Travel

When I Was In The Northern Territory…

This is more of a travel post than a food post (as I didn’t eat anything particularly exciting apart from camel and kangaroo while I was here). Visiting the incredible landscapes, learning about the rich ancient cultures and camping (sans tent) under the stars for the first time made this an amazing and truly unforgettable experience.

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Uluru

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Ormiston Gorge

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 Alice Springs at sunset

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Redbank Gorge

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Animals we encountered

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Anzac Hill

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 Bush tomatoes

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John Flynn’s Grave Historical Reserve

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 Stuart Town Gaol

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Wildflowers

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 Kings Canyon

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 Mount Conner

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Mutitjulu Waterhole

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Ochre Pits

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Kata Tjuta

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Royal Flying Doctor Service museum

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Simpsons Gap

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Standley Chasm

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Glen Helen Gorge

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Ellery Creek Big Hole

When I was in Western Australia…

Covering one third of the Australian continent, Western Australia is a vast state filled with astonishingly diverse landscapes and incredible natural diversity. Its capital city Perth is considered to be the world’s most isolated continental capital city and I spent a sizeable amount of time driving from place to place. But it was worth it.

Food reviews to come!

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The Pinnacles

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Fremantle Markets

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Nilgen Lookout

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Town Hall – York

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Penny Farthing Sweets – York

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Mount Brown Lookout

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Canola Fields

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Wave Rock

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Little Salmon Bay – Rottnest Island

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Cape Vlamingh – Rottnest Island

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Quokkas – Rotttnest Island

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Bathurst Lighthouse – Rottnest Island

John Forrest

John Forrest National Park

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National Park Falls – John Forrest National Park

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Swan View Tunnel – John Forrest National Park

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Hovea Falls – John Forrest National Park

Kings Park

Kings Park – Perth

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DNA Tower – Perth

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The Perth Mint

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Busselton Jetty

Cape Leuwin

Cape Leeuwin

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Hamelin Bay

Lake Cave

Lake Cave

M R Chocolate

The Margaret River Chocolate Company

When I Was In Spain…

Although I was constantly on alert for pickpockets, I love-love-loved travelling through Spain! I loved the language, the history, the castles, the palaces, the churches, the monuments, the artwork and of course the food! It is a beautiful country that I must definitely return to.

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Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar

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Plaza de España

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Jamón Ibérico

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Sagrada Família

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La Rambla

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 Paella

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Port de Barcelona

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Barcelona Olympic Stadium

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 Spanish Chorizo

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Casa Milà

(or more popularly known as La Pedrera)

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Patatas Bravas

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Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas

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El Oso y El Madrono

(the Bear and the Strawberry Tree)

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Aqueduct of Segovia

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Segovia Cathedral

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The Market of San Miguel

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Churros

I sampled churros from various places and found that the churros in Spain are less sweet and more crispier and lighter than the churros in Australia. The chocolate dipping sauces in Spain were also different in that they were less rich (but still delicious).

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Flamenco Dancing

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Roman Bridge of Córdoba

Cathedral of Cordoba

Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba

This place has such a rich history! Over time it has been a temple, a mosque and a cathedral.

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Royal Palace of Madrid

(on a very FOGGY day)

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Tortilla Española

(Spanish Omelette)

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Toledo

Seville Cathedral

Toledo Cathedral

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Plaza Mayor in Madrid

Mountains

Montserrat

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Orange trees lining the picturesque streets of Seville

When I was in Portugal…

This was a very short visit and my sole regret was that I didn’t get to sample any authentic Portuguese barbecued chicken. Talk about first world problems.

Jeronimos Monestary

 Jerónimos Monastery

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Portuguese Custard Tart

From Pastéis de Belém. Known to have the secret recipe of the ORIGINAL custard tart, this store was established in 1837 and sells around 18,000 tarts per day! The pastry was light, flaky and crispy, while the custard was creamy and mildly sweet. These delicious morsels are sold fresh from the oven and are a MUST HAVE if you are ever in Lisbon.

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Belém Tower

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The lighthouse at Cape St. Vincent

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Portuguese Black Eyed Bean and Tuna Salad

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Monument to the Discoveries

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Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge

Resembling San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the name of this bridge commemorates the Portuguese Carnation Revolution that occurred on 25 April 1974.

Dessert

Dom Rodrigo

A conventual dessert from the south of Portugal that comprises of sweet egg threads and cinnamon. This delicacy is typically wrapped in colourful metallic paper and presented in a pyramidal shape.

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Sagres Fortress

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Portuguese Orange Roll

When I was in Siem Reap, Cambodia…

This post is more travel related and less food related as I was only in Cambodia for 3 days and spent most of my time exploring the magnificent sites rather than the local food. I suppose that will have to wait until my next visit!

Angkor Wat

 Angkor Wat

Face Temple

Bayon Temple

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Fish Amok

(Cambodian fish curry)

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The Victory Gate

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 Ta Prohm Temple

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Siem Reap Art Center Night Market

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Chicken Kuy Teav

(Cambodian rice noodle soup)

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Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chorm Temple

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Wat Thmey Killing Fields Skull Monument

When I was in Queensland…

It was so nice being able to escape Melbourne’s FREEZING COLD winter weather! With world class beaches, national parks, rainforests and tropical reefs, I spent a lot of time exploring the outdoors and of course enjoying the beautiful warm weather.

Food reviews to come!

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Green Island

Cairns Zoo

Cairns Tropical Zoo

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Palm Cove Beach

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 Palm Cove Passion

(salted caramel, apple crumble and passionfruit ice cream with caramel sauce and crushed nuts)

Botanical Gardens

Cairns Botanical Gardens

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Four Mile Beach

Kulki

Kulki Boardwalk

Dubuji

Dubuji Boardwalk

Fourth Boardwalk

 Jindalba Boardwalk

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The Reef Marina

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 Daintree Ice Cream Company

(wattleseed, passionfruit, coconut and yellow sapote)

Mossman

Mossman Gorge

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Great Barrier Reef

(unfortunately my camera died before I reached all the nicer coral reefs)

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Kuranda Scenic Railway

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Paronella Park

Waterfalls

Millaa Millaa, Ellinjaa and Zillie Falls

When I was in North Vietnam…

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Pho bò (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)

A trip to Vietnam is incomplete without pho.

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Pho Gà (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)

I had pho almost every morning and found the broth to be simple and light. Although less ingredients are used compared to South Vietnamese pho, I found North Vietnamese pho to be delicious!

Ha Long Bay

Hạ Long Bay

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Cá kho to (Vietnamese caramelised & braised catfish)

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Nem cá (deep fried fish spring rolls)

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Thien Cung Grotto

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 Buddha’s hand fruit

I saw these being offered at quite a few Buddhist temples and found their appearance to be completely bizarre. Although I didn’t get to sample any of this fruit, I discovered that aside from representing Buddha’s hands in prayer, they also represented good luck, happiness and longevity.

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Tran Quoc Pagoda

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 Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls

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Sen Xanh Jelly Fish Salad

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 Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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The Presidential Palace of Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House

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Chùa Mot Cot (One Pillar Pagoda)

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Văn Mieu (Temple of Literature)

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 The Huc bridge and Hoan Kiem lake

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Thang Long Water Puppet Show

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Bánh Mì (Vietnamese Pork Roll)