Travel & Interviews



November 7, 2018
I recently relaxed for a few days in Fiji and noticed a change in the culinary climate. I’ve always enjoyed the tropical fruit, kokodu (marinated fish) and the local curries, which are often a little milder than the true Indian versions. However, a raft of new chefs have i...
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In 2005, Anthony Bourdain, in New Zealand to promote his Les Halles Cookbook, chatted to Jan Bilton, editor of the Foodtown Magazine....
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April 4, 2018
A relaxing break was the highlight of our weekly agenda. We’d bid successfully at a fund-raising event for a night at Ravenswood Manor, which offers boutique B&B accommodation overlooking Lake Karapiro — just a 10-minute drive away from our Cambridge home. The imposi...
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March 11, 2018
Our three-plus week stint in China was primarily to experience the history and culture and enjoy the stunning scenery. But I was also keen to discover if there had been any distinct changes to the cuisine since my last visit and to try something new. However, I wasn’t...
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When Harry met Fiona

March 11, 2018
Harry Williams is the head chef at Cambridge’s Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar. He lives in Cambridge, New Zealand with his wife and eight-year-old son. How long have you been at Alpha Street? Two years. New owner Fiona Massey was on the hunt for a chef. A friend of h...
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Paul Bocuse

January 23, 2018
RIP Paul Bocuse. 1927-2018 I wrote this last year celebrating his 90th birthday. His kindness will never be forgotten. 'Since 1765 the Bocuse family has kept a restaurant at Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or just north of Lyons, France. The earliest customers were boatman. In 1960 Paul...
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October 24, 2017
Michael G. Ryan explores Australia's mystical heart....
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Wanaka Wonderland

September 24, 2017
Central Otago is one of New Zealand’s great tourist destinations. Lakes, rivers and majestic mountains are the attraction and all offer gentle to extreme sports opportunities including heli and cross-country skiing, jet boat and jet ski riding. Plus climbing. Along the way...
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Go Wild in the Waikato

August 30, 2017
I'm a relative newbie to the Waikato so my intrepid journey with Food Writers NZ into the wild, was an eye-opening experience.   We thought the term ‘wild’ was a misnomer when we arrived at our first port of call — Zealong. Just north of Hamilton — in a ...
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Homewood Bound

October 8, 2014
We're scudding across the pristine blue waters of Pelorus Sound leaving the tourist hub of Havelock ('The Greenlip Mussel Capital of the World') in our wake, bound for Homewood Bay Lodge.Forty-five minutes later we round a headland and there, sitting high on the pine-carpete...
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