Category: Food and Drink

Recipe of the week: Queensland spanner crab, heirloom tomato and avocado

Recipe of the week: Queensland spanner crab, heirloom tomato and avocado

Queensland ceas spanner crab meat is light and sweet with a remarkably delicate texture. This is a great example of the incredible seafood available in Queensland. This is a simple dish, the crab served with the best quality heirloom tomatoes and avocado. The sharp tomato vinaigrette adds a little kick to the dish. In the
3 very special Michelin-starred, gourmet, cultural tours in Spain

3 very special Michelin-starred, gourmet, cultural tours in Spain

Take a little time to discover some of Spain’s Michelin starred restaurants, whilst truly absorbing the Spanish culture. Get involved in incredible Michelin starred culinary classes, meet the bulls up close and personal, and enjoy wine tasting rarities. Here are a few different ideas to get you started. Authentic Michelin star tours in Andalucia Take
Delicacies of South Africa

Delicacies of South Africa

South Africa boasts many delights, including its culinary ones. Rich and flavoursome, South African cuisine has reached global recognition in recent years, with establishments like The Tasting Room in Franschoek being voted as one of the best restaurants in the world. One of the defining features of South African cuisine is its honesty. Simple dishes are
Recipe of the week: Orange drizzle cake

Recipe of the week: Orange drizzle cake

A variation on the classic lemon drizzle cake, this orange drizzle cake is perfect to have with a cup of tea – it’s quite simple, not overly rich and has an amazing orange flavour. The cake itself is beautifully light, airy and yet still moist, and so makes for the most delicious Summer time treat.
The new taste of Asia brings spice to Beirut

The new taste of Asia brings spice to Beirut

The hottest thing to pop up in Beirut’s Clemenceau district is a new delivery and catering kitchen called JAI. The blood, sweat and tears of Beiruti-born Chef Wael Lazkani, Jai offers a little taste of South East Asia in the heart of Beirut. It officially launched in February 2013 and has fast become a firm
New wine tours in Margaret River, Australia

New wine tours in Margaret River, Australia

A series of recently launched tours are giving visitors new ways to discover the Margaret River wine region. The area, which is a 3 hour drive south of Perth, is home to more than 220 vineyards. It accounts for about 3% of Australia’s total wine exports but produces over 25% of Australia’s premium wine. The
5 highlights of your cycling holiday in Umbria

5 highlights of your cycling holiday in Umbria

Lying just to the east of Tuscany, Umbria shares its natural beauty, medieval and Renaissance history and art, and wonderful food and wine. Only one thing is missing – the tourist crowds! A cycling tour is the perfect way to explore the untouched Umbrian countryside, as you explore lush olive orchards and fertile vineyards that
Pre-theatre dining in Soho, London

Pre-theatre dining in Soho, London

Shaftesbury Avenue has been at the centre of London’s Theatreland for over a century. The gilded architectural flourishes, the bespoke pavements the enticing billboards have long been the iconic façade of London’s entertainment industry, whilst up dark side alleys, past stage doors and strip joints, Soho has enjoyed a totally different relationship with London’s visitors.
Top 10 luxury London freebies

Top 10 luxury London freebies

Finding luxury without paying full whack is a bit of an art in an expensive city like London.  This list should help, whether it’s views, booze or loos you wish to luxuriate in. It helps to have a hardy constitution and be willing to blag a little (or at least to dress up and look
The top 3½ wineries of La Axarquia, Andalucia

The top 3½ wineries of La Axarquia, Andalucia

Though you may not have even heard of the little region of La Axarquia in the eastern most corner of Malaga Province, this mountainous coastal territory was the renowned global centre of sweet wine production only 150 years ago and production began at least 3000 years ago with the Phoenicians. Since the “phylloxera” aphid scourge
Franschhoek: a little piece of France nestled between the mountains of South Africa

Franschhoek: a little piece of France nestled between the mountains of South Africa

The Cape Winelands, situated in the Western Cape Province, is the largest wine producing region in South Africa. The wines from this area are well known all around the world and also produce some of the best international wines each year. Tourists flock to the Cape Winelands not only for the great wines but also
The 5 Best Things to Do in St Tropez, France

The 5 Best Things to Do in St Tropez, France

St Tropez has changed dramatically from the Provencal fishing village it once was; back in the 1920s it attracted the likes of Coco Chanel and it continues to attract the jet set during the summer months. Whilst they may anchor off shore in their super yachts the attractions ashore are similar for the famous and
Interview with Sarah Lee, Founder of LiveShareTravel and Author of The Luxury Traveller’s Handbook

Interview with Sarah Lee, Founder of LiveShareTravel and Author of The Luxury Traveller’s Handbook

A journalist and editor, Sarah Lee started Maia Communications, a marketing communications company, with her husband Terry, in 2009. She has a PR diploma, 17 years’ experience on newspapers, magazines and corporate publications. Sarah also founded luxury travel and lifestyle magazine LiveShareTravel in 2010. What is it that you do exactly? We’ve taken our hobby and made it
Interview with Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, Founder and Director of Passepartout Homes

Interview with Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, Founder and Director of Passepartout Homes

Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, originally from Italy, moved to London in 2000, after working in Belgium and Germany. After 13 years as Direct Marketing Manager for international publishing and news companies, most recently for Bloomberg LP, Paola decided to launch Passepartout Homes in 2011. This is her first experience as an entrepreneur. Paola graduated from the Catholic University
Re-discovering my Cornish roots and 8 top tips for a Cornwall trip of your own

Re-discovering my Cornish roots and 8 top tips for a Cornwall trip of your own

Being half Cornish it would be fair to say I spent a fair amount of my childhood holidays in Cornwall, but only in the past few days have I really discovered it.  My parents have said it was clearly a waste of time to take a young child to all the beautiful places that I’ve visited
Recipe of the week: Fresh water prawn, grilled radicchio, fresh fig and jamon salad

Recipe of the week: Fresh water prawn, grilled radicchio, fresh fig and jamon salad

A chef should always try to bring together new flavours and combine his passions with his guests’ refined tastes. This recipe can be executed in any environment: in a restaurant kitchen or on the bridge of a boat. It needs very few ingredients but the result is mind-blowing. This is a warm salad with marron