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Taking a Dip: Icebergs, Sydney

Taking a Dip: Icebergs, Sydney

For me, beach clubs conjure up summertime memories of watching Saved By The Bell and those few special seasonal episodes located on Malibu Beach (Okay, I just aged myself there…). Having never been a member of such an establishment, I made sure to carve out time for a specific adventure to Icebergs Beach Club upon...
Cookie: Melbourne

Cookie: Melbourne

Located on the first floor of The Curtain House on Swanston Street in Melbourne’s Central Business District, Cookie greets you with a handsome wood bar, doily covered tables with mismatched china and a loud volume of conversation. Business men in suits huddle around table top bars with tall craft beers (over 85 to choose from),...
Little Saigon Market: Melbourne

Little Saigon Market: Melbourne

For full effect, you absolutely must (without question) hit play on the audio clip below – trust! [haiku url="http://www.thecuisinerd.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Footscray-Vietnamese-Market-Edit.mp3" title="Footscray Little Saigon Market"] One of the most memorable moments of my Australian adventure was visiting the Footscray Little Saigon Market. I thought I was fully prepared, excited and anticipating the loud yelling,  haggling, banging, the...
A Doughnut Love Story

A Doughnut Love Story

I’ve professed my love for this doughnut hut before (over this way). When I did, friends and actual  real life Footscray residents, were confused how/why I even knew about this train track shanty. Truth be told, I discovered a lovely photo essay by Jaime Murcia and  instantly fell in love with doughnut maker and owner...
Melbourne: Naked for WHO!?

Melbourne: Naked for WHO!?

Wait, Wait, WAIT! Before the CuisiMom gets on the line asking what on earth kind of trouble I got myself into in Australia…I promise, the name of this place is much racier than it sounds. Promise. Naked For Satan is a Pintxos (Basque style bar snacks) establishment based on the urban myth/ legend Leon Satanovich,...
Good'day...Cuisinerd in Australia!

Good’day…Cuisinerd in Australia!

Hey Ya! 2010 came to a full bellied close and then welcomed 2011 with an even equally delicious adventure. I’ve just returned from a 2 week visit to Australia where I met up with long lost friends, discovered some new favorite restaurants, shopped at some of the most adorable home good boutiques and let me...
Swan Oyster Depot: San Francisco

Swan Oyster Depot: San Francisco

The first time I visited Swan Oyster Depot it was raining. Horizontally. If you haven’t been, the space is small (approximately 12 stools) and you will spend some good time outside in the elements before even being able to huddle in the warmth of the doorway. The gentleman in front of me insisted it was...
Napa: Olive Oils

Napa: Olive Oils

    We had our fair share of wine tasting on this trip, so it was a nice change of pace to switch over to Olive Oil. St. Helena Olive Oil Company is a must. With tastings going on all day…for free…it’s worth pulling over. Spicy oils, truffle oils, citrus infused oils…take a breather and...
Napa: Spencer On The Go

Napa: Spencer On The Go

  Before hitting up our last brunch of the weekend, we strolled around Saint Helena and joked how Napa needed to have a charcuterie truck. More specifically, how a truck like Spencer On The Go would do well. Color me the surprised food groupie…..no joke, Spencer on the Go was waiting for us at the...
Ubuntu: Napa

Ubuntu: Napa

Oh Napa. Let me count the ways… I’m pretty sure I announced my early (VERY early) retirement throughout my weekend with you…you devilish land of grand. I promise not to smooch too much all over you with my recap, but darlings….this trip was tasty. Round one: Ubuntu. Located in downtown Napa near the river; a...
Pop Star

Pop Star

  I’ll be the first to admit I never jumped onto that Pink Berry craze. I did cave my initial 6 month boycott and tried it once…but never really got what the commotion was about. Doesn’t anyone remember frozen yogurt back during the 90s? Penguins anyone? TCBY? I digress…. Enter Popbar. Pistachio Gelato, Coconut Dark...
Nice to Meat You

Nice to Meat You

Open Since 1876, Victor Churchill Butchery in Sydney Australia is showcasing quality meats in a divine space like it was a Louis Vuitton Showroom. Design highlights include brick walls made from hand carved salt rock as well as solid copper sausage cabinet hardware which were cast from their own inventory. I appreciate taking an old...