Archive For The “Food & Travel Guides” Category

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide

It seems a long way off, but the gift-buying season will soon be here. What do we give to family and friends? is the question on so many lips. Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide could be the solution for any lover of good wine, and those who would want to learn more. Wine…

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Gin: The Essential Guide

Gin: The Essential Guide

Gin: The Essential Guide for Gin Aficionados offers a wealth of information. Gin is one of the world’s best-loved spirits. It has a rich history – made in medieval monasteries it was thought to protect against the plague. The science had come from the Arab world with their elevated knowledge of medicine. Gin’s botanicals were…

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Marco Polo Vienna Guide

Marco Polo Vienna Guide

It’s summer and it’s been a hot one. Europe, and indeed much of the globe, has sizzled in high temperatures, and those pavements tire the traveller on city breaks. But Marco Polo Vienna Guide assists with advice and travel support. This Marco Polo Vienna pocket-sized guide and don’t-leave-home-without-it travel companion is full of indispensable Insider…

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The Bartender’s Book

The Bartender’s Book

This is a little gem of bartending support. The Bartender’s Book, or to give it its full and impressive title The Bartender’s Book: The Essential Guide for Mixologists, by Dave Broom, is something of a barman’s/woman’s almanac. The cover gives a sense of the early 20th century, when cocktails became fashionable. The book offers excellent…

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Carl Goes London Islands

Carl Goes London Islands

Carl Goes London Islands is one of a series of alternative travel guide books, and a collection with which I am rather taken. These books cover a selection of destinations and have plain soft binding with just the title on a simple coloured field. They would stand out on the bookshop travel shelves, although I…

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Good Beer Guide – Belgium – book review

Good Beer Guide – Belgium – book review

Beer has changed its image over the last decade. It was once the chosen beverage of older folks who had their favourite brew and they stuck to it. Then there were the beer anoraks who viewed with professional disdain anything that was widely popular with the general public or not brewed in a barn. Good…

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Amsterdam Marco Polo Pocket Travel Guide 2018 – book review

Amsterdam Marco Polo Pocket Travel Guide 2018 – book review

I am a fan of these comprehensive little guides. I took this one on a test run to Amsterdam and it proved to be worth the money. It’s more than a book with a map at the back. Amsterdam Marco Polo Pocket Travel Guide 2018 is a travel aid …and fun, too! I am a…

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Japan – Marco Polo Pocket Travel Guide 2018 – guidebook review

Japan – Marco Polo Pocket Travel Guide 2018 – guidebook review

Japan is a country like no other. Ask people where in the world they would dream of visiting and they will likely mention Japan. It is a heady cocktail of tradition and modernity, and it’s easy to feel out of one’s depth. But there is help, and in a very convenient size and format. A…

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Côte d’Or: The Heart of Burgundy – review

Côte d’Or: The Heart of Burgundy – review

The Wines and Winemakers of the Heart of Burgundy The name Côte d’Or might not be well known but it is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution. It was formed from part of the former province of Burgundy. This is not only a beautiful part of France but a celebrated…

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Sake: The History, Stories and Craft of Japan’s Artisanal Breweries – book review

Sake: The History, Stories and Craft of Japan’s Artisanal Breweries – book review

I was told to expect a book. I was told to expect a big book. I was told to expect a coffee-table book. What I got was a book the size of a coffee table but one which will hold my attention long after the furniture would have lost its purely functional appeal. Sake: The…

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Food Sake Tokyo by Yukari Sakamoto – travel guide review

Food Sake Tokyo by Yukari Sakamoto – travel guide review

Tokyo is a vibrant modern city but tradition is still evident. We might be looking for the latest technology in Akihabara or fashion and pop culture in Takeshitadori; but we all need food and many of us need sake. You’ll find that all around this sprawling town if you know where to look for it….

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Rajasthan – Lonely Planet – travel review

Rajasthan – Lonely Planet – travel review

This might be your first big trip and the success of that adventure might well lay in preparation and planning. You’ll want to be informed of things to avoid and others not to be missed. Rajasthan – Lonely Planet is an ideal tool to supply some travel needs. You’ll want to get the most from…

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Grapes & Wines by Oz Clarke – review

Grapes & Wines by Oz Clarke – review

First published as Oz Clarke’s Encyclopaedia of Grapes, Oz Clarke’s new Grapes & Wines, with Margaret Rand, is revised and updated to present the wine lover with the best information on a comprehensive selection of grapes and the wines associated with them. Oz Clarke has become a household name. He oft graces our TV screens…

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London for Foodies, Gourmets and Gluttons by David Hampshire – review

London for Foodies, Gourmets and Gluttons by David Hampshire – review

This thick, square tome is a veritable guide to all things delicious in the capital. We are truly spoilt for choice so it’s handy to have some pointers. Yes, it’s all a matter of taste but authors David Hampshire and Graeme Chesters have presented a comprehensive cross-section of suggestions. There are chapters devoted to restaurants…

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Singapore with Marco Polo – travel review

Singapore with Marco Polo – travel review

Not sure if Marco Polo, that celebrated explorer of the East, ever got to the area we now know as Singapore; however, he has given his name to a series of guidebooks to aid a distant generation of travellers. It’s true that there are many guide books and all of them, I feel sure, have…

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The Saké Handbook by John Gauntner – review

The Saké Handbook by John Gauntner – review

Saké has become more popular than ever in both restaurants and bars. One can find good quality saké by the bottle and made into cocktails, but there are surprisingly few books in English on the subject of saké and its production. John Gauntner is considered an authority and has penned The Saké Handbook which is…

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Train2e@t Local Foodbook – Kuala Lumpur by Danny Chen – review

Train2e@t Local Foodbook – Kuala Lumpur by Danny Chen – review

Danny Chen is the author of Train2e@t, 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…

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Port and the Douro – travel review

Port and the Douro – travel review

I would love to tell my readers that I am an expert on that full and iconic beverage but until recently Port was that festive tipple that mostly stayed in the sideboard unless Uncle Charles was over. I, along with most others, considered it a drink for ‘older’ folks, although as I am nearly 60…

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Singapore Top Ten – Eyewitness Travel – guidebook review

Singapore Top Ten – Eyewitness Travel – guidebook review

It might sound like a very narrow perspective – Singapore Top Ten. Is that a list of the ten most exciting attractions? Or is it a collection of ten interesting restaurants, perhaps? In fact Singapore Top Ten from Eyewitness Travel has a list of lists. I love Singapore. It seems to offer so much for…

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1000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz – review

1000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz – review

Travel – it’s like a drug. If you have never travelled then perhaps you can’t understand why anybody would. Home is cosy, safe and you speak the language. But many of us have had the pleasure of taking a trip, and that sparks something within. And there are 1000 Places to See Before You Die!…

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