How Lemons (and Menton) Made Monaco Famous

Glamorous MonacoThe castle where Monaco startedThe casino is reflected in the mirrored globeThe casino interior (or at least what you can see if you don't pay to gamble) Everyone knows Monaco, famous for glamorous casinos and the rich and famous, but few people have heard of Menton, its French neighbor. And yet Menton is the … Continue reading How Lemons (and Menton) Made Monaco Famous

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Want Some Brawn at Your Christmas Dinner?

Conventional wisdom says that Queen Victoria (or more accurately, Prince Albert) invented our modern Christmas traditions – the Christmas tree, carol singing and more.  But that’s misleading since many of our holiday customs (and even foods) date back into the Middle Ages (or even earlier).  It turns out that a Tudor Christmas was remarkably like … Continue reading Want Some Brawn at Your Christmas Dinner?

Musings on British Food

Some random thoughts on food and groceries in Britain, compared to San Francisco.  I'll add more as I come across them. One of the things that has shocked me most about buying groceries in England is the realization of how many preservatives must be in American food.  At home, I can buy a loaf of white … Continue reading Musings on British Food

Ramsay’s Restaurant Deserves the ‘F’ word — Fabulous!

Don't go to Pétrus in London because it's a Gordon Ramsay restaurant... go despite the fact that it's a Gordon Ramsay restaurant! You'll be rewarded by a memorable meal, worthy of its Michelin star. (And I don't often say that...) My meal yesterday (7 'official' courses, plus an amuse bouche and a post-dessert treat) was one … Continue reading Ramsay’s Restaurant Deserves the ‘F’ word — Fabulous!