A very popular feature on www.ivanbrincat.com was on what I enjoyed reading this week. However, some links were not necessarily related to food, wine or travel. Here, the focus will be more on what is happening in the food and wine world. We hope that you enjoy this collection of links as much as we do. Obviously we cannot spot everything, so feel free to send us your favourite links. Your favourite link or blogpost could make it to the weekly roundup.
There is a back to school feeling as September starts (at least in many countries where school has already started) but with September there are new beginnings. So this week you will read about new places that have opened in London and Brussels among others. And if you are heading to Paris, you might want to save the link below to the best places selling ‘pain au chocolat’ in Paris.
But the first link of the week is France’s Michelin starred chef Alain Ducasse to ban meat from his restaurant in Paris. Being vegetarian in France is at times difficult but more and more chefs are going back to their roots. Alain Passard, who you should follow on Twitter is one of them, with a strong focus on vegetables and fruit. Now, Alain Ducasse is also going against the culinary grain by using mainly organic produce in his refurbished three-starred restaurant at the luxury Plaza Athénée hotel in Paris. He has not ditched meat or seafood completely but is focusing on naturalness.
There are always times when we want to complain in a restaurant but feel intimidated or lose our cool. In this blogpost, you can read about what you should do next time you need to complain in a restaurant.
Gent is the natural food city of Belgium. In fact when Rene Redzepi of Noma recently visited Gent to publicise his book he was asked a lot of questions about natural food. Here Foodiva writes about the increasingly popular raw food movement in United Arab Emirates.
If you are heading to London, you might want to take a look at some of the new London restaurants that are opening this month.
Not to be outdone, here is a list of some of the best shops selling ‘pain au chocolat’ in Paris. We know we are keeping this list handy for our next visit.
It is always great to have insider tips of where to eat and drink in different cities. Here is a list if you are planning a trip to Bordeaux in France some time soon.
Riesling is one of our favourite wine grapes. Here you will find a list of some of new World Riesling from Decanter magazine.
To keep with the theme of new eateries, here is a list for New York.
And finally, a list of new openings in Brussels (in French).