Ibiza recommendations: summer 2020

Ibiza recommendations: summer 2020

Like everywhere around the world, summer started late in Ibiza this year and until recently, there have been remarkably fewer visitors than usual. The island known for its party scene won’t reopen its clubs either nor its infamous “party” restaurants like Heart. Having lived there for over six years, I’ve…

10
Jul
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Three favourite traditional fruit tarts

Three favourite traditional fruit tarts

Three favourite traditional fruit tarts

Three of my favourite traditional French tarts by Richard Wilkins, the head chef of 104 Restaurant in London.

7
Jul
6 taste defining & defying sakes

6 taste defining & defying sakes

6 taste defining & defying sakes

by Pablo Alomar Salvioni Sake, locally known as Nihonshu, is drenched in myth and mystery. The Japanese seem to have a complex code in their DNA that defines the exclusive rules surrounding sake tasting…and their exceptions, in a deep and difficult balance. What for Europeans is black or white, for…

27
Jun
The grand tortellini debate or Don’t mess with the Nonna!

The grand tortellini debate or Don’t mess with the Nonna!

The grand tortellini debate or Don’t mess with the Nonna!

by Edoardo Celadon There’s likely no country in the world that has exported its cuisine better than Italy. To be honest, we Italians usually consider this fame a double edged sword; on one hand the expertise and the selection of products on which our country prides itself and on the…

27
Jun
Europe’s 15 Best Sushi Shokunin

Europe’s 15 Best Sushi Shokunin

Europe’s 15 Best Sushi Shokunin

Curated by Aiste Miseviciute, in alphabetical order From London to Logroño- my list of the best and up-and-coming sushi masters in Europe.For some of these chefs it’s not only a job, but a lifetime quest to achieve perfection.

27
Jun
Matt Goulding: putting words to food

Matt Goulding: putting words to food

Matt Goulding: putting words to food

Matt Goulding doesn’t do things by halves, and his recent James Beard award for Dining and Travel writing—specifically for his piece dubbed “Slice of Tokyo: How Japan Became a Pizza Hotspot”, for Airbnb Magazine—attests to this. Before writing about pizza, he learned how to make it, by becoming a certified…

27
Jun
Sake pairing, the ultimate guide

Sake pairing, the ultimate guide

Sake pairing, the ultimate guide

by Pablo Alomar Salvioni Beyond pairings with sushi, sake is the perfect drink to bring out the full flavour of any dish. While sake is definitely not wine… it can certainly be paired with food in similar ways. Check out this in-depth look at the nectar of Nippon and the…

25
Jun
La Maison Troisgros: the birthplace of nouvelle cuisine

La Maison Troisgros: the birthplace of nouvelle cuisine

La Maison Troisgros: the birthplace of nouvelle cuisine

In an unassuming part of an unremarkable French town, gastronomic history was made by two brothers and a simple dish of salmon With one notable exception, Roanne train station is exactly as I remember it from my first visit 17 years ago. It’s still eerily quiet, save for the odd…

14
Jun
Who needs Balenciaga when you’ve got bento boxes?

Who needs Balenciaga when you’ve got bento boxes?

Who needs Balenciaga when you’ve got bento boxes?

Learning the joys of living local during the lockdown. The first days of lockdown in London already feel like another age. Maybe it’s because they were marked by never-ending queuing for food. For someone born in Lithuania duringthe last years of the Soviet Union, long queues for grocery shopping felt…

6
Jun
Young generation of Japanese ceramic artists

Young generation of Japanese ceramic artists

Young generation of Japanese ceramic artists

When Tea Ceremony first came to Japan, it was elaborate and “Chinese Oriented”, but everything changed with the introduction of “Wabi” by Zen monk Murata Juko, who introduced simple and rustic aesthetics vs the richness and elegance of the Chinese arts. Like Alex Kerr writes in his brilliant book “Another…

6
Jun
Ceramics by Living National Treasures

Ceramics by Living National Treasures

Ceramics by Living National Treasures

The magical world of the Japanese ceramics, which encompasses wide range of styles and aesthetics from earthin-like Bizen ware to glazed stoneware pieces and porcelain by ‘Living National Treasures” or phantasmagorical creations by young generation artists such as Takuro Kuwata. Some objects that have caught my eye recently- mainly by…

6
Jun