Window at Harry's Bar, Venice.

Harry’s Bar, Venice

“The Contessa is not at home, my Colonel,” he said. “They believe you might find her at Harry’s.” “You find everything on earth at Harry’s.” “Yes, my Colonel. Except, possibly,…

Chocolate clams Escabeche.

Chocolate Clams

I’ve been a little remiss about updating this website of late. So, in the meantime, here’s Elaine J. Masters of TripWellness, introducing Mexico’s eminently delicious and fabulously named chocolate clams….

Basket full of lotus flower heads with seeds.

Lotus Seeds

If there’s one plant that symbolises South-East Asia, it is, of course, the lotus. One of the miraculous things about the lotus is that almost every part of it is…

Beijing duck at Li Qun, Beijing.

The Best Beijing Duck Yet – Li Qun, Beijing

To say I’m a little obsessed with Beijing duck would be putting it mildly. Almost every city in China has its own way of doing roast duck (and, in some…

Dim sum dumplings with green asparagus.

You Just Had to Pick That, Didn’t You?!

When it comes to food, I like to think I’m a fairly Catholic eater. Innards of all sorts hold no fear for me, though I have yet to visit a…

Detail of Negroni at Glen Bar in Beijing.

Why the Negroni is MY Drink

I adore Negronis. And, when it comes to travel, they’re one of the perfect cocktails. Why? Because they’re pretty much impossible to screw up. Of course, they can be made…

Robot waiters in action at the Robot Restaurant, Harbin, China.

The Robot Restaurant, Harbin

As an obsessional fan of theme restaurants, the concept of visiting a robot restaurant was, well, frankly irresistible. Particularly when followed by an afternoon of ice sculptures, which are, of…

Chinese toffee apples: candied hackberries on sale in a hutong in Beijing.

Food for a Quid: Chinese Toffee Apples

Chinese toffee apples, in all their myriad persuasions, are one of my favourite Chinese street sweeties, and add colour to any hutong as they sit threaded on their long, slender…

World's most expensive foods: saffron crocus.

10 of The World’s Most Expensive Foods

It isn’t hard to spot the dead hand of corporate PR on the menu of a certain type of restaurant. Ya know. The world’s most expensive cocktail, with a diamond…

Sea buckthorn berries.

Sea Buckthorn Juice: the Ultimate Vitamin C Drink?

One great food find from Everest Base Camp? Sea buckthorn juice. I knew about this lovely stuff, of course. Sea buckthorn berries are famous for containing more Vitamin C than…