The New Player in Town Chennai is probably not the first place that springs to mind when you think of progressive modern cuisine, which is probably why its newest restaurant Avartana has got everyone talking. Located inside the luxurious and super-grand ITC Grand Chola, Avartana is the realised dream of Executive Chef Ajit Bangera, after more…

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Until recently Sri Lanka was not really on my radar, which now feels like a major oversight. The island is incredible. Pristine beaches, waterfalls, tea plantation highlands, ancient and colonial cities, temples, wildlife, safari… Sri Lanka needs to be explored. And to do that, you need at least two weeks. While it’s not that big, it takes quite a…

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Bringing Mexico to the World Each month I’m interviewing rising stars, entrepreneurs in different industries and sectors to share their inspiring stories as well as help us understand what it takes to carve your own path in life. Last month we heard from the Collyer Twins about their quest to become social media influencers, as they explained the…

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How often do you watch a foreign film? I probably watch one foreign film per 20 Hollywood movies I see. I’ve wondered why that is and concluded it’s partly a language preference, location thing, and how I consume films, Netflix or cinema. When I see a foreign film it’s usually because I decided to look for…

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Modern Greek-inspired cuisine The Herodion Hotel sits right at the doorstep of the Acropolis. Visit for incredible rooftop views and excellent food at its two restaurants, Atrium and Point A. Over the last few years the Herodion Hotel in Athens has been stepping up its gourmet game, establishing the very popular summer rooftop bar and restaurant…

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While looking at Banksy’s latest artwork or a Rothko painting, did you ever think to yourself and wonder what it must taste like? The Rosewood’s Executive Pastry Chef Mark Perkins had just this thought, as he carefully selected five modern artists and their works to represent his afternoon tea desserts.

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The concept behind Carousel is that no two days are ever the same. They describe their venue as ‘a revolving creative hub’, where you can experience anything from fine dining to life drawing, terrarium making or spoon carving, film screenings, music, comedy, and much more.

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A look inside: Social Influencers Miss Portmanteau teamed up with the beautiful Collyer Twins to talk blogging and social media success. They explain what it’s like breaking into the social media world, taking us through some key challenges, career highlights and what’s next in store. The interview is the first in a series that celebrates young entrepreneurs and…

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  All truffles are not created equal What do you know about truffles? It’s a question I was forced to ask myself last May. Truffles are everywhere these days, but most people barely know a thing about them. Here’s what I knew. That I was in Piedmont, where truffles are grown, and that the restaurant I…

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Satisfaction guaranteed. Roasting a chicken could not be more straightforward. Whether you follow the packet instructions or how mum taught you, it usually goes like this: preheat oven, marinate bird, roast for said time, rest and carve. Or so I thought. What I knew about roasting chickens was challenged after buying Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes…

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Slide into your booth at Bob Bob Ricard, a Soho restaurant serving English and Russian classics, and you may think you’re there for some fancy food. Think again. You’re in for a good time. Bob Bob Ricard is a sure thing, any night of the week. Press for champagne, sit back and enjoy.

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Fusion Food in a Stunning Mansion Balthazar is among my top picks for dinner and drinks in Athens. The food is as impeccable as the design, serving modern Mediterranean cuisine with a twist. Creativity and ambience flow endlessly throughout this 1897 mansion all year round. Perhaps its Balthazar’s attention to detail and providing a year-round space that…

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Bougain Villa in Agios Ioannis Miss Portmanteau brings you an exclusive opportunity to book the perfect Mykonos villa for your 2017 summer vacation. Bougain Villa is re-opening for bookings this summer following a major renovation to upgrade the property to today’s luxury standards.  Highlights: 3 bedrooms, 3 en-suite bathrooms, sleeps six Private luxury villa for families or couples…

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Bao London serves up some of the best, fluffiest and tastiest bao in the city. But be prepared to queue! Baozi, bao or pao are the taco-shaped steamed buns flooding your Instagram. Originally from East Asia, steamed buns can now be found everywhere. Not all bao are created equal, however, with important differences between those from…

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