TRAVEL BITES

All the food in New Orleans

Food in New Orleans includes Cajun, Creole, Caribbean, African and European heritage. Be prepared to come out of there a few pounds heavier than when you went in. Here’s what to eat and drink in the Big Easy.

Rathfinny Wine Estate – Home of Sussex Sparkling

Sussex is the future of English wine production and with award-winning wines spilling out of the county it won’t be long before you’ll be toasting your celebrations with a glass or two of Sussex Sparkling. I visited Rathfinny, near Alfriston in East Sussex, to find out what all the fizz and fuss is about.

St Kitts – A Food & Restaurant Guide

You’re never far away from a great meal on St Kitts and Nevis from sizzling street food and casual beachside eating to high-end hotel and restaurant dining. Here’s what tickled my taste buds as I ate my way around the restaurants and beach bars of St Kitts.

A Guide to Austrian Mountain Food

Austrian food is perfect for fuelling up after a hard day’s skiing. There’s no shortage of tasty winter warmers served up in the mountain huts and restaurants in the Austrian Alps. Here’s my guide to Austrian mountain food

Mouth-watering Mezze and a Giveaway

Mouth-watering mezze recipe and a giveaway of Ghilli Basan’s fantastic new book – Mezze Small Plates for Sharing. This beautiful book is packed with a myriad of mezze recipes with superb photography and fascinating insights into Basan’s travels in Turkey and the Middle East.

What to Eat in Crete

Food in Crete is bursting with intense Mediterranean flavours. It’s uncomplicated and made from fresh, healthy ingredients. Here’s my guide to Crete’s best eats.

Dubai Food Festival – Find your Flavour

I’d never thought of Dubai as a leading gastronomic destination but with over 200 nationalities living in the city there’s a huge culinary diversity and range of flavours including the city’s own Emirati fare and Arabic traditions.

Vietnam – Food, Flavour and Phở

Vietnamese cuisine with its refreshing flavours, citrus hits and use of distinctive herbs and warm spices is one that’ll shake up your taste-buds. So pull up a little plastic chair and grab your chopsticks…

Hong Kong Cooking Class at School of Wok

An evening at School of Wok learning the art of Hong Kong cuisine with chef Jeremy Pang. Chinese dumplings, chicken clay pot and Hong Kong noodles were all on the menu with a large measure of fun.

The UNI Masterclass – Sushi, Ceviche and Pisco Sours

Sushi. Deliciously delicate and oh so pretty. I’ve always been partial to those little bite-sized gems and recently spent a fun afternoon discovering how to make them for myself. UNI is a Japanese and Peruvian fusion – ‘Nikkei’ – restaurant in London’s Belgravia offering sushi making master classes.

Three-Course Taste of Travel Menu

Celebrity Cruises Competition! They want to hear about your Three-Course Travel Menu. From dining out in Reykjavik to savouring tantalising Vietnamese cuisine, read about some of my most memorable eating experiences.

Italian Coffee Culture

Coffee culture is an essential part of Italian life, akin to an art-form and nigh on a religion. There’s a myriad of coffees on the menu from Espresso to Caffé Shakerato – then there’s the two, three or four different ways they’re served. Coffee is a serious past-time in Italy and comes with its own etiquettes and customs. Let’s get to grips with the ground rules…

Catania Cafe Culture

Catania’s cafes and bars are the perfect place to indulge in a cup of coffee and a cannolo when the sightseeing begins to take its toll. There are some gems when it comes to Catania’s cafes; chock full of character, charm and full of dazzling displays of the best Sicilian patisserie.

Sicilian Cuisine – Savouring the Flavours

The cool, calm, quiet of the Consoli kitchen is a complete contrast to the clamour of Catania’s colourful market. The next part of the tour was to immerse ourselves into the flavours, cooking customs and rich history of Sicilian cuisine.

Catania Market and Pescheria, Sicily

We could hear the Pescheria, Catania’s open-air fish market, before we could see it. The sound of fishmongers shouting their best price to undercut the neighbouring stalls filled the air along with laughter, banter and the smell of fresh fish and salt water. Catania’s Pescheria is an explosion of sights, sounds and smells – bustling and chaotic it’s alive with atmosphere which instantly awakens all the senses – and the appetite!

Food from the Tuscan Table

Tuscan cuisine is food for the soul; intense fresh flavours from a few choice ingredients which have been freshly picked or pulled from the earth. Unpretentious, seasonal and prepared with passion.

Wine Tasting in Tuscany’s Chianti Country

It would be wrong to visit Tuscany’s wine region of Chianti in Italy without stopping off at a vineyard or two to see Chianti Classico, the area’s most famous wine being made and, of course, to engage in a taste-test or two.  While in Tavarnelle Chianti we visited a...

Eating Iceland

I’d heard some pretty gruesome tales of what to expect to eat in Iceland and my taste buds arrived in Reykjavik with more than a little trepidation about the food I’d find on my plate. I’m happy to say I didn’t need the stash of chocolate Hobnobs I’d secreted in my case because Iceland served up some fabulous food.

Cooking up a Sicilian Feast with Ben Fogle

The last thing I expected when I started my blog was to find myself baking biscotti with the very charming Ben Fogle but that's exactly what happened this week. I was invited to London to the über cool Hoxton Hotel by Celebrity Cruises. Together with the other...

Istanbul’s Sweetest Side

Turkish sweets and confectionery from Turkish Delight to Baklava – Turkey didn’t disappoint when it came to sweet treats and confectionery, some of it too sweet even for me, and that’s a first… The Spice Bazaar in Istanbul had stalls piled high with endless varieties of Turkish sweets and sugary scrumptiousness.

The Perfect Turkish Breakfast

There’s something about eating outdoors under blue sky on a balmy day that makes the food seem twice as tasty but it was the surprise location of this breakfast that made it so special.

Bologna Food – La Grassa La Gusto

Of the three epithets bestowed upon Bologna; La Dotta – The Learned, La Rossa – The Red and La Grassa – The Fat, it was the latter, fatter moniker that caused me concern. Let me share the foodie delights that Bologna brought to the table.

Vintage Train Travel with Orient Express

The umber and cream liveried carriages of the iconic British Pullman calmly drew into the bustle of London Victoria.  The chatter on Platform 2 grew measurably louder, a sense of anticipation filling the air as smiling stewards, in crisp white uniforms alighted and...

Tea at the Palace

Tea at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi – so much more than just a cuppa – the whole experience was a ritual and how every cup of tea should be prepared.