Archive for December, 2013

Wine O'Clock

Chateau Leoville las Cases 2005 (Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de Las Cases)

Chateau Leoville las Cases 2005 (Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de Las Cases)

I have had the pleasure of tasting obscenely expensive wines at the compliments of Le Clos a couple of times recently. This occasion was tasty line-up that also included some quite obscure and rare wines, neatly wrapped like a little Christmas present at a festive degustation at Cave at the […]

December 30, 2013 ×

Hotel Reviews, Photo stories, reviews

Bab al Shams – Doorway to the Sun

Bab al Shams – Doorway to the Sun

Over the dunes, in a kingdom far, far away, there is an oasis they call Bab al Shams, or doorway to the sun. Photostory – review follows the gallery.

December 29, 2013 ×

Christmas, Recipes

Christmas Sorted

Christmas Sorted

I started to write a book nearly 2 years ago. It was stolen halfway through, and so the content already complete went to the great hard-drive in the sky.  The other half went to the place that all pipe dreams go – somewhere I can see it when I squint, […]

December 24, 2013 ×

Christmas, Uncategorized, Wine O'Clock

Food and Wine Matching for the Festivities

Food and Wine Matching for the Festivities

It’s a time of year when people will spend more on wine than any other. There’s the Champagne for celebration of course – it’s an occasion where people who rarely buy Champagne will forgo the new-world sparklings and shell out the big bucks. People bring out treasured cellared items, wine-eggs […]

December 23, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel, Eating up Dubai

Culinary Travel and the Travelling Culinaire – Guns + Butter hit Dubai

Culinary Travel and the Travelling Culinaire – Guns + Butter hit Dubai

There’s no question there’s more than nutrition to be found in food. For many of us, food is the foremost expression of culture, and this has resulted in us seeking answers through dishes, menus, ingredients and tables. The experience we seek might be eating freshly shucked oysters at the market […]

December 22, 2013 ×

Christmas, Recipes, Uncategorized

Dairy Free, Gluten Free Pain d’Epices

Dairy Free, Gluten Free Pain d’Epices

I’m still working towards a love of Christmas cake. To me, it’s just a pile of boozy dried fruit – something to make you regular and drunk at the same time. Just like medicine. It’s a bit unfortunate really, because it’s actually a great recipe to make gluten-free. All that […]

December 16, 2013 ×

Christmas, Recipes

Turkey Breast with cranberries and brie

Turkey Breast with cranberries and brie

The benefit of cooking just the breast is that this doesn’t take hours and hours in the oven. This is also a fabulous dish served cold, so if you know it’s going to be a scorcher on the 25th, you can prepare it the night before. That makes this a […]

December 13, 2013 ×

Eating up Dubai, News Events and More

Dream Diary December 12 – Christmas!

Dream Diary December 12 – Christmas!

Here we go folks – last news before Christmas. If I get time between parties, I’ll let you know what’s going on for new year, but this should take you up to the 25th at least. Included are some of the las places left to book Christmas lunch, and then […]

December 12, 2013 ×

Destination Guides

No age limit in Paradise – a snapshot of Mykonos

No age limit in Paradise – a snapshot of Mykonos

No photos – want to know why? I was inspired to write this after reading Ishita’s post about dondurma, which takes up the dpwriting challenge, “Snapshots”. Create an image with words. It’s a challenge I need to put myself to more often…. The music just got heavier. There was no […]

December 10, 2013 ×