Coffee snobbery undone in an instant

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“Damn, you people take coffee seriously,” said the visiting American staying in our apartment. We do. So so seriously. Such sophisticates these days, are we not? Especially in our state capital cities. We spend more time in cafes, buy more fancy home coffee machines than we used to and buy more coffee beans than we […]

Home stay or hotel?

airbnb

Airbnb and other home stay companies allow travellers to stay in frugal or fantastic accommodation all over the world. The concept opens up destinations to people who couldn’t otherwise afford it (yes, that’s me), and to people who want to engage with communities and cultures at a grassroots level. Is that you? The idea of […]

A novel romance in The Country Practice

The Country Practice

Taste for Travel has a copy of  The Country Practice to give away. READ ON…. WHO: Meredith Appleyard lives in the Clare Valley wine-growing region of South Australia, two hours north of Adelaide. As a registered nurse and midwife, she has worked in many country health practice settings, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service. She’s done agency nursing […]

Taste the Cotswolds

Cotswold Tourism Tours

Enterprising Cotswolds residents Becky and Robin Simpson have taken the quaint villages tour one step further. They invite travellers into their historic, thatched cottage home to eat the best of quintessential English food this region has to offer. I met the couple on Twitter, we got chatting, and I was intrigued about their venture which […]

No way to beat the crowds at Parc Güell

Parc Guell

Barcelona’s marvel Parc Güell is one of the most over-loved cultural spaces on the planet. It could do with a million less visitors per year. Get there pronto first thing in the morning to minimise your crowd crushing experience. If you haven’t bought your ticket in advance, you can expect to wait in line for two […]

Andrew and Myuran don’t deserve to die

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

Australians may boycott travel to Indonesia if convicted drug couriers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, our Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has warned. Authorities in Indonesia are finalising plans to move them from Bali to a place of execution on a prison island off Java. We know it will be very soon. I struggle to […]

How fly in fly out messes with your life

Fly in fly out

WHO: Aussie born, Scotland based Georgina Penney has written about the hazards of the peripatetic FIFO lifestyle in her newly-published novel Fly in Fly out. It’s also about growing up to eventually become better people, if we choose. THE PLOT: After months working on an oil rig in the Atlantic Ocean, engineer Jo Blaine can’t wait to […]

Syros scrambled eggs and salad recipes

Syros scrambled eggs and salad recipes

Staying or living on a Greek island means al fresco dining, any time of day, in all seasons except when it’s really wintry. Here’s my Syros scrambled eggs and salad recipes made simply using fresh, local ingredients and whatever we could find in the fridge for brunch. We did pop out to get fresh bread […]

How to drink Greece’s on-trend tsipouro

Tsipouro

Tsipouro is the tipple du jour in Greece with boutique brands helping take the traditional firewater to a new level of sophistication. It’s a clear, potent Greek liquor of distilled grape skins, after the wine has been made. At least 43% proof and packing a massive fiery flavour punch. Tsipouro used to be more often drunk in […]

New Greek food at Athens’ oldest restaurant

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WHAT: Vassilenas claims to be Athens’ oldest restaurant opening its doors in 1920 and introducing a degustation menu as early as 1928. Serving traditional Greek food, seafood and no meat, it comprised only three tables in 1920, owned by Istanbul-born Thanasis Vassilenas. It quickly morphed into an established taverna. Among the rich and famous to […]