Three (3) Days in Shanghai is just enough to grasp the sheer size and enjoy some key highlights of this interesting city. The choice of neighbourhoods, key attractions, shopping, eating, green areas and general curiosity will leave you wanting to return or stay longer. Shanghai roars with energy. The entrepreneurial spirit of its citizens and…

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…

Best Bars for Wine, Cocktails, Cognac & Cigars Whether you are on holiday or planning to travel, our guide ‘Best Bars for Wine, Cocktails, Cognac & Cigars’, will simplify your search!   Below you will find a long list with ongoing updates Sorted by Countries, of some of the best and local lounges and bars…

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…

Chef Interview Series – 5 Questions for: Valérie Diaz, Chef at Les Fines Herbes, Saint Cloud (Greater Paris), France. Qu. 1 What is the inspiration behind the wonderful food created at Les Fines Herbes ? The observations of everyday life and I like to saunter to the market to stay in the heart of every season;…

Chef Interview Series – 5 Questions for: Raquel Marques, Chef at Tasca Jota Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.   Q1. What does Tasca Jota mean and what is the inspiration for this restaurant?  Tasca Jota is the perfect marriage of the traditional Portuguese cuisine with a very modern twist. All our creations are based on Portuguese dishes…

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…

Chef Interview Series – 5 Questions for: Henri Leclerc, Executive Chef at La Maison Des Halles, Tours, France. (EN:  English  FR: Francais)     Qu. 1 When and how did your passion for food begin? In my mother’s kitchen or during large family meals at my grandmother’s. It was a kitchen of love and sharing. Like…