Insiders Guide to visiting Lyon, France

Beautiful, dynamic, exciting, and buzzy, Lyon is France’s third-largest city and home to some of the country’s best restaurants and famous chefs. Straddling the great Saône and Rhône rivers, Lyon’s power, and importance dates back to Ancient Roman times (when it was called Lugdunum) and has maintained some spectacular testaments to this imperial past, such […]

Best Gourmet Food & Wine Shops in Madrid

Madrid, Spain’s exciting and beautiful capital city, offers a smörgåsbord of world-famous art museums and historical landmarks, but for us, the biggest attraction is the food and wine. Located at the country’s exact center, Madrid has always been a crossroads attracting Spaniards from all the other regions to live and work, meaning you have restaurants […]

Everything you ever wanted to know about Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Simona Piccinelli’s interview with Marco Antonucci, the renowned extra virgin olive oil communicator Olive Oil has been used for over 6,000 years! In the Copper Age, farmers who occupied the present Syrian- Palestinian coast began to select and graft varieties of olive trees producing great fruits, to obtain a greasy, dense liquid, useful for the […]

The best of French desserts, paired with wines

Top 10 French desserts paired with wine Is France Europe’s ultimate culinary Mecca, a land of superlative gastronomy that has no equal? The answer is not so clear-cut as the French would have us believe – in recent years, the best Italian and Spanish chefs have been winning countless awards and challenging the notion that […]

Dijon Mustard: The Ultimate French Condiment

What is Dijon Mustard, and how is it used? What is the sacred trinity of the Burgundian culinary tradition? Many would argue that it is beef, red wine, and cheese – the red wines of Chambertin, Musigny, and Volnay are as highly prized as the legendary dish Boeuf Bourguignon, particularly if it is made using […]

Provencal Cuisine: A Gastronomic El Dorado

Provencal Food Guide What is Provence’s inimitable quality, which lures back the same discerning travelers year after year? Many would argue that it is the gorgeous natural setting – few can resist the rolling lavender fields, adorable villages, vine-covered hills, and azure blue skies. French artist Henri Matisse, a former resident, famously said that it […]

The best of Lyon’s Michelin-starred restaurants

Michelin Star Restaurants in Lyon The question of Lyon’s gastronomic credentials is the cause of much consternation in fierce rival Paris. That city lays claim to being the food capital of the world, and it is undoubtedly true that Paris boasts more Michelin stars than any other French city. Many people, including respected food critics […]

Prosecco Recipes

Recipes with Prosecco Wine Prosecco is not only a delightful bubbly good on its own as well as part of the famed Bellini cocktail; it is also a fantastic wine to use for cooking. Here are a few easy and sophisticated recipes to try your hand at: Scallops and Prosecco Ingredients: 400 grams cleaned scallops […]

The Best of Normandy’s Cheeses

Cream, apples, and seafood may form the holy trinity of Norman cuisine, but the region’s signature cheeses are the main reason gastronomes flock to this part of France. The former French President Charles de Gaulle, expostulating on the inability of anyone to unite the French on a single issue after WWII, famously grumbled: “You cannot […]

Paella Wine Pairing – A Delicious Spanish Dish

There can be no greater symbol of Valencian gastronomy than paella. Indeed, the phrase “Andar de paella,” or “to go for a paella” is heard frequently at every type of social occasion throughout the region. And why not? – Saint’s days, birthdays, weddings, every occasion justifies bringing out the famously oversized rice pan that gives […]

The rise and rise of the macaron

For many years, connoisseurs have been arguing over who makes the perfect macaron. What is ‘merely’ a moreish concoction of egg whites, sugar, ground almonds, and icing sugar has become something of a massive cult food item among patisserie lovers in recent times. Some would argue that this exquisitely formed, bite-size ‘meringue sandwich’ finds its […]

10 Great Dishes from Chile

Chile is a magnificently diverse country with the mountainous Andes and rugged Patagonia regions, Santiago its cosmopolitan capital, wine country, and the countless coastal beach towns and busy ports. Despite being the most regionally diverse country in South America with an extensive variety of vegetables, countless forms of beef, lamb, goat, and even llama, not […]

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