Taj hotels

The Taj Dubai is a new 5 star luxury hotel located in Business Bay.
The rooms are big, the beds comfy and the robes and towels are super soft. For the light packers the walk in wardrobe will be useless but if you’r anything like me and love your things out of your suitcase you’ll love it..

Most of our tours were only half an hour from the hotel and we arranged transfers each time. I caught a taxi to The Mall of Emirates to check out Ski Dubai and eat Shake Shak (again) and without traffic it was around 20 minutes. By the time I was heading back, the afternoon traffic had began to build up so I jumped on the train from within the Mall. Not usually a fan of trains I thought I’d give it a go to get back to the hotel. It was only (around AU$3) so cheap!
It took less than 10 minutes with 3 stops and a 5-10 minute walk.
Tesoro – The Peruvian restaurant located on the 3rd floor of the hotel has great food and an unrestricted view of the Burj Khalifa.

The pancakes with Strawberries and banana with fresh cream from the breakfast buffet were so good.

To and from the hotel:
Taj Dubai is Central to plenty of must see while visiting Dubai, the hotel is only a 5 minute cab ride to places such as The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo & the Fountains.

Be sure to carry money on you for taxi’s they don’t accept cards. Thank You to one of the lovely staff at the hotel who kindly covered one of my taxi’s because I forgot about this!

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Italy with Zonin

What started as a group of bloggers, chef’s and photographers unfamiliar with one another, turned into a group of friends laughing and exploring Italy together. Camera in one hand. Glass of Prosecco in the other. We touched down in Milan for a full on and unforgettable time.

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From the busy streets surrounding Duomo Cathedral to a rooftop bar by sunset in Chinatown, we concluded Milano with a visit to the Expo 2015. Go to a restaurant called ‘ 10 Corso Como ‘ order the Mozzarella dish. Also eat at a place called ‘Terrazza Apperol’ which looks over the Duomo Cathedral. If you’re feeling jet lagged, the Espresso Martini’s at the Hyatt in Milan are delicous.
We stayed at the Westin Palace Milan I had the old style room. I preferred it over the modern style rooms some of the others had.. Felt more like I was where I was, if that makes sense..?

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I fell in serious love with Venice.
Although I do wonder if going everywhere by boat would get old.
We met with Zonin for a beautiful rooftop dinner & Prosecco gathering on sunset at the Hilton Molino Stuckey Venice – a highlight for me with 360 degrees of amazing views. We then set out for Gambellara, a province of Vicenza. Established back in 1821, this is where the heart of Zonin lies. The family heads the largest private vine growing and wine making company in the business. They also own the largest prosecco vineyard in Italy. Their passion for what they do, their land and the history behind seven generations was evident within the first minute of meeting each of them.

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Following our tour of the Rocca Di Montemassi & lunch we headed back into Vicenza where an exclusive invite to a secret bar awaited us in our rooms. I didn’t even know such a thing existed.. Not being open to the public, you can only gain entry via invite.

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Be sure to have dinner at the Four Seasons everything here was amazing.
and go into an Eataly – We did a cooking class here which was so cool.
From Firenze to Rome: Have dinner and/or drinks on the roof of the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotel I’m pretty sure this is the highest point in Rome. It has THE best views. Head there an hour or so before sunset!

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The Wine. The pizza. The pasta. The culture. I  loved every minute of Italy.

A huge thank you to the Zonin family for inviting me into your world and love of wine & what you do.
I actually wasn’t a big fan of wine before my trip to Italy, now I’m unsure if a thank you is appropriate or not.

Thanks to for supplying me with my new favourite camera – Olympus PEN E-PL7  25mm f1.8 Prime Lens

Comment here or email me for any questions will be happy to answer them

Happy & Safe Travels

Kate x

Friday Brunch

The St Regis Dubai

Food is a big deal to me. It just so happens for those residing in Dubai, Friday Brunch is a big deal.
A ritual in the Am on the best day of the week to celebrate the beginning of the weekend. If only every country took their Friday’s and weekend’s more seriously the world would be a better place.
Friday brunch is a multi-hour banquet of eating, drinking and simply celebrating life. Generally celebrated by Expats and tourists, most brunch venues that do the ‘Friday brunch’ thing are all-inclusive and/or buffets. Some may offer a set menu or share plate options. Some brunch venues tend to get rowdier than others with Music and the noise of the crowd. 
I quite enjoy eating so attending such tradition was right up my alley no matter the background noise.
We were invited to the brand new St Regis Hotel for a guided tour around the immaculate luxury suites, bars and restaurants. The hotel offers 8 distinctive dining venues.; J&G Steakhouse, Brasserie Quartier, St. Regis Bar, Sidra, Champagne Lounge, Le Patio, Cafe Fleuri & the Roof Gardens/ Pool.
We ate at the Brasserie Quartier which is a combination of French cuisine interpretations with some traditional flair. I’m personally not a fan of uncooked (raw) food so I skipped the Steak Tartare & Salmon that everyone raved about for the Lamb and a bucket load of delicious pastries and sweet treats from the Patisserie. My favourite would have had to have been their infamous and ridiculously-delicious Raspberry Croissant.
Pair this with an Espresso Martini if you’re a fan..One of the best I’ve ever had.

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Other highly rated brunching spots in Dubai:

Yalumba @ Le Méridien
Beachcombers @ Jumeirah Beach hotel
Bubbalicuous @ The Westin
A La Turca @ Rixos The Palm
Saffron @ Atlantis the Palm
Al Qasr @ Madinat Jumeirah

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St Regis Brasserie Quartier
Al Habtoor City
Sheikh Zayed Road,
DUBAI, UAE
Lunch/Brunch – 12pm – 3pm

Camera: PEN E-PL7 by Olympus

Happy Brunching

x

Bared Footwear

Bared Footwear have launched a concept store in Sydney at Koskela Kitchen.
They’ve transformed Megan Morton’s ‘The Studio’ into an oasis of loose leaf plants hanging from the ceiling, Byron Bay hanging chairs, sweet treats and cool beats. Stop by and try on this seasons latest styles. They’ll be there from 10 −8pm until Dec 2nd @ 2/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery.

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Thanks for having me girls

x

Aloha

I had the best time in Hawaii.

After wanting to go there for years now. I had a plan to do so much.. Skydive, hikes, heli tour, quad bike through the mountains, learn to surf, paddle board, the list goes on……

I actually didn’t end up doing ANY of that! I think this would have been the first holiday where I actually didn’t stick to my plan. I was enjoying laying on the beach, eating, drinking cocktails and simply doing nothing. For me Hawaii is the place where you can either do a lot or not much and still have the best time.
We stayed at  The Moana Surfrider  Waikiki.  If you’d like more info on the hotel click here  If you stay here eat at the BeachHouse. The steak and lobster tail dishes were so good!

Do the Chiefs Luau at the Sea Life Park that was cool

Venture up to the North Shore. Even if you don’t stay there. It’s only an hour drive and well worth it.
Check out: Waimanalo Bay, Pipeline Beach, Waimea Bay
We went to Shark Cove to snorkel and it was so crowded..

If you like golf, we went to Ewa Beach Golf Course that was fun

I stayed at Turtle Bay Resort for a few nights in between. We didn’t have the best weather during our stay ( it was super windy and rained). We were on the side that wasn’t overlooking the pool. Request a room overlooking the pool.

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Safe travels

Email me for any questions

Camera-  Olympus PEN E-PL7  25mm f1.8 Prime Lens