“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine Nothing teaches us more about life, people and ourselves than travel. Experiencing different cultures and soaking up the atmosphere of countries or cities other than our own opens our hearts and minds to new adventures and enriches our life in so many ways. Even within this vast land we call home, there are so many wonderful places to explore, not least our own backyard right here in beautiful Queensland. [caption id="attachment_12898" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Ingrid Nelson, Morgyn Watling, Carmel Fulton, Casey Macneil, Melissa Medigan, Lee McCarthy and Nikki Fogden-Moore[/caption] From the romantic cities of Europe to the majestic cultures of the Middle East, there are some destinations that just stick with you and hold a place in your heart forever. Sharing their favourite travel stories with Profile at this month’s Table Talk is Nikki Fogden-Moore, author, speaker and global coach; Lee McCarthy, account manager with Profile; Melissa Madigan, travel manager with Madigan and Turner Travel Associates; Morgyn Watling practice manager and dermal technician from Australian Wellness Institute; Casey Macneil of Macneil & Co. Advertising; Carmel Fulton, customer experience manager with Pacific Motor Group and Leah Blissett of Bliss Photography by Leah.

Profile: What is your favourite part of the world to visit?

Melissa: As a travel agent, it’s a question I’m asked often and although there are plenty of cities in the world that I am fortunate to have been, for me for it would have to be Rome. It’s the culture, the history, the coffee, the wine, the food, the hot Italian men! It really is the eternal city, as they call it. Carmel: The Grand Canyon. I went in a helicopter and it was land as far as you could see and then all of a sudden you just saw this incredible canyon. We landed and went for a beautiful horse ride. It was the complete experience to enjoy Mother Nature at her finest. I’ll never forget seeing the canyon for the first time. Morgan: My favourite place is Nepal. I did a trek up to Everest Base Camp and it’s where I got engaged. The Himalayas literally take your breath away. It is incredible and emotional actually, you are just surrounded by these monster mountains. The culture is also amazing, the Nepalese are the most accommodating and loving people. Lee: I absolutely loved Venice, but if you are talking about an experience, it would have to be Amsterdam. I visited Anne Frank’s house and it was the most emotional experience of my life. It just broke my heart, her story was such a big part of our upbringing. To go inside the house and see where she lived was just amazing. The first time I visited Amsterdam it was winter so everyone was skiing on the canal. Just magical. Casey: The Middle East. I was about 24 and it was such and amazing cultural difference. I loved Israel in particular. I loved the people and I loved the spirituality of it. Travelling in that area as a young woman was challenging, but such an adventure. It has extra special memories for me because I travelled with my best friend and she passed away in 2016. I have great photos of us galavanting around. We pushed the boundaries but it was so much fun. Nikki: I have an eclectic set of favourites. Noosa has to be one of the best places in the world and I am proud to call it home. I love Queenstown, and Fiji – I have been going there since I was 12. My sister is married to an Italian so I spent a lot of time in Italy, and I lived in Amsterdam for 10 years. I have been moving constantly since I was eight. I also have a soft spot for Mill Valley in California and I love the beauty of Aspen. All of these places have a little piece of me. Although I think it’s important to enjoy and embrace where you are now and never compare. Leah: I recently went to Queenstown and it was just beautiful, so peaceful. I did a lot of firsts there too. I rode in a helicopter, did jetboating and photographed a same-sex wedding on a cliff at Cecil Peak. [caption id="attachment_12900" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Chocolate mousse with salted caramel ice cream[/caption]

THE LOOSE GOOSE Located on the fringes of the Twin Waters Golf Club and boasting a wide timber verandah overlooking a tranquil pond with relaxing waterfall, the Loose Goose Restaurant & Bar at Twin Waters was the perfect venue to catch up for a leisurely lunch with the ladies. Revered for their relaxed friendly atmosphere and quality European-influenced cuisine, the Loose Goose offers an exciting and contemporary menu that caters for a wide range of tastes and appetites. Using only the freshest of local ingredients, where possible, each dish is made with love and attention to detail and this is evident on the plate. Exuding a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and offering both indoor and outdoor dining, the Loose Goose is a step above the average. Having dined at the venue a number of times previously, I am yet to come away disappointed with the food or service, which is always top class. On the day of our visit, the chef had prepared a special three-course lunch for the ladies, which really showcased the fresh, quality produce the restaurant is well known for. For entree, we enjoyed a choice of salmon cured in dill and vodka with dashi mayo and pickle salad or gnocchi of pea, orange and taleggio with porcini crumb. Both dishes got the big thumbs up from the ladies and I can vouch for the deliciousness of the salmon. Cured to perfection, it was the perfect light precursor to the main meal. Mains included either crispy skinned barramundi with cucumber and tomato salsa, gazpacho, herbs and charred asparagus or braised lamb shoulder with hummus, crushed peas, quinoa and tzatziki. The lamb was some of the best I have eaten. Cooked for several hours, it literally fell off the fork and was bursting with flavour. Although the meals are of a generous serving size, I’m glad we left room for dessert, which for me, was the star of the show. The spiced apple pudding with vanilla ice cream, butterscotch sauce and raspberries was to die for, while the chocolate mousse with Turkish delight, lemon gel and salted caramel ice cream looked just as appealing. If the squeaky clean plates were any indication, both choices were a big hit. If you are looking for something a little naughty other than a traditional dessert, make sure you check out the restaurant’s cocktail list which they refer to as “liquid desserts”, a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth. The Loose Goose Restaurant & Bar 3/175 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters Phone: 5457 0887