Been there, loved that

Hooray! My South Coast locavore story, aided and abetted by the talented Josh Tyler, of Tyler’s Pantry in Mogo, is out today in the fabulous December/January issue of ABC delicious.

To celebrate, I’ve thrown together a few extra snaps for your delectation. Suffice to say – I bloody well love this stunning part of the world, so please don’t all go rushing there and spoiling it with your small bars and pig’s ear sliders. Just read about it, instead, okay?


On the road again

I just thought I’d blow my own trumpet once more and put the word out about the fehhhbulous July issue of delicious. magazine, out now, and made even more compelling by the presence of my locavore feature on Mudgee and Orange, NSW.

Of course, the true heroes of the hour were (and still are) Hannah and Peter Logan of Logan Wines, whom I met, blathered with, ate and drank with, then subsequently plagiarised, to write this story.

Surprisingly, this was all condoned by one Danielle Oppermann, editor of said magazine, who set me loose on the roads of NSW’s Central West, with nought but a map, a crap sense of direction and an innate mistrust of disembodied voices stuck to the inside of hire-car windscreens. Had my four-day road trip been mapped in the vintage Hollywood manner – with a tiny, childishly wrought automobile icon plotting an illustrated route across a cartoon map of ye olde New South Wales, it would have closely resembled a Spirograph drawing. (Oh – just Google it, kiddies.)

So many U-turns, so little time. But what a time – this is a gorgeous part of the world, my friends, so my thanks also go out to Tourism NSW, for helping me get there in the first place, no matter how long it took me to find it…

Robert Stein Vineyard, Mudgee, NSW

And, despite the fact that my mission was to showcase (oh, how that word has been hammered into the ground by me and my editorial ilk in recent times; forgive us, for we know not what we’re doing) the many and varied gustatorial and libationary splendours of this region, some of my most  enjoyable moments were spent taking photographs of oddities like this, at Robert Stein Winery.

That, and finally discovering the names of all the songs on Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange CD (the hire car had a CD player that flashed each track’s title as it played – revelation!). As has long been the case, I’d been singing completely the wrong words.

Polly Jones” – I ask you…

But then, I also used to think Neil Young was singing “Hey, Hey, the Purple Green Fairy”, on After the Gold Rush… (and you can Google that one, too).

Coming soon, how to get the best out of Chile on four hours’ sleep a night.

Driving Miss Rosie

Auckland in April’s delicious. magazine

This is a quick hooroo before Monetise This, her mother and her dog set off on a week’s road trip tomorrow. It will be a mystery tour (to you, at least, gentle reader – I know where we’re going, and I have a strong suspicion that that dog does, too; my mother not so much). Unfortunately, contractual obligations mean I can’t divulge where we’re going, for fear of scaring the butchers, bakers, candlestick makers, restaurateurs, bartenders, chefs, producers, entrepreneurs and hoteliers we may meet along the way. Not that any of them would have a clue who we were, anyway, even if we told them.

This road trip is also a pre-emptive celebration of my mother, Rosalind’s birthday in April. She intends to make it to her 80th if it’s the last thing she does, just so she can cock a snook at the rest of her pathetically short-lived relatives ensconced in that great, bustling salt-beef bar in the sky.

But I hope it won’t be.

So for the time being, I’ll leave you with this now-ubiquitous piece of blogoriphic self-promotion for my Auckland travel feature in the April issue of delicious. magazine (OUT NOW!!!). With thanks to Mimi Gilmour, tireless locavore and the fastest talker in the Southern Hemisphere, and all the lovely folk at Tourism New Zealand.