Category: Food and Drink

First-ever Asian Culinary Summit at Halekulani

Halekulani, one of the world’s finest and most acclaimed luxury resorts, and Gourmet, the magazine of good living, have gathered together leading Asian culinary masters for an unparalleled epicurean experience at this iconic Hawaiian resort. From 13th to 15th November 2009, connoisseurs from around the world are invited to join hosts Sara Moulton, Gourmet executive [...]

A Barossa food tradition

Maggie Beer is one of Australia’s favourite cooks, cookery writers and a pioneering champion of Barossa regional cuisine. Her farm shop offers daily verjuice cooking demonstrations at 2pm. Visitors to the farm shop will also find Maggie’s gourmet products and award-winning books. Her cooking, using mainly local produce, has been pivotal in the development of [...]

Luxury travel auctions from Charity Buzz

Charity Buzz, an online auction site  with luxury and celebrity experiences has a large number of travel package  auctions for every type of traveller with  destinations all over the world. Not only will winners get an experience  of a lifetime, but they will also help a good cause like Gabrielle’s  Angel Foundation for Cancer Research [...]

Major re-vamp for Merus

Major re-vamp for Merus

Cult Napa winery Merus has recently undergone a major revamp by UXUS in Amsterdam. Merus started as a family business run from the owners home, gained cult status thanks to constant near perfect reviews from critic Robert Parker, and has now opened a designer winery/cellar door.  Check out the Flickr gallery for the pictures!

Book a ‘room with a boo’ at Omni Hotels this Halloween

Book a ‘room with a boo’ at Omni Hotels this Halloween

This Halloween, guests at Omni Hotels will be sipping on spooky signature cocktails, such as the Red Widow, Trick ‘R’ Treat, Bond’s Eye and Red Eye, while potentially sleeping in an ominously spirited suite from the luxury hotel brand’s “ghost-folio” of properties. Read on if you dare… The historic, and some say haunted, Omni Parker [...]

Autumn menus at The Ritz London

The Restaurant and Rivoli Bar at The Ritz presents a new series of Autumn menus featuring some of the city’s finest cuisine and beverages from Executive Chef John Williams and his team. Indulge in a three course Lunch du Jour Menu (that changes daily) for £36. You may choose to treat yourself with our range [...]

Gourmet magazine loses its appetite

It was announced yesterday that Gourmet magazine, despite having almost one million subscribers, is to cease publication after 68 years.  A slump in ad revenue is being blamed for its demise although Wikipedia currently reads: On October 5, 2009 Condé Nast announced that  Gourmet will cease monthly publication by the end of 2009, due to [...]

Italian cookery classes (in Australia!) from Rosa Matto

Are you planning a special Italian dinner or perhaps just looking to brush up your skills? South Australian chef Rosa Matto has been hosting cooking classes  with an Italian twist since 1989, giving lessons from her custom-built open studio kitchen in Goodwood, Adelaide. Rosa’s classes are very hands-on and range from sauce, bread and pasta [...]

The latest desirables from Heathrow

The latest desirables from Heathrow

Whether travelling for business or pleasure, take the time to indulge in some serious retail therapy at Heathrow this Autumn. Catering for your every want and desire, the airport is home to a wide collection of premium brands including Paul Smith, Prada, Harrods, Gucci and Sony – all at airport prices.  Here are their picks [...]

Taste of Wynn

Wynn Las Vegas unveils Taste of Wynn, a distinctive culinary boutique filled with gourmet ingredients, cooking tools, gifts and tabletop accessories personally selected by the star chefs at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. Located on the Encore Esplanade, the retail store allows guests to experience the award-winning restaurants in a new way – by taking [...]

Dining options on Silversea’s new Silver Spirit

Dining options on Silversea’s new Silver Spirit

On 23rd December, 2009 the world’s newest ultra-luxury, all-suite ship, Silver Spirit, will take to the seas on her maiden “Holiday Spirit” voyage from Barcelona to Lisbon.  The 540-guest ship is to offer a multitude of dining experiences as detailed below: The Restaurant Situated midship on Deck 4, The Restaurant features sumptuous culinary fare in [...]

Anyone for chocolate beer?

Anyone for chocolate beer?

Time to put those taste buds to the test! The Sapporo brewery in Japan is producing a chocolate beer. This is very different to many of the chocolate stouts that are already on the market – they don’t usually contain chocolate but instead a ‘chocolate malt’ (called that due to its colour and vague chocolatey [...]

Afternoon tea in London – with a difference

Afternoon tea in London – with a difference

TLSee (Tea, London and Sightseeing) – a pun on TLC (tender, loving care) is the new afternoon tea concept at Swissôtel The Howard, London and  treats guests to edible versions of the famous sights of the city on the Thames. With TLSee, nine different London landmarks, some in 3D, are served up alongside traditional finger [...]

A new menu every day at Princess d’Annam Resort & Spa

A new menu every day at Princess d’Annam Resort & Spa

Unlike most hotels and resorts that roll out new menus seasonally, the new restaurant at the Princess d’Annam Resort & Spa debuts a new card every single day. Whether guests voice a hankering for pan-fried snapper, grilled cobia on a lemongrass skewer, bouillabaisse or any of dozens of other dishes in Chef La Thuan An’s [...]

Hit the heights of fine dining, Hawaiian style

Hit the heights of fine dining, Hawaiian style

Chef Robert McCormick of the Hotel Hāna Maui takes pride in his ability to source just about all he needs to create his acclaimed cuisine right from Maui itself — and often from within just a mile or two of the isolated, idyllic resort. To host an ideal evening featuring a five-course dinner paired with [...]

Interview with Jeni Matthews of Red Balloon Travel and Consulting

Interview with Jeni Matthews of Red Balloon Travel and Consulting

Jeni Matthews created Red Balloon Travel and Consulting with the goal in mind to provide spectacularly unique French holidays.     After graduating from Northwestern University in Communications and International Studies, she headed straight to France, and has been living in the little known Rhone-Alpes region ever since.   She uses her first-hand knowledge and [...]

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