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London, 8 November. After the Fat Duck, most restaurants would seem tame. But that’s not the case with The Ledbury. In Notting Hill, this 2 star Michelin eatery has an Australian chef, Brett Graham, from Newcastle. It’s fabulous. The room is modern, bright and relaxing. Unfussed service and a wonderful menu. Here are some pictures […]

After Mark and I went to the Fat Duck in September this time it was with the family. There was one change on the menu with a venison dish replacing the pigeon. The service seemed more relaxed on a Saturday, but everything was perfect and faultless. Here are some more photos of The Fat Duck. […]

A trip to London isn’t complete for a foodie unless they go to the enfant terrible of 3 star Michelin Restaurants. The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on Royal Hospital Road is incredibly intimate. Just 14 tables in a modest room. The decor is modern and the light is bright. I like it. My table for one […]

We were blessed with beautiful light on our last day in Venice. Here are some shots. The full set is here. Here’s a big ocean liner sailing into Venice: We dropped by Gia Schiavi, a little wine bar that serves very authentic cichetti (beware, Google maps has it in the wrong place): and it’s close […]

The sun was out again. We went exploring in the Dorsoduro area across the Accademia bridge: We had lunch at Da Fiore, one of two Michelin starred restaurants in Venice: I had a beautiful pumpkin gnocchi with white truffle to start followed by a mixed seafood. It was the best gnocchi I’ve ever had, even […]

The rain arrived on Wednesday. People rugged up as they waited at the Vaporetto stops: We had lunch at the Il Nuovo Galeon which, according to a local foodie, is where Venetian foodies go: My fried mixed seafood was just fabulous: We headed back to the Rialto area after lunch And finished off the day […]

25 October. We’ve had some excellent food in the past three days. On Sunday, we went back to Acqua Pazza, a place we loved in 2004. It’s as we remembered it. Lots of seafood, pizza and the ice cream/sorbets served in the fruit, like chestnut. And the complimentary limoncello is still there. The service can […]

As part of Greta’s birthday we needed to get her to a party that the friends she made in France were having. The venue was a hall in a town called Spinea off Venice island. A quick Google map search found that it’s not somewhere public transport would get us to easily. Googling came up […]

22 October. The mid-term school holiday has arrived and we’re off to Venice. We were here in 2004 and everyone was keen to rekindle our memories of this amazing city. This time we flew into Venice whereas in 2004 we arrived by train from Verona. We also rented an apartment this time versus staying in […]

Been sharing tweets with Dan De Gustibus about his bread. These are his recommendations: Oxford Sourdough, San Francisco Sourdough, and Old Milwaukee Rye:

Met Rasmus Bo Bojesen, the owner of Oialla chocolates as I was wandering through the food section of Harvey Nichols. Made from wild Criollo cacao beans from the jungles of Bolivia dating back to 1000BC. The 70% chocolate is more like Amadei Chuao than Willie’s chocolates.

Pierre Koffmann is the chef responsible for Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White. Now in his sixties this is his restaurant at the Berkeley hotel. We went there for lunch with our dear friend Yanti who’s visiting from NYC and had a wonderful lunch. Desert of pistachio souffle finished it off perfectly. Famous for his […]

OXFORD, UK – 13 October 2011: A plate of fish and chips at Marco Perre White’s Yew Tree Inn. The inn is a 17th century building in near Highclere Castle. Although Marco wasn’t there you can almost hear him yelling “10 quail 10 quail” from his guest appearance on Master Chef.

So, after lunch at Dinner by Heston I strolled across the road to Harvey Nichols and found some creatures for sale in the food department. Worms, scorpions, ants…:

Here are some photos from today’s lunch at Dinner by Heston. As expected, it was perfection. Excellent service, excellent wines and lots of items on the menu to want to eat. Easily a 2-star Michelin when it gets rated. The restaurant is at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge: Lovely airy room: Lovely chewy bread: The […]

Bibury has been described as the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds. Here are some pics: And lunch at the beautiful Bibury Court Hotel: And some trout to take home from the trout farm for dinner:

The Anchor is at the end of our street and it’s a great pub with a truly tasty steak. It was apparently the best pub food in 2011 according to the Good Food Guide.

Based on consistent reviews on Trip Advisor we ventured off to the Horse and Groom in the typically English sounding name of Bourton-on-the-Hill. Here’s a picture of the food from the restaurant’s web site. Looks good. Sadly, what we got was a Cornish seafood soup with no evidence of any ingredients that lived in water, […]

Of all the TV chefs and 3 star Michelin restaurants, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in Bray is the one that is the most theatrical. Having seen almost all his TV shows it was a thrill to finally get to eat there. We also bumped into Heston when we arrived in the car park. Bonus! […]

We bought these two types of eggs at Sainsbury from a company called Clarence Court. Great marketing, but we couldn’t taste the difference when scrambled:

We did a double decker bus tour today on a cold grey summer’s day. It’s a great way to see the city: But we soon got hungry. We went to Goodman – a steak house in Mayfair. Nick and I met the head chef John Cadieux in Jun 2010. The place was great then and […]

We ate at Roka for lunch. After no Japanese food for a month, this was a taste sensation. Roka’s a great experience for traditional and new-style Japanese food: The standout dish was the rice hot pot with king crab and wasabi tobiko – Kani No Kamameshi. It’s served from an iron pot, mixed together at […]

It was fitting that our last meal in France was in Lyon, the gastronomic HQ of France according to many. And one of our best. We ate at Le Splendid, a Georges Blanc restaurant. I had the chicken from Bresse with a morel sauce. We’ve had this dish several times in France but this was […]

Our trip to France is winding up. We went to the town of Goudargues on Wednesday to check out the weekly market. Goudargues has a canal through the town and is called the Venice of Provence. Well, not quite: The stalls had the usual stuff, but this van caught my eye: After battling through the […]

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