I partied tartly last night

That’s tartly not tartily. I went to the inaugural Bel Air ‘Party Tartly’ Cocktail Cup … as you do on a Monday night when you write about booze for a living. What the flipping heck is a Party Tartly Cocktail Cup you ask? Throughout October, bartenders across NSW and Victoria were invited to flex their […]

Surviving party season

It’s been a crazy few days … as per usual. The frenetic whirl kicked off with my office Christmas lunch on Friday at an uber cool Surry Hills restaurant called Chin Chin. We enjoyed a banquet of South-East Asian deliciousness, including stir-fried rice noodle rolls with meltingly tender beef and perfectly roasted pork belly. A […]

The real world

The real world is hot and smoky and filled with dirty dishes. Oh, and the moon is bushfire red. It’s a bit of a shock to the system after the flooding rain and waterfalls and fresh mountain air in New Zealand. I arrived home from the airport around 8pm on Wednesday night and immediately started […]

Pure luxury … and panic

Our trip to New Zealand ended with a little luxury and a lot of terror. But let’s start with the fun stuff … DD has some Hilton hotel points that were about to expire, so he used them to book us a room at the Hilton Queenstown to celebrate our last night away together. The […]

Christmas comes early

We gave ourselves an early Christmas present on Monday: jet boating in Te Anau and an overnight cruise on Milford Sound. Sooooooo many wow moments. DD was mad keen to jet boat in NZ and we ended up doing it in the most perfect location: Te Anau. As we were driving up the highway from […]

The scenic route

There’s been so much beauty in the past few days as we’ve wended our way along The Southern Scenic Route in NZ. After swinging by Dunedin Farmers Market on Saturday morning – nestled beside the quaint and stately train station – where we nibbled on delicious cheeses and licked ice creams made by the stall […]

Living the wild life

The days are flying by way too fast. We’ve barely scratched the surface of Dunedin and it’s time to hit the road again. We arrived around lunchtime yesterday and grabbed a quick bite before going on a six hour eco tour of the Otago peninsula. It was an amazing experience, enhanced by our vivacious Chilean […]

Slice of heaven

Yesterday started very badly and ended so, so well. I had two really intense episodes of vertigo while lying in bed that felt like the head spins I had when I drank too much as a twentysomething … times 10. Horrible. DD reckons it was a calcium deposit that came loose in my inner ear. […]

Flipping out

I wasn’t expecting it to be so summery in late November on the South Island of New Zealand. The past few days have been glorious, albeit with the occasional torrential shower. I haven’t packed nearly enough T-shirts! Yesterday was so lovely. We started by driving to Wanaka via Arrowtown for breakfast. Arrowtown is so picturesque […]

I couldn’t resist

OK, I’m calling it – I’m a blogging addict. I can’t help myself – I have to give you a little update on the first day of our adventure. After a mimosa in the departure lounge, we flew to Queenstown – which has the most picturesquely situated airport I’ve ever been to – and drove […]