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A foodie weekend in South Wales

South Wales is one of the most interesting places in the UK to visit for a foodie minibreak. It is so easy to drive to and with so many delicious places to discover, I recently hopped in the car and headed off on a gourmet luxury weekend, to discover the best South Wales has to offer. Where to stay Celtic Manor is a very well established 5 star hotel just outside

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A chocolate themed cruise with Paul A. Young

A couple of weeks ago, I set sail on a short European cruise with P&O cruises, on a chocolate themed cruise to Amsterdam and Belgium, hosted by master chocolatier Paul A. Young on board Ventura. My trip was one of a most interesting range of food themed cruises organized by P&O. The Southampton-based company works with a number of celebrity chefs as their Food Heroes, including Michelin-starred Atul Kochhar, James Martin, Eric Lanlard and Marco

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A foodie guide to Madrid

Madrid is one of my favourite European cities and so I was thrilled to return last month to put together a list of foodie recommendations for a trip for you. I lived in Madrid a decade ago, which was an extremely happy time for me. I have very fond memories of Madrid, but I was interested to return and see if it lived up to expectations, no longer having a

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A guide to eating out in Dubai, 2015

Dubai’s restaurant scene is constantly evolving, so I’ve recently been back to eat my way around the city and bring you my favourite places to eat out now. The best Italian restaurant in Dubai right now has to be Ronda Locatelli, Giorgio Locatelli’s restaurant at the Atlantis The Palm. The menu is extensive, offering a wide range of regional Italian foods, and, most impressively, a superb range of gluten free

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A trip to the Dubai Marina

Dubai’s Marina area is one of the most vibrant and exciting parts of this exhilarating 24-hour city. Its glittering skyscrapers; extensive waterways and vibrant restaurants make for a thrilling visit, both at day and night. Many regular visitors to Dubai will always stay in this part of town, so I recently paid a visit to experience it for myself. My hotel for this visit was Grosvenor House, the renowned destination hotel,

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Top Activities for Foodies in Dubai

This may come as a surprise, but the Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark is a tremendous place for foodies to visit. Stop for lunch or dress for dinner and head to Georgio Locatelli’s Ronda restaurant, which is situated right by the Atlantis restaurant. This is a stylish restaurant with a varied, interesting menu. The food is delicious, freshly cooked and beautifully presented. The Atlantis waterpark is easily the standout water park in Dubai and the UAE.

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Luxury in the desert

 There are many wonderful reasons to visit the UAE, but as a holiday destination, its main draws are its excellent weather, particularly in the winter, and the superb level of luxury and service in the hospitality sector. Ras Al Khaimah is around an hour away from the mind-blowing city of Dubai, yet it feels a world away. Sat between the Arabian Gulf and the majestically beautiful Hajar mountains and rolling,

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Date Crumble Muffins

  This is a recipe I picked up on my visit to Ras Al Khaimah. Dates are a national staple of the UAE, and the quality of the dates grown here are just sensational. Visit the markets, and you can find fresh yellow dates for sale, visit the supermarket and you’ll find cheap dates and date syrup available, and visit the high-end boutiques for finger-sized dates, stuffed with whole nuts,

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A Foodie Guide to Ras Al Khaimah

The food in the UAE is incredibly good – you have the best chefs and ingredients from all over the world available to you, and the choice and variety is just astonishing. Ras Al Khaimah has some really fantastic restaurants spanning a wide range of cuisines. As is the way in the UAE, they’re all based in hotels. Here are my top 5 restaurants in Ras Al Khaimah, plus some top tips

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A Guide to Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is the northernmost Emirate forming the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, and is fast becoming a popular tourist destination. At just an hour’s drive from Dubai, it is a relaxing, yet luxurious place to holiday, offering a flavour of traditional Emirati life alongside the service and luxury one expects from a trip to the UAE. Ras Al Khaimah is much less developed than Dubai or Abu Dhabi, and is

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