Passata day

Recently, I tagged along with some friends from work to an event that has been on my bucket list since watching looking for Looking for Alibrandi as an impressionable teen – passata day. Otherwise known as tomato day, this annual tradition is carried out by  Italian families around the world, usually in the middle of summer when tomatoes are at their most abundant. It’s a whole day sort of affair, with many hands boiling, chopping and pureeing their way to enough sauce to last for the following 12 months – after some has been set aside for a well-deserved lunch of course!   Continue reading

Exploring the Great Southern

While the South-West of Western Australia in the summer is undeniably amazing,  with no shortage of white sandy beaches to stretch out on and trails to explore, there is also something attractive about jumping in the car and heading down south in the cooler months. Lush green landscapes, clear cool days and red wine by the fire make for a fine weekend away, and that’s exactly what Ollie and I jumped in the car to experience this winter. Our destination of choice was Denmark, a small town resplendent with natural beauty right in the middle of WA’s rainbow coast.

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Festival Frenzy in Perth

How good was Perth last weekend? It’s been a little bit of a crash landing back into reality, arriving back home after our extended holiday. Before I knew it I was back at work with the paperwork piling up, and trying to get back into a reasonable exercise regime to counteract all the eating and drinking we had done overseas. Despite all the walking we did, I hadn’t managed to burn those extra treats off! It’s not all work and no play though, and this weekend just past had plenty of opportunities to get out and about to have some fun. From Friday evening drinks in Northbridge to Sunday evening spent doing the time warp with a bunch of other Frank-N-Furter fans at Luna Palace in Leederville, it was the weekend that left me needing a weekend to recover from it! Continue reading

Eating everything I see in Germany

After a short stop in the Czech Republic, there we were jumping on a train to what would be our last country on our trip – Germany. We had a couple of weeks here though, and a number of exciting things planned out for our time including birthday celebrations, a football game in the famed Dortmund stadium and of course, the largest celebration of beer in the entire world – Oktoberfest! I had also heard a lot of good things about the Berlin food scene so I was looking forward to eating my way around the city. With so many events, so many people to see and so much good food expected in Germany, we arrived with our game faces on ready to knock the next couple of weeks right out of the park. Continue reading

Checking out the Czech Republic 

So we had finished up with our trip around Austria, dropped the car back with a small sigh of relief that we hadn’t crashed it and made our way up to the Czech Republic for the second last country of our Euro adventure.  Although it was a relatively short stop, there was one big reason I was looking forward to the Czech Republic – beer. Nicknamed the liquid bread of the nation, the Czechs are great fans of the stuff, and rank amongst the top nations for consumption per capita (as if I hadn’t drunk enough on this trip already!). Beer wasn’t the only exciting thing about the country though, the Czech Republic promised a number of cultural gems from the UNESCO listed Cesky Krumlov to the capital Prague so read on – I promise it’s not all about the amber liquid!
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Aussies in Austria 

Austria. The country of Mozart, of the Sound of Music, of spectacular mountains, rolling hills, of jaw dropping buildings in the capital and beyond. We arrived in Vienna on a Monday afternoon, a bit worse for wear after our last minute dash to the train at the other end of the line in Budapest. With only the challenge of navigating yet another public transport system standing between us and a shower and a change of clothes, we jumped off the train and joined the crowds of people heading towards the U-Bahn and managed to get to our air BnB apartment with minimal fuss. After freshening up, we were ready for the start of our Austrian adventure which was going to involve some time in the cities, some time driving on the autobahn and hopefully a lot of alpine scenery, schnitzels and sausages. 
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A hankering for Hungary 

We arrived in Budapest off the overnight train, greeting a chilly, drizzly Hungarian morning with tired eyes but excited souls, ready for the country that is home to thermal baths, ruin bars and some of the most beautiful panoramas that I have ever had the opportunity to lay my eyes on. Another reason I was super excited to be arriving was that because from Budapest we were going on an overnight trip to a small town called Eger which has about four dozen wineries specialising in a dry red wine called Bikaver (or ‘Bulls Blood’ in english) in an area called ‘The Valley of the Beautiful Women’. With a lot planned for, and expected from, Hungary I had my fingers and toes crossed that the weather would clear up and we would be able to get out and explore without seeking cover from the pouring rain or searing sun every 5 minutes.  Continue reading