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Valentine’s Day in Broke Fordwich, Hunter Valley

With Valentine’s Day coming up in this month of love, it’s the perfect time to discover the hidden gem of the Broke Fordwich region in Hunter Valley for a blissful and romantic escape accompanied with gorgeous wines. 
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Stomp! Wines, Broke
Start the morning off at family owned boutique cellar, Stomp! Wines, where you’ll be welcomed by Michael, a passionate winemaker with a chemical engineering background, and Meredith the friendly face of the Cellar Door. Be filled with enamour by the captivatingly rich shades of red wine stains on some of the furniture made from old wine barrels by their son (who’s still in high school!), a great eco-friendly way to recycle the barrels.
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Sit outside amongst the lush scenery with the wind gently blowing through your hair as you taste the wine selection from Stomp! and their cheeky Pssst ‘n’ Broke selection. I recommend beginning (and maybe ending too!) with an aperitif of sparkling Stomp! Vivace Frizzante which is a definite favourite of mine, it’s summery and vibrantly bubbly with subtle hints of Turkish Delight. 

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Jones the grocer - Westfield, Sydney

Jones the Grocer - Westfield, Sydney
Nestled inside Westfield Sydney, Jones the Grocer is a gourmet food emporium, restaurant and bakery. The restaurant is jazzy chic with a large open kitchen opposite their bar/lounge area.image
Salt & pepper squid, yuzu mayonnaise, Thai herb salad dressed with tamarind, chilli and lime sauce
gf $18
Beloka sparkling mineral water 750ml $7
Parker’s organic sparkling apple & lime juice $5.5
It’s hard to go wrong with salt and pepper squid and this salad sure did deliver! The balance of flavours of sweet, chilli, salty and sour will leave you salivating with each bite. The sizes of the entrees are very generous so I would recommend sharing unless you’re feeling quite peckish. 
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Angel hair pasta with blue swimmer crab, chilli, rocket, garlic and grana pandano $19
Delicate strands twisting around my fork, glistening in fragrant crustacean scented oil with the shreds of blue swimmer crab dotted throughout the dish. My favourite type of pasta is angel hair which I find pairs very well with seafood, particular crustaceans so it was easy to decide which of the entrees to have! 
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Afternoon Tea - Four Seasons Hotel, Macau

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Windows Restaurant - Four Seasons Hotel, Macau
Oh how I miss the holidays and how quickly has this year gone by!  It feels like only last weekend I was in Macau enjoying an exquisite afternoon tea at the glamorous Four Seasons Hotel. A blink of the eye and it’s 6 months down the track already and stores are already in full swing being decked out with Christmas decorations. If you’re ever in Hong Kong or Guang Zhou, I urge you to make a trip to Macau, the City of Dreams. Everything is grandiose and it’s like being in Las Vegas, Hong Kong and Italy! The city is always buzzing and never switches off. A great way to wind down and indulge is to sink into the plush leather armchairs whilst sipping jasmine pearl tea from a gorgeous Versace tea set :) The high tea set is a twist on the classic afternoon tea but it was a delight to devour. My favourite was the lemon curd and coconut tarts which were to die for; tangy and oh-so-smooth in a buttery shortcrust pastry tart shell.  
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My man looking picture perfect :) 

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Jack the Skeleton Pops Recipe

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It’s approaching that time of the year again when all the ghoulish goblins and wicked witches come out to play. ♫ This is Halloween! ♫ 
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My muse - Jack Skellington from Nightmare before Christmas
When I went on exchange to America in middle school, I became fascinated with the movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas after a weekend visit to the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. Tim Burton is a genius :D 
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Jack the Skeleton Pops Recipe

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