Category: Reviews

The Mystery of the 12 Caesars

The 12 Silver Caesars:  A Renaissance Mystery    In this post I’m going to take you into a world of historical intrigue and chicanery.  A centuries old conundrum that we are curiously allowed to see the end result of (and we also know how is started) but not the details of how it got there. 

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Russell Norman’s Venice, Four Seasons of Home Cooking

Venice, Four Seasons of Home Cooking By Russell Norman In a market that loves books on Venice Russell Norman has produced something of a coup, a book that brings you into the world of the Venetian and how they live and eat.  In this latest adventure he lives out his dream and goes ‘local’. On

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Le Jardin des Douars, Essaouira: Morocco

Le Jardin des Douars Ksar d’Hôtes Essaouira Tel: 00 5 24 474 003 I left London with an inch of snow on the ground. On my way to the airport I was worried that I would have a text from the airline saying my flight was cancelled due to bad weather, my last trip was

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Chiesa del Carmine: Umbria, Italy

Chiesa del Carmine Umbria  Telephone: 0039 075 9414219 Mobile: 0039 338 8916641 Umbria sits bang in the middle of Italy, often derided by a supposedly more beautiful neighbouring Tuscany it has been left alone, untouched and thus authentic. This is a land where the weather is king, the rising of the sun and onset of dusk

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St. Moritz Gourmet Festival: Switzerland

St. Moritz Gourmet Festival St. Moritz Switzerland   Crisp white stratocumulus scud beneath me on the swift 75-minute flight to Zürich. From there I take a couple of trains to that swishest or resorts where only the stylish check in and if you have to ask how much you’re in the wrong place. Or that’s

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Mielcke & Hurtigkarl: Copenhagen

Mielcke & Hurtigkarl Frederiksberg Have Copenhagen Denmark Tel: +45 3834 8436   Travelling to Denmark’s capital Copenhagen is always fun, such a cool place to hang with great architecture and lovely people. And then there’s the food … The traditional proclamation of ‘the king is dead, long live the king’ is usually reserved for the

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The Andersen Boutique Hotel: Copenhagen

The Andersen Boutique Hotel Helgolandsgade 12 DK – 1653 Copenhagen Denmark   Denmark is flying high these days, producers of excellent TV dramas such as Borgen, The Bridge and The Killing and creating a new discipline of culinary wonders. It also happens to be extremely beautiful, full of warm charming people and lots of bicycles.

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The Trafalgar Dining Rooms: London

The Trafalgar Dining Rooms 2 Spring Gardens London SW1A 2TS Tel: 020 7870 2901   With an eye catching octagonal logo incorporated in the windows that look onto the eponymous square TDR or Trafalgar Dining Rooms is hard to ignore. As it turned out this A1 location turned out to be an A1 eatery too

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Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi: Marrakech

Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Avenue Mohamed VI 40 000 Marrakech Morocco Tel: +212 (0) 524 33 91 00    There is something quite romantic about arriving in Marrakech at night, an adventurous location with a rich history of fame and fortune lying under a canopy of stars. After a quick negotiation with a taxi driver

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Le trou Au Mur: Marrakech

Le Trou Au Mur 39 Derb el Farnatchi, Rue Souk el Fassis, Qua’at Ben Ahid, MarrakechvMedina, Morocco Tel: + 212 (0)5 24 38 49 00    As Bob Hope might have said to Dorothy Lamour in Road to Morocco ‘when the going gets a bit too snaky then it’s time to hiss off’. I was

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Mango Lounge at The Chequers, Cookham Dean, Berkshire

Mango Lounge at The Chequers Dean Lane Cookham Dean Berkshire SL6 9BQ Tel: 01628 481 232   From the success of Mango Lounge in nearby Windsor this young offshoot is housed in a splendid old pub, The Chequers. It is quintessential country tavern territory with a wood burner, more ancient beams than you can count

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Wine House Hotel 1821: Edinburgh

Wine House Hotel 1821 4 Picardy Place Edinburgh EH1 3JT Tel: 0131 557 1821   When taking the train up to Edinburgh I can’t help but be reminded of W. H. Auden and his atmospheric 1936 masterpiece Night Mail. As I trundled up the North Eastern line the words appear in my head without me

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Arnhem: Holland

Arnhem Holland   Sometimes slow is the way to go. I could have flown to Holland in an hour from any of London’s airports but they are stressful places full of angst and worry. For this trip I ventured into the world of the overnight ferry and what a joy it was. From Harwich International

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Hamburg: Germany

Hamburg Germany In the early 1960’s Hamburg had the reputation of a racy place to be as well as dangerous. The docks were not for the faint hearted and there wasn’t much to do except follow the sailors to the red light district where you might have heard the Beatles who cut their teeth there.

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The Old Coastguard: Cornwall

The Old Coastguard The Parade Mousehole Penzance Cornwall TR19 6PR Tel: 01736 731 222   When I have those day dreams that we all have from time to time about leaving the city for a calmer life away from ‘here’ with ‘great views by the sea’, ‘somewhere quiet’, ‘comfortable’, ‘outstanding food’ well I’ve just discovered

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