Journal

16th September, 2011

Mugaritz, San Sebastian

Mugaritz, San Sebastian

There are many places, both manmade and natural, that one journeys to, often wondering where the long and narrow road was led and if we’d ever get there, and then suddenly, you turn a corner and the only sound that rushes through your ears is the sound of your heart beating, the sound of wonder […]

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14th September, 2011

Arzak, San Sebastian

Arzak, San Sebastian

Everybody knows the risks of running a restaurant; keeping it financially viable, preventing it from closing within the first 3 years and so on and so forth. Every now and again, one chances upon restaurants that have been operational for long enough to be considered a part of history itself, and Arzak, in the modern […]

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17th August, 2011

Noma, Copenhagen

Noma, Copenhagen

 As a child I  loved reading stories of Viking adventures, of Thor, Odin, Freya and Valkyries, each with awesome powers and prowess. Recently I learnt about the possibility that there might be a god previously unheard of, and naturally, this fuelled my curiosity with such intensity, I  had to travel to the land of the […]

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21st June, 2011

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

As a child, I used to always love spending time in my mother’s garden – surrounded by a myriad of colours with bees, butterflies and birds happily going about their work. Whilst most of the flowers would be regularly changed, one in particular, hibiscus, was a permanent resident all through my child and even adulthood. […]

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13th June, 2011

Pied a Terre

Pied a Terre

One always gets asked the million dollar question: ‘What makes a two or three star restaurant?’ It’s a tough call. Gone are the days when France, and even more specifically, Paris was the epitome of gastronomy, the temple of food. The very guide that dictated the hierarchy of restaurants has since decided that Tokyo is […]

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12th June, 2011

L’autre Pied

L’autre Pied

It had to be my luck. Two days of glorious sunshine, and I mean scorching sunshine and I was stuck in the kitchen, sweating, sweltering and hoping it would stay that way on my day off. (Really? You really thought that would be the case? This is England!) And in true British style, I got […]

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10th June, 2011

The Ledbury

The Ledbury

There’s something exciting about starving yourself before a meal. The anticipation, the yearning, the agony! Almost enough to make one lose their appetite. It’s even more exciting when the restaurant you’re going to has just risen to 2 Michelin stars, been on everyone’s lips and more importantly, has been bloody hard to get a table! […]

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08th June, 2011

Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley

Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley

There aren’t many people who truly have looks that could kill; well, even maim perhaps, or just make you slightly nervous and shuffle about in your seat However, it’s an entirely different  matter when that person watches you whilst you work, their gaze drilling into the back of your head as you delicately produce works […]

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