Trofie al Pesto – a Ligurian Specialty

A Typical Ligurian Pesto Pasta Dish: Trofie pasta is a Ligurian specialty and this is one dish that you'll find on most restaurant menus. Trofie is often served with pesto (Trofie al Pesto) which is also a specialty of the Ligurian region. In fact, Liguria is the birthplace of pesto which uses … [Read more...]

Rendez-vous at Paris Cafés Renowned for their Famous Clientele

Historic Cafés of Paris: Paris is famous for its café scene and an enduring image is of Parisians passing time at a café reading their newspaper,  friends having a rendez-vous over a slow drink, businessmen and women discussing deals in a relaxed environment or people just chilling out and … [Read more...]

Le Procope – the Oldest Café in the World

Café Procope

At Le Procope, the first literary coffeeshop was born: Paris' Left Bank area is full of interesting and historical coffeehouses and cafés and one of the most fascinating must be Café Procope.  It claims to be oldest coffeehouse in the world. Le Procope is in rue d'lAnciennne Comédie which was … [Read more...]

"k.u.k Hoflieferant" – Purveyors to the Imperial Court

When "k.u.k Hoflieferant" confirms that you're good enough for the Imperial Court: If your business had the honorary title of “k.u.k Hoflieferant” during the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, that meant that you were chosen to be a purveyor to the Imperial Court.  It's of course a much … [Read more...]

South Devon's Farmers' Markets

At South Devon Farmers' Markets you can taste the delights of local foods: With its rich and fertile rural land, the South Devon region produces plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, fine free-range meats and outstanding dairy produce, not to mention the abundance of seafood. When visiting this … [Read more...]

A Full English High Tea Experience in London

Afternoon tea in the charming living room of an English stately home: Tea and afternoon tea have played important roles in British culture for centuries and up till today having afternoon tea is still an English custom. It is believed that the idea of afternoon tea was conceived in the early … [Read more...]

Haggis, Neeps and Tatties Anyone?

Scotland's National Dish is not for the faint-hearted: The haggis is a national dish of Scotland although some say that the ancient Romans were the first people known to have made haggis-type products. At any traditional meal in Scotland, you can expect to see this dish served, as we were at our … [Read more...]

Magpie Café – The Best Fish & Chips in England?

Does the Magpie Café have the best fish and chips in the country? You don't have to look too hard for places to eat in Whitby. There are many cafés and restaurants in town and just along Pier Road there are three (Magpie Café, Terry's Restaurant and Quayside) and on Baxtergate there are another … [Read more...]

Bonjour, would you like to bake like a French Pâtissier?

Learn Pastry and Dessert making from a French master chef: Paris' patisseries are world famous and some like Ladurée, La Maison Stohrer and Angelina's are Parisian institutions. Life's Sweet in Paris - walk around the city and you'll see patisseries overflowing with the most tempting sweet … [Read more...]

Café Americain – Amsterdam’s Art Deco Grand Café

Dinner at Amsterdam's Art Deco Grand Café: Amsterdam has a number of grand cafés where you can enjoy dining in elegance and on our one free night in Amsterdam, we chose to dine at Café Americain, the oldest of the grand cafés in this city. Café Americain is one of the restaurants of the … [Read more...]