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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 [...]


Set those DVRs! Me-N-Paula = Oh My God

by Matt on June 27, 2012

Dear friends, if you’re not doing anything this Saturday morning you can turn on your television and watch me a) cooking b) actin’ a fool c) trying to keep it together in the presence of Paula Deen. Ok, actually maybe they edited  c) out of the show, I don’t know. You never know what happens [...]


My favorite places in Nova Scotia

by Matt on June 24, 2012

Well folks, I wanted to share with you the two places in Nova Scotia that really left a big impression on me. Truth be told, all of them did, every single place. But these two places were so fantastic that I just had to write about them all by their little happy selves.  And they [...]


Top Ten Halifax Moments

by Matt on June 19, 2012

I just returned from 5 glorious days along the Eastern coast of Canada, Nova Scotia to be exact. But you might already know this. In those days I visited Halifax, Dartmouth, the Annapolis Valley, Sambro, Ketch Harbor, Wolfville, and many points inbetween as part Canada’s Explore Like A Local campaign. In fact, I was one [...]


Halifax, Nova Scotia

by Matt on June 13, 2012

So what can I say about my first day in Halifax? It’s nice. And before you say “Nice? That’s all?” I want to back up and say that I mean it in the strongest sense of the word, not in a “well I don’t have anything else to say so nice is a good harmless [...]


Howdy folks! Give me my camera and a notepad, set me loose in Halifax, Nova Scotia, throw in a fantastic dose of social media and your requests and what do you get? The Canadian Trailblazer Contest, part of the Explore Like A Local campaign from the Canadian Tourism Commission and Travel + Leisure magazine. And [...]


US Army Culinary Arts Competition

by Matt on May 27, 2012

This post originally appeared in 2010. I am rerunning it this Memorial Day weekend in remembrance of all those who have served. Matt’s Forward: I wanted to offer a recap of the day I spent with the US Army and cover this event objectively. I wanted to view myself as a reporter of some sorts, [...]


Copper River Salmon. It’s time!

by Matt on May 18, 2012

The efforts to fish and preserve this food source lie in the delicate balance of Mother Nature and the lifelong dedication of a group of some pretty special people. “You really have to want to be here, in Cordova,” I heard from more than just one person. “You don’t accidentally stumble or end up here. [...]