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MARGOT SAVILLE | FOOD & TRAVEL |

No, chef! Rise up against restaurant tyranny

When did the tables turn in fine dining? And how can you get a decent meal at a decent time with a decent number of courses without ingesting “fish milk”?

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MYRIAM ROBIN | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Food fight: it’s forks at 20 paces for journos and bloggers

Food bloggers are crashing into the industry previously dominated by professional critics, and it’s ruffling some feathers. Don’t they deserve freebies like the “real” journos?

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CATHY ALEXANDER | FOOD & TRAVEL |

A caravan for Kate? Budget tips for the royals’ trip Down Under

Will and Kate’s trip to Australia will cost the government millions. Crikey provides suggestions on how the royals can slash costs … but can Kate pitch a tent?

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CATHY ALEXANDER | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Royal rates: what you’ll pay for Will and Kate’s Aussie adventure

Will, Kate and royal celebri-baby George will visit Australia next month. Did you know that Aussie taxpayers are going to pay the full cost of the trip?

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FOOD & TRAVEL |

Putting water into wine (and why that cheeky red is boozier than you think)

The rising heat is roasting our reds and pushing the alcohol content higher. So is adding water to wine — currently banned — the answer? Wine writer Philip White makes the case at In Daily.

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CRIKEY INTERN | FOOD & TRAVEL |

The year that is: 2014 about kale, beards and ‘crystallography’

Did you know it’s the International Year of Family Farming and Crystallography? And that’s not all you’ve got to look forward to in 2014, reports Crikey intern Broede Carmody.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | FOOD & TRAVEL |

All expenses paid: is consular help too generous?

The government wants to charge a Greenpeace protester for helping him — which might not be such a bad idea, given the high cost of consular services. But politics can decide who gets a bill.

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FOOD & TRAVEL |

Get Fact: what secrets are hidden in McDonald’s food?

McDonald’s has a new website where it will answer questions from the public. Nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton fact-checks some of the answers … and finds Macca’s may be somewhat selective in its information.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Big planes out, small planes in: Air Austral scales back Indian Ocean route

Air Austral looks set to abandon plans for large-capacity planes flying between France and Noumea. The airline’s idea was ahead of its time, writes Ben Sandilands.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | FOOD & TRAVEL |

A Lonely Planet for some, as more jobs go from publisher

Lonely Planet will make more cuts — up to 100 jobs could go — as it transitions painfully to a digital future. While more people are travelling, fewer are buying guidebooks.

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FOOD & TRAVEL |

Byte-sized vitriol: internet reviews sour for restaurants

Foodies have the power to make and break restaurants with online reviews. But can you believe everything you read? Legal affairs reporter Kate Gibbs reports on the fraud cruelling some diners.

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FOOD & TRAVEL |

MPs taking your tax dollars with them on overseas sojourns

Simon Crean is heading to Europe on a taxpayer-funded “study” jaunt which may include cooking lessons. Crikey intern Fergus Hunter looks at the rules on MP travel and picks out some highlights.

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CRIKEY INTERN | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Crikey Clarifier: why you’ll see stars on food labels

The Health Minister has approved a new five-star rating system to delineate the nutritional value of food. Crikey intern Joanna Robin chews over the new scheme.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Fire and animals: how rats and snakes can burn down your house

“We were trying to kill a snake with fire,” the woman said during a 911 call. “It done caught the house.” Bob Gosford recounts tales about animals wreaking explosive revenge.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Photo gallery: bunggul dancing at Barunga

The annual Barunga Festival features the bunggul, where traditional Aboriginal dancers show their skills. Bob Gosford was there, capturing the moment.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL |

The road to bicycle registrations long, windy and problematic

The Queensland government is considering introducing bicycle registrations. But is it good policy? Alan Davies sorts the truth from the hyperbole.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Sport, music and soy milk: reporting from the Barunga Festival

Barunga, a small town on the southern fringes of Arnhem Land, hosts a sports and culture festival every three years. Bob Gosford files from the scene — and speaks to a very hungry Adam Giles.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Post, Texas: the little town that could

Despite being hit hard by drought and the economy, Post, Texas, is still thriving in its own modest way. Bob Gosford travels there for brekkie.

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FOOD & TRAVEL |

Waste from paddock to plate: the just desserts of recycling good food

Australians throw away up to 4 million tonnes a year in perfectly edible food. Founder of DoSomething! and Planet Ark Jon Dee says we need a global solution to ensure food is not rotting in bins while people go hungry.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL |

When summits were higher than airliners: Everest 60 years on

Ed Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood on the summit of Everest 60 years ago. That moment in time was not entirely dissimilar to Neil Armstrong’s first giant step for mankind, writes Ben Sandilands

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Fishing through memories of catching the Flathead Mullet

On the southern Gold Coast men still go down to the sea in small boats to catch the Flathead Mullet. Peter Shaw reflects on fishing, drinking goon and telling stories.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Why do governments favour road over rail?

The Victoria government has provided funding for a new freeway, but spurned a new rail line. It’s important to understand why governments continue to prefer road over rail, writes Alan Davies.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Bird of the week: the beauty of the Burrowing Owl

Driving around the bottom end of south-eastern California, Bob Gosford spent a day observing Burrowing Owls, which feature significantly in North American culture and religion.

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