PERTH, Australia
Australia is world famous for its wine, with several notable wine regions such as Hudson Valley, Yarra Valley and Margaret River. During my stay at Perth, I visited one of the often bypassed but long-in-history wine region known as Swan Valley.

What’s nice about Swan Valley is that it’s less than an [...]

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PERTH, Australia
The second stop in my Australian vacation took me to Perth – the most remote populated city in the world on the western edge of Australia. That’s probably why few Americans have made it out to this part of the world.

But Perth is on the rise, with a state tourism promotion [...]

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SYDNEY
Because of its proximity to Asia, Australia is known for some of the best Asian cuisine, especially in large cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.

While in Sydney, I wanted to try some Asian cuisine that I don’t normally find back home in the Bay Area. So I enlisted my foodie friend Rui, [...]

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SYDNEY
When I travel, I often find myself heading off the beaten tourist path to discover an unusual food item. These are often found in the local neighborhoods, not necessarily around the city’s landmarks or notable attractions.

While researching my trip to Sydney, I read on an online discussion board about a little bakery [...]

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SYDNEY
G’day mate! I’ve been in Sydney, Australia, the last few days, dodging tropical thunder showers and exploring the diverse dining scene. I decided to ease into the Australian gastronomy with this first feature on a hip restaurant that could fit easily into San Francisco’s seasonal, local food movement.

Ester – opened last summer [...]

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The ramen scene has been growing in San Francisco but still not as exciting as San Mateo or San Jose. Now things might be changing with the arrival of L.A.-based Ramen Yamadaya.

The ramen restaurant group, with five locations in the Los Angeles area, opened its first Northern California spot earlier this year right in [...]

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After taking a break last year, I was back as one of the “people’s” judges at the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason.

The annual chocolate trade show brings together some of the more noted artisan chocolatiers, such as annual show favorite Amano Artisan Chocolate and Bay Area favorites like Charles Chocolates. [...]

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There are so many new restaurants opening in San Francisco, it’s hard to keep up. I’m always checking out the latest and greatest, but sometimes it’s nice to discover a favorite among regulars.

Believe it or not, there are restaurants I’ve never heard of. Like L’Ardoise, a French bistro in the Castro area that my [...]

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