Paris - The 6th or 16th

Paris - The 6th or 16th

My memory tends to capture random moments in life, and one of which was a claim made by a French lecturer that she lived in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Not that I had any interest in her home address, but it was the tone of voice, an astringent sense of pride, that caught my…

La Bourse et la Vie

La Bourse et la Vie

La Bourse et La Vie may not be one of the most well known restaurants in Paris, at least as far as tourists from London are concerned, but it is one with pedigree. After ten years of running Spring (sadly just closed – it was superb) American chef Daniel Rose has opened up La Bourse…

Mabel

Mabel

In the back of a cheese toastie store you usually expect to find a store room with cheese and bread in it, not a bar, and not one that’s self described as a ‘Cocktail Den and Rum Empire’ – but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Mabel in Paris. Mabel, is a cocktail bar twice…

Lisbon's New and Old Heritage

Lisbon's New and Old Heritage

I was in Lisbon in early spring with my sunglasses, linen trousers and loafers ready, and… it was raining, raining cats and dogs, and rather cold. However, I was not really upset. I was sat comfortably in an armchair next to a quirky 18th century fireplace that crackled away giving off a light smoky aroma,…