We are always interested to hear about your travels, whether it’s a return trip to a country you love, great moments captured on camera, or the smaller things that help make an enjoyable trip. The next six pages showcase some of the fantastic travel tales and photographs you’ve shared with us this Spring. From family adventures in the Masai Mara, to exploring Vietnam, to a private tea ceremony in Kyoto; we hope you will enjoy reading them as much as we did.
Articles in the 'Food & Drink' Category
This special feature aims to shine a spotlight on South America as we launch our brand new brochure for the continent.
Think Indian food. Think chicken korma, pilau rice and a naan. Nice. Now let’s think again because the Indian takeaway so loved by us Brits and our European friends is nothing, and I mean nothing, compared to the complexities, subtleties and mouthwatering variety of South Indian cuisine. I use ‘South Indian’ in its hugely generalised form as you could easily write a book on the unique regional cuisines of Andhra, Chettinad, Malabari, Hyderabadi and Karnatakan. Just the names make my mouth water. South India really is the place to go for a slice of Indian Subcontinent foodie heaven.
Those that have been to Hong Kong usually agree that this is one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cities. Nowhere else can you experience such a fabulous mix of East and West. Unfortunately, most people only scratch the surface, using Hong Kong as a short stopover point, which does not really do it justice. If you have more than a couple of nights to spend there you’ll be thoroughly rewarded. Hong Kong has much to offer aside from what is arguably the most spectacular cityscape in Asia.
The beauty of Québec is that its history is so perfectly intertwined with its cuisine. The Québecois have a great affinity with food that stems directly from the first permanent French colony of Nouvelle France established by Samuel de Champlain in 1608. Today’s simple, rustic fare continues the tradition of the trappers and the earliest settlers of the colony, whilst the elegance of haute cuisine pays homage to the king’s nobles and seigneurs who once held court here.
Stereotypes of Russia abound: bad food with even worse service, gruff, surly people and ugly, functional buildings. As with all stereotypes, the reality is somewhat different. Modern Russia is a place that fascinates with its history, inspires with its architecture and museums, and delights the senses with some of the world’s best hotels and top class restaurants.
Sampling the culinary highlights of a country is, for some, one of the main reasons for choosing to travel to a particular location. Japan is certainly a place where eating is half the fun, as long as you can overcome the misconception that all there is to eat is raw fish. Of course, Japan is renowned for its fantastically fresh and delicate sushi and sashimi, but adventurous eaters will be delighted to hear that Japanese food offers a wealth of dishes to satisfy any palate.
“Put the kettle on and we’ll all have a nice cup of tea”. A common suggestion in households across Britain. It’s easy to take the soothing effects of a decent cup of tea for granted, but tea has a far more complex and fascinating history than this simple act would suggest.
Buenos Aires is often high on the list of the best cities in the world to visit, but to truly appreciate all it has to offer, insider advice from the locals is imperative. We therefore asked one of our top guides, Maria, to share a few of her favourite places to visit, eat, drink and tango!
Nothing draws people together like food, whether it’s the preparation or sitting down to taste local delicacies, barriers are broken down and conversation flows. We asked our specialists to choose some of their favourite culinary experiences from around the world.
Australia is widely portrayed as a land of amazing diversity and, thanks to the recent screening of the ‘Australia’ blockbuster movie, the country’s rugged landscapes and vast outback scenery have been the recipients of a bag of well-deserved plaudits. Whilst cinemas and tourism campaigns have been filled with a glossy and romantic portrayal of the Aussie outback dream, Australia’s ‘second city’ sits patiently in the state of Victoria, ready to be discovered. Here there is a stark contrast to the roughly hewn cattle-drover and dusty outback image portrayed on screen.
Warmed by the waters of the Malabar Coast and sheltered from the bustling interior by the mountainous range of the Western Ghats, Kerala is a fertile rural paradise that bills itself as ‘God’s own country’. It’s a land ruled by nature, with an easy-going ambience and sense of ease: ideal for a complete restorative getaway but with plenty to do and see. Here our Kerala specialists share some of the reasons why a visit to this state should be top of everyone’s wish list.
The pound might have dropped but the rand has plummeted. Andrew Hunt, South Africa Programme Manager, finds bargains aplenty as the southern hemisphere summer swings across a country that offers big five safaris, excellent dining and world-class boutique hotels.
China’s famously fast-moving society is transforming the travel experience in cities, with a new sophistication bringing boutique hotels and fine restaurants. Beyond the urban centres, however, many parts of China have escaped the rush to modernise, with rural village communities atmospherically unchanged over the millennia. Tom Stapleton and Ben Colbridge compare and contrast.
Whether you’re a serious wine buff, teetotal, or simply enjoy the odd tipple, winegrowing regions are always fascinating places to visit.
Natalie Lewis explains where to stay, what to eat and what to do in Bangkok.
Our specialists reveal their favourite tipples from around the world.
Our specialists uncover the finest places to dine out.
A whistle stop tour of Morocco’s fashionable cuisine.
Despite common links, the countries of Southeast Asia have developed distinct national dishes.
Eating in Japan can be anything from a relaxed occasion to a lengthy ritual.
Sri Lanka may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of tea but if we use the island’s older name, Ceylon, instead it becomes a much more familiar name to the connoisseur of a good cuppa.
The spice trade is intrinsically woven into Zanzibar’s history and culture.
South America may not be known for its cuisine, but that is not to say that a trip there is without interesting food.
While the dishes of some countries have become immensely popular in the West, certain delicacies haven’t caught our imagination quite so much.
The macho barbecuing culture may still exist but Australia’s culinary ability now stretches much further.
The Tastes of the Indian Subcontinent merit the trip alone.
Visits to New Zealand’s top wineries can easily be incorporated into a tour of the country.
Learn how to bring the taste of the exotic home with you.
A quick taste of one of Japan’s finest cities.
It’s admittedly a long way to go for a weekend, but Carolyn Foreman highly recommends Rio de Janeiro as a short break destination.
Susie Brand takes a journey through the south of India.