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Pasta for the Sopranos

How I convinced Switzerland's top custom installer to come and fix my home cinema the next day with a promise of homemade maccheroni with real Neapolitan ragù.

Scottish Deep-Fried Candy Bar Very Popular

At last a solution to social security deficits.

One for the road at The Last drop in Edinburgh

Drinking whisky in the pub where men condemned to death had their last meal made me think about life, death and gluttony.

Swiss Alpine Pasture Cheese Croûte

How I bought cheese in a small cheese making chalet in the Swiss Alps 2 hours walk from the last road and how I turned it into a delicious Croûte au fromage.

Mangiamaccheroni - Neapolitan Macaroni Eaters

Mangiamaccheroni - Neapolitan macaroni-eating lads were once the symbol of Napoli's joie de vivre. Here are 20 examples of these icons from my personal collection.

Behind the Scene at Alain Ducasse's

Extraordinary pre-starter offered in top French chef Alain Ducasse's restaurant in Provence - delicious crispy toasted bread with eggplant caviar and anchovy sauce. A resounding success! See how Ducasse makes it and you can do it at home too.

Pizzaiolo del Presidente - Napoli's Most Famous Pizzeria

Eat like a president for 5 Euros in one of Napoli's most famous pizzeria.

Pizza Fritta - traditional Neapolitan deep-fried pizza Very Popular

Follow me inside the kitchen of working-class pizza joint in downtown Napoli and see how they make deep fried pizza, the cult Neapolitan street food.

President Mobutu's Own Brandy

How I bought President Mobutu's very own brandy stash made with fruits growing on his Swiss estate.

Buying Spices in Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar Popular

This bazar in downtown Istanbul is a cult destination for the spice lover as well as a century-old tourist trap. Find out where to look for the real thing.

Snails Have Seven Lives at L'Escargot Montorgueil

Just how many lives does a snail have? Seven, at L'Escargot Montorgueil, Paris' premier snail restaurant, where your shell might have served many guests.

Tuiles à l'orange Lenotre Baking Class

Back at the Lenôtre pastry school in Paris to make tuiles à l'orange - a smart tile-shaped flat cookie served with tea in gastronomic restaurants.

May I eat your shrimp shells?

Shrimp shells are served as crispy appetizers in Japan. You can buy tiny dried whole crabs to use as peanuts. I was coerced into trying and will be back for more!

Visiting Pierre Hermé's Pastry Shop in Paris Very Popular

Pierre Hermé is the king of French pastry. His tiny boutique in Paris is so successful that people stop to ask why there is queue. See what's inside!

Paris 'Branché' Restaurants

Restaurants remain 'branché' only for a couple months in Paris. What happens after that? What is a branché restaurants anyway? And most importantly - how good is the food?

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The Passion of the Boar
«Without the fine work of Mr. FX, some of us would die without ever having seen a
senescent castle dog barking at a gutted corpse of wild boar that dangles
head-down from the stone wall, blood dropping among windstrewn flower petals and
dust.»

After Cheese Comes Nothing


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