Spotty Bed Sheet

I remember sometimes, when I was a kid, my father would take me home from school. He wouldn’t bring his car so that we could walk. On the way, we would talk about school, the construction sites we saw, and ice cream. The delicious ice cream of the most ordinary, wonderful ice cream shop of the large city with its rectangular building and a door at the end of two steps, vertical to one long, curtain-less window. Whenever I asked him if we could go there, he’d agree. But I was too shy to ask. Maybe I thought it was childish. Or maybe I just didn’t want to risk being rejected.

During our walks, when we didn’t talk, I’d look down at my feet and stare at the pattern that moved past us. I can still remember that sidewalk’s tiles: every tile shaped like a four-petalled flower, some light gray…

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An interesting wine with an interesting story

The Plate and the Bottle

In the late 18th century when prisons became overcrowded in England, the government started shipping convicts to the colony of Austrailia. Above you will see a list of crimes punishable by transportation. It is a very interesting list of crimes that includes some of the expected, Grand and Petty Larceny, and some of the not so usual, such as Impersonating an Egyptian and Stealing a shroud out of a grave. Whatever the cause of such a list, if you found yourself being convicted of one of the crimes you could be thrown aboard a leaky tub and sent to Australia.

Thus begins the story of the wine that was inspired by the list and the criminals that were shipped to the penal colony of Australia.

The wine that I tried was the 2013 Cabernet by 19 crimes. This inky dark cab had dark fruit and spice on the nose. On…

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Masterchef 2015 Winner!!

Masterchef 2015 season was a very intense season with the talented judges George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston.
The young inspired lady Billie McKay a young Australian aged 29 deserved to win the title Australia’s 2015 Masterchef.
She got a lifetime prize of $250,000, a car and a regular column in a national food magazine.

McKay was raised on a dairy farm in Bowraville, New South Wales.  Prior to competing on MasterChef, she was a restaurant manager in Ballina,New South Wales, this would have been a huge help for her as she would have had plenty of experience.
Georgia Barnes was the runner-up and received $20,000 and the experience also well deserved as she kept constant through out the season.

Billie McKay winning dish for the 2015 Masterchef!