Category: Food and Drink

6 Summer festivals to be held in Iceland this June

6 Summer festivals to be held in Iceland this June

As temperatures start to rise just a little during the Spring months, so too does activity within the tourist industry. If you happen to be visiting Iceland this June, you’ll find a diverse range of festivals taking place throughout the month. Whether you’re interested in Icelandic history and traditions, the country’s music or its food […]

Interview with Lynn Crawford, Owner and Head Chef of Ruby Watchco

Interview with Lynn Crawford, Owner and Head Chef of Ruby Watchco

Celebrity chef Lynn Crawford has over 25 years of culinary experience, winning international awards as the Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto and New York City. She is one of the most high-profile chefs in Canada and has been invited to cook, speak, and mentor chefs and food lovers across North America. Lynn opened Ruby […]

Recipe of the week: Home-made vanilla ice cream (Gelato alla vaniglia)

Recipe of the week: Home-made vanilla ice cream (Gelato alla vaniglia)

Nothing says summer more than ice cream, and no one makes ice cream like the Italians! This authentic Italian recipe for vanilla ice cream may not be the healthiest, but you can rest assured that with actual vanilla bean pods, full-fat milk and full-fat cream, your homemade ice cream will be second to none. Once […]

The 10th Noosa Food & Wine Festival, Queensland, Australia

The 10th Noosa Food & Wine Festival, Queensland, Australia

This year sees Noosa celebrating its 10th annual Food & Wine Festival, and to mark the anniversary they have lined up ten Guest Chefs from the 2012 San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants list. The Queensland Virtuosi Orchestra will open the event which runs from 16th to 19th May 2013 with a line up of over 200 […]

Go cocoa-mad at Belize Chocolate Festival

Go cocoa-mad at Belize Chocolate Festival

Chocolate lovers can enjoy three days of sheer indulgence at the “Chocolate Festival of Belize” from 24th to 26th May 2013 in the Toledo District, the chocolate mecca of Belize. This annual event reflects Belize’s rooted history in cacao production, dating back to the times of the Maya, and includes a full programme of fun […]

Recipe of the week: Banana, coffee and whiskey with tonka bean cream

Recipe of the week: Banana, coffee and whiskey with tonka bean cream

Banana, coffee and whiskey with tonka bean aroma is a dessert at the peak of sweetness with an incredible combination of tastes, from the bitter of the coffee to the delicate shades of wood from the whiskey due to the ageing in barrels. The tonka bean that brings together all of the flavours makes this […]

A luxury London picnic

A luxury London picnic

There’s nothing like a picnic, and there’s nothing like a sumptuous afternoon tea, so My London Planner have combined these two wonderful experiences into a new package available to Londoners. Inspired by Spring, a stunningly beautiful luxury Afternoon Tea is set up, ready for you to enjoy. Think crystal and silk rather than wicker and […]

Recipe of the week: Crème brûlée with Summer fruits and Garibaldi biscuit

Recipe of the week: Crème brûlée with Summer fruits and Garibaldi biscuit

For this recipe The Roxburghe Hotel uses local cream from Stichills Jersey with a very high fat content of around 50%. The gelatine is used to help stabilise the cream and eggs; they still call it a brûlée as the set is much lighter than a bavarois. Their berries come from Border Berries, about seven miles […]

Top 5 secret London concierge tips

Top 5 secret London concierge tips

These tips are from Jose Pauco, Head Concierge at the luxury Milestone Hotel and a member of the Golden Keys.  As well as being a 5 star hotel concierge, Jose is also a proud Londoner who writes his own newsletter about things to do in the city which he circulates to friends and guests.  Here […]

Luxurious Louisville – adventures beyond the Kentucky Derby

Luxurious Louisville – adventures beyond the Kentucky Derby

With the storied Kentucky Derby taking place this weekend – a highbrow event as famous for its carnival atmosphere, elaborate hats and socialite attendees as it is for excitment on the racetrack – Louisville, Kentucky is enjoying its share of attention this week as a luxury destination. What travellers might not realize is that beyond the festivities […]

Groot Constantia - blending Olde Worlde charm with modern day passion

Groot Constantia – blending Olde Worlde charm with modern day passion

Groot Constantia is South Africa’s oldest wine farm – in existence for 328 years this year. Wine has been produced on the estate without interruption since 1685 and in fact, Groot Constantia bottles, bottle shards and bottle seals dating from as far back as 1774 have been found in far corners of the world in […]

A Venetian giro d’ombra and the top 5 bacari (wine bars)

A Venetian giro d’ombra and the top 5 bacari (wine bars)

On any trip to Venice, food lovers must treat themselves to a visit of Venice’s famed Rialto market. Cross the famous bridge, and enter first into the multitude of fresh produce stands, displaying a stunning variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Right next to the vegetable stands are the butcher and cheese shops, in permanent […]

New bars to visit in London

New bars to visit in London

If you’re heading to London this Spring, here are my tips on where to visit for a drink – whether you want a rooftop bar near Trafalgar Square with sublime views or a decadent Champagne bar in the form of the historic The Grill Room or a hidden bar with a detectives’ agency as a […]

Recipe of the week: Fragrant Thai risotto

Recipe of the week: Fragrant Thai risotto

This week you are in for a treat! This Thai risotto is packed with amazing and fragrant flavours and is perfect all year round. The recipe can be adapted for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. It serves four, can be cooked in just 20 minutes, and it is best served with a crisp dry white wine. […]

Interview with Paul Joseph, Co-Founder of Health and Fitness Travel

Interview with Paul Joseph, Co-Founder of Health and Fitness Travel

Paul Joseph is Co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, experts in tailor-made healthy holidays worldwide. He searches for the rare and hidden gems around the world and puts together exclusive and trend-setting holidays for those who would like to improve or maintain their health and fitness whilst on holiday. As well as a love of […]

Italian aperitivo: a 5 star interpretation

Italian aperitivo: a 5 star interpretation

While aperitivo has been a longstanding tradition in Italy, it is relatively new in London and other major cities.  A number of bars have opened in the UK capital to reinforce this trend including Il Tempo near Charing Cross and Banca in Mayfair. But you know aperitivo has really arrived now that an establishment like the […]

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