Gibbston Valley – New Zealand’s Famous ‘Valley of the Vines’ Just a short 20km drive from Queenstown is a picturesque valley laden with grape vines… Gibbston Valley – Ultimate Wine & Fine Food was last modified: December 27th, 2014 by Jo

Spain is the home of some of the most friendly and vibrant people with a famously social way of life. Your Guide to Socialising like a Spaniard was last modified: December 27th, 2014 by Jo

Not many places in the world will you observe the equilibrium of old and new carried off with as much sophistication as in Madrid.  While it may lack the glitz of Barcelona, the characteristic architecture of Paris or the popularity of Seville, it has plenty of romance of its own. The Sophistication of Madrid, Read More

I love food. I love local eats and where better to find it that at the local open air markets. Mind you, I didn’t always like ‘local food’, in fact I was a real wimp when it came to eating anything out of my usual repertoire. Oh, how travel changes you. A short walk from, Read More

Everyone knows a French baguette. If you are very French you buy one from the boulangerie and walk down the Paris streets ripping chunks off to eat. We join them in doing so and feel a wee bit French ourselves. We find varying qualities of French baguette from different boulangeries and the result is that we, Read More

Long before the Spanish discovered South America, the native populations knew how to cultivate an incredible array of plants.  They developed elaborate irrigation systems, and terraced the steep Andean mountain slopes to make them more suitable for growing food.They acclimatised their seed to grow at high altitude and grew corn, lima beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, chilli, Read More

When in Rome…? Well, when in France eat what the French eat. French cuisine is a mixture of sophisticated refined gourmet a la carte dining and hearty rustic fare. We have a habit of buying “deux baguettes” each day, one for lunch and one for nibbles with cheese and wine…soo French and soo nice., Read More

Now enter the Aladdin’s cave of Parisian Patisseries with me: patisserie cases overflowing with the most delicious looking sweet treats around every corner. It is too hard to resist not getting a daily fix of flaky, melt-in-your-mouth pastry or chewy macaroons. My favourite is Mille-feuille: This pastry’s name literally means “thousand sheets” and is a pastry made, Read More

As soon as we arrive in Paris, we hit the French cuisine starting with foie gras with crusty farmhouse bread and Confit de Vin (wine jelly) and let it melt in our mouths. By the end, we still haven’t lost our love for the delicacy and are forgoing other French cuisine to eat foie, Read More

Although meals in France are not too dis-similar from those in the rest of the Western world, one is always aware how important food and the art of dining is to the French. It is all the more exciting to fully participate in the traditional and day to day experience of devouring French food., Read More

South America is full of gastronomical treats and cultural treasures, and you can experience both in a single cup of coca tea.  Arriving in Colonial Quito I look around our accommodation and find a generous supply of Coca tea in tea bag form. Coca Tea – Culture in a Cup was last modified: January, Read More