THE WORDS AND SENTIMENTS OF DAVID HEELEY - BROADCASTER | FOOD CRITIC | TRAVEL WRITER
Love thy neighbour

The Building Obsession

Love thy neighbour

 Who’d live in a house? Or, more accurately, who’d live in a house made of stone? Or, more accurately still, a house made of stone – in Mallorca? Well, the answer is a fool and as I happen to have answered in the affirmative to all of the above, you know what that makes me. Given that most of us live in some sort of domicile and that that, in itself, isn’t unduly foolish, what is it about stone and Mallorca, I hear you ask, that so qualifies one as a cretin? Answer: Expense. Take this most recent example.  Alchemy, [Read More]

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Life across the grassy knoll

The Building Obsession Travel Writer

Life across the grassy knoll

Cooking paella is to many an art form, whilst to others it’s a way of life and the search for its perfection is their sole raison d’etra. So, how is it then that my neighbour at Alchemy – an ex derivatives trader, hotel and restaurant owner and now Mallorca’s premier landscape garden designer – created on Sunday unquestionably the greatest example of this exalted dish – and he’s English! He has become in recent months, my very own Capability Brown but in the process has consigned me to live in a perpetual miasma of dust and dirt as JCB drivers mold, [Read More]

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Savannah, Georgia and the Low Country

Travel Writer

Savannah, Georgia and the Low Country

Those good ‘ol boys of the American South know a thing or two about hospitality, unless, of course, you’ve been viewing the Bert Reynolds classic film Deliverance. Thankfully, the only person to squeal like a pig on my recent trip was my better half, so delighted was she by the calibre of the food in this most under explored and most overwhelming part of the US of A. To read more click here Savannah. Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

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Heeley’s “Hot” Plates at the Edinburgh Festival

Food Critic Travel Writer

Heeley’s “Hot” Plates at the Edinburgh Festival

Which is Europe’s premier city? Where would you like to enjoy a street corner cappuccino? A pre-prandial aperitif with views of historic rooftops and rolling hills beyond? Take in a live performance? Visit a gallery? Or mooch and mingle with the great and the good? Rome, certainly, Paris indubitably, Barcelona quite probably.  But were it not for the vagaries of its climate, my number one choice would be Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh. Every year the festival hoves into view in August and is now so all encompassing that everything from the Fringe, the Book Festival and a myriad of art [Read More]

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Look who lives in a house like this

Personal Preference

Look who lives in a house like this

Further to my blog of a couple of months ago “Did the Best House Win” (http://bit.ly/hsFliE), you can now see my Zen house featured in June 2011 edition of Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms.  Forgive some of the pretentious sounding quotes that have been attributed to me, you know how it is – you do a telephone interview with a journalist and you end up sounding like David Gest. That said, the photos are nice and the excellent photographer responsible – David Still – is keen to come over to Mallorca to do a feature on “Alchemy” so watch this space. Click [Read More]

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On top down under

Food Critic

On top down under

Back in the nineties and on my first visit to La La Land – better known as Hollywood, I’d been recommended to stay at the Mondrian Hotel, the most chic, happening and in-place to be found at that time on the whole west coast. Landing at LAX, I jumped into the first available cab and instructed him to “take me to Sunset Boulevard – the Mondrian Hotel”. Now, at the time, I wasn’t entirely aware that Sunset Boulevard was one of the longest streets in the world, but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway because, so famous had this hotel become [Read More]

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