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Travel + Places

Workshops at Gulf Photo Plus 2014 in Dubai!

by Matt on February 8, 2014

My feeble attempts at putting words together will not convey the excitement bursting from inside me regarding this announcement. I am joining several world-class photographers and instructors this year at one of the most preeminent photography festivals ever offered. And folks, this makes me giddy! Next month I’ll be leading a few food photography related [...]

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A Quick NYC Trip

by Matt on December 23, 2013

1475995_10152113122139510_946893226_nHappy holidays! We just returned from a week in chilly NYC, and let me just tell you what a fantastic time we had. Packed with food, friends, some work, more food, and even more friends, it was the best way to end the year and see all the pretty Christmas lights all over town.

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A few weeks ago I jumped in the car with my wonderful other half and our best friends Gaby and Thomas and headed to Santa Barbara for a very quick weekend getaway. Or maybe it was a day-and-a-half getaway, which at any rate is easy to do when you live in Los Angeles. We were [...]

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If you know me, you know I’m not really spontaneous. Not that I don’t want to be, it’s just, err, um, sometimes responsibilities take over. Or I let them, rather. So sitting around one night and flipping through a few friends’ instagram feeds, I turned to Adam (who just happened to be scrolling insta as [...]

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I’ve just returned from one extremely packed trip in San Francisco where I was working with the fine folks at Marriott Hotels as they kicked off their Travel Brilliantly Campaign. You can read more about it in my previous post as well as on their main site, where you can also submit your most innovative [...]

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Marriott’s Travel Brilliantly Campaign

by Matt on July 24, 2013

Over the past 3 years, I’ve visited 11 countries, over 150 cities, been on the road 326 days (give or take), and covered more than a quarter of a million miles. And in all those days of travel I’ve encountered dozens of hotels, experiencing all sorts of highs and lows along the way.  I’ve even [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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