Arts in Tasmania

Tasmania feels like the place for artists. Artists are embraced. They find inspiration locally and internationally and it all collides to this happy place. A place I wish I could be a part of, but I can’t. Fortunately for us it seems the people of Tasmania want us to know what’s happening around there. They provide a ton of resources. Here are a few examples:

Handmark Gallery

They bring Tasmanian artists to other parts of the world. Their talent works in areas such as paintings, ceramics, glass, and so much more. Here’s are two great samples: (Click on the individual images to go right to the artists specific page at the Handmark Gallery.)



Design Centre > Tasmania

The beauty of the Design Centre Tasmania is described within it’s own mission:

The Design Centre strives to:

  • Sustain the wood design industry in Tasmania
  • Inspire Tasmania and the world with an understanding of the potency of design
  • Create an identity for Tasmania as a place of excellence in the world.

Don’t you wish you lived there? I do. Here is an example of one of their artists. Peter Costello born, raised and educated in Tasmania.

(Click on the image to go right to the page)


I know I’m inspired, how about you?

{All Images are credited to their respective shop}

Tasmania via YouTube

Set in Tasmania

Cook up some meat pies, make a trip to the library or surf on over to netflix and borrow/rent a book or movie set in Tasmania. You are now ready to have a Tasmanian experience, of sorts.

There aren’t a lot of modern movies set in Tasmania, but you may find a few. Here’s my suggestions

Tale of Ruby Rose

Dying Breed a scary film, with the trailer below and an article about the film here

If you aren’t in the mood to watch movies, here are some books to read:

The Rainbow and The Rose
Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger

Do you have any more suggestions?

Meat Pies, Two Ways


From what I read, Meat Pies in Australia are like Hot Dogs in the U.S. You can get them everywhere, they aren’t pretentious, and should be eaten without a fork. Just use your good old hands.

Sounds like my kind of food.

I had a little extra time and decided to try making two variations of meat pie. I made one with a loose-beef type texture (precook the beef, then put it in the pie shell), I’m calling that Version 1.


I also made a meatloaf type pie. I mixed all the beef ingredients together and put it in the pie shell. So it was like a meatloaf in a pie. I called that Version 2.


So… which was my favorite?

drum roll…


VERSION 1. The second version was delicious, but watery. It would’ve been impossible for me to eat without a fork. Version two was definitely easier to prepare, but it’s really the taste and texture that I care about and Version 1 had both.

Here’s some recipes to consider when you make your own meat pie.

Version 1 was loosely based on this.

Version 2 was loosely based on this.

Next week I we’ll look at food in Singapore. If you are interested in playing along, send me an email and I’ll send you information about the recipe choice for Singapore. Hope to see you!

Ah, Tasmania, Australia

introToday is Australia Day and also happens to be the kickoff to our next destination, Tasmania. Where exactly is Tasmania, you ask? Well, it’s a little island south of Australia.

map{Photo Credit CIA World Factbook}

So, now that we’re set on where Tasmania is, let’s take a moment to wish our favorite Australian’s a Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day, Hugh Jackman!

We’ll be back throughout the week with more information on TASMANIA!

9000 BC (approximately) Migrants from Asia are thought to have crossed the land bridge that formed during the Ice Age and eventually made their way down to Brazil.

1502 Rio de Janeiro discovered by Portuguese explorer Gaspar de Lemos

1555 French settle the area, call it France Antartique

1567 City of Rio de Janeiro founded by Portuguese and the French are expelled

Late 1500s Rio de Janeiro becomes an integral part of trade route between Europe, Africa and Brazil.

1720 Rio de Janeiro’s importance grows as gold and diamonds are found nearby.

1763 Rio de Janeiro becomes the capital of colonial Portugal.

1808 – 1821 Napoleon’s troops invade Portugal, Portugal’s royal family flee to Brazil and make Rio de Janeiro the capital of the entire Portuguese Empire.

1825 Brazil becomes an independent country.

1840 The first carnival is celebrated in Rio de Janeiro.

1889 Brazil becomes a constitutional democracy.

1930 Revolution of 1930. Brazil moved towards more of a dictatorship with politics mirroring fascist European nations at the time. During WWII, the government sided with Germany, while the citizens sympathized with the Allies. After German U-Boats attached Brazilian ships, Brazil declared war on Germany. After the war, Brazilian leaders created a more liberal government allowing even opposing parties to participate.

1945 – 1964 Brazil’s Second Republic

1960 The capital of Brazil is moved to Brasilia.

1964 Military coup leads to a military dictatorship in Brazil

1985 Brazil moves towards re-democratization.

Regardless of  your preferences, you will find it in Rio de Janeiro. Which also means you will find things you probably wouldn’t have sought on your own. To me, that means one thing… inspiration.



I love comfort. Who doesn’t? I think Brazilians, especially those from Rio de Janeiro, perfected comfort. An easy way to add Brazilian comfort flare to a normally stuffy life (not pointing any fingers, just making some generalizations)? Buy Havainas! These are the flip-flops many Brazilians swear by. They are often imitated, but your feet know the difference! The best part? They’re affordable. More expensive flip flops set you back quite a bit, but Havainas are cheap enough you can get a pair for each bathing suit… or at this time of year… wool coat?

{Photo Credit Havainas}


rafaelRio de Janeiro has style and Rafael Simoes Miranda exemplifies. A design Renaissance Man. He works in more than one field, but there is one common thread – innovation. Check out his website to get a glimpse of his other projects.

{Photo Credit Rafael Simoes Miranda}



The Campana Brothers have used the connection they have with their home country to create the Favela Chair (the top image). They continue to impress the design community with their originality. Check them out below and purchase their products at Moss.

{Images From Moss}

Here are some more links to Brazilian artists: