Sitting at an elegant dining table set with gleaming cutlery, fine bone china plates and top quality crystal glassware is the scene for a very special meal indeed. You will want to savour each mouthful and make the moment last. Yes, this is the elite world of fine dining.
Here’s a pick of some select dining venues we know to tempt you:
The alluring aroma of the barbecue wafts towards you on the breeze and sets your taste buds a-tingling. The simplicity of grilling food over flames is one of its charms. There’s nothing fancy or frilly about a BBQ, just good, old fashioned, full-flavoured food.
By the beach
Sitting by the sea, enjoying the cooling breeze has to be one of the most picturesque settings for a meal. Whether it’s a casual lunch by the beach bar, dinner by lamplight, or romantic meal a deux perched on a terrace above the ocean, the blend of stunning location and delicious food is intoxicating.
There are times when we simply need food as fuel. If you’re trekking in the Andes, hiking through Bhutan’s valleys and rhododendron fields, or climbing Kilimanjaro, you need energy. Loading up on carbohydrates needn’t be a chore. Experienced cooks know just how to inject flavour into nutritious food, supplying all the energy you need.
Perfect picnics and sensational snacks
The place may be an oasis in the Sahara, a deserted island, a sheltered spot in a canyon or on a boat in the ocean, but the experience is the same: tasty morsels eaten in the open air as you look out over superb vistas. Simple delights and pleasures are often the best.
Company can make a meal. Chatting to fellow diners is a great way to make friends and an opportunity to swap stories. Some company though is extra-special.
I’ve picked out two that especially appeal to me.
I wonder if you agree.
Tea and cake
Afternoon tea, that most English of eating institutions has successfully been exported to many countries, so you may find yourself gazing at the spray of Victoria Falls, watching a grazing zebra or in a courtyard garden, as you reach for a cucumber sandwich (crust-free of course) and sip a cup of tea. Here’s my pick: Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe, Rovos Rail and Palacio Nazarenas in Peru.