22nd stop: Russia

Although I am aware of its rich history of influential literature, philosophy, classical music, ballet, painting and architecture; when I think of Russia; I tend to go more negative than positive due to Russia‘s dark history of war and dodgy disasters. Besides what my grandmother told me about the beauty of Moscow, I grew up…

20th stop: Spain

Two years ago, I was fortunate to visit Barcelona. I survived on Gaudi’s art and tapas bars for a week and signed off with a Lobster Paella in la Barceloneta before I continued to historical Valencia; I was marvelled with the Spanish landscapes of olive and mandarin trees and finished my trip in the freezing…

18th stop: Japan

Japanese street food? I must be joking! No I am not! Japanese cuisine is considered one of the World’s greatest and finest cuisines. In the older days, among the upper class, Japanese meal would be brought on serving trays called Zen. In Lebanon, I used to pay high bills for the quality of ingredients and presentation…

17th stop: Greece

I have good vibes for Greece. Having spent some childhood holidays on the Greek Islands; although I couldn’t tell the difference between Beirut and Rhodes; I recall the clearance of the Mediterranean water and my seven years older brother sneaking a peek at Greek women tanning their bare boobs while I was busy playing jackpot…

16th stop: China

I tried Chinese food for years back in Lebanon, only to find out that the Chinese I once knew is called Thai in Australia. 3 years ago, I was invited to a birthday dinner for a guy made in China. I had high expectations to see cashew nuts, bamboo leaves, soy beans, and of course…

14th stop: Jamaica

It’s 5pm on Friday and I just slammed the door of the office announcing it’s the weekend woohoo! I was making my way home when I bumped into a Jamaican kiosk at the noodles market. The guy was rubbing the legs of a beautiful chicken with so much exotic love and spicy herbs… Stir it…

12th stop: United States of America

When I was a kid I grew up watching teenage American movies. There was this typical American street snack that caught my attention in baseball matches. Soon it became a dream that my mother refused to make it come true. When I turned eighteen, I shifted to romantic comedies, and Meg Ryan brought it back…

3rd Stop: Thailand

Back in the old days when I was still residing in Lebanon, Asian cuisine as a whole was defined as “Chinese” cuisine. People were lining up for the “Chinese” restaurant, where food tasted more Thai and Malaysian rather than Chinese. My first encounter with Thai food was during my first visit to Australia back in…

Overview

According to the 2006 census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics states that approximately 200 nationalities live in Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Islanders, Owners of this land, mainly lived on wild berries and catch of the day from crocodiles to kangaroos, emus and fish, until the colonisation of the British in 1788. The WW1 and WW2…