Antwerp: Beer, Art and Frites. One of the most culturally important cities in Europe, second in size to Brussels the Belgian city of Antwerp is an unbelievable cornucopia of art, architecture, fashion, beer and yes, (artisanal) frites. Flying from the super quick Southend Airport it took just 45 minutes to get there. The first class
Asparagus: Edible gold April in Europe can mean only one thing in the vegetable world, asparagus. That wonder of the chef’s table, speared, doused in butter, poached egged or just plain steamed. It is a thing of beauty and taste. Time to find out where most of our asparagus comes from and how to eat
Kent: In Search of Ian Fleming I have been a fan of James Bond since childhood and readers of this publication will know that given half a chance I will write and investigate more about the fictional character and its author Ian Fleming. So almost on my doorstep I set out to discover more.
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.
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
High Art in the Low Countries Leiden & The Hague In this vastly visual world sometimes it pays to go back to the source material. I’ll try to explain what I mean today we have logos, adverts, even films and icons that draw on the world’s vast heritage of art. Let’s face it you
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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