Philippine Airlines (PAL) reaching for the stars!

I have just come back from a relaxing 10 days in my homeland the Philippines, visiting my folks, catching up with friends and all the extended family members. Everything went smoothly the moment I stepped onboard my Philippine Airlines flight from Sydney to Manila and onwards to Davao and vice-versa. Considering the drama that has taken place before I flew out, the Xiamen airline incident that paralysed airport operations for few days as well as lingering wrath of recent super-typhoon.

Salt Grill by Luke Mangan onboard Pacific Eden

The first time we experienced the taste of Salt Grill by Luke Mangan was last year during our first cruise with Pacific Eden. Although you pay to dine here, this onboard restaurant is very popular, lunch and dinner reservations get fully booked within hours of boarding. Despite our attempt to book early, we ended up on the waiting list, which is the next best option as it usually pays off, thankfully the lovely staff were able to accommodate us for lunch and things even got better when Luke Mangan came to say hello at our table. 

Conquering The Matterhorn in a day!

With 4 official languages spoken, French, German, Italian and Romansh, you will not get lost in Switzerland! It is hard to define this country in words, it’s simply stunning. From its economy, awe-inspiring standard of living, chocolates, safety, cleanliness and impressive natural wonders that will take your breath away, Switzerland is definitely a must country to be included on your bucket list. The serene lakes, rivers, falls, glaciers, medieval cities, landmarks, imposing mountains, rolling hills, high peak Alps, food and wine, Switzerland has so much to offer! Although it’s not a cheap country to visit and travel, there are ways on how you can stretch your budget without robbing your bank balance.  

Delight your tastebuds with unique Indochine flavours at Bistro Mekong Castlecrag

It’s the middle of winter in Sydney and if you’re looking for a lovely meal to nourish the soul in a warm, inviting and cosy ambience, Bistro Mekong in Castlecrag  is the place for you. Their inspired menu by countries along the mighty Mekong River – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam offers flavoursome and bold dishes that will warm you up from cold winter nights.

Now open: Holy Duck in Castlecrag

The newly re-vamped Quadrangle Shopping Village in Castlecrag is set to become one of lower North Shore’s hottest foodie destinations with all the exciting developments taking place. Two of Kensington Street much loved restaurants have already opened their doors. Bistro Mekong the sister restaurant of Mekong and Holy Duck are now in full swing serving their specialised menu that is sure to please one and all. 

A day trip to Cabramatta!

A day spent in Cabramatta is just like a trip to South East Asia with the advantage of leaving your passport behind. It’s a vibrant and colourful suburb located in South-Western Sydney about 30 kilometres from the City.  A melting pot of different cultures all rolled into one place. A gourmand’s destination with restaurants offering the authentic taste of Asia. An ultimate shopping destination of dry goods, fresh seafood, jewellery, electronics, fabrics, street food and an amazing array of exotic fruits and vegetables. 

The Meat & Wine Co opens in Parramatta

Located in the sophisticated Meriton Dining Precinct, Parramatta’s latest dining destination, The Meat & Wine Co brings a modern steakhouse to the area. A few weeks ago I was invited by FCBA (Food Critics and Bloggers Australia) to join them for an exclusive media dinner organised by The Meat & Wine Co to celebrate the opening of their latest branch in the heart of Parramatta. 

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