Eating and drinking abroad and at home. Sometimes I get sick too.

Food blogs, Restaurants, Travel

My first Pho: Hanoi

Well, not strictly my first but my first in Vietnam and for breakfast. It’s hot and humid and we’re about to be killed by several hundred motocycles bearing down on us at a crossroads. Somehow we make it over and land at the Little Hanoi 1 (25 Pho Ta Hien 926 0168) restaurant, recomended by Lonely Planet. And this is why we are to dump Lonely Planet because it was stuffed full of people – all Wasps – who had […]


Three hours in Singapore

Always do your research. I spent three hours exploring every dark corner of the airport. Head for Terminal One with your swimmers. There’s an open air swimming pool and bar, the perfect antidote to eight hours in a plane. Sadly I ddn’t have my swimmers so also discoverd the cactus garden (the outdoor smoking area) and cinema.

Travel, Wine

Should I buy wine at the airport (at double the price)?

Hmmmm…should I even contemplate buying wine in Singapore airport. A couple of Batard Montrachets at about S$230…plenty of Petrus…the usual posh but sadly overpriced stuff. Take the excellent grapefruity Shaw & Smith M3 2004 Chardonnay which in Australia costs about A$38 (about S$48). In the airport it costs S$69. What the hell is happening? I was under the misconception that stuff was meant to be cheaper in duty free. And by the way, why such a clichéd selection of wines […]


Destination Vietnam. Tips wanted.

On the spur of the moment I’ve booked 17 days in Vietnam. I’ve got the Lonely Planet guidebook but seeing as the writers don’t actually get to stay or eat in 90 per cent of the places they write about I’d love some inside tips on places to stay and eat and even cooking classes. We are travelling by train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. We might get up to the Chinese border. Perhaps we’ll even bump into […]

Restaurants, Travel, Wine

Stone-faced blogger turns to buttery rolls

Click on thumbnail for full-sized image I have never really felt the need to sport Medusa on clothing, although she once featured on my fly buttons. Saying that I don’t need to turn women to stone to keep away from my fly. It just sorta happens without trying. I’m really a low key Paul Smith sort of a guy. But he doesn’t have a luxury hotel on Australia’s Gold Coast. Donatella Versace does; the world’s first Palazzo Versace resort opened […]

Cooking, Ingredients & produce, Travel

Christmas in Paradise

Sometimes I pine for a white Christmas. We snuggled in front of my mother’s 900 year old fireplace (big enough to park a cart horse) while roasting chestnuts. Or if the parents were at church toasting crumpets between the buttocks of a younger child. Now, however, I’m in Australia. To be precise bang smack in the middle of Surfers Paradise. It’s going to be 35 degrees and reminds me why I don’t want to have to dress up as Santa […]

Airline food, Ingredients & produce

How bad is our airline food?

We have access to some of the freshest most fabulous ingredients on the planet. But when it comes to airline food – even the boxed meals consulted upon by Neil Perry – we are sadly lacking in Australia.But at least to date we are not poisoning our passengers as in the UK where BA has been serving up some outsourced Gate Gourmet E Coli to passengers. Airline meals not only taste bad but look bad as well. Sadly down under […]


Illegal food but bat for now

There they were skewered onto a giant kebab. It looked like half a dozen bodies of lap dogs but they were in fact fruit bats. For years I’ve wondered what they would taste like fed almost entirely on banana, pawpaw and mango. And now I’ve had my chance on the South Pacific Island of Efate. And the verdict is … chicken, which is a bit like pork which (we’re told) is a bit like the other other white meat. Of […]

Travel, Vanuatu

Off the beaten track

If I don’t update for a few days I’ll be on this tropical island in this native bungalow. We’ll be drinking fresh coconut milk, eating fresh fish and lobster. We may never come back.