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David Matheson

Using our powers for the good of the people: Sydney, Australia.

After moving from New York City to San Francisco, Andre and Mara Bosch were more than ready for a vacation.

As soon as they both had a week to spare, they went big: Australia. "We plan our trips around food," says Mara. "I love finding out what people like eating wherever we go."

We introduced the couple to Alex Herbert, chef-owner of Bird Cow Fish, a Sydney restaurant that's getting foodie buzz all around the world. The three of them shopped for ingredients at nearby Fratelli Fresh, then returned to the restaurant for a cheese tasting run by one of the restaurant's suppliers, followed by a lunch of gnocchi with tiger prawns, skirt steak, and a strawberry-rhubarb tart.

Sommelier Howard Gardner--who is also Alex's husband--paired local vintages with each of the courses, and he even popped a bottle of bubbly to celebrate the occasion. "It was so fun to see Alex in action!" says Mara about the tour she and Andre got of the kitchen. "At the end we hugged everyone good-bye." Bird Cow Fish, 011-61/2-9380-4090, birdcowfish.com.au.

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