Category: Food and Drink

5 great reasons to ski New Zealand this Winter

5 great reasons to ski New Zealand this Winter

While the folks in the northern hemisphere are enjoying days of sunshine at and ice creams at the beach, winter has kicked off with a vengeance in the southern hemisphere. Here are five great reasons why you should trade in the sandals and sand for skis and snow and head south to New Zealand this […]

Soak up the luxuries of Indiaís Pink City

Soak up the luxuries of Indiaís Pink City

Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan, a northern state of India. It is affectionately known as the ďPink CityĒ, as the walls of Jaipurís historic City Palace are washed in a vibrant salmon hue. The pink colour was used to create an impression of red sandstone Mughal buildings, and was repainted in 1876 during […]

To the manor reborn: a hotel that makes you feel like royalty

To the manor reborn: a hotel that makes you feel like royalty

The English countryside is where royalty goes to quell the noise of their public lives; itís where stately homes the size of city blocks stand sentinel amidst rolling hills; and itís where you and I can go to feel like queens and kings, even if just for a sliver of time. Here I cover one†of […]

Recipe of the week: Broiled black cod with miso

Recipe of the week: Broiled black cod with miso

The black cod dish is inspired by the beautiful fresh fish. The recipe uses traditional Japanese cooking techniques and is marinated for three days in sake and sugar, giving it a soft texture and a sweet flavour. The recipe makes use of black cod which was recognised as being readily available but rarely used, when […]

Recipe of the week: Queensland spanner crab, heirloom tomato and avocado

Recipe of the week: Queensland spanner crab, heirloom tomato and avocado

Queensland ceas spanner crab meat is light and sweet with a remarkably delicate texture. This is a great example of the incredible seafood available in Queensland. This is a simple dish, the crab served with the best quality heirloom tomatoes and avocado. The sharp tomato vinaigrette adds a little kick to the dish. In the […]

3 very special Michelin-starred, gourmet, cultural tours in Spain

3 very special Michelin-starred, gourmet, cultural tours in Spain

Take a little time to discover some of Spain’s Michelin starred restaurants, whilst truly absorbing the Spanish culture. Get involved in incredible Michelin starred culinary classes, meet the bulls up close and personal, and enjoy wine tasting rarities. Here are a few different ideas to get you started. Authentic Michelin star tours in Andalucia Take […]

Delicacies of South Africa

Delicacies of South Africa

South Africa boasts many delights, including its culinary ones. Rich and flavoursome, South African cuisine has reached global recognition in recent years, with establishments like The Tasting Room in Franschoek being voted as one of the best restaurants in the world.†One of the defining features of South African cuisine is its honesty. Simple dishes are […]

Recipe of the week: Orange drizzle cake

Recipe of the week: Orange drizzle cake

A variation on the classic lemon drizzle cake, this orange drizzle cake is perfect to have with a cup of tea – itís quite simple, not overly rich and has an amazing orange flavour. The cake itself is beautifully light, airy and yet still moist, and so makes for the most delicious Summer time treat. […]

The new taste of Asia brings spice to Beirut

The new taste of Asia brings spice to Beirut

The hottest thing to pop up in Beirut’s Clemenceau district is a new delivery and catering kitchen called JAI. The blood, sweat and tears of Beiruti-born Chef Wael Lazkani, Jai offers a little taste of South East Asia in the heart of Beirut. It officially launched in February 2013 and has fast become a firm […]

New wine tours in Margaret River, Australia

New wine tours in Margaret River, Australia

A series of recently launched tours are giving visitors new ways to discover the Margaret River wine region. The area, which is a 3 hour drive south of Perth, is home to more than 220 vineyards. It accounts for about 3% of Australia’s total wine exports but produces over 25% of Australia’s premium wine. The […]

5 highlights of your cycling holiday in Umbria

5 highlights of your cycling holiday in Umbria

Lying just to the east of Tuscany, Umbria shares its natural beauty, medieval and Renaissance history and art, and wonderful food and wine. Only one thing is missing – the tourist crowds! A cycling tour is the perfect way to explore the untouched Umbrian countryside, as you explore lush olive orchards and fertile vineyards that […]

Pre-theatre dining in Soho, London

Pre-theatre dining in Soho, London

Shaftesbury Avenue has been at the centre of London’s Theatreland for over a century. The gilded architectural flourishes, the bespoke pavements the enticing billboards have long been the iconic faÁade of Londonís entertainment industry, whilst up dark side alleys, past stage doors and strip joints, Soho has enjoyed a totally different relationship with Londonís visitors. […]

Top 10 luxury London freebies

Top 10 luxury London freebies

Finding luxury without paying full whack is a bit of an art in an expensive city like London.† This list should help, whether it’s views, booze or loos you wish to luxuriate in. It helps to have a hardy constitution and be willing to blag a little (or at least to dress up and look […]

The top 3Ĺ wineries of La Axarquia, Andalucia

The top 3Ĺ wineries of La Axarquia, Andalucia

Though you may not have even heard of the little region of La Axarquia in the eastern most corner of Malaga Province, this mountainous coastal territory was the renowned global centre of sweet wine production only 150 years ago and production began at least 3000 years ago with the Phoenicians. Since the “phylloxera”Ě aphid scourge […]

Franschhoek: a little piece of France nestled between the mountains of South Africa

Franschhoek: a little piece of France nestled between the mountains of South Africa

The Cape Winelands, situated in the Western Cape Province, is the largest wine producing region in South Africa. The wines from this area are well known all around the world and also produce some of the best international wines each year. Tourists flock to the Cape Winelands not only for the great wines but also […]

Top 5 things to do in St Tropez

Top 5 things to do in St Tropez

St Tropez has changed dramatically from the Provencal fishing village it once was; back in the 1920s it attracted the likes of Coco Chanel and it continues to attract the jet set during the summer months. Whilst they may anchor off shore in their super yachts the attractions ashore are similar for the famous and […]

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