Good Food and Wine Show Coming to Sydney

With the 2009 Good Food and Wine Show about to grace Sydney’s shores this weekend, devoted foodies and wine lovers can have cause for celebration with a three day event of sampling, learning, sampling and indulging down at Darling Harbour. Nothing packs a crowd more than celebrity chefs and with …

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

When reality television came into the kitchen, it was easy to turn a blind eye. After all, the promos for MasterChef Australia reeked of a Big Brother approach, with intimidating stares from imposing judges, contestants with shared living arrangements, emotional video diaries, eliminations and tears, and all the accoutrements that …

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Owakudani Black Eggs

Owakudani black egg

It was meant to be a picturesque ascent by cable car all the way to Owakudani in the Hakone region but the dense fog that enveloped the atmosphere had other plans. The temperature dropped to goose pumps under skivvies and raindrops dotted the glass windows leaving fellow travellers staring at …

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Fire Water at the Rocks

The Fire Water spectacle was a fitting end to the 2009 Vivid Sydney festival, with a stunning harbourside show and the Lighting of the Sails of the Opera House as a colourful backdrop. On a mild winter evening, locals and tourists huddled around Campbell Cove in the historic Rocks area …

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Arabesque

The first notes of Natacha Atlas’ rendition of Mon Amie La Rose can be misleading. The slow introduction sets a tranquil mood for the melancholic song before it is transformed into an oriental tune, with belly dance drums, oriental rhythms and arabesque vocals. Such is Natacha’s style, the Belgian born …

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Métro Stories #1

The sleek métro whooshed past the eager passengers and came to a halt at the end of the platform. It was on time, as predicted on the illuminated board that counted down the minutes and seconds to the next train. Hoards of people packed the carriages like sardines yet they …

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