Finding fun in Santiago

Santiago was our first destination in South America and I was so excited to set foot on a new continent. First impressions were immediate: the Spanish language was overwhelming, stray dogs were roaming the streets and a slightly desert, run-down feel made me feel as though I was very far from home.  Santiago is a…

Food in Santiago

As the capital city of one of South America’s most developed countries, I expected Santiago wouldn’t do too badly on the food front. Between the free (and decent) breakfasts and local riots severely restricting our freedom of movement, we didn’t quite work our way through the list of places I’d scoped out. We did make…

Review: Spice Alley

Our Air BnB advertised itself as being close to Spice Alley, a haven for foodies. Well, they weren’t wrong… And we actually had to force ourselves to not return there on our second night in Chippendale. I’d been a little confused at first, because on Google Maps it just looks like a restaurant, sitting alongside…

Review: Something for Jess

Wow, Chippendale is such a great food area. So many options for every meal of the day. We came here for brunch because not only was it a few metres from our house, I’d eyed up the menu in advance and it looked positively delicious.  The menu was crammed with stacks of local produce: avocado,…

Last stop, Sydney!

Our uber driver seemed affronted at the thought of us only spending two nights in Sydney, but hey, it was a convenient layover and we’ll be back. From Brisbane, we had to fly via either Auckland or Sydney before reaching Chile – I didn’t want to backtrack to NZ and Andy had never been to…

Review: Ippudo

Our last night in the western world for a few months meant we took the choosing of our last supper very seriously. Predictably, Andy cast his vote for fried chicken and beer, mine was for ramen. Ironically we found two places across the way from each other that specialised in just that. Fortunately, Andy’s place…

Review: Bucket List

The Bucket List should be on everyone’s bucket list, if they happen to find themselves out near Bondi beach on a fine, sunny day. We were there on a glorious spring afternoon and the Bucket List’s location absolutely sold itself.  We snatched our first glimpse of Bondi as we rounded the corner by Icebergs. The…

The big fat Greek wedding

Well, it was the event we’d all been waiting for. Was it what I expected? I’m actually not sure. After all the build up, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a Greek wedding but I definitely enjoyed it more than I thought I might. In the lead up, everyone involved was very calm, unless…

Eating my way around Brisbane

I know this post is titled Brisbane, but as the only places I have actually eaten at are in South Bank, this post inevitably has a slightly narrower focus. One day though, I will extend my taste buds to the other side of the river, so watch this space! My time in South Bank was…

The magic of Mooloolaba

Growing up, I was adamant that one day I would live in Mooloolaba. Catch a ride to work with Steve Irwin in his helicopter and all that. Although that may still be a wee way off happening (unless the zoo needs a lawyer), progress has officially been made as Andy has now visited to see…