Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

2018-11-26T16:21:29+07:00By |

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on our yearlong grand tour. This post is a comparison of [...]

Have You Ever Wanted to Hug Your Concierge?

2018-11-26T16:21:03+07:00By |

Staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while offers opportunities to get close to people in ways that a hotel can't. Don't believe us? These are some of the special people we befriended who touched our souls over the last year in some way. 1. Jamila from Marrakech The manager, housekeeper and [...]

A Year of Rhythm and Beats: Sounds and Music from a Grand Tour

2018-05-10T20:23:05+07:00By |

I grew up in a family where everyone played at least two or three musical instruments. That’s not a boast. I had to listen to musical scales being played on piano every day during my childhood. For three hours. Every day. I placed my fingers in my ears while cello, violin and viola practice was taking [...]

My Year in the Kitchen: Favourite Dishes From Around the Globe

2018-12-20T23:07:16+07:00By |

One of the things we love most about holiday rentals over hotels is that we're able to cook and eat 'at home'. Because unless you’re Keith Floyd (one of my inspirations as a wannabe cook in my 20s), you can’t just rock up to a hotel kitchen and whip something up. You can, however, do [...]

James M White, the Man Behind The Broken Spoke, Austin

2017-11-08T22:26:27+07:00By |

When we first met James M White, the owner of The Broken Spoke in Austin, we knew we had to interview the guy. James is just as much of a legend as his legendary honky tonk dance hall. Not only is The Broken Spoke the oldest and most famous honky tonk joint still in operation, [...]

Learning the Texas Two Step at an Austin Honky Tonk

2018-05-13T12:06:09+07:00By |

We didn’t need much encouragement to get us to The Broken Spoke, Austin’s famous honky tonk country dance hall. Getting me on the dance floor for some Texas Two Step, however, was another thing, and involved a bit of trickery on the part of Rusty Irons, who had brought us here. It’s not that I [...]

Huevos Rancheros Contemporary Recipe for Traditional Mexican Ranch Eggs

2019-08-14T15:58:30+07:00By |

Ever since we first visited Mexico years ago, huevos rancheros or ‘ranch eggs’ has been one of my favourite hearty breakfast dishes, both to eat and to cook. This huevos rancheros contemporary recipe for the traditional Mexican ranch eggs looks at the dish from a fresh angle. Essentially this contemporary take on huevos rancheros, the [...]

Only in Austin: a Country Music Cooking Lesson

2014-09-24T09:38:44+07:00By |

Cooking, music, film, film and music, food and film… so far, we’ve done it all in Austin. We learned to barbecue, we met local musicians, we’ve seen lots of music, we’ve talked music with a record storeowner, and we’ve talked music with a filmmaker… So why not learn to cook with a musician? While he [...]

Amy Cook and Alejandro Escovedo at the Cactus Cafe, Austin

2018-11-26T11:43:55+07:00By |

When we met Austin musicians Suzanna Choffel and Dan Dyer, and Dan’s girlfriend-cum-manager Mahshad Vakili (pictured here singing and dancing), Mahshad said she would keep us informed and let us know if there were any good gigs we should see while we’re in Austin. Well, we did a pretty good job of getting ourselves out [...]

Taking Tacos Seriously: Taco Journalism and the Taco Mafia

2018-05-06T13:06:02+07:00By |

The number of taco places in Austin is mind blowing — from white tablecloth restaurants to humble roadside stands, from dawn to the dead of night, you’ll find tacos on a menu or a blackboard somewhere in this Texas town. Everyone in Austin has advice on tacos, so in order to narrow down the field [...]

Price Check: an Austin Shopping List

2018-11-26T11:32:10+07:00By |

If you’re staying in a holiday rental in Austin and you’re a foodie and like to stay in and cook sometimes, you’ll be in heaven. Austin is blessed with beautiful produce and brilliant places to buy it — whether you want to shop the farmers’ markets or supermarkets such as Whole Foods and Central Market, or have [...]

From Paddock to Plate: Farm to Home Delivery in Austin

2018-11-26T11:00:49+07:00By |

Arriving at a holiday rental is a bit like checking into a hotel room… you snoop around the place, pull back the curtains, bounce on the bed, open cupboards and drawers, and you look in the fridge. When we needed to do some shopping, farm to home delivery in Austin was just what we needed. [...]

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