About

Roz in Siena

Thank you for visiting my food and travel blog. Blogs are wonderful ways to stay in touch with friends and make potential like minded friends. Most bloggers have an inner voice dying to get out and primarily are sharers. You know – the world is divided into information givers and information takers. It is just the way it is.
Most bloggers do not make money. We do it because we are the info givers.

My professional and personal background is around art and food. I found it impossible to separate my skills and preferences into a private and vocational category.  I had a contemporary art gallery for several years and when I retired I turned my attention to my other love, food. I have been the food writer for The Sunday Mail in Brisbane, contributed a range of freelance stories on food and travel for the same paper including The Courier Mail and more recently for the SBS magazine FEAST.

If you would like to receive regular updates without having to think of what I am up to and discovered in the world of food and art, then you can subscribe now.  At the side of the blog you click on the field and it asks you to fill in your email address. You will be sent an email verifying you and then you will get automatic updates.

The long hours of teaching cooking at my cooking school and running my own contemporary art gallery is now all behind me I am completely free of obligations and business commitments and very happy to roam the world and share my experiences and knowledge to whoever it may help. Of course all opinions are mine alone and I am careful not to denigrate any one or any business, if I receive totally unsatisfactory service I will either contact the offender for an explanation or simply leave them off the blog.

Roz & Ferran Adria at El Bulli, Spain

Roz & Ferran Adria at El Bulli, Spain

Just one more bite of my culinary background, cooking, teaching, meeting amazing chefs and gaining access to their kitchens, e.g Ferran Adria of El Bulli in Spain, allowed me the luxury of gathering information. I also had access to food producers so I gained many inside stories of food production. I also diversified my services (I was no longer reviewing restaurants) to undertake food consulting to restaurants. So there you have it, a life immersed in food, art and travel.

Many bloggers are successful – in my opinion, because they focus strictly on one subject and I just cannot do that as my interests are still food, art and travel.

Quite recently I set up another home base, in the stunning Bay of Fires area in the most scenic and tranquil part of north eastern Tasmania. There I am more involved with cooking seafood, and a new hobby of fishing. I have a video on my Facebook page of catching fish and I must say that it is only there to prove to my Facebook friends that I have done it. They always see me when I am well groomed and apart from swimming and walking every day I am not at all sporty so I had to put the video there. I now admit the television fishing programmes are not as boring to me as they used to seem.

I am developing my interest in photography and availing myself of the opportunity travel gives me to see photography exhibitions around the world and developing my own skills as a photographer.
All the photos on my blog are mine and the odd exception – well I always credit any individual whose photo I use and always seek their permission. I do not use communal photo libraries.

Roz MacAllan

  1. #1 by Lori on August 25, 2009 - 12:38 am

    Just read your bio and now I am understanding what this blog is about. You sound like you have quite a wonderful life. I have a sister that just retired from teaching and has traveled quite extensively. She is getting ready for a trip to Alaska. I will have to pass on your blog to her.

  2. #2 by Sue English on September 9, 2009 - 10:27 am

    Hi Roz,

    I really enjoy your travel details and are planning lots of trips when we can finally sell a sheep station!!.

    I enjoy the Slow Food magazines and e-mails and long for the time I can participate.

    Spent 4 weeks in France a couple of years ago and fell in love with the whole experience, particularly the small village farmers markets with all their fresh produce, pates, terrines etc.

    Toowoomba seems so long ago, also your trip out here.

    Best wishes,

    Sue

  3. #3 by Barbara Edwards on January 12, 2010 - 8:55 pm

    Finally after all this time I will be able to see the wonderful places that you travel and experience all the wonderful foods, Barbara

  4. #4 by celeste on December 22, 2010 - 7:09 am

    we are coming to paris jan 8-11 and want to take class to learn macroons. can u advise us?
    thanx n best celeste

    • #5 by tastetravel on December 22, 2010 - 9:08 pm

      Celeste re read both my posts about cooking in Paris, I have specially put Paule’s business name in there as a link on both posts, click on Promenades etc and you will be taken to her site, actually she may be in NY at moment giving classes, send her an email. Roz

  5. #6 by Minna on January 2, 2011 - 8:41 am

    I like your blog, it is very nice! You have also plenty of great photos!

  6. #7 by Trish on August 13, 2012 - 4:32 am

    Hi,
    Would you be interested in trading guest blog post on our blog, OneTravelBloggers.com http://onetravelbloggers.com/? We are a PR 3 blog whose audience enjoys reading anything about travel (e.g. “Best spots in Philly”, “Top 10 beaches in Spain”, “How to travel around Tokyo on a budget”, etc). And, of course, you’ll receive a FOLLOWED link to your blog or page of your choice.
    Please let me know if you’re interested. I think you’d be a great fit with our audience, and we’d also like to talk with you about other partnerships.
    Talk to you soon

    • #8 by tastetravel on August 14, 2012 - 4:18 am

      Yes that is fine if you want to make contact again re a trade.

  7. #9 by Rosie Mackinnon on November 4, 2012 - 1:25 am

    Lovely tomeet you yesterday at the Launceston Harvest Market and I hope the Angelica made it home to Binnalong Bay

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