Complexi-Teas: A Taste of Darjeeling

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Every so often, just when you think you know a bit, you find you’re just a novice. We’ve been in India for a few months, but we still open the menu and find dishes whose composition we know nothing about.  …

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A Mouth Full of Memories

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Marcel Proust wrote a seven volume novel engendered, in a way, by the taste of a madeleine cookie: No sooner had the warm liquid [of tea] mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and …

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Choc-a-Block Full

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Melburnians love chocolate in all its forms. We’ve commented on the coffee-mad culture of Wellington, where you can hardly turn around without bumping into a busy café with patrons spilling onto the street. Melbourne offers plenty of coffee places too, …

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Food Fight! – Market Shopping in Melbourne

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  In Wellington, our closest shop for any food item was a pocket-sized “dairy,” or convenience store, just a few minutes walk from us. Remarkably, you could get almost anything there except fresh produce or meats, though they offered canned, …

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Coffee, coffee everywhere

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If I can’t take my coffee break, My coffee break, my coffee break . . . If I can’t take my coffee break, Gone is the sense of enterprise, All gone, and something within me dies. Wellington is besotted with …

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Border Crossings – Tea and Biosecurity

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It seemed like such a nice birthday present for Nancy: three tins of specialty teas ordered by phone from Teavana at Northpark Mall right near where she was staying to help her parents in their move out of their home. …

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Passions Play: the fall and rise of Napier

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We stood on the edge of the bulky rock bluff looming over the town of Napier and abutting the extensive arc of shoreline within Hawke’s Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Below us, tractors snatched pine logs and eased them out …

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Eating au naturel: seeking out great food at a market nearby

At home, we aim to purchase most of our groceries at markets that offer organic products or farm-fresh ones. And we continue that pursuit even while traveling. We recommend you do the same. You will eat better, make a few …

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To Market, to market to buy a fresh…

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We love fresh food open air markets. Who needs the antiseptic quality of grocery stores and the often less fresh quality of the produce they offer (volume drives out good too often)? And, yes, much of the wealthy world now …

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