Sarah Austen-Smith is a Wellington Beltway escapee. She’s travelling through China and Central Asia this year following the Silk Road from Shangri-la to Samarkand.
As our summer road trip season rounds to a close, Sarah Austen-Smith takes a whistle-stop tour of country cafes between Auckland and Wellington to see whether the grass really is greener in the regions.
A whistle-stop tour of southern Sri Lanka is a culinary overload of colour and fragrance – but ordering a beer can be, er, weird.
Spoiler alert: it's hearty, it's humbling and it involves horse.
A lily-livered foreigner braves the fiery cauldron that is Chóngqìng's specialty.
From the alleyways of Běijīng to the Tibetan highlands, independent brewing is on the rise.
The angst of a Wellington winter melts away amid the tongue-tingling tastes of the Middle Kingdom.