"While I prefer sparkling - as PeeWee Herman once said, “All my friends have big buts" - The Grange’s Still Pink 2022 is my big but"
"The Grand Marquis wine, though, was a disaster. A blend of Sultanine Blanche and Chardonnay, it might have just as well been camel piss and sand"
"I discovered that koshari might have been invented by French settlers in the 19th century as a veggie dish called couches de riz. Other outlets even have the gall to blame the British"
"Venice is also a flirty temptress to the solo idler, the wandering daydreamer and the inquisitive traveller"
"I can’t think of anything more personal and amorous than being cooked breakfast by someone in the Italian countryside; being poured steaming coffee from the mocha pot as plates of smoked cotechino sausage with zabaione and freshly-baked cookies arrive"
"This act of blind tasting started the rumour that he was blind (he wasn’t)"
"I could see into the kitchen, where militant staff stood behind large, fire-scorched clay vessels filled with rice, stirring"
"to season food with native saltbush and pepperberry is not exotic for people who have lived off the land for unnumbered centuries"
"Virgilio quite literally cooks Peru. He does not import or imitate. He creates"
"It’s the FOMO champer for your hamper and I can’t believe I wrote that"