I have an intolerance to MSG – monosodium glutamate. Especially in Asia, my guard is constantly up. I flow between states of fearful fasting and ecstatic indulging. When I was in Shanghai this April, I...

Ancient Iraq. Dates. Art. Cooking. A link made possible by Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz, whose artistic recreation of the winged bull Lamassu stands guard on the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square – the plinth...

I made the 110 km journey from Shanghai to the city of Suzhou in 25 minutes. China’s high-speed trains are a marvel. As British poet John Betjeman wrote: “Trains are made for meditation”. Betjeman was writing...

The Chinese characters for Fu He Hui, Shanghai’s one Michelin-starred temple to vegetarian food, represent Fortune, Harmony and Wisdom. What more do you need in life! This discrete restaurant stretches across three floors. The building overlooks...