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Fabulous Friends

I am blessed with many beautiful friends in my life.  Even though quality time together is always compromised due to family and work commitments, I value the time I do share with my dear friends which can incorporate a quick chat before my yoga class, a catch up for a hot chocolate and cake before seeing an art house movie, a bushwalk with our children in tow or a crazy play date with lots of disjointed conversations!

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I was out on Tuesday night at Frank Restaurant with two of my special friends, when we ran into another one.  As we were all sitting and chatting about our work, it dawned on me how amazing my friends all are!

One has spent the last year in the battle against breast cancer and has now landed a great job with a Change Management Agency.  Another was successful in securing a lucrative grant to develop a tourism App for the local University and is off to Denmark to present a paper in June.  A dear friend of mine has a one-year old daughter with Cystic Fibrosis and has the constant juggle of hospital visits and returning to her job as an Outdoor Education Teacher.

Others own their own businesses and juggle being beautiful mothers to their children whilst operating tours around Tasmania; selling fireworks; project managing and building their family home, delivering personal training to a wide range of clients to even marrying people in their spare time!  One of my dear friends judges the National Tourism Awards every year, another is fighting for Indigenous rights in an uphill battle in Melbourne whilst others have aging parents living in Europe.  One of my oldest friends is the Operations Manager for a very successful business in Tasmania – selling Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon to the world.

One of my beautiful friends was pivotal in organising Tasmania’s premier event last November, where the world was invited to dinner as part of the Restaurant Australia campaign:

Feeling reflective as the snow settles on Mt. Wellington on this cool afternoon in Hobart, I value all the great times I share with you all.  You constantly inspire and motivate me.  Xx

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Restaurant Australia

Restaurant Australia

There is a buzz in Hobart … that is because the world has been invited to dinner tonight!

Tasmania is currently hosting Restaurant Australia with a gala dinner at MONA tonight for the world’s most respected food and wine writers, celebrity chefs and broadcasters. Heston’s in Hobart!

Restaurant Australia will see over 80 international media and food and wine experts coming to Hobart for a uniquely Australian dinner at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) on Friday 14th November.
Restaurant Australia is about setting Australia’s food and beverage apart from the rest of the world, through the people, places and produce that make the country’s culinary experiences unique.

In addition to the 80 international VIPs there will be over 200 influential guests visiting Hobart to be part of this event. They will include domestic media, state and territory tourism executives, government personnel, campaign ambassadors and renowned Australian food and beverage personalities.

I occasionally freelance for Tourism Tasmania as a guide with their Visiting Journalist Program and this week I was privileged to host Jessica Allen – a digital correspondent from The Social in Canada, her film crew and John Lethlean, a food reviewer from The Australian, as part of the Restaurant Australia event.

Growing up in such a special place, I appreciate how unique and beautiful Tasmania is.  It is home and we live and breathe this beauty everyday, but when you show someone the magic of Tasmania for the first time, it never ceases to amaze me how utterly blown away they are.  I get to experience this appeal through new eyes, each and every time this sense wonderment happens.  This trip was no exception – they were staggered by the utter beauty, the houses, the water, but most of all … our food.

Our itinerary included lunch at Smolt, a wander around the city with Hobart Historic Tours, a drop of Whiskey at Lark Distillery, and a heavenly dinner at Ethos on Wednesday.  On Thursday I picked the group up bright and early to catch the first ferry to Bruny Island where we had breakfast at the Bruny Island Cheese Co.  Please let it be known that I experienced the best fruit buns ever – thank you Nic Haddow!

A long lunch in a vineyard at Bruny Island Premium Wines and we finished off the day sampling salty morsels plucked from their sub-tidal homes at Get Shucked Oysters.  I felt proud to be Tasmanian and even prouder to be showing off our ‘every-day’.  X

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Lark Distillery
Lark Distillery
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Bruny Island Cheese Co.
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Bruny Island Premium Wines
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Get Shucked
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