Bully BBQ – American Style Barbecue Class

Bully BBQ – American Style Barbecue Class

I can’t get enough of American style barbecue. A few years ago I judged a Barbecue contest in Port Macquarie and since that event I have been absolutely infatuated with the flavours. My love of smoked, slow cooked barbecue meats is so intense that I even brought...
Mediterranean Food Tour – 5 Top Foods

Mediterranean Food Tour – 5 Top Foods

5 Foods You Have to experience on your Mediterranean Food Tour One of the very best things about visiting new countries is sampling the local cuisine. Readers will know that I regularly choose my travel destinations based on the foods I want to experience. New tastes,...
Hunter Valley Wine Festival

Hunter Valley Wine Festival

The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is set to host the second annual Hunter Valley Wine Festival.  On the 11th October 2014 Hunter Valley producers will showcase an extensive array of wine, food, beer and cider. The Crowne Plaza is inviting locals and visitors alike to...
Lovedale Brewery Wins Gold!

Lovedale Brewery Wins Gold!

Lovedale Brewery is located on the grounds of Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.  It developed from the Schwartz family brewery in Sydney and is already enjoying a huge success at it’s Lovedale home.  Just two months after brewing commenced in the Hunter Valley...
Wine & Food Pairing Made Easy

Wine & Food Pairing Made Easy

Gourmet Getaways readers would know that I enjoy a nice drop of wine. I particularly like to match my wine appropriately with the meal, the event and the season. Wine & Food Pairing isn’t as difficult as some make it out to be. Matching appropriate wines...
Happy 4th of July America!

Happy 4th of July America!

To all our lovely American readers, “Happy 4th of July!” I hope you are waking up to a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family. Recipe Girl – Cheesecake Pops I have put together a few quick recipe ideas from fellow bloggers to help you get...
Wine & Cheese Pairing: A Quick Guide

Wine & Cheese Pairing: A Quick Guide

Handmade and bordering on artisanal, wine and cheese are two of the greatest culinary pleasures ever developed in the centuries of human civilisation. These two treats go together like bread and butter, complimenting each other and elevating dining experiences to...
Balinese Cooking Class

Balinese Cooking Class

Today I am attending a Balinese cooking class held at the Nirwana Pan Pacific Resort Bali. Cooking classes are one of my favourite activities when I travel.  Learning to cook the regional food means I can enjoy the flavours from the holiday even after we have...
Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail Tasmania

Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail Tasmania

After a glorious nights sleep aboard Spirit of Tasmania we disembarked bright and early in Devenport. Both hubby and I were feeling refreshed and ready for the next stage of our Tasmanian adventure. We had chosen to take Spirit of Tasmania rather than fly because we...
The Big Day Out 2014 – Gold Coast

The Big Day Out 2014 – Gold Coast

Another great year for the Big Day Out! First stop was New Zealand on the 17th January, then it was the Gold Coasts turn to welcome the festival. A Big Day Out road trip was in order for Gourmet Getaways. Yes it’s a good 4 hour drive each way from Coffs Harbour...
Sugar Plum Cakes & Desserts

Sugar Plum Cakes & Desserts

Retro, cute, quirky, delicious, these are all adjectives I could use to describe a gorgeous converted caravan named Myrtle. Pink flamingos light the van after dark and the white picket fence is a quaint touch that completes this image of 1950’s domestic bliss. Inside...
Launch 2013 SBS Feast -Tastings on Hastings

Launch 2013 SBS Feast -Tastings on Hastings

October will see a bigger and better Tastings on Hastings! Tastings on Hastings is the annual month long food, beer, wine and cultural festival based in Port Macquarie. It was officially launched this week with the announced that SBS food magazine Feast, will be the...
Absolute Thai Cooking Class

Absolute Thai Cooking Class

Would you like to learn the secret behind the distinctive Thai flavours responsible for the deliciousness of your favourite Thai dishes? Mr GG and I are attending a Thai cooking class at Absolute Sea Pearl in Patong, Phuket. We have chosen three dishes from the twelve...
Top Drop – A Trio of Wicked Elf

Top Drop – A Trio of Wicked Elf

The Little Brewing Company A Trio of Wicked Elf T’is the season to be jolly! Why not enjoy something special this Christmas with the Wicked Elf range of thirst quenching boutique beers. Quite often the man’s festive needs are neglected, so perhaps it’s time to spoil...