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…

Harry’s Bar Florence

Harry’s Bar Florence

Among the famous inventions of Cipriani at Harry’s Bar in Venice is, of course, the Bellini, a heady mix of pink Italian peach purée mixed with prosecco. But Harry’s Bar Florence has at times laid claim to being home of the Bellini. The Florence bar is set on the great River Arno that cuts the…

Infusing Vodka

Infusing Vodka

When we talk about flavoured vodka, what comes to mind? Skittles? Smirnoff Lime? That curiously fluorescent bottle of something that you picked up from an off-licence on your way to a house party when you were nineteen? You know, the one that tasted like lemon-scented bleach and made the wallpaper curl. I think we can…

Food Crimes - Bananas

Food Crimes - Bananas

In this, the second in the series, of food crimes, banana dishes of the 1950s take centre stage. The first article on jelly and jelly set salads is here. So back in the 1950/60s my grandfather was a pilot for BOAC (BA these days). As was then typical by nature of the job, he’d go…