Setjetters glamping it up
conventional travel destinations in favour of more remote or unusual destinations); flashpacker (noun, colloquial; a backpacker who travels in relative luxury; granny season (noun, colloquial, in Australia; winter, during which many older members of the population travel north, especially with caravans, campervans, etc in search of warmer weather); film tourism (noun; tourism occasioned by the wish to visit a well-known location used in a film or television production); wellness tourism (noun; tourism emphasising the achievement of a state of wellness, as by physically healthy activities such as walking combined with mind therapies such as spa treatments, good nutrition etc). You have until midnight (January 31) to log on and vote; www.macquariedictionary.com.au.
IN the spirit of expanding the Travel&Indulgence lexicon, Lounge would love to hear from readers who know of, or have invented, clever tourism words and phrases. The best will be published, with attributions, in an upcoming column and Lounge has a stash of lovely travel books as prizes. Send suggestions by March 1 to: email@example.com. (Please clearly indicate if you do not wish your name to be published.)
Food purveyor Black Pearl Epicure in Fortitude Valley presents guest chef classes and pantry tours with educational tastings (cheeses, caviar, chocolate); classes feature ingredients bought at the shop. www.blackpearl.com.au.
Chef Dominique Rizzo at Mondo Organics in Brisbane’s West End teaches hands-on skills and health awareness for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. www.mondo-organics.com.au.
Food personality Jacki Passmore runs classes at Executive Chef, South Brisbane; basics to gourmet and Chinese cooking, guest demonstrations and children’s classes in the school holidays. www.execchef.com.
On the Sunshine Coast, ex-Darley Street Thai chef Paul Blain teaches Thai cuisine at Spirit House Restaurant and Cooking School, Yandina, and The Tamarind, in Maleny (reopening with extensions midyear). www.spirithouse.com.au; www.thetamarind .co.au.
Wild Lime Cooking School, Worendo, 90 minutes from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, teaches Asian and Mediterranean cuisine using wild food. www.worendo.com.au.
the French global cooking school, has its Australian bases in Sydney and Adelaide. Within the Ryde campus of North Sydney Institute of TAFE, the Sydney branch teaches classical French cuisine, patisserie and culinary arts management. Adelaide offers degrees in hotel and restaurant management and gastronomy. www.lecordonbleu.com.au.
He Cooks, based in Melbourne and Sydney, throws open the kitchen door to men who are novice cooks. Basic and advanced classes under food groups, and specialty classes (Japanese, Thai, duck, desserts) for men and women. Advice on nutrition, shopping, seasonal produce, kitchen safety, care of appliances and knife skills. www.hecooks.com.au. Hobart, run by Rodney Dunn (former Tetsuya Wakuda apprentice) and Severine Demanet. Classes include a two-day encounter with a whole pig, cutting and noseto-tail use (sausages, slow-roasted belly, trotters, terrine), classic pastries, preserves and home-made ice creams. www.theagrariankitchen.com.
Offshore, artisanal organic cow’s and goat’s milk cheesemaker Bruny Island Cheese Co offers full-day workshops on cheesemaking, bread and handmade butter. www.brunyislandcheese.com.au.
THERE are so many holiday bargains about that Barry Oliver is posting more Daily Deals than ever on our website. Travel consumers are quickly becoming au fait with the now-common notion of added extras. Additional hotel nights at no cost, spa treatments, airport transfers, breakfasts, even cooking lessons and free happy-hour cocktails: no one is settling for a bare-bones deal. www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/dd.
WEknow there’s value to be had in the holiday universe, but where should we go? Berlin, say industry insiders, is Europe’s most affordable city. An oversupply
LOUNGE loathes: The prospect of miser tourism making it into the Macquarie Dictionary’s 2009 new-word list.
LOUNGE loves: The new Berlitz Interactive language-learning CD set, which combines audio instruction with the Berlitz World Traveller CD-ROM (the latter is available on the entertainment systems of carriers such as Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa). $49.95 in a range of languages; 1800 021 987; www.berlitzpublishing.com.
Melbourne’s Southern Star is up, up and away. In the style of the and the Singapore Flyer, this aerial jaunt offers stunning views over the CBD and beyond. $29, adults; $17, children; flights are 30 minutes. (03) 8688 9688; www.thesouthernstar.com.au.