July 2015 archive

Raffles & surfer Alex Hayes

Raffles chats with… Alex Hayes, Pro Junior Surfer

Popular Pro Junior surfer Alex Hayes has a legion of loyal fans on Instagram but the self-confessed shark fan is better known for his recent “shark selfie” that had the world’s media in a spin. The well-travelled and talented teen chats with Raffles about sports travel, competitive surfing, sharks, and that selfie… I think you are totally awesome. Not only […] Read more…

Under the spell of Osaka and Okonomiyaki

It’s most iconic structure may be a 16th-century shogunate castle that sets Raffles samurai senses tingling, but Osaka is probably better known for its high tech architecture, street eats and many, many stars… Michelin stars, that is. Japan’s undisputed gastronomic capital, it is said that the people of Osaka spend more money on food than on anything else. In fact, the […] Read more…

Our view from Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach

Crowne Plaza Coogee Staycation

After our big trip to Japan, our bank balance wasn’t all that agreeable to the idea of a winter school holiday break. And we’d accepted our school holiday fate when the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach came to our rescue! Would we like to stay the weekend? So emphatic was the answer to that question that […] Read more…

Hello Kitty Pork Buns and Hello Kitty's Cupcake Dream at Universal Studios, Osaka

Hangin’ with Hello Kitty in Japan

Sugarpuff has a bit of thing for Hello Kitty. And by “bit” I actually mean the kid loves that prissy puss with the white-hot intensity of a thousand burning suns! Needless to say in Japan, the birthplace of the famed feline, my girl is in Hello Kitty heaven. When I say feline I must do so with a […] Read more…

Raffles and Rebecca Kerswell of Coco Chocolate

Raffles chats with Coco Chocolate’s Rebecca Kerswell

The lovely Rebecca Kerswell – Valrhona Ecole du Grand Chocolat trained Chocolatier and owner of Sydney’s award-wining Coco Chocolate – knows a thing or two about great chocolate. By astounding coincidence, Raffles knows a thing or two about eating it! So when the two of them got together over a connoisseur chocolate tasting at her flagship Kirribilli store, it […] Read more…