WE LOVE this combination from multi-award-winning restaurant Romulo that has become London’s ‘go to’ destination for fine Filipino food with celebrated single-island rum, distilled and aged for over seven years on Negros Occidental (known locally as Sugarlandia) in the Philippines. October will see these two hugely successful exports combining their considerable resources in a unique food and cocktail pairing. Marking London Cocktail Month, and available from Friday 9th October to Sunday 15th November, the limited-edition, three course Sugarlandia Menu is priced at just £35 per person. Both the starter and the main course are paired with two equally memorable cocktails: Sunshine in Sugarlandia (Don Papa Rum, Lemongrass, Calamansi, Ginger, Honey) and Buko Pandan (Don Papa Rum, Pandan, Co...
St Lucia was one of the first Caribbean nations to open its doors again. Here we take another visit to the fabulous Cap Maison hote, and as flights to Grenada take off, we go back to True Blue!
Above: Rum tasting at True Blue Bay, Grenada and below; Cap Maison St Lucia
FEATHER IN ST LUCIA’S CAP
Cap Maison in st Lucia is one of a growing number of hotels adding gastronomic experiences to the Caribbean cocktail of sun and sea.
Thanks to its terrain and climate the lovely eastern Caribbean island of St Lucia is blessed with bounty as well as beauty, and is fast becoming a gastronomic must go-to. Hotels such as Cap Maison in the north of the island, an area which has the best beaches and some of the best hotels and villas, are enticing visitors with a mix of fine dining, wines and rums and...
Stay cosy in The Cotswolds in The Lovely Churchill Arms
The Churchill Arms is a charming boutique country pub in a quintessentially English village in the Cotswolds. But the picture postcard prettiness of the exterior, with its honey coloured limestone and climbing greenery, belies the fact that inside is one of the area’s leading restaurants serving modern cuisine of a quality you would struggle to find in some of London’s finest establishments.
The Churchill, which opened last year after extensive refurbishment, is the first venture from local boy Nick Deverell-Smith who was named the Junior Chef of the Year in 2000. Deverell-Smith has worked with some of the country’s top chefs, including Marco Pierre-White, Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Waring and Eric Chavot, before becoming head chef at Soho...
Get a taste of Italy during your stay at home Summer
Devonshire Road in Chiswick has gradually become the area’s on trend shopping and eating village with its selection of boutiques and restaurants including the famous la Trompette , although Gordon Ramsey’s attempt to bring glamour to the Devonshire House pub failed miserably and the building is now a block of luxury apartments.
For over 20 years Devonshire road was home to the eccentric Pickwick’s Wine Bar, a firm favourite with it regulars but regarded as seedy and run down by others. Now Mr Pickwick has called last orders and the premises are occupied by The Italian Job, the UK’s first Italian craft beer bar and restaurant. It has been completely gutted and is now a fuss-free, contemporary space with a modern bar and ba...
Whether pounding the pavements, strolling the commons or orbiting our local parks, we’ve been donning our trainers more than ever since lock down began. So why not lace up for a good cause by joining the Just A Drop 100km Dash to raise money for the charity’s Coronavirus Response Programme. Founded in 1998, Just a Drop provides practical, sustainable safe water solutions across the world, partnering with grassroots local communities to deliver practical assistance. To date, the charity has delivered over 300 projects across 32 countries, bringing safe water, sanitation and hygiene programmes to over 1.6 million people. Partnering with Charitable Travel and Wendy Wu Tours, Just a Drop is encouraging runners, joggers, hikers and footpath shufflers to tall...
Holidays in the sun and trips to exotic faraway places may seem like distant memories at the moment but the day will come when once again we can pack our bags and spread our wings.
By then, will our attitude to travel have changed?
Crowded beaches, packed bars and long queues at tourist attractions may seem alien. We have grown accustomed to keeping our distance and respecting personal space, enjoying walks in local parks and simple home pleasures. In London we have relished the clear skies and birdsong in a flight free world. So will the post COVID traveller be more respectful and more appreciative of the world’s natural beauty?
Appreciating nature whether it is in the jungle or under the ocean and experiencing conscious luxury in eco-hotels both at home and overseas are experiences...
At Easter time we are remembering these beautiful Angels painted on the Ceiling of the church of Debre Zeit, Gondar in Ethiopia. There are hundreds of these faces, each with a different expression ranging from the saintly and cherubic to downright mischievous. And although the Orthodox Church has a different calendar this is as good a time as any to look at their uplifting smiles.
Beer, chocolate and stunning mountain views - Argentina's lake district is a feast for the senses
Image: Beautiful Bariloche
The Patagonian Lake District in Argentina is as pretty as a picture with its Alpine style chalets, beautiful lakes and snow capped mountains. San Carlos de Bariloche is the main tourist town in the Argentinian Lake District with a colourful tram that runs past the main square and a distinctive European feel. The area attracted Swiss, Austrian and German settlers with its fresh mountain air, snowy peaks and challenging hikes. Although Argentina is famous for its wines, there are a surprising number of small breweries in Patagonia and the craft beer bars in places like Bariloche add to its Germanic feel.
This area is famous for its chocolate and there...
Tobago's cuisine is a unique blend of African, Indian, Chinese, European and Latin American influences, as well as from Syria, Lebanon and Italy. This fascinating culinary fusion reflects the multiracial population of Trinidad & Tobago,
Curry and roti are national favourites. Roti originated in East India, but, like all West Indian curry dishes, has now been thoroughly localised and is quite different to the East Indian variants. It is basically a thin flat unleavened bread (flour pancake), not dissimilar to a tortilla. Fillings include curried chicken, goat, shrimp or conch with potato chunks and channa (chickpeas).
Crab and Dumpling is a local speciality. Its impossible to eat without making a mess, and best enjoyed outdoors, ideally on the beach. Miss Trim's food shack on Store Ba...
Casa Bonita Tropical Loge is a boutique resort tucked in the heart of the rainforest. Formerly a private home the pretty 18 room hideaway has a canopy tour of the jungle and rooms have views of the Caribbean Sea or the Sierra Barahuco mountains.
Barahona is the only place in the world where they mine larimar, a semi-precious stone the colour of the ocean. Locals say larimar can heal a broken heart. You can visit the mine and at Casa Bonita’s Tamana spa masseuse Miranda uses it as part of a unique experience where she stands with her feet in the river as I lie on a bed with the water rushing beneath me.