Who doesn’t love a wine infographic?

Wine Pairing Chart

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Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Gingerbread house of 2010So it suddenly occurred to me in the wee hours of this morning that Christmas is almost upon us and I haven’t put a second’s thought to this year’s Gingerbread house! For those who are unaware of this event, I’ve made it a bit of an annual tradition to make up a gingerbread house for Friends Christmas Party we hold every year. I generally put the word out for feature requests and see what I can come up with. And each year I try to incorporate at least some of the features.

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Infographic of dining etiquette

Dining Etiquette 101

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So who doesn’t love a good bit of data visualisation? I sure do. Especially when it has to do with graphically representing dining etiquette (thanks, Visually). Although I’m not sure that I agree with the Finished Position of the knife & fork. And I didn’t realise that asparagus could be classed as a finger food.
The things you learn….


Melbourne Part 2: Sunday Market Funday

Row of pears and avocados at Prahan Markets

Another day in Melbourne, another opportunity to hit some markets. With the wee bro living in Windsor, the Prahan Markets are usual stop. Just 15 minutes up the road, we tend to stroll on up for all things grocery-like. I really needed to learn to venture out more and get some variety in my Melbourne market shopping. Thankfully, the relative-newliweds took us out of our comfort zone for a change to mix up our market repertoire.

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Melbourne Part 1: The Yarra Valley

Two people tasting white wine at Yering Station

You know what I love about Melbourne? Apart from the art and the shopping and the achingly hip graffitied laneways? And apart from the coffee and markets and restaurants and bars with cool names like Borsch, Vodka & Tears? It’s the fact that I can drive to both wine country AND snow country in 45 minutes and 2 hrs respectively. The Beard and I partook in one of these out-of-town adventures whilst visiting Melbourne this long weekend and it didn’t involve strapping a snowboard to our feet. But a day trip to the Yarra Valley was more than a worthy consolation prize. Trips to Melbourne to visit my wee bro and his wife are always filled with food and this long weekend was no exception.

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Alpine survival foods

Fresh snow at Perisher Blue

So I didn’t post last week. Normally I would apologise for such lack of consistency, however when it dumps 50cm snow in one night in Australian ski fields, one cannot turn their back on such weather conditions. Skiing is the one thing that is a regular BrownTown event. Minus one obvious sibling and his Mrs, it was a great long weekend staying at the Alpine Habitats – great little self-contained apartments about 5 minutes from the Skitube at Bullocks Flat. Without being able to attend Eveleigh this weekend, it seemed appropriate to document the typical carbohydrate-laden food that is consumed on such adventures.  So here are the top 5 things I love to chow down on whilst skiing at Perisher Blue.

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Food photography tips

cake Found an interesting article on Mashable this morning on how to take the best food photography. I’m not great at it. I don’t have a great camera, nor do I have the right lighting in my house. My light bulbs are a little yellow and because I do most of my cooking at night, the photos look a little washed out.  After reading this, I’m out to get some white bulbs and a decent camera!

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