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Nick Lander (my saintly husband) writes regularly about food and restaurants for the Financial Times, where he is known as the restaurant insider because he is one of the few restaurant critics who have actually owned and run a successful one: L'Escargot in its glory days in the 1980s. Find out more at www.nicklander.com.

Walter Bauer's restaurant, Bauer, and Josef Weghaupt's bakery and bistro, Joseph, are no more than a kilometre apart in the heart of Vienna and appear very different. One is named after the restaurateur's surname, the other after the founder's Christian name. Bauer is 57 and has been. More...
Three very different conversations led to me a corner table in Scott's in Mayfair with a negroni in my hand, awaiting a blonde 30 years my junior. The first had been with my wife, who was happy to have her place taken by our non-meat-eating daughter on this dinner date just before. More...
This article was also published in the Financial Times. The natural beauty of St Tropez on the French Riviera has long attracted the international jetsetters. Now in Arnaud Donckele it has a chef who wants to make its local produce the principal attraction. I was escorted to meet. More...
This article also appeared in the Financial Times. To schmooze, according to the Oxford English Dictionary , means 'to talk intimately', and its origins lie in the late 19th century Yiddish word shmuesn , 'to chat'. My grandparents, who spoke this now almost forgotten. More...
This article was also published in the Financial Times. See also this account of a fascinating wine project in the same area.  Although the Frenchman standing in front of me was talking about two of my favourite topics, food and wine, I was not paying too much attention to what he was. More...
This article was also published in the Financial Times. Sager + Wilde (pictured), a stylish wine bar; Lyle's, a restaurant still to find its identity; and No 8 Hoxton Square, whose elder sibling 10 Greek Street is such fun in Soho, central London, have all recently opened in the. More...
This article was also published in the Financial Times. As the pianist swung into a Scott Joplin number in the Winter Garden restaurant of the St Regis Hotel in Florence and the sommelier poured our first glass of a Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Riserva 2008, my friend lent forward. More...
This article was also published in the Financial Times. As we left Glasgow, where several hoardings in its city centre proclaim the imminent arrival of yet more restaurants, I began to think of those chefs and restaurateurs who had provided three excellent but very different meals during. More...
This article was also published in the Financial Times . Andrea Reitano, only 20 and born in Naples, is one of the three partners who recently opened Assunta Madre, a very Italian fish restaurant in London. I feel confident, for several different reasons, in describing him as the envy of. More...
This article was also published in the Financial Times. For such a visitor magnet, Oxford has long been relatively short of seriously attractive places to stay and eat. We set off to explore a new possibility in the countryside south of the city, via lunch overlooking it. The. More...
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