Exploring Australia’s Wild Side

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South and Western Australia are two of the country’s lesser trodden states, where isolation and nature afford not only stunning vistas and incredible sea life, but also some of the most bountiful food and wine the world has to offer. I went to check in on my favorite destination for Quest Magazine, it ended up being the cover story for their recent print issue.

From stargazing to wine tasting and foraging wild foods, it was an incredible adventure.

You can read the full cover story here.

Raise a glass to the end of summer with this lovely rhubarb, fennel, and blood orange cocktail. It's the best way to beat the heat, and can be prebatched for your Labor Day shenanigans. Recipe on my blog, link in my profile!
I grew some tomatoes and basil and put burrata on them. It's been one of my best life decisions thus far.
Sunday 'que with my favorite Texans, @bludsosbar and @mkretovics.
Daydreaming of the colorful and delightfully creamy carrot butter risotto @fundamentalLA. Their tasting menu is a steal at 3 courses + dessert for $39!
The smell of @cofaxcoffee's breakfast burrito being made is enough to drive you wild: smoked home fries, sizzling ancho chile-laden chorizo, fresh fried tortilla chips, and fluffy scrambled eggs all cradled in a warm flour tortilla. Add some slices of creamy California avocado, and it's pure burrito bliss. (@thestaceysun @letmeeatcake @ohjoy & @mkretovics me do it!)
If this knucklehead can grow veggies on a cement strip between two apartment buildings using old shopping carts as containers, so can you!
All the #LAFoodFriends were after a shot of my gorgeous bowl of homemade coconut granola and market berries, but can you blame em? Sometimes the simplest things are the best! Thx for the wonderful morning @whatsgabycookin and @aidamollenkamp!
Take a peek at Commissary, @ridingshotgunla's b-side to POT that's really a hit on it's own. This gorgeous greenhouse restaurant in #KTown does veggies justice! Link is in my profile.
Sunset over the Pacific with a glass of @SilverOak cab @TerraneaResort. Doesn't get more California than that, folks.
Drinks in delis, immaculate veggies, and a rainbow of blow your mind sauces. @ridingshotgunla crushing it per uje at the brand new rooftop Commissary at The Line.
Perfect summer picnic fare here at Paninoteca. Loving the chicken parm sandwich with smoked tomatoes and fresh blood orange thyme juice. Those marinated mushrooms with ricotta salata tho...I said goddamn @cheffv!!!
Deliberating on @knifefightesq is much less difficult when there's IPA involved. Seriously y'all, these guys can cook! Tune in for epic back-to-back battle on tonight's season premiere with @ilanhall and @krismorningstar.
My #CurrentObsession: @BlueBottle's New Orleans iced coffee, up on LAist.com now.
Hungry for a culinary journey? Watch me eat scorpions, #streetfood, and a dizzying array of dumplings in my video on The Best Eats in Beijing, up now on www.kristasimmons.com/blog.
We have arrived. Time to eat...FINALLY! Ceviche, Negro Modelos, and fish tacos to kick off #RinsWedding weekend with @mkretovics @simmerdowntown @felicianicetomeetcha.
#TBT to frolicking in the flower fields @Anantara_Hotels in Ermei, China, enjoying some much-needed solitude. (Photo by @simmerdowntown)
My Current Obsession: churros con leche ice cream from @mcconnellsicecreams! Post up on LAist.com/food.
Raspados (mango, chile & tamarind shave ice) and freshly fried churros while cruising Mercado Olympic with my Oaxacan guru, @bricialopez. Great way to spend a Sunday!
Dat freelance life. Working poolside at The Avalon with $5 happy hour wine. "Winning."
Because it's far too hot to turn on a stove.

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