Tasting Notes

Xmas menu announced at The Fat Duck

Heston Blumenthal creates Xmas themed menu for his Fat Duck restaurant

Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck has announced it will be offering a Christmas inspired dinner for the first time. The festive tasting menu will be running on three separate sittings on December 2, 9 and 16. The exclusive menu is priced at £300, not including drinks or service charge. The menu features some familiar Fat Duck offerings but additional dishes like Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, Hot & iced spiced cider and Christmas tree; all designed to get guests into the yuletide mood. Here is the 12 course tasting menu: Christmas Tree Nitro Poached Pine...

November 15, 2012

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Marking 25 years of culinary excellence

Alain Ducasse is celebrating 25 years at Le Louis XV

To mark the 25th anniversary of culinary excellence at Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV restaurant, an unrivalled collection of chefs will assemble in Monaco this weekend for three days of celebrations. 240 chefs from 25 different countries will be at the Monte-Carlo SBM; holding astaggering 300 Michelin stars between them. Saturday will see Ducasse highlight the Mediterranean produce he holds as a big inspiration in his cooking, while a large market will provide 100 speciallyselected products of the French Riviera. Ducasse has tasked ten of the attending chefs to prepare...

November 15, 2012

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Seeing stars

Germany’s growing three Michelin star restaurants

The German palate has long been credited as one of the finest in Europe. The Michelin Guide has recently listed a total of ten three Michelin-star restaurants in the country, ranking it second only to France in Europe. Germany is often credited for its efficiency. This, combined with precision and bags of flair, has produced a host of culinary leaders, including Christian Bau of Victor's Gourmet Restaurant Schloss Berg in Perl-nennig and Thomas Bühner of La Vie in Osnabrück. La Belle Epoque is one such giant of German cuisine, having just landed the accolade of its...

November 14, 2012

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It’s not all about the bratwurst…

Planning a festive-foodie weekend away? Visit one of Germany’s authentic Christmas markets

Christmas markets have a long tradition in Germany, stretching as far back as the late Middle Ages when stallholders would have mainly sold meat and winter necessities. Arguably Germany’s most famous Christmas market is the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt (November 30 – December 24), which attracted over two million visitors last year, while Cologne’s ever-popular festive gathering at Cologne Cathedral (November 26 – December 23) attracts more than four million people a year. Here’s a selection of three alternative markets where visitors can find good fine, wine,...

November 13, 2012

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