Christmas cake, Caviar and Champagne.. what’s not to love?

The diet is most well and truly over and I’m back to full–on luxury indulgence which is fortuitous as it’s also coinciding with the festive season. Happily I’m eating again well over eating, and loving it. On a recent press trip out to Austria somebody commented rather rudely’ I’ve never met such a petite woman who could put away so much cheese and beer’. Really! How rude..

I can’t help it though, there’s no stop button well until the ‘New Year, New Me’ regime kicks in again. I’d made a promise to myself at the start of the diet that I’d treat myself and long suffering friends to a long lunch somewhere fabulous with food that was a combination of comfort, deeply satisfying and indulgent.  I found myself back on the welcoming doorstep of Angelus restaurant in West London, ready to dive into a divine plate of Orkney scallops, succulent rabbit and a long awaited and much anticipated ‘assiette of dessert’ which involved a memorable Clementine and Vodka soufflé, salted caramel tart with homemade ice-cream. It didn’t disappoint.. that was nearly a month ago and since then I’ve been indulging in a non-stop sugar fix.

French Fine Wine

French Fine Wine

Foie gras - Creme Brulee

Foie gras – Creme Brulee

Not a huge lover of traditional fruit Christmas cake I jumped at the chance to taste test some of Maison Blanc’s Christmas Patisserie range and offering of beautifully designed festive themed cakes made with woodland theme <a href="http://www.maisonblanc.co.uk/”>http://www.maisonblanc.co.uk/ at their Fulham rd store.  Naturally I had to try all of the patisserie on offer, my favourite was the Pistachio woodland cake featuring cute toadstools. It’s indulgent yes, but it’s fun, especially for children and a great alternative to a full English afternoon tea. You can either chose 1 or 2 mini cakes an exquisite chocolate ‘Buche de Noel’ log or some of the Christmas Cupcake range are also really fun and with fresh cream and light vanilla flavoured sponges, much better than Christmas cake anyday.

There’s a limit however, even for me as to how much sugar you can have in a week, so moving over to the savoury side of my tastebuds. On a more savoury note but no less indulgent I was sent some Caviar by the London Classic Caviar company along with a Mother of pearl teaspoon and given explicit instructions on how to taste the densely packed Caviar pearls.

Caviar Classic London .. package perfection

Caviar Classic London .. package perfection

The Caviar is beautifully dense, grey, shiny in appearance and densely packed. As soon as I put a spoon into mouth .. hmm it has a deliciously creamy texture with a slight hint of fish but not overpowering in anyway and a nutty aftertaste. We sip some Champagne and then taste with blinis and creme fraiche and wow it’s a great little amuse bouche if you’re looking for something special to offer guests over the festive period or New Year’s. www.caviarclassic-london.com

The Chedi Andermatt: In the heart of the Swiss Alps, Opening Soon

Set in the heart of Switzerland in the Swiss Alps, just 1.5 hours by train from Zurich or two hours from Milan, is Europe’s first Chedi Hotel and Residences development, now nearing completion and set to open to the public by this Winter Season 2013. The resort is already covered in snow and looking spectacular. I’m ready to pack my case and head off to the mountains for a quick annual ski fix.

Designed by world renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston and managed by leading hotel management company GHM, this will be a hotel and residences development that breaks all boundaries and caters for those seeking very high standards of service, location and luxury.

Chedi hotel and Residences Andermatt

Chedi hotel and Residences Andermatt

The Chedi Andermatt promises an elegant mountain haven complemented by all conceivable amenities. Forward thinking investors who are keen to be part of the next generation of luxury hotels have the chance to own a part of this very special property, the first Chedi in Europe.

Buyers from around the world can expect a fully serviced hotel residence that can not only be enjoyed for its myriad lifestyle-enhancing elements, but also for its strong delivery of year round rental yields.

Chedi luxury Andermatt

Chedi luxury Andermatt

Located in a beautiful valley in the mountains, it will allow visitors the freedom of choice across the year from summer climbing, mountain river swimming (if you’re brave enough) a brand new 18 hole golf course to a challenging ski area, which Olympic Ski Champion  and Andermatt local Bernhard Russi, skied every winter as a child. It’s the perfect location for families as a destination for all four seasons, with breathtaking panoramic mountain views.
The amazing Swiss cuisine also sees the valley to table experience come to life in Andermatt and is an indulgent foodie experience. With such an emphasis on locally grown produce, it is no wonder that the food served in Andermatt’s countless restaurants tastes so fresh and authentically Swiss. The region produces some of the best cheese, meat and wine in Switzerland, from the alpine valleys to our tables. In addition to the village’s traditional restaurants there are now some interesting international restaurants to savor and taste when in resort.

If you haven’t already booked your ski trip for this Winter 2013 Season, this could be the perfect excuse to explore a new luxurious destination, visit: http://www.makingofandermatt.ch/