Batch Burgers & Espresso, Kirribilli

From where we live we can walk to the harbour foreshore where there’s a very picturesque walk that ends under the Harbour Bridge.  From our home it’s a 7km walk so it’s not something we do everyday, however, when the weather is good and we feel like being outdoors, it’s a good option.  A few […]

Garuda Airlines, The Business Class Experience

The good thing about a business trip is that it’s totally appropriate to travel business class.  Having never been to an international conference, this was my first business class experience. The advantages of traveling business class don’t start when you’re ushered to your seat at the front of the plane, they start long before that.  […]


I will be taking a short break from blogging while we farewell a much loved, extremely significant, incredibly gorgeous, loyal, adorable and important member of our family. Like today’s time on the beach, we are coming together as a family to enjoy our last few days together. Thank you to everyone who via facebook and […]

Candied Citrus Peel

When I was growing up my mother loved to host dinner parties.  This was in the 70’s and not the era of dialling in a caterer, ordering in pre-cooked meals or even driving to the local deli for an antipasto platter.  That isn’t to say that some didn’t take a few shortcuts.  I remember being […]

In My Kitchen, September 2014

It’s Spring!  But you wouldn’t know it.  It’s very cold and grey and wet and windy but it surely can’t last too much longer. In my kitchen this month there’s good news and bad news.  I’ll start with the bad. Someone sent me a parcel.  They didn’t put their details on the satchel so I […]

The Wedding of a Very Special Friend

I don’t think there’s a more happy event than a wedding.  People always cry at weddings but for Deb’s wedding I was crying when I received the invitation!  Deb has been a very good friend of mine since I was a teenager and we’ve been doing life together through all its trials and ups and […]

The Frick Collection, New York

New York has so many museums and galleries worth seeing but on my schedule, I could only choose one.  I made a decision to view the Frick Collection as it is housed in the neoclassical mansion the collector built as his home on 5th Avenue. Henry Clay Frick was born in 1849 in Pennsylvania and […]

Morandi, West Village, New York

My sister said to me, ‘I think there’s a really good Italian within walking distance from you; you should give it a try’.  So on the Saturday night after we toured Central Park, we walked up to the restaurant in the West Village. Morandi is situated on Waverly Place where it has enough set-back from […]

It’s Party-Time

I’m off to a Titanic-sized party and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Ace Props and Events, Petersham

The problem with the venue we’ve chosen for Archie’s 21st is that it’s an enormous space.  And I don’t want the party to be held in a room that echoes and feels like everyone’s in a chasm.  In order to try and fill the space, I’ve been out and about trying to source props. That’s […]