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Dubai Restaurant Recreates Fairytale City’s Modest Past With Its Emirati Menu

Posted: March 2, 2014 at 12:33 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

THE YEAR 1966 is a watershed in Dubai‘s short but eventful history. That was when oil was first struck in the desert emirate that at once transformed what was once an overgrown village by the side of a busy port into a wonderland drawing people from all over the world with the promise of the […]

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The Jams of Nostradamus and Other Sugar Secrets in Mauritius

Posted: February 16, 2014 at 12:28 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

HAD Michel de Nostradame, who attained eternal fame as the seer Nostradamus, not written down his prophecies, generations would have remembered him as a pioneering confectioner. For, it was he who explained to the world, in his lesser-known work, Traite des Confitures (Treaty of Jams), how sugar can be used to preserve fruits, thus giving […]

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Dhamaka Despite The Clouds: Le Meridien Jaipur Defied Odds to Stage Befitting Finale to Jaipur Literature Festival

Posted: January 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

THE Writers’ Ball is the time when the lines dividing the world’s leading writers, academics and journalists of varied descriptions and nationalities get blurred as special invitees and delegates to the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) just let their hair down. In the last three years, this much-awaited finale to South Asia’s most important intellectual forum […]

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Oz Calling: Indian Tourists Rate Australia World’s No. 1 Foodie Destination

Posted: January 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

INDIANS who have been to Australia rank the country’s as the world’s No. 1 destination for food and wine, above France and Italy. This remarkable finding has been brought to light by a 15-nation  Consumer Demand Research Project conducted by Tourism Australia. The ranking given to Australia’s food and wine by Indian travellers is the […]

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Young French Chef from Bouvet Ladubay Family Shows It’s Easy to Make Cabbages Kings

Posted: December 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

IT’S NOT hard to recognise a creative chef. She turns the simplest of dishes into a gastronomic experience. Choux farcis is peasant food — it’s an unpretentious cabbage roll, as old as civilisation. But not in the hands of Marie Monmousseau, younger daughter of Patrice Monmousseau, the charismatic CEO of Bouvet Ladubay, the Loire Valley […]

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MAURITIUS DIARY: Rhythms of Creole Music & Heavenly Rum in Indian Ocean Paradise

Posted: December 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

IN AN atmosphere surcharged with the electricity of youthful energy and the magic of music, on a breezy Mauritian night brimming over with possibilities, I had my first swig of a rum that had all the distinctive characteristics of the island nation — smooth, gently heady, bursting with the seductive flavours of spice. It was […]

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GOURMET TRAVELLER: Luxury Yachting Holidays Drop Anchor in India

Posted: October 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

THE docking of the luxury yacht SeaDream II in Mumbai this past Sunday opened a new chapter of sea travel from India. Unlike cruise ships, which are like little cities trawling the high seas and are fast becoming a popular vacation option, SeaDream “recreates the experience of travelling in a billionaire’s yacht,” explained the Miami-based company’s vice-president for voyage planning, […]

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GOURMET’S MAURITIUS: Island Nation Beckons with Treats for All Tastes & Pockets

Posted: October 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

This is the first of a series of 25 articles on eating out in Mauritius, an island nation that is so close to us culturally and has so much to offer to the traveller. This, I hope, will also be the first of a series of food guides, drawing on the wisdom of frequent travellers […]

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GOURMET TRAVELLER: The Good Life in the Shadow of Mount Etna

Posted: October 7, 2013 at 11:56 am   /   Gourmet Traveller

IN ETNA’S SINISTER SHADOW MAKING wine on Europe’s tallest active volcano? It seems like a crazy idea, for the volcano erupts with deathless regularity, and at least once a decade, its lava flows reach dangerously close to the highest town, turning the land along the way into mounds of solidified magma, uncultivable for hundreds of […]

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CHENNAI CHRONICLES: This idli is fair and lovely, and well, it flies as well

Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:53 am   /   Gourmet Traveller

THERE’S nothing like a perfect dosai and idli to give your day that rejuvenating special pep, especially when you’re alone in a city, commuting between your hotel and your place of work. And when the idli is as light as the flying idli at the ITC Grand Chola’s Madras Pavilion, your day won’t get just […]

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