Penne 4 Your Thoughts

Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more

High tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

Some say that high tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town is among the best in the world, so when I found myself in that beautiful city, I … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · 7 Comments

Exploring the roads of Bagan

It’s Valentine’s’ Day and I’m clinging on to my boyfriend. Not in a particularly amorous way, mind you – I was just trying to stay on my perch on the … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · 5 Comments

Dining at Cecconi’s

The first time I went to Cecconi’s Flinders Lane in Melbourne was for breakfast. That early in the morning, there were just two other tables occupied, so I had unparalleled … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · 14 Comments

Jasmins Lebanese Restaurant in Lakemba

Look around and you might think you’re no longer in Sydney. Women are garbed in flowing black burkas, with nothing visible but their eyes. Men are in white robes, with … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet. At least that was Shakespeare’s logic, but I would beg to differ. … Continue reading

January 7, 2017 · 16 Comments

Dinner at the Little Snail, Sydney

Where has the year gone? I can’t believe it’s December already. After a whirlwind trip back to Malaysia for a family event, the Happy Gwailo and I are settling in … Continue reading

December 17, 2016 · 4 Comments

Joo Hooi Cafe: Best one stop shop for foodies in Penang

Ah Penang, Malaysia’s tourism jewel. It’s certainly been widely recognised as a great place to visit, featuring in the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016 list, the Huffington Post‘s list of … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 9 Comments

It’s not this time of year without Christmas markets

Nobody does Christmas markets like the Europeans. The Germans, in particular, have it down to an art form. Which is why, four years ago, when I was a carefree student … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · 11 Comments

Foodie’s Guide to Newtown Part 2

Newtown, with its proximity to Sydney University, is decidedly a student and hippie town. But in recent years, it’s also become a foodie’s dream, with great offerings up and down … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 11 Comments

Foodies’ guide to Newtown – Part 1

Newtown was once known as a rather cheap part of town overrun by students and hipsters, and every second shop was a cheap Thai joint. The students are still there, … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 3 Comments

Tramsheds at Harold Park, Sydney

It’s official – our wait for Belles Hot Chicken is over. The Southern fried chicken sensation from Melbourne appeared in Sydney months ago, but the Happy Gwailo and I were … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cheap eats: Boon Cafe

What do you get when you combine a Thai grocery store and a cafe? Awesome Thai-inspired deliciousness in the form of Boon Cafe and Jarern Chai. Boon Cafe and Jarern … Continue reading

November 19, 2016 · 2 Comments
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