Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Travel

What makes a vibrant food scene?

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Brew Lab coffee
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Bar Kohl’s signature burger

I’ve just been to Edinburgh to visit my brother. Lucky for me we had a personal tour guide to take us around and select the best places to eat; and lucky for us Edinburgh has a vibrant and varied food scene with cuisine ranging from Brazilian to Indian street food, gourmet burgers to gourmet coffee. Eating out when you’re on holiday is always a bit hit-and-miss. When you’re not familiar with an area finding a suitable place for lunch or dinner can become an exercise in frustration ending in arguments. Before I go …

The spoils of summer in Croatia

I have just returned from Korčula, Croatia for what has turned out to be our best family holiday. That combination of familiarity, independence and relaxation meant this was our best experience yet of our favourite beach-side spot.  The boys were old enough this time to swim by themselves and explore the rocks and we even managed an island-hopping boat tour kindly arranged by my dad. The food was, as ever, amazing. Loads of grilled meat and our favourite little ćevapčićis appearing at most meal times. We celebrated dad’s birthday with lobster buzara and AT’s birthday with another visit to the

Happy Anniversary

In post-war Australia they needed a boost to the population. Ten-pound poms and various other migrants on similar schemes were shipped and flown to Australian shores up until the ’80s. A condition of the cheap tickets offered to people from Britain and the continent was that they were obliged to stay for 2 years. After that, they could do what they liked.

We celebrated our 2 year anniversary last week. 2 yrs since we left Sydney and landed in London. I said good bye to endless days of sunshine and clear skies to a life that is a bit more …

The food in Madrid

We’ve been meaning to get to Spain for some time and finally the moment arrived when AT and I agreed that it would make the perfect spot for our 2013 trip without the kids. The main reason we chose Madrid was to see the art and spent roughly half of each day wandering the halls of the Prado, The Reina Sophia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza and being confounded, moved and amazed by the work of guys like Goya, Bosch and Picasso. Of course the food was of interest. I am a big fan of snack food and so to visit a …

Sojourn in the south of France

Travel can become a double-edged sword. The more you travel, the harder it is to achieve those precise moments of awe and amazement that you seek. But I like to think that instead of dulling my sensitivities, my travel experience has improved my ability to identify the beautiful and unique elements that differentiate this country from that one, the things that make a place special.

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We spent the new year period staying at a friend’s house in Cavaillon which is in the Vaucluse Department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. The converted barn replete with ancient timber beams …

German Christmas Markets

German Christmas Markets

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Over the weekend my family met in Rothenburg, Germany for some festive family fun. We met on Friday night at the Guesthouse Eberlein and promptly headed towards the old medieval town for dinner at the potato restaurant. So called because of their flair with the much loved root vegetable. It was marvelous. Beer and potato cakes followed by pork shanks, Franciscan sausages, schnitzel and all kinds of potatoes were bought to our table of nine. We made merry into the evening and in a haze of powerful apple schnapps we wandered into the old town. It was like a winter …

Paris, I get it now

Might seem like an odd photograph to start with. Why show an empty coffee cup when one’s imagination fills with the possibilities that a weekend in Paris could have, should have yielded. As I write this I’m feeling a little bit sad. I’m eating cheese that I bought back from Paris, on bread that I bought in a boulangerie on St Lazare. I’ve never felt this sad to leave a place and never felt so certain that I will return. The empty coffee cup you see in the photo is from Les Deux Magots in St Germain; a cafe once …

Haggis and the Highlands

I went to Scotland this week and have tried everything from Scottish rope-grown mussels, smoked salmon and oatcakes to Braemar Mist, cranachan, haggis and black pudding. I was not expecting it to be a food-lover’s holiday but I did come away with some memorable eating experiences. I could go on about the landscape which was absolutely epic and breathtaking. I could tell you about my mountain trek up to the bone caves and 13th Century Cawdor Castle or the 4000 yr old burial chambers in a farmyard. But this is a food blog after all, so I’ll tell you about …

Sausages and Salzburg

Before the Easter weekend, we went to Salzburg. I’ve been before and thought it would make a good destination for the boys. It’s a small city with all the sites in a smallish area and is as beautiful as a city can be. We stayed in a cosy guesthouse about 15 minutes out of the old city and spent our evenings on the balcony staring up at the magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains that surround the city. The house is a family operation, it is decorated in traditional Austrian style and was all decked out for Easter with bunnies …

Leaving London

I haven’t been posting much these days because we’re preparing to move out of London. I know.

Sigh…

I look out of my kitchen and I see the hustle of the street. I see the chefs at the restaurant across the road taking a smoking break. I see little chavs tearing about and people walking their gigantic dogs. I see drug dealers and BMWs, tourists and locals. I see everything from my little kitchen window. I’ll miss that. I’ve never felt so part of the world while still in my kitchen. I’ll be going back to that domestic isolation of …