Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi Street Food Tour – The first thing we did was take a food tour – one of my favourite things to do and a great way to discover the culture and vibe of a new place. I booked a private morning tour with Hanoi Street Food Tours. We took a taxi and met at their offices downtown. What a great street food tour! we met our lovely friendly guide Loan who then spent the next few hours proudly guiding us through our introduction to Vietnamese food.

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Les Palettes, Annecy

I know I say this everytime I visit Annecy but it really is true…this is a wonderful and interesting medieval town with so many great places to discover, shops to visit, galleries to see and historic sites to enjoy.  Not to mention the absolutely stunning freshwater lake surrounded by mountain scenery.  Apart from all of these reasons to visit, there is a plethora of fabulous restaurants and cafes to eat in!  So my latest find is Les Palettes and this is no ordinary restaurant/cafe, it is also a concept store and those who know me well will know that a melange of shopping and eating is my idea of heaven!

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Les Cocottes, Christian Constant

Les Cocottes by Christian Constant is conveniently situated at The Casino on the border of Switzerland and France just outside Saint Julien-en-Genevois.  It is open 7 days a week and has easy parking.  So, they are the practical reasons … The real reason is that this restaurant serves great food at good prices in a really good modern, light and spacious space with a brasserie style.  From May to September the outdoor terrace which offers shade and faces the Jura is a very convivial place to dine.  Et voila so many reasons to give it a try!

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A Fabulous Bangkok Food Tour

This Bangkok Food Tour was a tour I was looking forward to and it really lived up to my expectations.  A trip of discovery and a food adventure through the Thonburi District of Bangkok and the hidden canals.

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Five Ways with Reblochon from The Taste of Savoie Kitchen

Five Ways with Reblochon – I’ve put together 5 recipes from my Taste of Savoie blog all using the wonderful, versatile and well-known cheese from this region – Reblochon. *Reblochon cheese gained AOC status in 1958 and was first produced in the Thônes and Arly valleys, in the Aravis in the Haute Savoie.

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Reblochon, Sweet Potato and Jambon de Savoie Tart

I think I may be beginning to dream in French…or maybe I just dream in French cheese, especially when I eat a lot of it! Living in the Haute Savoie this is unavoidable but also delicious so I am not complaining although my jeans sometimes do! Every recipe I see with cheese in, I look for ways of adapting it to use Reblochon and other local and seasonal ingredients – it must be the time of year, as winter approaches and the snow is falling in the Alps and when all the ski resorts burst into life!

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L’Ancolie Restaurant, Cruseilles

The first time I visited L’Ancolie Restaurant was in 2013 as you can see from my post below.  Well now in November 2017 L’Ancolie has new owners.  Olivier and Katia Gérard who have been at Le Petit Monde in Viry this year are the new proprietors.  I have enjoyed several good meals at Le Petit monde and I look forward to enjoying many more at L’Ancolie.  They opened on Tuesday and 2 days later I went for lunch!  It was great to have the chance to chat to Olivier and Katia today, their enthusiasm for their new venture is evident.  They are looking forward to adding their own signature to L’Ancolie in the New Year.  They will close for the last 2 weeks of January for a refurbishment. 

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L’As des Neiges, Les Gets

L’As des Neiges is the newest restaurant on the ever-evolving restaurant scene in Les Gets.  They opened during October 2017 and as our local coiffure had told us the chef was Paul Bocuse trained I was keen to get in there and try it!   The restaurant is located in town on the Rue du Centre on the corner where the Bel Alps Hotel used to be.  They have 2 restaurants – L’As des Neiges is the restaurant Gourmand, next door and linked is Le Comptoir a more casual dining and takeaway restaurant with a bar serving artisan bieres.

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The Villas of Benicassim Castellon Spain

What an enjoyable day out this was to see The Villas of Benicassim.  Along the Orange Blossom Coast or Costa del Azahar in Spain is a wonderful beach resort with 6 kms of sandy beach all linked by a promenade.  Along the beach front promenade walking from the Hotel Voramar there are beautiful traditional villas with an amazing history of the highlife of the arts and theatrical society of the 1920’s.   The 27 prominent villas all with lush green gardens and built in a French villa style have a romantic look and maintain their traditional style. 

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A great day out on Lac Leman in Switzerland

I cannot believe that I have lived in the Geneva area for 9 years and had never taken this great day trip on the wonderfully picturesque lake – Lac Leman, one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. Lac Leman or Lake Geneva as it is also known is a crescent shaped lake with a shoreline in both France and Switzerland and is overlooked by the Alps.

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