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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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12th May, 2014

Fera at Claridges, London

Fera at Claridges, London

When I last met Simon Rogan, it was the summer of 2013. We were at a charity lunch and Simon, along with many other chefs was doing a dish, his signature Beef tartare with charcoal oil. I asked him if he had any plans of coming to London and in his cheeky boyish smile, he […]

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20th June, 2012

Coi, San Francisco

Coi, San Francisco

San Francisco, San Francisco…home to Haight & Ashbury, the heart and soul of music. San Francisco, where all tourists love to become rhesus monkeys for a while and hang on to the sides of the cable cars decidedly making their way through the city, where the driver insanely pulls on a bunch of levers that […]

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11th June, 2012

Moto, Chicago

Moto, Chicago

Gastronomical adventures in the windy city are often only attributed to Alinea, Next and Charlie Trotters. Unbeknownst to most is a little hub of innovation and madness called Moto, with the Willy Wonka-esque Homaro Cantu, serving up a style of food only a handful of people the world over are actually masters of, with impersonators a […]

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10th June, 2012

Eleven Madison Park, New York

Eleven Madison Park, New York

Easily one of the hottest tables in North America, hitting 10th best restaurant in the world 2012, and rocketing from 1 Michelin star, which it held for only 2 years to 3 Michelin stars – a feat that had the attention of the entire culinary world, it now seems that Eleven Madison Park is one of the […]

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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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31st May, 2012

WD-50, New York

WD-50, New York

Back in the day when molecular gasatronomists were exploding their food all over the place such as El Bulli in Spain and Fat Duck in England, Wylie Dufresne of restaurant WD-50 in New York was doing equally hair-brained and exciting things with his food. One of his dishes was actually called ‘hair applicator’ where one […]

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21st March, 2012

El Bistro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Bistro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Why not! Getting the most out of a city’s culinary force is always done by dining across the spectrum, from little hole in the walls to fine dining, and I certainly am not going to pass up the opportunity to experience food from an El Bulli graduate. Located in the stunning Faena hotel, El Bistro  is […]

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21st December, 2011

Hiiragiya Ryokan, Kyoto

Hiiragiya Ryokan, Kyoto

Once the capital of Japan for a thousand years, the pristine beauty of Kyoto is truly a sight to behold with its immaculate shrines and temples, its narrow streets lined with low-lying traditional Japanese houses and inns. Apart from its cultural and historical dominance in ancient Japan, Kyoto is also the birthplace of Kaiseki, the […]

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20th November, 2011

Roganic, London

Roganic, London

No, someone hasn’t misspelt ‘Organic’. The problem is that everyone’s eaten there. Everyone’s talked about it. Everyone’s dreamt about it and whatever else everyone has done after it, I’m not that keen on knowing. The fact of the matter is that there’s always two sides to every story. Mine starts with a phone call. A […]

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