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The Splendour of Tuscany (Part 4) – Farmhouse in Montepulciano

“Life offers you a thousand chances … all you have to do is take one.“ ~ Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun ~~~~~o~~~~~ After that fabulous pappardelle fatte in casa al cinhiale, we head southeast towards our intended stay … Continue reading

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The Splendour of Tuscany (Part 3) – Montepulciano

“Although he’s slight, he has that wiry strength that seems to come more from will than muscle.” Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun ~~~~~~O~~~~~~ We have been looking forward to our journey into the heart of Tuscany’s countryside since the bistecca … Continue reading

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The Splendour of Tuscany (Part 2) – Bistecca alla Fiorentina

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” ~ Julia Child, legendary American chef and cookbook author ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ It’s a little wet and windy today but the weather is no damper as … Continue reading

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The Splendour of Tuscany (Part 1), Il Mercato Centrale

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy”   ~ Giuseppe Verdi, Italian opera composer ~~~~~O~~~~~ A good siesta after our long lunch at the world’s best restaurant for 2016, Mysaucepan and I find renewed energy and excitement as … Continue reading

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Ristorante La Greppia, Parma, ITALY

“So what’s the highlight dish in Modena so far?” I ask Mysaucepan, after our third day feasting in this city? “Definitely my parmesan entree at Osteria Francescana” she says without hesitation. “Well, we tried some excellent aged balsamic and also toured … Continue reading

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Osteria Francescana, Modena, ITALY

Mysaucepan‘s mobile rings as we are driving from Venice to Bologna. “You mean there’s a table for two?” she shrieks with excitement, momentarily stirring my concentration as the speedo inches at 130 km per hour. Due to a cancellation, we … Continue reading

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Osteria Dell’Orsa, Bologna, Italy

After four glorious days in Venice, we took an early morning drive towards Modena, famous for its Ferrari factory and balsamic vinegar let alone the city where the 2016 best restaurant in the world resides. On the way, we made a point to have … Continue reading

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Il Ridotto, Venice, ITALY

“It is such a beautiful time to be in Venice” I say to Mysaucepan. “The carnevale is reason enough just to be here, let alone a spag bol I’m craving for.” “Eat seafood when in Venice” she quips. “Your spag … Continue reading

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Carnevale di Venizia, ITALIA

Like a first date, Venice seemed unfamiliar and mysterious. But I soon warmed up to its beauty and passion for celebrating the good things in life. ~~~~~O~~~~~ After a week in Switzerland, we catch a train from Vevey for Venice, the … Continue reading

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Gornergrat, Switzerland

“You have to get here this Friday coz I have booked the hotel at Zermatt for the weekend” she instructs from her hotel room in Vevey. I am in Kuala Lumpur for 2017 food adventure on my way to Europe to meet Mysaucepan who has been there … Continue reading

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Montreux, Switzerland

Perhaps there’s something special about this place for so many special human beings have called it home. ~~~~~O~~~~~ Located a mere 5km from our hotel, I decide to take shuttle bus #201 from La Tour De Peilz to visit Montreux, a coastal … Continue reading

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Vevey, Switzerland

“What a quaint little town?” I thought to myself as I walk out from the Vevey train station after an hour ride from Gevena airport and an eighteen hour flight and transit from Sydney. Mysaucepan has been on a business … Continue reading

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Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2017

Restoran Fei Jay is arguably Kuala Lumpur’s best for mud crab dishes. ~~~~~O~~~~~ This Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2017 is our fourth food safari of Kuala Lumpur in the last five years. Please check out the previous blog posts below: Food Safari … Continue reading

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Vasse Felix, Margaret River, Western Australia

This beef rump cap elevates Vasse Felix to another level compared to so many fine diners around Margaret River ~~~~~O~~~~~ We have been eating our way around Margaret River over the last few days that included lunches at Leeuwin Estate … Continue reading

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Cullen Wines, Margaret River, Western Australia

After a most disappointing start to our Margaret River sojourn yesterday, we are here today at Cullen Wines, home to some of the best cabernet sauvignon merlot in Australia.

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Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, Western Australia

Till this day, my mum still reminisces about a Leeuwin Estate seafood bouillabaisse so exquisite at a dinner which dates back to December 2004. To me, this must surely be the definition of an “unforgettable dish” at a restaurant. For … Continue reading

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The Wine International Group Sydney – Meeting #45

“Dove regna il vino non regna il silenzio” ~~~~~O~~~~~ If you have ever been to an Italian dinner party, you will be familiar with this Italian proverb. Whether it is the celebration of a wedding, All Saints’ Day or Christmas, meals … Continue reading

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Celsius Coffee Co., Kirribilli

Breakfast eggs with a twist for less than $20 and throw in stunning waterviews this is truly a gem of a cafe by Sydney harbour. ~~~~~O~~~~~ Sunny Saturday mornings bring a smile to my face because they are my favourite … Continue reading

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Lucky Suzie, Darlinghurst

Street food in Malaysia is bloody tasty as it is. I wonder if there’s any reason to tweak it for the sake of being different. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Having spent my formative years in Kuala Lumpur, I love Malaysian street food, and … Continue reading

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The Wine International Group Sydney – Meeting #44

“Drink wine. This is life eternal. This is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”  – Omar Khayyám ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “Spanish??!! Oh … Continue reading

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Harvest Buffet, The Star Sydney

Harvest Buffet offers a glorious spread from seafood, cold meats and salad to hearty roast beef, osso bucco and delectable desserts. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “Make sure you check out the fried chicken!” Rachael at Access PR tells me. Now who doesn’t like … Continue reading

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Food Safari Singapore 2016

Whenever I’m in this food haven, I feel a sense of urgency. So much food, so little time and a limited capacity. My goal in Singapore is to always make every calorie count. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ It has been a little over three years … Continue reading

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The Wine International Group Sydney – Meeting #43

 “Appreciation of fine wine is like an appreciation for the beauty of women. If I proclaim a woman to be beautiful, who are you to tell me she is not?” ~ Chopinand, co-author, ChopinandMysaucepan ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “Would you like to become a member of … Continue reading

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Waterman’s Lobster Co., Potts Point

“Choosing between these two is like choosing between two beautiful women. Both qualify as Sydney’s answer to Supernormal‘s lobster rolls in Melbourne” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “Isn’t it apt we are having lunch with our Melbournian friends today?” I say to Mysaucepan on a cold and wintry … Continue reading

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Johnny Lobster, Crows Nest

Who in the world doesn’t like lobster unless you are allergic to crayfish? When I think of lobster, I imagine the rather chubby villain in a James Bond movie, dressed in his silky black robe, devouring chunks of succulent shellfish while gently stroking … Continue reading

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