Any excuse to talk about the pig

I live in a suburb that’s a hop and a skip from the Sydney CBD, so the last thing I would expect to find trotting down my driveway is a lamb. But that’s what happened to a woman in my neighbourhood yesterday. She posted a pic on our local Facebook group page with the caption: […]

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 […]