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…

  Top 5 Ways to Pick Wine in a Restaurant. At Great Wine Days we understand just how daunting, overwhelming or time-consuming picking wine can be for some, so here are our ‘Top 5 Ways to Pick Wine in a Restaurant – and enjoy doing so! Let’s start with or favourite tip… 1. Ask the sommelier or waiter…

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…