Restaurant Chartier, Paris.

Restaurant Chartier – the Perfect Parisian Bistro

One thing everyone has to do when swinging through Paris, however quickly, is eat steak frites at a classic Parisian bistro. And, thanks to a tip from Kate McCulley, we…

Greek Artichokes a la polita, or in a lemon sauce.

20 Greek Foods You Have to Try

Greek food doesn’t have the world’s best reputation. Much of it falls under the shadow of Turkish food – and, at the risk of alienating every single Greek reader, that’s…

Balsamic vinegars on display in Spilamberto, Italy.

What Is Balsamic Vinegar?

“What is balsamic vinegar?” Well, this staple of international food culture comes (all but the very worst of it) from the region around Modena, in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, where it is…

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…