Welcome to the Gastrodome

As a self-confessed foodie and booze lover, I couldn’t wait for the road-trip we’d planned to Normandy and Burgundy, famous for producing apples and grapes and their respective tipples of cider and wine. And that’s before you even get me started on the cheese board….. Just a hop across the channel, Normandy boasts an extensive…
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A Majesty in Monochrome – Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge

This year saw the opening of Rolls-Royce’s first Scandinavian dealership, located in Stockholm’s upmarket shopping district near the Stureplan town square. Lusso magazine wanted to go and understand what Rolls Royce ownership might be like for the Swedes. We made our way to the new dealership, collected the new Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge and…
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About Face – Bamford and Zenith Partnership

Seeing into the future helps when you’re making time move smoother for everybody. All round luxury tinkerer, George Bamford, launching the world’s first company to offer fully customised steel sports watches a decade back, obviously could see a massive potential market. His brand, Bamford Watch Department, has earnt a reputation within the timepiece fraternity as…
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Ticking Every Box – Vertex Watches

London-born watchmaker Claude Lyons founded the Vertex brand in both Hatton Garden and La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland, simultaneously, in 1916. A century later, his great-grandson, Don Cochrane, began the journey to bring the name back to life. To commemorate this comeback, he has introduced a brand-new timepiece, the M100 –  the first Vertex since…
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Icehotel 365

In a few months, the temperature in Jukkasjärvi (pronounced… ‘Jukkasjärvi’ in urr… Swedish) will rise, and the 27th version of the world-famous ICEHOTEL, 200km North of the arctic circle in Sweden will melt. Mother Earth once again ruining the fun for everyone. Not so fast! This year, for the first time, they built a solar-powered,…
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Vintage Racing

Lizard Lick Touring has come to the U.K. and it has proved to be a huge success. The show that is currently being played on the T.V. channel Dave, portrays Ron Shirley and his trip, touring Britain. Throughout the show the terrific duo of Harriet Collings and Ron Shirley travel the country bartering for cars…
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Bodysgallen Hall – From the Mountains to the Sea

“The living need charity more than the dead” so stated the US poet George Arnold. Why am I mentioning charity whilst describing a Welsh hotel in 200 acres? Well, Bodysgallen Hall is one of three hotels that were donated to the National Trust, a charity, to ensure their long-term protection. So a stay at this…
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Cartagena Dreaming

The clear liquid hit the back of my throat like a bullet, rendering me momentarily speechless. I looked up and through my watering eyes saw the smiling face of Noah, bartender at El Barón who was taking us through his rum and cigar tasting masterclass at the Santa Teresa hotel in Cartagena. ‘Strong, eh?’ he…
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Method and Madness – Midleton’s New Whiskey Range

As Scotch whisky reinvents itself, Japan struggles to keep up with demand and the American whiskey scene is like a joyous Spaghetti Western–with strangers and unexpected heroes taking pot shots at the Sheriffs, breaking all the rules and generally having a rootin’ tootin’ time–‘whisky vision’ is suddenly less myopic.  Somewhat less restrained than the Scots…
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Heathfield House, the New Forest

England’s rural idyll has got a lot to answer for: the sweet promise of bucolia, of quaint English greens and rolling fields and sad shire horses dragging iron ploughs. Village fetes and maypoles, hay bales being slung at harvest time, damsels drinking cider from earthenware. Is it really such a paradise or just a big romanticised fib…
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