Travel

The Andaman Islands

Way back in 2000, I, Michael, tried to catch a ferry from Kolkata to Port Blair on the Andaman Islands. The promised crystal clear waters, snorkeling, beautiful beaches and cheap huts on the “un-touristy” island chain just seemed too alluring after having trekked in Nepal for two weeks. Unfortunately a delayed flight and a missed ferry meant that the plans had to be curtailed, with the thought in mind that I’d have to come back. Little did I know it would happen 8 years later with my incredibly beautiful wife! The last 30 days on these islands have been truly special. We have lounged through...

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The flavours of the Camino St Jaques

The flavours of the Camino St Jaques

It was always a dream of mine to walk part of the Camino de Compostela. When I was  eighteen, my mother decided to close her guest house, pack her life into her 6,5 kg bag and head on the life-changing adventure of walking the Spanish Camino from the Pyrenees mountains and ending in Santiago. All on her own. I remember being so touched by this, partly because it was the time I was becoming an adult myself and it caused me to see my mother in a very different light- as the strong woman she is. Because, let’s face it, it took serious mental and physical strength to walk over 800 km of...

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A foodie wandering in the desert

A foodie wandering in the desert

I’ve been on a family holiday in the small coastal town of Walvis Bay for the past two weeks and am really settling into the slow rhythm of life in Namibia. It’s a country that holds a special place in my heart as I was born here and lived here for the first ten years of my childhood. Coming back, after not having been here for three years, I am shocked at the development and change this little town has gone through, but also am pleasantly surprised by the culinary secrets I’ve discovered with the help of my local friends. This holiday we are only exploring the short strip...

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Exploring Andalucia

Exploring Andalucia

I had never thought of traveling to Spain until we received a home exchange request from a Danish couple with the most beautiful home in a white-washed Moorish village called Frigiliana… We had just finished renovating our cottage and decided that we’d put it on the home exchange website and wait and see what requests we get. I was immediately enchanted by the idea of exploring southern Spain and started doing some research about the food and the area known as Andalucía. We realized that from Frigiliana, we would be surrounded by beautiful cities like Granada, Seville, Jerez and...

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My Paris

My Paris

Long before my many hours working as a pastry chef and learning to make delicate French pastries, I started dreaming about going to Paris. I remember learning about the classic French cooking methods during my chef training and being so enchanted by their appreciation of cooking methods that have been in use for hundreds of years. Then, specializing as a pastry chef I learnt about their passion for only the best ingredients – Belgian dark chocolate, full fat farm butter, stone ground flour, Madagascan vanilla beans… And so I started dreaming about working in an authentic French...

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Amsterdam and its culinary secrets…

Amsterdam and its culinary secrets…

I just got back from a six week holiday in Europe and am suffering from mild symptoms of post-holiday-blues. What better way of overcoming them than reminiscing about all the delicious food and great memories with a ‘stroop wafel’ in one hand and a cup of tea in the other, I thought… There’s something about travelling that makes me come alive. I’ve put it down to the fact that I’m the kind of person who actually enjoys being out of my comfort zone, roughing it and possibly not finding all the familiar things I’m use to, those little comforts in life....

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