Curtis Marsh
The Wild Side of Central Otago

Curtis Marsh pairs a wild venison back strap from an 8 pointer stag bagged by Central Otago winemaker, Tim Kerruish—cooked with local wild thyme—with the wild-fermented Folding Hill Orchard Block Pinot Noir 2013 from Bendigo.

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Hedonistic with the Gods - Amansara, Angkor - Part 4

Part 4 continues.... We decided that between the three of us sharing dishes, we could indulge in the entire menu for that evening taking in several Khmer dishes, as well as satisfying my sudden craving for a decent steak! Yes, I know—you come all the way to Cambodia for a steak—but hey, that's what Aman hedonism is all about: No rules, no guilt.

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Hedonistic with the Gods - Amansara, Angkor - Part 3

Part 3 continues... And return we did, in the denseness of darkness in the morning, and I mean early morning—5am! And that entailed being gently woken up by the Amansara staff at 4am for pastries and (strong) coffee, then sneaking away from the compound with our motorcade of US Army Jeeps, our platoon of minders looking measurably more conscious than we were.  And when I say darkness, that sort of density of darkness when you cannot see six inches in front of you; that eerie feeling of pitch blackness that envelopes all of your body and senses. Once your past the guard entrance, there is no artificial light whatsoever at the back entrance of Angkor Wat, actually there is no signage and no sign of anyone and its seems like our guides covert mission is going to plan. Dismounting from our motorcade and continuing on foot with just our guide, we crept along a track for what seemed an eternity, the jungle trees extinguishing any sense of one's bearings. Eventually our night vision slowly allows us to make out the shadows of the outer compound walls of the temple and the very first hues of morning twilight provide a glimpse...

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Hedonistic with the Gods - Amansara, Angkor - Part 2

Wasting no time, well, after a very pleasant late lunch first, we were introduced to our personal guide for our entire stay. The team of drivers whisked us off in Amansara's wonderfully restored (somewhat modified) World War II era US Army Jeeps—our impressive motorcade seemingly parting the traffic unhindered at a clip to the "Great City" and ancient Khmer capital, Angkor Thom.

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Hedonistic with the Gods - Amansara, Angkor - Part 1

Curtis Marsh explores hedonism, both spiritually and physically, in the heart of Cambodia's jungle and the lost civilization of the Khmer, with glass in hand! Sometimes it can be the place you are actually drinking wine that heightens the senses and pleasure.

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On the New Zealand Wine and Culinary Route - First Stop: Auckland, Part 1

For most of the world, New Zealand is very remote and evokes iconographic thoughts of pristine shores and some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth.

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On the New Zealand Wine and Culinary Route - First Stop: Auckland, Part 2

Staying in Auckland city, if you want to be central and within walking distance to some of the best eating spots in town, the best place to stay is SKYCITY Grand Hotel.

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