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Paradise Found: A Visit to Hamilton Island Part 1

HAMILTON ISLAND is the largest of the Whitsunday Islands and is the gateway to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef. The lush green hills of the island quickly give way to the warm, azure waters of the Coral Sea and it is at junction of the two, on the […]

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Instagrammers: Win A Trip To Hamilton Island!

This weekend I’m lucky enough to be heading to Hamilton Island for a fantastic Champagne dinner at qualia. You’ll be able to follow my adventures on this site, see my Instagram photos on my twitter feed or connect with me directly on Instagram @jezzster. but if photos aren’t enough for you and you want to to check out paradise […]

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Global Grapevine Roving Lunch

I must confess I have a bit of a soft spot for Champagne. I’ve tried a fair few but with over 5,000 individual producers of Champagne I’ve barely scratched the surface. We’d be lucky to see 3% of all available Champagnes in Australia which is why it’s always good news when a wine distributor steps […]

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Recipe: Smoked trout, scrambled eggs and tarragon made with award winning Petuna Ocean Trout

Earlier in the year, I had the pleasure of travelling to Tasmania and visiting the Petuna Ocean Trout farm outside of Strahan. The fish is favoured by leading chefs such as Tetsuya Wakuda and Peter Kuruvita so it’s no surprise that the fish won Gold medal and overall Champion Fresh Fish medal for excellence in […]

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The Chefs’ Club

Food writer Elizabeth Meryment recently opined about the death of Tuesday night dining in an article published in the Sunday Telegraph, but for me it’s always been one of the best nights to dine. The cobwebs from the excesses of the weekend have cleared, it’s easier to get a table at some of the hottest […]

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Dumpling Degustation at New Shanghai

If there is one near constant fixture of cuisines the world over, it is the humble dumpling. From Polish Pierogi to Nepalese Momo, at every minute of every day, somebody somewhere is enjoying a dumpling. I ventured recently to New Shanghai in Chatswood where they offer an unholy union between two of my favourite eating […]

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Pork Crackling Masterclass at Restaurant Atelier

One of the things that sets a pork roast apart from any other type of roasted meat is the glorious, crispy crackling created by baking the pork in a hot oven in a manner that causes the skin to become golden and crisp, but there is a lot of contention about the best way to […]

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An Afternoon With an International Coffee Legend

Given Scottie Callaghan’s upbringing, it’s perhaps no surprise that he achieved the title of Australian Barista Champion. He was born in the coffee producing country of Indonesia and grew up in Burwood amongst the coffee cultures of Greece, Lebanon & Italy. In 1999 He began working at The Coffee Club in Hornsby where he posed […]

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Tantalising Tasmania Part Two

After our fantastic first day in Launceston we rose early, had breakfast in the Links Restaurant at the Country Club Launceston where we had been staying and hit the road. We were on our way to Tasmania’s rugged West Coast, home of the picturesque village of Strahan. Rugged is far too often used to describe […]

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Champagne Ruinart Sensory Journey

‘Sex On Springs’ was the description our esteemed host, Champagne connoisseur Greg Williams from Moet Hennessey Australia used to describe our third Champagne of the evening. I’ll defer to his judgement on that, but I can tell you the fizz was fantastic. I was at a preview of a new series of one off Luxury […]

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