From the monthly archives: April 2014

PERTH, Australia
One thing I appreciate about Australia is its willingness to preserve the past — good or bad. Take, for example, The Stables Bar, a popular restaurant and bar built in the refurbished landmark residence and stables of 19th Century businessman Jonathon Butterworth.

The bar, tucked away in a cobblestone courtyard of the […]

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FREMANTLE, Australia
A port city, Fremantle is one of Western Australia’s most historic cities, with beautiful, old-time facades at the top of buildings, many of which are made of red bricks.

The quaint town, accessible by train from Perth, is bustling with tourists and has an array of cafes and shops. But it’s recently […]

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SYDNEY
Stanmore is a neighborhood right outside Sydney that has a feel of a small ghost town because of its quiet roads and tattered storefronts. It’s not the place where you’d think to find a restaurant offering a degustation menu.

But that’s where I was, wandering the quiet streets of Stanmore on one of […]

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SYDNEY
The wine bar 10 William Street is the kind of place that looks like chefs from other restaurants come to hang out.

In fact, when I was there during my Australian vacation, what looked like chef friends sauntered up to the bar and was warmly greeted by Chef Daniel Pepperell. From the tiny […]

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MELBOURNE, Australia
One night when it was raining, I craved something comforting and warm. And for me that’s usually soup noodles or dumplings.

So I made my way to Hutong Dumpling Bar, which is nestled in a little alley (technically Market Lane) in the Chinatown district of Melbourne. I got there soon after it […]

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MELBOURNE, Australia
The last leg of my Australian vacation took me to the Victorian city of Melbourne, which has just as vibrant of a dining scene as the San Francisco Bay Area.

I arrived late on a Friday night, so I knew the first place I would try was Cumulus Up, a wine bar […]

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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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