Archive for July, 2013

Wine O'Clock

Planeta Grecanico 2011

Planeta Grecanico 2011

This is the same grape variety as Garganega, a variety we see in Soave, and a few other synonyms as well. This particular one is made in Sicily however, and known by its local name. For many years it was believed that the two grapes were different, as the flavours […]

July 23, 2013 ×

Eating up Dubai

Silvena Rowe – She’s arrived, so what do we think?

Silvena Rowe – She’s arrived, so what do we think?

A couple of months back, I told you about a chef who was going to move to Dubai and set up shop, and I was pretty excited. Silvena Rowe meant something to me that tickled a nerve – she meant that maybe we would see a grander scale movement towards […]

July 23, 2013 ×

Destination Guides

The Camargue – Gardians, pink seas and my own patron saint.

The Camargue – Gardians, pink seas and my own patron saint.

It’s said that the bloodline of Christ once landed upon the muddy shores of the Camargue. A refugee boat landed from Palestine, carrying Mary Magdalene, Marie-Jacobe, and Salome (making up the three Marys) and Lazarus (a man Jesus had brought back from the dead.) Accompanying them was Sarah, and her […]

July 16, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012

2012 was a cool, wet and cloudy vintage, so it’s interesting to see what this does to the flavour profiles. The flavour spectrum has edged away from the tropical passionfruit in these circumstances, and more towards cut grass and citrus. There’s still the tell-tale gooseberry, but it’s a little raw. […]

July 10, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel

Ramadan and Iftar – what it means for the food traveller.

Ramadan and Iftar – what it means for the food traveller.

The world’s about to be turned upside-down. Breakfast will become dinner, night will become day, and fasting turns to feasting. For non-Muslim tourists, Ramadan seems to be something to avoid like bad weather. In Muslim countries, everyone fasts, at least in public. Malls are wastelands, there’s nothing at all to […]

July 7, 2013 ×

Eating up Dubai

Restaurant Review – Gaucho Dubai, DIFC

Restaurant Review – Gaucho Dubai, DIFC

What’s black and white and red all over? “A newspaper?” No. “A zebra in a blender?” eww. No. “An Argentine cowboy?” Spot on. Almost. The term was originally used to describe the residents of the Patagonian grasslands. Casual speech evolved it’s definition to the equivilent of “cowboy” in South America. […]

July 1, 2013 ×