A Cambodian Food Tour with an Insider’s Perspective

Cambodian food tourSoutheast Asian food is hot–not just literally but in the trend sense! What most of us know of Southeast Asian cuisine is Vietnamese but Cambodia has a wealth of food traditions all its own. And what better way could there be to discover the cuisine of this ancient land than through the eyes of a local cookbook author? “Temples and Tastings” is a Cambodian food tour led by culinary expert Robert Carmack and his company, The Globetrotting Gourmet.

Carmack’s tour, led in collaboration with textile designer Morrison Polkinghorne, takes guests on a cultural and culinary exploration to many sites never seen by outsiders. The tour begins in the capital city of Phnom Penh. Guests will explore local markets and the National Museum. The tour travels through the greatest culinary sites of Battambang, Preah Vihear and finishes in Siam Reap, home to Angkor Wat.

The tour runs from September 25-October 5, 2017 and space is limited. You can check out the full itinerary here.

Barcelona’s Only Fish Market Tour with a Marine Biologist

Get on an exclusive tour of a closed-to-the-public market

fish market tourBarcelona is a fish lover’s town. The Spanish have a true appreciation for seafood dishes–and fish of every size and description. And for restaurateurs, one of the most important places in Barcelona is the wholesale fish market.

Of course, this market is closed to the public. Or, at least, it was until the Majestic Hotel & Spa arranged a marine biologist-led tour of this incredible market. It is an opportunity available only to Majestic guests. Marine biologist Anna Bozzano leads tour participants on this incredible fish market tour, educating them on the day’s catch. Participants will get to witness chefs barter for their daily specials. You’ll gain insight into what fish are important to Spanish cuisine and how the local catch impacts the local food scene. The tour includes a seafood tapas experience in the fishermen’s neighborhood, “La Barceloneta.” And the day ends with dinner at the hotel, prepared from today’s catch.

About the Majestic

The Majestic, BarcelonaThe Majestic Hotel & Spa is one of Barcelona’s most luxurious historic hotels. It is located in the heart of stylish Passeig de Gracia. The hotel offers 5 star hospitality and a unique spa. Butler service is available to guests of any of the penthouses. And the hotel even offers a scooter service. For more on the hotel and their special tours, visit the Majestic website.

Sacher Torte to Go? Vienna’s latest innovation sounds delicious

Sacher TorteThe Sacher Torte is possibly Austria’s most iconic foods. Funnily enough, this pride of a nation was actually invented by a kitchen apprentice. On a historic day in 1832, Prince Wenzel von Metternich requested of his chef a special dessert to serve a group of important guests. Unfortunately, the chef fell ill. And the task was left to his 16 year old apprentice, Franz Sacher. The rest, as we say, is history! Read more

Discover Peru on South America’s First Luxury Sleeper Train

Discover Peru with Belmond Andean ExplorerThere’s something terribly romantic about rail travel. And a train ride that includes Pisco Sours, dancing and luxurious overnight accommodations makes traveling by rail downright sexy.

We are totally into the idea that you can discover Peru in a whole new way on the new Belmond Andean Explorer. Read more

The Berkeley in London Wants You in a Pink Floyd State of Mind

The Berkeley, LondonWhen we learned that The Berkeley in London was preparing for a Pink Floyd-themed promotion, we started to contemplate the sensual overtones of the English rock band’s music. In fact, we discovered that a section of “Shine On” was used as background in a French, pornographic film. (Thank you, Google!) 

The hotel’s promotion isn’t necessarily designed to help you get lucky… but that might be a pleasant side effect of indulging in this deliciously pop-cultural package.  Read more