Category: Favourites

South Sands Boutique Hotel: Devon

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South Sands Boutique Hotel Bolt Head Salcombe Devon TQ8 8LL Tel: 01548 845900   Driving South West from London it was the last stage of pillows of green and auburn fringed hedgerows that confirmed I was in Devon. The beauty of modern navigation in a car is that it takes one the most ‘direct’ route not

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Tahiti: Paradise Found

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Tahiti Paradise Found   I wouldn’t dream of attempting to improve John Milton’s Paradise Lost, with its 10,000 lines of blank verse, biblical storylines of Satan, Adam and Eve. But what I can do is write with confidence about my recent trip to Tahiti in French Polynesia and how it could very well be paradise

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Porto and North Portugal

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Porto and North Portugal Autumn had truly begun when I visited Porto in early November. The crisp clear air was a pleasant change from the cold damp London I had come from. Portugal is lovely this time of year with the leaves turning shades of tan and brown and a bright sun low in the

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Wagyu Beef

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Wagyu Beef The King of Meats   Wagyu or Wa Gyu which, translated means Japanese Cattle is a supreme form of beef. There are imitators and cross breads but only the real thing comes from Japan. Strict breeding protocols and high levels of welfare are part of the story that makes Wagyu such a tremendous

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Royal Harbour Hotel: Ramsgate

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Royal Harbour Hotel 10 – 12 Nelson Crescent Ramsgate Kent CT11 9JF Tel: 01843 591 514   I’m just 1.5 hours from London and I’ve checked into my Bo-Ho four-poster bedroom with views over Ramsgate harbour that lies in front of the hotel. Divided among three buildings The Royal Harbour Hotel is a rabbit warren

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Zürich Food Festival

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Zürich Food Festival     I went to Zürich that rich culinary centre of Switzerland to find out how they present themselves in what is the worlds fastest growing arena, street food. The Zürich Street Food Festival is an excuse for the whole city to up its game in gastronomic terms. As well as the

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Espionage, Emmental and The Eiger: Switzerland

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Espionage, Emmental & The Eiger:    On this trip I get to wander in the clouds and dream of spies, cheese and mountains. The city of Bern unfolds its past both in fact and fiction and I get to meet the cows that make all that lovely Alpine milk.   Switzerland’s capital, Bern is the

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Prague: Czech Republic

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Prague   On this venture I travel to the capital of the Czech Republic and enjoy the city of a 100 spires, meet an enterprising butcher and lawyer couple and have my first and possibly my last taste of Absinthe – the green nectar of the Bohemian generation.   Despite a population of 1.2 million Prague

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Gaucho: London

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Gaucho 93 Charterhouse Street London EC1M 6HL Tel: 020 7490 1676 So it’s time for steak again and where better than the hippest Argentinean joint in town?  Read how I dip into a bit of a South American culinary culture while keeping it ‘real’ with some excellent steak, wine and a glorious dessert! With its plush nightclub

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Seven Dials: London

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A gentleman’s day in London’s Seven Dials   So, in this article I head on down to London’s West End in search of a bit of ‘me’ time amongst the hubbub of Seven Dials. This little known enclave is a gem of a place to hang out, eat or even get a haircut. Full of

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Heliot Steak House, The Hippodrome Casino: London

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Heliot Steak House The Hippodrome 14 Cranbourn Street London WC2H 7JH Tel: 020 7769 8844   In this outing I have a try at living a little like James Bond (well almost) and spend an evening with some simpering girls who really know how to turn heads with their dancing, enjoy some excellent steak and

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Finland’s West Coast

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  The West Coast of Finland & The Midnight Sun       I’m going to take the rather unusual step of starting this travel piece with a recipe for what I think is the best blueberry pie I have ever tasted. Read on to find our where I tried it, maybe you’ll have a

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Croatia: A Taste of the Mediterranean

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Taste of The Mediterranean Šibenik Croatia   On this trip I get to taste a thousand flavours of the Mediterranean, do the Conga on one of its beautiful islands and have a late night cooking session with four excellent (if not a slightly drunk) chefs.  Croatia is a beautiful country and Šibernik one of its

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Fera at Claridges: London

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Fera at Claridges Mayfair London     From the moment you swivel through the famous rotating doors of Claridges the luxury begins. Polished black and white marble floors, Lalique glass, vast chandeliers all tied together with plenty of charm. I was fortunate enough to have been taken to dinner on my birthday to Fera at

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Switzerland: Chaplin, Colliders and Chocolate

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The Home of a Silent Movie Genius, Luxury Watches, The Hadron Collider & a bit of Chocolate. Switzerland    On this trip to beautiful Switzerland I realise I know nearly nothing about science, discover probably the most influential silent film star in the world had eight children and that there is more to this country than

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