What am I doing out here?! It’s dark out, even the stars were tucked away behind a brick wall of clouds overhead. My kayak partner and I continued to zig zag across the Hauraki Gulf towards Auckland one stroke at a time. Logan, our fearless Auckland Sea Kayaks tour leader, forged ahead to lead the way while in another kayak,…

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It’s publication day and the nutty nose of ghee was alive in my kitchen at 7am. In between frying bread in clarified butter for that morning’s indulgent breakfast – saffron bread pudding – I danced along to the sizzle of ghee with the cookbook containing that recipe among a hundred others along with over 75 food…

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I am the biggest chicken alive. So how is it that I found myself launched out of a small plane 16,000 feet above the Bay of Islands in New Zealand? In partnership with Tourism New Zealand I spent the last week touring the northern part of the country’s North Island along with 3 other online journalists…

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What do you do when you get an invitation to a day at the Ascot racecourse for the Royal Ascot fine dining preview launch headlined by two Michelin star chefs Raymond Blanc and Phil Howard? Start shopping for the fanciest hat you can afford of course. That is until I realized smart casual is the dress code for premier…

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The concept of black and white must seem absurd for an island like Burano. There is no escaping the reach of colors in varying shades and intensity, not that I was looking to; here in Burano, roughly a 30 minute water taxi ride from Venice, it’s all part of the appeal.  A few weekends ago, in the doldrums of a…

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As I sit here and write this I hear the clang of stainless steel bowls, pots and pans, vibrating through my mother’s hundred year old house in New England. I’m now thousands of miles away in London but sometimes I swear her pitter-patter in the kitchen is still loud enough to stir me awake in the early…

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Last October I found myself on a cliff overlooking a tranquil valley that I thought only exist in storybooks of far away places with fairytale endings. At that point of the trip we had already breezed past stretches of bucolic green fields, clusters of 12th century French castles and a dramatic maze of 15 year…

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