Food & Drink

Northern Beauty: Scotland’s Secluded Islands

An article for Flight Time (Flybe in-flight magazine), March 2017
"Head beyond the Scottish Borders, bypass the capital, traverse the Highlands and cross the North Sea. Only then will you reach Scotland's outer limits - its remote, remarkable, islands..."

Cameron House: Luxury on Loch Lomond

An article for About Luxury Travel, December 2016
"Martin Wishart's Michelin-starred restaurant is the culinary apex of a stay at Cameron House. We had the six-course tasting menu, starting with confit of trout with smoked mussel cream..."

Five Must-Dos in Dusseldorf, Germany

An article for Silverkris (Singapore Airlines in-flight magazine), November 2016
"Architecture fans will relish grand medieval masterpieces such as Schlossturm, Renaissance delights including Neanderkirche and contemporary icons like Frank Gehry’s Neuer Zollhof..."

Adler Thermae: Hot Spring Luxury in Tuscany

An article for About Luxury Travel, October 2016
"A beautiful and bountiful wellness retreat built around warm thermal springs, Adler Thermae Toscana is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the gorgeous Tuscany countryside..."

Scotland’s Gin Trail Serves Up Tourism Tonic

An article for The Guardian, September 2016
"British gin is synonymous with London. However, in recent years, more than two-thirds of the UK’s total gin production has moved outside the capital, and outside of England altogether..."

The Cromlix: Andy Murray’s Luxury Hotel

An article for About Luxury Travel, July 2016
"You'll love the Cromlix if you choose small, personal boutique hotels over mega resorts, and love outdoor activities from playing tennis to taking brisk walks to fishing in the house loch..."

What to Do in Glasgow’s West End

An article for WestJet Magazine, June 2016
"Perhaps the most celebrated restaurant in Glasgow, the Ubiquitous Chip has been a West End favourite since the early 1970s, reputed locally for its superb, seasonal Scottish fare..."

On the Trail of Scotland’s Gin

An article for Elsewhere by nine.com.au, May 2016
"When it comes to Scottish spirits, whisky has traditionally ruled the roost. But right now, the tipple on every local's lips is gin, as new craft gin distilleries have opened across Scotland..."

Sip Scotland On a New National Gin Trail

An article for USA Today, March 2016
"The gin trail features 17 stops, from urban distilleries and bars in Edinburgh and Glasgow to gin makers out on the islands of Harris and Shetland, tempting visitors to explore them all..."

U Medvidku: Prague’s Oldest Brewery

An article for Elsewhere by nine.com.au, March 2016
"For beer lovers, nowhere beats Prague. The capital is the proud home to literally dozens of historic microbreweries and bustling beer halls, including perennially popular U Medvidku..."

Scottish Gin: Get Into the Spirit of Things

An article for The Independent, March 2016
"Scotland may be better known for its whisky, but it is also responsible for producing 70 per cent of the UK’s gin. And it's the huge growth of craft gin that has really raised local spirits..."

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine: Five-Star Spain

An article for About Luxury Travel, February 2016
"The hotel began life as the Monastery of Santa Maria de Retuerta in 1146, and this medieval heritage is still in evidence throughout, from the refectory restaurant to the cloister garden..."

How London Became a Great Culinary Capital

An article for 36 Hours (The New York Times), January 2016
"Traditionally, London does not have a sterling reputation for food. Yet, over the last 30 years, the city has experienced a culinary revolution, and is now cited as the world's foodie capital..."

Adler Mountain Lodge: All-In Dolomites Luxury

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2016
"The incredible beauty, drama and otherworldliness of the Dolomites make it one of the most spectacular and rewarding natural landscapes in the world. And it isn’t overrun with tourists..."

The Corinthia, Lisbon: Living the High Life

An article for About Luxury Travel, December 2015
"The Corinthia is one of the Portuguese capital's most enduringly popular high-end hotels: a (literally) towering example of luxury Lisbon accommodation, rising to a sky-high 27 stories..."

Hotel Kamp, Helsinki: A Sumptuous Scandi Stay

An article for About Luxury Travel, October 2015
"A five-star establishment in the historic center of the Finnish capital, Hotel Kamp is where the world's most esteemed visitors come to doze, dine, drink and detoxify (in the three saunas)..."

Gleneagles: Golf Galore (and More)

An article for About Luxury Travel, August 2015
"The world-class golf is just one of the hotel's myriad draws. From cultured cuisine to warming whisky, in-house spa treatments to off-road driving, Gleneagles is the perfect luxury escape..."

Catch Champagne Bar: London’s Finest Fizz

An article for About Luxury Travel, May 2015
"With a blend of traditional and contemporary design, Catch fuses Victorian grandeur with 21st century chic. Sit at the bar for a curated Champagne tasting or just unwind at a private table..."

Liechtenstein Travel Guide

A guide for World Travel Guide, April 2015
"A pocket-sized principality in the heart of Europe, Liechtenstein rarely tops anybody's bucket list of continental must-sees. Yet this tiny, landlocked nation offers more than you'd imagine..."

London’s Most Luxurious Experiences

An article for About Luxury Travel, March 2015
"Even in a city renowned for fine dining, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is an uncommonly opulent experience. Try the seven-course tasting menu with its sommelier-selected wines..."

Feasting in Havana, Cuba

An article for Jumeirah Magazine, February 2015
"Since 2010, this new generation of paladares has been winning back the hearts, minds and stomachs of international visitors. Slowly but surely, fine dining is being revived in Havana..."

North Korea Travel Guide

A guide for World Travel Guide, January 2015
"Perhaps the world's most insular, provocative and challenging country, North Korea is not the archetype of an alluring holiday destination. Yet many tourists are visiting this socialist state..."

Out to Brunch: The All-Week Brunch Trend

An article for SO/HO Magazine, October 2014
"This late-morning meal now rivals lunch and dinner as the most creative cuisine of the day - throughout the week. So how has this dining phenomenon taken off all around the world...?"

London’s Gastronomic Revolution

An article for Destinations of the World News, September 2014
"In the 1980s, a gourmet restaurant may serve you a three-course menu of a prawn cocktail, a kidney-crammed pie and a worryingly wobbly dessert. 30 years on, things are very different..."

Night & Day: 24 Hours in Baku, Azerbaijan

An article for Destinations of the World News, June 2014
"Land at the airport and flag a taxi to Fairmont Baku. Located in one of the three Flame Towers - fire-shaped columns that rise high above the city - the hotel boasts the best views in Baku..."

Discover Baku, Azerbaijan… in 48 Hours

An article for Life Refined Magazine, June 2014
"Baku is a fast-changing city. Since 2000, crumbling Soviet-era apartments have given way to shimmering steel skyscrapers and dented Ladas have been overtaken by gleaming BMWs..."

Czech Republic Travel Guide

A guide for World Travel Guide, April 2014
"A historic jewel at the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic packs a big punch for such a tiny country; from majestic castles to medieval towns, elegant spa resorts to scenic parklands..."

How London Surpassed Paris as Dining Capital

An article for USA Today, March 2014
"How has London's dining scene transformed itself from the butt of French jokes to the king of continental cuisine in a mere 30 years? It is down to immigration, inclination and inspiration..."

Chef Collaborations and Exchanges

An article for SO/HO Magazine, December 2013
"It is a regular evening. You turn up at your regular restaurant and are shown to your regular table. Then you are handed your menu, which bears zero resemblance to the regular one..."

How to Design a Boutique Bakery

An article for SO/HO Magazine, September 2013
"At boutique artisan bakeries that have seen a boom in the past two years, design and decor are as vital as the dough. From Singapore to London, here are the finest bakery boutiques..."

London’s Best International Dishes

An article for Forbes Travel Guide, August 2013
"London's diverse range of influences results in a great gastronomic smorgasbord. This is a city in which you can sample cuisine from almost every nation and region around the globe..."

London Overview and Q&As

A guide for Forbes Travel Guide, May 2012 - May 2013
"The story of London is a tale of two cities. One narrative is an urban landscape littered with long-established landmarks, time-honored art and culture and a stubborn hint of Britishness..."

St. Ermin’s Hotel, London

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, April 2013
"From the outside, St. Ermin’s is a classic British hotel - all red bricks and green courtyards. But step inside to discover white sinuous rococo plasterwork curving throughout the lobby..."

London’s Top Afternoon Teas

An article for Forbes Travel Guide, April 2013
"The perfect option for lighthearted luxury, the Mad Hattertakes you on a trip down the rabbit hole, with menus hidden in vintage books and teapots decorated with kings and queens..."

At the Crossroads

An article for Voyeur (Virgin Airlines in-flight magazine), April 2013
“Slouching off the effects of jet-lag on a riverside bench, I watch as a group of elderly women, draped in flowing, bright white gowns, perform a languid dance with crimson fans held aloft..."

Eastern Europe’s Gastronomic Renaissance

An article for Vertu Select, April 2013
"Eastern Europe may have established a reputation for hearty, rather than haute, cuisine, but now things are changing. There's a culinary revolution afoot in this corner of the continent..."

Eating China: A Culinary Tour

An article for Overland Magazine, February 2013
"There are few culinary cultures as familiar, and yet as unknown, as China’s. In any world city you'll find 'Chinese' restaurants; yet the concept of a single Chinese cuisine is misguided..."

The Dorchester Hotel, London

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, February 2013
"This luxurious London landmark is probably best known for its traditional English residential facade festooned with wrought-iron balconies. And yet it's the interior that really impresses..."

The Goring, London

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, February 2013
"Still run by the family who built it, The Goring provides the height of luxury. The intimate hotel has just 69 rooms and suites, yet each is individually designed to ensure ultimate elegance..."

The Rise of the No-Choice Restaurant

An article for Forbes Travel Guide, September 2012
“Commonly known as a prix-fixe (fixed price) or table d’hôte (host’s table), the idea is simple: restaurants offer a set menu at a set price, so they can focus on just a few perfected dishes…”

Glasgow Overview and Q&As

A guide for Forbes Travel Guide, August 2012
"Scotland's second city Glasgow is often considered Edinburgh’s little brother. That simply means it stays out later, has far hipper taste in music and still has its best years ahead of it..."

Vienna Overview and Q&As

A guide for Forbes Travel Guide, July 2012
"Vienna is a city shaped by its imperial past. You’ll find its ancient streets home to magnificent state palaces, grand baroque architecture, fine museum squares and ornate opera houses..."

Zurich Overview and Q&As

A guide for Forbes Travel Guide, July 2012
"Zurich is a city in transition. Once considered a boring financial hub populated by buttoned-down bankers, the city is now reinventing itself as a vibrant, trendy and modern metropolis..."

Noma Restaurant Pops Up in London

An article for Forbes Travel Guide, July 2012
“The restaurant - named the best in the world on S. Pellegrino’s list three years in a row - will close shop in Copenhagen later this month and relocate to the ballroom of Claridge’s hotel..."

Frankfurt Overview and Q&As

A guide for Forbes Travel Guide, July 2012
"It may be only the fifth-largest city in Germany, but Frankfur is the country’s business capital, continental Europe’s largest financial center and one of the world’s busiest transport hubs..."

Salzburg Overview and Q&As

A guide for Forbes Travel Guide, June 2012
"The illustrious birthplace of Mozart, the inspirational drawing board for “Silent Night”, and the mountain stomping ground of Julie Andrews’ Maria, Salzburg's a city with music in its blood..."

Stockholm Overview and Q&As

A guide for Forbes Travel Guide, June 2012
"A collection of 14 serene islands, the city is blessed with a wealth of green spaces, inspiring panoramas of the Baltic Sea and probably the freshest air of any major metropolis on earth..."

Warsaw Overview and Q&As

A guide for Forbes Travel Guide, June 2012
"It might not have all the quaint historical culture of Krakow or the breathtaking Baltic beauty of Gdnsk, but Warsaw is the ever-changing, endlessly fascinating face of 21st century Poland..."

Prague Overview and Q&As

A guide for Forbes Travel Guide, June 2012
"Known affectionately as “The City of a Thousand Spires,” the Czech Republic capital boasts some of the grandest churches in Europe, along with the world’s largest atheist population..."

Amman: A Modern Arab City

An article for Serendib (Sri Lankan Airways in-flight magazine), May 2012
“Amman is a capital with many memorable millennia behind it and more to come; where time-worn temples and mosques jostle for space with high skyscrapers and picket-fenced villas..."

Edinburgh Overview and Q&As

A guide for Forbes Travel Guide, May 2012
"Described by the famous Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid as "a mad god's dream,” Edinburgh is a multifarious mishmash of a metropolis. It has a history reaching back to the Bronze Age..."

The Search for Ischia’s Wild Seaside Spa

An article for Amateur Traveler, January 2012
"The steam spirals into the sky, pirouetting beneath the delicate winter sun, as the blistering spring water trickles, lathers, into the salty sea. A seagull swoops from the frosted cliff top..."

Florence: A Cultural Heavyweight

A guide for GuidePal, September 2011
"While visitors have been rediscovering its glorious history since the 19th century, the city has now moved on from the days of the Medici to forge a new and thoroughly modern identity..."

Prague: A Truly Bohemian City

A guide for GuidePal, August 2011
"The Czech capital has a majestic assortment of cobbled lanes, high church spires, medieval bridges and meandering rivers. They're all watched over by a magnificent, fairytale castle..."

Ischia’s Wild Winter Warmers

An article for Shoestring Magazine, February 2011
“It was one of those bitterly cold December days in southern Italy, when the chill wraps itself around your bones and draws you into winter, and I was freezing to the seat of my scooter..."