Travel: Xiamen, China Part 4 – The Art of Expensive

From this point on my meals begin to blend into each other a little more as I find myself eating alone more often than not, the initial thrill of having an English tutor to show off giving way to the reality of awkward conversations not so much hampered by the language barrier as blocked by…

Aulis at Fera, Claridges Hotel, Brook Street, London W1K 4HR

Mackerel, kohlrabi, buttermilk and Yorkshire forced rhubarb “And then you pretty much just dessicate it.” Linseed Wafer in five easy steps. Just the sort of thing you and your family could make together on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Never mind the fact the first four steps involve grinding the linseed to a flour so fine…

Travel: Xiamen, China Part 3 – Eat and Greet

Where to begin? I’ll be honest, I don’t know how to approach this. I have tried to come up with a compelling and visionary device that introduces the various meals as disparate strands of a story and ties them together at the end with some kind of masterstroke metaphor which amusingly sums up how tasty…

Travel: Xiamen, China, Part 2 – Did he really just do that?

There are few things that shock me in this world, and the ones that do are the ones you would expect: terrorism, racism, Ed Sheeran headlining Wembley. It’s a sad indictment of the world we live in that all of these are so commonplace now that they barely surprise us at all, although their effects are no…

Travel: Xiamen, China, Part 1: Arrival

​I’m sitting at Gate 29 of Hong Kong International Airport awaiting the call to board the delayed 17:50 to Xiamen. Ostensibly, officially, I’m here on work; three weeks of intensive one on one with a ten year old Chinese boy I’ve never met and know very little about save the brief profile sent to me by my…