Category: Food and Drink

Cork'd

Cork’d

I recently stumbled upon the website Cork’d. If you’re a wine-lover, this is a great place to get up-to-the-minute reviews on a whole variety of wines.   Details of grape variety, region, vintage, price and an overall rating are all supplied, along with a few words of wisdom from both the winemaker and the reviewers. […]

Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Next week (16th-18th June 2006), join leading chefs including Mario Batali, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Jacques Pépin, and Wolfgang Puck, and noted wine authorities such as Steve Olson, Joshua Wesson, and Daniel Johnnes for three inspiring days of wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and special events that you will treasure for years to […]

2006 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

2006 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

It’s obviously the season for wine festivals in California. In addition to Walnut Creek Wine Festival, this weekend will also be the 23rd Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival held at Lake Skinner, CA which is expected to attract around 40,000 visitors across today and the weekend. This ‘festival within a festival’ gives you an […]

Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival reaches silver anniversary

Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival reaches silver anniversary

The Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival celebrates its 25th year this weekend. As the area’s leading event of the summer, some 100,000 visitors will call over the two days and enjoy tasting tasting select wines, brand name beers and local micro-brews. Vintage and boutique wines can be tasted in the Premium Wine Tent. […]

German beer festival - why wait until Oktoberfest?

German beer festival – why wait until Oktoberfest?

If you’re already getting itchy feet for this year’s Oktoberfest, then maybe Germany’s second largest beer festival will fill the interim for you. The annual Bergkirchweih festival – also known as ‘the Berg’ – takes place in Erlanger in southern Germany. This year it will run from 1st to 12th June 2006. This event has […]

Wine Spectator Award goes to Galway restaurant

Wine Spectator Award goes to Galway restaurant

A Galway restaurant with over 200 wines – The Malt House – has been presented with a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2006.   This prestigious honour is awarded to restaurants around the world that illustrate a dedication to wine. The Malt House, which is located in Olde Malt Mall, Galway, Ireland, has been a […]

A Festival of Taste in Dubai

A Festival of Taste in Dubai

Today sees the start of Jumeirah’s A Festival of Taste, providing five days  of gastronomic delights in some of Dubai’s most elegant restaurants. During the Festival, preferential rates are available throughout our hotels in Dubai. Choose from Al Muntaha, Vu’s, Pisces, Zheng He’s, The Wharf, Arobretum, Napa and more.

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 […]