Archive For The “Food & Travel Guides” Category

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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Serene Gardens by Yoko Kawaguchi – review

Serene Gardens by Yoko Kawaguchi – review

What vision do we have when we think of Japan? Well, in truth there will likely be a few images. If we are into anime there will be cartoon characters. The food lovers will doubtless conjure a plate of sushi, and many others will say that a graceful geisha will be on their list. Show…

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India – The Ultimate Sights, Places, and Experiences – book review

India – The Ultimate Sights, Places, and Experiences – book review

India is large, colourful, and sumptuous, and any other superlatives you care to mention. It’s a luxurious encyclopaedia of the subcontinent and covers pretty much every aspect of life, art and culture of this marvellous country. India – The Ultimate Sights, Places, and Experiences is a weighty tome but it’s true to say that the…

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India – One Man’s Personal Journey Round the Subcontinent – review

India – One Man’s Personal Journey Round the Subcontinent – review

This is a unique perspective from a west London lad who takes a voyage of discovery, a voyage to discover heritage, roots, amazing differences and surprising commonality. Sanjeev Bhaskar has straddled both British and Indian societies with their many complexities and contradictions. Sanjeev had a childhood to which so many of us can relate. Home…

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Japan – Eyewitness Travel – book review

Japan – Eyewitness Travel – book review

You can travel to many countries and get by without a guidebook. You might get lost, you might wish you had the address of a hotel that had sheets on the beds, and you might possibly even regret not taking a packed lunch… but you’ll get by. Japan is a bit more difficult to negotiate…

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Feeding the Gods by Chitrita Banerji – review

Feeding the Gods by Chitrita Banerji – review

You know by now that I have a love of all things subcontinental so it’s no surprise that I read and enjoyed Feeding the Gods – Memories of Food and Culture in Bengal. Chitrita Banerji has written a charming and very personal reflection on her life and the spiritual part that food has played in…

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The Bazaars of Istanbul by Isabel Bocking – review

The Bazaars of Istanbul by Isabel Bocking – review

Many thousands of tourists visit Turkey every year. They bask on the beaches, perhaps hire a boat for a holiday afloat and enjoy grilled fish in seaside restaurants. They have a glimpse of Turkey and its people but it is, in fact, just a meeting with the modern globalized facade – a shadow of a…

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Route 66 Backroads by Jim Hinckley – review

Route 66 Backroads by Jim Hinckley – review

This is your essential guide to “scenic trips and adventures from the Mother Road”. That’s what it says and I believe it. This is a sumptuous, large format, full colour, glossy volume. There are more than 200 pictures to tempt you away from the beaten track, including a wealth of black and white photographs to…

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