Dinner at Hôtel de l’Est in Saint-Florentin in the Department of the Yonne, on the Canal de Bourgogne, France

It is a challenge finding a ‘perfect’ restaurant when you are barging along the canals. For me, this means a charming, pretty restaurant with a pleasant ambience and décor, with good quality, flavoursome, well-presented food, with a focus on the region; a small, quality wine list with a variety of price ranges; if you are [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:13+11:00 August 31st, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Burgundy, Canal de Bourgogne, Culinary Travel, France, France - wine, French food, French wine, Restaurants, Travel|Comments Off on Dinner at Hôtel de l’Est in Saint-Florentin in the Department of the Yonne, on the Canal de Bourgogne, France

Dee Nolan’s wonderful book ‘A food lover’s pilgrimage to France…’, wine, food, history, people and produce along the way of St James

I loved everything about this book! ‘A food lover’s pilgrimage to France: from the vineyards of Burgundy to the mountains of the Basque country food, wine, walking and history on the French pilgrim paths to Santiago de Compostella’ - it is one of the best books I have ever read. Remember, in my former life, [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:26+11:00 February 16th, 2016|Books, Culinary writing, France, France - wine, France and cooking, French food, French wine|Comments Off on Dee Nolan’s wonderful book ‘A food lover’s pilgrimage to France…’, wine, food, history, people and produce along the way of St James

Dining at the Cristal Room, Baccarat Museum, in Paris

John’s birthday lunch at the Cristal Room, Baccarat Museum. Michael has talked about taking me the Baccarat Cristal Room restaurant for a long time; usually our visits to Paris are too short. Now, we have time as we are staying for 3 nights in The Arsenal, the barge mooring, right in the centre of Paris, [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:26+11:00 January 26th, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Culinary Travel, France, France - wine, French food|Comments Off on Dining at the Cristal Room, Baccarat Museum, in Paris

The Flower Drum and Moët Hennessy join up at Cooking on the Bay and cook.

Last Monday, the front of house and sommeliers from the Flower Drum cooked dishes, at Cooking on the Bay, designed to match Moët's new release 2006 Grand Vintage champagne. What a great cooking class; full of concentration, good chopping and cooking, followed by considered comments and discussions about the food and how it matched the [...]

By | 2016-06-16T22:06:35+10:00 November 25th, 2015|Champagne, Cooking classes, French food, French wine|Comments Off on The Flower Drum and Moët Hennessy join up at Cooking on the Bay and cook.