Dream job available

blog-reefBeing a luxury lifestyle writer is about as good as it gets. I travel the world, writing about fabulous food, fabulous wine, fabulous destinations.  Really, how much better could it possibly get?

$150,000 better.

And so I would happily take a sabbatical to explore more of what the world has to offer. Yes, I will be applying for what must surely be The World’s Best Job.<cross fingers>  Before you go getting all worked up about how some people have all the luck, know this: It could be you, instead of me, that gets this gig.  Keep reading.

Position: Island Caretaker Great Barrier Reef

Contract: Six months

Working Conditions: Based on luxurious Hamilton Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  A live-in position with flexible working hours. Key responsibilities include exploring the islands of the Great Barrier Reef to discover what the area has to offer.

Reporting Requirements: You’ll be required to report back on your adventures to Tourism Queensland headquarters in Brisbane (and the rest of the world) via weekly blogs, photo diary, video updates and ongoing media interviews.

Job Perks: You’ll receive return airfares from your nearest capital city (in your home country), accommodation and transport on Hamilton Island, travel insurance for the contract period, computer, internet, digital video and stills cameras access, plus travel to a number of the other Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

Start Date: July 1, 2009

Education/Experience Requirements: A broad range of experience will be considered, but the successful applicant should posses:

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Good written and verbal English skills
  • An adventurous attitude
  • Willingness to try new things
  • A passion for the outdoors
  • Good swimming skills and enthusiasm for snorkeling and/or diving
  • Ability to engage with others
  • At least one year’s relevant experience

For more information, and to apply, click here.  Tell them Denise Reynolds, Luxury Lifestyle Writer, sent you.

And no more whining about how confining your cubicle can be.

Shake some action

fa07_193837_w.jpgChristmas is coming, the catalogs are arriving, and I’m already making my list for Santa.

Red Envelope has a fabulous artisanal salt sampler that I’ve been drooling over. A pinch of this and a smidge of that and your culinary creations are sure to sing. I’ve been on the prowl for sel gris—gray salt hand harvested on France’s Brittany coast—and this collection has it, along with 23 other salts from more than a dozen countries. Salt of this stature is tres cher, so having smaller jars to play around with is a definite advantage. Reorder your favorites from SaltWorks.

Here’s what’s shakin’:

Aguni, Premium Japanese Sea Salt: Extracted by filtering sea water through bamboo branches to produce this delicious mineral-dense salt.

Alaea – Hawaiian Sea Salt (coarse grain): Traditional Hawaiian Sea Salt. Hawaiian Red Clay adds nutrients and flavor.

Bamboo Korean Roasted Salt: Produced by roasting sea salt in clay-sealed bamboo stalks, allowing the salt to absorb minerals from these natural elements while being purified.

Bolivian Rose Salt (coarse grain): Harvested at the heart of the Andes Mountains, its natural rose color makes it one of the most beautiful salts available.

Cyprus – Mediterranean Flake Salt: A favorite among professional chefs, its unique pyramid-shaped crystals have a fresh ocean flavor and a satisfying crunch.

Cyprus – Cyprus Black Lava Flake Salt: Mediterranean Sea salt combined with activated charcoal, its dramatic color and delicate texture make this finishing salt ideal for tableside presentation.

Durango, Hickory Smoked Sea Salt: Flaked sea salt, smoked over genuine hickory wood, this salt adds an authentic smoked flavor to any dish.

Fleur de Sel de Guérande – French “Flower of Salt”: Accepted by many chefs as the best finishing salt in the world, its young salt crystals are skimmed from the surface of salt ponds in France.

Flor de Sal – Portuguese “Flower of Salt”: Premium hand-harvested sea salt from Portugal.

Flower of Bali – Tropical Sea Salt: Delicate sea salt crystals that form on the surface of tropical salt beds, this salt is hand harvested and only available in limited quantities.

Fum̩e de Sel РChardonnay Oak Smoked Salt: Premium sea salt that has been slowly smoked with oak wine barrels used for Chardonnay production. Prized for its gentle smoke flavor with a hint of wine.

Hiwa Kai – Hawaiian Black Lava Salt: Solar-evaporated Pacific sea salt, combined with activated charcoal to provide added health benefits. Stunning black color and silky texture.

Himalayan Pink Salt – Fine Grain: Pure, hand-mined ancient sea salt found deep inside the pristine Himalayan Mountains. Crystals range in color from sheer white to varying shades of pink to deep reds, reflecting 84 trace elements and iron.

Kala Namak – Indian Black Salt – Fine Grain: An essential ingredient in authentic East Indian cuisine, this salt has a distinctive aroma and flavor of egg yolks. making it unforgettable.

Murray River – Australian Pink Flake Salt: Prized for its gorgeous apricot color and delicate flaky texture. Melts quickly and evenly—a perfect finishing salt.

Peruvian Pink – Mountain Spring Salt: Sourced from a natural spring 10,000 feet high in the Peruvian mountains where the warm spring water seeps into terraced salt ponds. Hand-harvested for over 2,000 years, its strongly-flavored light pink crystals have a high moisture content.

Pure Ocean, Kosher Flake Sea Salt: Unique, pyramid-shaped crystals with stair-step sides give this salt a superb ability to adhere to food—and make it a fabulous choice for garnishing libations served in a salt-rimmed glass.

Salish – Alder Smoked Salt (fine grain): Naturally smoked over Northwest Red Alderwood, giving food a genuine smokehouse taste on or off the BBQ.

Sel Gris de Guérande (fine grain): Hand harvested from the prestigious salt ponds of Guérande, France, this healthy replacement for ordinary table salt is stone ground to make it easier to dispense from a shaker.

Sel Gris de Guérande (coarse grain): An unrefined whole mineral sea salt, hand harvested from the prestigious salt ponds of Guérande, France.

Sel de Mer, Mediterranean Sea Salt (coarse grain): Solar-evaporated Mediterranean Sea Salt, its naturally white, dry crystals are ideal for use in a salt grinder or as a roasting salt.

Trapani, Sicilian Sea Salt: Hand harvested from the salt pans along the famous salt road that runs up the west coast of Sicily from Trapani to Marsala. Delicate crystals, full of flavor.

Velvet, Grey Sea Salt: Stone ground to a fine powder, this hand-harvested French sea salt has a buttery mouth feel, making it a terrific choice for topping savory noshes.

Yakima, Applewood Smoked Sea Salt: Smoked over Yakima Valley applewood, this salt adds delicious natural smoked flavor to foods.