Dining & Entertainment

Food: Braised lamb shanks

With the next round of government assistance in the hands of more than 200,000 Fijians, supermarkets have seen a run on groceries as people re-stock the house. Chicken is no doubt the most affordable but many butchers are also selling goat and lamb on the bone. Although a little more difficult to cook than poultry, these primal cuts of meats are perfect for...

Food: Back to school lunch ideas

The battle to feed our children more healthy fresh foods at school is one that is not just isolated to Fiji. Schools around the world from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have to fight the battle against cheaper junk foods and lazy parents who are not thinking about how food has enormous influence on growing bones, brains and...

Food: Christmas Lunch hints and tips

GROWING up in Australia, I would always look forward to Christmas Day lunch. In our household, our extended family would come from afar — one of the few times we get to see how grey the oldies are getting and how fast the little ones have grown. It is also a day we overindulge in so much food that there are leftovers to...

Food: Brain food to make you smarter

Most people think that chefs must eat the best food at home, but the truth is that, lots of us probably have the worse diets when it comes to cooking for ourselves. No matter what your profession, the last thing anyone wants to do is bring your work home – chefs included. Unless we’re blessed...

Sitting by the dock of Savusavu bay

Savusavu’s picturesque reputation as a hidden paradise belies its true beauty of humanity and tranquillity. Like a world away from the rest of the country, the iconic Vanua Levu town still maintains its charm and welcoming nature of yesteryear. Savusavu’s untouched paradise is in a perfect position to take advantage of the tourism dollar. This is Savusavu. Today’s food...

Food: Mediterranean cuisine

WITH diets and immunity on the minds of many people as added defence and healing power against COVID-19, herbal medicine and fresh produce are increasingly being suggested to be incorporated into the daily diet. Vevedu juice is seemingly having a positive effect on those recovering from sickness and those wishing to boost immunity with traditional herbs. However, like most traditional medicines, they are not...

International cuisine – Exquisite and authentic dishes

Serving exquisite and authentic dishes is what the management and staff members of Cusina Provincia pride themselves in. Since they opened their doors to the public last year, the cuisine has become one of the best and popular spots for those in the mood for fine dining. For the past 12 months their mission is...

Mango: Eat, drink and love

If there is one fruit that screams tropical island, it would have to be mango. There is just something so exotic, sensual and erotic about eating a juicy ripe mango on the beach of a tropical island. It’s the one fruit that I don’t care if my hands, mouth and face get covered in its sweet, sticky nectar. And in case you haven’t...

Something to satisfy your craving

Ashutosh Kumar had always dreamed of owning his own business, and in August this year, he made it a reality by opening AFC Fried Chicken in his hometown, Tavua. The 22-year-old who is an aircraft engineer by profession said the idea of opening a restaurant started when he was in Fiji for holidays. “The restaurant...

Food: Cooking with rum

Cooking with rum On my recent assignment in Sydney at the Fine Food Show, I was challenged to cook and demonstrate with one of our proud exports – Fiji rum. Those same rich flavours of molasses, caramel and spice that rum gives to cocktails and desserts can add new dimensions to everything from pan-glazed lamb,...

Food: Turning your garden into a business

AS more Fijians turn to growing fresh produce at home to help reduce food bills, Chef Seeto suggest it is also an opportune time to create income and restart the battle against non-communicable disease at home by learning to eat more nutritionally. One of the not so unexpected outcomes of COVID is that many Fijians have turned to what they instinctually know...

Suva hotel is back with their popular Friday event

Suva’s Tanoa Plaza Hotel had gone through a major uplift and was ready to open after a $10 million renovation when COVID-19 hit us last year. Despite the challenges, the hotel had a soft opening and was operating to assist those who had either got stuck during lockdown or had to travel to oversee their...

Food: Pasta and noodle heaven

The nationwide COVID lockdown has forced many to learn how to cook at home to save food bills and to discover new ways to stretch the household budget with nutritious and filling foods. One of the most fascinating things to have happened since our country has been locked down, is the evolution of the family meal. Throughout March, April and May,...

Food – Mango dishes to fall in love with

Mangoes. Sweet and delicious, healthy and invigorating, all parts of this magical fruit is nutritionally beneficial. Even when raw and green, the king of fruits can be transformed into delicious salads, pickles and achar. So, it was sad to recently read that some mango farmers are having problems selling their harvests due to a lack of demand and over...

Drunken dishes for dad

It’s been more than two years since I’ve seen or hugged my dad, who is safe and well in Australia, but with everyone else celebrating this special day, I’ll be in my kitchen cooking for many of Nadi’s dads and grandads. Like many dads across the world today, alcohol is not only for boozing but used in cooking for added flavour. It’s...

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