Month: January 2014

Goodbye my Baby Girl.

Goodbye my Baby Girl.

My baby girl, Daisy, who I got for my 11th birthday, has not been well for a while. We knew the end was coming, and as my departure to the USA became more imminent it was becoming clear that she was not well enough to […]

Coffee crêpes, maple glazed pork jowel and smoked sea salt cereal.

Coffee crêpes, maple glazed pork jowel and smoked sea salt cereal.

No, I’m not at Momofuku Milk Bar. I’m in a strip mall in Tempe. Today I have a research trip planned by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild for my Phoenix Craft Beer article coming up in the next Taste & Travel. My first stop is […]

A craft beer oasis in the Arizona desert.

A craft beer oasis in the Arizona desert.

Today I set out on a research trip to a number of Arizona’s top breweries for my next article for Taste & Travel on Phoenix’s craft brewing scene. First up I hit local favourite Four Peaks, makers of the state’s favourite craft beer Kiltlifter, a […]

Street Eats Food Truck Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Street Eats Food Truck Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Once a year, all the food trucks in Phoenix gather together at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the Street Eats Food Truck Festival. Buy a ticket, head into the showgrounds, and try small tasters for cheaper prices from over 50 of Phoenix’s top […]

Lamingtons for Australia Day in the Wild West of the USA.

Lamingtons for Australia Day in the Wild West of the USA.

I was told as soon as I left Australia for my adventure around the world I would have a newfound sense of patriotism. I have always been patriotic about Melbourne (maybe because it is the best place in the world?), but have never really been […]

Beer battered fish tacos + an Australian music festival from afar.

Beer battered fish tacos + an Australian music festival from afar.

Photos by Angela Jia Zheng We love music festivals. But sometimes they are just too darn hot/busy/packed/loud/dirty. So this year, we decided instead of going to Big Day Out, we would hold a Big Day In. Packed into Stina and Peters house were our huge […]

Juniper-crusted bison carpaccio, smoked dark chocolate fudge + coconut green mole.

Juniper-crusted bison carpaccio, smoked dark chocolate fudge + coconut green mole.

Last night we had one of the best meals we have eaten in the USA, right here in Phoenix. A few weeks ago when we visited the Desert Botanical Gardens, mum pointed out the restaurant in the gardens and mentioned it had been recently redone […]

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz.

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz.

My nan and I love afternoon tea. In any situation, if there is tea and scones on offer, we are there at the drop of a hat. There is something about getting dressed up in pretty sundresses and drinking coconut oolong out of fine china, […]

S’mores over a barrel fire and deep fried cheesecake.

S’mores over a barrel fire and deep fried cheesecake.

For the past 5 years, whenever I would visit my family in Arizona, my stepdad would tell me about this place in the desert, where you would sit next to your own fire in a barrel, listen to cowboy music, eat burgers and drink beers […]

English Tea Rooms, mesquite grilled chicken + smoked brisket in a Frontier Town.

English Tea Rooms, mesquite grilled chicken + smoked brisket in a Frontier Town.

We drove up to the little towns Carefree and Cave Creek in Arizona for the day today. First stop was afternoon tea at the famous English Rose Tea Rooms in Carefree (on Easy Street. Yep. On Easy Street in Carefree).   These tea rooms had […]

Dancing butterflies.

Dancing butterflies.

Today we visited Butterfly Wonderland, a new butterfly museum with the largest conservatory in the United States. We watched a 3D movie on butterflies then saw a hatchery where the butterflies were coming out of their chrysalis. Then we head into the enclosure to walk […]

Rockclimbing, Australia in Arizona, American BBQ + a night as a cowgirl.

Rockclimbing, Australia in Arizona, American BBQ + a night as a cowgirl.

Started the day with Mike and Chris at Focus Climbing Center. I haven’t been rock climbing since I was a kid, so was really excited to try it again. Afterwards we head up towards Apache Junction to the Arboretum. We wandered around amongst the trees, […]


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