Posts Tagged “food”

Classic Food of Northern Italy – review

Classic Food of Northern Italy – review

Anna Del Conte is, or so says The Times, ‘The queen of Italian cuisine’ and she is certainly an iconic writer. The original edition (1996) of ‘Classic Food of Northern Italy’ won both The Guild of Food Writers Book Award and the Orio Vergani prize of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina. This is an updated…

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Portugal – A world of flavours – travel review

Portugal – A world of flavours – travel review

It’s true that many British tourists are regulars on the beaches of the Algarve and they will say they love the country. Yes, they enjoy that little corner of this amazing land; but far fewer visitors travel away from the resorts to discover the real personality of Portugal. The Portuguese are the product of a…

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Jackson and Rye Richmond – restaurant review

Jackson and Rye Richmond – restaurant review

Peanut Butter Fudge S’mores was a sweet star What a view! There can be few places more picturesque than the bank of the River Thames by the 18th century Richmond Bridge. It’s beautiful at any time but on a summer’s evening it’s memorable. A seat at Jackson and Rye will give you the best spot….

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Mallorca for the Arts

Mallorca for the Arts

We might well think we know everything about Mallorca – possibly spelled Majorca and often pronounced with a hard ‘j’! It’s evidently a tapestry of an island and so far we are just considering the name! This is a beautiful island which has laboured under the touristic yoke of cheap package tours and ‘English Pubs’…

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The Gallery Restaurant – The Swan at Lavenham

The Gallery Restaurant – The Swan at Lavenham

The Swan is a striking hotel in an equally striking location. Lavenham is a town the likes of which is often thought extinct. It’s the stuff of historic dramas, with unspoilt houses and shops; a slice of Harry Potter was filmed here. It surrounds the visitor with quaint buildings and photo opportunities by the shed-load….

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Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair

Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair

This deceptively large hotel couldn’t have a better location. Hotel Bon Sol Resort and Spa is in Illetas, which is only 8 km (5 miles) from central Palma. One doesn’t need the extra expense of car hire: the bus stop is only a few yards away and an attractive €1.50 for a short ride into…

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Eneko at One Aldwych for Sunday Brunch

Eneko at One Aldwych for Sunday Brunch

Located near Covent Garden in the heart of London’s West End, Eneko at One Aldwych is one of this writer’s favourite eateries. It is a delightfully stylish restaurant and wine bar from the acclaimed Basque Chef Eneko Atxa. This basement space takes advantage of a 2-storey ceiling at one end which offers diners in that…

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The Garden House Restaurant

The Garden House Restaurant

This truly is a ‘garden’ house with the intimate character of a cosy cottage. (Read more about the Garden House here.) It’s part of the Beaverbrook Estate and the smaller of two hotels, the other being the lavish and imposing main house which was once the home of Lord Beaverbrook, one of the most influential…

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Anise Bar at Devonshire Square

Anise Bar at Devonshire Square

One might not have heard of Anise Bar but it’s likely the discerning diner will have heard of Cinnamon Kitchen by Vivek Singh. Perhaps one might not have heard of Devonshire Square but everyone has heard of the City of London. There are associations with India in the very fabric of the buildings here. Between…

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Travels & Tapas in Basque Country

Travels & Tapas in Basque Country

We have likely heard of it but if pinpointing this region on a map was a capital offence then it’s probable few of us would be hung; but mention San Sebastián and more people will say that they know about it, and usually with regard to tapas. It’s an attractive seaside city and municipality located…

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Markopoulo recommendations

Markopoulo recommendations

Attica’s food, wine and welcome I love Greece. It’s the warm people, food, and (you might be surprised to hear) award-winning wines that are still so sadly overlooked. Yes, this country has lots to offer. Most travellers to Greece seem to arrive in Athens with a long journey still ahead. They are looking for small…

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Maribor Slovenia – wines, gastronomy, bikes and hikes

Maribor Slovenia – wines, gastronomy, bikes and hikes

Slovenia is a small country in Central Europe. Small it might be but it has natural beauty, with mountains (Slovenia’s highest mountain, the three-peaked Triglav, is depicted on the national flag), vine-strewn hills, thick forests, historic cities and a 46 km long coast on the Adriatic. It is, in some regards, Europe in microcosm. Slovenia…

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Langkawi – more than beaches

Langkawi – more than beaches

This tropical gem has a deserved reputation for iconic, palm-fringed beaches, dazzling white sand and sea warm enough to call a bath. Langkawi is an island that charms and intrigues, and its story can be discovered not far from your sun-lounger. The sea is very much part of life here. It has provided a living…

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Rijsttafel in The Hague

Rijsttafel in The Hague

I love The Netherlands and am an unashamed supporter. It’s an oft-disregarded tourist destination even though it’s easy to get to from London. Short breaks are more usually taken in Paris or Berlin. That’s a shame as Dutch cities offer history, architectural charm and delicious food. Yes, dear reader, that statement isn’t an affectation of…

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Rennes – second capital of food (or is it third?)

Rennes – second capital of food (or is it third?)

Rennes Market, in the Place des Lices, is there every Saturday, and is considered to be the second- or third-largest in France, depending on whom you are speaking to. It starts in the morning around 7.30 although there is not the full complement of nearly 300 stalls and vendors till an hour or so later….

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Umbria’s Autumn Gastronomy with Valentina Harris

Umbria’s Autumn Gastronomy with Valentina Harris

Valentina Harris is perhaps our most celebrated and prolific Italian food writer, TV presenter and chef. Yes, the lady truly is Italian, although one could be fooled into thinking she is an authentically British blue-blood. Valentina Harris doesn’t have many free moments but I cornered her on a return flight from a culinary tour of…

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Reims – Tasteful Souvenirs

Reims – Tasteful Souvenirs

Reims is a beautiful and historic city in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France. It is only 130 km from Paris with easy access by train. Excursions to nearby Chalons are a must and there will be not only the delightfully ubiquitous champagne to taste but also the champagne truffles which are so celebrated here. The…

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24-Hour Food Frenzy Safari – Street food and more

24-Hour Food Frenzy Safari – Street food and more

The name ’24-Hour Food Frenzy Safari’ might, to the untutored, give the impression of something of a greedy teen munchies extravaganza. Well, in truth, it was an extravaganza of street food but the message behind the event was serious. Eating for a solid 24 hours with no designated sleep breaks is not for the faint-hearted….

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Adam Handling – Asian Accents

Adam Handling – Asian Accents

(This chef has now moved from this restaurant) Adam Handling has been crowned 2014 British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year. That’s no surprise. He is a young man who has already chalked up accolades and praise, and now he has his own name over a restaurant door – Adam Handling at Caxton. St Ermins…

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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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