Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Rum Diary – Mojito Mojo

  I went to see The Rum Diary, the latest Johnny Depp film, the other night.  I didn’t think an awful lot of the film – you can read my review here – but on a bleak Scottish winter’s night … Continue reading

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Social Travel Market

Last week, I attended the World Travel Market for the first time.  It’s an annual travel trade fair, or, according to the PR blurb, it’s “the leading global event for the travel industry.”  In a former life, I was a … Continue reading

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International Falafel Challenge

For a number of years, I have been undertaking an international falafel survey, in search of the perfect falafel.  Considering I have never been to either Israel or the Lebanon – considered as the natural home of falafel, you might … Continue reading

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Eastern Promise – a taste of Turkey in East London

 Many societies have their version of the (Cornish) pasty.  In Spain there is the empanada, in India the samosa, in South Eastern Europe, North Africa and Turkey the börek.  Different communities also have their version of the pancake.  In France … Continue reading

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The King of Kora

 Scottish fans of the undisputed “King of the Kora” had waited  for this moment.  Toumani Diabaté had been due to appear at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall around a year ago in autumn 2010 as part of the Afrocubism project with Cuban … Continue reading

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Essaouira Eateries

There is no shortage of restaurants in Essaouira and you’ll never be far from a cone-hatted tajine or a bowl of coucous like driven snow, but sometimes you fancy something different. Here are my favourite restaurants in Essaouira. Elizir Eating … Continue reading

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