All posts tagged: Experience

Asian Dumplings Cooking Class Online with Elaine from Dash of Soy, Seattle

Over the last few months, everyone’s lives have changed in one way or another. I’ve had a new found love for Online Experiences by Airbnb, striking the balance of living in isolation yet also still feeling somewhat socially connected with other people. Whilst searching Airbnb, I stumbled across an experience listed as: ‘dumpling making from my family recipe’. It had a solid 5-star rating, already garnering 50+ positive reviews – which I thought was pretty good. You can’t go greater than 5-stars, so surely this cooking class must be an experience to try?! A few days later, my online cooking class is scheduled to start, so I sign in to a Zoom meeting and get connected with a bunch of newly acquainted cooking buddies. I’m met by Elaine, our host and chef for the day, the founder and creator of Dash of Soy Culinary School, based in Seattle, USA; a group of college friends who have joined from different locations around the US; a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary; families preparing this meal together; and …

Port Louis Street Food Tour in Mauritius with Taste Buddies

(Edit: Tour was pre- COVID-19 lockdown) If a day tour on Trip Advisor is recommended by “100% of Travellers” who have voted, then your experience must be good. And Taste Buddies, I’m proud to say that your Port Louis Street Food Tour didn’t disappoint. I’ve travelled all over the world and I’m one to love food. I also like to travel off the beaten track every now and then – do what the locals do.. and not necessarily go where a big tour bus tells you to go. This walking tour is my kind of tour.. and more. It’s not only about trying different local cuisines, but your hosts Dada (David) and Adrien teach you about Mauritius’ history and culture too. Make sure you arrive with a near empty stomach, good walking shoes and plenty of questions whilst taking in the sights of Port Louis. I ate a small breakfast before our tour and by the end of it, I was so full I couldn’t finish the remainder of this food safari properly. I was …

A Visit to Sydney Zoo, Bungarribee

When Western Sydney’s newest zoo recently opened in Bungarribee Super Park, I booked myself some tickets online to see the attraction first-hand – and I must say, after visiting, I’m very pleased with the development thus far. Located less than a 10-minute drive from Blacktown, along the Great Western Highway in Bungarribee, Sydney Zoo exhibits more than 2,000 Australian and international animals from around the world, with more to still arrive and settle in. In comparison to Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Taronga Zoo, this new zoo offers a safari-like experience, with expansive footpaths and cleverly designed barriers to guise the surrounding animal enclosures. Parking was fairly straight forward, I arrived early morning to secure a spot right in front. There are over 1,000 car spaces available in the main parking area, with the added option of an alternate car park overflow just 2km away, offering shuttle services to and from the zoo. For those wanting to bring strollers, wheelchairs or electric mobility scooters, Sydney Zoo is easy to get around. The footpaths are wide …

Off-Leash Dog Park, Gerringong Headland and Boat Harbour Reserve

This is my favourite dog park ever – what an epic view. Gerringong Headland is a beautiful spot to bring a picnic rug and your pooch, and I bet he or she will be more than ready to unclip and run wild for some park time fun. A local we briefly met at a cafe, recommended us to visit this off-leash dog reserve. And wow, wow and wow. I’m in love. It was honestly a highlight for me over our weekend getaway (maybe more for me than my pooch) as the view was breathtaking. I currently don’t live next to a beach in Sydney, so when you have glimpses of water views like this – dedicated to a dog park mind you – it is magnificent. Located at the southern end of Werri Beach and above the Boat Harbour ocean pool, access to the off-leash dog park at Gerringong Headland is walking distance from the main parking area of Boat Harbour Reserve. We actually weren’t too sure where to go initially, but we followed people …

Cycling the Narooma Coastline

Just 4 1/2 hours drive from Sydney, is the beautiful seaside town of Narooma. With a planned weekend away with friends and sunny skies all around, a bike ride along Narooma’s coast is the perfect morning to be out and about. We hired bikes from Southbound Escapes on Campbell Street, Narooma. There’s the option of standard mountain bikes or you can go all out with their electric bikes (e-bikes) which either option is quite affordable and a brilliant way to see the seaside town. Prices start from just AU$20 for two hours of mountain bike hire (i.e. only AU$10 an hour), or AU$40 for two hours for the e-bike hire – which is honestly a bargain for either option. We ended up choosing the e-bikes and they’re pretty cool once they get going. I have to admit, they’re alot heavier in weight than a normal push bike, but whilst you’re pedalling, the bike is doing all the efforts and you’re pedalling ever so lightly. The e-bikes operate the same way as a mountain bike with …