Journal

04th March, 2015

Perfume: The edible scent. 12 June 2015

Perfume: The edible scent. 12 June 2015

“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath in our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it” – Patrick Suskind, PERFUME. From the apothecary to […]

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22nd August, 2012

Epicure at The Bristol, Paris

Epicure at The Bristol, Paris

Ah, Paris in the summer would make any Briton sell their soul, with its endless days of clear blue skies and hot afternoons that lead into perfect evenings. Truly the city of love, walking in Paris is achingly beautiful and spending an evening on the banks of the Seine with a picnic of foie gras, […]

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03rd July, 2012

Charlie Trotter’s, Chicago

Charlie Trotter’s, Chicago

Charlie Trotter: the man’s been a legend for 25 years having run one of the first fine dining restaurants to champion local produce and developing cross cultural cooking to a level that hadn’t been done before. Charlie Trotter’s Desserts was the first cookbook I ever bought, having left college to go work at Gordon Ramsay […]

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04th June, 2012

Jean Georges, New York

Jean Georges, New York

“He makes foie gras creme brulee”, is the first I ever heard of Jean Georges Vongerichten, the French demi-god of modern, cross cultural cooking. The next I heard of him was about his unique style of marrying south-east Asian cooking to traditional French, which became a source of instant inspiration. The third time I heard […]

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21st April, 2012

Afrigonia: Puerto Natales, Chile

Afrigonia: Puerto Natales, Chile

My Patagonian romance  was in a bloom, having traversed a fair distance in Argentina, it now led me across the Argentine border, across the empty expanse of no man’s land and into the small Chilean town of Puerto Natales. Here lay Torres del Paine national park, famous for its caves, its towering Andean peaks, the […]

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06th January, 2012

The Table, Mumbai

The Table, Mumbai

It’s one thing when one person recommends a restaurant. It’s an entirely different matter when in the space of a day several people recommend the same restaurant. Having had some fabulous Indian food, a light and funky lunch seemed to be the deal of the day, and I’m always a sucker for fusion/cross-cultural food, so […]

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09th December, 2011

Les Creations de Narisawa, Tokyo

Les Creations de Narisawa, Tokyo

Where does one begin about Tokyo? It’s a maximum city, it’s wild, crazy and yet docile, modern, avant-garde and very traditional. Not to mention that almost every street is a shoppers paradise and a gastronomic heaven. Add to that the fact that a tyre company has decided that Tokyo is now the gastronomic capital of […]

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07th November, 2011

Nopi

Nopi

North Picadilly. In case you were wondering. Which to me is a bit silly, but hey, Nopi it is, with none other than Yotam Ottolenghi driving it. If you haven’t been to either Ottolenghi or Nopi, you’ve no idea what you’re missing. I’ve written gleefully on Ottolenghi and now I shall attempt to write about […]

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11th August, 2011

Kopapa

Kopapa

“Kopapa, Kopapa! that’s how it goes Kopapa, Kopapa! Everyone knows” (free head massage if you can sing it to the right tune!) The term ‘fusion food’ has always made me cringe and laugh, conjuring up images of dishes like ‘dal and spaghetti’, that while edible at home, not quite what you want to go out […]

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09th August, 2011

Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi

There aren’t very many places where you can nip in whether or not you’re feeling hungry and always leave with a bag full of goodies, or even take your place in the long queue before sitting down to some great food. Ottolenghi on Upper Street, Islington is definitely one of my favourite places. Every time […]

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