I have just been on a visit to Tours, France. The food was delicious and, everywhere, from everything you see, you get the over-riding idea that food is important. So no wonder the city has been called a City of Gastronomy, listed on UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.
I really enjoyed our meal at Le Restaurant de PAUL. The food was really good, the portions were generous, the staff were warm and friendly, the atmosphere was welcoming, and the food was reasonably priced with mains being between £8 and £17. The sort of place I will love to take my OH and kiddoes for a meal.
It was great seeing my fellow foodies fall in love with the food and the chef at the Brassiere, Guoman Hotel. Me, well I was already hooked from my visit a year ago and it only got better. This time we came along to sample their new summer menu, which focuses on locally sourced, British food.
I like food. I like travel. And the foodie in me certainly believes that one of the best ways to experience a city is through its food. So I was excited to find that Fab Food Trails promised to help me explore Dublin via a mixture of fun food tastings, historical and architectural snippets during a leisurely two and half hour stroll around the city.
The menu at the Pigs Ear is all about good honest Irish cooking with a modern touch. I mean you have got to drool over with the terrine of pork and ham knuckle with pistachio nuts, burnt apple, tea pickled prunes. Same for the earl grey tea & citrus cured salmon, cucumber, dill oil, buttermilk whey. Deciding what to eat sure was fun.
Dublin is home to some absolutely gorgeous treasures. A lot of these are located in the very compact centre so you can get to them all by foot. It is easy to wander along the banks of the river Liffey, right through the city centre and then weave off into the side roads to gaze at some sights. To help you plan your visit here is a list of 8 great things to do in Dublin.
This local to me pub / restaurant, set in a quite rural road in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, is all about the food. As is glorious local food. I like that as I am looking through their menu, I can pretty much map where all the main things come from. Yes, Suffolk is gloriously on the menu at the British Larder.
A collaboration between Fragata and Spanish Chef Omar Allibhoy could only be a marriage made in foodie heaven. And I was lucky enough to get invited to an evening showcasing this partnership. We are talking seven whole courses prepared by Omar – each one featuring at least one item from the Fragata range.
I was lucky to be invited to review the Brasserie Restaurant in the Guoman Tower Hotel in London. The whole meal was exquisite especially the crunchy goat’s cheese and mascarpone filled goanut and the key lime parfait which inspired a poem.
I have just got back from eating my way through Rome – where I absolutely fell in love with pasta. So imagine my excitement when a week later I get an invite to spend an evening of cookery at the Underground Cookery School in London. And the first recipe was homemade pumpkin ravioli. Need I say more?