Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sand between your Toes

The Perfect Vacation

A beach vacation is something all of us can use, as
it provides time away with the family, friends, or
just that special someone. 

They are also great way to unwind from the pressures of life, and
Get sand between your toes.

All around the world, there are literally hundreds of
places that you can choose for your beach vacation.

Before you decide to rush off to your beach vacation,
you should plan first.  Decide on where you are
going, research your destination spot, and make
sure that it offers something for everyone. 

Once you plan your beach vacation very carefully,
you'll be more than ready to take off to your
destination and relax.  

“Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.” 
- Benjamin Franklin

Saturday, March 23, 2013

What to do on the weekend?

Easter Show

When: 21 March to 3 April

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is Australia’s largest annual event, attracting close to 900,000 people each year. It is a celebration of Australian culture, from our rural traditions to our modern day lifestyles, providing unique experiences for everyone.

Each year the country and city join together to enjoy agricultural competitions, animal experiences, entertainment, carnival fun, shopping and much more.

The Show was first held in 1823 and is run by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes and rewards agricultural excellence.

Learn more by visiting

Sydney Bridal Expo

When: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2013

Where: Darling Harbour Time: 10am – 5.00pm

Sydney Bridal Expo is the most elegant a and stylish event on the bridal
calendar providing the boldest and most beautiful ideas for the discerning bride
who dreams of her perfect wedding. This year 130 of Sydney’s leading wedding
suppliers will be on display on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April at the Exhibition
Centre, Darling Harbour.

For more information

March into Merivale Food Festival 2013

Event: 05/02/2013 - 31/03/2013

Delicious dining at Sydney's top restaurants for $33

March into Merivale, the self proclaimed signature food festival of Sydney, will be making its
triumphant return once again this autumn.

For more details

 There is so much more available on the site Week End Notes, worth a look.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Global Dining rules of thumb

There are certain rules on dining that must be observed at all times while eating

It is, for example, polite to wait for the hostess to serve you first rather than you serving your own plate before everyone else.

It is also polite to position your silverware at 4:00 once you're done with your meal. 

Furthermore, it is polite not to make unnecessary noise when eating. 

However, things are a bit different with other cultures. Check out the differences below:

In China, it is polite not to finish a meal, regardless if it's rice, noodle or other Chinese cuisines. It is because when you leave nothing on your plate or bowl, you are sending them the signal that you want more and the hostess has not served you enough.

The case is different if you are in Japan. If you eat there, it is in your best interest to finish everything in your plate. The bonus? You get to have another serving. But what if you don’t like the food? You finish the plate anyway. Otherwise, you would be considered impolite.

Spoons and forks are not as popular in Iran as they are here in the Western world. So even if you don't feel comfortable using your hands on your food, you should respect the custom and chow with it. So the next time you go there and you are expecting to eat with other people, try to wash your hands in advance. You will be thankful that you did.

While it is impolite to leave a messy table in most parts of the world, not to mention a cluttered floor once you're done eating, it is somewhat expected of you in Spain. In Spain, especially in snack bars, you can throw your mess (used napkins, bread crumbs, food wrappings, etc.) on the floor. This is because they sweep the debris after you or before they close their shops and it is just expected that you leave something behind. Otherwise, you did not eat anything in the bar.


Americans are fond of diving into foods using fingers, especially fried treats. But English people have a slightly different opinion about that. For them, it is necessary ONLY when there are no utensils around.

Should you or should you not ask a French chef extra ketchup? No, a big no. When in France, you MUST NEVER ask a chef to give you more ketchup, this is insulting and totally unacceptable.

If you find yourself in a high-class German restaurant and you ordered something that has chunks of potato in it, what is the proper way of slicing the potato into convenient pieces? The answer: with your fork. Knives are too smooth, they spoil the texture of the potatoes.

We all know that in some cultures, it is rude to stare direct to the eyes. However in Australia, it is rude to miss the eyes of the person you are clinking a toast with. Not looking a person in the eyes signifies that you don’t acknowledge the person's presence.

You would usually get stares when you burp vigorously after a meal in most parts of the world but the Inuit people of Canada think otherwise. For them, it is a sign of gratitude for the meal.

Have a Great BURP day...

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, 
but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou