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SAKAI IN SA Charity Dinner

After the fantabulous and glamorous ‘Asia in SA’ dinner in August this year, where I had one of the best nights EVER, last night I attended the ‘Sakai in SA’ charity black tie dinner brought to us by Ginza Miyako restaurant in Adelaide and held at Adelaide Casino. Opportunity International, who assist people to work their way out of poverty in the developing world, was the Read more


Spaghetti alle vongole


My partner and I just arrived back from a two week trip to Italy. We went over for a wedding in the small town of Biella, west of Milan, but thought we’d take the opportunity to visit a few other spots. We decided to keep the planning to a minimum and just see where the road (or the train) took us. Starting with a night in Milan, we ended up going south to Rapallo, Vernazza (Cinque Terre) then back up to Read more

TOP 100 QUEST: 2015 Highlights and The Year Ahead


Given that the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2016 Top 100 list was released last week, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on my Top 100 Quest for 2015.  And what a year it was – a year of travelling and dining that culminated in my story being published in the current (September) edition of the Gourmet Traveller magazine, and an invitation to the Gourmet Traveller National Restaurant Awards night where Read more

Duncan Welgemoed’s Guest Chef Dinners, Adelaide


Duncan Welgemoed of Africola is currently running a series of dinners with guest chefs.  I’ve been to two at his restaurant Africola already – one with David Moyle of Franklin in Hobart (formerly of The Stackings at Peppermint Bay, former Top 100 restaurant), and one with Dave Verheul from The Town Mouse (current Top 100).  I also attended a third dinner held at Golden Boy (just around the corner) where Read more

The Birth of Jacqui’s Food Fetish

Advertiser Article


This is the article that, along with some encouragement from friends, was the catalyst for starting my “Jacqui’s Food Fetish” Facebook page last year.  The article, written by Kylie Fleming, well known SA food writer, featured in the Adelaide Advertiser.  I’d been posting mainly food photos on my personal Facebook page for quite a while and I was pretty sure that I was annoying a lot of my Read more

THORN PARK, Clare Valley

Macadamia shortbreads and coconut semi freddo with mango and toffee syrup

Macadamia shortbreads and coconut semi freddo with mango and toffee syrup


Not exactly a restaurant, but if you’re after a high quality accommodation/dining experience book in at Thorn Park by the Vines, where hosts David Hay and Michael Speers will make sure you want for nothing. Nestled in bushland at the edge of Sevenhill, this place is both private and quiet and takes up to 6 guests, having 3 Read more

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