Good Food and Wine Show

Over the weekend we attended Brisbane’s Good Food and Wine Festival. A good part of the day was spent sampling food, tasting wine, beer, spirits, juices and more, or watching and participating in cooking demonstrations. There was a lot to see, eat and drink at the festival but here are some of our favourites from the day.
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Barilla Cooking Class – learnt to cook pasta in 20 minutes.
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Wine Tasting – bought a bottle of red
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Food Tasting – bought and sampled for free on the day
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Design your own shoes…

No one wants to buy the generic shoes these days, everyone has their own ideas of what they think shoes should look like. Everyone has their own fashion and style and so they should. These days it is common to design your own shoes over the internet and then have them delivered right to your door step, and it is so easy to do!
Shoes of Prey – design your own pumps, sandals, wedges, ballet flats and more!
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Converse – design your own high tops, low tops, Chuck Taylors, connies.. whatever you call them
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Nike – design your perfect running shoe
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An apple a day…

Who doesn’t love biting into a crunchy apple and having that fresh burst of sour hit your mouth? We love apples and what better way to eat an apple than to pick it straight off the tree first? We went out to Belkin Family Lookout Farm, about 30 minutes outside of Boston, for a day of apple picking, and pumpkin picking and even a bit of grape picking.
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The best way to travel

The best way to travel and see a country is to use the public transport! Yes, you may sit next to weirdos or smelly people or people who want to talk a lot but it’s all part of the experience. Instead of catching a flight from one city to another consider alternative options! The train, a boat, a bus, a motorbike – possibilities are endless! Here are some ways we have traveled around the world.
Local train
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Metro
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Fast boat
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Slow boat
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Bicycle
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Cyclo
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Motorbike
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Helicopter
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Tuk tuk
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Bus
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Dad’s traditional ‘Steak n Veg’

This one is great if you need a bit of iron in your diet, and do not want to go to a lot of trouble – an old school comfort food – for two (or one with leftovers).
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Ingredients
Any veggies in the fridge.
2x rump steak
Gravox
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Method
1. Roast the veggies that you can and boil/microwave what you can.
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2. Cook the steak at the last minute (on the BBQ is best) when the veggies are nearly ready.
3. Make up some gravy (directions on the gravox packet) and pour over the top.
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Bon appetite!

The best places to shop: NYC

One of us is lucky enough to be in New York City right now. Besides eating all the delicious food, visiting some sights and catching up with friends, a lot of the time has been spent shopping (because why not?). Here are some of the best areas and places not to miss when in The City.
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Soho (each side of Broadway – Prince and Spring st)
Soho is a shoppers paradise with so many options ranging from the big brands to little boutique shops. When shopping in this area don’t miss Rag & Bone, Will Leather Goods and Baby Blue.
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5th Ave (between 42nd and 57th)
One of the most well known Ave’s in the world – 5th Ave has all the big brands. Don’t miss Zara, Uniqlo, H&M, Victoria Secrets, Nike and so much more.
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The other side of the bridge (Brooklyn/Williamsburg)
When venturing out of Manhattan itself and heading over to trendy Brooklyn and Williamsburg don’t miss out on the Brooklyn Markets, Szeki and Catbird.
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Meatpacking District and West Village 
Start at Chelsea Markets (where you can find Anthropologie) and then continue along the High Line before getting off at the Meatpacking District where you can find labels such as Dianne von Furstenberg, Joie and Christian Louboutin.
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National September 11 Memorial and Museum

We have been to the 9/11 Memorial a few times but on our most recent visit to New York City it only seemed right to visit the new National September 11 Museum as well. The memorial itself was a designed by Handel Architectures – a New York and San Francisco based firm. They were the winners of the design competition which had thousands of entries. In the end “Reflecting Absence” was the winner. The pools stand where the twin towers once did and around the edges are the names of the victims lost. The 9/11 Museum only opened this year (2014) and includes artefacts associated with the event of 9/11 and tells stories of loss and recovery through them. It was an emotional, moving and incredible visit.
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