White Night Melburne 2014

White Night Melbourne 2014

After captivating audiences in 2013, White Night Melbourne is back.

In its 2013 debut, White Night Melbourne attracted more than 300,000 people.

Starting at 7pm on Saturday, 22 February 2014, Melbourne’s city streets, laneways, landmarks and cultural institutions will once again be transformed into a cultural playground from dusk-till-dawn.

Share the love this Valentines's Day

Share the love this Valentine's Day

Why not share the love this Valentine's Day by helping the less fortunate be a little more happy, a little more comfortable?

Buy a gift from the heart from Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, send it in your loved one's name and you will be helping in the treatment and prevention of birth injuries at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital and regional centres in Ethiopia.

A donation of $30 buys a dress or bedding for a fistula patient and $600 funds an entire operation.

Valentine's Day 2014

Valentine's day

Is Valentine's Day a day to celebrate love and romance, another excuse to splurge, indulge, enrich the coffers of the gift shops and florists or a day to quietly reflect on what love really means?

I gathered some pearls of wisdom, albeit some quirky ones, from friends and family about how they knew their partners loved them.

Henry Heng:

Someone changed the facebook to "got engaged."

It was like being married publicly.


Lim Su Min, ever the romantic:

Olive oils from Spain

Olive oils from Spain


DURING an interview with celebrity chef Justine Schofield (Masterchef and Channel 10’s Everyday Gourmet), it was clearly evident that she loved Spanish olive oils for their health benefits and fantastic taste.

Currently an ambassador for olive oils from Spain, Justine is about to embark on her fourth season of Everyday Gourmet, while also running Justine Schofield Catering.

"I just love the beautiful rich flavours of Spanish olive oils," she enthused.

January and February newsletter


January whizzed by in a whirl of hot weather, long lunches, movies, books and general chilling out, or rather, trying to chill out in the heat.

Once you've celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Horse on January 31, there is lots happening food-wise in Melbourne and elsewhere, so watch this space.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Like sushi, okonomiyaki, beer, anime and Japanese games?

Visit the Melbourne Japanese summer festival at Federation Square for some food, fun and games.

Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year of the Horse


Happy Chinese New Year!

January 31, 2014, marks the start of the year of the Wooden Horse.

According to the Chinese horoscope, people born in the year of the horse are clever, kind, animated and energetic.

Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented and love to be the centre of attentioni in a crowd. Maybe that's why they talk too much. To be noticed?

They are popular among friends, active at work and have a great sense of humour.

Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year 2014!


A very happy, peaceful and healthy new year to all my friends, fans and foodies!

May 2014 be full of interesting new culinary adventures, new experiences in food, drink, travel and the good life and much more!

Please check the website regularly for new recipes, foodie news, where to eat and drink, travel, read, go to the movies and theatres.

Watch this space and bon appetit!



Holiday reading

Holiday reading

Whether you are taking a break from preparing for the festive season, relaxing at your holiday house or travelling to some exotic destination, holidays are for reading and here are some books that will fit the bill.

All prices in Australian dollars.

Recipes for a good time by Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz.

Murdoch Books. RRP$59.99.

This makes a stunning gift at any time.

Christmas 2013


Christmas 2013


Gift ideas this Christmas


In the midst of all your shopping, cooking and feasting, wherever you are in the world, please spare a thought for those less fortunate and do your bit so they can also enjoy some Christmas cheer.


Why not start by donating to those suffering the effects of the devastating typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines?

Donate via Oxfam, The Red Cross and most banks.



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