BOOM! I’m Back….

BOOM! I’m Back…. Recipes, reminiscences and reviews compiled by Australian award-winning writer, chef and globetrotter, Anna Johnston.

Some of you may remember my blog The Hospitality Guru?  It was with much sadness that I had to shut it down after losing a lot of content when the hosting company I, and many of my fellow bloggers used, didn’t upgrade to their new servers (Grrrrr!). This time around, I decided to move away from the strong focus on food and share more of my passions in the events & hospitality arena as a whole. Yes friends… I’m back and with a BOOM! 

BOOM! I’m Back…. Recipes, reminiscences and reviews compiled by Australian award-winning writer, chef and globetrotter, Anna Johnston.

Anna with 2013 Australian of the Year Ita Buttrose

I’m having a blast with my job as Events Manager at the National Press Club of Australia (NPCA) and it keeps me pretty bloody busy. I was surprised to learn that the team & I were the architects behind 587 events where just over 36,000 meals were served. I was involved in the operational side of the Leaders Debate that 3 million people tuned in to watch, as well as the 100 odd Press Club Address‘ to the country, a quarter of which were for the federal election that Australia saw 3 Prime Ministers in 12 months.  We still had time to assist 19 couples with the planning of their ’I do’s’!  And I was lucky enough to have lunch with some pretty awesome people including Bill Gates, Ita Buttrose, Deborah Lee Furness and just about every politician in the country in 2013, even if I did have to share the experience with a couple of hundred other people.

BOOM! I’m Back…. Recipes, reminiscences and reviews compiled by Australian award-winning writer, chef and globetrotter, Anna Johnston.

Anna & Cheffie (Paul Butler) at the 2013 Centenary Sleepout

Even though the jury is still out as to whether I can call myself a Chef these days, I managed to cook 10 dishes from 1 Chicken in 30 minutes at Floriade with my favourite Cheffie, and found myself sleeping with a sexy sailor in -3 degree temperatures  on an oval to raise funds and awareness of our homeless people for the Yellow Van.

BOOM! I’m Back…. Recipes, reminiscences and reviews compiled by Australian award-winning writer, chef and globetrotter, Anna Johnston.

Anna preparing for a cooking demonstration at Floriade for OzHarvest Canberra

Yep, 2013 was a ripper. Sometimes I can hardly believe it, but this is my life these days now I’ve left the kitchen behind! I wonder what 2014 will bring, fingers crossed it includes a food tours and travelling the world.

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BOOM! I’m Back…. Recipes, reminiscences and reviews compiled by Australian award-winning writer, chef and globetrotter, Anna Johnston.

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - August 26, 2015 Reply

I had no idea you had a previous blog, Anna. So sad to lose content… Well, as they say: “Things happens for a reason”. You can dedicate your time to share your passion with us now. And girl, we enjoy your travel adventures! Keep up the great work! xoxo

    Anna - August 27, 2015 Reply

    I did, it was much more hospitality/chef/food focused, not as fun as this blog.
    It was sad to see so much great content lost, but I figured, I did it once, so I can absolutely do it again.
    I am pleased you enjoy my travel posts, I will make note and write more.
    Thanks for your continued love and support, I am grateful, really grateful we connected. xox

Waste Not, Want Not - OzHarvest Canberra - July 30, 2015 Reply

[…] the OzHarvest flag being an MC at a fundraiser for 300 of the industries most respected, and showing just how easy it is to prepare delicious food at Floriade each year. […]

Cityhippyfarmgirl - April 10, 2014 Reply

It is you!! You’re back Anna…well hello 🙂

    Anna - April 10, 2014 Reply

    It’s meeeee. Lol! I’m finding all my Ol favs slowly. So great to reconnect. I’ve missed you. 🙂

Diana - March 15, 2014 Reply

Hey Anna! You are one amazing woman.You really inspire me.. And you had me at hello.: ). I can’t wait to read more from are a awesome writer.You got my attention…Good luck Anna

    Anna - March 15, 2014 Reply

    Wow. What a lovely comment Diana. Thank you so much for checking in. I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures with you. 🙂

Krista - March 15, 2014 Reply

Overjoyed that our Anna is BACK!! WOOHOO!! 🙂 You’ve been sorely missed, luv, and I’m so happy that you are writing and sharing your life with us again. XO

    Anna - March 15, 2014 Reply

    Krista. Yay, it’s so awesome to have you back in my world. I’ve missed you so! 🙂 I can’t wait to catch up on all your adventures and get back to the amazing blogging community. Giant hugs headed your way. Xox

Alaina - March 14, 2014 Reply

I read this with a smile from ear to ear! It was definitely worth the wait, you are such an inspiration Anna! I love it! I cannot wait to read more 🙂 xoxo

    Anna - March 14, 2014 Reply

    Miss Lovely Alaina 🙂 Haha… That’s the best, you’ve made my day! Thank you for your beautiful comment. I can’t wait to share more. Lots of hugs to you. xxx

Lorraine Not a quite Nigella - March 13, 2014 Reply

So good to know what you’ve been up to Anna! 🙂

Kris J - March 13, 2014 Reply

So good to see you back online. I have missed your stories. Already looking forward to reading my way through your adventures this year. Congrats.

    Anna - March 13, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Nizz. It’s great to be back. Stay tuned for my posts on the ‘Cycling Chef’.

Christopher - March 13, 2014 Reply

Well all I can say is….WOW!!!
Your blog is fantastic Anna & I am looking forward to reading more of your adventures. You certainly do have a great talent for writing.

    Anna - March 13, 2014 Reply

    Nawh… Thanks Sweet Pea! Thank you so much! 🙂 I super appreciate you taking the time to visit my site. Bring on the Bunnamagoo blog (next week yeeessss!) Looking forward to seeing you at Mudfest. Hugs.

Ananda Rajashekar - March 13, 2014 Reply

Welcome back Anna! Missed your post but looking forward for more of your posts, wish you lots of success here.

    Anna - March 13, 2014 Reply

    Ananda. 🙂 Yay, happy dancing in the office this morning seeing some of my favourites again after all these years. Thank you so much. I didn’t realise just how much I missed you all. AND… I can’t wait to get back into it. Thanks again.

Mandy - The Complete Book - March 12, 2014 Reply

Welcome back Anna! I have missed your posts. My blog has also taken a slightly different turn and I blog about more than just food.
Have a beautiful day dear.
🙂 Mandy xo

    Anna - March 12, 2014 Reply

    Mandy… Lovely Mandy. Oh how I’ve missed you guys. That’s wonderful you have branched out & now blog about more than food. 🙂 Thank you so much for your comment, I am so touched you are here after all these years. Big hugs headed your way. Xx

Marty - March 12, 2014 Reply

You go girl. May 2014 be even better than last year

    Anna - March 12, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Marty! I hear that… 2014 is shaping up to be an amazing one. Pretty darn grateful that I have incredible, generous people like you in my world. Bring on the Menslink events and fundraising gigs I say. 🙂

mcfrog - March 12, 2014 Reply

i was there at the launch pad,wow this is cool,ok time to conect this to Bali

    Anna - March 12, 2014 Reply

    Yep! You sure are, and I’m super lucky to have you back in my life and a part of this amazing journey. Haha… Bring it on Uncle. 🙂

Susan Vos - March 12, 2014 Reply

Your back! Wonderful to see your new website & best of luck with SHENANNAGANS, hope it’s everything & more than The HG.

    Anna - March 12, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Momma. It’s brilliant to be back. Thank you for all your support in getting up and going again. 🙂 I hope it is everything and more than the HG too. Xx

Louana - March 12, 2014 Reply

You are awesome and I wish you all the best. It is clear to see you have a fantastic positive spirit and you’re always on the go. Good luck with your new blog!!!

    Anna - March 12, 2014 Reply

    Lou! Thank you gorgeous woman. Thank you for making my days so sun shiny fun. Hugs and lots of loves to you. 🙂

Hannah - March 12, 2014 Reply

Happy to see you back in the blogosphere!

    Anna - March 12, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Lovely One. Thanks for all your support. Super appreciate you. xx

      Jo - March 12, 2014 Reply

      Very proud of u!
      A blog sure to engage the senses…on so many levels.
      I await the sumptuous offerings, saucy discoveries & hilarious (but always honest) series of events xox

        Anna - March 12, 2014 Reply

        Wow Jo! What a beautiful comment. Thank you. I can’t wait to share (keep on sharing) my adventures with you guys. Thanks for your support, your love and kindness, but most all… Encouragement! 🙂

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