Sarah Austen-Smith

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.

Food
Jan 19, 2019

Are country cafes better than city ones?

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.

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Food
Dec 16, 2018

Coconuts, curries and multiple courses: Living large in Sri Lanka

A whistle-stop tour of southern Sri Lanka is a culinary overload of colour and fragrance – but ordering a beer can be, er, weird.

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Food
Oct 24, 2018

No vowels, big flavours: WTF is Kyrgyz cuisine?

Spoiler alert: it's hearty, it's humbling and it involves horse.

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Food
Aug 6, 2018

Boiling point: Feeling the burn in the home of hotpot

A lily-livered foreigner braves the fiery cauldron that is Chóngqìng's specialty.

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Beer
Jul 17, 2018

Hops in the hútongs: China’s craft beer champions

From the alleyways of Běijīng to the Tibetan highlands, independent brewing is on the rise.

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Food
Jul 11, 2018

Bāozi, báijiǔ and barbecue: Culinary adventures in China

The angst of a Wellington winter melts away amid the tongue-tingling tastes of the Middle Kingdom.

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