Category Archives: Food and Wine

Flat Whites Take Manhattan

It was a sad day when I said goodbye to coffee in Melbourne.  I loved the cafes, the lattes and the flat whites.  The creaminess of a good cup of coffee is something I’ve been trying to achieve at home with … Continue reading

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New Zealand, Period.

Gorgeous.  Simply breathtaking.  Period. Our trip to Queenstown, New Zealand was just that (minus a couple of 2 year old tantrums, fines at customs and a trip to the emergency room.)  After hauling 13 bags from Australia (we were on our way home to … Continue reading

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Bits of Aussie Influence for Christmas

While we celebrated Christmas in Jersey, Australian influence was seen in the details. From reindeer sightings, or wait… are those kangaroos? to a glass ornament hanging on our tree, to Aussie Jingle Bells by Colin Buchanan, “Oh, jingle bells, jingle … Continue reading

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Our Final Aussie Days

Donning heavy coats and gloves before going out has me reminiscing our final days in Australia.  We took our final trip down the Mornington Peninsula.  Alone on gorgeous beaches in Portsea (barely warm enough for swimsuits) we took our last steps in rock … Continue reading

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Wild and Woolly Tasmania

Tasmania is a place I knew so little about.  I knew I wanted to visit the island and I knew my parents agreed.  (James Boag’s beer advertisements could only do so much to paint a picture of Tasmania.)  So off … Continue reading

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Have kids. Will celebrate.

September normally brings on a new school year, falling temperatures and lots and lots and lots of birthdays, including my children born 2 years apart, minus 2 days to be exact.  Last year I was able to eek out a combo-celebration.  This year I … Continue reading

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Would never, could never be homesick

It’s happened.  The illness I thought I would never, could never have is upon me.  Homesickness has invaded my brain.  But why now? Is it because our time here in Melbourne was recently cut short, our bodies mentally ready to reenter our … Continue reading

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Cape Schanck

When visitors are in town (cousins from California in my case) you want to go somewhere new and different, somewhere off the beaten path, somewhere a local Aussie would possibly take visiting friends to escape the droves of downtown tourists.  We tested our … Continue reading

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“Sid, Syyyydd-neeeey, Its Sydney!”

This was my first trip traveling alone with my 2 children (and 1 stuffed koala) on an airplane.  Thankfully the flight is only 75 minutes from Melbourne and that Crayola invented Color Wonder markers. “P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney.  I … Continue reading

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Fumes and Froth

The Aussies are obsessed with the outdoors.  Its part of their culture and the reason they complain about Melbourne winter temps dipping below 50 degrees.  Cafe culture remains alive and well in the winter.  Australians love their coffee down under and after tasting … Continue reading

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