Category: Food and Drink

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 […]

Interview with Luke Powers, Managing Direct of Africa Bespoke

Interview with Luke Powers, Managing Direct of Africa Bespoke

Luke Powers is a passionate traveller, always keen to explore new destinations. But mostly he enjoys exploring his own back yard: greater Cape Town. He loves a slow road trip on backroads, with plenty of time to meet the locals and take loads of photos. He lives in Cape Town and revels in every detail […]

Cooking breakfast in your hotel room

Hoteliers… look away now!  It’s Friday so we thought we’d let our hair down a little and share this video with you.  It would seem Natalie Tran likes to have breakfast in her room, but doesn’t want to pay for room service.  Instead, she shows how you can make your own cooked breakfast using one […]

Recipe of the week: “Musque de Provence” Pumpkin Soup

Recipe of the week: “Musque de Provence” Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients (serves 8-10): 3 pounds of fresh Chino Farm’s pumpkin (skin off, seeds removed) 6 tablespoons butter 1 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon diced fresh garlic 1 tablespoon diced fresh ginger ½ cup flour (all purpose) 1 ½ quarts vegetable or chicken stock ½ cup heavy cream (whipping cream) ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoon […]

Interview with Lauren Cicione, Owner of Tuscan Auteur

Interview with Lauren Cicione, Owner of Tuscan Auteur

Lauren Cicione is an ex-New Yorker (former contemporary art dealer) Italian American who moved to Montalcino, Tuscany two years ago. She knew it was time for a career switch when her foodie tendencies to visit every new restaurant in NYC started taking precedence over her interest in checking out new installation sculpture. Growing up in […]

Recipe of the week: Thai dipping sauce for grilled meats

Recipe of the week: Thai dipping sauce for grilled meats

This delicious dipping sauce is surprisingly easy to concoct, yet is complex in flavour. It will add a lively, spicy Thai zing to grilled meats such as beef or chicken, or to roasts such as pork. Whilst it can be mixed and used immediately, allowing the sauce to stand in the refrigerator for a day […]

A luxury trip to Machu Picchu

A luxury trip to Machu Picchu

24th July of this year marked 100 years exactly since Yale man and National Geographic explorer Hiram Bingham puffed and sweated his way up to the jungle-covered ruins of Machu Picchu. A century later, travelers who want to take in this true wonder of the world aren’t limited to explorer-style bivouacking; rather, there are now […]

$16 for a muffin?! That's a bargain... welcome to the $107,000 cupcake!

$16 for a muffin?! That’s a bargain… welcome to the $107,000 cupcake!

There’s been a lot of media uproar recently surrounding the $16 cupcakes ordered by the US Justice Department. We’d like to take a moment therefore to put this in perspective and introduce you to the $107,000 cupcake.  And yep… you did just read that right. Back in January of last year, Since1910 – in honour […]

The world's most expensive whisky

The world’s most expensive whisky

A bottle of Scotch whisky priced at 250,000 Singapore dollars (around 200,000 USD or £125,000) and displayed at a duty-free shop in Singapore’s Changi Airport, has been sold to a Chinese businessman. The bottle of Dalmore 62 hails from The Dalmore distillery in Alness, Scotland.  It is one of just 12 bottles of this 62-year-old […]

Le Normandie at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok

Special feature: Le Normandie, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

The prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel contains several restaurants offering different cuisines. All are renowned for their excellence and Le Normandie is world-famous for its classical French fine dining. Opened in 1958 by Germain Krull, Le Normandie has produced the height of French gastronomy for more than 50 years. The restaurant provides a stunning view of […]

Recipe of the week: King Crab Risotto

Recipe of the week: King Crab Risotto

Ingredients: Crab shredded pulp 200 gr. “Arborio” Rice  130 gr. Minced garlic 20 gr. Chopped onion 80 gr. Olive oil 20 cc Butter  20 gr. White Wine 60 cc Zest of one lime Vegetable Broth  (Amount Needed) Emulsifield: Cubed Butter 50 gr Mascapone Cheese 50 gr. To decorate: Crab Legs 40 gr. Sliced fried “Mandioca” […]

Cocktail menu from Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize

Cocktail menu from Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize

Just in time for fashion season this September, Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize is delighted to announce the launch of their new limited edition cocktail menu, to honour the 5 shortlisted designers for the 2011 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize.  The prize was launched last year to aid up-and-coming designers getting their foot on the notoriously competitive […]

London on a plate

London on a plate

London on a plate is an unique map of London for adventurous palates, curated by author and journalist Charmain Ponnuthurai and host of passionate food experts and London society celebrities.  This luxury guide to the capital’s best cuisine, which was shortlisted as one of Apple’s Top 20 noteworthy new releases, is filled with beautiful high resolution photography and includes […]

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