A French restaurant has been named the best in the world for 2019. Mirazur in Menton, France, topped the list of the World's Best 50 Restaurants and it's not difficult to see why; the restaurant serves up delectably decadent dishes, chic interiors and some pretty incredible views of the French Riviera. Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco, picked up the accolade at a ceremony in Singapore, saying: "This recognition from my esteemed colleagues and peers is a great honour. It recognises the trajectory of my life from Argentina to the Riviera that welcomed me so warmly 19 years ago. I am overjoyed to bring this award back to France. "I am from so many influences but above everything, I am a cook and I love to cook. My food is just from my heart, and I love to share it with my guests. From all of us at Mirazur, thank you - we are all celebrating tonight." Instagram Boasting three Michelin stars, the restaurant sits on the seafront in a 1930s Rotunda meaning diners can enjoy the … [Read more...] about World’s best restaurant revealed for 2019
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By Rainer Hensel Rainer Hensel and his wife Carol moved to Panama City from Singapore with their then teenage boys, Alec and Toby, in 2014. He works in wealth management for a Swiss bank. Since we first visited Panama in 1994 it had always been our dream to live here. We simply fell in love with it. Before moving, we expected a hot, tropical country and not much else. However, because of various external and internal economic circumstances, Panama’s economy has been growing steadily over the past decade; gross domestic product is forecast to increase by 6 per cent in 2019. This growth shows: looking down when flying in to Tocumen International Airport, it looks like a not-so-little copy of Miami. High-rises litter the skyline and new real estate developments abound. The rush-hour traffic is terrible, but fortunately we live close to my office and can avoid the worst of it. Renting or buying a home close to school and work is definitely recommended, otherwise life can be … [Read more...] about Expat advice: moving to Panama City
Where is it? On Mexico’s Mayan Riveira, where powder-white sands are lapped by the Caribbean’s turquoise waters. Right in front of the hotel is the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world. Less than an hour along the road lie the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Coba, the latter of which has the highest pyramid in Yucatán. Style The seventy casitas, each with a plunge pool and a thatched roof, are framed by nature, dotted sparingly as they are amongst the mangroves where blue crabs, iguanas and coati roam. The whole place pays homage to the Mayan heritage with Ceiba trees lining the paths, believed by the Mayan culture to be the bridge between heaven and earth, unifying two worlds in one and casitas named and numbered using the Mayan system – a seashell for 0, a dot for one and a bar for five. The impressive spa is vast with a steep thatched palapa roof under whose cathedral ceilings pools mimic cenotes and treatments draw on … [Read more...] about Chablé Maroma, Mexico
Running a restaurant can be tough. Keeping diners and staff happy is no easy task. An eaterie can find itself in limbo if a chef leaves in a strop or if there is a serious difference of opinion over the correct pronunciation of mousse au chocolat. Like the changing of the seasons, restaurants come and go. Fashions change, owners sell up or retire and sometimes diners simply lose interest and takings plummet. So, we have put together a list of the Derby restaurants that have vanished over the years alongside a few Secret Service reviews. Some were open for decades, others were little more than a flash in the pan, appropriately enough. How many of these do you remember? And how which ones do you miss? Graze When it first opened in Friar Gate, the restaurant's food was very elaborate - and impressive - and the decor was very dark and gloomy. It had a fair few fans but not enough so it had lightened up by 2010. Even then, Derby perhaps wasn't quite ready for the restaurant's confit duck … [Read more...] about Do you remember these Derby restaurants we loved and lost?
It’s hard to believe now, as church bells peal boldly through its immaculate cobbled streets and well-heeled tourists buy contemporary art from cool Oaxacan galleries, but the best city in the world... almost wasn’t. San Miguel de Allende, an achingly beautiful colonial-era city in central Mexico, was named the Best in the World by website Travel + Leisure two years running, and is this year's American Capital of Culture. But its sunset orange-pink streets were emptied by an influenza outbreak at the beginning of the 20th century. Art breathed life back into its pretty alleyways: in 1938 Peruvian painter Cossio del Pomar and American artist Stirling Dickinson founded what became the internationally acclaimed Allende Institute of Fine Arts. They were just in time to ride the wave of Surrealists (Leonora Carrington, André Breton) who made Mexico their home, bringing their admirers. It’s art that breathes through the city now, as characteristic as the … [Read more...] about A foodie’s guide to Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende