Michelin Star meals don't need to come with the hefty price tag. Use the ideas of surprise and slow cooking to upgrade your meals at home, while still enjoying low prices at supermarkets.
We all know a similar, familiar drill in a restaurant of cuisine not yet rendered public property by mass-marketing. A journey, too, of childlike curiosity, piqued by the exotic or obscure on the menu. Eyes widen as the familiar and foreign interplay. Relieved laughter offers conclusion when it turns out to be delicious.
Whilst sweaty teenage revellers head to Magaluf for sun, sea and sub-standard sangria, the rest of Mallorca is fast becoming known for its gourmet hotspots. The island is home to no fewer than seven michelin-starred restaurants - Zaranda, Restaurante Jardín, Es Fum, Bou, Simply Fosh, Es Racó des Teix, Andreu Genestra - and there are many fantastic artisan foods to be discovered. On a recent trip with Sainsbury's, I had the opportunity to experience two examples of traditional Mallorcan produce:
The BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice was a pivotal telly moment for me. I learnt that you can still be a strong sassy woman whilst obsessing over Colin Firth. Bore a lifelong love of corset-heaving period dramas. And gave me a bit of a thing about driveways.
Today I return to London after having traveled to Modena, Italy for the weekend. My husband and I planned our entire trip around a dinner reservation at one of the top restaurants in the world.
In a leafy pub garden bordering the river Thames, Chef Tom Kerridge is dishing up BBQ delights on an impressive chrome-topped contraption. It's called the Hoppodrome and has been custom-built for the occasion, hewn from three hefty Greene King beer kegs.
Whilst staying at Hotel Arts, we were lucky enough to be able to dine in their two Michelin Star restaurant, Enoteca, overseen by renowned Catalan chef Paco Pérez, who holds five Michelin Stars to his name.
As we were shown to our table, we walked through the open plan kitchen and saw the chefs at work before being seated at a table at the end of the room with great views of the city and the mountains. Dos Cielos is surprisingly small and intimate and with every table occupied, we definitely felt very lucky to be dining there.
Renowned for classic, seasonal dishes, Phil is hosting a restaurant at Ascot for five days during the iconic British race meeting. He's in good company - Raymond Blanc, Michael Caines and Angela Hartnett will be there too.
The history and culture of a place is best told through its cuisine. So, what better way to get to know Barcelona inside and out, than with a long weekend of food-based adventures? From Willy Wonka style treats, to a neighbourhood tour with a difference, to the most exciting, theatrical meal of my life... these are my top tips to satisfy your inner foodie!