Archive for May, 2013

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Dream Diary – May 24

Dream Diary – May 24

I’m starting a new series of posts on The Hedonista. Just a quick note to share some of the information in my inbox. Maybe you will be able to do what I can’t always fit in. In a perfect world, where money is no object and there are 48 hours […]

May 23, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel, Eating up Dubai

The Top 5 Restaurants in Dubai – Part 1

The Top 5 Restaurants in Dubai – Part 1

Well, you asked for it, and here it is. It’s not the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards, but it’s a little bit like it. It’s not the What’s On Black Hat guide. It’s a very different list to Ahlan’s top 100 restaurants. It’s definitely not Michelin. My top five restaurants […]

May 20, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Zohar Fiano 2011 by Susana Balbo

Zohar Fiano 2011 by Susana Balbo

Argentina’s first certified oenologist is making me happy. This really is a lovely little wine, and it’s a damn shame I’ve only seen it on the shelf at Rootsock. If only I could convince Asado or Gaucho to pop it on their winelists… It’s incredibly good value. Firstly, it’s a […]

May 17, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Beaune 1er Cru les Marconnets – Maison Remoissenet 2009

Beaune 1er Cru les Marconnets – Maison Remoissenet 2009

Expect to see more good reports on this Beaune house over coming years. It changed hands in 2005, and since, a key character from Louis Jadot (Bernard Repolt) has joined the team. 2009 was a pretty good year in the region. Fruit all round is fairly concentrated and deeply coloured, […]

May 12, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel

A Guide to Australian Country Pubs

A Guide to Australian Country Pubs

When I put the words “travelling in Australia” in my mind and shake them up to conjure an image, I end up with a quarter-acre stretch of lawn leading up to a slouching weatherboard homestead with a thick verandah shading wooden tables and chairs. My kids are running on the […]

May 12, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Pieropan Soave 2011

Pieropan Soave 2011

There’s a whole heap of Soave out there that makes it hard for any decent producer in the region to charge a reasonable amount for their product. It’s a bit like all that $5 Australian Chardonnay, in that it’s created a niche for itself that is broadly “tastes OK for […]

May 1, 2013 ×