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L’IMPOSSIBLE, CHAMONIX

Love of food and cooking is paramount at this excellent Italian Chamonix restaurant, local and visitors’ favourite. We highly recommend this friendly family restaurant in the French Alps. The care taken in cooking with only the freshest ingredients and the warm atmosphere makes L’Impossible a must visit whether you are on a winter-sport or summer […]

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Noma Already Fully Booked For Next Year

Noma’s new restaurant has clearly no problem filling seats; recent sale of reservations for as far away as spring next year sold out within 24 hours! Rene Redzepi and team are ready to open world-renowned Copenhagen restaurant Noma again in February 2018 stating: “As we’ve mentioned in the past, we’ll be dividing our year into […]

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Risotto

Risotto is a northern Italian rice dish cooked in a broth to a creamy consistency. The broth can be derived from meat, fish, or vegetables. Many types of risotto contain butter, wine, and onion. It is one of the most common ways of cooking rice in Italy. Risotto in Italy is normally a primo (first […]

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Eggs & Potato

Even a small dish made from just the humble potato and the elementary egg can be big; a simple plate made with such finesse that it shows off each ingredient to its best advantage .. This is Casa Lucio’s Huevos Estrellados. A traditional Spanish dish elevated to world renown! Casa Lucio is a restaurant located in a narrow […]

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Madrid Gourmet Experience Part 2

The capital city of Europe’s most passionate country is a feast of music, food and culture, full of energy and colour, welcoming and captivating. Spain has evolved into one of the most gastronomically important countries in the world, and Madrid has its own fair share of excellent restaurants as well as outstanding tapas bars. Tapas are […]

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Madrid Gourmet Experience Part 1

The capital city of Europe’s most passionate country is a feast of music, food and culture, full of energy and colour, welcoming and captivating. Spain has evolved into one of the most gastronomically important countries in the world, and Madrid has its own fair share of excellent restaurants as well as outstanding tapas bars, not […]

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Gastronomic Cargo’s Gourmet Experience

Because you can’t travel all the time, fine wine and food online market Gastronomic Cargo now introduces “Gourmet Experience”, a new home delivery concept that brings Europe’s most desired food and wine to you whenever you want, wherever you are. The Concept The Gourmet Experience is a new home delivery concept that offers a dinner for two with […]

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Gérald Passedat’s New Restaurant in Provence

Gérald Passedat, the three-star chef of Petit Nice, Marseille, has just opened an ambitious gastronomic table near Aix-en-Provence: Louison. Gérald Passedat is heir of the Petit Nice, a family-run establishment that celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and is the only three-star hotel in the Bouches-du-Rhône. The renowned chef has become one of the best […]

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Spain’s Rising Culinary Stars

After producing its fair share of top chefs such as Ferran Adrià at elBulli and the three Roca brothers Joan, Josep and Jordi, of El Celler de Can Roca, Spain has spawned a new generation of young chefs who are making a name for themselves with gastronomically brilliant yet affordable cuisine at their burgeoning restaurants.   Mont Bar, Barcelona Husband and wife team Iván Castro and Ana […]

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Albert Adrià’s Tickets in Barcelona

Albert Adrià’s brilliant tapas bar Tickets, in Barcelona, offers exciting and innovative tapas. With the help of his brother Ferran, from mythical restaurant elBulli, and the Iglesias brothers, Juan Carlos, Borja and Pedro, owners of the Rías de Galicia Group, Albert has quickly created one of the hottest venues in the Spanish city. Tickets offers a […]

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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

French chef Joël Robuchon is regarded as the one of the best chefs of the last century, having garnered more Michelin stars than any other chef in the world, a staggering total of 28, and been awarded the titles of ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ and ‘Chef of The Century’. He has created L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, a restaurant […]

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Noma Popup Under Bridge in Copenhagen

One of the world’s best known restaurants, Noma, is in the process of moving this year. During this transition, Noma has opened a popup restaurant under Knippelsbro Bridge in Copenhagen. Whilst the new Noma is due to open in December, part of the restaurant’s team has joined forces to create an outdoor, family style, open […]

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Stockholm’s Frantzén Reinvented

Last year we wrote that two-Michelin-starred internationally renowned restaurant Frantzén in Gamla Stan was closing to relocate; now top chef and restaurateur Björn Frantzén’s namesake restaurant has just reopened in downtown Stockholm. Here’s a reminder of what we said about Frantzén in our 2016 article: Star restaurant Frantzén has closed this summer. The last menu […]

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Le Jardin des Plumes at Giverny

Recently restored by Michelin-star chef Éric Guérin, this 1912 building originally created by a collaborator of Gustave Eiffel (Eiffel Tower), boasts eight rooms and a delightful restaurant. This charming century-old house sits just down the road from Claude Monet’s garden and evokes a sense of tranquility and proximity to nature reflecting in its interior design, from […]

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Chef Mathias Dahlgren at the Stockholm Grand Hotel

With interest in Nordic cooking on the rise, we focus on one of Sweden’s best chefs, and his residences in one of the Swedish capital’s best hotels. Mathias Dahlgren rose to fame after winning the prestigious culinary Bocuse d’Or award in 1997 and has since been awarded the Swedish Chef of the Year title four times. […]

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Mercado De San Miguel

This is Madrid’s most inspiring and vibrant sprawling traditional food market in a building on the Plaza San Miguel that dates back to 1916. The market offers just about anything Spanish and more, and you can also eat almost anything such as top class paella, hams, cheese, caviar, tapas and churros, or visit the sushi […]

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New Gourmet Market in Madrid

Mercado de las Ventas has a new gourmet market in Madrid bringing the traditional market into the 21st century. You can taste some of the best dishes of the different cuisines of the world, by, among others chef Sergio Fernández, television chef and collaborator of the project. With modern and accessible facilities boasting a 4,500 […]

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Bread & Roses, Paris

Scarlett Johansson has said of Bread & Roses, one of her favourite places in Paris: “I love this concept of bakery-patisserie-café-restaurant, particularly the one located near the Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Garden). The atmosphere there is warm and cozy, and they serve the best breakfast on the left bank! I also stop there from time […]

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De Kas in Amsterdam

This century old greenhouse which once belonged to Amsterdam’s Municipal Nursery, is a gastronomic restaurant that offers a daily fixed menu, based on the harvest of its nursery and supplemented with the best additional ingredients from local suppliers. De Kas boasts a sleek interior design enhanced by natural light pouring in through the glass ceiling. […]

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Mamma Mia Restaurant in Stockholm

Hugely popular for more than a decade, Broadway show Mamma Mia! is coming to an end this September. However, the party is to be continued elsewhere – quite literally – with Mamma Mia! The Party, a venture by ABBA star Björn Ulvaeus. Ulvaeus has opened a Mamma Mia! themed, interactive restaurant, on the Stockholm island of Djurgården with Mamma Mia! The […]

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The Best Croissants in Paris

The croissant is the most famous, most consumed and most recognisable iconic French pastry. From its crispy outside that peels of in layers, to its soft buttery doughy inside that melts in your mouth, the croissant is every French native’s favourite pastry. Everywhere in Paris, especially at breakfast, you will see people eat croissants with […]

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Take a Culinary Journey with Gastronomic Cargo

Gastronomic Cargo promises the start of a fantastic culinary journey. Their goal is to offer a well-selected limited stock of exquisite products which we provide together with local experts and connoisseurs. The journey starts in Spain, but will take you to France, Italy and other European countries that produce fine wine and food. FROM SPAIN WITH LOVE […]

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French Classic Delights

The best kind of experiences are the ones that follow you through life, that can be re-lived in another place, at another time Two of our favorite places in France are the Colombe d’Or and the Club 55. Places that are well known for their history and extravagance, therefore very busy during high season. We prefer to visit […]

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Gastronomic Cocktails in Barcelona

The ‘common’ Margarita, piña colada and other classics have been dethroned in recent years by an elite generation of bartenders, who in large prestigious hotels and swanky bars offer their own blend unique cocktails. Case in point: bar/restaurant Batuar.  The Batuar, bar/restaurant of hotel Cotton House in the district of Eixample, offers an outstanding menu of cocktails, prepared […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Smørrebrød

The book titled ‘Open Your Heart to the Danish Open‘ – referring to the famous Danish open sandwich – by Ida and Mia Davidsen, descendants of the famous Davidsen family who have been preparing and serving Danish food for 100 years, is a dream trip into Denmark’s gastronomic heritage. Gastronomic may not seem applicable here, but smørrebrød […]

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Maison de la Truffe Restaurant and Boutique

With its strong and utterly addictive taste, the truffle is one of the world’s most precious and desired delicacies. No few words can describe its flavour correctly; woody, moldy, a mix of garlic, soil, onions and meat – those only approximate the pungent but sweet personal odour of the truffle. This is one you have to […]

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Best Caesar Salads In Paris

One of the essential pleasures of summer, the Caesar salad, just like the Waldorf and the Niçoise, is a famous dish and appreciated by salad lovers worldwide. We have sought out the best specimens of this emblematic American and one of our own favourite lunch meals in the French capital. The Caesar salad is more than […]

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Let the best of Europe come to you!

Even if you can’t travel all the time, Europe’s best food and wine products can now come to you thanks to Gastronomic Cargo, a new online fine food and wine market. Gastronomic Cargo brings the most popular European delicatessen and most tasteful wines right to you, whenever you want, wherever you are. With leading products […]

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The World’s Oldest Restaurant: Botin

Restaurant Botin, founded in 1725 in Madrid, is the world’s oldest restaurant and thus has quite a story to tell! This is an amazing place to enjoy true Castilian cuisine, with fantastic service, in a history-filled environment.. In 1561, King Philip II moved his court to Madrid, which was central, had good water and a […]

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Bodegas Neo, Ribera del Duero, Spain

Bodegas Neo is a hip and relatively young excellent winery in Spain’s Ribera del Duero, said to be on the same level as wineries like Vega Sicilia, with its brilliant Tempranillos. The recent 2009 vintage of their flagship wine Neo Punta Esencia won Decanter Magazine’s ‘Top Ribera del Duero’, scoring 19/20 points. And their lovely […]

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Best Stockholm Streetfood

Stockholm’s streetfood culture is exploding; apart from the already hugely popular longstanding food halls there are new and exciting food stalls and many food trucks popping up everywhere. Street stalls First of all a special mention must go to Nystekt Strömming/Strömmingsvagnen. This Baltic herring (strömming) stall has been around for a while and is known […]

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Cava Brut Nature Nu Reserva, Bodegas Maset

The Cava Brut Nature NU Reserva is a modern, current and innovative cava that blends the freshness and elegance of the Xarel.lo fruit notes with the most elaborated ageing sensations: A lovely dry cava that will satisfy the most expert palates. Maset del Lleó produces quality wines and cavas since 1777; the family has dedicated […]

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La Cité du Vin, Bordeaux

Bordeaux has a new and already iconic 10-storey building on the banks of the River Garonne near its centre, aptly named La Cité du Vin (City of Wine). After three years of work on this €81m stunning gold shimmering building, La Cité du Vin is finished: It is an impressive structure, 55 meters high, well-rounded, seamless, with scaly glass and […]

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Impress a top Chef – Easy As 1.2.3

If you had an international top chef over for dinner, what would you start with to make a good impression? We would say that Gastronomic Cargo is your best ally if you want to serve something of absolute world class to friends or any celebrity chef. Tapas is a culinary international trend right now and it is […]

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Vizar Castilla Y Leon 2007

Award-winning red wine Vizar “12 months” 2007 is as rich and full as it is light and smooth; a beautiful accompaniment to dinner, and a compliment to any special occasion. The Bodegas Vizar estate is located on the banks of the River Duero, one of Spain’s most successful wine producing areas; at a stone’s throw away from one of […]

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Visit Bodegas Marqués de Arviza

Winery Marqués de Arviza, producer of various excellent wines, is situated in the heart of Spain’s renowned Rioja wine region, and has been operating since 1874, making it one of the oldest in this part of the country. With its 38 hectares of vineyards in La Rioja’s Ebro Valley, Marqués de Arviza enjoys a perfect combination of continental micro-climate […]

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La Catedral De Navarra, Spain

Owners of La Catedral de Navarra, the Sainz family, have dedicated more than 70 years to the business of canned vegetables, with commitment to quality and respect for natural products. Their vegetables boast an outstanding and refined flavour thanks to the rich fertile soil, the extreme temperatures and abundant rainfall, that is typical of the Navarrese Ebro valley. La […]

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The Culinary History Of Madrid

Madrid’s exciting and flavourful food is a major attraction for visitors to Spain’s capital, for many varied reasons. We want to give you a short history of the evolution of the city’s current ‘cuisine’. In the 11th century Spain was known as Al-Andalus, also Muslim Spain or Islamic Iberia, and was  Muslim territory. Until then the typical […]

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Real French Bouillabaisse

Bouillabaisse is a traditional fish stew originating from the port city of Marseille; the word itself is a combination of the verbs to boil and simmer, a signature part of the preparation of this famous fishermen’s meal. There are three kinds of fish in the original bouillabaisse: scorpion fish, ‘rascasse’, sea robin, ‘grondin’, and European […]

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The 10 Best Plates From Spain

Everyone loves the Spanish kitchen and we have listed some of the best traditional dishes and where to have them; all the following are popular, many national stars and some lesser known. Wild bluefin tuna from Almadraba at El Campero (Barbate) – El Campero in Barbate is one of those little known places, a truly best-kept secret. […]

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The Future of Noma

Noma (from nordisk mad, which means ‘Nordic food’), is a brilliant restaurant, many times named ‘The World’s Best Restaurant’ whose cuisine is influenced by the marine environment, the water of Greenland and Scandinavian beer. Chef René Redzepi calls himself an ambassador of the ‘Nordic cuisine’; made with local ingredients and seasonal produce. “Since the opening […]

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Why and when should you decanter your wine?

Seems like serving a wine should be easy enough: Just open and pour. But anyone who has ever struggled with a crumbling cork, or listened to a debate over whether the Cabernet they’re drinking needs to “breathe” more, knows that sometimes it’s not quite so simple. Decanting is one of those elements of wine service that […]

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Alain Ducasse Loves Paris

Alain Ducasse needs no introduction for those who love food. This French chef, arguably the most famous of his generation, has written a book dedicated to his preferred gastronomic addresses in the French capital: J’aime Paris by Alain Ducasse. In his book he shares with us his passion for food and love for Paris, and […]

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The Best Coffee in Rome

Coffee is so much a part of Italian culture that you are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a café, lounge or coffee bar that serves perfectly foamy aromatic coffee in the country’s capital. There are many different types of coffees in Italy, but the benchmark is the espresso – so called because it […]

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Aix & Terra, France

Situated in the heart of Aix-en-Provence in Southern France, Aix & terra celebrates and reinvents the recipes from traditional Provencal cuisine. The joy of trying the flavours of Provencal fruits and vegetables, the pleasure of enjoying the wonders of this sun-flooded province, full of colour and seductive scents, the desire to share simple beautiful and […]

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Chateau Bernadotte, France

Chateau Bernadotte is a charming French residence built in 1860, and vineyard, named in honour of Germaine Bernadotte, the ancestress of Sweden’s king Charles XIV John. Germaine married Joandou of Pouey in the year 1615. Their son, Jean, retained the name of Bernadotte. He was the ancestor of marshal Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, who, four generations later, was appointed sovereign […]

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Choosing a good bottle of wine in France

Whether in your supermarket or your cellar, there are simple rules to make the right choice when buying wine in France. First, there is no need to buy wines that are very old. If they are still on the shelves  they have perhaps not been sold because they are just not from a very good […]

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Wine: Mas Belles Eaux

Winery Mas Belles Eaux is situated in the Languedoc region in the South of France where the climate is perfect and the variety of soils excellent for producing expressive and pure wines. Drawn to this region by the huge potential of its terroir and climate, the owners of Quinta do Noval and Chateau Pichon-Baron began rehabilitating […]

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The Best Patissiers in Paris

France is famous for its ‘Patisserie’; delightful cakes, pastries and desserts so elegantly made and deliciously devised that their creators are fast becoming as famous as ‘regular food’ chefs.

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Cinco Jotas, Spain’s National Treasure

Spain is famous for its top quality ham, Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, and Cinco Jotas (5J)  is one of those hams which is unrivalled for aroma, texture and taste. Cinco Jotas is based in the famous jamón town of Jabugo, a word synonymous with the very best ham in the world. Here pure-bred Ibérico pigs are raised in ideal […]

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The Sea Grill, Marbella

We have always loved to immerse ourselves in the timeless charm and passion of Spain, the rich culture and its genuine cuisine. And after our Easter visit to Spain and Hotel Puente Romano’s new chic beachfront restaurant, the Sea Grill, we are sure that we have seen the start of a new era in Spain, […]

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The best Club Sandwich in Paris

One of the world’s most ordered dishes by travellers, at just about any hour of the day or night, is the always satisfying club sandwich. As French newspaper magazine Le Figaro put it in a recent story on the best club sandwiches in Paris, (the winner was the one served at Le Meurice hotel, price €25), the […]

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