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Where's Jonny? Care to dine with me? You would think that 11 years of daily food tasting for a living might put me off?......au contraire! Chomp away with me across 6 continents. Seduced like a bloodhound to the scent of good food, I anticipate the misty waft of steaming broths, the satisfying crunch of mudbugs and the vibrant aroma of freshly pulverised lemongrass. Buon appetito

Return from the moon

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 8 Sep 2007 | Views [944]

There were no lamps on the road and what seemed like a desert land devoid of all life suddenly awakened by nightfall. We were alone. A meteor storm of moths bombarded the windscreen as I drove, their white wings illuminated by the headlights. Things ... Read more >

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Journey to the moon

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 8 Sep 2007 | Views [1070]

Blasting off from the ¨vinefamous¨ Mendoza, we followed the mountain range east towards the desert.  Canine corpses formed a regular sight along the dusty roadside as we rocketed over the bumpy surface in our lunar explorer (actually it was a 1.4 litre ... Read more >

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It´s not all Bull, just most of it - Notes on Argentine food

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | Views [2102] | Comments [2]

Roaming prides of lions in the Serengetti eat less meat than these carnivores. Those who know me, are aware of my reluctance to have eaten British beef for some years.  Paranoia or not, I felt compelled to indulge in beef here or forsake the basis of ... Read more >

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Legends of the fall - Iguacu

ARGENTINA | Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | Views [1112]

Unless you have witnessed and breathed Iguacu falls, trying to describe the experience is like explaining the sensation of falling snow to an indigenous sub-tropical tribe. A large plane from Buenos Aires, the seatbelt sign had been illuminated for ... Read more >

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Gallery: Ambling across Argentina

ARGENTINA | Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

Niagra pahhh THESE are waterfalls
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Heads of animals to Heads of State

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | Views [922]

Doctors recommend a light walk after a plane journey and there^s nothing more poigniant than a saunter round a graveyard after a flight that nearly put you in one. Not just any graveyard.  The cemetario in the bohemian district of Recolleta, Buenos ... Read more >

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Plane Crazy

ARGENTINA | Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | Views [1810] | Comments [1]

I dreaded flying over the Andes Mountains. What would happen to the plane?  Ever seen the film, Alive?  It was however, not the mountain range that evoked fear amongst passengers on this flight...... The towering snow-capped Andes surrounding Santiago ... Read more >

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Gallery: Chomping in Chile

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

Latin beats begin
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Everyone`s kissing in Chile

CHILE | Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | Views [1392]

Paris is SO last season.  There`s clearly something in the Andean air of Chile and its not just pollution. It appears that Santiago is the new place to "elope by the slopes." The snow capped mountains may be minus 40 but the temperature in ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Maoris, Moustaches and Manuka

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | Views [1037]

We looked 50 feet into the volcanic crater, its grassy sides rippled like an ancient sunken souffle.  With 360 degree panoramas over Auckland, Mount Eden is the highest of 48 volcanoes in the city. I was just positioning Maria for the, ¨crawling from a ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

What happened to Bernie Clifton?

CHILE | Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | Views [1105]

12 hrs on a plane and 19 hrs time difference.  Like a Time Lord, I had arrived in Santiago, Chile before I left Auckland.  At one point I passed myself on the plane.  Bizarre. I wandered around the capital in a daze on the Ascension of the Virgin (a ... Read more >

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Witnessing Sodom

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 11 Aug 2007 | Views [896]

Even from the small gravelly car park our souls were in peril. Whispy hands of white sulphorous gas ebbed at our feet like a scene from, "The Fog."   Ominous clouds of white rose around our bodies. The playwright James Bernard Shaw named ... Read more >

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I took the wild food challenge

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | Views [2902] | Comments [1]

Yes, I've crunched cobra in Cambodia and munched mouse in the Mekong but the wild food I refer to here is one of less extremes. I am a staunch advocate of game.  Full of real flavour, free range, organic, low in fat, it's the antithesis of all that ... Read more >

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My Taupo Trout recipe

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | Views [1326] | Comments [1]

Amaze/frustrate your backpacker bretheren with my simple trout recipe. The rainbow trout I used were smoked but you could easily use poached trout or even salmon. Serves 1 hungry backpacker. Ingredients Portion of egg noodles - boiled for 2 minutes ... Read more >

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Gone Fishing....at last

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | Views [892]

Tumbling white rapids bounced and spat as I cast my fly across the current.  Gusty winds made conditions difficult, but once sunk, my hare and copper lure danced along the stoney river bed enticingly.. Dressed in chest-high neoprene waders, the clarity ... Read more >

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Searching for Quad

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 4 Aug 2007 | Views [856]

New Zealand is a bizzare country of Capitals. In an attempt to encourage tourism across its small townships the government has coached folk to create their own USP. "Gore," for example is the self procalimed, "brown trout capital of ... Read more >

Tags: Adrenaline

Ginger potion cures motion on ocean

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 4 Aug 2007 | Views [1470] | Comments [1]

The thing about throwing up amongst 1600 ferry passengers is that its impossible to do it quietly. Interislander ferries describe the trip from Picton in the south island to Wellington in the north as a, "breathtaking journey."  This is no ... Read more >

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Seals, sandflies and sea kayaks

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 30 Jul 2007 | Views [1504]

"Beware the hideous biting sandflies of New Zealand," warns Sir Ian McKellan in the Lonley Planet guide.  We relaxed in the knowledge that the icy weather was way too cold for their bloodthirsty mouths. Not so....for in a place known as Milford ... Read more >

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My itch to Twitch

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007 | Views [901]

Trying to shoot a partridge using a shotgun is tricky business - shooting an Albatross with a camera is even more challenging. I'm gaining a lot of satisfaction photographing wild birds - even though I don't get a tasty dinner at the end. Colourful ... Read more >

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Hobbit Habitat

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007 | Views [1277]

When my trip began in South Africa I recall a chap in Cape Town asking us in all sincerity if Hobbits where a real race of people. He assumed that the films were shot in England and that we were part of the cast. (actually I'm not that short) We ... Read more >

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