Paul Day – Sculptor – Paris 2013 exhibition – The Gallery Art Club, rue de Rivoli
Paul Day - Sculptor - www.pauldaysculpture.com

I am delighted to invite you to my  Paris 2013 exhibition which opens with a “vernissage” at 18h on Saturday the 21st of September. The Gallery Art Club is situated on the rue de Rivoli, just opposite the Louvre (metro: Palais Royal / parking: Caroussel du Louvre).  Read More >

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The Incredible Rarity of Being Common
Timothy Bruyns

The Common Tiger restaurant in new Phnom Penh dining precinct, Street 294 is anything but common, love stories rarely are.  Read More >

Wine Dog of the Month – ‘Chloe’ – HKG Estate Wines, Healdsburg, CA USA
Wine Dog of the Month - Chloe

Wine Dog of the Month – Chloe

 

Winery: HKG Estate Wines
Healdsburg, CA USA

 

Breed: Miniature Dachshund, 5
Owner: Kathy Borg

Naughtiest deed: Sneaky begging
Favourite toy: Bright pink monster
Favourite pastimes: Sunbathing on everyone’s desk at work and cuddling
Favourite food: Yoghurt-covered pretzels
Obsession: Hunting for lizards, gophers and pigeons

 

 

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THE WANDERING PALATES BIRTHDAY DINNER WITH RAYMOND BLANC ON BOARD ORIENT-EXPRESS’ NORTHERN BELLE TRAIN
Chef Raymond Blanc on the Orient Express Northern Belle

Well, it’s not really a dinner for the Wandering Palate, but it is my birthday on November 16th, and I will most happily fly to England if you want to shout me dinner. And who knows we might well get a group of us together as a grand finale to my Golden Jubilee year.

Meanwhile, details are below for what is surely the best way to travel–by train.

All aboard, see you there! Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Please put your hands together for Master of Wine and Veteran Sommelier from the USA, Charles Curtis
Charles Curtis - Master of Wine

(pronounced suh-mal-’yAy)

In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The most important work of a sommelier is in the areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine consumers.” Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Olivier Gasselin, Head Sommelier for Hakkasan in the Middle-East (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha) and China (Shanghai)
Olivier Gasselin - Head Sommelier for Hakkasan in the Middle-East and China

(pronounced suh-mal-’yAy)

In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The most important work of a sommelier is in the areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine consumers.” Read More >

How The Mighty Fall
Scotchman's Hill

They say “Revenge is a dish best served cold”. Read More >

Five Restaurant Recommendations for Osaka
Makino - Soba Noodles with Duck and Broth - Exquisite

Having been asked for some restaurant recommendations in Osaka the other day, which served as a reminder I am way behind in completing a full write up on our recent trip there and to Kyoto. So I am posting this as a reminder to get my act together and finish it–meanwhile this brief piece will serve you well for a diversified eating itinerary for a weekend, or three or 4 day visit. Read More >

You can ring my Bell Hill
Bell Hill - Sherwyn Veldhuizen, Marcel Giesen and Jamie Case (my travel buddy throughout NZ trip)

Continuing my account of Pinot Noir New Zealand Celebration 2013 held in Wellington in February and my travels around New Zealand’s vineyard regions. Admittedly I was on a patriotic high from this incredible four-day event but even more so, I felt a strong sense of absolution; that my visit to Bell Hill vineyard in Weka Pass, North Canterbury (South Island) was such an incredible experience it justified the whole trip. Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Ladies & Gentleman, please put your hands together for David Glancy, Founder and CEO of San Francisco Wine School, USA
David Glancy, Founder and CEO of San Francisco Wine School, USA

(pronounced suh-mal-’yAy)

In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The most important work of a sommelier is in the areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine consumers.” Read More >