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France / Auvergne

Auberge de Chassignolles – Exceptional hospitality

Auberge de Chassignolles – Introduction Auberge de Chassignolles lies at almost 1000 metres above sea level in the mountains south of the city of Clermont-Ferrand in the heart of the Auvergne. You drive up through winding, mountainous, forested roads to reach this tiny hamlet. The Auberge nestles comfortably in the […]

Canberra / Coffee

Bedst – Great coffee

Bedst – Introduction Bedst is a relative newcomer on the canberra coffee scene which unashamedly promotes coffee beans roasted in Nordic countries such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Their reasoning is that these countries tend to produce roasted beans that lead to bright, light, vibrant cups of coffee rather […]

New South Wales

Sunny’s Kiosk – Perfect location

Sunny’s Kiosk – Introduction It is just a short drive to the edge of Merimbula and to what the locals call the “Top Lake” where you find a local treasure called Sunny’s Kiosk sitting right on the water creating the perfect atmosphere for liesurely breakfast, long lunches and lazy dinners. […]

New South Wales

Merimbula – A delightful coastal town

Merimbula – Introduction Merimbula is a coastal town not too far from the border between Victoria and New South Wales. We spent a couple of days there quite recently on a road trip from Melbourne to Sydney and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our visit to Merimbula was made even more […]


The A75 – An exciting tour through central France

The A7 Highway – Introduction This is a story about a highway in France that we have come to treasure. Our experiences on this road have been varied from exciting to terrifying, but always interesting. Our wine business leads us to travel throughout France from Alsace in the far North-East […]


Sydney – Best places to eat and drink

Sydney – Introduction There is no doubt that Sydney is one of the great places on this planet for great food, wine, coffee and sake experiences. In this story about Sydney we provide a summary of the places we head to when we pay a visit to this sprawling city. […]


Canberra – Best food and drinks

Canberra – Introduction We recently returned to Canberra after a long break and were delighted with the food, wine and coffee scene there. For the past three decades we spent a lot of time in here for our IT projects and enjoyed the food scene in our national capital. On […]


Foodtourist – Our exciting food and drink experiences

Foodtourist – An Introduction Welcome to Foodtourist where the stories are written by Sue Dyson and Roger McShane who have travelled the world for forty years discovering interesting dishes, exciting restaurants and enticing drinks. It is important for us to make clear what Foodtourist is about. First we will tell […]

Bar Rochford

Bar Rochford – Exciting Venue

Bar Rochford – Canberra Institution Bar Rochford has become an institution in the city of Canberra in the relatively short time it has been here. For many years in the 1990s and the 2000s we regularly flew to Canberra for our work in the IT trade when we were working […]

New South Wales

Bar Superette – Great Hospitality

Bar Superette – Introduction One of the most enjoyable things associated with importing natural wines into Australia relates to the people we meet and the places we visit as part of our work. Over the many years that we have been importing natural wines we have travelled the world looking […]