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The Rainbow Flag flutters high above the Castro, a symbol of gay pride that this district, in the heart of San Francisco, is now known for.

Originally eight vibrant colours, the flag now comprises six strips: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise blue for art and violet for spirit. The original hot pink (for sexuality) wasn’t a commercially available flag colour, and indigo (for harmony) was removed to make an even six stripes. [click to continue…]

How to travel without gaining weight!

This is a subject that is dear to my heart. Or perhaps I should say my waistline. And my hips. And my butt.

It dates back to when I was 18 and lived in Canada for a year on a Rotary Exchange.

Best. Year. Ever.

Except for the part where I left Australia as a size 10 and came home a size 16.

Even my mother almost didn’t recognise me at the airport. A few weeks later when I went off to uni she gave me a low-fat cookbook with the words “you need this one darling”. Humph I said to that!! [click to continue…]


I’m incredibly excited to announce that I will be leading the first Gourmet Trails South Africa food tour in May 2016.

I’m partnering with the fabulous Encompass Africa, travel specialists who focus solely on Africa. I met Jono Wilson, the Managing Director, when he married my beautiful friend Danica, who was the first person I became friends with when I moved to Brisbane over 15 years ago. [click to continue…]


So I can’t write an A-Z of travel posts and not have B for Brisbane. The beautiful city where I live, love, work and play.

Earlier in the year The Accountant and I were moaning that we hadn’t had a holiday together in a while (yes, this was before I went overseas). For a whole lot of reasons we couldn’t get away for more than a night or two, so we decided to have a bit of a staycation in Brisbane, spending a night in a city hotel and exploring for a couple of days. [click to continue…]

Luke Mangan

Last week was a pretty sensational week in terms of eating wonderful Queensland food. And let me tell you, my jeans are now feeling very tight!!

Good Food Guide Awards

It kicked off with a bang at the Good Food Guide Awards last Monday. These Awards celebrate Queensland’s restaurants.  For the first time regional restaurants were awarded more hats than those in Brisbane. My favourite winner was Josue (Josh) Lopez from GOMA, winning Queensland Chef of the Year. Josue shares my love of local food and is a strong advocate for farmers, native Australian ingredients and eating local.  [click to continue…]

In my kitchen

I haven’t had a huge amount of cooking mojo going on this month – to be honest it’s been a bit of an effort getting back into a routine after barely cooking for the seven weeks of my amazing holiday.

However that hasn’t stopped me from acquiring new kitchen stuff!

In my July kitchen… [click to continue…]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Washington DC is one of my favourite parts of the US, mainly because I just love all the memorials along the Mall.

And one of my favourite memorials is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which was opened to the public on 22 August, 2011. This Memorial is one of the few not on the Mall, rather located on the Tidal Basin near the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (another of my favourites).  [click to continue…]

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