A GAZILLION THINGS TO DO IN CAIRNS (OR MAYBE 8)

A GAZILLION THINGS TO DO IN CAIRNS (OR MAYBE 8)

A list of a gazillion things to do in Cairns. OK, so maybe it's just 8, but it's still 8 fun things!  I headed up to Cairns earlier this year and spent a week in this adventure land, although at the time I had no idea how much adventure there was to be had. At the end of it, I really felt like one week was just not enough and I'm already planning my next visit.   Cairns is located in the north east coast of Queensland, and is a tourist hub thanks…Read more …
FOOD TRUCKS: MELBOURNE vs CANBERRA

FOOD TRUCKS: MELBOURNE vs CANBERRA

The battle is on starting with the Melbourne vs Canberra food trucks and the results will surprise you!  Every country indulges in it regularly: the city versus city rivalry. Sometimes, the debate extends beyond national boundaries – heard much about the 'is London or Manhattan better' argument? I have! Australia boasts it's very own with the Sydney versus Melbourne saga. This debate, my friends, is as much a national sport in this sports crazed nation as is the AFL, rugby, cricket, tennis, fishing, soccer and swimming. There are many pages on the interwebs…Read more …
BREAKFAST AT AUTOLYSE BAKERY BRADDON

BREAKFAST AT AUTOLYSE BAKERY BRADDON

Autolyse Bakery is located in Braddon and serves fresh bread, pastries and sandwiches and is open for breakfast and lunch.  Walking around Braddon one sunny Saturday morning, it was hard not to notice the growing number of restaurants and cafes that continue to open in the area. But today I chose an old favourite – Autolyse Bakery. Autolyse Bakery is a French bakery that has resided on Lonsdale street for some years now. Even with all the new eateries opening nearby, the bakery continues to attract a healthy flow of customers, which is…Read more …
DINNER AT COCONINE IN KINGSTON

DINNER AT COCONINE IN KINGSTON

Coconine in Kingston is a Thai restaurant on the Kingston Foreshore in Canberra. Coconine has been part of Kingston Foreshore for a few months now but it was only recently that I had a chance to pay them a visit. I've walked past this restaurants many times and the delicious smells wafting through it's wide open doors always made me hungry – even if I'd only just had dinner! So before I left to spend a week in balmy Cairns, it was date night at Coconine. The restaurant is large with matching décor…Read more …
RECIPE – DELICIOUS JAM DROP COOKIES

RECIPE – DELICIOUS JAM DROP COOKIES

Jam drop cookies are, by far, one of my favourite kind of cookies. They are cheap and incredibly easy to make and taste best when served straight out of the oven. I often take these into work and find they disappear fairly quickly. The jams I usually use are apricot, sour cherry and strawberry. This does not need fancy smancy jams and any variety from the supermarket will do just fine. Occasionally, I will use lemon butter if I have leftovers sitting in the fridge and that works pretty well. I'm yet to…Read more …
WHY 2014 CAN GO DIE IN A DITCH

WHY 2014 CAN GO DIE IN A DITCH

2014 for me The start of 2014 was pretty decent: I had an extra couple of weeks off work; I was excited that I would be finished with post grad study by the middle of the year after what felt like forever; and finally, after months of looking, found the most adorable apartment to move into. 2014 was off to a great start! But that lovely feeling didn't last long. Without going into too much detail, it started with a family member's  illness that threw us all a curve ball. Living away from…Read more …