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An Incredible Meal and a Hot Chocolate at Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, Australia

Drive for a few hours down the Glenelg Highway from Ballarat, and you will reach the town of Dunkeld. As quaint as Dunkeld is, with its quiet little main street and stunning views, you could easily miss it, or just drive through it on your way to the Grampians National Park, But Dunkeld just so happens to be home to one of the best restaurants in Australia. Blink and you might miss the spaceship shaped old Royal Mail Hotel as you drive down the main street. The restaurant in this now luxury hotel has two chefs hats from The Age [...]

July 18th, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Dunkeld, Victoria|
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Knife, Fork, Spoon and a Hot Chocolate, Ballarat, Australia

Towards the end of our round trip from Melbourne to Adelaide and back, we stopped in Ballarat again. The plan was to go back and fill our stomachs with more pizza from The Forge but it was, unfortunately, closed. Instead we decided to visit a spot I had researched, and originally wanted to stop at, called Knife Fork Spoon. Knife Fork Spoon is located on Lydiard St., right in the heart of Ballarat, and just over an hour from Melbourne. From 1851, Ballarat was where many flocked to the goldfields during the Gold Rush seeking to make their fortune. By [...]

July 11th, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Ballarat, Victoria|
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Seriously Good Pizza and a Hot Chocolate at The Forge Pizzeria, Ballarat, Australia

Ballarat was our lunch stop on our road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide, with a small detour to visit Kangaroo Island along the way. We had no plans to spend much time in Ballarat, but you know those moments when you are travelling and you unexpectedly discover something wonderful that turns out to be one of the highlights of your trip. Needing to stop for lunch, the parking spot we found in town was right next to The Forge Pizzeria. We were starving, and as it looked interesting, we decided not to look any further…thankfully! The Forge is a real [...]

July 5th, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Ballarat, Victoria|
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Best Breakfast in Lower Garden District and a Hot Chocolate at HiVolt, New Orleans, USA

You know that movie Oceans 11? It was a big deal when it came out. The plot was centered around a crew of 7 or so who rob a bunch of Las Vegas Casinos at the same time. Sitting in HiVolt, I felt like I was on the set of Oceans 11. I guess I should explain. I don’t know if it was my mood this morning or I just saw something that others didn’t, but I swear that the staff at HiVolt must be some sort of Oceans 11 like crew. I bet you that in the evenings they [...]

June 20th, 2016|Louisiana, New Orleans, NORTH AMERICA, USA|
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A Walk Down Magazine Street and a Hot Chocolate at Sucre, New Orleans, USA

Most visitors to New Orleans have heard about Bourbon Street and its many bars, and will usually make that their first stop. New Orleans is so much more than Bourbon Street however, and there are several other famous streets around the city that are a must see. Magazine street is a six mile long street that goes across the city, through the French Quarter, Lower Garden District, Garden District and beyond. It is lined with some fantastic independent stores, countless restaurants and cafes and all sorts of other interesting shops along the way. Lots of the famous New Orleans parades [...]

June 13th, 2016|Louisiana, New Orleans, NORTH AMERICA, USA|
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The Best Donuts Anywhere and a Hot Chocolate at District Donuts, New Orleans, USA

For weeks before I arrived in New Orleans I had been following District Donuts on Instagram. Every morning they post a picture of their donut display case made up of a handful of much loved classics. Every morning they would torture me with their unique donuts of the day. There was a crème brulee donut one day, maple sriracha the next, followed by smores, cotton candy, strawberry basil, cookies and cream, olive oil and rosemary. Every day was different, and every one of them looked incredible. So when I woke up this morning in my comfy bed in the Lower [...]

June 6th, 2016|Louisiana, New Orleans, NORTH AMERICA, USA|
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Where to base yourself in New Orleans and a Hot Chocolate (or better yet coffee) at French Truck Coffee, USA

We took a while to decide where to stay on our most recent trip to New Orleans. You are spoiled for choice really. Most choose to base themselves in the Downtown and Warehouse District. This is where the big chain hotels are and it is just across the street from the French Quarter, the heart of New Orleans, and of course Bourbon street. Within the French Quarter there are several smaller B&Bs, small hotels and apartment rentals as well. On this trip however, we chose to base ourselves near the Garden District. Many tourists only see the Garden District from [...]

June 1st, 2016|Louisiana, New Orleans, NORTH AMERICA, USA|
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