Category: Food and Drink

Top 10 seafood markets

Top 10 seafood markets

CNN is running a feature in their travel section on the top 10 seafood markets.   I find it hard to believe that they should all be in the United States, so perhaps this would be better named ‘the top 10 US seafood markets’.   Many of these markets take orders online nowadays so I’ve […]

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

Starting tomorrow and running for four days, the 2006 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival will be a celebration for lovers of the pinot noir grape and  include a technical conference, Friday BBQ, festival tasting, winery open houses and six winemakers’ dinners.   The latter will be hosted by Brutocao Cellars, Goldeneye Winery, Handley Cellars, Navarro […]

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

One of the main events in the Memphis in May International Festival begins today. This 3-day event will attract almost 100,000 pork-lovers to Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis and has all the ingredients for a great day out. If you’re in the area, it could be worth a visit but, be warned… there could […]

Rice Dumpling Festival

Rice Dumpling Festival

If you’re in Singapore, head to the Copthorne  Orchid Hotel to celebrate the Rice Dumpling Festival with Hua Ting’s mouth-watering dumplings. Their award-winning veteran Masterchef Chan Kwok is known for his specialty dumplings and this year, he will present his new creation – XO Rice Dumpling with Sliced Pork and Chinese Mushrooms. The event starts […]

Top 10 cities for foodies

Top 10 cities for foodies

What would you say are the top 10 cities for eating out? According to MSNBC, it’s Barcelona, Brussels, Hanoi, Las Vegas, Lyon, New York, San Francisco, Rome, Tokyo and Vancouver. The choices are based on “cities chosen for their unique dishes”, “others for their celebrity chefs”, and “others for creating dishes known the world over”. […]

Lasagne given the OK at Marriott West India Quay

Lasagne given the OK at Marriott West India Quay

London’s  Marriott West India Quay found itself in the most unlikely of situations recently after hosting the English Premier League soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur, prior to their last game of the season.    Many of the Spurs players were hit with a virus just before the game,  enabling rivals  Arsenal to ‘pip them at the […]

Festival of Food and Wine at Lake Placid

Festival of Food and Wine at Lake Placid

Next week the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa  at Lake Placid, NY will host the first annual Festival of Food and Wine (17th-19th  May, 2006). The event will teach and entertain food lovers amidst majestic views of the Adirondack high peaks. Paul Sorgule, the inn’s executive chef,  and six of his distinguished colleagues from […]

Molecular cuisine comes to Tokyo

Molecular cuisine comes to Tokyo

Molecular cuisine combines physics, chemistry and gastronomy, and was made popular in the early 1990s by the Spanish chef Ferran Adrià. While many parts of the world are no stranger to test tubes and petri dishes, this type of cooking has  been a long time in coming to Tokyo. But the wait is finally over: […]

Chicago bans foie gras

Chicago bans foie gras

The City Council in Chicago has voted to ban the sale of foie gras by retailers and restaurants in the city. The ban comes into play in 90 days and a fine of $500 faces anyone who violates the regulations.   Reservations have been expressed by restaurant owners, unsurprisingly, but also by  Richard Daley, the […]

Europe's favourite wine bar

Europe’s favourite wine bar

Travel + Leisure have identified five favourite spots in Europe where you can simply go out, have a drink and enjoy  a great atmosphere.   They are Le Sommelier (Copenhagen), La Taberna de Cien Vinos (Madrid) [if my Spanish serves me correctly, that one sounds good!!], Legrand Filles & Fils (Paris), Enoteca Cantinone Già Schiavi […]

Win a stay at Wales' Ynyshir Hall

Win a stay at Wales’ Ynyshir Hall

Ynyshir Hall is an exceptional Relais & Chateaux hotel set in the heart of Wales. Once owned by Queen Victoria, this building is set in 14 acres of beautiful gardens.  Its past accolades include AA Hotel of the Year for Wales, 3 AA red stars, 4 AA rosettes for food (making them among the top […]

Michel Roux at The Inn at Little Washington

Michel Roux at The Inn at Little Washington

Virginia’s The Inn at Little Washington will welcome the  internationally acclaimed Michelin 3 star chef, Michel Roux,  today to celebrate the publication of his newest cookbook “Eggs”. A Champagne reception will begin at noon followed by lunch at 12.45pm. In the afternoon, Roux will present a cooking demonstration. Cost for the class will be $125 […]

Northern Hospitality Awards 2006 winners

Northern Hospitality Awards 2006 winners

The winners of the first ever Northern Hospitality Awards were revealed last month.   These awards celebrate the successful hospitality businesses and people in the North of England.   The winners are Anthony’s in Leeds (Best Restaurant), Andrew Pern of The Star at Harome (Best Chef), Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere […]

$1000 sundae

$1000 sundae

Take  five scoops of the richest Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla, cover it in 23K edible gold leaf, and then drizzle the whole thing  with the world’s most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porcelana, before covering it with chunks of rare Chuao chocolate, and what have you got?   That’s right… the world’s […]

Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year

Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year

The Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year 2006 award has been won by Claire Thevenot of the Hotel du Vin et Bistro, Winchester. Claire is the first woman to have won the title, presented by President of Champagne Ruinart, Bernard Peillon. Nicolas Clerc, of the Milestone Hotel, London, came second, and Jean-Marie Pratt of Le […]

Cheese on toast?  That'll be  £345, please

Cheese on toast? That’ll be £345, please

I bet you didn’t know but it’s the first ever National Cheese on Toast Day tomorrow.   And, in a bid to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, Lancashire chef Tom Bridge has come up with a variation on the classic dish… at a staggering £345 per slice. But this is no ordinary slice of […]