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

Date Harvest culinary tour to Marrakesh, October 2017

Morocco Beyond the Bay continues this year with many happy, adventurous travellers joining our culinary tours arranged by Cooking on the Bay and Edwina Golombek, chef and owner of the House of Fusion in Marrakesh.  A small group is about to depart at the end of August to enjoy their exotic adventure.  In these culinary [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:13+11:00 August 22nd, 2016|Culinary Travel, Marrakesh, Moroccan, Morocco, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Date Harvest culinary tour to Marrakesh, October 2017

Back in France on the Betty B barging in Burgundy August 2016

Migennes and our dinner of cabillaud. Migennes, in Burgundy, is a short two hour drive south from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. We arrived at CDG on an early flight out of Hong Kong, with Michael feeling very poorly, collected the Europcar and off we went GPS directing us to Auxerre where we need to [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:25+11:00 August 18th, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Culinary Travel, France, Travel|Comments Off on Back in France on the Betty B barging in Burgundy August 2016

Dining at La Coupole, on rue Montparnasse, Paris

Despite our great lunch at the Cristal room, we treated ourselves with another dinner out, as we could eat my lapin with calvados, apple cider and apples any night on the barge! La Coupole is one of the great Parisian brasseries of la belle époque’ and is the favourite of Celebrity English Chef, Rick Stein, [...]

By | 2017-01-10T11:08:12+11:00 January 26th, 2016|Culinary Travel, France, French food, Restaurants|Comments Off on Dining at La Coupole, on rue Montparnasse, Paris

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

‘My French life’ in Provence with Karen Stride.

Armchair travel back to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence – the birthplace of Nostradamus! My friend and colleague in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Karen Stride, established her Gourmet Escapades in Saint-Rémy, last year, and is living ‘My French life’ as described by Vicki Archer in her book of that name! January is my reading time and I treasure every moment. [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:26+11:00 January 12th, 2016|Books and reading, Culinary Travel, France, French food, French wine, Provence, Travel, Uncategorized|Comments Off on ‘My French life’ in Provence with Karen Stride.

Sens and La Madeleine – renewing acquaintances with Chef Patrick Gauthier

La Madeleine, with 2 star Michelin chef, Patrick Gauthier, was the special highlight dinner during my 2007 stay at La Varenne residential cooking school in Burgundy. Coming back to Sens this time on the barge was a wonderful opportunity for us to book La Madeleine and for me to meet up with Chef [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:26+11:00 September 7th, 2015|Barging on the Betty B, Culinary Travel, Culinary writing, France, France and cooking, French food, Restaurants, Travel, Truffles|Comments Off on Sens and La Madeleine – renewing acquaintances with Chef Patrick Gauthier

11th June, 2015 – Châlons-en-Champagne

After my wonderful few days in Paris, I eventually met up with Michael who arrived from Australia late last Friday night. Instead of going into Paris for the night, we chose to stay at an airport hotel, ready for our early departure Saturday morning. We drove for the 3 hours to Bar-le-Duc, where our friend [...]

By | 2016-06-16T22:06:46+10:00 June 12th, 2015|Barging on the Betty B, Culinary Travel, France, Travel|Comments Off on 11th June, 2015 – Châlons-en-Champagne

Marrakesh is also about history and architecture as well as its food

One of the special buildings in Marrakesh is the El Bahia Palace; it was built for Ahmed Ibn Moussa between 1894 and 1900 in the Alawi style that was popular at the time. Craftsmen were brought from Fez to work on this monumental task which took approximately fifteen years to complete. It is said that [...]

By | 2016-06-16T22:09:57+10:00 May 25th, 2015|Culinary Travel, Marrakesh, Travel, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Marrakesh is also about history and architecture as well as its food

Moroccan mint tea with Edwina at the House of Fusion, Marrakesh

Mint tea is an integral part of Moroccan life and the Moroccans drink it all day - at the beginning of the meals and as a welcome to guests. It is often served with little pastries, cakes and biscuit treats. In the Berber villages they tend to use just one mint, we often used a [...]

By | 2016-06-16T22:10:23+10:00 May 22nd, 2015|Culinary Travel, Marrakesh, Moroccan, Morocco, Recipes, Travel|Comments Off on Moroccan mint tea with Edwina at the House of Fusion, Marrakesh