Category Archives: Food and Wine

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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Friday Night Footy

Melbourne is the home of Australian Rules Football or “footy”.  Out of the 17 teams in the Australian Football League (AFL) about half reside in and around Melbourne.  When we arrived one of the first questions posed to us was “Who is … Continue reading

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Children in the vineyard!

Here’s a brief description of what my children did while we (my husband and I) tasted Australian wine in the Yarra Valley. The kids ate ice cream (bribery can be sweet), ransacked an autumn/winter display,               made … Continue reading

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Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s most prestigious wine region and only about an hour east of Melbourne.  We needed to go and without any Australian holidays in our near future now was as good a time as any.  Plus, it was … Continue reading

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Cake for the Queen

Since Claire had seen the royal wedding live on TV (it was on primetime 7pm-ish in Australia) she was very interested in the Queen’s birthday.  “We must have a cake.”  OK, I think I can handle that.  “Are we going to … Continue reading

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