The Buzzing Melbourne Restaurant Scene

The wonderful city of Melbourne is a melting pot of nations, cultures and culinary diversity. Once you get there you will easily become enchanted with its mysterious laneways paved with narrow cobblestone and vivid atmosphere created by street jazz performance. Buskers are not the only special thing about this city. Its restaurant scene will leave everyone speechless. Even for a Sydney girl [...]

Catching Up With Christian Lopez

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Christian Lopez of the Christian Lopez Band, and upcoming artist in the Americana scene. We talked about songwriting, how he came to having his own band and being a full time touring musician, and the exciting news of headlining this year’s Shepherdstown Street Fest. Visual Victoria (VV): How did you get into playing country music and whose styles [...]

My Story with The Blues

I’ll be seventy soon, and with the acceleration of culture change, I’m my own history. I was born into a world where my father wrote legal documents in pencil on lined paper and my aunt typed them. The mail chute was right outside the office door. I learned to type by ear. My dad bought an electric typewriter for the office and brought the acoustic one home. I listened first to 78s of the [...]

Off The Beaten Path: 5 Western Ireland Experiences

Unforgettable Hikes. Raw Traditional Culture. Epic Landscapes. Highlights from my June 2015 trip to Western Ireland. 1. The Doolin Cliff Walk at the Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare Any trip to Western Ireland should include a visit to County Clare’s spectacular Cliffs of Moher (aka, Cliffs of Insanity), traditionally observed only from the top of the visitor center, or the nearby town of Doolin.  [...]

Cream of Corn + Pea Soup, Yum!

I have to say that this was a pretty successful first attempt at making soup completely from scratch. In my normal fashion I didn’t follow a recipe, just experimented and came up with a great new easy, fast recipe. As with all of my other recipes I say use the ingredients to your preferred taste, for example I only like a little bit of salt but you might like a lot (but don’t over do [...]

Paul Mckenna Talks Band, Music, and Upcoming Tour

Recently I got to interview long-time friend, Paul Mckenna of The Paul Mckenna Band. Here he answers questions about their soon to be released album, Paths That Wind, their upcoming US Tour, and new additions to the band… Visual Victoria (VV): Who is in the PMB and how did the group come about? Paul Mckenna (PM): Myself, Sean Gray and Ewan Baird have been in the band since the beginning [...]

Expressive Arts Studio Starts Etsy Shop

Check out Expressive Arts Studio, our most recent Etsy Shop feature! Run by multi-media artist Leah Constantz. Visual Victoria (VV): What inspires your art? Leah Constantz (LC): Themes of nature often appear in my work as I’m constantly inspired by it’s beauty and rawness. Nature has a way of humbling and striking curiosity in people. I believe these are two key elements to living life fully. [...]

Reader Q+A with Little Sprouts Kitchen

Hello, I’m Kimberly from Little Sprouts Kitchen! I live in sunny, San Diego, California. I moved to the west coast almost six years ago from West Virginia (Go Mountaineers!). I originally moved out here for work, but have found a reignited passion in cooking. When I moved, I completely changed up my lifestyle. Nutrition and exercise became pillars of my daily life. I always had a passion [...]

The Paul Mckenna Band “Long Days” Video

Check out The Paul Mckenna Band’s new video for “Long Days” from their new album debuting this weekend! Make sure to check out their website (link below) for the dates of their upcoming US Tour. Connect to The Paul Mckenna Band! Website // Facebook // Twitter // [...]

Michael G. Ronstadt releases “Foolish Fox”

Michael G. Ronstadt is a singer/songwriter and cello player who has a long family history in music. He has played traditional Southwestern and Mexican music with his father and brother as part of Ronstadt Generations for many years. With his use of harmony, instrumental arrangement, and original lyrics, along with the study of classical, traditional, and other genres Ronstadt has developed a [...]
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