Bloempot, Lille: tales from a rocking Top Chef

I have a thing for reality TV shows that feature professional chefs. It’s a platform to see who the next culinary rising star may be, with their careers kickstarted by endless challenges in front of a camera. I loved the US series of Top Chef (Padma Lakshmi is fire) and…

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Le Bon Saint Pourçain Paris, a modern traditional bistro

Saint-Germain-des-Pres made me love Paris many years ago. It’s peppered with cool shops, bookstores, boutiques and the like. But it’s the landmark cafés where great old figures of artistic past came to be inspired that really started my love for this area. Case in point: espresso at Café de Flore…

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Detour, Paris : Best Meal of 2017

Great things start from small beginnings but Detour Paris started great and I can only see the best to come. Never have I experienced gastronorgasm like this before, and I can’t tell you enough how buzzed I am to write about what possibly is my Best Meal of the Year.…

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The Don Restaurant: A Dinner of Classics

The Don is a restaurant near Bank and is the flagship white tablecloth establishment of the group that brought Bleeding Heart, one of my fave restaurant for “classics” in the city. The restaurant itself has a classic look, with a masculine feel in terms of decor and a no-nonsense vibe. Hats…

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Septime Paris : where cool neo-bistro food gets Michelin stars

Catching the earliest Eurostar train to Paris makes me grumpy. With no time, and frankly nowhere, to have decent brekky, the two-hour journey got me cranky and salivating for good viennoiserie and coffee. If there was one thing that saved me from self-destruct, it was the thought of the first…

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