Photo of the Week: Sydney Opera House

The last time I was in Sydney, I was amazed at the spectacular sunrises and sunsets over the harbor and the famous opera house. I snapped this shot just after sunrise, when the sun finally broke through the morning clouds. Moments earlier, the sky exploded with pinks, yellows and oranges, which I also captured…

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20 Best Things I ate in 2015

As usual, I ate a lot of amazing food this year. I eat in restaurants almost daily – sometimes twice or even three times a day. Not everything ends up being delicious, sadly. But in the end, I always find more good than bad, or else I wouldn’t have continued doing this for the past …

Australian truffles are in season right now. Get some while you can!

Although it’s summertime here in the United States, it is winter in Australia, where black truffle season is underway. The Australian truffle that grows so beautifully in Manjimup,  Western Australia, is the exact same type of truffle (known to truffle geeks and chefs as Tuber Melanosporum) that is famously harvested in Périgord, France. These are far superior in flavor …

Top 10 Hot Spots: Sydney, Australia

Prosciutto-wrapped figs at Watts on Crown (Photo by Brad A. Johnson) It???s been a wild year for restaurants in Sydney. Some of the city???s best and trendiest???Ad Lib, Berowra Waters Inn, Bird Cow Fish, Aperitif, Cotton Duck, Etch, Manly Pavilion, Smi…

Quick Look: Park Hyatt Sydney

Park Hyatt Sydney (Photo by Brad A. Johnson) My quest to visit every Park Hyatt around the world continues. Here’s a quick look at the Park Hyatt Sydney, which has always been one of the best hotels in Australia. Some might say the best, although …

Video of the Month: Australia!

I’m in the midst of a four-week tour of Australia, so this gorgeous new ad from Tourism Australia seemed appropriate. The cinematography is stunning. And check out the Asian couple in the ad. I think it’s the same couple that appeared in the Spain…