Greg Hackett

  Greg HackettHi, I’m Greg Hackett, the Editor/publisher of Haxtrax.com – both a career journalist, and editor. I know exactly how mainstream media travel coverage works, having being a Travel Editor for News Corp (Herald Sun Escape), as well as many other roles in print and digital media. I treat the function of the media in the global sense, the delivery of information, and the necessity for impartiality, very seriously. Also, I love the opportunities of the evolving digital age. Now we all have a voice. Bring it on! So please join us on Haxtrax.com as we share the truth about travel destinations. And have a laugh along the way! Travel reviews in the advertising-dependent, revenue reliant, mainstream media excel at telling us everything about a destination… except often what it is truly like. The authors will tell us how good their free flight was, how good their free meal was, how good their free accommodation was… maybe even how good their free VIP treatment was. They have to, or they won’t get another free invite. And you, dear paying traveller, pay for their ‘free’ air travel, meals, & accommodation. Don’t ever forget that. For these reasons, most travel journalism is much like a ‘doctored’, or photo shopped, picture. Sure, it’s appealing – but it is just… not… real. Here at HaxTrax.com, we give you our honest opinions on what YOU, the paying customer, can expect to experience. The good and the bad. How it really is. So, join us on our travels and adventures, and let’s use social media and the evolving digital age to share our true and real experiences.

Woo hooo the return of Foster’s Lager

Foster’s Lager, crafted, eh? Can’t say I ever noticed fruity nuances either, 30 years ago. “Fruity” just wasn’t a word used by beer drinkers back then. But it sure got us pissed when we were teenagers…

#aldi #beer #VB 

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SERENDIPITY: A DIP INTO SERENITY

A cooked chook in a shake ‘n’ bake bag, or maybe an overdone saveloy bursting at the seams: getting into a wetsuit in 35 celsius isn’t easy. But my “pain specialist” is keen for me to get back into snorkelling as part of living with early onset lumbar osteoarthritis (“Don’t push it, just one step at a time”). Now, I’m wondering if I’ve misunderstood the true meaning of “pain specialist”.
When in, it’s good, passive exercise, with the positive buoyancy of sea water. But I may have scared off most of the fish in the marine sanctuary at Ricketts Point, Beaumaris, in Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay…
#snorkelling #osteoarthritis #keepmoving #chipsandvinegar

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A TASTE FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Hey this is ok. Saw it at Aldi so decided to give it a try: “Nexba” carbonated (bubbly, to the less educated) with natural raspberry and no sugar or “chemical sweeteners”, instead erythritol. Is that a type of sugar alcohol? I’m liking this even more… $5.99 for 4.

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TASTY TOASTIE

Back to St Kilda’s Dear Liza for breakfast, a $12 Brekkie Toastie: soft, smashed eggs with melted tasty parmesan, spring onion, spinach, subtle chilli aioli and just enough chunks of chorizo for the tastebuds to wake up and pay attention. Warning: it’s addictive… 

 

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SUNDAY BREKKIE FOR $16

The “Big Pommie Bastard Breakfast”: 2 eggs on sourdough, mushies, tomato, salty bacon, spicy chorizo that’ll wake u up, housemade baked beans/chickpeas, and a spud rosti that any cook would proudly call a #brown. Good value, at Veludo, Acland Street, St Kilda

 

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WHEN IT’S TOO EARLY FOR A BEER…

Oooh look here: low-sugar sarsaparilla. Perfect. Someone at Bundaberg Brewed Drinks likes me.  I have to watch my figure these days (cos no-one else looks at it).

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U DON’T KNOW TILL U GIVE IT A GO

Bangers & Mash Roll, at 7/Eleven. It’s just a thick sausage roll with a smear of rehydrated potato under the pastry. Beef 21%, potato 5%. The rest, u know what. Add tomato sauce for nutrition. Hey, it fills a hole, for just $4. Serve with a chilled Gaviscon…

 

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CHEERS TO SARS

Oooh yeah. Sarsaparilla root, licorice root, molasses and vanilla beans: a serious soft drink for serious grown-ups. $4. (All bulldust aside, I’ve been hanging out for a good old sarsaparilla for yonks…)

 

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SUPERMARKET MYSTERIES of the 21st Century

Huh? Low-carb potatoes? 25% fewer cabs? Are they hollow inside? I bet it’s cos they are only three-quarter size spuds…

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SUPERMARKET MYSTERIES of the 21st Century

Bread discrimination! Why does brown bread cost almost twice as much as white bread? Surely it costs more to process white bread. It’s bias against us healthier eaters. I bet Jesus gave out wholemeal loaves on the Mount…

 

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