From the monthly archives:

August 2012

Rosemary Lavosh Canapés with Eggplant Dip. Thai style Larb with Squid, Shallots, Galangal and Lime Dressing. Confit Duck Cassoulet with White Beans and Sausage. Rack of Lamb with Pearl Barley, Cauliflower Puree and Harissa. These are not the offerings of your latest local fine dining establishment but menu items for Neil Perry’s Qantas International Inflight [...]


My trip to the Northern Territory and Southern Australia wouldn’t have been as phenomenal had I not arrived pampered, rested, refreshed and happy. And I have Qantas to thank for all of this. Even though I’ve logged many miles over the past two years I must say that when air travel is done right it [...]


Tasting Australia! Part 4!

by Matt on August 24, 2012

Part 4 of a series about this world class event held in Adelaide, South Australia. If it seems that I’ve been short on wine (yea right!) then my last day visiting South Australia sure made up for that. It was off to the Adelaide Hills and then the Barossa Valley for wine tasting and touring, [...]


Tasting Australia! Part 3

by Matt on August 23, 2012

Part 3 of a series about this world class event held in Adelaide, South Australia. One of the components of Tasting Australia involves getting out and seeing what makes the region so special. An overnight visit to Kangaroo Island exceeded any standard for a food festival I’ve ever experienced, and probably set the bench mark [...]


Tasting Australia! Part 2

by Matt on August 22, 2012

Part 2 of a series about this world class event held in Adelaide, South Australia. My days in Australia start the same, no matter what is on the agenda: with a Flat White. For the rest of the world yet to embrace this coffee drink, let me tell you how perfect it is. Similar to [...]


Tasting Australia! Part 1!

by Matt on August 21, 2012

Part 1 of a series about this world class event held in Adelaide, South Australia. The event was almost forkloric to me: a bi-annual gathering of food luminaries, producers, celebrities and chefs that convened in Southern Australia, touring and tasting for a weeklong festival of fine foods on one of my favorite continents. Add to [...]


Riding The Ghan in Australia

by Matt on August 20, 2012

This is the first in a series of posts about a visit to Australia. I began my journey in the Northern Territory before ending up in Southern Australia. You can read more about my travels all this week. Individual cabins. The dining car. Pre-dinner aperatifs in the lounge. While some people may believe that these [...]


New Column! Ask A Food Photo Question!

by Matt on August 16, 2012

Oh you guys, thank you! The response to the announcement about my new book has me smiling like you wouldn’t believe…thank you! The tweets and facebook posts are greatly appreciated and I really do hope you like this book! September 15th is the big day, but in the meantime I thought I’d kick off a [...]


Well, what do ya know…I wrote another book! I’ll spare you the details about sweating my butt off, missed deadlines, really creative strings of swearwords, and all those other things that happen when you are working on something you love. Keyword: WORK. But now, this? This is the best part. This is the part that [...]