Bottomless Lakes State Park – Roswell, New Mexico, United States

If you only stopped in Roswell’s main town, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was all alien paraphernalia and 50s diners. And for dwelling on the confrontingly high level of morbid obesity in the area. But if you drive 30 minutes past town out to Bottomless Lakes, you’ll find a place of unexpected beauty – […]

The Power Plant – Toronto, Canada

Driving back from Newcastle to Sydney one Sunday afternoon, North Nomad and I took a “shortcut”. The shortcut doubled our return trip, and took us through Wolf Creek territory. Driving through the semi-rural regional area about 40 minutes out of Newcastle, we hit a stretch of road that was deserted but for one house. One […]

Maple Breakfast Smoothie – Gastropost Toronto

Gastropost Toronto‘s mission for March was Maple Vs Honey. South Nomad chose maple – it’s what she uses as a natural sweetener in all of her breakfast smoothies. You can see her strawberry, pineapple, almond milk, and maple syrup smoothie up at http://gastropost.nationalpost.com/post/78849790305/from-gastroposter-jessica-meddows-via * Gastropost is also available as a two page spread in Toronto’s Edition […]

Crystal Cove Beach and Newport Beach Whole Foods – Orange County, California, United States of America

Baywatch has an awful lot to answer for. “The Hoff” is not cool. Those red swim suits wouldn’t hold up ten metres in waves, let alone saving another human’s life in a rip. And California does not have an endless summer. Nor is its ocean anywhere near warm. Like everyone, I have my 90’s secret […]

Recipe Wednesday: Warm lentil, spinach and tomato salad

On a cool day, this salad warms the cockles and is a hearty, filling dish. Warming, hearty, filling. Not usually what you think of with salads, right? And it’s super simple. It should take 15 minutes max, including prep. Ingredients: 1 can of lentils 1 bunch of spinach 1 tomato or half a punnett of […]

The Apple Bar – Bilpin, New South Wales, Australia

Do you have a secret dining spot or bar that you’re hesitant to share with the world? Or even your good friends? For me, that was the Apple Bar in Bilpin. Everyone in the Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains knew about it, but the rest of Sydney was oblivious to the fact that one of […]

The Hilton – Auckland, New Zealand

If you want the best views in Auckland’s city, you need to stay at the Hilton. Being frequent travellers, we stay at the Hilton for the membership rewards. We’ve had a mix of experiences at Hilton owned hotels and resorts – ranging from the luxurious (Bora Bora), the business functional (Sydney), to the threadbare and […]

Toronto Tea Festival -Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I take it all back, Canada. All those snarky things I said about North Americans not understanding tea and its intricacies and complexities. Oh, how wrong was I … The Toronto Tea Festival 2014 was held on the weekend of 1-2 February in the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library in Yorkville. North Nomad got a […]

Ruined Castle – Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Like Ahab chasing Moby Dick, I obsessed over Ruined Castle. Each time I planned a hike to this sandstone rock formation cluster in NSW’s Blue Mountains, the gods of bushwalking looked unkindly on me and it had to be postponed. I didn’t just want to know what you could see five hours hike deep into […]