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Melbourne: 2 Day, To Eat

I could write a novel on top-class establishments to eat and drink in Melbourne.

New York (my other spiritual home) has them in abundance but Melbourne provides an instant, more digestible slice.

But in the interests of our modern-day attention spans, I will hit you with a handful of venues that can slot nicely into a 2 day trip.

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Byron Es Muy Bueno

It’s been a while since our last break but with my wife’s hectic season coming up at work we headed off to Byron Bay for an extended weekend. An early flight out of Sydney and we were touching down in Ballina by 9am. I love tiny Australian regional airports.

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PONY – People Of New York

New York. The physical differences to Sydney are clear. It’s harsh. Solid. Cold. Unforgiving. No city has had more written about it. You can churn out a million adjectives. It oozes frantic energy. In a contrary universe I find calm in the chaos. It’s exactly that atmosphere that inspires. Sydney’s kick-back vibe helps soothe my 24/7 mind. New York’s noise and activity has the same effect. With a twist. It ignites the internal ideas factory. For writing and for business. It causes frantic and spontaneous note taking on my iPhone. In a taxi. A restaurant. Walking in Central Park. On the Subway. New York author, screenwriter and playwright Delia Ephron recalls some perfectly apt wisdom from her mother: “All life is copy….take notes”. This copy comes from the sometimes outrageous, raw and real food, drink, people, places and entertainment that are the mechanics of the machine. I have written about these topics in a series of blogs that can be viewed here. But I saved my favourite till last – PONY or the People Of New York. Continue reading

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NYC: Entertainment NOW!

From the moment I turned on the TV in our apartment I felt the wave of familiarity return. The box blares with news about politics, cops killing people, the Playoffs of Ice Hockey and Basketball and as has happened every year we have been, a notorious murder trial; this time the gripping Etan Patz murder case.

Back in Sydney I had not watched TV for 9 months, partly due to work and partly due to the fact I had enough of the toxic crap it fed out. But here I allow myself to indulge in some mindless escape from reality. With a day job in health my interest is peaked and my dark sense of humour treated to the medical and drug commercials.

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Eat New York – Terry’s Tips 2015

Following on from my 2014 blog Eat New York: Top Tips, below is a list of establishments we visited this time around in 2015 (weblinks & addresses provided).

Once again I thank my incredibly organised and astute wife Carolina that never fails to choose a bad option based on her hours of food blog research and gaining recommendations.

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NYC: Curious Sights for Regulars

Below is a brief list of places to visit once you have become a regular. They are a good starting point and I can personally vouch for them.

There are thousands more curious sights that are rarely publicised to the masses but if you Google “curious sights New York” or “alternative New York sights” or similar you will find a treasure trove of options.

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NYC: Top Sights for First-Timers

Having just returned from New York this is the second of an explosion of short and longer blogs on Places, Food, Entertainment and People of the city. It is probably one of my more pedestrian blogs but an essential one nonetheless.

Below is a list of places that I suggest you should cover off seeing on your first or second visit, time dependent of course.

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NYC: Soup for the Soul

As much as our New York trips are fairly indulgent, for some time I wanted to try some volunteering. Mental health is a very personal passion of mine and the link with the most basic provisions in life and homelessness is fairly strong.

I heard or read some time ago from an innocuous quote based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs that humans only really need Shelter, Sustenance (food & water) and Love (or Sex, depending on how primal you believe we are).

Everything else above this is a bonus and are just “things” we covet that provide no long-term emotional benefit.

I thankfully get to go home every night to a warm, welcoming home with food and an extended family that would have us there with them no matter what.

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Taxi Turmoil

Now before I start my scribble I want to kill off any suggestions or mischievous claims that this is in any way intended to be derogatory. It’s a shame I have to say that but I need to be crystal clear.

Sydney taxi drivers. These three words are enough to provoke a barrage of almost spasmodic reactions from us humble consumers.

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Source: http://www.magengwo.cn

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Leura Lazing

Once again, and for two weeks running this time, my Thursday was my Friday as I prepared to set off for Leura in the Blue Mountains for the weekend.

My declaration was met with playful replies at work such as, “Do you even work Fridays?” and, “ANOTHER holiday?” I cheekily replied it’s just clever to ration out holidays over the year.

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MelBourne Identity

For five years I promised myself a birthday treat to go to the Australian Open tennis. Finally, after a low key 30th the year previous, I was headed to the hallowed Melbourne Park. Largely in part due to Carolina’s job in marketing and events. Her company looks after a wine brand, one of the Open’s biggest sponsors.

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Welcome Back, Yours Intensely, London.

Just a few hours after landing from the monster Sydney to London flight I’m sitting on my Nan’s sofa enjoying a cup of tea. Having gone straight from the airport to the Business Design Centre dragging a tonne of conference gear for the next day’s British Medical Journal Fair, I’m physically spent. But the mental journey was just as intense.

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The War On (Terror) Terry

The blog article below is one of the more light-hearted chapters written early this year from my as yet unpublished book – with the current climate and “terrorism” the talk of the town I thought it might be semi-relevant to post…

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Mexico Part 2: Casas, Tours & Tacos

Seeing our Mexican, guitar-strumming friend play the exact same song set on the return ferry from Isla Mujeres, we could not wait to jump in our waiting taxi. One hour and 30 minutes later we arrive at Tulum, slowing for and passing various town checkpoints guarded by armed police. As I started to observe, the police and any other civil employee took a very relaxed approach to their jobs.

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Mexico Part 1: Isla Mujeres

The penultimate leg of our honeymoon was the trip south from New York to Mexico. Extremely sad to be leaving the city and the best hotel I’ve experienced, The Bowery, we arrived just a four-hour flight later in Cancun, the party town popular with American students on Spring Break and families looking for all-inclusive resorts and holidays, a Mexican-Miami or Vegas on the beach.

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Thierry The Tourist

France, and the French, was something I looked upon with suspicion since a child. Much like many places, foods and people I looked down at, listening to the masses’ opinions and experiences. “The French are a rude race of people”, “They eat weird stuff like frogs legs” or “They refuse to speak English”. It probably had something to do with the well-publicised fact the British and French rarely get along and there is a long history of distaste between the two. Spurred on by recommendations and being in London for my honeymoon my wife Carolina and I booked a day-trip to Paris.

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