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Byron Bay gourmet food experiences

What to sample at Sample 2019

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It’s only a few days now until one of the food highlights on the calendar in the Byron region. Yes, the annual Sample Festival, held in delightful Bangalow, rolls around this Saturday and it is an event not to miss if you’re in the area. Unfortunately for me, I won’t…

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The working life of a chicken

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Have you ever thought about the retirement age of a chicken? I can’t say I had, until a casual conversation with pastured egg farmer Katie Wessling, head-chick at La Finca Booyong got me thinking. I knew that Katie routinely rotated her flock, retiring the older girls and bringing in the…

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Food confusion: what’s in a name?

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Navigating the world of food and food production can be daunting prospect. In an age where we are information rich, but time poor, the energy needed to understanding where food comes from, and make smart choices about it, can be intense. The vocabulary alone is enough to make the mind…

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Foodie finds: Byron, Lennox, Mullum and surrounds

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Whether you’re a dedicated epicurean or a more casual foodie, any visit to the NSW Northern Rivers should involve some food-based exploration. There are so many fantastic places to eat, shop and taste, with options to suit any price-point or predilection. As local residents, we love exploring the best places…

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Welcome to Potato Island

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We are currently on Potato Island, a visit that came via a deserted island and an adherence to strict planning. Best I explain, right? In our family, we have a weekly meal plan. We plan breakfast, lunch and dinner for the three of us seven days a week. My job…

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An east coast adventure: ten things to do in Port Macquarie

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An east coast adventure Usually I’d be writing a post advocating the pleasures of a holiday in Byron Bay, or spruiking the beauty of a trip into the Northern Rivers hinterland but sometimes it’s nice to share suggestions from our own trips. And really, any good road trip – say,…

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Winter is coming

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Winter is coming Yes, even Byron Bay and the Hinterland must face the looming onset of cold weather. Well, to be fair it is all relative. Winters in Northern NSW are naturally tempting if you’re staring down the barrel of another bleak and chilly Melbourne July! Even Sydney feels the…

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Easter planning: one bun to rule them all

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Hot cross buns: the Easter treat that seem to appear on the shelves earlier and earlier each year. Gosh I sound cynical! I love me a hot cross bun, so much so that they have their own acronym in our household and I take them very, very seriously. You have…

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Easter planning: ten ways to please everyone this Easter

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Hands-up those who have to entertain someone small these holidays? Yes, it is school holidays so I’m guessing that plenty of you will be looking out for options on how to keep the kids happy without simply reverting to chocolate and hot cross buns! It is safe to say, I…

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Easter planning: ten reasons to cross the divide this Easter

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Consider this a siren call for a visit to the Hinterland! Yes, that beautiful swathe of farming country, rolling hills and small villages that sits west of the Pacific Highway. The other part of the Byron region. Now I’m a beach person who could happily spend hours at the beach…

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