Q:Hi, just dropping a line to say that I'm following you because I chanced to read a recap you wrote on an episode of Masterchef and just liked your style of writing. It seems that you've been quiet lately so here's to hoping you'll be writing more on this and that soon. Take care xoxo
Q:What is the name of the ribollita Restaurant in Florence?
Hi, thanks for checking out my blog. I’m sorry but I don’t know what it was called. If you’re interested, my new blog covering MasterChef Australia Season 6 is at http://masterchefreheated.wordpress.com. It also includes Season 4 recaps.
Recaps of the most popular reality cooking show on the planet
Hey MasterChef Australia fans, a reminder that my recaps have moved to this page. Check out the episodes 1 and 2 recaps.
Attention followers and fellow MasterChef fans, I decided to get back into writing recaps of the cooking show I love and loathe in equal measure. Please check it out, follow and share if you like.
Hollywood, Venice Beach and Santa Monica
In April 2012, I set out on my USA discovery tour. I’ve finally gotten around to writing about it!
The 14 hour flight from Sydney was uneventful aside from noticing that United Airlines flight attendants are a fair bit older (and grumpier) than their Australian Virgin and JetStar counterparts. So, pretty much on par with QANTAS cabin crew.
My mate, David, a fellow Perth lad, now LA man about town, took me on what he called his “Trashy LA Tour”. On possibly the soggiest day of the year, we ventured out to Hollywood Boulevard to see the sights like the Chinese Theatre, Walk of Fame and the Hollywood sign.
After a couple of days in Saigon, I head north to Hanoi. I would be travelling by rail back down the country. So I flew up on new low cost airline, VietJet. All in all, a trouble-free undertaking.
The capital of Vietnam is a heady mix of old with new. Like the rest of the country, Hanoi balances the legacy of French Colonialism, Vietnamese traditionalism and 21st Century enterprise upon its capable shoulders.
It’s a balmy July evening as my Air Asia flight lands in Ho Chi Minh City, or as everyone actually calls it, Saigon. I wait for my visa on arrival to be processed, overhearing the familiar Strine from the myriad of overly eager Aussie backpackers. Gung-ho to get trashed on $0.50 beer, no doubt. Mate, this isn’t Bali, there’s more to do than that!
My name gets called and my passport given back. I see the one-month single -entry label stuck inside, after paying the US$25 fee (remember to bring some USD with you for this, but everything else can be paid in Vietnamese Dong). Thankfully, when I wrote aspiring food blogger as my profession, they didn’t revoke the visa and deport me.
Unable To Write MasterChef All Stars Recaps
Dear Followers and MasterChef fans,
I will embark on my first trip to Vietnam on Saturday. Sadly, this means that I’ll miss the majority of MasterChef All Stars (which looks fantastic, I might add). I’ll play catch up when I get back. So unfortunately there’ll be no recaps from me.
I will however, endeavour to document my exploits across the mystical land that is Vietnam, for those interested.
Take care and enjoy all the fun and frivolity of All Stars!