Departing Greece bound for Australia, I left my iPhone in a friend’s car when I was dropped off at the airport. I went into a clammy iPhoneless panic. As you do when you and your mobile are inseparable travelling companions (pictured above enjoying freddo cappuccino together on Mykonos) and suddenly realise you’ve lost each other.Continue reading “My iPhone’s solo globe-trotting adventure”
I’m an Athenian. I first came here in 1980. No other city has ever challenged me so much. It’s richly cultural yet abrasive and tumultuous. I’ve had my fair share of love-hate with the ancient Greek capital. My Athenian-born children spent most of their childhoods in Australia. But I keep coming back. So do they. Many visitorsContinue reading “I’m an Athenian”
A visit to Singapore isn’t complete without posh cocktails at Raffles Hotel. The most famous, of course, is the Singapore Sling. However the bar staff have just come up with a slew of new ones: British India, The Stray Tiger, Fables of the East and Rose & Rickey. More about them soon. Meanwhile, I promise not to be boring.Continue reading “Posh new cocktails at Raffles Hotel”
Onyx Lounge is Newtown’s newest cool bar and tapas go-to venue. Sydney is famous for places like this opening and closing before you can blink, but we hope Onyx has longevity. It’s worth going, just for the slammer mojitos and the flaming chocolate tart.
Ex-Sydneysider Todd Moore has taken Australian traditions of coffee, meat pies and lamingtons to Boston in his specialty shop CuppaCoffee. Delicious!
Greek cafe culture is at the heart of summer in my adopted homeland. Everyone is keen to be outdoors to drink, eat, talk, and people watch, any time of day or night.
The Cottage Bar and Kitchen is a warm, neighbourly space to drink and dine in Sydney’s trendy/quaint inner suburb of Balmain. Our verdict: We’ll be back.
I go to a Chilean cooking class and discover smoked chilli, a spicy quinoa dessert and Carmenere wine from the longest country in the world, yet to be discovered by tourist hordes. Here’s the recipes.
The Botanist bar and restaurant in Sydney’s harborside Kirribilli pays homage to an old world travelling botanist, who eventually ran a small bookshop in the building. It’s friendly urban cool. With lots of plants.
Say bye to Napa Valley and hello to Chateau Russia. Climate change will alter the wine map by 2050.