The most luxurious Loire gite: La Chateau de la Fuye
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by Michael Edwards
2w ago
For Francophiles, the three-bedroom gite in the grounds of the 15th century Chateau de la Fuye, is the most luxurious French gite. For romantics there is also a tower for two. Chateau de la Fuye is a white honey coloured dream, which for over six centuries has seen France’s history come and go. CHINON CHIC Once a weekend bolt hole for the aristocratic owners of the nearby grand Villandry chateau, La Fuye is now thoughtfully, lovingly curated by English couple Rowena and Simon Michaels. They lived in the gite for years, making it their home, whilst restoring the seven bedrooms chateau. Glorious ..read more
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At Anan Saigon, a Surprising Cuisine is Transformed into a Michelin Star Experience
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by India Gustin
4M ago
Reinventing an entire cuisine is no easy feat. Yet Chef Peter Cuong Franklin does so with chaotic elegance which can only be found in one city: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. At Anan Saigon, it is all about blending the traditional flavors of Vietnamese cuisine with classic French culinary techniques. The location of the restaurant, the building’s layout, intricate dishes and refined presentation make this dining experience a juxtaposition which balances itself out in a remarkable way.  Since 2021, Anan Saigon has clinched the title of ‘Vietnam’s Best Restaurant’ by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Lis ..read more
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Traditional Laotian Gastronomy at Manda de Laos
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by India Gustin
6M ago
The time has come to unbutton the pants. Although full, the temptation of dessert it too compelling to ignore. The extensive dishes included in the starters and main courses is enough to feel full for a couple days after. Yet no matter how much the tasting menu satiates, one can’t help but dig into every plate, amazed at the flavor dimensions, textures and innovative results. In the heart of Luang Prabang, Manda de Laos intertwines fine dining opulence with traditionally prepared and fresh ingredients.  A ten minute walk from Luang Prabang’s lively night market lies three UNESCO classifi ..read more
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Osteria Francescana – Michelin Star Storytelling Cuisine at its Finest
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by India Gustin
9M ago
Memory of a Mortadella Sandwich. A Potato that wants to become a Truffle. An Eel swimming up the Po river. These are all menu items found in a three Michelin-star restaurant. In Modena, Italy, Osteria Francescana stares down the barrel of reformed Italian cuisine. From an upside-down ice-cream to cherry spaghetti and foie-gras macarons, such a daring explosion of ingredients is hard to find in a fine-dining experience. This restaurant not only manages to do it with traditional Italian cuisine in mind, but does it with elegance and innovation at the forefront.  Osteria Francescana is loca ..read more
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Refined Chaos at Azar Restaurant in Marrakech – a Truly Moroccan Experience
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by India Gustin
10M ago
In one part of the room,  raucous laughter breaks out as a belly dancer places a tray of candles on a guest’s head. Elsewhere, a small stream of vodka is poured into a glass to create a quirky cocktail in the form of a watermelon slushy. Others partake in smoking shisha , carved from a pineapple as they billow out clouds of smoke while taking in the festivities before them. Dining at Azar is like entering the belly of a Marrakech’s luxury restaurant culture. Every detail blends together to mesmerize its guests with a quirky and most unforgettable night.  https://beaumondetraveler.com ..read more
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Le Calandre – Padova’s Three Michelin Star Restaurant
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by India Gustin
10M ago
The bone is cut in half vertically and at first glance, one can only imagine it coming from a dinosaur. Yet as guests scrape off the bone marrow with their spoon and taste the dish, they quickly come back to reality. They are at Le Calandre, a three Michelin star restaurant in the North of Italy. All the tasting menus consist of an extraordinary pairing of ingredients, creating an affair which the finicky gourmand is surely seeking to add their gastronomic bucket list. As the restaurant’s chef says: “Like a needle pulling thread through a series of successive holes to create a delicate but stu ..read more
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Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomiti: Where East and West Wellness meet
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by Juliet Brook
10M ago
Vagus is the Latin word for wanderer. It is appropriately used to name the vagus nerve, the longest in our body. From the head to the colon, it connects the vital organs like the heart, lungs and stomach, to the brain. It regulates the body’s emotional responses through heart rate, breathing and digestive function and is the main component of the parasympathetic nervous system. It’s what creates those ‘butterflies’ in your stomach. Increasing vagal activity or ‘tone’ improves mood and means your body can relax faster after stress. This concept is the backbone of the new ‘active and balance’ pr ..read more
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Like Medici: Dining in a Secret Ferragamo Palazzo
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by Svetlana Kolchik
11M ago
What can be better than Italian food? Taking Italian cuisine and adding it to one of the most lavish settings in the world is a nirvana for a gastronomic explorer. In this ambiance, one could envision themselves dining as if they were guests of the Medici family 500 years ago. A medieval sala is bathed in candlelight, the tables are artfully set, and a flutist serenades the room. This secret Renaissance palazzo, owned by one of Florence’s most influential families, opens its doors to outsiders only on rare occasions. When it happens, the gourmet experience there becomes nothing short of magic ..read more
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Rio’s Rising Star: Why Oteque is now one of the London’s top dining destinations
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by Emma D'Arcy
1y ago
With a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, an ever-increasing list of industry accolades and a chef whose name is hitting the London food scene with his debut British restaurant opening this year, expectations were extremely high for Oteque. Walking through the entrance into the sleek dining room, the beating rhythm of the music mirrored the dancing Rio skyline visible from the table. With the first sip of crisp Chenin Blanc coupled with the delightful taste of the freshest seafood; it was clear that this was going to be a memorable dining occasion. Oteque is a two-Mi ..read more
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Rick Stein’s cookery school: experience the art of cooking from the UK’s very best
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by Grace Laughlin
1y ago
Rick Stein is one of the UK’s most beloved chefs, best known for his pioneering movements in the world of seafood. After cooking for everyone from Queen Elizabeth to Margaret Thatcher, publishing twenty-five cookbooks, and taking his fans all over the world, Stein finds himself back home, in peaceful Padstow. The Rick Stein Cookery School is the newest addition to the Stein family enterprise, where Stein invites those who appreciate his approach to cooking to come and learn for themselves. To anyone wondering if the trip down to Cornwall is really worth it, perhaps consider Stein’s own testimo ..read more
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