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Sonic Drive-In – Kayenta, AZ

When were travelling through Wyoming, we spent a night in the dot on the map town of Lusk. I had read they had an old fashioned Drive-In burger joint and was keen to visit but the ever present ‘closed for the season’ sign that haunted our holiday meant visiting a drive-in burger restuarant would have… Read more

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A-Z Guidebook: Essaouira, Morocco

Welcome to the A-Z Guidebook Link Up. If you would like to join, read the A-Z Guidebook tab at the top of the blog and write a travel post relating to the letter of the month. *The A-ZGuidebook Pinterest page is up and running. Please visit and follow the page for a pictorial trip through the… Read more

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Never Underestimate An Op Shop!

All of these years on, Nigella Bites is still one of my favourite cookbooks. Though many of the recipes would be considered simple or kitsch, that cookbook taught me that it’s OK to take shortcuts and helped me hone my skills at adapting and modifying to suit local conditions. The 12 hour leg of lamb… Read more

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I’ve Been To Bali Too

When I was asked* to write about my Bali experience by Cover-More Travel Insurance, my very first thought was of a photo I had taken on my last visit there, a few years back. The second thing I thought about was volcanic ash clouds. More on that later… When I visited with my gal pals… Read more

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The Kipper Smokehouse at Stone Farmer’s Market

And now a trip down memory lane*. Not only does Stone have a Food & Drink Festival, there’s also the Farmer’s Market. We didn’t see the best of the weather when we were visiting the markets, with the wind whistling down the pedestrian shopping precinct rivalling an Ekka wind down George St. Surprisingly, there wasn’t… Read more

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A – Z Guidebook – Croatia, Plitvice Lakes

Welcome to the A-Z Guidebook Link Up where bloggers from around the world can share a picture and story about a place that relates to each letter in the alphabet. It could be a city, a country, a street or an icon. It could be anywhere. If you would like to join, read the A-Z… Read more

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A Visit to Victor Emporium – Victor, ID

On a drizzling Sunday morning as we headed to Grand Teton National Park, we had some time to kill before checking into our hotel. A sign on the side of the road said ‘World Famous Huckleberry Shakes’ and that seemed like a good enough reason to stop. Victor is a small town in north-east Idaho… Read more

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4 Everyday Items You Must Pack When Travelling

For those who have been reading my blog for any amount of time or have had to collect my mail, will know that I’m an inveterate traveller. Sometimes they are short trips of a few days, sometimes a few weeks and then there was the bucket list of all trips where Mr Tiffin and I travelled Europe and… Read more

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A – Z Guidebook: Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Welcome to the A-Z Guidebook Link Up where bloggers from around the world can share a picture and story about a place that relates to each letter in the alphabet. It could be a city, a country, a street or an icon. It could be anywhere. If you would like to join, read the A-Z… Read more

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The New Barossa – Lunch At Flaxman Wines

After discovering Flaxman Wines a few years ago via the Good Food & Wine Show in Brisbane, we visited them last Vintage Festival for a fantastic private tasting. Many wines were tasted and quite a few dollars charged to credit cards as we enjoyed a relaxed afternoon set on the gentle slopes on the vineyard… Read more

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A – Z Guidebook: Aosta, Italy

Welcome to the inaugural A-Z Guidebook Link Up where bloggers from around the world can share a picture and story about a place that relates to each letter in the alphabet. It could be a city, a country, a street or an icon. It could be anywhere. If you would like to join, read the… Read more

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This is a public service announcement for all Australians who are seeking a real cup of coffee in the USA. Make your way immediately to the town of West Yellowstone in Montana. There you will find the true secret of happiness. An elixir that you will recall with fondness for many months and bad coffees… Read more

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I’ve just returned from my fifth Vintage Festival in the Barossa Valley. An event that celebrates the end of the vintage in one of Australia’s premiere wine growing regions. After hard months of tending the vines and harvesting, the community is ready to open a bottle of wine or two and let down their hair… Read more

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The New Barossa – A Visit To Yelland & Papps

Unless you’ve been living in the bottom of a wine bottle, it’s hard to avoid the brilliant marketing campaign for the Barossa Valley in South Australia. Using dark gothic imagery set to a foreboding Nick Cave soundtrack, the ad is visceral and compelling. You want to grab a bunch of friends and make a weekend or… Read more

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Never Underestimate a Trash & Treasure Stall!

It’s been a while since I wrote about my op-shop or thrifting finds. With limited storage space and more than enough retro crockery and classic (some may think kitsch) barware, I have been more judicious in my purchasing. Well, trying to. I recently dropped into the Camp Hill State School Fete and made a b-line… Read more

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Eating The Village part 2 – NYC

With 12 nights in NYC, there were plenty of opportunities to visit the celebrated restaurants of venerated chefs, doing a significant amount of damage to the credit card along the way. I decided it was easier (and cheaper) to eat locally in the East Village. In part 2, we eat at a couple of restaurants… Read more

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Eating The Village part 1 – NYC

With 12 nights in NYC, there were plenty of opportunities to visit the celebrated restaurants of venerated chefs, doing a significant amount of damage to the credit card along the way. I decided however, to go a different route. The East Village is jam packed with restaurants, cafes, markets and delis offering a huge range… Read more

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ANZAC Day 2015

It is 100 years today since the Dardanelles campaign, when Australian and New Zealand forces landed on the beaches at Gallipoli (Gellibolou). Lest We Forget… Read more

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Travelling through the US in Fall has its charms. The trees are at their best, displaying their Autumnal splendour; the crowds have diminished so you can enjoy the attractions in relative peace; and lots of accommodation offers low season specials. One of the disadvantages though are the many signs that you see saying ‘Closed For… Read more

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When visiting New York City, make sure you wander Uptown past the end of Central Park, to Harlem. Once with a reputation for poverty and violence, Harlem like many NYC suburbs has gentrified. It’s interesting to note that in the 1950s, 98% of the population in Harlem was black but these days, African-Americans represent only… Read more

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