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I've been eating since 1987.

That's 27 years and counting.


There are few fields I have more experience in.


I'm about a lot of things; friends, family, love, champagne, good cake, cheese, new food experiences and maximising joy in the everday. xx



March 31, 2019

Chef Mel Alafici runs the vibrant Vanilla Zulu Cooking School in Teneriffe.

I was lucky enough to do a cooking class there in September last year and loved everything about it: you can read about it here.

In late February, a girlfriend and I went along to the launch of M...

October 10, 2018

I love where we live.  Shailer Park – a leafy surburban area 30k south of Brissie with lots of lovely walking trails, good access to shops and all the major highways are merely minutes away.

One thing we’re missing in our suburb, and in lots of Logan suburbs, is walking...

September 28, 2018

Mel Alafaci is the owner and executive chef at Vanilla Zulu Culinary Adventures in Teneriffe. The name ‘Vanilla Zulu’ pays homage to Mel’s South African heritage: she emigrated from Durban in 2008.  The vibrant cooking school offers twenty (see here) varieties of class...

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