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About Anthea
Anthea Gerrie is a journalist based in Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom who specialises in food, wine, health, travel, architecture, art and design.  She writes for national newspapers and magazines and is also published internationally in the USA and Australia.
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Chef Roberto Santibañez Leads with Creativity

28 Mar 2024  |  viemagazine.com
Chef Roberto Santibañez, a Mexican chef with a diploma from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, leads with creativity in his culinary endeavors. He owns three Mexican restaurants in New York City and three in Washington DC, including an American restaurant called The Grill. Santibañez was influenced by his family's love for food and his travels across Mexico. He aims to teach and share Mexican kitchen traditions through his cookbooks, which have been recognized by The New York Times and nominated for a James Beard Award. At sixty, he has no plans to retire, maintaining a hands-on approach in his kitchens while also dedicating time to his passions for art and fitness.

The Cumberland. Discover Marble Arch’s transformed Grande Dame.

14 Mar 2024  |  www.tripreporter.co.uk
The Cumberland Hotel in London, originally an art deco marvel, has been transformed into a music-themed destination, celebrating its historical association with iconic musicians like Jimi Hendrix, The Supremes, and David Bowie. The hotel features live music, American-style dining, and rock memorabilia. Rooms vary from simple standards to themed junior suites, with amenities like Fender guitars and turntables. Despite some minor issues with room features, the hotel offers a unique and vibrant experience, with highlights including a spectacular bar, a robot delivering desserts, and a VIP check-in area.

Surprising Apothecary East, Where Japanese Flavours Collide With Victorian Vibes

16 Feb 2024  |  www.tripreporter.co.uk
Apothecary East in Shoreditch, London, offers a unique dining experience with Japanese-inspired cuisine reinterpreted by an Italian chef. The restaurant combines a cosy, retro Parisian decor with a Victorian vibe, reflecting its history as a dispensary. The menu features a variety of dishes, including sushi rolls, miso soup, and chirashi poke, with a strong focus on vegetables. Notable dishes include the miso-roasted aubergine and the use of furikake as a crunchy topping. Owners James Williams and Rohit Chugh aim to bring Tokyo culture and cuisine to East London, making Apothecary East a distinctive culinary destination.

Ardor. Hip and hidden Restaurant in Los Angeles.

08 Feb 2024  |  tripreporter.co.uk
Anthea Gerrie reviews Ardor, a fine dining restaurant in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, praising its original menu, elegant service, and intimate setting. Chef John Fraser, known for his vegetable-forward cuisine, offers a variety of dishes with meat and seafood sourced from local markets like Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. Signature dishes include tandoor-cooked carrots and tempura-battered onion rings. The restaurant's atmosphere is described as buzzy yet private, with a decor that brings the outdoors inside. The review mentions a few minor issues with finding the restaurant and meeting an Uber driver due to a lack of signage.

Shetland: Why the northernmost reaches of the British Isles are so fascinating

01 Oct 2023  |  thejc.com
Shetland is gaining international attention with the announcement of Britain's first spaceport and the return of the TV series based on Ann Cleeves' novels. The islands offer accessible travel from London, with direct flights from Scottish airports and an overnight ferry from Aberdeen. Lerwick, the main town, is known for its peaceful atmosphere, cliff scenery, and cultural offerings, including the Shetland Museum and Archives and Mareel performance space. The islands' musical heritage, wartime history, and natural beauty are highlighted through various attractions and tours. Accommodations like Busta House provide a comfortable stay, and local crafts and cuisine can be enjoyed throughout the islands. Despite the upcoming spaceport, Shetland's rich Norse history and natural wonders continue to be the main attractions.

Georgia O’Keeffe Memories Of Drawings

17 Sep 2023  |  www.tripreporter.co.uk
The Gallery in The Arc in Winchester hosts 'Georgia O’Keeffe Memories of Drawings,' an exhibition showcasing 21 photogravures of the American artist's work. The exhibition highlights O'Keeffe's transition from charcoal abstracts to her famous paintings of flowers and landscapes, with a notable piece, 'Blue Lines X,' marking her shift back to watercolors. The show includes a film about O'Keeffe's life and work, enhancing the experience. The Arc, conveniently located near Winchester station and the Cathedral, also features a shop with a recommended book by Lisa Mintz Messinger and a coffee shop for visitors.

Dad gives own tendon to son to tackle knee injury threatening his career

03 Jun 2023  |  express.co.uk
Andy Milbank donated a tendon from his own hamstring to his son Matthew, a young footballer whose career was threatened by a knee ligament injury. The surgery, a UK first, was performed by knee surgeon Nick Bowman and could benefit many young athletes facing similar issues. Matthew, who was top goal scorer for Gillingham's under-14s, had his two-year contract renewed by the club following the successful procedure.

The Cité du Vin: A New Cultural Landmark for Bordeaux

05 Apr 2023  |  www.designcurial.com
The article discusses the creation of the Cité du Vin, a museum dedicated to the culture of wine in Bordeaux, France. Architects Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières, influenced by the taste of one of the world's best wines, designed the building to be voluptuous rather than the original straight-edged plan. The museum, which includes digital exhibitions created by Casson Mann, aims to engage visitors with interactive modules and avoid traditional, dusty displays. Despite technical and budgetary constraints, the museum's design reflects the heritage of wine with wood arches and a gold color inspired by the nearby Garonne river. The museum is expected to attract half a million visitors annually and encourage them to spend more time in Bordeaux, which has been voted the best place to live in France by locals.

Delicious Taro Walthamstow

24 Mar 2023  |  www.tripreporter.co.uk
Taro Walthamstow, the latest addition to Mr Taro's chain of Japanese eateries in London, offers a fusion of authentic Japanese cuisine in an art nouveau setting. Located in a landmark building in Walthamstow, the restaurant features a variety of sushi, sashimi, and Bento boxes, with standout items like the Manze Dragon Roll. Despite a slight over-predominance of rice, the food is praised for its quality and presentation. The restaurant was awaiting its alcohol license, but the Japanese tea served was a fine substitute. The review highlights the gentrification of Walthamstow and the unique dining experience at Taro.

Vibrant Vilnius

25 Sep 2022  |  www.thejc.com
Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, surprises visitors with its beauty, hedonistic locals, and a vibrant Jewish community. The old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is rich in history and culture, with innovative projects like Walls That Remember and Talking Sculpture bringing the past to life. The city is preparing for its 700th birthday and the renovation of the Great Synagogue site. Vilnius offers a mix of modern attractions like the MO Museum of Modern Art and traditional Jewish establishments such as the Choral Synagogue and Jewish Bakery. The Narutis Hotel provides an elegant stay, and the city's cuisine includes both traditional Lithuanian dishes and Jewish fare. Užupis, a bohemian neighborhood, and Žverynas, known for its wooden houses, are also highlights. With affordable flights from the UK, Vilnius is an attractive destination for a long weekend or more.

Hotel Palazzo Nani Reviewed

08 Jul 2022  |  www.tripreporter.co.uk
Anthea Gerrie reviews the Radisson Collection Hotel Palazzo Nani, a modern luxury hotel located in Venice's Cannaregio Canal. The hotel, set in a 16th-century palazzo, offers guests the opportunity to sleep beneath frescoed ceilings while enjoying modern amenities. Cannaregio, a lesser-known neighborhood, provides a quiet yet vibrant atmosphere with local eateries like Anice Stellato and proximity to the Jewish Ghetto. The hotel features a garden with a gondola, a wine bar and terrace, and a breakfast buffet with local produce. The Palazzo Manfrin across the canal is currently exhibiting works by Anish Kapoor as part of the 2022 Biennale artfest.

Marrakech Morocco: City of stories

05 Jun 2022  |  thejc.com
Marrakech, Morocco, is an increasingly popular destination for British and Israeli tourists, offering a rich tapestry of cultural heritage, vibrant markets, and historical sites. The city's attractions include the Menara Airport, the historic medina with its riads, and the Djemaa el Fna square. The World Storytelling Café, founded by Mike and Lucie Wood, aims to preserve the tradition of storytelling. Marrakech's Jewish heritage is also celebrated, with the Majorelle Garden and the new museum dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent's work being notable highlights. Essaouira, a coastal town with a significant Jewish history, is also recommended for visitors. The article provides practical travel information for those looking to explore Marrakech and its surroundings.

Waverley Cottage, Wadebridge, Cornwall

22 Apr 2022  |  www.tripreporter.co.uk
Anthea Gerrie reviews Waverley Cottage in Burlawn, Cornwall, highlighting its local character, convenient location near Wadebridge, and suitability for dog owners and keen cooks. The 18th-century cottage, modernized with traditional features, offers comfortable accommodations with some minor inconveniences like missing kitchen manuals and under-equipment. The main bathroom is noted for its romantic yet precarious design. Despite Burlawn's lack of amenities, Wadebridge's proximity provides excellent food shopping and beach access. The article praises Aspects Holidays for their responsive management and Just Shellfish for their quality seafood.

Bovey Castle, Devon

20 Apr 2022  |  tripreporter.co.uk
Anthea Gerrie reviews Bovey Castle, highlighting its location within Devon's fauna-populated areas and its history of ownership changes. The castle offers a range of activities, including golf, off-road driving, and bird of prey demonstrations. The hotel retains Edwardian features with modern amenities, and the new Tasting Room provides an innovative dining experience. Despite a minor service hiccup at breakfast, the overall experience was positive, with the surrounding Dartmoor National Park's wildlife and scenery being a significant draw.

Space to Play: Design Your Perfect Gaming Room

13 Jan 2022  |  www.christiesrealestate.com
The gaming room has evolved into a must-have for adults, with two-thirds of American households including gamers averaging 34 years old. The gaming industry, valued at $180bn, is influencing consumer living, including residential construction and designer apparel. Interior designers and builders are creating luxurious gaming spaces, often with multiple entertainment options like sports courts and golf simulators. Interior designer Amy Storm and others are integrating technology with design, including sound-absorption techniques and themed bars. Companies like Custom Controls offer enhanced seating for gaming rooms, and tech specialists like Savant are making the gaming environment more user-friendly. The trend of playing at home is expected to continue growing due to the pandemic.

In Praise Of Paso Robles

13 Jan 2022  |  www.tripreporter.co.uk
Anthea Gerrie revisits Paso Robles, a small town in central California, and discovers its growing appeal beyond wine tourism. The town now boasts cultural attractions like the Field of Light installation by Bruce Munro at Sensorio, chic accommodations such as The Stables Inn, and dining destinations including Les Petites Canailles. Paso Robles is also a gateway to Monterey County, with easy access to attractions like Hearst Castle and Carmel. The region's 300 wineries offer a concentrated tasting experience, with services like private tours and an Uber wine service enhancing the visit. For more information, TravelPaso and Visit California are recommended resources, and British Airways Holidays provides travel packages.

I couldn’t cope with my messy house – so I hired a professional declutterer

11 Jan 2022  |  metro.co.uk
The author describes their struggle with hoarding and the subsequent hiring of a professional declutterer, Jacqui McLeod, from the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO). The decluttering process involved sorting items into categories and disposing of unnecessary objects, which led to the discovery of lost items and the realization that everything the author wanted to keep had its place. The experience was transformative, sparking joy and hope for a more organized future.

Hip Mama Shelter, Los Angeles

22 Dec 2021  |  www.tripreporter.co.uk
Mama Shelter in Los Angeles offers a warm and friendly stay in the heart of Hollywood, appealing to both tourists and locals. The hotel, part of a French brand, combines stylish design with functional amenities and has become a popular dining and socializing spot. Guests can enjoy hearty American breakfasts, eclectic dinner options, and a rooftop bar with views of the Hollywood skyline. The article highlights the hotel's unique decor, professional staff, and convenient location near Hollywood's main landmarks.

London has a new design district in Greenwich and you could live right by it

07 Dec 2021  |  metro.co.uk
London's Greenwich Peninsula now hosts the city's first purpose-built design district, featuring 16 unique buildings by eight architects, aimed at accommodating 1,800 makers and digital creatives. The district offers diverse workspaces with flexible leases and low starting rents to attract tenants from other parts of the city. Knight Dragon, the developer, has a vision for a cultural-creative hub, which includes the design district and plans for 15,000 homes. The area also features social spaces, restaurants, a members' club, and galleries. The development is part of a larger scheme to revitalize the area, which has seen significant changes since the arrival of The O2 Arena and Ravensbourne University.

Sustainable Meets Smart—The Eco-Friendly Architecture of the Future -

21 Apr 2021  |  www.christiesrealestate.com
The article discusses an innovative office building known as the Cube, which features advanced green technology. The Cube's unique feature is that it allows occupants to control their office temperature using an app, which also enables them to reserve parking spots for recharging electric vehicles. The building is equipped with a 'digital brain' that learns the occupants' preferences to regulate temperature efficiently. Additionally, the Cube boasts a double skin façade that makes it 25 percent more energy efficient compared to other green buildings, enhancing its green credentials.

From Masterchef to Aldi, oysters are having a moment – here’s how to eat them if you don’t think you’re a fan

19 Apr 2021  |  inews.co.uk
The article discusses the changing status of oysters in the UK, from a luxury item to a more affordable delicacy, with prices dropping at supermarkets like Waitrose and Aldi. The decrease in price is attributed to new post-Brexit export rules and an increase in domestic supply. Experts from the industry, including Stefan Chomka and Katy Davidson, predict a potential surplus of oysters. Historical context is provided, comparing the current situation to the Victorian era when oysters were common and cheap. The article also explores various ways to prepare and enjoy oysters, with suggestions from chefs and culinary experts, and touches on the growing trend of oyster bars and farms in the UK.

‘More than just a place to drink’: how the Budget will help communities save their local pubs

03 Mar 2021  |  inews.co.uk
The article discusses the trend of community-owned pubs in the UK, highlighting the success of such establishments in surviving economic hardships where many others have failed. It mentions the new fund announced in the budget to support community pub initiatives. The Garibaldi in Redhill, The Locks Inn in Beccles, and The Craufurd Arms in Maidenhead are featured as examples of pubs that have been saved by their communities. The article details the efforts made by these pubs to serve their communities, such as donating produce, hosting local groups, and providing free meals. It also touches on the financial aspects of these community projects, including crowdfunding and grants from organizations like the Plunkett Foundation.

Anthea Gerrie reports from the intriguing, island-hopping Setouchi Triennale in southern Japan

19 Jul 2019  |  www.designcurial.com
The Setouchi Triennale is an art event held in southern Japan aiming to revitalize a group of dying islands through art. Anthea Gerrie explores the 2019 Triennale, highlighting various installations and permanent artworks across the islands. The festival features over 200 new exhibits by both known and emerging artists. Key artworks include Jaume Plensa's ferry terminal on Ogijima, Sarah Westphal's video installation, and Keisuke Yamaguchi's sculpture. The Triennale has spurred a rebirth of the islands, attracting young families and new businesses. Gerrie also mentions the Benesse Art Site museums on Naoshima and the role of cultural tourism in the islands' regeneration. The article suggests that the Triennale is not just an art event but a transformative force for the local communities.

Professor Mark Clemens says cancer risk of breast implants '10 times higher than first feared'

23 Jul 2016  |  Mail Online
The article discusses the underestimation of the risk of developing blood cancer, specifically Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), from the most popular type of breast implant in Britain. Professor Mark Clemens, an American plastic surgeon, suggests the incidence is ten times higher than commonly reported. The disease has affected women worldwide, including at least 11 British patients. Charlotte Fouracres, a 30-year-old teacher from Colchester, Essex, shares her experience with BIA-ALCL, which was not halted by initial chemotherapy. She was successfully treated with a biological therapy drug and surgery at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. French health authorities have linked implants to BIA-ALCL and are scrutinizing textured surface implants. The MHRA has not updated its guidance since 2014 but is monitoring the situation. The article also touches on the responsibilities of doctors to inform patients of risks and the potential for more cases to emerge as awareness increases.

Eight of the World’s Most Revolutionary Artists

05 Jul 2016  |  www.christiesrealestate.com
The article highlights eight revolutionary artists, both contemporary and historical, who have significantly impacted the art world through their provocative and influential works. It features Marina Abramović, Shirin Neshat, Kara Walker, Marcel Duchamp, John Trumbull, Jacques-Louis David, Édouard Manet, and Jean-Pierre Houël, detailing their contributions and the socio-political contexts of their art. The narrative underscores the power of art to challenge institutions and provoke thought, celebrating the anniversaries of the American and French revolutions.

Bordeaux – over-valued or over the moon?

15 Mar 2016  |  thewinewanderers
The article discusses the Wine Wanderers' recent experiences with Bordeaux wines, highlighting the high cost of famous-name bottles which have become over-valued investment vehicles. The author mentions tasting Chateau Angelus, a prestigious Saint-Emilion wine, and the shift in wine-lovers' preferences away from prestige names. The article suggests exploring 'diffusion' wines as a more affordable alternative, like Carillon d’Angelus. High street options from Lidl, Marks & Spencer, and Watirose are recommended for good value Bordeaux wines, with a special mention of a promotion for Watirose Saint-Emilion. The author notes the characteristic inkiness of Bordeaux wines and their contrast to fruit-driven wines that are typically cheaper and easier to drink.

Look at Us Now Mother shows on 21 November in Manchester, 22 November in London, followed by a Q&A with Gayle Kirschenbaum

18 Nov 2015  |  The Independent
The article discusses the documentary 'Look At Us Now, Mother!' by filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum, which explores her tumultuous relationship with her mother, Mildred Kirschenbaum. The film delves into Gayle's experiences of parental abuse and her mother's critical and cold demeanor, which left Gayle with a fear of intimacy. Through interviews with family members and friends, as well as archival footage and diary entries, the documentary corroborates Gayle's experiences. The film also follows Gayle's journey to understand and confront her mother's behavior, including therapy sessions that reveal Mildred's own troubled past. Despite the painful process of making the film, which resulted in physical manifestations of stress for Gayle, the documentary ultimately leads to a form of closure and forgiveness. The article highlights the film's screenings in Manchester and London, with a Q&A session with Gayle Kirschenbaum, and mentions its future cinema release.

Goodbye guinea pig, hello gourmet: Tucking into Peru's top dishes at its famous food fair

13 Sep 2013  |  Mail Online
The article discusses the Mistura food fair in Lima, Peru, highlighting the diverse and rich culinary culture of the country. It mentions various dishes such as ceviche, chicharron pork buns from El Chinito, and fusion cuisines like Chifa and Nikkei. The fair attracts locals and international food enthusiasts to enjoy a variety of foods including Amazonian cuisine and Andean staples. The event coincides with the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, emphasizing Lima's prominence in the culinary world. The article also mentions notable restaurants and chefs, including Gaston Acurio and Virgilio Martinez, and describes the food experiences in different parts of Lima, such as Barranco neighborhood.

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