Xiao Long Bao

Introduced to me by two very good friends on a decadent night out in Beijing, the Xiao Long Bao was one of the many exciting food discoveries of this year's trip to China in May. Often called a "soup dumpling", XLB (as it is known by the cool kids) is one of the most popular … Continue reading Xiao Long Bao

A Wine & Soul renovation at Quinta da Manoella

Off to an exciting start of the year with a wine trip to the Douro Valley. During 3 days I’ve visited a few wineries, met and discussed with producers and  barrel-tasted some 2015s and 2016s wines. Definitely a promising year ahead with some very good releases in the horizon. ‪Wine & Soul's Douro winemaking couple Sandra Tavares da Silva & Jorge Serôdio Borges (of Pintas fame) are painstakingly restoring … Continue reading A Wine & Soul renovation at Quinta da Manoella

Visit and Vintage Tasting at Quinta do Noval

Off to an exciting start of the year with a wine trip to the Douro Valley. During 3 days I've visited a few wineries, met and discussed with producers and  barrel-tasted some 2015s and 2016s wines. Definitely a promising year ahead with some very good releases in the horizon. Despite not having much time available on the week schedule, I couldn't help stopping by Quinta do Noval para matar saudades and taste … Continue reading Visit and Vintage Tasting at Quinta do Noval

Pantelleria: An Island With A Delicious Treasure

In September I visited Donnafugata in Sicily. Included in the two-day visit was a trip to Pantelleria, a satellite island of Sicily where Donnafugata makes one of its most precious treasures, a sweet Passito di Pantelleria. This treasure is the result of a strong local culture that is imposed by the challenges of the extremely difficult growing (and … Continue reading Pantelleria: An Island With A Delicious Treasure