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London, UK – Afternoon Tea in London (One Aldwych Hotel & The Royal Horseguards Hotel)

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Afternoon Tea in London is an event, but more so with tourists although locals still participate for special occasions or for business. It’s quite pricey so it’s not something people do every day. Most hotels in London will offer an Afternoon Tea service and usually it will be themed.

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Girona, Spain – El Celler de Can Roca (World’s Best Restaurant) – Chef’s Tasting Menu (Act 1-6)

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The Roca brothers are “The Three Tenors” of the culinary world. They sing a different tune, but create a culinary opera. Dinner here is a concert, and they are harmonious in their skills and talent. They stay true to humble beginnings and themselves, and stay connected and rooted to the restaurant.

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Girona, Spain – El Celler de Can Roca (World’s Best Restaurant) – Chef’s Tasting Menu – Act 6/6

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El Celler de Can Roca was beyond what I imagined, which is self-rewarding. It was advanced in a way which made me want to learn rather than to think, and critical thinking is a challenge for me to ignore. I didn’t even need to try here and letting go happened unconsciously.

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Girona, Spain – El Celler de Can Roca (World’s Best Restaurant) – Chef’s Tasting Menu – Act 5/6

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El Celler de Can Roca is one of the birthplaces for creativity and they make impossible seem possible. They are not creating a food movement which is what great chefs do, but moving people with food which is what extraordinary chefs do.

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Girona, Spain – El Celler de Can Roca (World’s Best Restaurant) – Chef’s Tasting Menu – Act 4/6

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It wasn’t to the point of “effortless” cooking, but they made simplicity elegant and appreciated. The transition between dishes were smooth and aromatics were taken seriously. The seafood courses were my favourite, but the level of enjoyment for each dish was splitting hairs.

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Girona, Spain – El Celler de Can Roca (World’s Best Restaurant) – Chef’s Tasting Menu – Act 3/6

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The savoury dishes had sweet components and efforts from Jordi and the wine pairings were never forgotten. The responsibilities were equally shared amongst the three brothers, and while each department could excel on its own, none could reach the full potential without the other.

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Girona, Spain – El Celler de Can Roca (World’s Best Restaurant) – Chef’s Tasting Menu – Act 2/6

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The entrance wasn’t particularly grand and it wasn’t in a castle on a hilltop, but the hairs on my arms were already standing. My nose was captivated by the scent of Jasmine flowers which draped the walls of the restaurant like curtains from a fairytale, and this set the tone for the rest of the evening.

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Girona, Spain – El Celler de Can Roca (World’s Best Restaurant) – Chef’s Tasting Menu – Act 1/6

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A dream within a dream; and the real experience was even better than imagined. Dining at El Celler de Can Roca was one of the most rewarding experiences. Life changing might sound dramatic, but it was emotionally and mindfully impactful.

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