Australia

The Langham Sydney: Intimate luxury.

The Langham Sydney: Intimate luxury.

Sydney is a city ubiquitous with a range of hotels, from well-recognized brands to smaller properties, and just about everything in between.  For the start of our trip, we booked into the Langham Sydney, a boutique property with under 100 keys.  With the street closures […]

The Old Clare Hotel: Hipster Sydney stay.

The Old Clare Hotel: Hipster Sydney stay.

To finish our trip in Australia, I had been looking forward to our stay at The Old Clare Hotel in Sydney.  Located near the central train station (less than 5 minutes walking distance) and just at the top of stylish Kensington Street, not to mention […]

Kensington St. Social: Date night option.

Kensington St. Social: Date night option.

  Towards the end of a nearly 3-week trip, I’m not going to lie, I was feeling lazy about my food selection process. While I had a lengthy list of restaurants to explore in Sydney, in the end, our last night in Australia was spent literally […]

Scarlett: Dining at the Rocks.

Scarlett: Dining at the Rocks.

Coming off a successful Sydney Harbor Bridge climb (so fun – super touristy, but also an amazing way to see the city), I wanted to locate a restaurant that was close to the Langham (but also open — Sunday nights can be a bit tricky […]

Rice Paper Scissors: A (delicious) taste of Melbourne’s street food.

Rice Paper Scissors: A (delicious) taste of Melbourne’s street food.

When meeting up with former Dubai friends (this time in Melbourne), we decided on a relatively casual approach to our evening — which involved rooftop bars, two failed attempts at out of the way/secret/small capacity bars, a drink (or three) in Southbank, and dinner in […]

Riley St. Garage: A creative approach to dining.

Riley St. Garage: A creative approach to dining.

Meeting up with some friends from our early days in Dubai, I was more than happy to a) see them again and b) have someone else choose the restaurant.  With nearly 20 days of meals to choose in our tour across Australia, I was running […]

Nautilus: Port Douglas charms (with bonus bandicoots).

Nautilus: Port Douglas charms (with bonus bandicoots).

If you look up ‘oldie but a goodie’ I’m certain this restaurant will show up somewhere in the mix.  And if you haven’t specifically been to Port Douglas, I’m certain there is a similar restaurant in your favorite holiday town.  Although we’d had a long […]

Automata: My favorite Australian dining experience.

Automata: My favorite Australian dining experience.

I think it’s fairly clear by now there were a number of food highs and lows during my trip to Australia.  Restaurants I thought were going to be amazing but did not live up to the mark, and those I had literally no opinion of (or […]

Sage Dining Rooms: Checking out Canberra’s fine dining scene.

Sage Dining Rooms: Checking out Canberra’s fine dining scene.

Having a disappointing evening at Quay, I debated a number of properties the following night in Canberra (yes, we’re the weirdos who didn’t fly between Sydney and Melbourne) and finally came up with Sage.  The main reason?  Besides the fantastic reviews, it was located on […]



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