Taste Living
Island-Hopping in the Canaries
Seven islands, one world. I'm pretty sure I saw that on a billboard somewhere... or maybe I said it. Whichever it was, it's very true.
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Andy Montgomery
16 Sep 2016 | 0 comments
Sweet Potato Cake from Dominica
From Dominica, the beautiful ‘hidden treasure’ of the Caribbean, comes this delicious sweet potato cake recipe.
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Peter Williamson
15 Sep 2016 | 0 comments
Food secrets of the Canary Islands
Our Canary Island experts, Jack and Andy Montgomery from Buzz Trips, are full of practical advice about making the most of the local food and beer. Here they share some of their top tips with you...
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Andy Montgomery
10 Aug 2016 | 0 comments
10 reasons why you should take your taste buds to Catalonia
We love Catalonia... We love it for its mountains, its beaches and its all-round superb scenery. We love it for its biscuit-coloured, hill-top towns; for its fabulous walking and cycling; and for its proud culture and traditions.
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Sarah Lyon, Inntravel
05 Aug 2016 | 0 comments
New Romantics
Raise a glass of Riesling in one of Germany's foremost romantic destinations, the historic yet modern city of Trier...
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Sarah Lyon, Inntravel
20 Jul 2016 | 0 comments
Bordeaux uncorked
With the opening of a state-of-the-art wine museum this year in Bordeaux, Sarah Lyon takes a look at this intriguing city, steeped in the traditions of French wine-production yet modern, vibrant and, yes, 'cool', too.
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Sarah Lyon, Inntravel
15 Jul 2016 | 0 comments
Keeping it real
It's often the case that something unexpected, unassuming and totally out of the blue, can prove to be the highlight of any holiday, as James Keane found out...
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James Keane
08 Jul 2016 | 0 comments
Food Stalls of Tenerife
Street food, slow food, great food – that's Canarian Guachinche for you...
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Jack Montgomery
07 Jul 2016 | 1 comments
It's beer o'clock somewhere
Sometimes a glass of cold beer is exactly what you need, and there's a wonderfully diverse range to savour from all corners of Europe, as Peter Williamson explains...
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Peter Williamson
24 Jun 2016 | 1 comments
I ‘heart’ the Moselle
Real ale fan, Paul Bloomfield, discovers a hitherto unknown love for white wine on a wander along the Moselle Valley...
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Paul Bloomfield, Guest blogger
22 Jun 2016 | 0 comments
Keeping a lid on it
With World Tapas Day looming, Peter Williamson lifts the lid on this very Spanish foodie tradition...
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Peter Williamson
09 Jun 2016 | 0 comments
Six reasons why you MUST stay at a brewery
As a fan of real ale and good pubs, there are two hostelry-related ambitions that I have quietly harboured. First, to get ‘stranded’ overnight in a quality boozer; and secondly, to stay in a brewery.
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Steve Jack
07 Jun 2016 | 0 comments
Realm of the Gallo Nero
The rafia covered flasks of Chianti wine are among the most recognised bottles in Italy, but how the famous black cockerel came to be its symbol is quite a story...
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Peter Williamson
07 Jun 2016 | 0 comments
The prima donna of Italian wine-making
What makes Il Casato Prime Donne different from other Tuscan vineyards?
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Beth Hancock
26 May 2016 | 0 comments
A foodie day out in Malton
With bakers, a pasta-maker, a cookery school, an artisan brewer, and more, Malton lives up to the name 'food capital of Yorkshire', as I found out as I accompanied a group of bloggers on a culinary tour of this charming market town just down the road from Inntravel HQ.
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Steve Jack
29 Apr 2016 | 0 comments
Afternoon tea, Breton-style
On a recent trip to Brittany, Inntravel's Alison Hall discovers a tasty morsel that she's keen to have a go at making now she's back at home...
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Alison García Hall
25 Apr 2016 | 0 comments
Poppy Seed Cake (Mohntorte)
One of our best-loved hotels, The Inntaler Hof in the Austrian Tyrol, is one of those special places that has genuine year-round appeal. And nice cakes.
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Alison Temple, Inntravel
20 Apr 2016 | 0 comments
Fishing for my supper
I’d been looking forward to this for a long time – seven blissful, carefree days walking along the beautiful coast of Alentejo in southern Portugal...
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Peter Williamson
13 Apr 2016 | 1 comments
Slow Fast Food in Lisbon
I order my prosciutto on truffle-infused potato purée with asparagus and a slow cooked egg and in return for my €7, I am handed a small, black disc that looks as if it might have come from a gadget shop...
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Andy Montgomery
05 Apr 2016 | 0 comments
Loving the Lake Fish in Italy
Arriving on the picturesque shores of Lake Garda, Jack Montgomery finds himself transported back to the 'Golden Age' of Hollywood...
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Jack Montgomery
10 Mar 2016 | 0 comments
The Konoba, part of Dalmatian Life
I have a bit of a problem with konobas, a traditional type of restaurant found along Croatia's coast...
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Jack Montgomery
04 Mar 2016 | 0 comments
Food, Fado - and an Octopus
As the sweet, soulful lament begins and a soft voice sails above the tidal ebb of the guitars, Andy Montgomery explores the link between fado and food in Lisbon.
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Andy Montgomery
29 Feb 2016 | 0 comments
Umbria – Top Ten Tips for Foodies
Umbria has a special character, a combination of lyrical pastoral countryside and high mountain wilderness...
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Steve Jack
25 Feb 2016 | 0 comments
Savouring the Soul of the Alentejo
Having lived in Portugal for 35 years, Ken Parr and Carole Young know more than a thing or two about the region, and here, share their thoughts on the local cuisine...
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Peter Williamson
12 Feb 2016 | 1 comments
Getting to Grips with Austrian Beer Garden Culture
I have a confession: before my trip to Austria, I had never been a fan of real ale.
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Andy Montgomery
12 Feb 2016 | 0 comments
La Palma's Cuba Connection
Andy Montgomery of Buzz Trips uncovers a surprising link between the Caribbean island of Cuba and La Palma in the Canary Islands...
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Andy Montgomery
09 Dec 2015 | 0 comments
A Mess for the Emperor
If you’re tempted by dessert while in the German-speaking Alpine regions this winter, one to look out for is the intriguingly named Kaiserschmarrn (‘Emperor’s Mess’).
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Peter Williamson
28 Sep 2015 | 0 comments
Norwegian Fårikål
Learn how to make authentic Fårikål, voted Norway's national dish.
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Peter Williamson
23 Sep 2015 | 0 comments
Magician of Moro
A walking holiday in Las Alpujarras with cooking lessons from a top chef thrown in? Sounds interesting and so it proved to be...
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Jack Montgomery
15 Sep 2015 | 0 comments
Beetroot Borani
This beetroot, yoghurt, walnut and feta cheese dish is a typically Moorish – or should that be moreish? – blend of flavours.
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Jack Montgomery
15 Aug 2015 | 0 comments
The perfect Bacalhau à Bras
Having spent a few years living in Portugal before joining Inntravel, I am rather fond of a fish dish called Bacalhau à Brás. Its origins are quite interesting and it's easy to prepare.
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James Keane
29 Jul 2015 | 0 comments
Knödel, Apfel & Speck
I know this may sound like a German firm of solicitors, but in fact Knödel, Apfel and Speck are three important foods that have long characterised the wonderful cuisine of Italy's South Tyrol.
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Peter Williamson
07 Jul 2015 | 1 comments
Foraging for Dinner in Las Alpujarras
Scrabbling about in the sun-kissed Las Alpujarras undergrowth for ingredients for a foraged salad with local jamón serrano to be served as part of dinner later that evening was proving to be extremely informative and a lot of fun.
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Jack Montgomery
25 Jun 2015 | 0 comments
Savour the Wine of Ulysses
Autumn in southern Italy is the time for wine festivals and one of the most interesting takes place in Vulture, near the historic town of Venosa.
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Peter Williamson
11 Jun 2015 | 0 comments
The land where ‘terroir’ is king
The timelessness of Haute Provence, brought so lyrically to life in the novels of Marcel Pagnol ('Jean de Florette' and 'Manon des Sources') is as far removed from the glitz of the French Riviera as it is possible to imagine.
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Steve Jack
14 Apr 2015 | 0 comments
Down at heel?
'Poor man’s food’ and riches of the land – Inntravel’s Maria Rosaria Castriotta, a native of Italy’s ‘Deep South’ (Il Mezzogiorno d’Italia), tells a tale of culinary thrift in Puglia…
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Maria Rosaria Castriotta
13 Mar 2015 | 0 comments
Labour of love
Germany’s Moselle Valley is steeped in the traditions of winemaking.
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Steve Jack
12 Mar 2015 | 0 comments
‘Ghost’ cheese & tomato jam
Eric Delaetre-Boulanger is the effusive and lovable ‘public face’ of La Campagne Berne, and nothing is too much trouble for him. He fusses around only until he is sure you are completely happy…
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Steve Jack
13 Feb 2015 | 0 comments
Pollo Valenciano
Authentic, traditional recipes are all about making the most of native, seasonal produce. So it’s no surprise that in the craggy mountains of Valencia, Europe’s largest orange-growing region, these little balls of sunshine abound in local dishes.
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21 Nov 2014 | 0 comments
Fig cake
Enjoy an authentic taste of the Spanish region of Las Alpujarras with this recipe for a deliciously moist cake sweetened with membrillo (quince jelly) and filled with little bursts of fig jam.
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Anna Kemp, Un Teatro Entre Todos
21 Oct 2014 | 0 comments
Lucky Grapes at New Year
Every New Year’s Eve, across the Spanish-speaking world, revellers take a bunch of grapes with them as they head out into the night to say a fond farewell to the old year and to herald in a new one.
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Peter Williamson
17 Oct 2014 | 0 comments
Best goats' cheese in the world
Did you know that Fuerteventura translates from the Spanish as ‘goat island’? Ok, so it doesn’t really, but if you spend any time here you could easily be mistaken for thinking it did.
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Peter Williamson
14 Aug 2014 | 0 comments
Proper Spanish omelette
What we in Britain call ‘Spanish omelette’, the people who invented it refer to more prosaically as ‘tortilla de patatas’ (potato omelette). What’s more, while English-language recipe books often add peas or peppers, the real thing features nothing more than potato and onion.
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Beth Hancock
06 Aug 2014 | 0 comments
Slow Food in Green Spain
There's so much more to Asturian food and drink than cider, as Les Dunn explains...
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Les Dunn, delicious.
22 May 2014 | 0 comments
Gothenburg – a 5-star city
As you might expect, Gothenburg – as West Sweden’s main port and Sweden’s second-largest city – has a terrific food culture and a superb (and fast-growing) restaurant scene...
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Steve Jack
28 Apr 2014 | 0 comments
The Cream of Yorkshire
There's something utterly divine about a simple piece of bread smeared with golden butter and topped with mature Cheddar – especially when the cheese is lovingly produced by an artisan cheese-maker forming part of a social enterprise supporting adults with special needs...
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Peter Williamson
25 Apr 2014 | 0 comments
No Wine without Cuisine…
There are certain names that float in and out of memory. Like a wine from Burgundy called Puligny-Montrachet...
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Peter Williamson
07 Jan 2014 | 0 comments
Take the Julbord Challenge this Christmas…
Many different nationalities celebrate Christmas with a particular kind of festive meal, and the Swedes are no exception.
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Steve Jack
25 Oct 2013 | 0 comments
Madeira… from Madeira
Most of us have heard of the island of Madeira and the wine of the same name – but what makes it different and gives it its unique flavour?
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Peter Williamson
24 Oct 2013 | 0 comments
Glug, Glug, Glögg
In Sweden, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a warming glass of glögg.
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Steve Jack
11 Oct 2013 | 0 comments
Real Valencian Paella
Learn to make authentic Valencian mountain paella – from the people who really know...
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Peter Williamson
04 Oct 2013 | 0 comments
Carlo’s Hazelnut Gnocchi
Hazelnuts grow in abundance in Piedmont and are incorporated into a wide range of recipes such as this one, which you can try cooking for yourself.
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Peter Williamson
23 May 2013 | 0 comments
Wines with Heritage
By trading on their history – the grapes are grown from original European root stock – Portugal’s traditionally prestigious Colares wines are experiencing a minor renaissance.
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Beth Hancock
06 May 2013 | 0 comments
Worth the Effort
On the face of it, Lanzarote’s volcanic soil, scarce rainfall and strong summer winds would seem to rule out the cultivation of vines, but all that was needed was a little ingenuity.
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Beth Hancock
04 May 2013 | 0 comments
Vincenza’s Ragù alla Bolognese
The dish most of us call spaghetti bolognaise isn’t a patch on this authentic recipe for real Bolognese sauce.
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Peter Williamson
21 Mar 2013 | 1 comments
A Private Paradise
The Swedish word smultronstället literally means ‘the place of wild strawberries’. But it has another meaning: a secret, wonderful place – or ‘private paradise’.
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Steve Jack
15 Mar 2013 | 0 comments
The Little Dish Big on Flavour
In the Catalan Pyrenees, perfecting the hearty mountain stew called platillo is a matter of family pride.
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Peter Williamson
14 Feb 2013 | 0 comments
Fuelling up for Walking on La Gomera
What can you expect to find on a breakfast buffet in the Canary Islands and, crucially, is it enough to sate the appetite of a hungry walker?
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Andy Montgomery
05 Feb 2013 | 0 comments
The Simple Pleasures in Life
Sometimes with food, simplicity is best – nowhere more so than on a timeless Greek island, in a quiet shady corner beneath a blazing sun...
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Peter Williamson
27 Jan 2013 | 0 comments
Food and drink define an area as much as its history and landscapes. From Scandinavian smorgasbords to Madeira wine via authentic Bolognese sauce, take a culinary journey through Europe and beyond, picking up a few recipes to try along the way.