Gladioli, Inverleigh

Despite its proximity to Geelong, Inverleigh places you well and truly “in the sticks”. Inverleigh is a regional town in Victoria, about 30 minutes from the hub of Geelong (or G-Town, as I call it) and a good hour at least from Melbourne proper. Driving to Inverleigh on a sunny winter Sunday started me questioning why must I plan…

The Bridge Room, Sydney

For a city crowning the most beautiful harbour in the world, it is a tough gig finding really great seafood in restaurants. Even specialised seafood restaurants fail at delivering an outstanding experience. Overcooking fish, undercooking fish, overpricing miniscule scallops and overcomplicating their creations. After a sojourn in New York, where I encountered fresh, delicious seafood,…

Veritas, Gramercy Park, New York

43 E 20th Street, between Park Avenue & Broadway Gramercy Park, New York http://www.veritas-nyc.com       Gramercy Park in Manhattan is a delightfully gastronomic neighbourhood. There are a number of great restaurants to choose from and tonight we had a booking at Veritas wine bar.  Dimly lit, bottles line the wall on the horizontal,…

New Orleans

  Tennessee Williams and I have a lot more in common than I thought. It extends beyond the written word and a love of the South. How I came to know this is because I saw it, printed on a tea towel in New Orleans, Louisiana, for $12.95 and it said: “The USA has only three…

The Carrington Hotel, Surry Hills

Sometimes matters of the heart call for discussion over matters of the belly. In the mood for sampling some pintxos, off we went to The Carrington, Surry Hills. Popping up on various recommended lists and having frequented the place prior, but not reviewed it, thought we would back track to remember what all the fuss…

Longrain, Sydney

In a city fickle with trends and the proliferation of Thai/Asian spinoffs, Longrain has well and truly stood the test of time. A seasoned fan of this establishment,  I always know that, no matter what, Longrain will come up with the goods. The no-booking policy doesn’t phase me. The wait is never too long, even…

4Fourteen, Surry Hills

Girls night out and off we go to Surry Hills, home of the cool kids and no parking.  Well the cool kids are definitely eating at 4Fourteen, a newish bar & restaurant so hip it even starts with a number. The space is huge for Surry Hills – warehouse style with a vast open theatre…

Vintage Champagne Brunch, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore

Humour me, if you will. I will be shamelessly drawing from pop culture references as a visual aide for this review. “Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three, come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination…” Let me start with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Remember poor, scrawny Charlie…

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, Sydney

The occasion for our lunch was a farewell to Sydney for a lovely friend, moving to Melbourne. So we wanted to go somewhere appropriate. A place we could be Ladies who Lunch, frock up and delight in the very best that Sydney has to offer. World renowned for its beach, Bondi is a haven for…

Marque Restaurant, Sydney

One of Sydney’s most recognised restaurants had never been at the top of my “must try” list. I’d read a lot of hype about Marque over the years, yet anyone I know that had eaten there, didn’t ever rave about it, despite it being named Gourmet Traveller’s 2012 Restaurant of the Year.  I got the…

Highlights of our Belly in 2012

So the world didn’t end this week as the Mayans predicted, so it gives us no excuse for not posting a round-up of our 5 most memorable meals of 2012… Dabbous ~ London, United Kingdom Our most anticipated meal of 2012. Dabbous has had an enormous buzz, winning several industry accolades since its opening in…

Burger & Lobster, London

29 Clarges St London WIJ 7EF  www.burgerandlobster.com   I love a bit of crustacean action…except the time when I was aged 8. My mother brought home a seafood feast of blue swimmer crabs, prawns and lobster which we happily tucked into one afternoon, and a few hours later, I broke out in horrendous hives!!   Not too…