Bilbao for Basque Cuisine and Chef Eneko Atxa’s Azurmendi

2019-06-06T12:33:20+07:00By |

Bilbao for Basque cuisine and Chef Eneko Atxa's Azurmendi restaurant is on our travel wish list for this year – fantastic food, fine art, and the beautiful Basque Country of Northern Spain. Now to make it happen! You know how sometimes you have to tell people something or put it in writing to commit to [...]

Worlds Best Food Tours and Culinary Walks, All Tried and Tested

2018-11-26T11:13:28+07:00By |

The worlds best food tours and culinary walks have provided us with some of our most unforgettable food memories, from inhaling fresh herbs and fragrant spices at local markets to savouring street food treats at smoky roadside stalls and traditional eateries. We may have set some kind of record for the number of culinary experiences — [...]

London, Last Stop on our Grand Tour of the Globe

2018-11-25T17:28:42+07:00By |

It was fitting that our final ‘home away from home’ of our twelve month grand tour was exactly the kind of place we love to settle into. The delightful flat in London’s West End was much more of a home than a rental. A couple of the apartments we stayed at during the year felt [...]

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

2018-11-26T16:21:29+07:00By |

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on our yearlong grand tour. This post is a comparison of [...]

My Best Foodie Travel Moments from our Grand Tour

2015-08-25T12:47:32+07:00By |

We did a hell of a lot of food-related activities over the last 12 months for Grantourismo. And my best foodie travel moments of the year didn’t occur while seated at a voguish restaurant… 1. Tasting cheese at Neal’s Yard Dairy in London. It’s not just the French who have fabulous cheeses! And yes, we [...]

With Holiday Rentals it’s the Little Things That Make a Difference

2018-05-10T15:24:52+07:00By |

With holiday rentals it's the little things that make a difference to your stay, the thoughtful extras that can set one property apart from the next, and help to make an experience special. When you check into a hotel, you come to expect certain amenities depending on the class of hotel you’ve booked. Hotel ratings exist to [...]

Best of British Food in London

2019-04-22T15:44:57+07:00By |

We have to let you in on a little secret: this year we’re using our quest to identify a quintessential dish in each destination that I can learn to cook as a fantastic excuse to try a range of restaurants that specialise in the local cuisine of that destination. Here's the best of British food [...]

Fast Omelette with Bacon Recipe

2019-12-05T13:09:48+07:00By |

Fast omelette making skills can come in handy when you're in a hurry, when you have friends over for a weekend breakfast, whether you're feeding a big family on holidays, or when you have a hungry wife. Here's my fast omelette with bacon recipe. While we were in London I saw a TV cooking show where [...]

Everyday Exploring: London

2019-04-22T15:41:41+07:00By |

Exploring laidback neighbourhoods, getting an insight into the everyday life of the locals, and really getting a feel for the rhythm of a place can be as satisfying as seeing a city’s major sights. Hanging out in ordinary ‘hoods might not suit every traveller, especially first-time visitors intent on ticking off monuments, but for us, [...]

Entertaining Away

2019-04-22T15:36:13+07:00By |

“Will you be having one of these parties at every destination you visit?” was the most common question I fielded at our buzzy Grantourismo launch party in London on Thursday night. Maybe. For us, entertaining away is one of the most fun things to do in a holiday rental. The motivation for the question was [...]

London Foodie Walk – We Meet Passionate Local Purveyors of Gourmet Products

2019-04-22T15:34:41+07:00By |

A London foodie walk introduces us to a new breed of passionate purveyors of local produce, specialty food ingredients and gourmet products, from artisanal cheese shops and coffee and spice stores to an Italian-style delicatessen brimming with handmade sausages and salamis. A London foodie walk was just what I needed. After watching the documentary Food, Inc. [...]

Our home away from home in London

2019-04-22T15:31:54+07:00By |

It would be an understatement to say that arriving in London from Dubai this week was a shock to the system. For the last 18 months our travels have kept us in warm climates: Australia for the sultry Christmas and cricket season, Bangkok during the balmy month of December, the Middle East throughout the sweltering [...]

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