A feast for the senses at Tanji fish market

All the colours of the rainbow flash before my eyes. The sound of the waves, squawking seagulls and housewives' banter assault my ears. The smell of fish fills my nostrils and the taste of salt is on my tongue, as I head for sensory overload at Tanji fish market in...

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A mini guide to Indian street food

Indian is one my favourite types of cuisine but, during the couple of times I visited, I didn’t get many opportunities to try the wonderful variety of Indian street food available throughout the country. Next time I visit India I plan to put that right and, to point...

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Abu’s story – Life as a Palestinian Fair Trade Farmer

Following on from my previous post about the fascinating evening Cooking Palestine, I'd like tell you more about one of the guests that night, a Palestinian farmer. Abu's story has a troubled past but a clear and hopeful future thanks to Fair Trade. As a young man he...

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Zest for Taste! A fantastic foodie find in Chichester

Zest for Taste is a wonderful shop, I stumbled upon quite by chance, in the lovely cathedral town of Chichester. When I noticed the large amphores full of oils and vinegars through the shop window catching the sunlight, I couldn't resist a peek inside.    As...

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London Days Out: Brick Lane

Brick Lane, in a part of East London once known for its slums and Jack the Ripper, has long since been famous for its Indian restaurants, markets and the biggest Bangladeshi community in London.   Brick Lane Market The best time to visit Brick Lane is without...

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Mela, one of the best Indian Restaurants in London

When the Mela restaurant invited me to dine at their restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue I was delighted. From the outside it certainly doesn't look anything special but having read about the awards they have received and the many excellent reviews, I knew we were in for...

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Gunpowder Green Tea in The Gambia

If you have ever been to The Gambia, or indeed any of the surrounding West African countries, you will no doubt have seen the local men gathered together around a small teapot. This well-loved past time involves a lot of chattering while drinking scolding hot and...

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A mini guide to Sri Lankan street food

Today I'd like to welcome the first author from a new series of guest articles on Travel With Kat. So let me introduce, Agness, from Poland. Together with her friend Cez, she writes a blog I really love eTramping. I hope you will make her feel at home. A mini guide to...

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The authentic taste of Rome!

From aphrodisiac salami to 50-year-old balsamic vinegar, exploring the Campo de Fiori market, nearby bakery and delis - what better way to spend a morning in Rome! A food tour of Rome After two days of overcast, rainy weather I woke up to a beautiful, sunny Saturday...

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Pairing Italian Wine and Food

When Vino Roma invited me as their guest to one of their wine tours in Rome I thought it would be rude to say no and promptly almost bite their hand of saying... Yes please! I opted for their wine and cheese lunch as I was fascinated to learn about pairing food and...

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On a mission to discover Rome’s food and wine!

Less than two week's ago I received the nod from Expedia that I would be going to Rome as one of their guinea pigs for a new blogging initiative. Three bloggers would be looking at Rome from three different angles - Rachel, art and culture, Laura, shopping and...

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Piadina recipe: Cooking piadina and crescione in Rimini

Last month I had the chance to spend a day exploring the countryside (and cuisine) of the Rimini hinterland, thanks to the Emilia-Romagna tourist board. I had never been to this part of Italy before and it was fantastic to discover such beautiful scenery. It is a...

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The Perfect Croissant

Each morning the croissant delights the taste buds of locals and visitors alike throughout the length and breadth of France and although its origins may well be in Austria it is without doubt quintessentially French. Lovingly prepared by hand, with the dough made at...

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Hand-crafted chocolates in the heart of the New Forest

In the New Forest in Hampshire, southern England, it's the norm to find ponies, cows and many a grookle with camera in hand, wandering across the roads and along village streets. In fact free roaming ponies, donkeys and cows are everywhere and are a real delight to...

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Cooking with Ida – Fish Benechin from West Africa

Following on from my earlier post about World Food Night, featuring a colourful bowl of fish benechin, I wanted to share with you the wonderful morning I spent with Ida Cham-Njai learning how to cook Gambian style! I joined a small group of tourists on Ida’s cookery...

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World Food Night!

In recognition of World Food Night, which is being held next Friday, this week's travel snap is of a delicious bowl of fish benechin that I helped prepare in The Gambia. You can find a recipe for this spicy traditional dish on World Food Night's website under 'News'...

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Find a little taste of paradise in Calvi

Calvi is a wonderful town on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Corsica with an impressive citadel looking down over a luxury yacht filled marina. I've visited Calvi many  times, both on holiday and whilst on photography assignments for Corsican...

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