Category: Food and Drink

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 […]

Recipe of the week: Singapore Chilli Crab

Recipe of the week: Singapore Chilli Crab

Ingredients: 450g Mud Crab, quartered and claws cracked 3 tblspn vegetable oil 8 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped 8 fresh red chilli, roughly chopped 1 egg 2 shallots, cut into finger length 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice 1 small bunch of coriander For the sauce: 1 cup of water, 5 tblspns tomato ketchup 1 […]

Interview with Helen Howitt, Co-Founder of Sheepskin

Interview with Helen Howitt, Co-Founder of Sheepskin

Helen Howitt is co-founder, with her partner Adam, of Sheepskin, a small collection of unique holiday properties located in inspiring landscapes throughout the UK. Prior to forming Sheepskin, they both worked in international product development. They left corporate life to pursue a love of travel and a passion for discovering beautiful and unusual places. Some […]

Bordeaux – enjoy wine, arts and fine dining

Bordeaux – enjoy wine, arts and fine dining

Nothing can match the joy of going on a trip to France. The options you have here for dining, drinking and sight-seeing are simply magnificent.  One French destination where you can be sure of having a great holiday is Bordeaux, one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Here are some activities to engage in […]

Tasting the forbidden fruit in Ontario

Tasting the forbidden fruit in Ontario

Wine is without a doubt one of life’s little luxuries. The drinks of the Gods and our modern day forbidden fruit, the wines of different regions tease us with their tantalizing tastes and their smooth liquescent surfaces. Now, I don’t pretend to be any sort of sommelier but where wine is concerned I am always […]

Luxury and fried silkworms in Northeast Thailand

Luxury and fried silkworms in Northeast Thailand

Silk-weaving is a well-established, traditional craft in the rural villages of Northeast Thailand (or “Isan” as the locals call it.)  Old ladies with wizened faces sit at their antique wooden looms on a dusty floor, skillfully and painstakingly threading the most intricate of “mudmee” weft patterns into the warp. Indeed, archaeologists found the oldest silk […]

Interview with George Tyshchenko, Head of Sales & Marketing at Gill’s Cruise Centre

Interview with George Tyshchenko, Head of Sales & Marketing at Gill’s Cruise Centre

George Tyshchenko is Head of Sales & Marketing at national cruise specialist Gill’s Cruise Centre, which is head-quartered in Cardiff and has offices in London. George has always had links with the sea, having been brought up in the port of Cardiff, and he spent his early working life with the Merchant Navy as an officer […]

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