Archive For September 2019

Discovering the Orient

Discovering the Orient

Chinatown in Soho London throngs with tourists and locals every day of the week. This isn’t, however, the first Chinatown in London. The original Chinese area was in the East end of the capital in Limehouse. That run-down neighbourhood suffered severe bombing during the Second World War, forcing many Chinese to find another home. The…

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Heavenly Kruisherenhotel Maastricht

Heavenly Kruisherenhotel Maastricht

Kruisherenhotel Maastricht is one of the most noteworthy hotels in which I have stayed in the Netherlands. Perhaps it’s one of the most memorable hotels I have ever visited anywhere. It’s a unique marriage of 15th century architecture and ultra-modern design. It truly is a matter of taste, but Kruisherenhotel was, for me, heavenly in…

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Grilled Veggie and Goat’s Cheese Wraps

Grilled Veggie and Goat’s Cheese Wraps

From Whole Foods Market Serves 4   This is a great recipe for using leftover grilled vegetables. They’re wonderful for a summer supper or wrap in waxed paper for picnics or on-the-go.   Ingredients 1/2 pound button mushrooms, grilled 1 red bell pepper, cut in pieces and grilled 1/2 large eggplant, cut in chunks and…

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Caxton Grill at St Ermin’s Hotel

Caxton Grill at St Ermin’s Hotel

St Ermin’s has long been a favourite hotel and now I can boast that I have actually stayed there and also enjoyed breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in their iconic Caxton Grill. There is a separate street entrance for the Caxton Grill but it’s a treat to arrive via St Ermin’s reception hall. One…

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TheChefClub Professional Performance Knife

TheChefClub Professional Performance Knife

People often say that if they had a new kitchen they would be a much better chef. They believe that if they had a whole rack of knives, they would become the next Gordon Ramsay. In fact, one needs just the space for a prep area and a few knives – but they must indeed…

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Lemon Prosecco Cocktail recipe

Lemon Prosecco Cocktail recipe

Lemon Prosecco cocktail is a lovely drink for summer garden parties. Its light and refreshing and you don’t have to use the finest fizz for this one. Lemon Prosecco Cocktail recipe 1 bottle of  dry prosecco For the Lemon simple syrup: 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup lemon juice Champagne glasses for serving Lemon peel…

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The George and Dragon Hotel Stay

The George and Dragon Hotel Stay

Oh, the joy of the British countryside! Perhaps a picturesque village with rustic charm; could there be an historic coaching inn? Yes, indeed, and quite near London too. It’s the George and Dragon in the stunning village of West Wycombe. The village features many buildings of architectural value which were built between the 16th and…

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Outrigger with Passion

Outrigger with Passion

Outrigger Beach Resort in Mauritius is an oasis of luxury with plenty to do. Food is always a big part of any trip and Outrigger offers a wealth of options. The high-end dining venue is The Plantation Club with its colonial architecture. There is the intimate dining room as well as a verandah and paved…

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Irish Peppercorn Studded Burger, Tricolour Slaw & Sweet Potato Wedges

Irish Peppercorn Studded Burger, Tricolour Slaw & Sweet Potato Wedges

Irish Peppercorn Studded Burger, Tricolour Slaw & Sweet Potato Wedges Serves 4 Ingredients For the peppercorn burger 500g Irish minced beef – rump, blade or chuck steak (with at least 20% fat content) 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tbsp tomato puree 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander 1 tbsp black peppercorns, cracked…

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