Is the restaurant scene in Dubai oversaturated?

The UAE is one of the world’s leading food and beverage markets, worth Dh52.4 billion in 2015, according to global market research group Euromonitor. Dubai alone has about 7,500 places to eat, from street cafes and fast-food outlets to fine-dining and high-end restaurants established by big-name chefs. Many will showcase their best dishes during Dubai…

Has China really bought five percent of Ukraine?

[For Esquire Magazine, November 2013] It appears so. It’s an utterly staggering fact, but it represents an escalation in the ongoing land-grab for food resources. Two Chinese state-owned firms will take over Ukrainian land in the eastern Dniepropetrovsk region and use it to grow crops (and raise pigs) for use back in China. The deal…

Are bananas facing extinction?

[For Esquire magazine, July 2011] Bananas as you know them are indeed under great threat, but the bananas you eat today are merely the latest strain of the fruit and the notion that it would become totally extinct is fanciful. But there is a reason why the rumour started. In 2003 The New Scientist claimed…

The best bacon sandwich in Britain right now…

I’ve eaten more bacon rolls, sandwiches and butties than is probably good for me. Or anyone. From five-star hotel to dockside café and most places in-between I’m speaking from experience and a lot of research. And although the conclusion is always an opinion, it’s one I’m clinging to – at least until something better can…

The meal deal

Dubai has become one of the world’s best cities for fine dining. So how did this happen, and can the city sustain this huge boom in high-end restaurants? In many ways, Dubai is comparable to Las Vegas. While neither had a long history of fine dining, both were desert towns pushing for tourism and the…