Citybreak: Lisbon

Citybreak: Lisbon

Eating Out 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 size of a living room, sparsely furnished with simple formica [...]
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 selected blends and fill your own bottle direct from the [...]
Chenin Blanc from India

Chenin Blanc from India

I wasn't sure what to expect of this wine, but it turned out to be surprisingly good. Behind my hotel in Delhi was a dusty old shop surrounded by litter, and this was one of the two bottles of wine that the sold. It's not top class wine by any means, but for 550 rupees [...]
Bukhara restaurant, Delhi

Bukhara restaurant, Delhi

Bukhara Restaurant in the ITT Hotel in new Delhi Bukhara restaurant is reputed to be the best Indian restaurant in India, and therefore in the world. It is certainly good, although hardly a hidden gem. Located in the 5-star ITT Hotel, we had been told that booking was next to impossible, but that you could [...]
Kulapelli Vineyard Reserva Especial 2013

Kulapelli Vineyard Reserva Especial 2013

This is a Chilean wine from the Maipo valley, made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere grapes. The winemaker is Alejandro Galaz. This was an easy drinking wine from Tesco's priced at around £6.00. I was interested in the vineyard name, which sounded Finnish. The wine itself was very easy to drink.
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. So I tried this Ottolenghi dish, adding the eggs [...]