French Food

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French Food France. Just saying the word to most people brings up images of snails, frog’s legs, cheese, croissants and baguettes eaten by men wearing black-and-white striped shirts and berets sporting curly moustaches. Of course we can’t forget the beauty and history of Paris and Versailles, the picturesque vineyards of Champagne and Burgundy, the clifftop villages in The Lot or … Read More

San Sebastian in Winter

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San Sebastian in Winter Means Constant Rain…   San Sebastian is very much a tourism-oriented city, with its sandy beaches (both surf beach and a sheltered bay), history (it is the centre of the ancient Basque region and language), pintxos (tapas-style bites served on the bars) and fine dining (as a city San Sebastian has the most Michelin Stars per … Read More

The Best of Cyprus

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In the far east of the Mediterranean Sea, surrounded by Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt, you’ll find the fascinating island of Cyprus. Cyprus has a rather interesting history. Previously part of the Ottoman Empire, the English colonised Cyprus in 1925 when the Empire fell. Cyprus remained a Crown Colony until its independence in 1960. In 1974 Turkey invaded the North side … Read More

8 Foods but Only 1 Day in Parma?

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Parma, Italy, is known as the food capital of Italy. If you ask an Italian, this therefore means it is the food capital of Europe. Parma is right in the middle of the region of Reggio Emilia Romagna north of Tuscany and Umbria. The region is famous for Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, Balsamic vinegar of Modena but there is … Read More

Hiking the Cinque Terre and Portovenere

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Hiking in the Cinque Terre and Portovenere In my opinion, Italy has some of the most spectacular coastlines in the Mediterranean with the section from Portovenere to Monterosso in the province of La Spezia (Liguria) being my favourite. This Ligurian coastline spans approximately 25km and includes the well-known Cinque Terre, or “Five Lands”, comprising Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso … Read More

Pure Parma: Prosciutto Di Parma

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 A stay in Parma would most definitely NOT be complete without a visit to a certified Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma Factory. Similar to the way that the production of Champagne is very heavily regulated and controlled, so is the production of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (parmesan cheese) and Prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham). These extremely natural products are produced exclusively … Read More

13 Typical Dutch Foods

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13 Typical Dutch Foods Italy and France are more commonly thought of as the “food epicentres” of Europe, and rightly so, they produce delicious food. However, amongst the hype of the canals, windmills, clogs, tulips and red light districts, the food of The Netherlands can often get overlooked, which is sad. From mini pancakes to salty seafood, hail on bread and … Read More

A Tasty Send-off to Geelong

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With only 5 weeks until I leave Geelong to move back home to sunny Brisbane, yesterday saw my final Cooking Classes being held in Geelong! And what a day it was! In the morning I ran a healthy cooking demonstration & workshop for the super-motivated members of U Can 2 Weight Loss & Fitness. This was a tailored a workshop specifically designed … Read More

Penny’s Guide to Healthy Travel Snacks

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Penny’s Guide to Healthy Travel Snacks   I don’t deny that part of the pleasure of travelling is, of course, experiencing the local cuisine; be it snack foods, dinners, street food or delightful desserts. However, even just a couple of days indulging in a few too many croissants, patisseries, camembert, curries and gelato throughout the day can certainly take its toll … Read More

Vegetables are a Winner!

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Another weekend, another cooking class with PB Lifestyles! What fun we all had getting Vivacious with our Veggies at Sunday’s Cooking class, learning new ways to use veggies in the kitchen! Sheila loved the “Cheesy” Veggie Bake, while Elizabeth couldn’t get enough of the Carrot-Cake Bircher Muesli, Janelle went straight home and made the sun-dried Tomato and Carrot fritters for … Read More