L’Arpege, Paris

Alain Passard – the chef who elevated cuisine featuring mere vegetables to the next higher-level, extracts all potential flavours and showcases the textures that plants can offer. I believe, it is only Alain Passard who has confidence and skill to serve six courses of vegetables to his guests while still managing a standing ovation at the end of the day. Continue reading

Mirazur, Menton

Arriving by train at Menton Garavan in Southern France, the town reminded me of Santa Cruz in California – without the beach parties; or perhaps Shifen in Taiwan, without touristy tinge. Located just 20 minutes away from Monte Carlo, it’s a world apart. At the very least you won’t be seeing a flood of Rolls Royces, Lamborghinis and Porches on the streets. Instead, you see people biking and jogging – looks healthy. I’m delighted to set my foot here. Continue reading