Food for thought - Lucy's Blog

Every time I see a headline that says 'high tea' I can't help but shake my head. High tea was in fact a lower class meal served to children and workers. The upper classes enjoyed afternoon tea. I grew up in Scotland where afternoon tea in my grandparents house was served everyday on a trolley wheeled into the living room. It consisted of tea, scones, little cakes and little sandwiches, which were served to fill the spaces before dinner at 8pm. On the other hand high tea was a nursery meal served to children at 5pm. I have fond memories…
27.04.2011
I attended the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival in November and came away with memories of sunsets, rum punches and fascinating food. The highlight , for me was meeting Fergus Henderson, the British chef who was the pioneer in nose to tail eating. I first spotted Henderson sitting quietly behind a stack of copies of his new book, Beyond Nose to Tail. He was all alone. No one had lined up for his signature but he was amused and relaxed, and not at all fussed as he surveyed the crowds washing the hors d'oeuvres down with rum punch.…
17.03.2011
Today what is important in Berlin is the freedom. Freedom to party, to experiment, and indulge in sex, drugs and techno music. The city teems with young people living on next to nothing (some on literally nothing) as squats are still available. They are painting, staging experimental performance art, designing intriguing clothing and taking lots of photography. Today it is the cheapest capital city in Europe and the young are having the time of their lives. Paris in the 20’s, London in the 60’s, today Berlin. However, Berlin is still a fascinating city to try to better understand the history and the people. Take a guided walking tour…
12.01.2011
Puglia, located on the heel of Italy, is a little known tourist destination but Italians, who realize its beauty and appreciate its charming way of life, flock there during the months of July and August. Puglia is surrounded by two seas, the Ionian on the south and the Adriatic on the north, so it is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Slightly seedy estates sit along the coast road, their gardens tumbling down into the sea. It feels like the French or Italian Riviera must have felt like in the ‘30s--the whole area is from…
04.01.2007
Shanghai is called the Paris of Asia but the energy is more like New York. The city is alive 24 hours a day. The restaurant scene is exciting and growing. It's become a destination spot for many international restauranteurs. Jean George has opened there and there are plans for many other groups to come. Here are three exceptional restaurants: two Chinese and one, Jade on 36, as fine an international restaurant as you will find anywhere in the world.   South Beauty 881 Central Yan'an Rd, Shanghai, 200041 Tel:  6247-5878,  6247-6682 www.qiaojiangnan.com A bustling hot spot, full of trendy young Shanghai sophisticates that…
11.04.2007
In February, my husband and I decided to escape the winter and flew off to Rome, where, ironically, it snowed for the first time in 25 years. Still, it was a wonderful week of relaxation, inspiration and, of course, eating. The food was local, simple and delicious. Most Romans eat pasta at least once, if not twice, a day. The city also enjoys superb seafood, much of which comes in fresh from Sicily. While there is sophisticated food in Rome, the local cuisine is mostly predicated on family dining. We stayed at the St. Regis Grand Hotel, which truly is…
16.06.2010
Portland Oregon is the perfect little city and the most desirable city for 25 to 35 year olds to move to! Taking the best from Seattle, Vancouver and San Francisco, this city has more to offer than each one of the others. You can ski Mount Hood, nearly all year, just 45 minutes away or play golf on a links course beside the sea. Taste phenomenal wine, especially Pinot Noir, all around the outskirts of the city due to a city plan that does not allow for urban sprawl. Travel free on downtown transportation and the final gift to Oregonians…
27.02.2008
Taking a break from the bitter winter cold, Bruce and I went to Phoenix with friends for a bit of golf (for them) and relaxing (for me). We stayed at The Sanctuary, a gorgeous resort on Camelback Mountain, surrounded by hills and desert. The rooms are actually built into the mountainside. They were extremely comfortable and well appointed-it was a dream to stay there. Use of the gym, gym classes (including yoga and pilates on the reformer) and hikes are included in your room rate so it's a great place to get energized. The whole spa area is part of…
21.01.2009
During a recent weekend in Paris, my husband and I sought out restaurants that were very fine but not Michelin starred. We wanted to go to bistros that were chef-owned and where the food was prepared with love and skill. The cutting-edge trend that I noticed was the return to simple homey dishes, full flavoured and rich but with reduced sauces, not cream. I also discovered a new lettuce I had not seen before called sucre, which looks a little like a mini romaine. It appeared as garnishes in two out of the three places we visited. We ate at…
21.03.2007
David Chang is the talented chef/owner of the hugely popular noodle house Momofuku (163 First Ave.) in New York's East Village. I hesitate to call this a fusion noodle house although there are elements in the dishes of other cultures, as well as some very American ones. The restaurant is more a testament to Chang's background, training, passion and talent, a place where he can showcase his style of market-driven looking rather than sticking to a fusion label. Although he has worked in ramen houses in Tokyo, most of his training has taken place in the United States. Chang honed…
28.03.2007