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Sipping on Slivovica — a Kotor Brandy Tasting

Sipping on Slivovica — a Kotor Brandy Tasting

Slivovica, the Serbian grape brandy. Despite having grown up drinking my Russian grandfather’s vodka, which we called ‘tractor fuel’, nothing prepared me for the burning sensation in my throat from the first tasting of Slivovica. Sipping on Slivovica — a Kotor Brandy Tasting I sampled...
Breaking Bread: Baguette Tasting in Paris

Breaking Bread: Baguette Tasting in Paris

As much a part of the French ‘look’ as a striped sailor’s shirt or foulard (scarf), the baguette is something of a fashion accessory in Paris, tucked under an arm, poking out of a shopping bag, or sharing a bicycle basket with a posie of...
Top 10 Languedoc-Roussillon Wines to Try and Buy

Top 10 Languedoc-Roussillon Wines to Try and Buy

Wherever we go on our grand tour we’re focusing on eating, drinking and buying local or regional products as much as possible, and that’s especially the case with wine. The Languedoc-Roussillon wines from the region of the same name are widely available in Ceret and they are...
Spanish Wine and the 99 cent Wine Box: the Local Verdict

Spanish Wine and the 99 cent Wine Box: the Local Verdict

Spanish wines, and especially Catalunyan wines, are wonderful – and affordable. Go to the wine section of El Corte Inglés or specialised wine shops such as Vila Viniteca and Lavinia and you can buy a decent quaffer for around five euros, a nice drop for...
DIY Sherry Tasting

DIY Sherry Tasting

In our last post we lamented the fact that Jerez’s lovely wine bodegas do not offer proper informative, horizontal tastings of their sherry and brandy products – not even the famous Gonzalez Byass Bodega, home of Tio Pepe. Somewhat frustrated, we decided to do our...
Producing the Goods — a London Foodie Walk

Producing the Goods — a London Foodie Walk

A London foodie walk was just what I needed. After watching the documentary Food, Inc. on the flight to London from Dubai I was a little depressed about the state of the food industry. Watching the undercooked movie Julie & Julia didn’t help my mood either…...