Category Archives: Travel / Places of Interest

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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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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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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A Weekend in Central Coast, New South Wales

 It’s a glorious day in the Central Coast. But what makes this weekend special is the company of good friends. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Do you need an excuse for a nice weekend away from your usual routine? I don’t need one but … Continue reading

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Destination South Australia

 “We want to give you a real sense of the place where every single ingredient is sourced and inspired from the Barossa”  ~ Lachlan Colwill, Executive Chef ~ Hentley Farm Wines ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Wine Tasting in Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

 “Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.” ~ Joan Collins, US actress and author ~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Lee Ho Fook, Collingwood Supernormal, Melbourne MoVida, Melbourne Pei Modern, Melbourne … Continue reading

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ChopinandMysaucepan – Our Third Blogiversary

“Life is not about the length of our time but moments in time that give us peace and joy. By capturing these moments on this blog, I hope it will also help you to relive your moments in time that … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting Yarra Valley, Victoria

“This pinot noir rose tastes a bit like my sense of humour. It is dry but sharp with a clean finish.” ~ Chopinand, co-author of ChopinandMysaucepan ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Mount Claremont Farmers Market, Perth

The weather has been great since I got to Perth to visit my sister and her family and today is no exception. The two-hour time difference between Perth and Sydney means I am awake by about 6am in the morning. … Continue reading

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Food Safari, Kuala Lumpur 2013

“I will commit heinous crime if these noodles became staple prison food” ~ Chopinand on Ah Kam’s home-style fried noodles ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2017 Malaysia’s Best Sarawak Laksa Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2015 Restoran … Continue reading

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Acme Bar & Coffee, Kuala Lumpur

This is the eleventh blogpost in our series Singapore & Malaysia food trail 2013. Check out our previous blogposts in this series: Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore Teh tarik, Rafee’s Corner, Singapore Chinese New Year of the Snake 2013, Singapore The Scarlet, a … Continue reading

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Breakfast in Kuala Lumpur

This is the tenth blogpost in our series Singapore & Malaysia food trail 2013. Check out our previous blogposts in this series: Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore Teh tarik, Rafee’s Corner, Singapore Chinese New Year of the Snake 2013, … Continue reading

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Restoran Fei Jay, Kuala Lumpur

“My family comes back time and again to eat these little chickens because they are like no other ~ tender, succulent and juicy with that smoky savoury taste that no big, fat chicken can ever match” ~ Chopinand, on the deep-fried … Continue reading

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Restoran Soo Kee, Kuala Lumpur

“I know this char siew is world-class because every tender morsel gently melts away in my mouth and every mouthful is an eye-closing moment” ~ Chopinand, on the BBQ pork belly at Restoran Soo Kee ~~~~~~~~0~~~~~~~~ This is the eighth … Continue reading

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Food Safari, Singapore

This is the seventh blogpost in our series Singapore & Malaysia food trail 2013. Check out our previous blogposts in this series: Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore Teh tarik, Rafee’s Corner, Singapore Chinese New Year of the Snake 2013, Singapore The … Continue reading

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Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine, Singapore

This is the sixth blogpost in our series Singapore & Malaysia food trail 2013. Check out our previous blogposts in this series: Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore Teh tarik, Rafee’s Corner, Singapore Chinese New Year of the Snake 2013, Singapore … Continue reading

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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

This is the fifth blogpost in our series Singapore & Malaysia food trail 2013. Check out our previous blogposts in this series: Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore Teh tarik, Rafee’s Corner, Singapore Chinese New Year of the Snake 2013, Singapore The Scarlet, a … Continue reading

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The Scarlet, a boutique hotel, Singapore

This is the fourth blogpost in our series Singapore & Malaysia food trail 2013. Check out our previous blogposts in this series: Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore Teh tarik, Rafee’s Corner, Singapore Chinese New Year of the Snake 2013, Singapore Mysaucepan and … Continue reading

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