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…

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…

191 Hotel – Ninxia   191 Hotel – Ninxia, No. 11, Ningxia Road, Datong District, Taipei, Taiwan 103. Find them on Booking.com or any other booking website. This hotel has to be one of the best ‘no-frills’ surprises (exceeding my expectations) of my travelling life. I know that sounds way too enthusiastic, but I really did…

Review of EVA Air Premium Economy. Overall Rating I found EVA Air to be a good-value-for-money, safe airline. From seamlessly booking online on their website to the ground staff and onboard service, it is pretty faultless and easy. The crew and ground staff do a very decent job and this is the reason for my 3.8…

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: 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…

6 of the Best Wine Bars in Paris “What are the best wine bars in Paris?”. As a Parisian and wine enthusiast, I’m often asked what to recommend. Through my own ‘exhaustive’ trial and error, I’ve decided to share 6 of the Best Wine Bars in Paris for Great Wine Days readers. Santé! Chez Nous…