For the last music festival of summer 2014, I was lucky enough to get a press pass to the obscure Festival No. 6 in North Wales. Magical, beautiful and awe-inspiring, it is set in Portmeirion, an Italianate coastal village set on a cliff over an estuary. Perhaps one of the most beautiful locations I have … Continue reading The best festival in the world, set on the coastal cliffs of North Wales.
My lovely bosses at The Deli Downstairs are off to Australia until September, leaving our ragamuffin group in charge! The night before they left, they held a big party for the Village, where all our friends and neighbours (also our customers!) came and drank wine, ate some lovely Vietnamese food from Namo across the road, … Continue reading The Deli Downstairs Village Party.
Once a year, one of the main residential streets of our village is shut off to traffic, lined with trestle tables, and decorated with fabric flags. It is the Southborough Rd Big Lunch – and the whole street spends the weekend cooking and putting together menus. Then, on a Sunday afternoon, people spill down the … Continue reading The Victoria Park Village Big Lunch.
You might remember how ecstatic I get when Taste of Melbourne, the best food festival EVER comes around. Here is my raving hysteria and video from last years event. The Taste Festivals are held all around the world, and are the same the world over: except each is full of each places local chefs and … Continue reading Taste of London, Summer.
Last day in Amsterdam today. I head out on the bike down to over 100 year old street market, the Albert Cuyp Market, to shoot a Market Focus photoessay for Taste & Travel. While I was there I loaded up on Dutch snacks like freshly made poffertjes (mini pancakes) and stroopwafels (paper thin gingerbread spiced … Continue reading Stroopwafels, poffertjes + naps on the canal.
My wonderful host here in Lincolnshire, Fran, offered to take me out today to the big food market in Boston, and show me around a couple of the interesting foodie places around town. I had no idea where she was taking me, so locked up my cottage and head downstairs. We head into Boston, and … Continue reading Windmills, coincidences, stuffed chine, plum bread + pork haslet.
Spent the day wandering downtown London with the boys today. We grabbed a coffee at Workshop, and head down to Soho. We wandered around Covent Garden and checked out all the little stores and stalls. We sat by the fountain in Leicester square for a while, soaking up the rare London sun. Trafalgar Square, Oxford … Continue reading Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden + Oxford St.
THE BIG DAY HAS ARRIVED!! One of my top bucket list items, it’s time for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. We woke up super early to have breakfast with Anthony’s housemate Lee and his friends – sausage and eggs to fuel us for a long day of drinking, dancing, and jumping for beads. The house … Continue reading Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana.
I met an awesome couple on my birthday – Dan and Larkin are Edward’s friends, and they are currently working on Larkin’s sisters Maple Farm. The invited us up to Westby for a day to play around on the farm, learn about maple syrup production and head out for a day of work tapping trees. … Continue reading A day on a Wisconsin Maple Farm.
For a few years now, David has been talking about the Arizona Renaissance Festival (but mainly about the turkey legs you can buy there). From what I understood, it was like a medieval convention out in the desert where people dressed up in period costume, drank, ate, and watched fire twirling. I was half right … Continue reading The Arizona Renaissance Festival, turkey legs + raspberry mead.