The best lamingtons in Sydney?

Single Origin Roasters (3 of 5)

It is a little ridiculous that it took an American living in Paris to point me in the direction of a good lamington in Sydney but that’s what happened. A lamington is a quintessentially Australian cake. In the US, Girl Scouts sell Girl Scout cookies. In Australia, Girl Guides or school kids have “lamington drives” […]

Thai cookery class at the Spirit House

Crispy prawns at Spirit House

I have been wanting to eat at the Spirit House for years. It is a Thai restaurant in Yandina, near Noosa on the Queensland Sunshine Coast, and everyone says it is amazing. To reach the dining hall, you take a winding path through a lush rainforest garden and past a pond. There are Buddha statues […]

Guest post: Day trips from Leeds, Yorkshire


This is a guest post by Darren Cronian, founder and editor of My Life in Leeds – a local guide to the attractions of Leeds in Yorkshire, England. The guide is written by locals who are keen to share their knowledge and experiences. Darren is also author of the popular Travel Rants blog, which champions […]

Feta wars … a review of Courtyard Cafe Da Capo at Sydney Hospital

Courtyard Cafe outdoor seating area

Short review: We suffered appalling service and the food was poor value. Not recommended. Full review: The Courtyard Cafe Da Capo has two things going for it. The main benefit is the pretty courtyard setting at the back of the Sydney Hospital on Macquarie St. The spot is a bit of a sun trap until […]

Macarons in Sydney – MakMak and Mero Mero

Via del Corso macaron display case

I’m reading a book called Sweet Poison: Why Sugar is Making Us Fat. It’s about how over consumption of sugar is to blame for the obesity epidemic and a whole host of other health problems including heart disease and cancer. The specific culprit is fructose - one of the components of sucrose or common table sugar […]

Guest Post: People watching in Barcelona, Spain


This is a guest post from Livia Gamble (pictured left), who can usually be found on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia but has recently taken some time out to travel the world. She is blogging at Letters to G to share all the great places she visits along the way. This guest post is […]

United Nations of Food: Afghan in New York City

Afghan at Bamiyan

I tick off Afghanistan and Pakistan in my quest to eat food from every country in the United Nations. When you think of Afghanistan, food is not what springs to mind for most people. But if you get the opportunity to try Afghan food, you should – it’s quite delicious! So what is Afghan food […]

Chocolate martini at Ayza in Manhattan

Chocolate martini

Cocktails and chocolate in Midtown Manhattan. When I planned my trip to New York, I genuinely thought eight days would be enough time. After all, it wasn’t like I was visiting the city for the first time. I figured the TBEX travel bloggers conference would take two days, so that would leave six days to […]

UN of food: Colombian and Uruguayan food in Queens


My culinary adventures in New York City continued in Queens. My Brooklyn-based host Mike was keen for a Queens outing so I met up with him after work and we caught the F train out to Jackson Heights. I had originally intended to go to Queens earlier in the day so I could visit some […]

Cajun food in Staten Island – yes, really

The St George Parish Grill and Staten Island Museum. When I decided to visit all five boroughs of New York City on my recent trip, I didn’t have much of a plan for Staten Island. I knew I’d be staying in Brooklyn and making regular trips to Manhattan. The Bronx had the zoo and the […]