New York,NY- May 2019

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New York is such a great city to play tourist. Even when you’ve see the ” major” sites, there are still a million different places to explore.

My friend, Phoebe, was over from Australia doing an internship for 4 months, so I popped over to say Hello. The theme of this visit to New York with Food, with a side of family and Hamilton. I would stop reading now, if you are hungry because this is a heavy food post.

Friday night, we started at Shake Shack, mainly because it was quite close to the theater. Then it was off to see Hamilton, again for me, first time for Phoebe. It was great, I was a bit worried after London.

The next day found me standing in a ridiculous line waiting for Cronuts. The reason for the line was it because the Cronut Anniversary and the creator Dominque Ansel was there himself.

We then crossed over the bridge to Brooklyn, popped around to visit my cousins. Because who doesn’t love when family shows up with cronuts and champagne on a Saturday morning. Looking back the champagne was not a good idea. We had booked lunch at Peter Luger’s. Honestly, we should have fasted.

It was worth every single bite, but man that burger tried to kill me. It might have been the raw onion, not sure. I would do it all over again, but maybe fast before hand. They only serve the burger at lunch so if you want to try it, make a reservation! We then stopped by to see my Aunt. Poor thing, was an unwilling participant in our weekend of food. We showed up with a strawberry cake, a bottle of champagne, a burger from Peter Luger’s and Dello Mano brownies. If someone showed up the door with this combo, I would smile take the loot and slam the door. There would be no sharing and I would spend the next few days in food coma. We took her for a nice walk in the Park before letting her food coma settle. Ok let’s be fair, it wasn’t just her food coma.

I had to call in full and begged to go back to my hotel to crash. It was only 5pm. Terrible given I was only in New York for a few nights. Because, Phoebe was not going to miss out on a trying yet another new place, we were back at it again in the morning.

It as a great weekend. A lot of food. But fun to check out new places. I am just glad I packed my fat pants.

Until next time… safe travels…

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Flo’s Birthday July 2016- Part 3

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Spotted some Qantas Roo’s eating Dello Mano brownies  on a United flight heading to Germany. Something is off with this picture…

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Thank you to the fantastic flight crew working UA 907 on July 8th. We had a blast on the flight!  Yes, I am referring to United Airlines, close your jaw. I , myself, was quite surprised. Graham, the purser was fantastic.  I was horribly sick when I returned from Scotland. Since I still was not feeling well when were heading out, so I opted to upgrade myself to business class. (Yes, only me, myself and I) To keep it classy, I made sure I had the last row,  which is rear-facing, so I could wave to my friends while I enjoy my business meal. (It’s a wonder I had any friends willing to travel with me with this type of behavior, SMH)

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Unfortunately, we all had a little too much fun on the flight so there not much sleeping. There was a rapper, The Game, and his entourage were on our flight.. They arrived late and there was a problem with the rapper’s seat belt. So we were delayed departing Chicago,  we arrived in Frankfurt with about 30 minutes to get our connection. Of course, we came into a remote gate, so we had to be bused to the terminal. We made our flight to Berlin, but our bags did not. The lucky ones that were traveling with carry on’s were able to refresh while the rest of us were sporting the latest in eau du travel funk.

We had a free afternoon and some of decided to do a bit of site-seeing.  The sun kept trying to hide behind the clouds, but it was quite pleasant when it made it’s appearance.

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That evening the majority of the group headed over to Borchardt for dinner.  We took a stroll after dinner and enjoyed the fact it was still light out at 9pm.Our missing bags finally showed up at midnight. I was so excited I tried to hug the delivery guy.

Sunday morning came too quickly. 1/2 the group went on a bike tour of Berlin with Fat Tire. And well some of us were just lazy

On Monday, the original plan was to go to the Porsche Factory in Leipzig. But it was closed for summer holiday. So option 2 was to take the train out to Potsdam. Well that did not happen. So option 3? Just walk around. The group met up again in the early afternoon for a boat cruise along the canal that runs thru Berlin. Really it was a reason to afternoon drink.

I liked to say we did something fantastic on Monday night, but it appears we were too busy playing on our phones……..

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Photo by Alexis Eckersall

Just kidding, sort of. We hung out the lounge at the Hyatt for a bit before heading out to a nice beer garden for dinner.

This was the last night in Berlin. A few friends were heading back to the States and the rest of the group was heading up Bliestorf for the next part of the trip.

You may have noticed the fantastic photos. I, of course, did not take them. Alexis, was the party photographer.  Thanks again, Alexis. The pictures are amazing.

Stayed tuned for the next part of this fun adventure, which includes dirndls and lederhosen.

 

Adventures in Australia-June 2016

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In the end, I was only away from Brisbane for 2 weeks, but it felt like months. I must admit I was happy to be “home”.  It’s amazing how much changed during that time. Winter had officially arrived, there was definitely a chill in the air.

I had flown Qantas back to Brisbane and I had to check my bags, because of all my purchases in Fremantle. One of my suitcases was broken in transit. Lucky for me, Hunt Leather was close by and they were able to deal with Qantas directly to get my bag fixed.

As I was walking towards Hunt’s I noticed something odd, it appeared to a new bake shop. I had just eaten breakfast, so I glanced but did not really think much of it.  I went about my business and forgot about it. Later in the day I was chatting with concierge at the Hilton, and I asked if they had tried the bake shop. Nope.It was tea time and we were all a little peckish……

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That mahogany velvet cake came from Dello Mano . I would be lying if I said I wish our paths had not crossed. RIDICULOUS is the only word I can think of that to describe this bit of heaven on earth. Ridiculously good, fantastic, amazing, awesome… choose what word you will,  you must come to Brisbane and try these cakes and brownies. Did I mention the brownies?
I asked the shop nicely to put a photo of me on the wall saying I am banned from entering. I am already on a first name basis with the staff. That only took 2 days……..

Just when I think Brisbane is pretty great, I discover something that makes me love it more. Winterfest in King George’s Square.  I was heading somewhere and I thought I smelled what could only be described as Christmas Market smell. So I followed my nose. And boy was I surprised. And ice rink in Brisbane!

They even had Langos! I was so excited to get my “market” fix in Australia, especially in June! I guess it was a blessing that I was heading back to the States the next day.

Stay tuned….further adventures in Australia await.