Did you say cheese? Yes please! 10 best cheese shops in Paris.

Conde Nast Traveller has just published their Top 10 cheese shops in Paris. I was so pleased to see that shop that I frequent when I visit Paris is on the list. I stay in a beautiful apartment very close to Rue Montorgueil. Located here is La Fermette. A beautiful shop with a great range of cheeses, reportedly around 300 different varieties. 403e4c48cce85226fa6a28aa071edac4france-cheese-market

We were introduced to some memorable offerings on our last visit. We can’t wait to return in July!


Tea for Two? Who topped the afternoon tea awards in London for 2012?

The best place in London to enjoy a sumptuous Afternoon Tea has been named as The Athenaeum Hotel, which has scooped The Tea Guild’s prestigious award for the capital for “Top London Afternoon Tea 2012”. Now in their 27th year, The Tea Guild Awards are considered the ‘Oscars’ of the tea world, with world-famous London hotels and tea rooms competing for the highly coveted honour. Read more www.afternoontea.co.uk

For me though, I quite like the look of The Royal Horseguards Hotel who also made the awards. It just has a nice ring to it, especially being a jubilee year for the Queen.

Come to think of it, I would like to do more than have afternoon tea there, I think I’d like to book a room!

How to find a good baguette in Paris. Ask someone who knows.

Everyone knows the bread in France is amazing. Its a national institution. The annual baguette competition in Paris is fiercely competitive. The winner’s bread gets to adorn the table of the President. Prestigious non? David Lebovitz, respected foodie, shares his thoughts on finding a good baguette in Paris. I have made notes! Read more here.

Bread at the markets near Rue Montorgueil. Photo by thetravelcrew.

Fancy a pint? A look at pubs in old London Town.

One of my favourite pubs in London is the Founders Arms, Bankside London. Good pub meals on the river with an amazing view. But how to choose? The Independent Guide to Traditional English Pubs is a good place to start when wanting to visit a boozer near you. It also has great suggestions as to pub crawls, pub history, pubs with a view and a list of historic pubs.

Founders Arms, Bankside, London.

The Crown, London.

The Red Lion, London.

Tapas or Pinchos or both? Tasty treats in Barcelona.

When you travel to Spain the thoughts of tapas and sangria cloud your mind. Its a cultural feast to be able to share tasty morsels of fish, crunchy prawns, spicy chorizo and my favourite, patatas bravas. Last year on a trip to Spain I discovered an equally amazing delicacy, that of Pinchos. Pinchos literally means ‘spike’ or thorn. The toothpick or skewer often on to a piece of bread. Pinchos are the chosen offering in the Basque country in northern Spain. I sampled both in the one bar in Barcelona. And as the photo shows, I did get service with a smile.

Photo by Coco Cantrelle.

Photo by Coco Cantrelle

Beach food for hungry surfers. Surf and turf downunder.

Surf: The point break at Wategos Beach in Byron Bay is a longboarder’s dream come true: The mellow wave breaks 150 days a year, and the sand and flat rocks underneath make for gentle wipeouts. Weekdays are blissfully uncrowded, but weekends and holidays get hairy. Luckily, Aussie surfers are the friendliest in the world—there are so many great waves along their coasts, they know there’s more than enough for all.

Steve Mills surfing Wategos beach in the Byron Easter Classic

Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, Australia

Turf: You’ll find the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa on a 45-acre nature preserve a ten-minute drive from Wategos Beach. The food is fancy at this poolside Mod Oz alfresco restaurant, though the vibe and dress code are not. And you’ll be glad you made the effort to seek it out once you’re digging into freshly shucked Sydney rock oyster with Vietnamese dressing or the brodetto seafood broth with Yamba king prawns, Kinkawooka mussels, scallops, and reef fish. There’s a wide selection of Australian wines (never had a bad one yet), and be sure to leave room for dessert: buttermilk panna cotta with roasted rhubarb.

The Byron at Byron Resort, Australia

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