24 Hours in Braga | The Heart of Historical Northern Portugal

Have you heard of Braga in Northern Portugal? I confess I hadn’t until I was invited to visit the area recently. I quickly learned that Braga is the oldest city in Portugal and has a very long and fascinating history which is still very much in evidence today. Braga (together with nearby Guimarães and Tenões) ... Read more »

A Breakfast Shared with Brioche Pasquier

Brioche Pasquier have been making traditional brioche and other French pâtisseries since they were founded in 1936 in a small village bakery in Les Cerqueux, France. Founder Gabriel Pasquier taught his traditional levain-based recipes to his sons who built the business into Brioche Pasquier, now a large and successful company with over 3,000 employees. Levain, ... Read more »

What Makes A Great Sunday Roast? | Sunday Dining at Hatchetts in Mayfair

A really good Sunday Roast is a very fine thing indeed. But how to define ‘really good’? Perhaps surprisingly, the element that comes first for me is roast potatoes. Yep, spuds over meat (though that’s a very close second). Roasties that are beautifully fluffy inside but have a properly crunchy exterior (that doesn’t give up ... Read more »

A Food Lover’s City Break in Ottawa’s Byward Market

Ottawa has a bit of a bad rap amongst Canadians. Visiting Toronto in Ontario and Montreal in Quebec, as soon as we mentioned that we were heading to the nation’s capital we were immediately asked why and told not to bother! Ottawa was dismissed as dull, boring and not worthy of our time by several ... Read more »