Locanda Rossa , Capalbio

We have always had a love story with Italy. But for the very first time we decided to spend our summer holidays in Tuscany when we would normally head towards the wonderful beaches of Corsica at this time of the year.

We have not been disappointed so far. We found last minute a wonderful spot at the Locanda Rossa hotel, just an hour north of Rome and just a few kilometres away from the medieval town of Capalbio. A great place for families as there is a dedicated pool for kids as well as a big lawn play area including a football pitch.

The highlight has been the food so far which a few pasta dishes direct from heaven. A dedicated post will follow emphasising the local specialities.

For now, back to the pool. Ci vediamo dopo !

Adults only pool at Locanda Rossa

Kiss the hippo Richmond

Great new brewery and coffee shop in the heart of Richmond, Surrey. The high street is being reinvented with more boutique and artisans then ever before. #KISSTHEHIPPO

Buhti Richmond

Buhti is our local yoga and Pilate club in Richmond, Greater London. A boutique studio with fantastic teachers also offering fresh and organic food. If you are a local or visiting, this is a gem.

Terminal #1 , Montpellier

Terminal #1” is the latest restaurant opening by the renowned and ex 3 star Michelin owners Jacques and Laurent Pourcel. Visiting our family in Montpellier for the festive season, we took the opportunity to have lunch there yesterday with the kids. Before I get to the good stuff, let me point out a few things that need attention and fixing. The receptionist was rude and pretty hopeless during the 20 minutes we had to wait for our table to be ready. Generally the staff present lacked experience and kept forgetting pretty basic things we did ask during the meal. I also find the decoration and design very dark and far too heavy. Some Nordic minimalistic design would have been a better fit but one could argue this is subjective. Which it is !

Now to the good part of the experience. All dishes were very good. Meat, dish, deserts. The wine Peyra 100% Chardonnay by the glass at 6.5€ excellent value for money. It could have rated excellent overall by being a bit more simple as a few dishes appeared to be a bit too sophisticated.

Overall an 8/10 for the food but barely a 5/10 for the atmosphere & staff. Still worth a visit. Filet de cabillaud et petits encornets

Nothing like home !

Visiting my family in Montpellier, south of France, we gathered around a good and simple meal. Excellent white Macon from burgundy, dry goat cheese marinated in olive oil and combava, and succulent fresh funghi porcini from the Jura region. 

Nothing like family. Nothing like home. Aloha!

Beautiful white Macon
Funghi porcini marinated in olive oil. We will eat them for Christmas.
The same are sold 100£ a kilo in London.

Hotel Martinhal Sagres

You are in the look out for great sea food, family friendly boutique hotel and resort, wildlife, unspoilt nature, waves, wind and overall excellent vibes ? Head to the very West Point of Algarve, Portugal for a great stay at martinhal resort sagres.

View to Martinhal pool and beach
Hotel reception
A short walk to the 2 miles long unspoilt beach
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Great surf in down the hotel – Other options for bigger waves in Tonel beach , one mile away
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Our kids #freedom down the hotel #windyday

Iberica shoreditch

Shoreditch is the new creative and design center of London. And to some extent of our modern world as few other hubs can be seen as rivals ! 

But it also boasts some great chefs and restaurants. Just out of shoreditch station you can find a first very good and pretty cheap option at Iberica.  Do not expect any Michelin start sophistication. Just excellent fresh Spanish food. 

Buñuelos de bacalao

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