Christine Salins

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Dec 2007

Christine Salins is one of Australia's most highly regarded food, wine and travel writers. She spent more than 20 years as a newspaper journalist, including nine years as Food & Wine Editor for The Canberra Times, the major daily in Australia's capital city. Since 2003, she has worked as a freelance writer specialising in food, wine and travel. She welcomes commissions for books and travel guides, magazines, newspapers and websites. Her award-winning website can be found at 

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Published Articles (69)

A Perfect Weekend Getaway on Washington’s Whidbey Island

According to eight writers who recently visited the 270-square mile island, Whidbey makes for the perfect weekend getaway. (One of 8 contributors)

The Murray Hotel, Hong Kong: Saving An Icon

In a city that is rushing head first into the 21st century, it’s refreshing to see an old building re-purposed rather than demolished. (Food Wine Travel)

Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park, Camano

Ten acres of garden and Pacific Northwest forest make a stunning backdrop for works of art at the Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park on Camano Island. (Food Wine […]

Bountiful Islands In The Pacific Northwest

Whidbey and Camano are two of the most accessible and picturesque islands in the Pacific Northwest, and they are also a great destination for food lovers. (PS News)

Hiking The Hills Of Hollywood

Hollywood is not just about shops, restaurants, movie magic and celebrity glamour. Let’s go hiking in the Hollywood hills. (Food Wine Travel)

Orchard Kitchen Captures A Moment In Time And Place

Whidbey Island’s Orchard Kitchen offers a genuine farm-to-table experience. (Food Wine Travel)

Key Points From The IFWTWA Conference on Whidbey

Whidbey Island provided an idyllic setting for the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association annual conference. (Food Wine Travel)

Solvang, California: ‘Little Denmark’

Solvang, a little piece of Denmark in California, is oh so cute. (Food Wine Travel)

Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane

Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha Botanic gardens are arranged in thematic and geographical displays, including rainforest, fragrant plants, and kitchen garden. (Food Wine Travel)

Getting to know the real Japan

Introducing a company that promises to show visitors the real Japan. (Food Wine Travel)

What makes the Bunya Mountains so special?

The Bunya Mountains are one of Queensland’s, and indeed Australia’s, rare gems. (Food Wine Travel)

Top Travel Experiences in 2017

Looking back on Food Wine Travel’s top travel experiences for 2017.

Top Food & Wine Experiences In 2017

Looking back on our top Food & Wine experiences for 2017. What a year it was! (Food Wine Travel)

Savour The Flavour

The Hunter Valley is blessed with a huge array of wonderful gastronomic experiences but some are truly indulgent, like the five exceptional food and wine experiences featured here. (Hunter Valley […]

Steeped In Tradition: Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe

Sophisticated cellar doors and restaurants are popping up everywhere in Valle de Guadalupe, but it’s refreshing to find a more traditional experience, as at La Cocina de Doña Esthela. (PS […]

Traditional Brown Bread On The Wild Atlantic Way

The Dingle Peninsula is one of the iconic routes on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, and it is home to a cooking school that celebrates the region’s superb produce. (PS News)

Asia In The Bush

A ‘slice of Asia meets the Australian bush’, Spicers Tamarind retreat has 14 villas located around a restaurant and cooking school on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Italian street food

Arancini, the quintessential Sicilian street food, can be found everywhere on the Aeolian islands, and they’re a snack that every visitor must try. (PS News)

Michele Genest: The Culinary Wiz Putting The Yukon On The Map

The plants and animals that live and grow wild in Canada’s boreal forest provide inspiration for Michele Genest’s cooking and writing. (FWT magazine)

NSW Cool Climate: A Hidden Gem Of Wine

Growing demand for cool-climate wines has allowed winemakers in the cooler regions of New South Wales to blossom.

Sipping the Rustic Wines of Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe

Discovering Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe region on an IFWTWA familiarisation trip. (FWT magazine)

6 Food Festivals You Must Not Miss

It’s truly a feast for food lovers with a big calendar of fantastic events coming up. Here are some to get you salivating. (Food Wine Travel)

Australia’s Sunny Coast

The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s most popular playgrounds with sun, surf and a whole lot more. (FWT magazine)

Canada: The Bounty of an Island Table

Canada’s Prince Edward Island is home to The Table, a culinary studio that showcases all that the island has to offer. (FWT magazine)

Orient meets west coast style at Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver’s Asian heritage integrates seamlessly with British Columbia’s west coast style. (Food Wine Travel)

Sydney Ferris Wheel Dining Experience

Dining on the ferris wheel at Sydney’s Luna Park is the experience of a lifetime, not just for visitors but for locals as well. (Food Wine Travel)

Flightseeing over the Yukon, Canada

The Kluane National Park is home to the world’s largest non-polar icefields and the opportunity to see it from above is not to be missed. (Food Wine Travel)

Ultimate Wildlife Destinations

Ultimate Wildlife Destinations provides fuel for your wanderlust if you like to travel wild. (Food Wine Travel)

Tales on Rail

Trains are part of my DNA. If only airline travel was as comfortable as train travel! Here’s why we love it so much. (Food Wine Travel)

Chilling Out At Rumba Beach Resort

Rumba Beach Resort is the perfect vacation spot for families on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. (Food Wine Travel)

The Philosophy of Travel

The Philosophy of Travel speaks to the gypsy in us all. (Food Wine Travel)

5 Delicious Ways To Use Sweet Balsamic Reduction

It’s a sweet pairing – in life and in the kitchen – for Vicki and Martin Nguyen and their exquisite Sweet Balsamic Reduction vinegars. (Food Wine Travel)

Love Kale? You’ll Love This Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Once just a leafy green adored by vegans and vegetarians, the queen of superfoods has gone mainstream. (Food Wine Travel)

15 Fabulous Autumn Breaks in Southern Queensland

With the introduction of direct twice-daily flights from Sydney to Toowomba, Southern Queensland has become very accessible for interstate folk. (Food Wine Travel)

An Autumn Shared Table in Southern Queensland Country

A fabulous Shared Table lunch highlights 15 Autumn Breathe Breaks in Southern Queensland Country (Food Wine Travel)

10 Top Travel Experiences IMM 2016

Following on from IMM 2016, here are some of the destinations and experiences that excited me most. (Food Wine Travel)

In My Kitchen March 2016

A peek into my kitchen in March. (Food Wine Travel)

Austria: An Ancient Approach To Modern Tradition

An exciting crop of dynamic young winemakers are taking Austrian wines to a new level. (FWT magazine)

10 Cool Reasons To Visit Canada

10 Cool Reasons To Visit Canada (Food Wine Travel)

Radio Interview on World Expo in Milan and Host hospitality exhibition

Interview on Travel Writers Radio about the World Expo in Milan and its excellent Host hospitality exhibition.

The Rosé Report

Australia is enjoying a love affair with Rosé, both the imported variety and homegrown labels. (National Liquor News)

What’s Cooking In Burgundy?

An indulgent week at La Ferme de la Lochère, a luxury gîte in Burgundy where Katherine Frelon offers bespoke food and wine experiences. (FWT magazine)

Saké restaurant | Cherry Blossom Festival

Spring is in the air at Saké, where for the whole of this month the restaurant will be celebrating Cherry Blossom Festival. (Food Wine Travel.)

Millionaire Macadamias | Outback Pantry

Many people (don’t realise that the macadamia is an Australian native nut. Words and a recipe for Millionaire Macadamia slice. (Food Wine Travel)

Spirit House, Yandina

Dining at Spirit House is like being instantly transported to Thailand. (Food Wine Travel)

Real Food Festival

This is a festival I’m really pleased to throw my weight behind because its philosophy resonates so strongly with me. (Food Wine Travel)

Sunshine Coast Coffee Roasters Guild

It’s a big call but an enterprising group of coffee roasters are intent on turning the Sunshine Coast into the coffee capital of Queensland. (Food Wine Travel)

10 wines that won’t break the bank

The skill of a sommelier is not in finding expensive wines to put on a list. The real skill is in finding modestly priced wines that offer good value. (Hospitality)

10 Ways To Get Your Truffle Fix

It’s truffle season in Australia right now, and there’s a flourishing industry with some amazing truffle events being held around the country. (Food Wine Travel)

5 Dinners That Are Simply Too Good To Miss

Here are 5 very special dining experiences to put on your must-do list. (Food Wine Travel)

Produce Shines At Noosa International Food & Wine Festival

The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival shines the spotlight on the quiet achievers who supply the produce that allows chefs to bask in the limelight.

Talking wine with Heston’s right-hand man

The head sommelier at The Fat Duck talks about what it’s like working for one of the world’s most famous chefs. (Hospitality magazine)

Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart

Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania, is a beautiful hotel with an old-world charm. (Food Wine Travel)

Esquire, Brisbane | A Journey Of Flavours And Textures

A philosophy of seasonal and local underpins the menu at top Brisbane restaurant, Esquire, and its casual offshoot, esq. (Food Wine Travel)

Master of Gastronomic Tourism: An Academic Approach To Food And Drink

Le Cordon Bleu’s Master of Gastronomic Tourism is the only post-graduate degree of its kind in Australia. (Food Wine Travel)

Radio Interview on Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month

Christine Salins talks to Graeme Kemlo’s travel show on Melbourne radio 87.8FM about Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month.

Southern Queensland Country | Where Autumn is a Breath of Fresh Air

Discover a bounty of autumn produce in Southern Queensland, Australia. (Food Wine Travel)

A Kickstart for Mark Henry’s AUSfonte Pan Grill-it

Some people are born innovators and entrepreneurs, and Mark Henry, creator of the AUSfonte cast iron pan, is definitely one of them. (Food Wine Travel)

Three Monkeys Cafe

Darby Street, Newcastle, is full of quirky shops, street art and lively cafes. (Food Wine Travel)

Making Gnocchi

Learn how to make gnocchi during Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month in June. It’s one of more than 60 events across about 40 different venues. (PS News)

Mixed Blessings

From building boutique lodging to growing grapes and farming deer and cattle, Daryl Heslop is proving variety is the spice of life. (Hunter Valley magazine)

Southern Downs Harvest

Two indefatigable women decided it was time to show off the rich bounty that exists in Killarney, Queensland. ( PS News, reaching 1.2 million readers each month.)

Christine’s 2014 Highlights

Montgomery, Alabama, was among our travel highlights for 2014. Other destinations in the United States, Thailand, France, Turkey and Dubai are also on the list. (Food Wine Travel)

Best Food Experiences of 2014

A round-up of the most amazing food experiences from 2014, including some from Montgomery, Alabama. (Food Wine Travel)

Yachting, Not Cruising

SeaDream doesn’t refer to its vessels as cruise ships but rather as luxury yachts. (PS News, reaching 1.2 million readers each month.)

Spice Girl

Belinda Stapleton took a humble guesthouse and turned it into a top-shelf vineyard estate. (Hunter Valley magazine)

Sweet Home Alabama

In Alabama, there’s a flourishing and quite unexpectedly vibrant food scene. (Published in Food Wine Travel)

Alpaca Appeal

A behind-the-scenes look at life at an alpaca farm in the Hunter Valley. (Hunter Valley magazine.)

Montgomery Shakespeare Festival

A theatre company celebrating works of the great bard is not something I’d expected to find in America’s Deep South.