my favourite things: CASCO VIEJO, PANAMA CITY

CASCO VIEJO, where elegant mansions rub shoulders with dilapidated ruins in the oldest most vibrant part of Panama City. Originally the home turf of Panama’s elite, the second half of the 20th century was not kind to this old quarter. Rapidly re-gentrifying, it is once again the place to be. James Bond himself, well, actually…

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aloette: diner heaven

A jersey girl knows her diners. I spent a lot of late late nights (aka early, early mornings) sitting on a stool eating fried eggs, drinking milk shakes and sobering up.They were all over the state. Diners have their roots in horse drawn lunch wagons and were particularly popular in the northeastern US. The iconic…

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my favourite things: BOGOTA

BOGOTA is where I want to die. Colombia is my new favourite country and Bogota is its capital. This city has it all. Fascinating history, over the top culture, bad traffic and lots of edge. Great food is endless: restaurants creating haute cuisine, cafes pouring hot wine (odd but true) and stalls serving delicious empanadas. People…

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killing it in the kitchen

Who knew hanging in a Michelin kitchen could be so much pleasure. No drudgery here. This was all fun!  Tasting. Giggling. And a smidge of learning. Pied a Terre’s Kitchen Experience turned out to be the most incredible London adventure. At 9 am sharp, I was opening my first scallop. Pretty gooey. This was seriously…

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my favourite things: LYON

It is every blogger’s joy to get enthusiastic feedback and I am no different.   Whether this feedback is posted in the Reply section or, as is more often the case, shared in conversation and accompanied by a glass of excellent wine, I always happy to expound.    “I’d love to go there!” is the usual opening,…

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positively perfect pied a terre

I love going to restaurants. I eat out an awful lot. Over the years I have become friends with many restaurateurs. Oddly, I have hesitated to write about them. I wondered if I could be objective. However, I met them initially because I loved their restaurants. I ate (and still eat) at these places… often.…

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