Category: Food and Drink

16 traditional foods to try on your next trip to Madrid

16 traditional foods to try on your next trip to Madrid

Madrid’s culinary history dates back to the 16th Century and today the capital city is littered with traditional tavernas and eating houses, so is stands to reason that finding traditional food is rarely a problem.  Next time you’re there, look out for these items and you should hopefully be in for an authentic experience. Bacalao […]

Vienna’s 3 most impressive luxury hotels

Vienna’s 3 most impressive luxury hotels

Vienna is a city of Rorschach-like elements that evoke personal, idiosyncratic responses. It is, after all, the city that gave birth to psychoanalysis and spawned the dramatic art of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. So it makes sense that, like the town itself, Vienna’s great hotels should leave us with strong impressions. The hotels I […]

Interview with Alison Scott, Commercial Director of Simpson Travel

Interview with Alison Scott, Commercial Director of Simpson Travel

Alison Scott joined Simpson Travel as the Commercial Director in June this year. However she is more than familiar with the Simpson Travel group having worked in Product and Operations for Simply Travel (a very successful tour operation run and owned by Graham Simpson for over 20 years and sold in the late 1990s) for over […]

5 of the most unique places to dine out in Marrakech

5 of the most unique places to dine out in Marrakech

Marrakech is a hub of cultural strands, blending local Moroccan culture with classical European influences and Asian flair, along with a twist of contemporaneity. This intricate multicultural atmosphere is most evident in the city’s rich culinary offerings, that blend together a variety of flavours with deftness and subtlety. While the throngs of the Medina are […]

Interview with Ed Kushins, Founder of HomeExchange.com

Interview with Ed Kushins, Founder of HomeExchange.com

Ed Kushins caught the travel bug as a young teenager when he took a road trip across the United States soon after finishing high school. After university, a spell in the Navy and a job as Marketing Director for Flying Tiger Airlines in Asia, Ed founded his own travel company called HomeExchange.com. Whether you live in […]

Top 10 last minute luxury travel gifts for him this Christmas

Top 10 last minute luxury travel gifts for him this Christmas

Finding it difficult to buy for him this Christmas and worried that you haven’t got much time left? Whether it’s time the man in your life upgraded his luggage with something more stylish or if you think he would simply love to have a pop-up bar for a night with friends, regardless of the setting, […]

Top 10 alternative Alpine activities

Top 10 alternative Alpine activities

Sometimes it’s good to have a ski trip which includes an alternative alpine activity to skiing. Sometimes the alternative activity can provide the perfect excuse to squeeze another ski trip into your schedule. So, as well as the family trip, the boys’ trip and the corporate trip, you might like to include one or more […]

Celebrate New Year's Eve twice in one night, by private jet

Celebrate New Year’s Eve twice in one night, by private jet

Can’t get enough of New Year’s Eve? For those looking for the ultimate way to see in 2014 – twice – private jet booking service PrivateFly.com is offering a private jet itinerary which allows revellers to experience an evening of celebrations and the stroke of midnight, in both Sydney and Los Angeles. With the world rotating […]

19 facts you never knew about Guinness

19 facts you never knew about Guinness

Go into a pub in Ireland and ask for Mother’s Milk, the Good Stuff or simply a pint of Arthur, and any bartender worth his salt should know immediately that you want a pint of Guinness. Being Irish I grew up on Guinness… okay, just joking, we’re not quite that bad in Ireland… we don’t […]

Recipe of the week: Turkey confit with honey and mustard sauce

Recipe of the week: Turkey confit with honey and mustard sauce

More often than not turkey tends to be desert-dry, but not with this delicious dish. Cooked in duck fat, the fat replaces the water and gives it a succulent and distinct flavour, whilst keeping the meat nice and tender. The tender turkey combined with the pleasantly crumbly and grainy texture of the polenta cake, and […]

8 of the most extravagant gifts for a quintessentially British Christmas

8 of the most extravagant gifts for a quintessentially British Christmas

We all know that Christmas is about giving, but if you’re really looking to impress this year then you’ll need something that hits that wow factor and where better to find supreme luxury than in royal Britain. With Christmas just around the corner, we look to some of Britain’s top luxury brands and artisans to […]

The changing face of Cape Town

The changing face of Cape Town

I have just returned from Cape Town, some 12 years or so after my first visit there. Like all South African cities, Cape Town is of course a city that has seen phenomenal change in recent decades, ever since the abolition of apartheid and release of the now sadly late Nelson Mandela. In many respects, the city […]

Recipe of the week: Wild sea bass in a salt crust with grilled market vegetables and foamed lobster sauce

Recipe of the week: Wild sea bass in a salt crust with grilled market vegetables and foamed lobster sauce

A dish to impress guests at any Winter dinner party, wild sea bass in a salt crust with grilled market vegetables and foamed lobster sauce combines the freshest in-season seafood with ingredients found in most kitchen cupboards. Wild sea bass, available from August to March, is preferable to farmed fish due to its superior flavour […]

Le café gourmand – a one-stop gourmand’s delight

Le café gourmand – a one-stop gourmand’s delight

Earlier this year, I shared some of my top tips for the hungry traveller with an exclusive gourmand’s guide to Paris. This time, it’s all about homing in on one of the naughtiest, most luxurious treats in the City of Lights’ culinary repertoire: the world-famous café gourmand. If you want to play the part of […]

5 great ways to enjoy Madrid

5 great ways to enjoy Madrid

The Madrilenos operate at a different pace of life to most of us. It is relaxed, leisurely and calm. It is very, very Spanish. So, reset your watches and your time-clocks and keep those afternoons slow… it’s not until night-time when Madrid bursts into life. Madrid is a city of over three million, situated on the […]

5 top tips to finding value in Venice

5 top tips to finding value in Venice

Venice might not be a place that immediately springs to mind as a value destination but, if you fancy an affordable luxury break in the City of Bridges, then read on. We spoke to our friends at Cosmos Holidays and came up with a few ideas that will help you save money without compromising you […]

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