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About rmgtravelsandfood

Maggie and I are both in our mid-60s and live in Melbourne, Australia. This blog is devoted to our shared passions for travel and fine dining at home. As cooks, we are skilful and adventurous within a framework of mainly traditional ingredients and techniques, and we aim to prepare nutritious food that looks good and tastes delicious. Our evolving repertoire is influenced by both our travels and Melbourne's vibrant food culture. While we are young enough, our priority travel destinations are overseas, although we do spend a few long weekends each year exploring parts of south-eastern Australia. As travellers, we are most comfortable with a combination of organised and independent touring. Our first overseas journey together was to Italy in the northern autumn of 2008. We later travelled in France (2009), Spain (2011), Singapore and Cambodia (2012/13). All trips from 2014 to 2016 are documented in this blog. When time allows, we will publish posts about our journeys - eight and counting - in 2017, 2018 and 2019

Rooms at the top: our stay in the Umbrian towns of Orvieto and Todi (part 1)

  In these two posts, I will tell you what we saw and did in and around the Umbrian hilltop towns of Orvieto and Todi late in September 2019. We spent three nights in each of the towns and enjoyed … Continue reading

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It’s hot and steamy, smells like hell, could cost you an arm or a leg … and they call it Wonderland!?

Maggie and I feel very fortunate, especially about our international travels through the years from 2008 to 2019. In October last year, we flew home from Rome at the end of our eighth visit to Europe, content in the belief … Continue reading

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Easing out of isolation!

The last time I published a post was early in March, when the world was about to be turned upside-down by the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic hasn’t actually made a dramatic difference to my daily life, partly because Maggie had … Continue reading

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The sounds of New Zealand …

… are quietly awesome! Maggie and I recently visited New Zealand. We flew to Auckland and spent two days exploring some of the scenic areas near to that city, before boarding the Cunard Line ship, the Queen Elizabeth, for a … Continue reading

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Accessible wild places in Tasmania

In March 2018, just on a year after my father’s life reached its end, Maggie and I spent eight days travelling around Tasmania and visiting some of its famous wilderness spots. I mention Dad because he grew up in Tasmania … Continue reading

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Pasta class in Umbria

From mid-September to mid-October, Maggie and I travelled around parts of southern Europe. We began with a couple of nights in the lovely city of Avignon, followed by a river cruise along the Rhone River from its delta – known … Continue reading

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Pretty bowl of our favourite spring green

It took me until well into my 40s to develop a taste for fresh asparagus, mainly because the only asparagus spears I ever knew about came in a tin and I didn’t like those one little bit. Fortunately, I spent … Continue reading

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Review of our journey through the middle of Australia

Are you an Australian who is yet to explore the Northern Territory or travel on the Ghan train? Are you from overseas, with Australia on your ‘bucket list’, but you’re not sure where to go first? If so, this review … Continue reading

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Q: Why did the chicken legs cross the road quickly?

A: So they wouldn’t be late for dinner. My dinner! *     *     *     *     *     *     * Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a local newspaper invited me to nominate my ‘signature … Continue reading

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Cauliflower gives goulash a happy-face lift

I first cooked beef goulash a little over five years ago, inspired by a dish I had eaten at a restaurant in Salzburg, Austria in May 2014. After a couple of attempts, I settled on a recipe and included it … Continue reading

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