Category: Food and Drink

Chef Tommes

Interview with Chef Tommes, Chef and Owner of That Little Wine Bar

What do you do if you’ve hunted high and low for a decent wine bar but there’s none to be found in your home town? For Chef Tommes and his wife Louise, the answer was simple – they opened their own! That Little Wine Bar in Georgetown, Penang, has attracted rave reviews (including on this […]

Love ice cream?  You'll love this ice cream festival...

Love ice cream? You’ll love this ice cream festival…

Get ready ice cream fans! From 6th to 9th September 2012, Cefalù – 75 kilometres east of Palermo - will celebrate its own ice cream festival (Sherberth Festival – Festival Internazionale del Gelato a Cefalù). Along the main street it will be possible to taste ice cream made by 30 different ice cream shops in Sicily, […]

Recipe: Chestnut Soufflé with Chocolate Granita

Recipe: Chestnut Soufflé with Chocolate Granita

Ingredients: Soufflé •1/2 litre milk • 30g flour • 20g corn starch • 6 eggs • cognac • 200g chestnuts • 2 tbsp maple syrup • vanilla • dry raisins Granita • 150g cocoa powder • 50g sugar • 100g water Directions: 1. Soak raisins in Cognac, for at least one hour. 2. Add maple syrup to the chestnuts and caramelise in […]

Uruguay: a story of boutique wineries and big wines

Uruguay has long been known as a beach destination that provides everything from the rustic and unplugged Cabo Polonia in the north-east to the playground of the continent’s yachting class in Punta del Este. Recently however, tourism has been moving off the sands and inland, largely thanks to a small dark red grape, Tannat. Some 35 years ago […]

The Andalucian harvest: sherry, sweet wine and a very good time

The Andalucian harvest: sherry, sweet wine and a very good time

So you’ve done the tour of French vineyards and you’re looking for something new, or perhaps you’ve been to and done the Tuscan wineries and you want a different take on the grape scene.  Andalucia makes for a surprisingly sophisticated harvest experience; and let’s face it, la fiesta is in the Spanish blood so it’s […]

My top 5 reasons to visit the Italian town of Ferrara this Summer

My top 5 reasons to visit the Italian town of Ferrara this Summer

Last month two earthquakes rocked the villages and towns of northern Italy including the late medieval and Renaissance town of Ferrara. Established by the powerful Este dynasty this UNESCO World Heritage site is a town of bicycles, black magic and imposing architecture suspended in time. Although there was some damage to the magnificent buildings in […]

The world's most expensive restaurant doesn't even have its own website

The world’s most expensive restaurant doesn’t even have its own website

It’s hard to define what makes a restaurant ‘the most expensive’, but Tokyo’s Aragawa restaurant – ranked #1 in CNN Go’s list of ’10 stupidly expensive restaurants’ must certainly be up there.  Since getting its first Michelin star, it’s moved from a somewhat shady basement office location in Shimbashi to rather more fitting ground floor […]

The top 5 luxurious wine estates in South Africa's Western Cape

The top 5 luxurious wine estates in South Africa’s Western Cape

The sprawling valleys of South Africa’s Western Cape are home to some of the world’s most luxurious wine estates. Discover the vintage wines of Groot Constantia or enjoy an evening of pampering at the Lanzerac Hotel & Spa. Escape from the city and have a getaway to remember at one of these top five luxury […]

Hawaii’s top attraction

Hawaii’s top attraction may not be what you think it is. From snorkeling to the volcanoes, there are endless things to do. But make sure you don’t miss out on this great experience!

Rickshaw rides and bespoke picnics offered by luxury London hotel

Rickshaw rides and bespoke picnics offered by luxury London hotel

Situated in the heart of London’s Knightsbridge, guests at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London will be one step ahead of the crowds and travelling in style in the hotel’s bespoke rickshaw during the London 2012 Games this summer. Dressed in red, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park’s luxury rickshaw will be available throughout the Games, from 27th July […]

On the wine trail in Italy - Soave, home to elegant whites

On the wine trail in Italy – Soave, home to elegant whites

Just a little over an hour from Venice lies the lovely walled city of Soave, the center of the wine region of the same name, and home to some wonderful refreshing white wines. The wines here are made from the Gargenega grape, either alone, or blended with Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or most traditionally, the indigenous […]

London’s best hidden wine bar

London’s best hidden wine bar

Rush-hour on the Strand can make London feel like a town of nothing but tourists and theatre-goers. The black cabs and red buses whirl by as confused, map touting foreigners scamper across the streets. The well-heeled, well-suited business men pile into the posh hotels and swanky gastro pubs. If you watch carefully, however, you’ll see a […]

Fine dining in Gran Canaria

Fine dining in Gran Canaria

When going on holiday on Gran Canaria you’re going to expect the best of the best. The super red status of the resort all year around means that you have the most glorious weather and the premier beaches which were imported especially – yes you read that right, sand from the Sahara and Coral from […]

Virgin on the ridiculous: is this REALLY what we want from our airlines these days?!

Virgin on the ridiculous: is this REALLY what we want from our airlines these days?!

On selected flights during May, Upper Class fliers with Virgin Atlantic will be ‘treated’ to a new in-flight innovation.  More comfortable seats, free WiFi, a new menu or maybe improved cabin staff, you might wonder?  Think again. No… their great idea – which has reportedly been the culmination of the efforts of four designers working […]

The Feast of the Vine and the Wine

The Feast of the Vine and the Wine

This large open cellar event in May covers many regions in the South of France and draws an audience of over 40,000 people from all over the world! Winemakers, villagers & visitors alike flock to nearby vineyards in and around Provence including the Côte D`Azur and Rhone Valley areas, to join in the festivities and […]

3 steps to ultimate Mediterranean luxury in Puglia, Italy

3 steps to ultimate Mediterranean luxury in Puglia, Italy

Among whitewashed seaside villages, glowing golden hill towns and the pink and yellow blossoms of a million never ending orchards, food is life in the Itria valley of Puglia. Miraculously, tourism is just taking hold in this agricultural heartland. The warm Southern Italian people still embrace outsiders like prodigal sons; inviting them to homemade meals […]

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