This is the section where I hope to point you to some of the most exquisite things that the planet has to offer, under the headings that I hold dearest, and about which I hope I know at least a little. This is not intended as an advert or an endorsement for the sites concerned, merely as a taster for what the world has to offer those who appreciate it and can afford it.
The subject closest to my heart.
For information on Wagyu beef, the ultimate meat experience, go to: Discerning Food
Along with this one. There is nothing the world can offer that can compare to the first taste of Essencia, the sweetest and most concentrated and complex form of Tokaji from Hungary. For information go to: Royal Tokaji Wine.
The most famous pudding wine is Bordeaux's Chateau Yquem.
Of course, the world's finest red wine is La Romanee-Conti in Burgundy.
Forget over-eating water birds, for the finest eating experience in the world there can be no choice but El Bulli in northern Spain, which is open for only 6 months of the year.
Abroad the experience has often been more related to mood and company than food, but if you are ever in Denmark or northern Germany you must try the Fakkelgaarden, and in Andalucia, try Ronda's Dona Pepa, in particular the wonderful pudding plate.
Having worked in the world of luxury floors for several years, I was lucky enough to have dealt on a daily basis some of the most incredible sensory experiences imaginable.
The world's finest fitted carpets by far, made from the very best wools and silks, come from M.I.D. of Holland. For beautiful wood, there is no rival to the superb engineering and appearance of Margaritelli's Listone Giordano range from Italy, all of which is FSC approved