve been to Sydney’s Four Seasons hotel in The Rocks.  Last time, it was for a traditional afternoon tea in the rather out-dated Cafe at the back of The Lobby. But nothing could have prepared me for the transformation that’s taken place since award-winning designer, Michael McCann, was commissioned to do a … Continue reading

3 Michelin Star Dishes for Sydneysiders

It’s not every day Sydneysiders have the opportunity to taste dishes created by a 3 Michelin star chef. Now at Caffe Sicilia, a charming Sicilian restaurant in Crown Street, Surry Hills, you can choose from four of Heinz Beck’s dishes, a legacy of his recent flying visit to Sydney. Beck runs the 3 Michelin star … Continue reading

Buon Natale:Christmas Italian-Style

Grazie mille, Steve Manfredi.  You’ve helped me figure out my menu for Christmas this year.  Manfredi is owner/chef of  Osteria Balla, a stylish modern Italian restaurant located at The Star, Darling Harbour, in Sydney. I was one of the “guinea pigs” invited to Balla this week to sample a light summery Italian-style Christmas menu, using … Continue reading

Ballarat Strikes Gold Again

Eureka! The historic gold mining town of Ballarat in central western Victoria has something new to boast about. One Michelin star-chef, local boy Damien Jones, will open his very own Thai restaurant in Ballarat next year.   Jones left Australia over a decade ago with internationally renowned Sydney chef David Thompson to open Nahm in … Continue reading

Secret Blend Coffee Masterclasses

When Melbourne coffee aficionado Salvatore Malatesta ran a series of dinners at his St Ali Cafe in South Melbourne pairing food with coffee two years ago, he was amazed by the response. “We ran 12 dinners at $150/head using five different brewing techniques and eight different coffees accompanied by eight dishes,” he says. “I was … Continue reading
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