Posts Tagged “food”

Tapas Bars and Michelin Stars with Travels and Tapas – review

Tapas Bars and Michelin Stars with Travels and Tapas – review

Jose and Isabel Macicior have fast become the faces of bespoke food and culture trips to Spain and southern France. They have hit the ground running, and seem to have a finger on the pulse of high-end vacationers offering tours with Travels and Tapas! Food tourism is now big business and it’s raised awareness of…

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The Hague – Staying and Eating – Contemporary and Historic – travel review

The Hague – Staying and Eating – Contemporary and Historic – travel review

The Hague is indeed a ‘Royal’ city. You might even come across one of the ‘Oranges’, as they are considered perhaps the most accessible royal family in Europe. The Hague has been home to the House of Orange for more than four hundred years; first they were Stadholders and later gained the title of monarchs….

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The Delicious Simplicity of Alentejo – the food and drink of forgotten Portugal – travel review

The Delicious Simplicity of Alentejo – the food and drink of forgotten Portugal – travel review

We live life at a frantic pace and when we take a moment to reflect we muse on the quiet life, the good life, of life filled with gentler pursuits, and of time spent around the kitchen table. That good life is still evident in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Bread is an indispensible part…

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Alentejo – Open Fires and Warm Hospitality – Where to stay – travel review

Alentejo – Open Fires and Warm Hospitality – Where to stay – travel review

Pousadas de Portugal in Alentejo is a network of quality and characterful hotels that give the guest a chance to experience unique charm. The group was started in the 1940s and now has forty-three properties. The network is mostly owned by the Portuguese government but managed by a private group, Grupo Pestana Pousadas. The first Pousada…

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The Nuns and Tarts of Alentejo, Portugal – travel review

The Nuns and Tarts of Alentejo, Portugal – travel review

Portugal is on the very edge of Europe and often overlooked in favour of its more vocal neighbour, Spain. But this country has so much to offer to the visitor. Striking landscapes of Alentejo flatter the eye, generous hospitality warms the soul, and gastronomy seems to be a well-exercised hobby practised by all. The Alentejo…

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Luke Nguyen in London – interview

Luke Nguyen in London – interview

He is, for many of us, the face of Vietnamese food and travel. His easy manner allows him to present informative yet engaging TV programmes showing Vietnam, its food and its people in a positive and inclusive fashion. Luke was in London to promote his latest book, The Food of Vietnam (see my review here),…

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Rotterdam – Culinary Comfort and Creativity – travel review

Rotterdam – Culinary Comfort and Creativity – travel review

Holland might not be the first country springing to mind when one contemplates a gastronomic break, a food adventure. No, we muse on France, as their dishes are classic and the quality is legendary (some legends owe more to fantasy than fact); then there is New York with its perennial edgy vibe. Tempting, but one…

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Vila Vita Parc – Wining and Dining in The Algarve – travel review

Vila Vita Parc – Wining and Dining in The Algarve – travel review

We, cold souls, languish in northern Europe, longing for holidays offering bright sun and vibrant food. Look at any Mediterranean travel brochure and along with gold-fringed beaches there will be images of food. But there is an alternative to the now-crowded Med: the Atlantic. Yes, dear geographically challenged reader, that might conjure visions of grey…

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Willin Low – Wild Rocket, Singapore – interview

Willin Low – Wild Rocket, Singapore – interview

He hasn’t got a ‘serious’ chef persona. Willin rushes in and tells me to wait right there. He has some curry puffs that he wants me to taste. Just simple food and not even his, but Willin Low has not only talent but real passion for taste and texture. We settle in the courtyard of…

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The Yeatman Hotel and the first couple of Port – hotel review

The Yeatman Hotel and the first couple of Port – hotel review

The Yeatman Hotel doesn’t sound, to the ill-informed, a particularly Portuguese name for a hotel. One would more readily expect a name like “Henry the Navigator Inn” or “The Porto Paradise”. Do some homework and you’ll find that The Yeatman Hotel is steeped in Portuguese history that has drifted through half-a-dozen or so generations of…

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Tuscany – travel and cookbook review

Tuscany – travel and cookbook review

Tuscany is a region in the north-west of Italy. It has an area of about 23,000 square kilometres and a population of about 3.75 million well-fed Tuscans. The regional capital, and the main tourist draw, is Florence with its numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi, and it is also a major city…

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Vigo – crab, clams and continuity – travel review

Vigo – crab, clams and continuity – travel review

For those of you living in the south of England, you will already know about Vigo. You will swear that it is a parish formed in 2000, and a modern rural village built in the mid-20th century. The village lies on top of the North Downs and its name comes from the pub on the…

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Bavarian Beerhouse, City Road – restaurant review

Bavarian Beerhouse, City Road – restaurant review

Yes, your intrepid restaurant reviewer has sought out another interesting eatery for my dear reader to try. This one is truly a bit different and it has a certain quirky charm. It’s the Bavarian Beerhouse on City Road near Old Street Station. Established in December 2005, the Restaurant/Bar has quickly become popular with guests who…

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Bavarian Beerhouse – Tower Hill – restaurant review

Bavarian Beerhouse – Tower Hill – restaurant review

What can be more iconic than the Tower of London? Its imposing stones and gilded embellishments still have that wow factor. The building must have filled the local population with awe when first erected back in the early 1080s. William the Conqueror began to build a massive tower at the centre of his London home,…

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Al Waha Lebanese restaurant, Westbourne Grove – review

Al Waha Lebanese restaurant, Westbourne Grove – review

The residents of Westbourne Grove have long been spoiled for choice with regard to restaurants. The standard in this neighbourhood has improved over these last years but it’s still Al Waha which boasts a full dining room every night. This was my first visit to this restaurant but I had already heard great things from…

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A History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat – review

A History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat – review

This book should be republished and retitled THE History of Food. It’s probably the most remarkable book on the subject I have ever had the pleasure of reading. A History of Food is huge in size and comprehensive in depth and breadth of subject. The author, Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat, is a celebrated historian, journalist and writer…

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India Color – Spirit, Tradition, and Style by Mitchell Crites

India Color – Spirit, Tradition, and Style by Mitchell Crites

Can there be a land that has given more to style than India? I admit I have a bias but it is evident that we in the West and particularly in Britain have long embraced all things Indian. Melba Levick is the photographer for India Color. She has several other books under her belt… well,…

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A Food Lover’s Treasury by Julie Rugg – review

A Food Lover’s Treasury by Julie Rugg – review

Julie Rugg and Lynda Murphy are the compilers of this enthralling collection of food-related literary extracts. A Food Lover’s Treasury is a book about the food that’s in books. Well, if we are lucky, we eat three times each day and food is a subject guaranteed to elicit some kind of comment or emotion from…

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The Wine and Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal – review

The Wine and Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal – review

Charles Metcalfe and Kathryn McWhirter are a formidable team. I know of Charles from his numerous appearances on food-related shows like Good Food Live on the UKTV Food network. Kathryn has a wealth of experience as both a food and wine journalist and editor. I had expected this book to be just a guide to…

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Culinary Jottings for Madras by Wyvern – review

Culinary Jottings for Madras by Wyvern – review

“I should recommend anyone with a taste for Victorian gastronomic literature to snap him up…His recipes are so meticulous and clear, that the absolute beginner could follow them, yet at the same time he has much to teach the experienced cook.” That’s from the great Elizabeth David. Culinary Jottings for Madras was written by WYVERN…

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