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  • Cuisine Artisan Awards

    awardsNothing like a full on day of fabulous flavours combined with a bit of fun.

    I had a great time judging the Cuisine Artisan Awards late last year and would like to congratulate not only the final ten winners and the Supreme Winner - the distinctively different and delicious Quina Fina tonic water - but all those who Fiona Smith, the chief judge, selected. It was a tough call to narrow it all down for us as there was a lot of close competition. Good on you all, you are doing some great things! Continue reading

  • Eating in Paris: The Alain Milliat Restaurant

    restaurantWe mainly ate at bistros on the French part of our trip - our favourite being a classic we came across last time in the delightful seventh arrondissement, where you are surrounded by an artwalk of antique shops and interesting art galleries, making window browsing an education in itself.

    At 29 Rue de Lille, you find the very old Bistrot de Paris, staffed by the kind of traditional waiter you hope for, and where Phil could enjoy classic roasted French farm-raised chicken Continue reading

  • Sunday in Barcelona

    figuresWe arrived at 8am on a crisp Sunday morning. No queues, taxis galore and virtually no traffic made us think the trip to the hotel would be extra simple, as we did not know about the marathon.

    'The roads are closed around your hotel, so I will drop you nearby and give you directions,' said the taxi driver. Great. Just what we needed after 30 hours getting there. Continue reading

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