Archive For May 2013

Dukes Hotel Bar for Martini

Dukes Hotel Bar for Martini

     “The hotel bar which some say concocts one of the world’s best Martinis” – New York Times   There are many great hotels in London. There is a host of memorable boutique hotels in London. There are several with stylish bars in London. There is only one Dukes Bar in the whole world. One…

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Majestic Malacca

Majestic Malacca

Tourists are creatures of habit. They tend to stick to the familiar and that is very much the case in Malaysia. There are fabulous beaches and the city lights of the capital, but there is charm and history waiting to be discovered in Malacca and it’s only a few hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. According…

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Peranakan in Malacca, Malaysia

Peranakan in Malacca, Malaysia

In the 15th century some city-states on the Malay Peninsula paid taxes to China and Siam, now Thailand. There is a legend that the Emperor of China sent a princess, Hang Li Po, to the Sultan of Malacca as a token of appreciation for his tribute. The 500 nobles and their servants who accompanied the…

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Cooking with Flowers

Cooking with Flowers

 Sweet and savoury recipes with rose petals, lilacs, lavender, and other edible flowers You might think that cooking with flowers is pushing the culinary envelope. It’s perhaps reminiscent of the long-gone hippie era and its ethos of peace, nut loaf and free love. Well, consider this: we often eat flowers and don’t think of it…

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Four Emperors and an Architect

Four Emperors and an Architect

How Robert Adam Rediscovered the Tetrarchy This book is bound to appeal to anyone with a love of what they assume to be, and indeed what has become, classic English architecture. We’re talking about Robert Adam’s buildings so they couldn’t be anything other than quintessentially English, could they? Well, yes and no. Four Emperors and…

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Train2e@t Local Foodbook – Kuala Lumpur by Danny Chen

Train2e@t Local Foodbook – Kuala Lumpur by Danny Chen

Danny Chen is the author of this small yet deliciously stuffed book. He is the complete modern man, being a lover not only of Malaysian cuisine but of music and travel too, and well placed to pen a volume that considers one of the best things in life: Food. Danny isn’t a full-time food writer…

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Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors

Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors

Now, just wait – I know you’ll likely ignore this book. ‘Campfire Cuisine’ – you probably think that’s a book for rugged sorts: thick socks, hiking boots, woolly hats with solar cells, and that’s not you. But how about ‘Gourmet Recipes’? Well, that’s bound to be yoghurt, free-range vegetables and knitted meat substitute, isn’t it?…

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