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Travel, Travel in Asia

My Indian Odyssey: Kerala – from Wayanad to Thekkady

So today it’s time to join me on the next leg of my Indian Odyssey. Time to leave Karnataka and start the journey of discovery through beautiful Kerala. Bring it on! Time to head south, through vibrant towns and villages, past rice paddies and onion and spice fields with plenty of goats and cows along […]

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Competition: Win a gourmet salt and pepper gift set from Steenbergs

It’s competition time again. And today you have the chance to win an amazing gourmet salt and pepper gift set from Steenbergs. The Para’s Special Wynad Pepper is grown on the small family-owned estate of Parameswaran in Wayanad in Southern India. Coincidentally I was there recently and did see a lot of pepper creepers growing […]

Restaurants, Restaurants in Cape Town

Fabulous fine dining at FYN

Cape Town is a real foodie heaven. There’s such a variety of top-quality restaurants it’s hard to choose where to go out to eat some days. As problems go, it’s certainly a good one! It does mean that standards are incredibly high and competition steep. So when a new establishment opens to universal praise there’s […]

Travel, Travel in Asia

My Indian Odyssey: Karnataka – from Bengaluru to Nagarhole

Our Southern Indian Odyssey begins in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. My first trip to India and one I’d been dreaming of for years. I met chef Meena Patak several times in London and she regaled me with amazing tales of beautiful scenery, friendly people, the aroma of spices in the air and the incredible […]

Restaurants, Restaurants in Cape Town

Mouthwatering tapas at Upper Bloem

On a windy Cape Town day what better way to spend the afternoon than lunching somewhere new. I’d been meaning to try Upper Bloem for a while. It’s from the team behind La Mouette, one of Sea Point favourites. Head chef Andre Hill joined La Mouette as a sous chef in 2013 and impressed chef-owner […]

Restaurants, Restaurants in Cape Town

Tasty intricate dishes and expansive views at De Grendel

Today we’re heading a short drive (20 minutes) from central Cape Town to the Durbanville wineland region. Our destination is a vineyard called De Grendel which has an amazing restaurant that we try to visit every year when we’re in the Mother City. The Graaff family own the farm and have done for four generations […]