Monthly Archives: August 2016

New trends for foodies that you need to know

You might not think of Bucharest as a coffee destination. After all, Romania is no Finland or Norway in terms of coffee consumption and has no long-standing culture like fika in Sweden. However, the city is seeing many specialty coffee stores open, with local pioneers redefining the coffee culture once adopted from the Italians.

The first in town to set the bar high – coffee by day, concept cocktails by night – is Origo. It excels not only at its single-origin coffee, influencing the wider movement as a coffee roaster, but it’s also a social hub where communities are formed amidst Hario V60 coffee drippers repurposed as lamps and doorknobs. Plan ahead as tables fill up quickly, rain or shine.

With two Bucharest locations, its younger brother, Steam Coffee Shop (facebook.com/SteamCoffeeShop), caters more to coffee-to-go orders due to its small yet sleek interior. The friendly in-the-know baristas can make a suggestion or two. Across town in the swanky Dorobanți neighbourhood is Frudisiac (facebook.com/frudisiac), where the only hint that you’re in Bucharest, Romania, is your Google Maps location pin. Discreet but stylish, the Scandinavian barn structure exudes Nordic vibes in every corner. Pair your Drop Coffee directly from Sweden with a mean avocado toast, a cold-pressed juice and a copy of Monocle.

With traditionally meat-based cuisine, heavy on the stomach as in most of Eastern Europe, Bucharest has turned to vegan food seeking healthier nutrition. Abiding by the creed of ‘we are what we eat’, Barca (restaurantbarca.ro) restaurant offers the most diverse raw vegan menu in town.

Marked with one, two or three stars – depending on the time it takes to make a dish – each order is prepared on the spot for utmost freshness. A former self-declared carnivore, owner and chef Ciprian Panait credits Barca for improving his life. Almond sushi is a plentiful raw vegan starter, along with a side of artichoke pesto. The cooked dishes, however, cleverly fool and tingle your taste buds. The usually hearty ciorba de burtă (tripe soup) is an honest replica of the original, only mushrooms replace the tripe and cashew cream replaces dairy cream. Similarly, the ‘steak with French fries’ is a brilliant vegan alternative with grilled oyster mushrooms doubling as steak, and celery sticks as fries.

Recently opened Arome (aromesisunete.ro) – named after the Romanian word for ‘flavours’ – comes as a hip alternative in the heart of Bucharest. A bright and cozy design of yellow hues goes in tandem with the fresh ingredients served in this urban cafe. Go for a colourful soup if only for the delight of being served from a teapot.

THE WINTER IN TASMANIA

Spring is here but winter has been long, very cold and full of fun things to do. From Dark MOFO to all the amazing snow that had Hobartians freaking out. We keep pretty close tabs on all the things happening on social media, here is all the stuff you guys were showing off and interested in this winter.

 

DARK MOFO

Dark MOFO was back for it’s third year with huge public art exhibitions and some amazing performances. This year we saw Dark Park take over much of the waterfront area around Macquarie Wharf with some amzing displays including the huge fire organ and Bass Bath.

 

LOTS OF SNOW

With one of the coldest winters on record we got an amazing amount of snow all around the state. From Hobart to Cradle Mountain there were plenty of places to get out and make a few snow angels. Hobart was also lucky enough to get a once in a generation dumping with snow down to sea level.

We also saw a huge amount of snow at Ben Lomond and Mt Field offering plenty of opportunities for skiers and snow boarders to get out and explore the landscape in a different way.

 

WINTER AURORA

We have had a number of big Auroras this winter that sent our local photography community scrambling for their gear and the car keys. A number of photographers were lucky enough to grab some amazing shots with breaks in the weather.

INSTAGRAMMERS TO FOLLOW

Tasmania is the perfect destination for instagrammers with so many amazing places to explore in such a small space. We get sent some amazing photos each day by our followers on instagram including shots from locals and travellers, here are a few of our favourite accounts to follow.

 

TASMANIAN INSTAGRAMMERS

Here are just a few of our favourite locals who have sent us awesome imagery this summer. We love the perspective and the secret places our locals takes us.

Em Wilson has posted some of our favourite East Coast shots this year and has produced some stunning shots of the Bay of Fires which were hugely popular on our feeds.

Cam Blake is another of our regular contributors and the owner of Overland Track Photography Tours. He spends much of his time on the road around Tasmania with his family and takes some amazing landscape shots on his travels.

Simon specialises in climbing photography and captures some amazing images on climbs all around Tasmania, his recent shot on the Mt Wellington / Kunanyi Organ Pipes with Adam Bogus was statistically the most popular item we have ever shared on Adventure Tasmania.

FAMILY TRAVEL IN TASMANIA

What happens when you take a white water raft and put it in the surf? A hell of a lot of fun! King River Rafting are this year adding a new product to their lineup which is perfect for families and a great way to cool off on warm day. Jump into a raft at Clifton Beach near Hobart and ride the waves, no experience is required and lunch and all equipment is included.

 

SEE THE PENGUINS AT LOW HEAD

Tasmania has a number of penguin colonies but the rookery at Low Head is by far the largest. If you are there at the right time of day just after dark you can watch the penguins come in from Bass Straight and back to their nests. Tours are run from Launceston five nights a week and take about 3.5 hours so you still have plenty of time to get the kids to bed.

 

CANYONING IN THE LOST WORLD

In addition to the amazing Dove Canyon experience Cradle Mountain Canyons offer a great family friendly alternative called the Lost World that is suited to kids eight and up. This tour is a great way to introduce kids to more adventurous activities and there are also plenty of opportunities to spot local wild life like wombats and pademelons.

 

BOAT CRUISE AT WINEGLASS BAY

Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet National Park is an amazing place to visit and hugely popular all year round. One of the best ways to see the park is on a boat cruise. The cruise takes you to a number of popular spots and gives you the opportunity to spots dolphins and even whales at the right time of year.

TRAVELLING IN A LAUNCESTON

A few weeks back myself and Yasmin were granted the rare luxury of two days off… TOGETHER. This miracle required action, so without haste, we chose a new location to explore and booked ourselves into a hostel.

We packed weekend bags and plenty of car snacks for Yas (she gets cranky without a constant supply of food to occupy her). I updated my ever-growing Spotify road trip playlist and by 8am we were smugly waving sayonara to Strahan.

Our destination? Launceston. Tasmania’s second largest city, a leisurely 3.45 hour drive away. As well as constant toilet breaks (we like to stay hydrated whilst driving), there were plenty of unplanned stops along the way, to marvel at the mountains and lakes which dominate the West Coast.

We opted to take the more scenic route, cutting through Cradle Mountain national park in a series of twists, bends and stomach flips. As we climbed ever higher, we found ourselves blanketed by misty, white clouds, reducing visibility to just a few feet ahead at times and were confronted by the familiar smell of the recent bushfires.

Back out the other side and the scenery changed once more, to craggy mountains ranges, rolling hills, quaint, quirky towns, farms, deep greens and even a little sunshine peeking through from time to time.

Later down the road we dropped in to Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for a sweet treat and a little break from the drive. Being unashamedly English, we couldn’t help ordering scones and clotted cream with some of their deliciously fresh raspberry jam. I also thought that it would be fun to branch out and try a raspberry latte, but this was a step too far.