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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.

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.

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 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 […]

A few photos from meals at small rural restaurants around Issirac. The first one is from Mas Rodières, about 50 minutes from our house: and then a place recommended by the wine shop in Chateauneuf du Pape, Gerard Alonso in Sorgues, a few miles from Avignon:

Finally got down here after battling Saturday traffic on the A7 out of Lyon. First problem was that the Avis web site has the wrong names for the two train stations so our car that was booked for Lyon Part Dieu wasn’t there when we arrived. After getting that sorted we dropped into Les Halles […]

Here’s a view of the apartment we’ve been living in for the past 5 days in Abbesses, Montmartre – it’s on the 5th floor, with the terrace and 3 windows at No. 11: It’s really close to the metro stop – right out the front door: The streets around Montmartre: And a bit of French […]

This street has a long history so we went for a stroll down here in the morning to pick up some supplies for lunch back at the apartment: This place has been killing snails for 179 years! and this place has been selling little pigs:

We arrived back in Paris, this time staying in Montmartre. We had to get some basics for the apartment, bread, milk, eggs. I know there’s an award winning bakery on the same street and luckily, we went there and got some items as they’re off on August holidays as of tonight for 2 weeks. So, […]

The girls left for their second French course in Vichy today: and I had scrambled eggs at Passionément Truffe to compare it to Chez Bruno from a couple of weeks ago. Verdict? Chez Bruno wins for value, ambience and cooking. But, if Lyon is easier to get to! Dinner was at one of the four […]

A week goes fast. So today, we packed our bags and left Paris for Lyon for the weekend. We had almost two hours to kill at Gare du Lyon so it was lucky there is a beautiful bar/restaurant there called Le Train Bleu. It’s a lovely example of architecture from the Belle Epoch and a […]

On our last family day in Paris we are celebrating Mia’s birthday at an Alain Ducasse restaurant in the Eifflel Tower. Le Jules Verne is on the highest platform before the summit with its own private elevator going up 123 metres! The 3 course menu was delicious. Here is the Petit Pois starter, followed by […]

Off to Parfum Caron, the famous perfume house that was in the movie Scent of a Woman, to let Mia check out a French perfume house. Then caught up with Ryu for lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant – Le Bambou. I had beef Pho – similar to what we get in Melbourne but a much […]

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