Archive for June, 2013

Wine O'Clock

Planeta La Segreta 2012

Planeta La Segreta 2012

Chardonnay pretending to be Sauvignon Blanc, my husband said. He’s no dummy. There’s Chardonnay in it (a little), and it’s very aromatic. The main variety however is Grecanico, which is also known as Garganega, the main variety in Soave. However it’s got an entirely different flavour spectrum when produced in […]

June 29, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel, Eating up Dubai

Encore Por Favor – More Mexican please…

Encore Por Favor – More Mexican please…

Finally, Dubai is catching up. We have watched other cities around us haul in the flavours in Mexico like a kidnapped cactus. They dump the flaming, piquant flavours in their frosty cities, and the gringos slurp them up like they’ve never had a chilli with citrus in their life. And […]

June 26, 2013 ×

Recipes

Recipe: Nan’s Lemon Slice

Recipe: Nan’s Lemon Slice

Totally old school today – taking a trip down memory lane. Aunty Nancy (well, great Aunt) passed away at the age of 97 last week. She was a fab lady. I remember going around to her place, with her golf-green lawn, fresias and camelias. We’d sit around the red formica […]

June 21, 2013 ×

Beautiful places and spaces, Destination Guides

Doing Doha

Doing Doha

Many find themselves in Doha by accident. Up until recently, Doha was a city to travel to only for business, and before they discovered the fields of gas, nobody went at all. But Qatar Airways have taken their rapid and giant leap into the top Airlines of the world, and their […]

June 19, 2013 ×

Eating up Dubai

Culinary Cocktails and Mixologist versus Bartender

Culinary Cocktails and Mixologist versus Bartender

It’s been infused, marinated, flamed, given a sous vide treatment. There’s an egg white foam, pomegranate seeds pounded in a mortar and pestle. Japanese ceramics, chilli, obscure herb garnish, maybe some edible flowers. The chef tests for balance. Sour? Sweet? Heat? Sufficient umami? Aye, it’s ready to eat. …Oh. Hang […]

June 10, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Lupe-Cholet, Chateau de Viviers, Vaillons, Chablis 1er Cru 2010

Lupe-Cholet, Chateau de Viviers, Vaillons, Chablis 1er Cru 2010

Am I ever going to try a 2010 white Burgundy that I don’t like? This is from Vaillons, a commune that I always look for. It’s Premier Cru, but so close to Les Clos Grand Cru in both geology and geography that it’s not funny. And with this particular one, […]

June 9, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Le Clos and “En Primeur”

Le Clos and “En Primeur”

“Bordeaux.” It’s one of those words, isn’t it. I say it, and am immediately taken from the place I’m standing to somewhere ethereal and swathed in red velvet. Even my mouth puckers beautifully when I pronounce it, turning me into the Australian equivilent of Béatrice Dalle (remember, we’re still in […]

June 4, 2013 ×

Eating up Dubai

To market, to market – Barracuda and other fishy feeds around Dubai

To market, to market – Barracuda and other fishy feeds around Dubai

“We’re not open yet Ma’am,” she says, to my deep frustration – the website says they open at 10 am. “Come back maybe after 1? Everybody is praying.” Every now and then I am reminded I live in a Muslim country. It’s easy to forget, with all the boozing and […]

June 4, 2013 ×