I've just got back from my fantastic first trip to Vietnam. Expect to hear lots more from me on that once I've got my tired head around all the amazing things I experienced in this complex, multilayered country. For now, these are extracts from my journal, written while I was in Ho Chi Minh City. They just scratch the surface of all I did and saw, highlighting one stand-out experience from each day.
I spent a gloriously foodie weekend 15th - 17th September 2017 at Abergavenny Food Festival - 'the Glastonbury of food festivals' in Wales, UK. Foodies came from far and wide to hear, and mingle with, chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers. All were there to enjoy, celebrate, revel in, and learn about food. There was so much to do at AFF that I couldn't manage even half of what I wanted to. But here's just a snapshot of all my favourite bits of AFF 2017 as I experienced it.
If you've got a free weekend and fancy making it foodie, it's a fine idea to go and explore all that Brighton has to offer. Its food scene is in itself up there in the top reasons to visit Brighton. So here's my tips for just 6 must-try food experiences - all within 15 minutes walk of each other in the centre of this fabulous funky city. Whether you fancy fresh local seafood, fish and chips, the most decadent chocolate cake, gourmet vegetarian, or something a bit more global - no worries, it's all here.
So August has ended, the kids have dragged their feet back to school, commuter trains are once again standing room only, and people are beginning to post 'jokes' about how many sleeps it is 'til Christmas. But let's not give in so easily - if it's only early September and it's 19° outside, then it's still a British summer, right?! So my Travel in Pictures Summer Season is extended for a couple of weeks longer, and today invites you for a stroll along the promenade to take in Brighton (UK) beach and seafront, and the wonderfully iconic, mesmerising and desolately beautiful West Pier. There's just no doubt that Brighton seafront is one of the top 10 reasons to visit Brighton. And arguably, one of the top 10 reasons to visit England!
Come with me on a trip (in every sense) into one very specific Nippon food-culture phenomenon - the surreal and sensational world of Japanese KitKats.
If you had just two days in Muscat, then the 3rd of the 7 experiences that I recommend you don't miss is the raw Omani life of the Fish Souq. It might just allow you to put a name to a face when you're enjoying seafood at dinner later!
I was in Oman last week. Here's a taste of its food culture and the Iftar meal, including recipes for two fantastic starters: labneh cheese and smoky aubergine moutabel dip.
My recent fabulous first trip to Japan - where green tea was EVERYWHERE and in everything - got me pondering why exactly green tea is regarded as good for you. Does green tea’s reputation really stand up to all the health hype? So I've looked at some of the most recent scientific papers (so you don't have to!), and summarised it all for you here. And I found out how to make a proper cup of matcha, and I've come up with recipes for Iced Matcha shake, Matcha Latte, and Matcha Affogato, which I've included here too. You're welcome!