Archive For November 2014

The Taste of Belgium

The Taste of Belgium

It’s so near, but almost totally overlooked from the culinary perspective. Belgium is one of our closest neighbours but is overshadowed by the gastronomic giant (the French believe their own publicity) next door. Let’s think logically. We wax lyrical about French food and will go to the extent of crossing the Channel just for lunch…

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Rotterdam – beds, buildings and gastronomic surprises

Rotterdam – beds, buildings and gastronomic surprises

It’s attracting lots of gastronomic and architectural attention, and it does indeed offer a wealth of national and international food outlets. The new Markthal is a traditional market in Rotterdam with piles of fresh vegetables, meat and fish and, yes, cheese as well; but its attractive and striking environs are also garnished with a good…

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Rotterdam – building with new energy, treasuring old charm

Rotterdam – building with new energy, treasuring old charm

I had visited Holland once before. That was Amsterdam and many years ago. I travelled by air and the flight was quick – Holland is nearer than one might think. But a trip to Rotterdam via Stena Line ferry from Harwich made that diverse and vibrant city even more accessible. Rotterdam is the second-largest city…

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Cinnamon Club – Game High Chai

Cinnamon Club – Game High Chai

I am spoilt. It’s true, I have marvellous invitations to eat, sample, savour the most delightful foods across the globe. Spicy dishes from Asia, decadent plates from Europe, comfort food in the USA.  Yes, the best of everything has been generously offered and greatly appreciated. But then there is culinary tradition – and that’s another…

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Art on the Plate – Styling Traditional Food from the Punjab

Art on the Plate – Styling Traditional Food from the Punjab

I am, at first sight, overwhelmingly English. Yes, well, no, not quite. I have a family connection to India which is distant yet strong. That little bit of sub-continental exotica manifests itself in the guise of a passion for Indian food and that of the Punjab. One might assume that I have spent endless time…

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