Saturday, 3 December 2016

Gin Tasting at City of London Distillery


The city of London might have been littered with gin distilleries during the gin craze in the 18th century, these days there is only one. And one that is worth a visit. I was recently invited to come to the City of London Distillery for a gin tasting and a tour.

Gin Tasting at City of London Distillery
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Why You Should go to Jordan


When I told family and friends I was going to Jordan for a conference, many asked me if I was mad. I guess there is reason to think a person is mad to go to the Jordan right now; it's got some hot headed neighbours. Syria has been in a state of war for 5 years, Saudi Arabia is at war with Yemen, we all know what happened in Iraq and Egypt has its share of terrorism in the last years and then there is Israel. But Jordan has remained pretty calm. However tourists are staying away and I don't understand why.

Why you should go to Jordan

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Quirky Things to do in Bangkok


When I was in the Thai capital a few weeks ago, it wasn't my first time. So instead of visiting the bog standard tourist hot-spots I was looking for quirky things to do in Bangkok. Here is what I got up to.

Jim Thompson House


The first place I visited was the Jim Thompson House. It is the house of the American entrepreneur who settled in Bangkok and started a silk business. He had a successful career, but unfortunately disappeared on a walk in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia in 1967. His house was turned into a foundation and museum and gives an amazing insight into what Bangkok life was like in the first half of the last century. At least for the fortunate ones.

Quirky Things to do in Bangkok

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Uzbek Food at Samarkand


My quest for ethnic restaurants in London led me to have Uzbeki food at Samarkand this week.
It was also a lovely reunion with a friend who has recently moved back to the homeland across the North Sea, so a double whammy.

Samarkand is a fairly new kid on the block and opened earlier this summer and I had been dying to try it out. The restaurant is located in a basement just off Charlotte Street. It was a bit hard to find as there was only a blackboard outside stating that the buff bouncer was guarding the door to a restaurant and not some swanky nightclub.

Uzbek Food at Samarkand