Reviews are sponsored; the articles are unbiased, the opinions my own.

  • 17 Jun 2019

    Outrigger’s OZONE – protecting the planet

    For the last five years, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has set out to save the coral reefs and create a tidal wave of global change as part of its OZONE conservation initiative. With pollution and mass bleaching impacting the world’s oceans and putting coral at risk, Outrigger’s ZONE (OZONE) is put into action each day...

  • 14 Jun 2019

    Outrigger Mauritius – lagoon lounging

    I didn’t know what to expect. It was my first visit to Mauritius and my second to an Outrigger resort. The bar had been set very high! The welcome by immigration officials at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport was warm and friendly. This seasoned traveller braces herself for such encounters. There were smiles, jokes and...

  • 12 Jun 2019

    Pickering’s Gin & British Airways

    Pickering’s Gin & British Airways create world’s first sky-high gin Botanically engineered to be enjoyed at 30,000ft In a world first, Edinburgh based Pickering’s Gin, have created a gin that has been specifically developed to be enjoyed at altitude. The gin is available to drink onboard on all short haul flights and through the High...

  • 10 Jun 2019

    Fortunella – London’s exotic liqueur

    One glance at the Fortunella Golden Orange Liqueur bottle will lead the prospective sipper to expect something a little different, a refined taste, a well-crafted spirit, a nod to London and its history …and that’s before one even pulls the traditional cork stopper. The name Fortunella refers to the lucky discovery of the fragrant and...

  • 07 Jun 2019

    POTUS Bar and Restaurant at Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment

    Well, perhaps this is lucky timing for a review of a restaurant called POTUS! President Trump has been visiting London and POTUS Bar and Restaurant at Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment is just a stone’s throw from the new American Embassy. Perhaps Mr Trump will pop in to sample some solid American fare before...

  • 05 Jun 2019

    Strawberry Daiquiri

    Strawberry Daiquiri From BBC Food   The sweetness of fruit and the kick of lime make this classic Strawberry Daiquiri a real crowd pleaser of a cocktail. Ingredients 4 fresh strawberries, plus ½ strawberry to garnish 2 tsp white sugar 35ml/1½fl oz white rum 1 tbsp strawberry liqueur 25ml/1fl oz lime juice Method Place the...

  • 04 Jun 2019

    Fudge Kitchen for Father’s Day and Every Day

    It’s soon going to be Father’s Day and there is that dilemma. Men are often difficult when trying to find the perfect gift. Socks are handy but not exactly original. Chocolate is always appreciated but perhaps you used that idea for Mother’s Day. But I bet some quality fudge will hit the spot. Fudge Kitchen...

  • 03 Jun 2019

    Blandy’s Wine Lodge – Madeira

    A guided tour of Blandy’s 17th century Wine Lodge and its associated Wine Museum, in the centre of Funchal, will reveal some of the art and science that generations of producers have developed, to make a range of delicious, rich and long-lasting wines out of the grapes grown here. There are several excellent table wines,...

  • 31 May 2019

    Let’s Get Tropical with Cocktails

    Let’s Get Tropical: Over 60 Cocktail Recipes from Caribbean Classics to Modern Tiki Drinks It will soon be that time of year. Those warm (we hope) summer months when our thoughts turn to al fresco lunches and dinners under the stars. To go with those meals will probably be some exotic drinks, and it’s the...

  • 29 May 2019

    Wild and Game to promote year-round game eating at the Game Fair 2019

    Game Fair at Hatfield House, July 26-28 Wild and Game, the Somerset-based not for profit company working to turn the UK into a nation of game eaters, will promote eating game in summer at this year’s Game Fair at Hatfield House, July 26-28. While game season is traditionally the time to enjoy game, Wild and...

  • 27 May 2019

    Kröller-Müller – The beginning of a New World

    From 1 June to 29 September 2019 at The Kröller-Müller The summer exhibition The Beginning of a New World The development of modern sculpture is the perfect occasion to visit the Kröller-Müller. For the first time ever, the museum tells the story of the modern sculpture collection, seen through the eyes of Bram Hammacher, director...

  • 24 May 2019

    Sidecar Cocktail recipe

    Sidecar is a delicious and classic cocktail with both sweet and sour elements. Vary the ratio of these to find your perfect combination. Ingredients 1 oz. Cognac 1/2 oz. Orange liqueur 1/2 oz. lemon juice 1/2 oz. simple syrup   Method Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake till well-chilled and strain into...

  • 22 May 2019

    Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment

    This new and smart hotel is part of the polished Crowne Plaza group and it sits next to the Thames on the historic Albert Embankment. That location might sound, to the untutored, like a mound of earth or what those who hail from across the pond call a levee. Albert Embankment was created by the...

  • 20 May 2019

    Lily O’Brien’s large Personalised Keepsake Photo Box

    Lily O’Brien’s has done it again. They present wonderful gift ideas for every occasion, but they are also perfect for those ‘be good to me’ days. Just in time for Father’s Day they are offering a Personalised Keepsake Photo Box. One can upload one’s chosen snaps and Lily does the rest! This sturdy and well-designed...

  • 17 May 2019

    The Sea Journal: Seafarers’ Sketchbooks

    The Sea Journal: Seafarers’ Sketchbooks is more than just a glimpse into a few nautical logbooks, it is a fascinating study of the discoveries made by some sixty-odd renowned adventurers over the last 600 years. The author, Dr. Huw Lewis-Jones (a much-travelled historian with a special interest in maritime exploration and polar voyages), has brought...

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