Sunday brunch at NOLA restaurant, contemporary cajun cuisine in Paris.   Sunday brunch at NOLA restaurant on quai de Jemmapes (Canal Saint-Martin) in Paris is perfect. The combination of a wonderful interior and ambience (piano on Sundays during brunch), with friendly, efficient and attentive staff makes for an ideal canal-side escape. NOLA’s philosophy, according to the…

Canal Saint-Martin, Ourcq and Villette Guide Nestled between postcodes 75010, 75011 and 75019, Canal Saint-Martin, Ourcq and Villette offer a break from Paris. The rustic streets, canals and green areas make it unique and a great day out. The walk from Canal Saint-Martin along the canal, via Ourcq village through to Villette, takes less than…

I Lazzari Pizzeria in Paris 5eme  I Lazzari Pizzeria really is quite a gastronomic success story and a welcome discovery in Paris 5eme. In fact the Scalzi family who successfully run this small restaurant, are sharp operators bringing the flavours and aromas of Naples’ cuisine to Paris.   The Scalzi family and their small team focus…

The Langham Shanghai and Dinner at Simply Thai The Langham Xintiandi, Shanghai.  If you are visiting Shanghai and in need of some pampering, I strongly recommend you stay at The Langham Xintiandi (in the French Concessions area). Treat yourself to a weekend or longer. From its luxurious rooms to its many bars and restaurants, offering…

Momoka 24, a Japanese delight in Paris. Momoka 24 delivers mouthwatering dishes of absolute umami. The restaurant is located in the famous Pigalle area, yet in a quieter, unimposing street without any fanfare. Just as well, because such an experience is to be savoured without the hustle and bustle of Paris.   Chef Masayo shows…

L’Epicurien by name. Epicurean by nature.   L’Epicurien restaurant is in Monnaie – a small, tidy town of Vouvray – nestled between some of the finest Loire Valley wineries. Wineries which produce wonderful still and sparkling white wines from a single grape variety – the versatile Chenin Blanc. First Impressions of L’Epicurien by Didier Frébout Once inside L’Epicurien (recommended…

It’s a Saturday evening and good friends have invited us to join them at Pasco restaurant. We are about to discover a gastronomic gem in Paris. The 7th arrondissement -75007 – is a sophisticated Paris postcode on the left bank, backing onto the architectural masterpiece of the Les Invalides museum – we can see its dome from the restaurant. It’s a posh…

It’s a nice Friday evening in late March as we walk to Rebelot, situated in Ripa di Porta Ticinese, along the famous canal of the Naviglio Grande (the end heading towards the city). Naviglio Grande is steadily getting busier with its line-up of great hipster wine bars, pizza restaurants (the traditional wood-fired variety); gelaterie (arguably, the best ice cream…