Culinary Travel

Culinary Travel, Destination Guides

Agios Sostis

Mykonos fun for families and foodies

Paradise… Super Paradise… Cavo Paradiso… Many think that Mykonos is just a petite party planet. True, it IS paradise, but not all about the raucous beaches that have taken that name. I’ve just spent a glorious 6 days on the island, and although I thought I might be a little […]

September 17, 2014 ×

Culinary Travel

Breakfast in Istanbul

Breakfast in Istanbul

I’m quite famished. Sally and I are hovering around one of the oldest mosques in Istanbul, obscured by the trade of food and coffee, canopies littered with branches and leaves of ancient trees that have resisted the pollution and pushes of the Beyoğlu neighbourhood, and somehow find themselves taller than the […]

July 30, 2014 ×

Culinary Travel

Istanbul – for one night only. Nicole, and your other best restaurants…

Istanbul – for one night only. Nicole, and your other best restaurants…

This post details an experience at Nicole Restaurant – for the full list of recommendations, please scroll down. This is the experience I alluded to in one of my latest posts. Travelling to a city for a very short time is unfortuately the norm for most. We fly in, grab […]

June 11, 2014 ×

Culinary Travel, Uncategorized, Wine O'Clock

Wine Cathedrals – Catedrals del vi

Wine Cathedrals – Catedrals del vi

(Apologies to those who believe that God prefers we abstain from wine. That’s not the way I was raised. You might want to skip this post because it’s full of references to booze and what you might consider to be blasphemy.) For me, the act of tasting wine has always […]

May 26, 2014 ×

Culinary Travel

Food stories or just food – what’s your poison?

Food stories or just food – what’s your poison?

Wow – what a day. Two degustation menus, and I’m still able to walk. Gourmet Abu Dhabi has arrived, and it’s time to indulge. Yesterday provided a lunch at Brasserie Angelique prepared by Michael Caines, and a gala dinner with food from Massimo Bottura at the Emirates Palace, sponsored by […]

February 10, 2014 ×

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 ×

Culinary Travel

Penedes

Biodynamic or bull? Winemaking with magic.

The whole room is giggling. Manel Avinyo, winemaker at Clos Lentiscus, is standing in the corner with a pair of divining rods propped in empty Cava bottles. He’s showing that with the power of his mind, he can find lines of energy in the earth. He paces the room, around […]

October 27, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel, France

Au Fil du Temps – as time goes by.

Au Fil du Temps – as time goes by.

The centre of Pernes is discreet. It’s parcelled up in cobbles and the mottled trunks of plane trees, and not actually in the centre at all. It’s half-way up a hill, a third of the way through, twenty metres to the right, and approximately 200 years back in time. At […]

October 15, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel

Saint-Remy de Provence

Why do French tomatoes taste so good?

My travel companions suggested it’s the sun. While just escaping Provincial rays under a pregnant pear tree and stuffing our bouches with sweet cherry tomato tart which is rapidly cooling despite the summer heat, it’s easy to think it’s something simple, and natural. Something as mother-earthly as terroir – a […]

August 21, 2013 ×