Tasting the kapow factor of baijiu

Baijiu

There’s a few flushed faces in the room as China’s national firewater is downed in tiny gulps. It has a BANG the baijiu virgins aren’t expecting. Bloggers, Instagrammers and the curious are crammed into the elegant Moutai Baijiu showroom in Sydney’s Chinatown. We’re listening to marketing managers Imogen Hayes and Ed Xian explain the 2000-year-old art of […]

Northern Heat by Helene Young – giveaway

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WHAT:  Steamy, heart-pounding romance set in tropical Queensland, where feisty heroine meets mysterious dude playing the stock market on a laptop from his boat. Apart from the stock market, he works at Cooktown’s youth centre which has given him the chance to make a difference and to flirt with Dr Kristy Dark. The local GP […]

Depressed? How travel might help

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Writer Matt Haig thinks travel is useful for people who suffer from depression because “it takes you out of yourself”.  Depression tends to envelop and compress your world, and literally getting away from the small space into which you’ve shrunk yourself, allows you to focus on something else. It takes your mind off it. He was […]

Italian Joy by Carla Coulson – giveaway

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WHO: Australian Carla Coulson left her corporate job and Sydney life to start a new life in Europe as a photographer. In her first book, Italian Joy, she describes the joys and hardships of her first five years, spent living in Florence. WHAT: More than a decade after Italian Joy  was published, it has been reprinted into a […]

Coffee snobbery dissolved 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. 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 used to. We love it when visitors […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]