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Everything you ever wanted to know about Eucalyptus and a Hot Chocolate at the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, Kangaroo Island, Australia (5)

(This is part 5 of a 5 part series on Kangaroo Island. Click here to read the rest of the posts) I can’t tell you how many times while travelling to countries around the world, locals have pointed out their local trees. “These are Eucalyptus trees” they will tell me “ they are native of Columbia/Portugal/Ghana/insert country name here”. Well, I’m sorry to disappoint, Eucalyptus trees are all Aussie. Eucalyptus oil is distilled from the leaf of the Eucalyptus and this particularly distillery on Kangaroo Island, the only in South Australia, opened in the 1880s. It is distilled in the traditional [...]

September 23rd, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Kangaroo Island, South Australia|
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A Little Paradise on a Little Paradise, a Hot Chocolate at Rustic Blue, Kangaroo Island, Australia (4)

(This is part 4 of a 5 part series on Kangaroo Island. Click here to read the rest of the posts) I have a confession to make – I’ve fallen in love with Rustic Blue. Rustic Blue is a former shearing shed which has been transformed into a modern gallery space exhibiting emerging to international award-winning Kangaroo Island and Australian artists. If you’re lucky enough to visit, pick a seat under the giant gum or one of the little mosaic covered tables sprinkled throughout the lush garden. There is more secret seating in an old garden shed around the corner. Once [...]

September 21st, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Kangaroo Island, South Australia|
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A Hot Chocolate at Flinders Chase Visitor Centre & Café, Kangaroo Island, Australia (3)

(This is part 3 of a 5 part series on Kangaroo Island. Click here to read the rest of the posts) As we entered the Flinders Chase National Park, a giant wedge tailed eagle flew right past the car, showing off his gorgeous brown, white and black features. He and his friends are all 4-5 feet wide and lining up to eat roadkill. As impressive as this was, the first thing that strikes you is the smell of eucalyptus. It hits you, quite strong at first, but then becomes quite soothing, almost addictive. Take a few deep breaths and look up. [...]

September 19th, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Kangaroo Island, South Australia|
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A little Tour Around and a Hot Chocolate at Chocol’Art & Coffee, Kangaroo Island, Australia (2)

(This is part 2 of a 5 part series on Kangaroo Island. Click here to read the rest of the posts) The east side of the island is where you will find most of the inhabitants, but also a lot of different activities to fill your time. The Oyster Farm Shop should definitely be part of your plans, with this tiny little shack serving fresh Kangaroo Island oysters - delicious! Walk across the street along the water to see dozens of large pelicans. There is even a man on the island who feeds the pelicans everyday at 5pm. Kangaroo Island [...]

September 15th, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Kangaroo Island, South Australia|
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Three Perfect Days on Kangaroo Island, and a Hot Chocolate to start on the Sealink (1)

(This is part of a 5 part series on Kangaroo Island. Click here to read the rest of the posts) Kangaroo Island is only a one and a half hour drive south of Adelaide. It is 156 km long and 57km wide at its widest point. With just over 3,900 people living here, they are outnumbered by some 4000 penguins, 5000 koalas, 15,000 kangaroos and 1 million wallabies who also call this small island home, thanks largely to an environment free of foxes or rabbits. The rugged coastal cliffs, rolling hills, eucalyptus forests, stunning beaches, make KI a little paradise. [...]

September 13th, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Kangaroo Island, South Australia|
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Meet the Maker: A Chat with Red Cacao, Stirling, Australia

I’m starting a new series called Meet the Maker. Here I will interview some of the owners/creators/makers of my favourite hot chocolates around the world to learn more about who they are, what they do, and why they do it! Today I spoke with the talented Marcus Booth-Remmers from Red Cacao in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills in Australia. To read my recent review of the hot chocolates at Red Cacao click here. Who are you? Marcus, Chocolatier and Owner at Red Cacao What kind of person are you: white, milk or dark? Dark - around 70% - single origin with [...]

September 7th, 2016|Adelaide, AUSTRALASIA, Australia, Meet the Maker, South Australia, Stirling|
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A Quick Visit to the Adelaide Hills and a Hot Chocolate at Red Cacao, Stirling, Australia

I have been to the Adelaide Hills many times and each time love it more than the last. It is the first place that I saw Koalas in the wild. But it is also covered in grape vines and beautiful vineyards with restaurants where you can sit, enjoy the wine, the views and just relax. There are many towns worth visiting in the Hills just a 20 minute drive from Adelaide, including Mount Baker, Hanhdorf, and our destination today, Stirling. Red Cacao alone is reason enough to visit the Adelaide Hills. Tucked in behind a row of shops, it has [...]

September 3rd, 2016|AUSTRALASIA, Australia, South Australia, Stirling|
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