Paddle Boarding at Summerland Point Lake Macquarie © Aleney de Winter

31 things to do in Lake Macquarie with kids

  With its enormous shimmering lake, pristine coastal beaches, swathes of unspoiled wilderness, and a cornucopia of quiet and cosy holiday towns – all just a 90 minute-drive from Sydney, and 45 minutes from the heart of the Hunter Valley’s wineries –  there is no shortage of things to do in Lake Macquarie with kids. […] Read more…

Mhu Grob Padt Prik Khing

Mhu Grob Padt Prik Khing at home

Raff is never happier than when he’s in a restaurant kitchen, learning tips and tricks about his favourite dishes from his favourite chefs, and pilfering the spoils to stuff down his neck. And Mhu Grob Padt Prik Khing (stir fried crisp pork belly in spicy red curry paste) and Chat Thai Gateway’s Chef Oat are […] Read more…

The dazzling Grand Palace in Bangkok.

How to enjoy Thailand from your sofa

  While the garden of earthly delights that is Thailand used to be just a plane ride away, it is sadly out of reach for the immediate future. But the kids and I are hankering after the scent of temples filled with burning incense sticks and fragrant flower garlands. Oh, what we wouldn’t do for […] Read more…

South African Hertzoggies recipe

South African Hertzoggies recipe

A virtual visit to South Africa calls for more South African snacks. Because we can’t possibly head on safari or visit all out favourite haunts without bringing our tastebuds along for the ride. And with a 2pm AEST start for today’s sofa safari, coinciding with afternoon tea, we thought it was time to whip up […] Read more…

Zebras at Sabi Sabi

How to enjoy South Africa from your sofa

While we may not be able to visit South Africa in the immediate future, there’s nothing stopping us from inviting South Africa to visit us! There are dozens of new and interactive ways to enjoy all the riches that incredible South Africa has to offer from your sofa. It’s no secret my kids fell head […] Read more…

Sri Lankan Egg Hopper Recipe

Sri Lankan Egg hoppers

A Sri Lankan-style breakfast is amongst the greatest meals this asbestos-tongued foodie has had the pleasure of meeting and eating. And, in my opinion, the undisputed stars of this Sri Lankan morning show are Sri Lankan egg hoppers. Even in the morning Sri Lankan cuisine is fuelled by chilli, curry leaves, cinnamon and black pepper. […] Read more…

Itchy feet in isolation

Dreaming of Aussie family adventures

Like many travel loving families, we’ve been suffering from a serious case of itchy feet after the temporarily parking of our travel plans. Juggling home schooling and WFH, it felt at times like the only place we were likely to end up was at Wit’s End. But rather than letting lockdown in our tiny two-bedder […] Read more…

Perkedel Jagung – Easy Indonesian Corn Fritters

Perkedel Jagung – Easy Indonesian Corn Fritters

A paradise of golden sand, temples and sunshine, Indonesia’s Island of the Gods, is also a gastronomic heaven. Blessed with an abundance of fresh produce and a culinary culture that’s a fine fusion of indigenous tradition, bold Indonesian flavours and a smattering of Indian influence, I’m fairly convinced Bali’s deities’ all have very happy bellies. […] Read more…

Snowmobile tours at Falls Creek Resort with kids

Falls Creek Resort with Kids

There’s a distinct chill in the air and that only means one thing at Casa Eats World! Nagging. Incessant freakin’ nagging! Because, you see, both my wee powder pups are hooked on ice. Thankfully though, it is the type that falls from the sky as opposed to the stuff that’s manufactured in dodgy suburban garages. My […] Read more…

SNowfight at Charlotte Pass

16 hot family ski holiday hacks

Believe it or not, skiing has been around since before the wheel. While it’s only been seen as a leisure sport for a few hundred years, cave paintings dating back as far as 20,000 years show early man attaching sticks to his feet. It’s safe to either assume that it was as a mode of […] Read more…

BBQ Prawns with Bush Tucker Dukkah and Mint Yoghurt

BBQ Prawns with Bush Tucker Dukkah

The thinking foodies crumpet, Michael Pollan and Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney have served up a new Netflix original series to binge on, guilt-free, and it’s got us cooking up a storm. Cooked, a Netflix docuseries based on Pollan’s 2013 book, Cooked: a Natural History of Transformation, is an entertaining feast for the eyes, mind and tastebud that […] Read more…

Raff and Chef Oat at Chat Thai Gateway

Review: Chat Thai Gateway Sydney

Everyone knows how much I love food and while there are so many world cuisines I crave and adore; my love of Thailand and its food is large. Seriously, I love every sweet, salty, spicy, sour morsel almost as much as I love my mum. Maybe even more. (Just kidding, Mum). And while I’ve been […] Read more…

South African samoosa recipe

South African Samoosa Recipe

You say samosa, I say samoosa. At least I do after our latest visit to Cape Town, where we shovelled the little golden triangles of savoury spiced goodness down our throats at every conceivable opportunity. The samosa, originally introduced to India between the 13th and 14th centuries by Arab traders as the sambosa, made its […] Read more…

rooftop glass pool The extraordinary rooftop pool at the Silo Cape Town

The Silo Hotel Cape Town with kids

“Whoa, what even is this place?” asks my awestruck daughter as we walk past the hulking industrial remains of a grain silo on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. “Are we sleeping in a factory?” The short answer is yes. Well, at least it used to be. Once an ugly industrial complex of derelict concrete grain silos, […] Read more…

South African Melktert (milk tart)

Sabi Sabi’s South African Melktert

Busy piling a tower of cake on her plate, Sugarpuff nearly loses the lot at a sudden unexpected trumpeting that emanates from beyond our afternoon tea buffet. A parade of noisy elephants is lumbering at speed toward Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge’s inviting waterhole, with a couple of tiny (by elephant standards) tots in tow. While […] Read more…

Loved up lions at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

South Africa’s Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge with kids

I’m somewhat addicted to South Africa.  And by somewhat, I mean I love it with a fervour bordering on the obsessive. While I’ve adored exploring its culture and history on previous visits, its famed wildlife has thus far eluded me. This is not because of any ninja-like flair Africa’s critters have for hiding, it’s 100% […] Read more…

Climbing Soweto Towers in Johannesburg

Things to do in Johannesburg with kids

  We manage to make it as far as customs before we’re on the receiving end our first chirpy “Howzit?”. Our honest answer? Excited. It’s our first visit to Johannesburg, or Jo’burg as it is affectionately known by locals, and we can’t wait to see what it has in store. Johannesburg may not be the […] Read more…

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