Thursday, June 30, 2011

How sweet it is

I find when I'm travelling and in a new city it's good to catch a bus or train out of the cbd to discover the suburbs. I have found markets, specialty shops, festivals and regional restaurants in outlying areas of cities in Europe.
And Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth and Hobart are no different.
One of Sydney's inner west suburbs, Summer Hill is on the train line - just seven stops from Central station and has the feel of a small village. Charming coffee shops and restaurants, bakeries and a marvellous fruit and veg shop are on offer.
There's a tiny, wee gallery shop - Sweets Workshop - that has handcrafted goods for sale, lovely art works and regular exhibitions by the bright young things in the indie art world. The dedicated gallery space has exhibitions that focus on an artists or designer, artistic process or theme.
From 2-20 July is: 'Bread Tag World'. Beth Taylor has created art out of bread tags. Meticulously created, full of heart and humour, Beth has made something beautiful and thoughtful out of something we see every day (see globe image left).
Sweets Workshop, Shop 4, 58-60 Carlton Crescent, Summer Hill (opposite Summer Hill railway station). Bread Tag World opens tomorrow art the gallery at 2pm - see you there.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Get Up & Go winter issue out now!

Every time I put an issue of Get Up & Go magazine to bed it's with a big sigh of relief, then the excitement starts to build. The first copy to hit my desk is the thrill of the week. And one just turned up. It looks lovely and the cover with penguins should be a hit with everyone.
The birds are part of the parade of amazing animals featured in our Antarctica story.
We have pages and pages of train journeys - so off you choof!
There are stories on Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, England, Hawaii, Fiji, Oman, New Zealand and Macau.
Australia features too with a wonderful air touring trip across the top of Australia; the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, some coffee secrets in Melbourne and the new MONA gallery in Tasmania.
Subscribe to win a holiday in Macau and enter the competition to win a trip to Thailand for a stay on Phuket.
Go on, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Anniversary special for a special anniversary . . .

The Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills - this is one of my favourite hotels in the USA. As soon as you drive up to the entrance of the hotel you feel that 'I'm a movie/rock star' thing happening. It's not a flashy hotel, it's kind of cool and mellow, and you never know who you'll run into. I was there a few years ago and Sly Stallone was in the bar!
The bed linen ruined me forever - since the time I slept on those beautiful white sheets and fitted my head into clouds imitating pillows I can't settle for anything less on top of a mattress.

The super chic Peninsula Beverly Hills opened its doors on 8 August 1991, and this year is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a host of special offers. Guests booking two nights at the exclusive hotel will enjoy a third consecutive night for just US$20.

As well as this special rate for the third night, guests will receive additional special “20” benefits including a daily breakfast credit of US$20 per person, a 20 per cent discount on Spa and Food and Beverages charges, valet parking at US$20 per vehicle per night, two “Pen 20” cocktails upon arrival, and a 20th anniversary gift.

Room rates for the first two nights start from US$585 per room, per night, for a Superior Room, and the package is valid from 6 August to 22 December 2011.

For more information, please visit

Subject to availability, terms and conditions.

About The Peninsula Beverly Hills
The only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star hotel in Southern California for 18 consecutive years, The Peninsula Beverly Hills offers 193 elegantly appointed rooms, including 36 suites and 16 private villas, nestled among lush tropical gardens in the heart of Beverly Hills. This iconic luxury hotel is home to the sumptuous Belvedere Restaurant, The Living Room, where the legendary Peninsula Afternoon Tea is served daily, The Peninsula Spa and the Rooftop Garden, a refined-resort oasis featuring a swimming pool, private cabanas, and outdoor cocktails and dining. The Peninsula Beverly Hills is located at the intersection of Wilshire and South Santa Monica Boulevards, within easy walking distance of Century City and Beverly Hills’ legendary Rodeo Drive.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Spin me a yarn . . .

I was walking to the train station last week and spied a post that had been 'graffiti'd' with knitting. What is happening in my suburb?
I love the fact of 'Yarn Bombibng' and did some research on the creative craft.
It's called Yarn Bombing, Yarnstorming or guerrilla knitting and is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than spray paint.
Graffiti knitting groups have been spreading all over the world and the practice is believed to originated in the US with Texan knitters finding creative ways to use up their leftover wool.
The movement is said to be changing the face of craft - I hope so - this is so much fun. And to see my post code proudly wrapped around a light post made my heart swell with pride. Who is the phantom knitter? You legend you . .
If anyone out there has seen the results of Yarn Bombing please send me your comments - have you seen them on your travels? Which country has the best, most creative 'graffiti? tell us all about it.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Visit Korea for FREE!

I thought I would share this with you. I love Korea and have had a couple of great trips there - I love the food; the countryside - 70 per cent of the country is rural bushland and mountains; the cities which are all different and have their own special appeal and the people who are friendly if a little shy. 


If you have dreamed of visiting Korea, here is your chance to visit for FREE!

Select three places you would most like to visit in South Korea and explain why and you can have the chance to win one of seven major prizes of a trip to Korea for two including return air tickets to Korea and three nights’ hotel accommodation.

Korea Tourism Organization is running the competition via their website Log on and become a member and then enter your details for the competition and have the chance to win a memorable trip to Korea all for free.

Winners selected should be able to visit Korea within the period from July, 2011 to October, 2011 and should have a valid passport and visa if required. Australian passport holders do not require a visa to visit Korea for up to 90 days.

The event period runs from 16 June to 15 July, 2011. All seven winners will be contacted individually following the selection from 25 July, 2011. The announcement of the winners will be posted on the ‘visitkorea’ website immediately afterwards.

Following the winner’s trip to Korea they should be able to present ten (10) photos and a single A4 page trip review of their trip to Korea Tourism Organization.

There are also 140 supplementary prizes of 4GB USB mother of pearl flash drive.

Full details of the competition are available on the website click on flash banner – Visit your dream destination in Korea!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Winter warmer menu

Sydney's cooler than school Swissotel has just put its new winter menu up for grabs and I taste-tested it last night. Brilliant executive chef Justin Zammit works his magic and had devised an intelligent and inspired menu, that features the best of Aussie produce and an inspired execution.
I couldn't try everything but mu choices were:
Entree - caramelised long stem artichoke, Meredith's curd and walnut and honeycomb salad
Amuse - Pan seared barramundi and olive ice cream
Main - Pan salmon fillet, slow cooked organic cherry tomatoes,vanilla mash, herb paint
Dessert - Apple and rhubarb crumble, strawberry ripple ice cream, milk cookies.
(Dessert was great but I wish I had have had the Lindt 'Noir de Domaine' dark chocolate souffle hokey pokey mascarpone and vanilla bean ice cream.)
The JPB restaurant awaits your company:
The Swissotel
68 Market St
Tel: 02 9238 8888
8th floor

The top picture is an ice creation which held a calvados sorbet - how fabulous is it?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Anyone for golf?

Hyatt Regency Coolum provides the perfect location for golf addicts to practice their swing, with unlimited golf included in the resort’s Winter Golf Package.

Priced from $340* per night, the package includes accommodation for two people in a King or Twin room, daily continental breakfast, adult entry to the Spa, tennis court hire, weekday golf clinics and most importantly, unlimited golf rounds. The package also includes a shared motorised cart and a bucket of driving range balls, per person, per night.

The par 72 course at Hyatt Regency Coolum offers 6137m of challenging fairways set between Mount Coolum and the sandy shores of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Created by renowned course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr, it is the home of the Australian PGA Championship. The course has challenged champions like Fred Couples, Peter Lonard, Ian Baker-Finch, Peter Senior and Craig Parry.

The course is supported by Australia’s leading golf education centre, offering under-cover tuition and the very latest technology in biomechanic analysis to help refine swing and technique.

For full details and bookings contact Hyatt Regency Coolum on 07 5446 1234 or
1800 COOLUM or visit Quote offer code CLM006.

*Subject to availability, conditions and two night minimum stay applies. Offer valid until August 31, 2011. Tee times should be reserved in advance.