Category: Food and Drink

12 reasons to visit Hamilton Island, Australia in 2012

12 reasons to visit Hamilton Island, Australia in 2012

From prestigious events to world-class cultural encounters and fabulous natural attractions, here are 12 defining reasons to include Hamilton Island, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, in an Australian itinerary in 2012: JANUARY Visitors to Hamilton Island have over 60 activities to choose from including go-karting, bushwalking, scuba diving, parasailing, squash, tennis, fishing, sailing, […]

Gourmet Bliss at Heritage Le Telfair, Mauritius

Gourmet Bliss at Heritage Le Telfair, Mauritius

Heritage Le Telfair in Domaine de Bel Ombre, south Mauritius has just launched an all new Gourmet Bliss offer for guests staying on a half board basis at the luxury golf and spa resort between February and September 2012. To the delight of foodies and gastro-holiday lovers, the offer can be used for dinner at […]

Valentine’s escape to a luxury château in Champagne

Where better to spend the most romantic day of the year than in one of Champagne’s stunning châteaux with a celebratory glass of fizz and a seven-course gourmet dinner. Specialist wine tour operator, Grape Escapes, is offering couples a two night château break from 13th-15th February 2012 with guided visits to the region’s top Champagne […]

Great skiing, food and wine in Val Gardena, Italy

Great skiing, food and wine in Val Gardena, Italy

One of the many ski resorts located in the majestic Dolomite mountains, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, Val Gardena, Italy is a must-visit during any ski holiday in the region. Val Gardena is best known in ski racing circles as home to the Saslong Classic, a men’s World Cup downhill race, and long considered […]

Recipe of the week: Amish chicken and jalapeno dumplings for two

Ingredients: (serves 4-6 people) • 2 boneless, skinless Amish chicken breasts, dice into medium size chunks • 4 medium sized red pearl onions, quartered • 5 baby portabellas mushrooms, quartered • 2 cups of chicken stock • 1 clove of garlic, sliced into slivers • ½ cup of flour (to dust chicken) Dumplings • 1 cup flour • 1 egg • 1/8 […]

Discover the Prosecco zone, home of Italy’s favorite sparkling wine

Discover the Prosecco zone, home of Italy’s favorite sparkling wine

Lying north of Venice in the province of Treviso, in the foothills of the Marco Trevigiana running from Valdobbiadene to Conegliano, is the Prosecco DOCG wine zone. Vineyards take up just about every square food of land, amongst picturesque towns with ancient churches and castles. Here is the source of the wonderful sparkling wine that […]

A host of new experiences this year at The Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay

A host of new experiences this year at The Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay

The Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay has a great line-up of experiences available this year. Here’s just some of what’s on offer: Learn a new skill – Arabic cooking lessons Banish Friday-night takeaways and boring beans on toast with a masterclass in authentic Arabic cuisine now available at the beautiful open-air Al Mar Restaurant. Guests will […]

Recipe of the week: Porcini and mascarpone ravioli with fresh vegetables and pink roasted saddle of venison

Recipe of the week: Porcini and mascarpone ravioli with fresh vegetables and pink roasted saddle of venison

Today’s recipe comes from a restaurant that has recently been awarded its first Michelin star. Kronenstübli is led by Executive Chef Bernd Schützelhofer whose speciality is a creative combination of traditional recipes from around the world and locally produced ingredients, which often give a modern twist to a classic dish. Ingredients: (serves 4-6 people) Filling […]

Private Dolomite ski holiday tours for small groups

Private Dolomite ski holiday tours for small groups

This ski season, Italiaoutdoors is introducing unique private ski and snowboard adventures in the Dolomites of Italy. Italiaoutdoors is a two person team that creates vacation adventures for small active groups (6-12 people). This season, they’re inviting winter sport enthusiasts who also share a passion for fine food, wine and the culture of Italy to […]

3 of the best things to do in Cape Town, South Africa

3 of the best things to do in Cape Town, South Africa

The beauty of a Cape Town holiday is the variety of things to see and do whilst you are there. The most trouble you will have is in deciding what to do in the time you have available!  I’ve seen many changes, but the loveliest thing is revisiting favourite haunts that are still top of […]

New Year's Eve and other events at Badrutt's Palace Hotel

New Year’s Eve and other events at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel will be transformed into a rococo palace this New Year’s Eve, 31st December 2011. Bejewelled and sparkling, and decorated with the theme of “Le Reve du Palace”, the hotel will be thronging with New Year’s guests from around the world – many of whom book a year in advance to celebrate on […]

Interview with Marty Carr, CEO of Carr Golf Travel

Interview with Marty Carr, CEO of Carr Golf Travel

Marty Carr is CEO of Carr Golf Travel, which includes the brand Online Golf Travel, and offers bespoke golf travel in Europe and the US and runs several world-class golf events in Ireland. The son of Joe Carr, who won 40 golf championships and was one of the world’s best ever amateur golfers, Marty studied […]

The Mosaic restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Special feature: Mosaic, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

The Mandarin Oriental Group of hotels requires no introduction on a blog about luxury travel, as the brand is famous for its prestigious hotels and resorts. The interesting thing, though, is that they are all quite different from one another. Whilst they all maintain standards of excellence, this is a group rather than a chain […]

In Merano luxury is about intimate access…

Merano is a quaint village perched at the base of the Alps in Alto Adige in the north of Italy. Here the air is smooth and clean and the scenery is breathtaking. Well known to high-end German and Swiss tourists, Merano has not really been discovered by Americans or the British. This is where the […]

Recipe of the week: Aubergine Lasagne

Recipe of the week: Aubergine Lasagne

Ingredients: • 1 large eggplant • 2 cups (460 grams) flour • 3 cups (690 grams) bread crumbs • 5 eggs • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk • 1 cup (230 grams) shredded mozzarella cheese • 1/4 cup (60 grams) grated parmesan cheese • 2 cups (480ml) olive oil • 2 cups (460 grams) ricotta cheese […]

Dom Pérignon Champagne Dinner at The Ritz, London

Dom Pérignon Champagne Dinner at The Ritz, London

I’ve just received my ‘invitation’ to a Champagne Dinner at The Ritz together with Dom Pérignon on 24th November 2011. In honour of this special occasion, the hotel’s Executive Chef John Williams has created a remarkable menu, paired with some of the finest offerings from Champagne Dom Pérignon. The dinner will be held in the […]

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