• Musings

    Eating out in China, Part One: Chengdu

    by  • 30/10/2014 • Musings • 0 Comments

    Tofu and seaweed "fish", Vegan Restaurant, Chengdu

    Hello from China! But also goodbye, too, as I depart on Monday to head back to London. For the last two months or so, I’ve been based here looking for things; stories, flavours, memories (but definitely not my self). It’s been more than four years since I was last home. This time I wanted to...

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    Further exploration required: Tunisia

    by  • 17/01/2014 • Musings, Recipes • 4 Comments

    Man selling fish, Tunisia

    My final assignment of last year was Tunisia. Though I had previously sampled Tunisian cuisine in London, it was a country that I had no real pre-conceptions about. For me, the journey was all about the International Date Festival, an annual event now taking place in Kebili. (Read my post on following the Tunisian...

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    Family Xie Christmas 2013 lunch

    by  • 31/12/2013 • Menus, Musings, Photoblog • 0 Comments

    Cuttlefish with rice crisp, lemon mayo, smoked paprika salt, Qin Xie Christmas 2013

    Over the past year, and probably longer, I’ve been collecting menus from various dinners that I’ve been invited to. Some with photos, some with wine matches and some with just the bare bones. For me, it was an interesting exercise to see what restaurants, chefs and caterers think a well composed meal is. It...

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    Helsinki, a brief reportage

    by  • 12/11/2013 • Chefs, Musings • 3 Comments

    Toni Toivanen and Eric Raty at Chez Dominique

    When I went to Helsinki at the beginning of October, I was pleasantly surprised. (Read my post on why Helsinki’s restaurant scene is at its hottest right now) Finnish cuisine, influenced by the Scandinavian countries from one side and Russia from the other, struck a fine balance between wholesome and refined. The new wave...

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