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Eating out in China, Part Four: Shanghai

Baked snapper, salad, kale, almonds, Saltvand at Henkes, Shanghai

Shanghai was the final stop on my lengthy China trip that began in Chengdu. There’s something about Shanghai that switched on the European bulb in my vision of dining. Perhaps it was when I crossed the river from Pudong (where I was staying at the Mandarin Oriental, home of Richard Ekkebus’ Shanghai outpost), came out…

Eating out in China, Part Two: Xian

Assorted dumplings, Dumplings feast at De Fa Chang, Xian, China

Three days after hitting the tarmac at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, I had packed my bags again and was off to Xian on assignment for Higher View. I’ve never been to Xian, and knew very little of what the city had to offer; beyond the very obvious terracotta warriors. And, to be honest, I was…

There’s always a toast at a Georgian supra

Grilled fish in Georgia

It’s been a while since I was in Georgia. More than three years in fact. The purpose of my trip was to discover Georgia as a wine region, centred around the first Qvevri Wine Symposium. Alongside this, I visited some of the country’s most revered wineries and wine making monasteries to uncover what’s often said to…

Eating out in China, Part One: Chengdu

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 come…