DON’T WORRY…this is not another food post, I promise. What?!? We’re in the middle of a pandemic and nothing makes you realize how mundane and cyclical your diet is like staying at home and self-isolating for four months. This then leads to the realization that you need to spice up things with more bacon and … Continue reading Never Bow To Customs Agents
This month’s wine writing challenge is SOLITUDE, as selected by last month’s winner Beth of Traveling Wine Chick. Honestly, I’ve been feeling a bit at a loss with this topic, as I’ve spent quite a few previous MWWCs talking about how wine is best paired with great friends. But even the most extroverted extrovert needs … Continue reading MWWC #26: Solitude
Before I launch into Birthday Trip #2, I did want to take a moment to pay homage to ANZAC Day. Today marks the 100th Anniversary of this very bloody battle, where the “winner” lost over 80,000 men and the “loser” gained a sense of self-independence. One of my friends was able to make the trek this year … Continue reading Healing
It is dark and cold and with bated breath everyone seems to be lulled into a sense of stillness. The streaks of the sun peak over the horizon and a lonely trumpet plays. Dawn Service. Two powerful words and of all the ones I have been to, there are two that stand out vividly in my … Continue reading Lest We Forget
Ooohh! Ooohh! Super-special post today! What makes this post so special you ask? It’s written (well not this introduction, of course!) by April. There are several things that come to mind when I think about ANZAC day, such as Dawn Service, Two-Up, poppies, and ANZAC bikkies to name a few. The bikkies (aka cookies) are … Continue reading ANZAC Bikkies
I was introduced to pumpkin soup when I lived in Australia. It was intriguing and, honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect because, well, pumpkins were for carving and lattes. It arrived with a dollop of sour cream and chives and I was hooked from the moment I tasted my first bite. Until that point … Continue reading Pumpkin: Not Just for Drinking…
Dearest Mal, as requested a (hopefully) funny Australia story–Happy Birthday!! Show of hands of how many people NOT from Australia who like Vegemite? Or have even tried Vegemite? Or even heard of Vegemite in a setting other than a Men At Work song? Vegemite is a yeast extract paste that exceptionally high in B-vitamins. Here’s what Vegemite … Continue reading A Toast to Vegemite!
One of the most important epicurean things you can know about me is that I have a love affair with oysters. Raw. Oysters. Keep your “eeeeuuuwww-ing” and “gross-ing” to a minimum and where I can’t hear you. I love them. And true love lasts a life time. Of course, growing up smack dab in the … Continue reading The Unpredictability of Love…