BUZO, Woollahra Review: “Our evolution begins by not being defined by one country”

Growing up, I had a very Asian style eating habit.  If I was at home, meals were hot, served with meat, some veggies, sauce or soup and then served over rice.  I can't walk past a Thai, Vietnamese or Filipino place without going, "Oooh, I could go a round of rice and chicken". It's a habit I carry today.  I think of Asian food as "comfort" food, reminding me of my mother and grandmother, who did most of the cooking when I was growing up.  Alright, stuff it, all of the cooking (I cook now, ...

My French Adventure … in Sydney

Totally the latest of late posts ever ... it's been a bit busy the last few weeks, so much so that for literally one weekend (ok, more than one weekend), I curled up into a ball, shut my eyes and slept my life away. It was both amazing and frightening. What constitutes a panic attack? But I digress. Since starting this online space I've noticed that I've been more attuned to various cultural activities in Sydney. Yes, there's no greater feeling than getting on a plane and flying far far ...

Why food tours are an awesome example of getting outside the world you live in

Many many many moons ago, when the idea of My Local World was brewing in my head and I had no idea where it would go or what I would do, I looked for ways to spend my free time discovering Sydney like I was travelling the world.  What I love about international travel - aside from getting on the plane and going as far far away from your day to day life as possible - was that it was a chance to explore another culture, tap into another person's heritage, live another existence, even if if you ...

Experience all things French in Sydney in July

I will never forget my brief visit to Paris.  I knew it was beautiful - I had heard about the city's grandeur, the people's style and finesse, the food, the art. I knew what to expect.  I told myself Paris was that iconic that there would be no way I would be surprised when I finally got there. Totally wrong.  Everything from the streets, the atmosphere, the buildings and yes, of course, the people, blew me away.  There was something so completely foreign and beautiful about France and it has ...

Russia’s not that far from us thanks to Izba Russian Treats

´Violinist Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich and I had been emailing back and forth for weeks and weeks, talking about her new production, The Wild Swans at the Sydney Opera House.  When we'd finally settled on a suitable date and time, Victoria mentioned Izba in Newtown as a place to meet.  "It's Russian", she tells me in an email, "The owner is the loveliest girl!". Izba is also home to an array of Russian treats and cakes which you can have with coffee. Done, and done.  Cakes? You don't have to ...