“Oh, how scary and wonderful it is that words can change our lives simply by being next to each other.” Kamand Kojouri When we are young, it isn’t always the flash of a special moment that has the greatest impact on our lives, but in the many small things over time that lead us to …

I discovered Bryce Courtney while travelling to Australia more than twenty years ago. His writing captured my attention with a book that is still one of my all-time favorites – The Power of One. The novel is an epic tale about a boy in pre-war South Africa. Needless-to-say, it was a dark time in South …

Rigatoni with Brussels sprouts, Parmesan, Lemon & Leek Recipe Courtesy of Bon Appétit   As many of friends know, I love to eat fresh vegetables as much as possible and pair them with delicious wines. This pasta recipe, an ode to spring, pairs beautifully with the grassy aromatics, lime zest and ripe gooseberry in the …

Although I have a long history of travel to Australia, I first came across the Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay about fifteen years ago on a trip to the United Kingdom. Leeuwin was founded in 1974 by the Horgan family, and released its first commercial vintage in 1979. The estate was originally a cattle farm; …

Auckland is the gateway city to the incredible country of New Zealand. It may be far away, but that should only spur your desires to visit and immerse yourself sooner rather than later. If there was an award for being the consummate hosts, the people of Auckland would surely be deserving. Each time I visit, …

I love this time of year. The start of spring. It marks an opportunity to take things in with a fresh perspective and re-focused vision. Watching my wonderful daughter, Ellie, grow and develop her warm and glowing personality brings a wide smile to my face. It reminds me of the unlimited opportunity we all possess …

Among my dearest friends is a gentleman named Kym Davey. Kym hails from a city called Adelaide, in Australia. We see each other a few times a year and our conversations pick up right where we left off each time and often in the car during long drives in the countryside.   Mind you, there …

Crispy Salmon with Winter Fruit Salsa Preparation time: 10 minutes; cooking time 6 minutes. Servings: 2 Ingredients Salmon 2 six-ounce Salmon Filets, Skin on 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil Winter Fruit Salsa 1 cup fresh cranberries thinly sliced ½ cup pomegranate seeds ¼ cup white onion, diced small ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped 1 jalapeno, …