• Musings

    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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    The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2013

    by  • 01/05/2013 • Events, Musings • 0 Comments

    Best restaurant in the world

    As the chatter quietens down and lights dim inside the Guildhall ready for the countdown of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, a flurry of activity restarts. The results had been leaked. ‘It’s all over the internet,’ screams Twitter. How silly are we to be sitting down, waiting eagerly to see if Noma had been toppled? ‘Can everyone...

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    Juxtaposition of life and death in food and wine

    by  • 21/11/2012 • Musings • 2 Comments

    at the pass, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

    Every now and then, the polarity of life and death approaches something akin to poignant. As I got ready for my friend José Vouillamoz’s book launch at Caravan King’s Cross (he co-authored Wine Grapes with Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding), I happened to see on Twitter that two Fat Duck chefs had died in...

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