"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...]

Norwegian Food on our Hurtigruten Cruise

What to Expect of your Hurtigruten Cruise Foods On our winter Hurtigruten Norwegian cruise, there were only about 45 passengers doing the whole round trip journey from Bergen to Kirkenes and back. Along the way a few passengers joined, but generally there's plenty of room to spread out and … [Read more...]

Café de Paris – Sintra

Café with a Palatial View: Set in the historic centre of Sintra Vila is the iconic Café de Paris which enjoys fine views of the Palácio  Nacional de Sintra (National Palace). At the Café de Paris, you have a choice of dining on the balcony, the terrace or the fine-dining restaurant with its … [Read more...]

A Seafood Feast at O Farol, Cacilhas

The Lighthouse is Gone, But the Seafood Brings People Here: Our first night in Portugal and we're having a seafood treat at "O Farol", a restaurant in Cacilhas. To get to this restaurant we catch a local commuter ferry from Cais do Sodré, Lisbon's transport hub, from where buses, the metro, … [Read more...]