Citybreak: Lisbon

On almost every street in downtown Lisbon, local restaurants abound with cheap and cheerful menus, catering mainly to families. Over the street from where were staying, in a small bedsit apartment at street level, there were half a dozen such restaurants barely the...

The Walkie Talkie

Arguably one of the ugliest buildings in the world, the Walkie Talkie affects me like a bad haircut. But it is certainly distinctive and having walked past it every working day for around five years, I actually started to find it ... interesting. Certainly when you...

This Could Be Rotterdam

I have always associated trips to Rotterdam with gloomy industrial installations and lots and lots of oil tankers and barges. That association is not entirely wrong.  Rotterdam is the world's largest port, or at least it was until recently when it got overtaken by...

Cafe Le Navy Bar

Stumbled on this atmospheric restaurant in Place du Bourg du four in Geneva's Old City. I wasn't clear about the navy connection, but the staff were friendly and excellent food. We had the Fondue Moitie Moitie with Boletus, so a fondue made from two cheeses with cepes...

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Takem from the top of Les Grands Montets, this photo captures the thrill of being in the mountains

Citybreak: Lisbon

Citybreak: Lisbon

On almost every street in downtown Lisbon, local restaurants abound with cheap and cheerful menus, catering mainly to families. Over the street from where were staying, in a small bedsit apartment at street level, there were half a dozen such restaurants barely the...

Whisky Galore and more

Whisky Galore and more

Today I discovered Cadenheads on Chiltern Street between Bond Street and Baker Street. This is a small shop selling whisky, and a selection of other spirits. It looks from a different age, with rows of wonderful amber and heavy wooden barrels where you can choose...

Ottolenghi evening

Ottolenghi evening

A group of friends in Lewes meet every few months and make recippes from the cookbooks of Yotam Ottolenghi, a well known chef who specializes in Levant cuisine. A couple of years ago I had Khachapuri, a Georgian bread dish, at Guria, a Georgian restaurant in Moscow....

Hunter Gather

Hunter Gather

  Looking for a quick coffee before a meeting in Wigmore Street, I noticed the reasonably priced Latte in the tiny cafeteria with simple melamine-looking tables over the road from Costa. So I placed my order and sat down with my iPad, into which I typed busily...

Trotzig

Trotzig

The restaurant is in Gamla Stan, Stockholm's Old City. I had wanted to eat elk, so we had headed initially to The Flying Elk in Malartorget. This turned out to be a gastropub serving Swedo-Brit fusion food. After some discussion, we ascertained that elk was not on the...

Business lunch in Barcelona

Business lunch in Barcelona

Our lunch was cordoned off from the restaurant at large, and I felt sure we were the envy of the other diners. The table was a perfect square, an immaculate black tablecloth, and a total of eight places with a bottle of Spanish  wine in front of each pair of people...

Stockholm in the autumn

Stockholm in the autumn

I had got to my meeting on Master Samuelsgatan an hour early, so I went for a bite to eat at a cheap and cheerful restaurant near the church of Santa Clara. The church has a wonderful enormously elongated green spire that made me think of the word "verdigris" as I...

Pinchos at Lizarran

Pinchos at Lizarran

The staff were rushed off their feet. Tuesday night is happy hour for pinchos at Lizarran, one of a chain of small atmospheric restaurant/bars celebrating Catalan food in Barcelona among other world cities. The pinchos on Tuesday are 1 euro per shot; you just pick...

Korean food in Seoul

Korean food in Seoul

I was in Seoul in march 2014 for a big energy conference. The neighbourhood around the hotel was full of traditional restaurants, and this restaurant served traditional kimchi, a delicious soup with beef and ginseng, Korean tea, rice in the usual metal bowl, and as...

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