An ode to Kuranda

Continuing on in my Australia series, today let’s take a look at Kuranda. Kuranda, a remote Australian mountaintop village in Queensland, is one of those anomalies that you really won’t know whether to love or hate. Or perhaps like us you can settle for cheerful ambivalence. Before we visited I read plenty of reviews about how Kuranda is a tourist trap and that a visit there could really dent your pockets. Now that I’ve been there myself, I can confirm that every word of this is true. But in spite of all its perceived flaws, Kuranda has a charm that is hard to deny.

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A Tastebud Tour of Asia – Cho Gao Abu Dhabi

Today’s post is about Cho Gao – an Asian fusion restaurant housed in the Crowne Plaza, Abu Dhabi. Showcasing Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Indonesian dishes, Cho Gao will take you on a tantalizing taste-bud tour of the very best of South East Asia.

We have dined here a few times as a couple as well as with friends and family and every single time we walk away wondering why we don’t eat here more often. It is one of those Abu Dhabi gems that have stood the test of time by consistently serving up classic favorites.

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Australia in two weeks

As I mentioned in a previous post, after a rough start we finally made it to Australia. If you have not read about it yet, I urge you to take a peek at that post. I’d like to think the one positive thing about that experience is that I can use this platform to spread awareness about the issue. So please, make my day and go read that post by clicking here.

So now that I am done with my PSA of the day, let’s get on to more fun things and talk about what we did once we landed on the Island Continent.

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Traditional with a twist – Cranberry Cardamom Cake

So another Christmas has come and sprinkled its magic over all of us. Like many of you this is one of my favorite times of the year. There is just something about Christmas that chases away my inner Scrooge and makes the world seem better somehow. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and pray that 2017 is a better, bolder, brighter year for you!

Now let’s talk about baking. As I had mentioned in a previous post, my baking hat was reluctantly put away due to expanding waistlines and non-existent willpowers.

But it is Christmas. And what is Christmas without the smell of freshly baked goodies perfuming the air? And so I went on a baking spree. And what a mad spree it was (insert evil laughter soundtrack).

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Tips for touring Australia on a budget

Let’s face facts. Australia is not a cheap country for international travelers.

But don’t let that stop you from visiting this truly magnificent island continent. No doubt there are some places where you simply HAVE to shell out the big bucks. If you’re looking for budget options, this is where you bid a teary farewell to helicopter tours over the Great Barrier Reef and sunrise camel rides to Uluru.

But take heart. With a little bit of planning, you can still save quite a few dollars when pulling together your Australia itinerary.

Here are some tricks that we used to make sure our wallets didn’t take too much of a beating when we planned our 2 weeks in Australia.

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