Reviews are sponsored; the articles are unbiased, the opinions my own.

  • 17 Aug 2019

    Meater+ review

    The name might not initially offer much of a clue as to what exactly Meater+ might be. No, dear cynical and lonely reader, it’s not a dating agency for carnivores, but rather the best kitchen gadget I have ever found. We eat meat at home, but not very often. When we do, that meal is...

  • 16 Aug 2019

    PortaScent 2 ways

    PortaScent is exactly what it says. It’s a small refillable spray and perfect for one’s handbag, manbag, bathroom bag or travel bag. It makes a wonderful and affordable gift for both men and women. This little spray bottle is so convenient, but I would counsel any girl with a social life to buy two. It’s...

  • 14 Aug 2019

    Chef Andy Ian, Outrigger Mauritius

    Outrigger Beach Resort in Mauritius offers its guests so many dining opportunities. Each restaurant has its own character and will appeal to changing tastes and expectations throughout the day. Families with diverse requirements are catered for at all times in the other restaurants – but then one finds The Plantation Club, and that has a...

  • 12 Aug 2019

    Kasteel de Haar

    It’s true – one hardly expects to find castles in The Netherlands! But they do exist and there are many of them, along with stately homes of grace and beauty. Few historic buildings in The Netherlands can equal De Haar for its representation of a fairy-tale castle. It is among the top twenty most-visited Dutch...

  • 09 Aug 2019

    Speakeasy Ice Cream

    Speakeasy Ice Cream has been created especially for adults with discerning palates. Speakeasy combine rich ice cream with some favourite alcoholic drinks for some exceptional dessert enhancements. These small tubs are far from the plastic-boxed frozen ice creams that fill the freezer counters of every supermarket. Yes, they have their place, but Speakeasy Ice Creams...

  • 07 Aug 2019

    9 MILE VODKA

    The MBG Group has introduced a new Super Premium Vodka brand. It is curiously called 9 MILE VODKA (I note the bold use of capitals), and that name has more to do with the USA than countries more typically associated with this clear spirit. Following the sale of the Three Sixty Vodka brand in 2005,...

  • 05 Aug 2019

    The Year of Pieter Bruegel

    Pieter Bruegel produced unique works which are still easily recognised today. They reflect the reality of the 16th Century in northern Europe – and that was often brutal. Brussels and Bruegel will forever be associated. He undertook some of his most important works there and he is buried in the city. He had needed to...

  • 02 Aug 2019

    Chamarel Rhum Distillery – Mauritius

    Mauritius is a beautiful island but there is still that temptation to stay within the confines of one’s luxury and well-appointed resort. That would be a shame as there is so much to see here. There is history aplenty and also celebrated rhum. No that’s not a spelling mistake but rather an indication that this...

  • 31 Jul 2019

    Paella and Sweet and Sour from Charlie Bigham

    It all started in 1994 when, in a maverick move, Charlie Bigham quit his job to go travelling in India. Captivated by the tastes, colours, textures and aromas of the cuisine, he decided to set up a food business. By 1996 he had done just that. After perfecting three dishes in his home kitchen –...

  • 29 Jul 2019

    Alexander – a solid cologne

    It’s that season when a young (or not so young) person’s fancy turns to festivals. We have great hopes for weather, music, good food (only kidding) and good times. But we do need a few accessories, and one in particular will make life more pleasant for the festival-goer and those around them. I introduce Alexander...

  • 26 Jul 2019

    The Island Kitchen: Recipes from Mauritius and the Indian Ocean

    Oh, deep joy! It’s summer at last and I think I have found my cookbook of the year …and it’s still only July! Every page offers sunshine in delicious fashion and wafts one off to a tropical paradise. The Island Kitchen: Recipes from Mauritius and the Indian Ocean by Selina Periampillai is a winner. I...

  • 24 Jul 2019

    Pearson’s Arms Pineapple and blood orange gin Martini

    Here is a delicious cocktail from Pearson’s Arms in Whitstable. It’s their Pineapple and blood orange gin Martini. Its a strong one! Ingredients 40ml malty blood orange gin 20ml Kings Ginger Liqueur 10ml Cointreau  10ml fresh lime juice  Pineapple juice Method Shake hard with pineapple juice and ice till chilled and frothy Visit the Pearsons...

  • 22 Jul 2019

    Middachten Castle – It’s a Family Affair

    Middachten Castle or Kasteel Middachten in Dutch, is a significant and beautiful manor house, located on the Middachten estate, De Steeg, Netherlands. The building we see today dates from 1698. Since 2004 the castle has been a rijksmonument which is a register of Dutch sites of interest. Middachten Castle is part of the Top 100...

  • 19 Jul 2019

    Executive Chef Guven Uyanik – The Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort

    The Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has Guven Uyanik as Executive Chef. And he has already enjoyed some high-end international experience. Before joining Outrigger, Chef Uyanik worked in several countries including the UK and Hong Kong. He heads a team which has already carved a reputation for presenting fine food. This attractive hotel complex boasts a...

  • 17 Jul 2019

    Fresh as Summer Rosé

    It’s summer and sometimes the sun peeps through the clouds. When it does our thoughts turn to al fresco dining and garden parties. Fizz is often the beverage of choice, but how about something that looks beautiful, tastes of summer fruits and even matches flowery sun dresses? Roséfine from Marrenon The teardrop bottle with a...

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