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You can’t always shoot with a tilt-shift lens but you can now create the effect pretty convincingly with Photoshop CS6. Here are a few photos from last year with the effect applied:
Not all Michelin 3 stars are the same and not all are to our taste. Of the ones we ate in here is a summary: The Fat Duck, Bray, UK. The most theatrical and exciting to visit. Original, nothing like it and impeccable wine list and service. One of the few places to put on [...]
Stay tunedSo here is a review of the condo we rented in Aspen. This condo is convenient location, across the road from the City Market and three blocks away from the Silver Queen gondola. The Clairvaux No 7 is on the first floor (second floor if you’re from the US) and has a great view [...]
After Jake and Guy raved about their meal at Matsuhisa we had to check it out. They were right. Excellent new-style Japanese food from a restaurant in the Nobu family of restaurants. One of our salads was the Spinach, dried miso and shrimp: The Seafood Dynamite dish – my favourite: Sea Bass with Truffle: Superb [...]
There was a junior ski race this morning so here’s a bit of colour and action:
Here are some photos of the Aspen streets. As always, click on the photo for caption/descriptions:
A quintessentially American dinner of take away ribs and chicken wings from Hickory House Ribs followed by ice cream of an unusual, but delicious, flavour.
With 8 inches of fresh snow everyone wanted to make fresh tracks. The Silver Queen gondola opens at 9am and the queue started around 8am. By 8.50am there was about 200 people in the queue, winding its way around the corner:
There hasn’t been a snow fall for weeks and the locals were saying that it’s been the driest winter they can remember. So it was a relief when 8 inches dropped from the heavens on Saturday:
After 2 days of skiing it’s becoming clear that the snow cover is pretty ordinary and there are lots of rocks and debris. All of our skis have serious damage to the bottoms and edges. An edge tune up with and a bit of wax will help a lot. Here’s a picture of the FK [...]
After skiing on Aspen Mountain on day 1 we ventured to Snowmass on day 2. The free shuttle bus leaves from Rubey Park and is a 30 minute or so ride away.
I was in Aspen in December 1981, being a ski bum, working at Holland House. After saying I’ll be back next year, finally got back here thirty years later with my family. The town has totally changed, Holland House is no longer there, and nothing is recognisable. The first day out on the snow was [...]
Lunch at David’s Hutte after a 20 minute walk from the village. The classics of ribs, chicken wings and schnapps!
Getting stuck into Austrian food and scenery after being away for 3 years is pretty easy and nice!
After a 4.30am wake up we taxi’d to Gatwick Airport successfully. There’s always a random element to a trip on the A40/M25/M23 route with accidents stopping traffic to a stand still. The flight was on time and by noon we arrived in Innsbruck. A 1.5 hr drive up the hill and we were back in [...]
We set off on Friday morning for Manchester to watch the Manchester United football club play against the Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday at 3pm. The journey up on the M6 and M6 Toll road was quick and simple and we made it in plenty of time to do the Old Trafford Stadium Tour and Museum. [...]
The Waterside Inn one of the three 3-star Michelin restaurants in the UK and is a 3 minute walk from the Fat Duck in Bray. To have 2 of the 3 3-star Michelin restaurants so close to each other in the same town is interesting. The restaurant is the opposite to the experimental and theatrical [...]
The Curry Corner is an amazing Indian restaurant in Cheltenham. Various people and reviewers have said it’s the best Indian restaurant in the UK, and therefore, probably the world. So we went there for lunch and we were just blown away. Amazing samosas, nann, and sublime curries. The desserts are also simply amazing. Pictures don’t [...]
Bletchley Park is a the museum for encryption, secret codes and computer geeks. This is where digital computers began with Alan Turing’s ingenuity and a team of other uber geeks. They cracked the codes that allowed the Brits to shorten and win the war against the Germans. Click on the pics for more info. A [...]
We had lunch with our dear friend Janine from Zurich at Dinner by Heston. It was a return visit for Kim and I and the first time for Greta and Mia. This time we had a table right beside the kitchen. Here are some photos of the restaurant and the scallops, angus beef and chocolate [...]
12 November. We were lucky to have the current World Champions of football – Spain – play a match at Wembley Stadium against England. Very excited to visit the new stadium, it’s a beautiful piece of architecture with the feeling of a cross between the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Etihad Stadium. The 3 tiers of [...]
12 November. Off to spend a day in London to see England play Spain at Wembley and have some lunch. There aren’t many chinese restaurants with a Michelin star and fewer tea houses. Yauatcha is a “modern reinterpretation of the old Chinese teahouse”. It works. It’s funky (probably a bit too much), excellent food and [...]
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 [...]