Now that I have two cute little grandchildren, I have an extra dimension in my life.
THE JOY OF GRANDKIDS
IT STARTED IN UZÈS!
We’ve often wondered how our wine scribe Jim walker selects the wines he imports and presents to his Arthur’s Cellar wine club. No doubt he spends countless hours scouring trade magazines, studying vintage reports and endlessly sampling likely candidates, all the while working tirelessly and selflessly on behalf of his thirsty clients. Here’s how he decided on the wines from Domaine de La Gramière.Continue reading “IT STARTED IN UZÈS!”
HILTON MISSES THE MASK WITH COVID PROTOCOLS
The iconic hotel chain created by Conrad Hilton makes a big deal out of its COVID-19 safety protocols. Yet some locations are failing to enforce the policy, and no one at the chain, once famous for its service, seems to care.Continue reading “HILTON MISSES THE MASK WITH COVID PROTOCOLS”
MORE COMFORT IS ON THE WAY—PASTA THAT IS
Continuing my search for comfort food to get us through the pandemic, in my last article, I tackled penne and rotini. Today, it’s the turn of tagliatelle and fusilli.Continue reading “MORE COMFORT IS ON THE WAY—PASTA THAT IS”
PASTA, THE ULTIMATE COMFORT FOOD
As we continue to suffer the current and long-term effects of the pandemic and lockdown, most of us crave comfort food as much as anything. Personally, I’d trade a plate of pasta for a hug from family members any day, but lacking even the lightest human contact, I’ll have to settle for the pasta.Continue reading “PASTA, THE ULTIMATE COMFORT FOOD”
OH, FOR FISH AND CHIPS
I’m longing to be able to go out and get a decent serving of fish and chips. In fact, I’m longing to be able to go out and get a decent meal of anything.Continue reading “OH, FOR FISH AND CHIPS”
FAIR DINKUM DISCOVERED DOWN UNDER
Many, many years ago our wine scribe Jim Walker fell in love with a voluptuous, full-bodied Australian. Glowing remarks extolling the many charms of the object of his affection had been broadcast far and wide. He was bound and determined to learn first-hand what all the fuss was about, even if it meant going to Australia. What could possibly have caused such ardour in our cold hearted ex-banker? Read on.Continue reading “FAIR DINKUM DISCOVERED DOWN UNDER”
SHOULD VACCINE PASSPORTS BE REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL?
Some people hate the idea of proving they’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine in order to travel and cruise again. Others say it might be the best way to keep tourism workers and international travellers safe, while making cruise vacations carefree again. Who’s right?Continue reading “SHOULD VACCINE PASSPORTS BE REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL?”
Should we go or should we stay? Common sense suggests we should stick with government advice and stay home, but urgent matters demand our attention elsewhere.Continue reading “COVID TRAVEL”
APRIL IN PARIS
Last year I promised my beloved Diane that we would celebrate her April birthday in Paris. It didn’t happen. And it doesn’t look good for this year either, but we can still enjoy some Parisian comfort food – croque monsieur.Continue reading “APRIL IN PARIS”