Waterfront Bar & Grill, Port Vila, Vanuatu

A little bit of Elvis

Warning:  Dud photos ahead. Leaving Espiritu Santo we flew to Port Vila where we were going to spend 24-hours before flying home to Sydney. I’ll spare you the details but basically our day of sightseeing in Port Vila never happened because our Air Vanuatu flight was firstly delayed an hour and then another hour.  As […]

Dining at Moyyan, House By the Sea, Espiritu Santo

The setting

When we arrived in Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu we were aware there are limited dining options but were repeatedly told that if we had an occasion we wanted to celebrate or if we just wanted a really lovely night out, the restaurant at Moyyan, House by the Sea was the place to be. Well…we did […]

Dining at a Chinese Restaurant in Espiritu Santo

Entrance to one-half of the restaurant

The population of Espiritu Santo is between 30-40,000 people.  As such the town of Luganville is fairly small and basically just one main street barely stretching 100mtrs in length.  So finding a myriad of dining options in the town isn’t possible. We had heard of the Chinese restaurant and been told it has to be […]

Mangoes Resort and Restaurant, Port Vila

Wouldn't mind a swim

When we woke up at The Terrace Apartments, we were looking for breakfast. Right next door and apparently managed by the same couple, is Mangoes Resort and Restaurant. We wandered down the hill and walked into the restaurant that is surrounded by tropical gardens.  As the outdoor tables had been set for couples, we sat […]

Righetto Osteria Romana, Haberfield


Last week I met up with Tania and Celia for a very long overdue lunch – our first for 2014.  Lorraine was meant to join us but unfortunately, due to an unavoidable scheduling crisis, she had to bow out of our get-together. Celia organised the lunch at a restaurant that she has been to several […]

Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano

Authentic prosciutto and parmigiano

There are two items I always have in my fridge and they are prosciutto and parmesan cheese.  These classic Italian items are so versatile they can be used to bring a meal together in minutes or lift an ordinary dish into another dimension.  And while I merrily use both prosciutto and parmesan in salads, pastas, […]

Sokyo at Star, Pyrmont


It’s been almost two years since I went to Sokyo.  In November 2012 I attended an event at the venue where Al Pacino was the guest of honour.  That was a cocktail party so I wasn’t able to sit down and dine and experience the brilliance that is Chase Kojima, head chef of Sokyo. Chase […]

Fred Segal Mauro Cafe, Los Angeles

Casual outdoor dining

When I had my unexpected and last minute trip to the USA, I had a 24-hour stopover on the way home in LA.  Em asked me what I would like to do on my one-day stopover and I couldn’t think of how I could fit LA into 12 hours so we threw our hands up […]

Otto Pizzeria, New York

Love the entry doors

When my trip to New York was definite, Em said, ‘On the night you arrive, just go across the road from the apartment and you’ll find a great Italian where you can get a quick pizza or pasta’. Well Arabella and I went across the street from the apartment and didn’t find it and assumed […]

Joe Allen, New York

With this type of signage it was easy to find!

After seeing Matilda on Broadway we took a short walk through Times Square to 46th Street where we found Joe Allen, a restaurant that had been recommended to us because it’s in the theatre district and serves American classics well. Joe Allen opened his restaurant in May of 1965 and during that year, the cast […]