Gabrielle Jaffe is a PTC award-winning writer and editor who is currently based in London. She covers culture, food, travel and current affairs.

Food & Drink
Taste tour Italia

Taste tour Italia

Emilia-Romagna has been known for its immense agricultural abundance since ancient times. The Roman Empire might have been forged through the sword, but its armies were fed off the fields in this region of northern Italy. The road the Romans built through here, the Via
Field & shore

Field & shore

IT’S SATURDAY MORNING AT ST GEORGE’S and the market in central Belfast is thick with aromas: crisping bacon from an Ulster fry, rich coffee and the sweet fragrance of dahlias on a farm stall laden with rhubarb, blackcurrants and a rainbow of fruit juices. Nearby
Four perfect days in Paris

Four perfect days in Paris

Follow our insider itineraries and explore four very different Parisian neighbourhoods on foot, by bike and by boat, taking in gourmet markets and secret bars, little-known galleries and knockout views DAY 1: HISTORIC CENTRE Entering Sainte-Chapelle feels like climbing into a kaleidoscope. From all directions,
Saffron-by-sea

Saffron-by-sea

Come late October, when the pink-footed geese have returned to winter in Norfolk and most of the county’s farmers are putting up their feet, saffron grower Sally Francis is at her busiest. By dawn each day she’s out on her field, in time to see
Sea spirit

Sea spirit

Right in the historic heart of Plymouth, rows of sailing boats sit in Sutton Harbour. Step back from here into Southside Street and the salty air gives way to a sweet, citrusy smell. Halfway up this winding lane, the source of this scent becomes clear:
Interview with chef Rachel Allen

Interview with chef Rachel Allen

Think of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic coast and most people dream first of its alluring landscapes. For 2,500km, sweeping beaches transition into wave-bashed cliffs, punctuated by classic fishing villages and marinas bobbing with sail boats. But this area is also a paradise for fresh produce, a
Isle of plenty

Isle of plenty

With its crumbling castle, wind-scoured cliffs and atmospheric sea mists, the southern half of the Isle of Mull is the kind of place where you wouldn’t expect to come across another living soul, let alone an exciting food scene. And yet, at the tip of
Restaurant review: Back Alley Bistro

Restaurant review: Back Alley Bistro

It’s no secret that one of the best burgers in town is served –‑ somewhat incongruously – at the nail salon/bar Frost Nails. But now Beijing’s diners have a more sophisticated place to get their teeth into these juicy buns, as Frost’s owner, Jeff Powell,
Sichuan - Bears & Beyond

Sichuan – Bears & Beyond

Like most people in Britain, my first encounter with China’s Sichuan province was in the local takeaway. Romanced by the exotic-sounding ‘Szechuan chicken’, I ignored the warning chilli peppers and ordered ‘number 33’. Over the years, 33 became a favourite. So it was with great
What I ate Yesterday: Yue Minjun

What I ate Yesterday: Yue Minjun

Yue Minjun, 50, has become one of China’s most recognisable artists thanks to his iconic, guffawing self-portraits. He is also one of the country’s best selling: his piece Execution broke all records for Chinese contemporary art when it sold for £2.9 million at Sotheby’s London
Restaurant review: Ji Xiang Niao Xiang Cai

Restaurant review: Ji Xiang Niao Xiang Cai

When people think of spicy Chinese food, thoughts first turn to Sichuan. But, while often overshadowed by its fiery neighbouring province, Hunan cuisine can pack a more powerful punch. Get your chilli kicks by visiting this eatery off Chaowai where hordes of hungry businessmen descend
Restaurant review: Little Yunnan

Restaurant review: Little Yunnan

Happily situated between the Forbidden City and the National Art Museum, Little Yunnan was a Guilin joint before its new owner changed its ways. And you still find the odd Guangxi dish on the menu. But those keen to stick toYunnan specialities won’t be disappointed.