Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) 2013

As we turn the corner into the colder months of the year, everything is just that little bit harder to do. Spending nights in, at home, with a cup of tea and a… Continue reading

One French chef, New York inspired – hearty Melbourne restaurant – Brooks of Melbourne.

The Austral House on Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD was designed in the 1890s at a time where innovative British architecture was sweeping through the colony. The building features four storeys and… Continue reading

2am coffee breaks, early morning bike rides and tired eyes – It must be Le tour de France.

Tired eyes return to Melbourne mornings in July as avid cyclists and amateurs hover over their television screens with baited breathe for three weeks of sleep deprivation, caffeine driven work days and trips… Continue reading

HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE CUPCAKES FOR EVERY OCCASION

Lately, I have been obsessed with cupcakes. I’ve been writing about them a lot these past few weeks for another publication and all I want to do is eat them continuously every day.… Continue reading

A day in the Hinterland at the Gold Coast.

Many travellers to the Gold Coast tend to stick to the beach for fun and sun. It is refreshing to soak up the heat and enjoy the pleasure of the salt water but… Continue reading

Cristina Re (of sunshine and happiness) all things sophisticated and lady like.

It is not everyday that we get to treat ourselves on indulgences. We simply do not have the time or the money. But at Cristina Re on Langridge Street, on the cusp of the increasingly… Continue reading

Elk Espresso – Broadbeach, Queensland

Tucked away between the Gold Coast Highway and the beachfront at Broadbeach is Elk Espresso. Open daily for breakfast and lunch this find is a great escape from the heat of the beach… Continue reading

The New York City outpost cafe – La Colombe Torrefaction.

For as long as I can remember, it has always been very difficult to get good coffee in the USA. For a country that consumes more coffee than anyone else in the world,… Continue reading

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Every year, without fail I go to the Melbourne International Comedy festival. For me, it is a flagship event in Melbourne that opens up worldwide opportunities for up and coming comedians from home… Continue reading

Mi casa Su casa

“I have good place for you in Trinidad, nice house, good people. Vinalez, I have casa, is small, but people are beautiful” said Anna Santa Maria, the casa owner of 639 Neptuno Calle,… Continue reading

Golden Plains Music Festival – Do I go for the music or the food?

Australian summers are synonymous with hot nights, drinking around the watering hole and chilling out with friends. What better way to do so more than to spend a long weekend at a music… Continue reading

Chelsea Market – No ordinary place.

I am often overwhelmed in Melbourne by the enormity of the food stalls, cafes, markets and restaurants that are at my disposal each day. For someone who struggles to make a decision, this… Continue reading

The ACE Hotel complex. New York City.

It is not often we find solace amidst the busy cities of the world. The noise carries like a freight train, echoing in the distance and the hum of cars and people going… Continue reading

The many social and artistic layers of Ciudad de Mexico.

The smog haunts the city like Monet’s Londres, le Parlement. Trouée de soleil dans le brouillard and the sounds of impatient horns eco between the Aztec, Teotihuacan and Colonial infrastructures that make up… Continue reading

The year of the snake.

As Melbournians trickle back into town after their long awaited January break, the city is alive and raring to go with festivals, outdoor cinemas, new cafes and bars to distract us from our… Continue reading

Life on a tram.

One thing missing from most cities around the world is tram travel. Fortunately the great cities of Toronto, Lucerne and Melbourne are the lucky ones. Trams are a novelty, attracting the interest of… Continue reading

The exorbitant Sydney

For many years, I have tried very hard to like Sydney. It is, after all, Australia’s most well known region, thanks to tourism, the harbour bridge, the Opera House and of course the… Continue reading

Melbourne Hispanic Fiesta

With festivals a plenty throughout Melbourne each year, it is sometimes easy to gloss over them and feel they all overlap into one, yearlong celebration of the arts. It is true Melbournians are… Continue reading

The delightful history of Toronto… and the lure of the backpacker

Toronto is located in Canada’s southeast Province of Ontario. Toronto is the most culturally diverse and poly-ethnic city in the world claiming home to 2.5 million people where one in two residents are… Continue reading

The long haul flight… backpacker style

Long flights and bus trips are just a given part of travelling, especially if you are an Australian. It is virtually impossible to travel anywhere within the country in under four hours so… Continue reading