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Culinary Travel, Destination Guides, Other accommodation, Restaurants, reviews, wine tasting

Where to eat, drink and stay in Champagne

Where to eat, drink and stay in Champagne

In a previous post, I discussed the difficulties that wine tasting travellers may face whilst attempting to visit the region of Champagne. It’s not so straightforward as visiting many other wine regions around the world, and needs just a little foreplanning if you wish to do it properly. Many will […]

October 25, 2016 ×

News Events and More

Dream Diary November 13

Dream Diary November 13

Here’s my fortnightly (sort-of) roundup on events in Dubai and further afield if you feel like jumping on a plane. This time there is a truffle focus. Next time, Christmas! Local Truffle season When: now What: many of Dubai’s best restaurants will have seasonal truffle menus in place. Although truffles […]

November 13, 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 ×

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 ×

Culinary Travel

My 10 top meals out for 2012

My 10 top meals out for 2012

Well, considering the world was supposed to end with the year, I dined my little heart out in twenty twelve. I’m a suspicious person, and although I didn’t believe that a race that could not predict their own decline could accurately pinpoint the apocalypse centuries and centuries in the future, […]

January 1, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel, Featured Culinary Travel, Wine O'Clock

Provence – a life through rosé coloured glasses

Provence – a life through rosé coloured glasses

When travelling provence, it’s hard to get away from rosé. It seems to flow through the hills like a secret underground river, always popping up just when you need it. Bars, restaurants, cafes, market stalls, supermarkets. Im convinced there’s also a magic rosé fairy that delivers an extra bottle to […]

October 27, 2012 ×

France

Chateau d’Estoublon – Summer Dining Nirvana

Chateau d’Estoublon – Summer Dining Nirvana

The cicadas chant their summer song fortissimo, drowning the petty murmurs of urbane diners. French preschoolers clash wooden swords and shields between the roses. Mine bury their gazes in iThings, oblivious to the beauty of a thirty degree day, en vacances, en France. A plate of gently baked tomatoes sits […]

September 25, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel, Destination Guides

The liveliest village in France -Eygalieres, population – 1877

The liveliest village in France -Eygalieres, population – 1877

The Bar du Progress is heaving. There’s not a chair to be found outside. The language is French, only French out here. The locals know what the tourists don’t – coffee first, then shop. The busier it gets, the merrier it gets, and the longer they stay. It’s never too […]

August 29, 2012 ×