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Pizza – a dish for every taste

When you travel to any destination across the globe, there is an extremely high possibility that you will find some kind of Pizza restaurant. Although it is a type of food that is traditionally associated with Italy, you will often find that every region will apply its own unique ‘twist’ to a pizza – this is something that is made possible by the amount of different topping combinations that can be added to a simple crust. Some restaurants will even create a sweet dish out of pizza – using chocolate sauce, marshmallows and other items of confectionary.

When you take a trip to Italy, you will realise that even Calzone (rolled, stuffed pizza) is remarkably different. While an American or British Calzone will be entirely plain on the outside, an Italian Calzone will have extra topping added to the top of the dish. If you think that ‘overstuffing’ is an activity that is only reserved for American diners, you may be surprised to know that many Italian pizzerias take great pride in stretching their Calzone to the absolute limit before adding more to the top of the completed pizza.

When looking at the actual outer crust of any pizza, this is also an area that has given people a huge amount of creativity. The idea of a simple ‘Stuffed Crust’ is relatively old-fashioned, as these have now evolved beyond inserting a simple strip of cheese. Some restaurants now prefer to take an extremely long hot dog, and roll it into the entire crust perimeter. Garlic-based products have also become a popular choice for stuffing, and some take-out outlets have experimented with inserting mini hamburgers as well. This shows that there is more to a pizza than the regular toppings.

From country to country, the range of available pizza toppings can vary greatly, and this creates an extremely diverse dining experience. When travelling on a layover, a pizza can be a quick and convenient dining option and so it always makes sense to carry your credit card when heading out for something to eat. You may want to apply for a credit card (?????)  if you haven’t got one just in case of an emergency. There are plenty of online credit card providers, do your research, compare cards (?????) and choose the one that is best suited for you.

 Cheese lovers may wish to take a trip to South Korea????, where it is possible to order a three-layer triple cheese pizza. This dairy-based feast includes a generous helping of Cheddar, Camembert and Emmental, along with a choice of traditional pizza toppings that can be added. This Asian nation has now developed a tradition for bizarre pizza ingredients, and they have also invented the ‘Mizza’ – a healthier option that replaces the traditional crust with a layer of rice. Other possibilities in this region include a crust that has been filled with sweet potato mousse, as well as a cookie crust pizza that may appeal to those with a sweet tooth.

Although cheese is a major component of any pizza, it is also possible to enjoy this classic dish without a single shred of it. Alternatives to cheese include cooking eggs as a topping, and you can also enjoy a dairy-free topping that is mainly tomato. This is the fundamental benefit of pizza – it is one of the most flexible dishes in the world that can be adapted to all tastes and dietary requirements. Most supermarkets even have the bases ready-made for you, allowing you to jump straight into the creative stage.


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Five ways to live like the French

What is the French way of life? Do you imagine cycling through Province, sun beating on your back, wearing a beret and an amulet of garlic around your neck? If you do you may be in for a surprise, as statistics show three quarters of the French population live in the towns and cities. So much for stereotypes, but one stereotype about typical French way of life does ring true, the food and more specially the art of eating.

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Eating out in France is not, generally, expensive. A two-course lunch can usually be found for around €12, but if you’re travelling on a tight budget, that may still be too much. Which is where a supermarket comes in handy, eat well and healthy for less.

But eating out in a French restaurant is a joy you have to savour once while on your holiday if you wish to really learn the French way of life. The French love taking their time over food, fast food is not an option for authentic French living. Good food and even better wine is an integral part of France.

Eating at home or at your rented accommodation is an excellent way to experience the French way of life. Tracking down a local farmer’s market or even a local food stuff shop and you’ll be amazed at the array of cheeses, cured meats and beards available.

But what is traditional French cuisine? The French place a high priority on the enjoyment of food. Dishes and ingredients vary by region but there are some significant regional dishes which have become national dishes of France. Cheese and wine play a major role in French cuisine, while there still differences regionally, it is safe to say no French meal is complete with a cheese board or glass of wine.


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Best Fine Dining in Perth

With such an abundance of restaurants and cafes in Perth, it can be hard to choose where to go. Here are five of the best fine dining restaurants this city has to offer. Let the gastronomic marathon commence.


Restaurant Amuse

Run by husband and wife team, Hadleigh and Carolynne Troy, Restaurant Amuse is a multiple-award winning (17 at last count) restaurant featuring modern Australian cuisine. The restaurant is known for its 9-course dégustation menu, which takes seasonal, local ingredients and culinary creativity to produce cultural fusion masterpieces. Oh, and it’s paired with lots of rare wines. They cater to specific dietary needs by offering vegetarian and pescatarian dégustations as well as gluten free options. The chefs push the boundaries of both dish and presentation in order to keep the tastebuds ‘amused.’


Bistro Guillaume

This French restaurant brings the bistros of Paris to Perth. The dining room is sumptuous and inviting, with contemporary fixtures and bright green accents. It’s all about food with friends here, making it perfect for those who like to spend a leisurely evening with good food and conversation. Acclaimed French chef Guillaume Brahimi is serving a menu filled with provincial French dishes including gratin dauphinois and a mind-blowing Passionfruit Soufflé.



It’s all about the views. Halo is in a prime location at Barrack Street Jetty with a scenic outlook of the esplanade and the Swan River. Maybe you’ll even spot a dolphin as you dine. Halo restaurant serves up contemporary Australian cuisine with affordable prices and impeccable service. Being so close to the water, this restaurant specializes in fresh, local seafood although it still caters to meat lovers with succulent chicken, venison, lamb, and steak dishes.



Balthazar is sophisticated, yet relaxed. Men in suits talk business and the wails of an accordion pierce the air (sometimes). This charming modern Australian bistro has a cellar feel as hundreds of wine bottles are scattered around the restaurant, giving a nod to the awesome wine list forthcoming. The wine list is carefully arranged and extensive, with over 400 options to choose from. The food is complex and lovely all around, with options such as roasted figs in honey fromage frais with rocket and mouth-watering pork shank.


The Loose Box

The chef and owner of The Loose Box is Alain Fabrègues, who has received both France’s highest culinary award, the Meilleur Ouvrier de France and a French knighthood Chevalier Dans L’Ordre National du Merite, for his contributions to French cuisine. Reservations are essential and there is only a 7-course dégustation menu. Needless to say, this is serious cuisine. Fabrègues combines fresh Australian produce with classical French culinary principles to produce masterful dishes such as Daube de Boeuf Aux Chataignes. The restaurant is nestled in the suburbs in a cozy house setting.

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A Taste of Japan – Tokyo Food Tours

A Taste of Japan: Tokyo Food Tours

Tokyo is a curious mix of modern and traditional. Known for the high-tech hum and buzz of its neon streets, this Japanese metropolis embraces manic energy and ancient serenity in equal parts. Traditional kimonos parade alongside quirky Harajuku get-ups. Cherry blossom-lined alleys open into frenetic concrete jungles. It’s all part of the city’s unforgettable charm.


Crazy Japan

Of course, Tokyo’s two faces do share one thing: a love of food. From sushi to yakitori, soba to sake, Japan’s cultural identity is enmeshed with a reverence for cuisine, and experiencing authentic Tokyo is as simple as wandering through its stalls and restaurants. Where’s the best place to start your Tokyo food tours? Let us guide the way.

Yakitori Alley

Situated near Yurakucho, this energetic corridor of bars and street vendors is a haven for foodies. The iconic yakitori — a savory grilled-meat appetizer — started here, and you’ll get to sample some of the city’s best in the company of cuisine-loving locals. Make sure to ask for one of the special sauces; they take the dish from delicious to addictive.

Monja Street

After your yakitori adventure, head to this Tsukishima destination for a taste of its famous monjayaki, a tempura-like pancake dotted with meats and vegetables. You can even have a chat with the cook while he or she prepares your food. Want a little inside tip? Dig into your meal like the locals do: Cut the monjayaki into pieces with a spatula, and then use chopsticks to eat it right off the grill.

Beyond the City Limits

If you’re craving an experience outside Toyko, book a guided tour through Kyoto and Fushimi Inari. Start by picking up a few seasonal ingredients from Kyoto’s bustling food markets before heading off to learn the art of making rolled sushi and miso soup at a Japanese cooking class. After you’ve had your fill of norimaki, grab a train to Inari and uncover the secrets of sake at a local brewery. You’ll get to sample a few favourites and can even browse a liquor store that specialises in over 80 varieties.

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