Places to Go in 2017 – Because These Places Need You

2017-03-03T12:10:02+00:00By |

Our places to go in 2017 are destinations that we think you should travel to this year – because they need you. These are places with breathtaking landscapes, friendly locals, fantastic food, a fascinating culture, and all the rest. They’re also places that deserve more tourists. It’s the season of ‘places to go in 2017’ lists …

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

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

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 — …

Footpath Feasting: a Series of Street Food Stories

2018-05-09T13:28:25+00:00By |

We love street food. Whether it’s yakitori in Tokyo or tacos al pastor in San Miguel de Allende, snacking on street food is an essential part of the travel experience, as is writing about it. But we also enjoy reading about, which is why we've started this series of street food stories. We love eating street …

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

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

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 …

A Year of Rhythm and Beats: Sounds and Music from a Grand Tour

2018-05-10T20:23:05+00:00By |

I grew up in a family where everyone played at least two or three musical instruments. That’s not a boast. I had to listen to musical scales being played on piano every day during my childhood. For three hours. Every day. I placed my fingers in my ears while cello, violin and viola practice was taking …

My Year in the Kitchen: Favourite Dishes From Around the Globe

2018-12-20T23:07:16+00:00By |

One of the things we love most about holiday rentals over hotels is that we're able to cook and eat 'at home'. Because unless you’re Keith Floyd (one of my inspirations as a wannabe cook in my 20s), you can’t just rock up to a hotel kitchen and whip something up. You can, however, do …

Michelada Recipe – A Spicy Mexican Beer Cocktail with a Kick

2018-12-23T14:08:27+00:00By |

Our michelada recipe makes the spicy Mexican beer cocktail that has a kick. If you haven't tried a michelada before, you need to make one now. We sampled our first michelada at Mexico City's La Lagunilla market and fell in love with this summery thirst-quenching drink for spice lovers. One of the best things about …

Guide to the 21st Century Capital: David Lida’s Mexico City

2018-11-27T17:06:08+00:00By |

As a travel writer, I love reading quality writing about travel and places. Sadly, I’m disappointed by much of what I read today. I finish most stories wanting more. Not more words – the length of an article is unimportant if the writing is engaging – and not necessarily more of the same. What I …

Mexico Take-Homes: Colourful Keepsakes, Practical Souvenir Ideas

2015-10-17T05:52:40+00:00By |

The markets and shops of Mexico are crammed with colourful keepsakes. After all the research I did for you in Mexico City on folk art and handicrafts and stationery souvenirs, I couldn't move on empty-handed. Here are some practical souvenir ideas from my purchases. Unfortunately, being on the road full-time, literally living out of our Samsonites, means I can't purchase …

Chef Martha Ortiz of Dulce Patria and Modern Mexican Cuisine

2018-05-09T13:09:54+00:00By |

Chef Martha Ortiz of Dulce Patria opened her new restaurant at the beautiful Las Alcobas boutique hotel in Polanco just before we left the Mexico capital, Mexico City. Booked solid for two weeks, we were lucky to get a table and luckier still to have a chat with the Chef (and tour of the kitchen) at the …

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