Cramele Recas: leading the Romanian wine revolution

The Romanian wine industry is enjoying a comeback after years of battling to throw off the reputation it gained during the country’s Communist rule. The Communists prioritised quantity over quality, with family vineyards taken under state control and merged into poorly-kept plantations that produced low quality plonk for the Romanians to enjoy or – more likely – try and tolerate. But not anymore. Romania has … Continue reading Cramele Recas: leading the Romanian wine revolution

Singapore: a bicentennial visit

On 28th January 1819, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles landed in Singapore and decided he liked the look of the place. He returned the following morning and planted the Union Jack, which was a bit presumptuous, but then he was an 19th century colonising Brit, so what do you expect. But even Raffles, who saw Singapore’s potential 200 years ago, would have struggled to imagine the … Continue reading Singapore: a bicentennial visit

Venice Gather 2019 at the JW Marriott: feast in the Floating City

Every time I mentioned to someone that I would be going to Venice, I was greeted with a sympathetic smile and something like: “Oh, it’s very crowded. So many tourists.” Well, yes – it’s Venice, people want to visit. If it’s peace and quiet you seek, try Norilsk in the remote Siberian wilderness – there’s plenty of space, though I’ve heard the gelato’s rubbish. Alternatively, do … Continue reading Venice Gather 2019 at the JW Marriott: feast in the Floating City

Almyra Hotel, Paphos review: sun, sea and Cypriot charm

Within moments of arriving at the Almyra hotel in Paphos, I was swept off for lunch at the hotel’s Notios restaurant. This proved to be the start of a welcome trend of being presented glorious food and drink with remarkable regularity over the course of my visit. The restaurant offers Japanese-Mediterranean fusion, served al fresco. We started with baby mozzarella salad and deep fried calamari … Continue reading Almyra Hotel, Paphos review: sun, sea and Cypriot charm

Bloomsbury Street Kitchen review: from the Med to Japan via WC1

Both the Mediterranean and Japanese diets are considered to be major contributing factors in the longevity of their citizens. Scientists have suggested that there are inherent health benefits to both cuisines. But if The Week Portfolio’s visit to the new Bloomsbury Street Kitchen is anything to go by, there might be a much simpler explanation: the food is so good, it’s worth sticking around for. … Continue reading Bloomsbury Street Kitchen review: from the Med to Japan via WC1

Leap Year 2016: Why unmarried men secretly want their other halves to propose

Saint Patrick was a remarkable figure. Captured by pirates at sixteen, he escaped slavery and went on to have a life spent punching snakes and druids, whilst still managing to come off as such a pious man that we spend a day a year celebrating him by drinking Irish stout until we pass out. One of St. Patrick’s lesser-known achievements was coming up with the … Continue reading Leap Year 2016: Why unmarried men secretly want their other halves to propose