Category: Europe 2017

De Librije – Zwolle – Netherlands – Full Boer

Jonnie and Thérèse Boer – Passionate memory makers   We are taking a very special journey to the northeastern part of the Netherlands, to the beautiful town of Zwolle, to explore the experience of dining with the venerable Jonnie and Therese Boer at their restaurant De Librije.    The old prison building that’s now De Librije No matter where you look for guidance on exceptional dining experiences, restaurant De Librije, continually stands out as one of the best fine dining destintaion […]

Passage 53 – Paris

The magical partnership of patron and Maître de Maison Guillaume Guedj and acclaimed Japanese Chef Shinichi Sato creates Passage 53, a two Michelin star dining experience hidden away in one of Paris’ amazing “passageways” tucked in between buildings in the centre of Paris. Another somewhat obscure place with little internet presence. Only the halo of two Michelin Stars tips us off to its existence. With a bit of digging I discover that Guillaume is a son in law of famous […]

Restaurant Pages Chef Ryushi Teshima

Restaurant Pages – Paris

Restaurant Pages, is an unassuming Paris restaurant where Japanese chef Ryushi Teshima takes the art form that is French cuisine and blends it with Japanese food culture, applying the skill of a master craftsman driven by the quiet pursuit of perfection.   This combination ultimately creates a wonderful Restaurant experience, so much so, that Restaurant Pages finds its way to the top of the Top Paris Restaurants in the pages of my journal.     It is our fascination with finding and […]

L’Archeste – Paris

L’Archeste, a one Michelin Star restaurant in the prestigious 16th Arrondissement in Paris where Chef Yoshiaki Ito presents playful modern French cuisine imbued with focused Japanese precision. If we weren’t avid readers of foodie information we would never have found L’Archeste. The website is virtually nonexistent, only listing days of the week and opening hours, with absolutely no indication of what there might be to eat there or who might be cooking it. As for making a reservation, there is […]

L’Arpège – Paris

Controversy, innovation, creativity, passion, enthusiasm, all emanate and swirl around the life force that is Alain Passard, Executive Chef and Owner of Paris restaurant L’Arpège. In 2018 L’Arpège landed at No.4 on the Opinionated About Dining Top 100+ European Restaurants list and No. 8 in The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants list. I’m here to find out more about Alain, the destination foodie temple he’s created, and to learn if L’Arpège really is french for “exceptional”. L’Arpège ………maybe it’s french for “exceptional”   L’Arpège, his restaurant […]

The Fat Duck – Bray – UK

Quietly tucked away in the little UK village of Bray, The Fat Duck is Heston Blumenthal’s renowned restaurant. Yes there are three Michelin stars but there is so much more to be said about Heston Blumenthal than stars alone can convey. In my mind he stands apart, incomparable to anything else, so I wonder if in his case, stars or hats are meaningless attempts to categorise a chef who is simply not able to be contained, pigeon holed or defined. […]

Executive Chef Christophe Pele at Le Clarence Paris

Le Clarence – Paris

I’m not sure if there’s a more wonderful way to lunch in Paris but  Le Clarence  is up there.  Set in a beautifully decorated French mansion, with all it’s old world frenchieness – Le Clarence  leaves you feeling like you’ve just stepped back in time and into a fairytale.  A beautiful setting, assured cooking  and warm and friendly service make Le Clarence a top spot in Paris for lunch or dinner.   Located just off The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, in the Triangle d’or, this elegant restaurant strives […]

Pleasure in Paris by Georgie

Paris street markets – A foodie paradise

The street markets in Paris are one of the foundations of the way of life in Paris. Over eighty spectacularly colourful and lively markets pop up across the city every week where some of the best growers and producers across France bring their freshly harvested goods into Paris for sale. Without a doubt one of our most favourite things to do in Paris, is going to the food street market, a foodie paradise.   First light in Paris on Market […]

Restaurant A.T - Chef-Atshushi-Tanaka

Restaurant A.T – Paris

Restaurant AT, a most unique and memorable experience on our last  Paris adventure, is first on our list on this one. Hot off the plane and and still travel weary after over twenty four hours 0f travel space, we are nevertheless vibed up about getting back to what we believe is one of the most creative tables in Paris.   Chef Atsushi Tanaka moved me deeply on our last visit and I am eager to again bathe in his quiet […]

Paris in Autumn

A New Paris Adventure – Our Year of Two Autumns   It’s nearing  the end of October in Paris, autumn is getting ready handover to  winter and Christmas season. It was Albert Camus that said, “Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower”, and Lauren DeStefano sums it up wonderfully, “Autumn has always been my favourite season. The time when everything bursts with it’s beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand […]

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