Côte d’Azur: Monaco

Ah… Monaco, Monaco.

Monte-Carlo casino

All the glitz, glamour, multibillionaires, fast cars, yachts and bling that one cannot get enough of in Dubai.

And snobbery.

Wait, but no.

Curiously enough, I did not get that.

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it’s uncanny what life throws at you when you least expect it

I was watching a program this week featuring El Celler de Can Roca, a 3-Michelin star restaurant in Catalonia, Spain, apparently the top restaurant in the world, when I thought: it would be such a nice treat to eat at such a place for one of my birthdays…

As I watched, I could only imagine what a delight it must be to explore and discover the way these chefs experiment with taste, aroma, texture, ingredients and form.

And I don’t know how, but the husband manages to somehow read my mind and ends up taking my breath away by bringing me to Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, one of the 3-Michelin star chef’s restaurants!

I can only say that the dining experience was a dream-like play on all the senses, where I don’t think pictures would it do any justice. There is just no way to put in words or pictures, the delight, wonder and amazement of being presented with course after course of amazing compositions.

If you get a chance to, it’s definitely one of the places to dine at. Don’t bother with all the other ‘celebrity’ restaurants, as they mostly turn out to be a waste of time. This definitely tops my list of restaurants in Dubai.

And with that, I leave you with this, taken during the amusebouche, right before we were whisked away on a culinary whirlwind.


Côte d’Azur: Nice

Mention of a trip to Côte d’Azur immediately brings to mind a plethora of wonderful sensory experiences – the smell of sea salt and sand in the air, sailing through the Mediterranean with the breeze whipping through your hair, the sun warm on your bare feet, your skin cool and refreshed after a dip as the sun warms that damp stickiness on your skin while you gaze at the tiny white boats in the distance floating across the blue, blue sea. It’s an ideal way to celebrate the start of summer, especially if it’s a trip planned for your birthday.

First impressions

Charles de Gaulle is about an hours’ flight away from Nice Côte d’Azur. The view flying in was extraordinary – the yachts and the sea against a backdrop of emerald hills and houses painted in various shades of the sunset.

c'est juste magnifique

C’est juste magnifique.

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Paris Insider: Le Timbre

The afternoon I arrived back in Paris from 3 weeks of travelling, I was introduced to this adorable hole-in-the-wall.

“Le Timbre” literally translates to “The Stamp” and it is most fitting for this 20-seater.

Le Timbre offers only one menu per service so unless you have major objections or any allergies, you will be having your meal as the chef intended.

Our menu for lunch

Our menu for lunch

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Champagne: the go-to wine for celebrations in France

Birthday? Crack open a bottle of champagne. New job, promotion? Get out the champagne! New baby? More champagne! A weekend lunch with friends and family? Champagne, please… Only the sparkling wine from the Champagne region in France can be called champagne.

Not reserved just for weddings and New Years, champagne is usually served as an aperitif with a selection of hor d’œuvres: foie gras, smoked salmon, tapenade, flavoured crackers, cheese cubes, and the list goes on… I like having stuffed olives for its savoury kick.

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