Category: Food and Drink

 £100...?  For a sandwich?!

£100…? For a sandwich?!

The Cliveden House Hotel  near London’s Heathrow Airport has created a very expensive sandwich, with visitors asked to cough up £100 for the treat. So… what do you get in a £100 sandwich? It comes complete with Iberico ham, air-cured for 30 months, poulet de Bresse, quail eggs, semi-dried Italian tomatoes, 24-hour fermented sour dough […]

Grand opening of the new wine cellars in the Palais Coburg, Vienna

Grand opening of the new wine cellars in the Palais Coburg, Vienna

Tomorrow will see the grand opening of the wine cellars at the Palais Coburg in Vienna. Guest wine experts Michael Broadbent MW and Jancis Robinson MW will be in attendance under the patronage of René Gabriel, editor of WeinWisser and Bordeaux Total. The cellars hold in the region of 60,000 bottles (approximately 5,000 different wines), […]

$1000 pizzas

$1000 pizzas

Pizza is one of things that you normally associate with being inexpensive, but that’s not necessarily the case at Nino’s Bellissima Pizza on Second Avenue, New York (near 47th Street). The restaurant is laying claim to the title of ‘world’s most expensive pizza’ by selling pizzas for $1000.   Of course, these  are no ordinary […]

The Burgundy Dinner at The Ritz, London

The Burgundy Dinner at The Ritz, London

To compliment a selection of superb Burgundy wines especially chosen by Ritz Sommelier Bruno Murciano, a special menu for this fabulous dinner on the 21st March 2007  has been created by Executive Chef John Williams. Savour a Terrine of Bresse Chicken and Foie Gras, Fricassee of Scallop and Langoustine and Fillet of Lamb accompanied by […]

Chodorow presses on, despite spat with New York Times

Chodorow presses on, despite spat with New York Times

Jeffrey Chodorow‘s  new London restaurant called Suka opens at the Sanderson Hotel today, replacing  Alain Ducasse’s Spoon restaurant. Chodorow has had no end of media attention of late, having been heavily criticised by Frank Bruni in the New York Times.   His response?   A full-page ad in the paper claiming that Bruni was out […]

Geneva Chocolate Festival

Geneva Chocolate Festival

On 17th March 2007 the town of Versoix  will host  a chocolate fair to honour the know-how of the Swiss chocolate-makers. Under a heated tent visitors will be able to discover, taste, buy and even make chocolate on various stands at the Festival du Chocolat (or  Geneva Chocolate Festival as it appears to be being […]

Feel the Wuv with W Hotels

Feel the Wuv with W Hotels

Book a ‘Feel the Wuv’ package with W Hotels before 5th August 2007 and you’ll get a bottle of bubbly and a box of Vosges Haut-Chocolat “Exotic Caramel Collection”. You can also get a little “wuv” with a Jimmyjane “Wink” blindfold,  a 20% discount on all Jimmyjane products at W Hotels The Store,  a set […]

British Tourism Week

British Tourism Week

It’s British Tourism Week!   From the 12th-18th March 2007 a series of inter-related events will  raise national awareness of the size, value and importance of Britain’s massive £74 billion visitor economy. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is Patron to the week-long programme. There will be many different events held, including: a photographic […]

500 listings for Spas of America

500 listings for Spas of America

Spas of America has welcomed its 500th listing and their  first wine spa experience: the Bernardus Lodge & Winery  in California. It can be found among the vineyards of the  picturesque Carmel Valley, and has a well-earned reputation for its food and wine – and, of course, its spa. All three aspects are  intertwined with […]

22nd Annual Winefest 2007

A large outdoor public wine tasting will be take place in the  picturesque Shelter Cove Community Park and Marina, in Hilton Head this weekend. Wine tasting and auctions will be held  on the afternoon of 10th  March 2007. It will  feature over 1,500 domestic and international wines, gourmet meals from the island’s top chefs and […]

Chocolate brownies, but at a price

Chocolate brownies, but at a price

I’ve documented quite a few expensive foods on A Luxury Travel Blog before, whether it be a £5,000 jar of marmalade, a $5,000 burger, a $1,500 cocktail, a $1,000 sundae, a $90,000 bottle of wine, or a comparatively modestly-priced £85 sandwich. Well, today it’s the turn of the chocolate brownie.   It’s available at Brûlée […]

Healthy fare afloat

Starting 1st March 2007, Royal Caribbean International will become the first cruise line to eliminate all trans-fats from its menu, after a successful test of trans-fat-free cooking oil on the Navigator of the Seas late last year. A fat-free menu will be available on all RCL ships by the end of the year.

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Cruise France’s canals with French Country Waterways Tour Brooklyn Brewery and tingle those taste buds Sunset sail a schooner in New York with Sail-NYC Handmade leather luggage from Uppercase Ltd.

Three Michelin stars go to Anne-Sophie Pic

Three Michelin stars go to Anne-Sophie Pic

The 2007 Michelin Guide came out this week and it revealed that a  woman has been award three Michelin stars for the first time in over half a century.   The recipient, Anne-Sophie Pic, is aged 37 and joint owner of the Maison Pic hotel and restaurant in Valence. She is only the fourth French […]

The Sound of The Sea

The Sound of The Sea

Three-Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal is no stranger to innovation in the kitchen.   Following on from his chemistry lab  approach, he’s now experimenting with sound.   His  latest dish at  The Fat Duck restaurant in Bray is called The Sound of The Sea. It consists of shellfish, foam and edible sand, and is to be […]

The most expensive meal in the world?

The most expensive meal in the world?

15 paying customers and 25 invited guests  received a $1m bill  (yes, you read that right – $1,000,000) for a meal in a Bangkok hotel this month.   They jetted in from all over the world and enjoyed a charity  evening  dubbed “Epicurean Masters of the World” on the 65th floor of the Lebua Hotel […]