Meet the Food Wine Travel team

Christine SalinsChristine Salins, Editor and Contributor

Christine had her first taste of the outside world at the age of two when she ventured under the stairs of the family home to eat dirt. She suffered a sprained arm as her mother tried to extract her, thus experiencing lesson 101 in the art of travel. Having cast the net wider, she has found the meals tastier and the destinations more interesting. Her quest for adventure has led to an outstanding career in journalism & travel writing that has taken her all over the world – read her full bio here. Christine is a member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and a member of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association. She has never tasted Coca-Cola.

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Maurie O'ConnorMaurie O’Connor, Contributor

Maurie would be happy to spend his life sitting at a table on Nevsky Prospect, St Petersburg, drinking coffee and watching the world go by. Instead, he’s had a hugely rewarding career helping others lead happy and fulfilling lives. A member of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, he loves jazz, oysters, books and film in no particular order and is on a quest to visit as many jazz clubs and oyster festivals as he can while travelling the world in search of new adventures. Maurie has fond memories of growing  up in Sydney in the glare of Luna Park and the shadow of the Harbour Bridge, and still thinks Sydney is the most beautiful city in the world.

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Tamara SalinsTamara Salins, Contributor

Tamara loves all thing aviation related, so the long-haul flights that most people dread are always a novelty for her. Being a pilot herself, she never shies away from new and exciting experiences. Currently living and working in Auckland, New Zealand, she spends her time exploring her new home and surrounds, sampling all of New Zealand’s amazing culinary experiences. Come winter time, her travels revolve around finding the freshest pow to snowboard on, or the tastiest mulled wine to sample. Tamara has travelled widely in Europe, Asia, USA and the Pacific.

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Alise Salins, Food Wine TravelAlise Salins, Contributor

Alise is a Communications graduate with a fine sense of style, an eye for beautiful things and an unquenchable desire to travel the world. She has hiked up to the castle in Ljubljana, tangoed in Buenos Aires, kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland and gone rafting on the River Kwai in Thailand. She is a talented cook and party planner extraordinaire who loves whipping up everything from cupcakes to mouth-watering vegetarian dishes. She spent a very happy year living in Vancouver, Canada, and reluctantly gave up her job in radio there to return to Australia and new opportunities.

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Listen to Christine and Maurie talk about their travel experiences on the Travel Writers Radio show on Melbourne station 87.8FM.


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