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About freehugstommy

Food, films and politics are my triumvirate of passions.

Farewell, and moving on

This will be my final words here at Capital Gourmand, as I am now situated a long way from the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. I am, instead, in London, hoping to find a home and job shortly. Thanks for … Continue reading

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The Perks of Being a Lone Diner

One is the loneliest number, as Three Dog Night once said. When it comes to eating out, far too many people seem to believe them. But I don’t buy that. As someone who dines alone quite regularly, I can tell … Continue reading

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A New Way

Despite the title that echoes the past few months, I promise you, this is not about the election. Instead, it is about my own “New Direction”. You may have noticed that I haven’t posted a lot recently. Part of this … Continue reading

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Remedy

The rasping cough caught at the back of my throat, jolting me awake. My nose dripped on the pillow, my eyes bleary. As I slowly dragged my body to the edge of the bed, it was clear that I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Ottoman Cuisine: Balloons of Empire

We celebrate things in many ways. We throw parties with drinks and music, put on special displays of skill, or create something to commemorate the moment. But through all this, one of the universal symbols of celebration is a balloon. … Continue reading

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Shorty’s: Pub ethnography

The terrace is the prize. This little raised platform a step above the lane, where you can watch the parade that constantly passes, is where everyone really wants to sit. I don’t know if it’s the slight touch of sun, … Continue reading

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MFWF – Enrique Olvera dinner: Growing up

When I was a child, I liked Mexican food. Or so I thought. Tacos were one of my favourite meals. You got a salty, crunchy shell, then got to build it yourself. Seasoned mince meat, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, the … Continue reading

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MFWF – Langham MasterClasses: Learning

There are many different ways to learn to cook. For many people those first steps to the stoves came at the side of a parent or grandparent, going from licking the bowl to stirring the pot. You learn the family … Continue reading

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Mocan and Green Grout: From behind the door

The kitchen used to have such mystique. It was hidden behind a door, where the chefs would weave their magic in secret, the miraculous final product being all the diner would see. Then along came the TV cameras, hovering inches … Continue reading

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A tourist in my own city

The Human Brochure weekend was paid for by Australian Capital Tourism. I have seen the sprawling lights of Manhattan at night from the top of the Empire State Building. I have stared at the organic, winding towers of la Sagrada … Continue reading

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