Where did you grow up/study in Australia?
I grew up in Melbourne and lived there until I was 24. There were two years where I lived in the UK and France to work and study (as part of my undergraduate degree). I moved overseas in 2007...it was supposed to only be for one year, but now it's been six years and I'm still here.
Where are some of the interesting places you have lived around the world?
I studied at university in Lyon, France, which is a great place to live. It's a culinary mecca and wedged between Beaujolais and the Rhone, so lots of good wine too. For almost two years I lived in Frankfurt, Germany. I think Germany is under-rated as a tourist destination. Transport infrastructure is great, the food is delicious (unless perhaps you are a vegetarian) - so is the beer - and nothing is egregiously expensive. Living there, I realized what a high quality of life Germany has to offer.
Where are you currently living?
I presently live in New York (Manhattan), which is an amazing city. There are so many people doing so many different things - the vibe is incredible. I've been here 4 years and I still have so many neighborhoods left to discover. Each part of the city is always in flux with old stores and restaurants closing, and new ones opening up to take their place. It's a city that changes every day.
What do you do?
I import Australian wine to New York. I focus on smaller producers from cool-climate regions mainly, but I love me some Barossa shiraz too. Americans don't often realize the diversity and quality that Australian wineries have to offer. It's great to be able to bring it to them and see the look on their faces when they taste some of our Aussie wine and say, "wow. This is really good!".
What's a hidden secret of your city?
I think New York has so many secrets. The best thing to do is wander the streets and always try walking down a different street to the one you did yesterday...you never know what you'll find.
What's your favorite cafe/bar/restaurant in your current city?
There are too many to name. Cop out? Maybe, but I keep trying new places rather than just trying to go to the same few over and over again.
Describe your adopted hometown/current city in three words.
I love NYC.
What do you miss most about Australia when you are overseas?
The Aussie lifestyle, quite laid back, is something I miss. I love the buzz of NYC, but folks should also take some time out to relax and watch life for a while.