South African vineyard uses Indian runner ducks control pests sustainably
ducks in vineyard


Now this is my kind of sustainable pest control, ducks!!
Check out article on Dominion Post online
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The Wandering Palate Book of the Year – Just Duck | The Farm | The Chefs | The Cookbook
Just Ducks front cover

Just Duck  The Farm | The Chefs | The Cookbook

by Jodi and Greg Clarke (Great Ocean Ducks) Photography: Andy Zakeli

Notwithstanding my complete and utter fascination with all things ‘Duck’, here is the PEREFCT Christmas gift–for anyone– and for those who love cooking, especially ducks! Read More >

Rarest Cheese in the World – A Monopole, Grand Cru, Single Cow Cheese!
Isobel - at Cwmglyn Farmhouse Cheese

Isobel – at Cwmglyn Farmhouse Cheese

Picked up a big chunk of the rarest cheese on the planet for a party we throwing at our house tomorrow night, the Cwmglyn Farmhouse Cheese “Isobel”, a Single-Cow Cheese! Pronounced coom-glin this has to be the best cheese in all New Zealand and right up there in the world stage, having just won a Super Gold Award in the Fine Food World Festival in London–out of 2600 artisan cheeses, making it in to the Top 60 for the trophy tastings–bloody awesome effort! Check out the website

Its wee bit of a drive to Eketahuna to Biddy’s ‘Cheese Door’, the only place you can get it retail, although if you ask very nicely at her restaurant supplier, On Trays, in Petone, you might score a piece. Otherwise, makes sure you leave room for cheese if you’re dining at Logan-Brown…yes folks, all happening in Wellington, New Zealand, Middle of Middle Earth.

Full article in the wings…



Butchery, Beef and Street Theatre
Butcher - Antica Macelleria Cecchini

Our Wandering Palate correspondent in Shanghai, Michael Knuppel, is ‘wandering’ in Tuscany and encounters the famous Dario Cecchini, a butcher as mad as a meat axe! Butcher – Antica Macelleria Cecchini, PANZANO, CHIANTI, ITALY Read More >

Afghan Biscuits, Isle of Capri Tomatoes and Broken Heart Gin
Ruth Pretty's Isle of Capri Tomatoes

Having recently spent a few weeks on holiday in Wellington, New Zealand, I can report that we now know where the best Afghan biscuits are baked, and where the most incredible tomatoes and awesome Gin can be had—all of which have a fascinating history or story. Read More >

The Best Fish-and-Chips in the World
Bobby's Fresh Fish Mart - Best Fish n Chips in the World

It’s a curious thing, but I crave Fish-and-Chips, almost every week. I do try to constrain this addiction to a once a fortnight fix, although it’s a feeble attempt. Read More >

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The Wandering Palate’s Groovy Cheese Board and Knives – A Great Christmas Gift Idea

It has become a longstanding tradition that our good friends from Hong Kong, John and Sandra, join us for Christmas Day lunch; no matter where we are in the world, they always manage to make it for our Roast Turkey and Christmas Pudding ritual that lasts all day–and well into the night. Read More >

The Wandering Palate Christmas Turkey 2013
Deutchers Turkey - Wandering Palate Christmas Table

With only a few more days until Christmas, I hope you have your turkey organized. The Wandering Palate is all sorted with preparations well underway and a ‘Canter Valley’ turkey ordered from the Mediterranean Market in Queenstown, as we will be staying in Central Otago, New Zealand for much of the Christmas period. Read More >

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Best Providore of the Year 2013 Singapore – Culina
Culina Bar

Hunting and gathering for food on the island of Singapore is very much an urban affair with practically all produce flown or trucked in. There’s no foraging in the countryside or visiting producers, no farmers markets where you come face to face with the artisan growers and producers. Read More >

Charolais Beef now Served at Brasserie Gavroche Singapore
The beautifully white Charolais

One of my favourite restaurants in Singapore, indeed ‘The Wandering Palate Restaurant of the Year 2012” Brasserie Gavroche, is now featuring on their specials menu, the famed Charolais Beef from Burgundy.  Read More >