Joël Robuchon – Paris Reflections

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Joël Robuchon passed away on August 6, 2018. He is acknowledged as one of the greatest chefs of all time. Plenty has been written about him and we won’t add any more here except to say that we were fortunate enough to visit his Paris restaurant, Jamin, in 1992. Part of the letter confirming our booking is reproduced below. It …

A Church In Crisis – Scones, Jam And Cream!

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We have a meeting with some or our Windermere neighbours over scones, jam and cream. (Continued from: Soup and Golf ) The neighbours rally Windermere is a semi-rural settlement with houses on half-acre or bigger blocks spread out along the road. Now there are over 100 houses along the five kilometres from the highway along the edge of the Tamar …

USA & Canada – Seattle, Victoria & Vancouver!

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This continues on from Canada – Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara! We would have eight days in the western side of the continent, visiting Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver. The main reason for the visits was to catch up with others working with Rhonda on her piano keyboard project. But there would be plenty of time to look around. The Seattle, Victoria and …

Canada – Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara!

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This continues on from Canada – Quebec City & Montreal! Four of Canada’s largest cities are within eight hours drive of each other. Population estimates vary depending on what they attempt to measure, but estimates are as follows: Quebec City, around 0.7 million Montreal, 4.0 million Ottawa and environs, around 1.3 million Toronto, around 5.0 million However, there are many …

Canada – Three Recipe Ideas!

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This continues on from Canada – Maritime Provinces! We had spent 11 days in the Maritime Provinces. It is worth a detour if you are fanatical about fresh seafood. We had excellent examples of lobster, clams, mussels and local fishes (mainly halibut and haddock). We came across three interesting recipes to try when we were back home. Pasta with Preserved …

Canada – Maritime Provinces!

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This continues on from New Hampshire & Maine! There are three “Maritime Provinces” in Canada: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Combined with Newfoundland, the four are referred to as the “Atlantic Provinces”. The direct flight distance from Fredericton (capital of New Brunswick) to St John’s (capital of Newfoundland) is around 1,100 kilometres, almost as far as flying …

New Hampshire & Maine – Lakes and Coastal Villages!

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This continues on from We eat at the chef’s bar! The timing of our travels through New England and the Atlantic Provinces of Canada was based around the availability of Rhonda’s piano colleagues. It would prove to be less than the ideal time: it was the end of a hard winter, the weather would often be extremely chilly and sometimes …

Boston – We Eat At The Chef’s Bar!

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This continues on from New York – Central Park & Environs! Today we pick up a hire car and set off for 29 days of driving. We will spend too little time in many places, however, our trip is not just about sightseeing. A major factor behind our itinerary is for Rhonda to catch up with colleagues involved in her …