Category Food and Beverage

The Restaurant and Hotel Guests from Hell!!

The internet loves a horror story. The pages of the Daily Mail are full of stories about our industry and the problems encountered on a seemingly hourly basis! Rude staff, foreign object in meals, woeful restaurant hygiene, bed bugs, why you should unpack your luggage in the bathroom (yes, really!) and many more… If you […]

Change your Diet – Improve your Sleep…

From almonds to cherries to oatmeal, some foods encourage (or work against) a night of sweet dreams. Tossing and turning. Long, sleepless nights. They’re draining, frustrating and well, exhausting – physically and mentally – and they’re usually unnecessary… Experts say poor sleep can be counteracted by minor dietary tweaks, in fact what you put in […]

Anti-Aging Super Foods for your Next Menu…

  The quest for youth is never ending –  here are some anti-ageing super foods from the fruit and veggie patch that you really should be adding to your next menu…   1. Blueberries Blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat to fight aging. With the highest concentration of antioxidants of all […]

8 Foods to help regulate your mood and stress levels…

    The hospitality business is well known for being a stressful industry, and keeping that happy smiling face even in adversity can be as simple as eating the right things. Here are some suggestions: 1. Fish like salmon are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that they may also help boost mood […]

Drink these wines at your (financial) peril!

Just in case there is one of these bottles hidden in the depths of your cellar somewhere, here are a few of the world’s most expensive bottles of wine … 1992 Screaming Eagle $ 80,000 At auction in ‘Napa Valley 2008’, a charity event, a lot of six magnums of Screaming Eagle were sold for […]

Gazing into the Crystal Ball… what’s in store for the hospitality industry in 2017

Each and every year between November and February I watch with interest to see the various reviews of the past year and predictions for the year ahead. Will the hospitality industry live to survive another year? What will be the next ‘big thing’ or destination? Will it be massive development for luxury resorts or the […]

5-star hotels in different parts of the world…

Following my recent journey through Europe and the Middle East I noticed the many different hotel standards that all claimed to be either 5-star or 4-star superior… For the trained or untrained eye, it was painful to see what so-called 5-star hotels have become over the years; something regular travellers have been rightly whinging about […]

Observations of an Independent Holiday Traveller…Part 2

Having finished my sojourn through Europe with various short or long stays and a good taste of the hospitality industry on the continent I was ready to start my tour through the Middle East beginning in Amman. I had always had a soft spot for Amman as it was instrumental in the direction my life […]