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Severed Cheese Finger in Meat Pie

Severed Cheese Finger in Meat Pie

Halloween Finger Pie

Halloween may not be the most Australian celebration but we have certainly embraced this ghoulish tradition.  I decided to give some of my Halloween food an Aussie slant with these Severed Cheese Fingers in meat pie. Growing up I'm sure everyone has heard the urban myths about a "friend of a Continue reading

Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant

Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant

Conti Pastry and Restaurant - Mango Bravo

Hello GG readers! Let me take you to another Filipino treat which I am certain you will appreciate. This time to a bake shop that has created a buzz in Manila. A sudden craving for something leads me to enter in a trance. Or perhaps, a state of frenzy. This holds true for a certain yearning Continue reading

Peppers Convent – Hunter Valley

Peppers Convent – Hunter Valley

Peppers Convent - Hunter Valley

Peppers Convent in the Hunter Valley is an easy 2 hour drive from Sydney and makes a beautiful base to explore the local vineyards. As the name suggests, the building started life as a convent, and housed the Brigidine nuns. The convent was built in 1909 and at that time it was located in Continue reading

Twine Restaurant Hunter Valley

Twine Restaurant Hunter Valley

Twine Restaurant Chefs Mezze Plate

We are absolutely loving our Gourmet Getaway to the Hunter Valley.  Everywhere we turn there's a tasting opportunity, fresh produce or a delicious glass of wine waiting. Mr GG and I had heard a lot about Twine and the innovative chef behind the restaurant, Matt Dillow.  Matt has three Continue reading

IPPUDO Sydney

IPPUDO Sydney

IPPUDO Sydney Bar

IPPUDO has been on my "must visit" list for a while now. Located on the 5th floor of  Pitt Street's Westfield, the atmosphere is the lively, loud and very happening.  There is just such a buzz!  High energy staff yell greetings of moishi  moishi as people come and go, all adding to the Continue reading

Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros

Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros

Ilustrado Dessert - Cheesecake

When I think of Intramuros, I think of the words "nostalgia", "time travel", "Spanish rule", "historical". This proved unerringly true when I arrived in the City of Manila to visit Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros. Also known as the Walled City, Intramuros is the oldest district in the Continue reading

Hunter Valley Wine Festival

Hunter Valley Wine Festival

Draytons Old Barrels

The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is set to host the second annual Hunter Valley Wine Festival.  On the 11th October 2014 Hunter Valley producers will showcase an extensive array of wine, food, beer and cider. The Crowne Plaza is inviting locals and visitors alike to enjoy the best the Hunter Continue reading

Lovedale Brewery Wins Gold!

Lovedale Brewery Wins Gold!

Lovedale Brewery Bar

Lovedale Brewery is located on the grounds of Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.  It developed from the Schwartz family brewery in Sydney and is already enjoying a huge success at it's Lovedale home.  Just two months after brewing commenced in the Hunter Valley brewery, the team won "GOLD"  for their Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

Mr GG walking on the Beach @ Gallows

Just a quick message to all the wonderful dads out there.  It's your special day today, an acknowledgement of the work, love and effort you put into your children and family. Happy Father's Day! ...and to my own special dad I hope you have a very Happy Father's Day.  You have always been an Continue reading

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Lemon Brown Butter

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Lemon Brown Butter

Pumpkin Gnocchi w Brown Lemon Butter

I made a vow this year that I would attempt to make gnocchi. It is September and I have finally accomplished this goal. Just between you and me it didn't look like it would happen.  I will admit I had a secret fear of these soft little pieces of pasta. The only reason I have finally faced my Continue reading