Travels with a Gourmet

a food lover's travels, memorable meals, culinary trials and gastronomic experiences

Bright and early on Monday morning, we drove to Malaga and caught our easyJet flight to London. We arrived on schedule in Gatwick and immediately took the train to town. Our hotel, the recently renovated Grosvenor House, was on Park Lane in chi-chi Mayfair. Since we arrived before three p.m., our room wasn’t ready yet …

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Off for a mini-break to London with my good friend T. Booked our restaurants already and looking forward to trying out a few new ones and going back to my old favorites. Have to finish packing and go to bed soon as we’re off early tomorrow morning. London, here we come.

>The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2009 list is out with #1 El Bulli and #2 The Fat Duck keeping their spots from last year.  There are also nine new entries from Italy, Japan, Austria, France, U.S., Singapore, Australia and Sweden  From the top 50, I’ve been to four.  The list also extends to 51-100 of which I’ve been to (only) …

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Here are a few other gourmet highlights from our recent London trip. Cool cafe – Carluccio’s (lots of branches around town) serves reasonably priced simple cafe food – sandwiches, salads and a decent breakfast. They alsp have a large selection of Italian food products in the deli that can either be eaten on the premises …

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On our last day in London, we decided to return to The Wolseley for another fantastic breakfast. After a hearty breakfast, we window-shopped at Fortnum & Mason and Waterstones down the road as we had already packed our luggage and were ready to go. We then returned to the hotel around noon to make sure …

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Bright and early on Friday morning, we set off for Covent Garden to have breakfast at Carluccio’s before cabbing it London’s Borough Market. We had been to Borough Market in December when we were last in London but it was a quick tour as it was too cold to linger and there were fewer food …

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Dinner yesterday evening was at a Japanese restaurant – Bincho Yakitori which opened last year at the OXO Tower then recently opened another branch in London’s Soho. No sushi or sashimi here but a large menu featuring all things grilled on skewers with chicken (tori) the specialty. They also have a large selection of sake …

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