The Great British Blogging Bake Off (& Me)

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Competitions, England, Europe, Food, United Kingdom

I’m typing this post a bit more slowly than usual as I’m juggling an enormous slice of cake while I write; it has a chunk of thatched roof and half a door on it which makes it cumbersome to eat, but it’s still really tasty.

That may sound a bit odd but the cake was decorated to look like a house – and I made it with my own fair hands today which is why I’m so keen to eat it while it’s fresh and tasty.

This was all part of a baking competition for bloggers that I took part in –  and probably the closest I’ll ever get to the Great British Bake Off

WIN! A 2 Night Stay In Hong Kong + More For Chinese New Year

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Food, Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Traditional New Year may be well and truly over, but somehow it’s STILL January, leaving most of us with a serious case of the blues.

Luckily Chinese New Year is here and that means another reason to celebrate.

Especially if you find yourself kicking off the Year of the Rooster in style and winning one of the 4 amazing prizes I’m giving away in my Hong Kong Competition

Christmas Travel: Does Devon Have The UK’s Most Historic Mince Pies?

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Christmas Travel, Continents, Devon, England, Europe, Food, UK Staycation

historic mince pies

Munch on mince pies made with flour dating back to the Domesday Book

I travelled to Devon this December to discover the festive history behind the first Christmas card ever designed.

But while in the southerly English county, famous for its beautiful beaches and picture postcard villages, I discovered the area has another incredible – and edible  – Christmassy claim to fame.

Devon’s Otterton Mill is the producer of mince pies made at the oldest recorded bakery on the planet, making these the world’s most historic mince pies…

3 Things I Learned On A Luxury London Dessert Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Europe, Food, London, News, Opinion, Shopping, United Kingdom

London dessert tour

Fortnum & Mason on my Urban Adventures London dessert tour

I turn tourist for the day and try out one of Urban Adventures’ London day tours.

And despite covering some well-trodden West End ground, I learn 3 things that even as a native Londoner I had NO idea about – until now – all while munching on lovely Ladurée macaroons along the way.

Read on to see if you’ll learn something new too…

Where To Eat In Valencia: Spain’s Secret Culinary Capital

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Opinion, Searching For Soya, Spain, Valencia, Worldwide Vacation

Where to eat in Valencia

Where to eat in Valencia – this is Cafe Dulce de Leche which is basically cake heaven

When British Airways’ (then called British European Airways) opened it’s first ever route from the UK to Spain back in 1957, the original destination for those pioneering English holidaymakers was none other than the city of Valencia.

Fast forward almost 60 years and many Brits have been to Barcelona, mooched around Madrid and conquered the Costas – but a surprisingly large number have so far missed out on a trip to Spain’s third largest city.

Now Valencia’s exciting culinary scene, from traditional horchata bars to Michelin stars, has become one of the true highlights of any visit – and checking out where to eat in Valencia is valid reason in its own right to jump on that plane to Spain…

In Photos: 30 Reasons To Love Menorca

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Balearic Islands, Continents, Europe, Food, Menorca, Opinion, Photo Journeys, Shopping, Spain, Worldwide Vacation

Love Menorca

A cool souvenir from Cova d’en Xoroi

I really fell in love with Menorca on my recent trip to the island – so much so that I am seriously considering a repeat trip very soon, and am dreaming about house hunting there because it’s just that gorgeous.

So here are 30 reasons to love Menorca – little insights into why you can and should fall for the Balearic’s most tranquil island

The Rice Is Right: Why Everything You Know About Paella Is Probably Wrong

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Opinion, Spain, Valencia, Worldwide Vacation

paella in valencia

A pretty sign for paella in Valencia 

It shouldn’t be bright yellow, or fluffy, it isn’t intended for dinner and it’s not supposed to be synonymous with seafood. In fact, technically it’s not even a Spanish dish

Even though the first food that springs to mind when you think of Spanish cuisine is probably paella, the dish has been bastardised beyond all recognition to a point where it’s about as authentic to the original as a McFlurry is to a gelato. 

So here are 5 fast facts you didn’t know about real Valencian paella – so you can call yourself a true paella perfectionist…

Banyan Tree Mayakoba: The Perfect Place To Stay On The Mayan Riviera

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Food, Mexico, Opinion, Perfect Places To Stay, Photo Journeys, Worldwide Vacation

Banyan Tree Mayakoba Blog

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Mexico’s Riviera Maya isn’t short on publicity for its vacation charms, and the entire Yucatan Peninsula isn’t exactly bereft of 5 Star hotel options. 

So chances are if you’re headed to this area of Mexico you already know exactly what you want, and that’s likely to be a luxurious haven of relaxation encompassing the holy holiday trinity of sun, sea and sand. With a bit of spa thrown in for extra serenity.

The hard part is choosing which of the many possible beachside palaces in which to set up your private kingdom and feel like royalty for a few blissful days and nights.

I chose the Banyan Tree at Mayakoba, and it certainly conquered my heart and ensured I was laying down my arms within minutes of arrival… 

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Tuscan Wine…But Were Afraid To Cask

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Italy, Opinion

Wines in Tuscany

Tuscan wine in Siena

Ticking some New Year’s Resolutions off the list in record time feels fantastic, and one item in particular – to spend some time in Italy this year – is already in the booking stages. And it’s only January 7th. That’s got to be a record.

Yes, at the risk of sounding like a bit of a lush, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day raising a glass and saying Ti Amo in Italia with one of the loves of my life: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

So to celebrate, I decided to share everything I have ever learned about Tuscan wine, and a few recommendations should your travels ever take you to enjoy a taste of Tuscany