Isan Thai Food in Bangkok

Bangkok is currently experiencing a revival of traditional regional food, rather than only chasing after the latest international trends.  In my opinion, the best Thai food comes from the Northeast region called Isan.  Isan Thai Food is famous for being very spicy and pungent, seasoned with fresh herbs and fermented fish (plah rah), featuring some […]

New recommended Queenstown, New Zealand restaurants

This is an update to the Queenstown, New Zealand restaurants and travel guide which I posted two years ago. In early December 2013, I returned to the south island of New Zealand and spent a week in Queenstown after several days sea kayaking and hiking in the Abel Tasman national park (see Kayaking in New […]

Favorite restaurants in Paris 2013 edition

It’s time to update my list of favourite restaurants in Paris. Many of the places listed below are near my apartment (at the border of the 7th and the 15th arrondissements by UNESCO and the Ecole Militaire). I have omitted the obvious expensive traditional French restaurants and the brasseries/bistros because you can find them on […]

L’Auberge Basque: great food, rustic hideaway near St. Jean de Luz

L’Auberge Basque is famous gastronomic restaurant and hotel 7 kilometres north of the coastal town of Saint Jean de Luz and 22 kilometres from Biarritz in France. If you are looking for a place to stay in and around Saint Jean de Luz, this is it. Five years ago, Cédric Béchade, chef and owner of […]

L’Artemise: luxury boutique hotel and restaurant in Uzes (Languedoc)

L’Artemise is one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in Uzès (Languedoc), an atmospheric walled town close to the Pont du Gard, Nîmes and Arles. The house in which the hotel is located, was constructed at the end of the 16th century and is set in a quiet garden with views over the Eure Valley […]

Travel in Sicily: La Foresteria Winery Boutique Hotel

If you travel in Sicily, and would like to stay in a winery to sample from the local wine and food than Planeta Estate La Foresteria is the place to stay for a truly “gourmet” holiday. The owners have been for years some of the biggest and best known producers of fine Sicilian wines. In the […]

Llao Llao hotel and Cassis restaurant in Bariloche, Argentina

Llao Llao hotel lies 25km west of San Carlos de Bariloche in Southern Argentina. It was originally built in 1934 at the edge of a national park. It is on a spectacular setting on a ridge surrounded by lakes with the snow-capped Andes Mountain range in the background. It is an all season resort serving skiers in the winter and […]