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‘Teppanyaki’ and ‘ice cream’ are not words that we would expect to see together. To me, it’s like talking about a heat wave in Antartica! Not impossible, but curiously intriguing! We’d seen photographs of Slothie’s gorgeous waffle ice cream creations and still did’t get what ‘teppanyaki’ had to do with ice cream. More information was...
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Hobart, the capital of Australia’s most southerly state, Tasmania, is a great destination. There are many reasons to visit Tasmania, Lonely Planet recently noted: “It’s a joint effort in Tassie – the home of the world’s first green political party – where local produce plays a starring role at restaurants, hotels are moving to ban...
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Barrio Eatery & Bar is a gem of a restaurant, a place we’d class as ‘destination dining’, and well worth seeking out. It’s situated smack bang in the middle of Habitat, an eco-friendly business and accommodation complex which opened in late 2017 in Byron Bay’s industrial area. Barrio means “neighbourhood” in Spanish, a home away...
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The Brooks family have never taken the easy road. From regenerating a rundown farm to recyclable packaging, from using native botanicals to sustainable waste management, Brookies has led the way with best practice in both the food and drink arms of their business, sustainability at the core of everything they do. After winning multiple awards...
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With its elegant décor and theming, Tweed River House takes us back to a bygone era when expatriate life was at its peak. Reflecting the colonial bastions of Raffles Hotel in Singapore or the East India Trading Company, when we cross the threshold of Tweed River House the scene is set for long lingering lunches...
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There’s a technique in stress relief that says that we should take our shoes off and feel the dirt beneath our feet. Reconnect with Mother Earth. Feel grounded again. That’s the feeling we get when we visit Tasmania, particularly the Huon Valley. Shaped like a forked divining rod, its two sides split by the Huon...
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If you’ve been through Chinatown in Sydney or Melbourne, you may have seen queues lined up for ‘malatang’ and not realised that you were walking past one of the most popular street food experiences in the world. Originating in China, the malatang experience only arrived in Australia in 2020, and now Zhang Liang Malatang, one...
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Osteria at Petty Sessions is a great example of the food experiences available in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. Grounded in centuries old traditions, it sheds new light on the vibrant produce of local farmers and producers, making it the hero of each dish. Situated in the tiny village of Franklin beside the Huon River, Osteria gains...

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