Gelato Nightcaps, Italia

There seems to be a direct correlation between red wine intake and the desire for extra scoops of gelato. As a nutritionist I’d like to choose now to remind all of the positive health outcomes of those who follow a Mediterranean diet. Mum and I both agreed that as our night’s in Italy began to tally up, there seemed to be a rise in the … Continue reading Gelato Nightcaps, Italia

The Austrian Storybook Town of Hallstatt

It’s a storybook alpine village that demands to be painted. The trick is to cancel out the ferry loads of grinning visitors and their wildly flailing selfie-sticks So ultimate is this destination to some that an exact replica has been built in China (for a sneaky little USD$940 million). Unfortunately someone made a small mistake and installed a London style red phone booth, just about … Continue reading The Austrian Storybook Town of Hallstatt

Konditorei Zauner

It’s an old school display of grandeur that I could watch for hours. Zauner Café & Konditorei in the small Austrian town of Bad Ischl has everything a good royal tea and confectionary house should; wooden tables with the curvy legs (that make them look like they’re about to do a little dance), velvet backed chairs, staff with frilly black and white dresses and black … Continue reading Konditorei Zauner

An Alpine Birthday Celebration

    My mother arrived in Europe in time for my birthday. Three days in and she’d already filled the photo memory on her phone twice, laughed at every sign that said ‘einfahrt’ (and in particular at a ticket that said ‘uberfahrt’) and made up German sounding words to use in every possible situation e.g. lets-zen go-zen for a coffee-zen. You’ll be thrilled to know … Continue reading An Alpine Birthday Celebration

A Week of Breakfast in Scotland

​As a dedicated breakfast warrior I can safely say that Scotland has moved beyond the trifecta stronghold of oats, lamb and potatoes. Three cheers for the Scottish nation as a whole, we can now all enjoy mornings of all the good stuff. Three cheers also for unpredictable Scottish weather which likes to spit on you just as you begin to enjoy your avocado and tomato … Continue reading A Week of Breakfast in Scotland

A German Weekend being German

Quin and I spent a long and brilliant weekend with LouLou and Piet just outside of Stuttgart city. At Piet’s house (a big timber-framed beauty which his Dad Wolf built), we we’re greeted with a 3 liter beer, a selection of local Stuttgartian beers, enough German chocolates for 2 excited children (that’s us!) and a wooden board of wood fired bread and mountain cheeses. Wolf … Continue reading A German Weekend being German