New openings/new finds in Lisbon

Spectacular view over Lisbon from the 5th floor terrace of the Bahr's bar and restaurant with the April 25th Bridge lit up BAHR: two glasses of Filipa Pato's Espumante Blanc de Blancs New restaurants and bars in Lisbon continue to open with bewildering rapidity. The city has changed dramatically over the past five years or …

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Lunch – putting theory into practice

Pur pleasure! Although Sunday lunch has its attractions, there is something particularly enjoyable about a proper weekday lunch in a special restaurant. Perhaps it is the fact of having two or three hours or even more of unalloyed pleasure, while most of your fellows are hard at work with time only to grab a hurried …

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Le vin au restaurant en France

Un récent sondage réalisé par Opinion Way pour le salon Wine Paris a attiré mon attention car il portait sur le vin dans les restaurants en France. J'ai toujours pensé qu'il y a aux moins trois problèmes majeurs dans ce secteur de vente en France si on voulait améliorer à la fois la satisfaction des …

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Loire 2019 – a final report: Anjou and Chinon + Le Pot de Lapin (Saumur)

Part of the hamlet of Chaume showing some of the vineyards of the Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru Quarts de Chaume (15.10.19) –  bunch of variable ripeness A bunch that appears to have been frazzled by the sun Mushrooms in the Quarts de Chaume (15.10.19) reflecting the end of the drought from 21st September Anjou …

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St John celebrates 25 years of nose to tail eating

      St John restaurant (London) celebrates 25 years Fergus and Trevor @ their annual fête des vins at their Boulevard Napoléon winery in La Livinière, Minervois May 2019  This week we will be briefly in London as very lucky invitees to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of St John restaurant in Smithfield …

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Restaurants: Le Kilbus + Fleur de Sel

Le Kilbus, in the old centre of Clisson close to the covered market  Last week we tried two restaurants – one in Clisson in  the Pays Nantais, the other in Saint-Georges-sur-Cher. I am happy to recommend both. Le Kilbus, Clisson  2018 Vendange Nocturne, Pierre Henri Gadais Vin de France  Le Kilbus is a small restaurant …

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Escape from Brexit madness + a wonderful London Pakistani restaurant

London: Parliament Square: Saturday 7th September 2019 Apparently this is the UK's Prime Minister Leaving the Brexit madness behind By the time you read this post I will be in the Loire for the 2019 vintage. The Ban des Vendanges for Muscadet was Thursday 5th September – relatively early but by no means as early …

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