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Port Vila Markets, Vanuatu

02 Sep
September 2, 2014

A short stroll along the waterfront from the Grand Hotel and Casino you will find the Port Vila fruit and vegetable markets.  The markets are open six days a week, 24 hours a day, Monday to Saturday.

The markets stalls are run by local woman from villages around the island.  For a two week period they will leave their families and set up shop in the market.  Living at the markets, sleeping at their stalls.  All the villages share the market space, and take turns in selling their produce. The income is a, if not the, major source for their families.

The market is housed in a large open walled building, which lets the breezes flow through.  Produce is piled high on tables and along the middle of the aisles.  Take care not to trip over yams, coconuts and the likes, as I saw one fruit gazing tourist do.

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The Daniel O’Connell, North Adelaide

04 Jun
June 4, 2014

I first met Phil Whitmarsh, Head Chef at The Daniel O’Connell, what seems like eons ago. We met through the twitterverse, as you do. He started following me, and I reciprocated. I was quite flattered that a UK chef would bother following a humble Sydney blogger. Then one morning I received a tweet asking me where’s the best place to have breakfast in Kings Cross, he was visiting Sydney.

Mind you, this was either a Saturday or Sunday morning, and by the time I saw Phil’s tweet (I sleep in on the weekends), he had surely finished up with breakfast and most probably lunch as well. To add to that, I probably hadn’t eaten breakfast in the Cross for at least a decade. The last time would have been at the end of a very good night out, and along the lines of a kebab. In any case I tweeted off some suggestions, which I had on good advice were excellent choices, and Phil seemed happy.

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Toriba, Shinjuku, Tokyo

14 May
May 14, 2014

A good friend of mine has a theory about restaurants in Tokyo.  They are better in the basement.  If in doubt, head down the stairs, and you can’t go wrong.

Toriba ShinjukuI was in Shinjuku for a little bit of camera shopping.  If you are ever in Tokyo and wanting to pick up some camera gear or a fantastic secondhand camera, Map Camera is the place to head.  You will pick up a good as new bargain.  After indulging in the purchase of a new camera and a few lenses, an appetite had been worked up.  Spending money can do that to you.  It had only hit 12pm, but it was definitely time for lunch. Read more →

Pork, Apple & Fennel Sausage Roll Recipe & Bilpin Apple Picking

22 Apr
April 22, 2014

With a very generous supply of apples at Belly Rumbles HQ at the moment, I seem to be adding them to all sorts of dishes. The apples are the result of an apple picking trip to Bilpin a little while back.

Pork Apple & Fennel Sausage Rolls

Our first port of call on our Bilpin adventure was Saliba Fruits. The Saliba family is one of only a few commercial apple growers left in the Bilpin area. They have been growing, packing and distributing apples for 41 years. A family business started by Joe Saliba’s father. Read more →

The Darwin Ski Club, Darwin

26 Mar
March 26, 2014

There is one absolute must do when visiting Darwin, or any part of the West coast of Australia.  You must watch the sun set over the Timor Sea.

Unless you live on the East coast of Australia, the novelty of this would be probably a little lost on you.  There’s just something magical about watching the sun sink beneath the water, or at least appear to do so.

ski club darwinOne of my favourite discoveries from my trip to the Northern Territory is the Ski Club in Darwin.  So laid back and welcoming.  They are more than happy to have non members from out of town pay them a visit, just be sure to sign in at the bar.

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Madame Butterfly, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

25 Mar
March 25, 2014

Only over the past few years have I discovered a deep enjoyment of opera.  As a child I was introduced to every other form of music and my parents were lovers of the theatre and live performance.   This explains my love for musicals.

My only brushes with opera were the Three Tenors and the movie Pretty Woman.  I have never forgotten the line, ‘Oh, it was so good, I almost peed my pants!’ exclaimed by Julia Roberts’ character Vivian, when asked if she enjoyed watching a performance of La Traviata.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is the perfect place to experience the opera for the first time.  In fact last for around 40% of those that attended HOSO’s performance last year of Carmen, it was their first opera experience.   I just wonder how many of them were as moved at Vivian?Handa_Opera_on_Sydney_Harbour_2014-MADAMA_BUTTERFLY_Photo_courtesy_of_Opera_Australia

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Scenic World, Katoomba

12 Mar
March 12, 2014

What happens when you cross an amusement park with Mother Nature?  The answer is simple my friends, Scenic World.

I really do hate showing my age, but…..   When I was a wee lass (30+ years ago), my dad use to take me to the Scenic Railway with visiting overseas work colleagues.  It was a fantastic Saturday showing off the beautiful Blue Mountains.  My favourite part was the railway, back then that was it, no ‘world’, just the railway.

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Darwin Pub Crawl

11 Mar
March 11, 2014

Darwin has more than one pub, actually it seems to have pub breeding program, and there are a lot of them.  All very laid back and casual.  Places to escape the stifling heat of this tropical town,  places to grab a cold one and relax.

We were on holidays, and when in Rome, we decided to try out a few of the different pubs around town.  We barely scratched the surface, but here are a couple of the ones we did try.

Sara xxx

Hotel Darwin

Is a gorgeous old hotel.  It managed to survive both the Japanese bombings of World War II and Cyclone Tracy.  It has a colourful history and is known as the ‘Raffles’ of Darwin.  She is a grand old hotel.

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Haberfield, 2045

26 Feb
February 26, 2014

Many feel that Leichardt is the little Italy of Sydney, but they would be wrong.  Sydney’s true little Italy is Haberfield.

You may have read recently about my hidden bar exploration of Sydney, which was arranged by Destination NSW.  This was but the tip of the iceberg of discovering my hometown with Nicole from Bitten by the Travel Bug.

I was asked what suburb I would like to get to know better.  Instantly Haberfield came to mind.  By the powers that be, and in this case the powers of Destination NSW, Nicole and I found ourselves on a private tour of Haberfield.

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Getting High in the Broke Fordwich Wine Region

30 Jan
January 30, 2014

Late last year I was invited to a media discovery weekend in the Broke Fordwich Wine Region of NSW.  Not heard of Broke Fordwich?  Not surprising, it’s often overshadowed by its faster paced cousin, Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley.

I have visited the Hunter many times, but never travelled the short 10 minutes from the busy epicenter of Pokolbin to pay Broke Fordwich a visit.  Actually most people I spoke to before and after visiting had little knowledge of the area whatsoever.

A sleepy and tranquil area, which makes the tour busses and cars of Pokolbin feel a million miles away.  This is what the Hunter Valley use to be like.  The Hunter Valley I fell in love with in the 80s.

Broke Fordwich Wine RegionBroke Fordwich’s vineyards and farms are nestled in the foothills of the picturesque Brokenback Mountain Range.  Throughout the day, as you travel around some of the regions oldest vineyards, the scenery alters as the sunlight plays on the mountain range.  Sunrise is particularly stunning, sunset with a glass of local wine in hand, even more so. Read more →