A Cheesie Christmas

Are you making Edible Christmas Gifts this year? While most of us are relieved once the plum pudding and Christmas cake are made, cheese-maker Debra Allard has set herself a much bigger challenge. She’s made a Reblochon cheese which requires almost as much care as looking after a baby. “I have to turn it every … Continue reading

Leaping into the Asian Century

If it’s true, as our politicians keep telling us, that this is the Asian century, then maybe it’s time we extended this concept to our dinner tables. At least that’s the thinking of TV Chef Poh Ling Yeow: though we may be familiar with Asian cuisine, we don’t necessarily cook it at home. “While we … Continue reading

Spooks, it’s Halloween

I got the fright of my life early one morning last week.  I’d just  stepped out from my son’s apartment in the West Village, New York city, for a coffee and a pumpkin cupcake – and when I looked up, I saw a wizened old man hanging from the fire escape. He’d suddenly appeared overnight, … Continue reading

Bedazzled by Northern Italy

We’re sitting on the terrace of the Hotel Belvedere overlooking a wide expanse of tranquil blue water on Lake Como, northern Italy. By walking up the hill away from the village below, we’ve managed to escape the tourists who flock here by ferry (and car) to visit this picturesque resort town which sits on the crutch … Continue reading

Venice: Behind the Mask

The sweet strains of Once Upon A Dream from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty are drifting across the square as we make our way through the throng outside St Mark’s Basilica in Venice. We’ve spent the past couple of hours inside what is arguably the most sumptuous church interior in the world, where every corner is a sombre … Continue reading

Prague: Czech It Out

If you had to choose one city to experience what Europe has to offer in terms of architecture, history and grandeur, then Prague – in the geographical heart of Europe –  would have to be one. Situated on the swiftly flowing Vltava River, it’s a fairytale mix of Gothic cathedrals, medieval spires (many of which … Continue reading

A Blog from Berlin

It’s 6.30 on a cool autumn evening in Kreuzberg, Berlin, and I’m standing on a bridge over the Landwehr Canal overlooking some pretty restaurants. It’s a Friday evening and most of the passersby are pulling trolleys and eating snacks purchased at the Turkish market which runs along the banks of the canal. I’m here to meet … Continue reading

Tea for Two

Have you ever thought of greeting the morning with a cup of English Breakfast, passing the afternoon with Darjeeling and spending late nights with Jasmine or Chamomile? That’s how one leading English connoisseur of tea structures his day – and let’s not underestimate his enthusiasm.  He even carries his own tea with him when he … Continue reading
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