Rupert Parker
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Rupert Parker is writer, photographer, cameraman and TV Producer. Although his special interest is food and travel, he writes about everything from wilderness adventure to gourmet spa tours. His articles appear, not only in national newspapers and magazines, but also on global websites and appeal to young and old alike. He’s made ground breaking TV series for the BBC, Discovery and National Geographic, among others, and has been nominated for an Emmy. His most recent series for Discovery US was filmed across 5 continents and, despite having over 70 countries under his belt, he’s still hungry for travel. Read his latest adventures on Planet Appetite and follow him on Twitter @planetappetite

Entries by Rupert Parker

Planet Appetite: A Taste of the Alentejo, Portugal

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 8:21 AM

The largest region in Portugal, the Alentejo, has traditionally been the poorest but the quality of its produce, and excellence of its wines, place it firmly on the foodie map.

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I'm running 2 hours late for my first lunch date in...

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Planet Appetite: Walking on Thin Ice in Chamonix, France

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 11:18 AM

The Alps in winter are not just for skiing but also for hiking but you need special gear for glaciers and also great courage.

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I'm hanging on for dear life as I cling on to the sheer cliff face. No matter that...

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Planet Appetite: Going Underground in Europe's Largest Cave, Postojna, Slovenia

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 3:43 AM

In Postojna Cave, Slovenia, anyone can take a train and explore 5 km of underground tunnels and passages, or you can sign up for an adrenaline adventure tour and taste the real caving experience.

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It's Friday night, around midnight, I'm deep...

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Planet Appetite: Blooming Vineyards in the Desert, Washington State, Pacific North West, USA

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 5:06 AM

The Pacific North West of the USA is associated with forests and rain, but go to the East of Washington State, and you'll find the desert transformed by vineyards producing excellent wines.

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Planet Appetite: A Taste of Two Cities - Gaziantep and Adana, Southern Turkey

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 11:25 AM

Turkish cuisine from Southern Anatolia is distinctive with the best Baklava coming from Gaziantep and kebabs of the same name from Adana.


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Mention Turkish food and the ubiquitous kebab is what comes to mind, a stalwart of high streets everywhere,...

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Planet Appetite: Korean Kimchi Is Good for You

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 3:57 AM

Although it's usually made with cabbage, there are over 200 varieties of Kimchi in Korea, and fermentation produces lactic acid bacteria which protect against cancer, boost the body's immune system and keep your skin young.

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Planet Appetite: Nordic Food Revolution Hits West Sweden

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 10:18 AM

Fresh from its waters, or newly harvested from its fields, the produce of West Sweden is the perfect fodder for the Nordic Food Revolution.

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I can't believe it - it's the middle of September and I'm on a small...

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Planet Appetite: The Exotic Far North of Sri Lanka - Jaffna and its Islands

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 6:44 AM

Long out of bounds for travellers, because of the war, the city of Jaffna, and its peninsula, is now safe for travel and there's even a new railway line.

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I've been to Sri Lanka a couple of times, but never been able to...

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Planet Appetite: Culture, Comfort and Joy in Sri Lanka

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 7:49 AM

Sri Lanka is a popular holiday destination, with most people visiting the West Coast, but my trip takes me to the East and Central Highlands, home of the country's "Cultural Triangle".

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It's a long flight from London with SriLankan Airlines, but...

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Planet Appetite: Packing Light for Air Travel Update

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:56 AM

Pack the lightest possible with these new products - they keep down the weight, without compromising on quality.

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Planet Appetite: Cinnamon Citadel Hotel, Kandy, Sri Lanka

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 8:00 AM

In its riverside location, surrounded by lush Sri Lankan vegetation, the Cinnamon Citadel Hotel is an oasis of calm, just outside Kandy.

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There's something magical about Kandy, the capital of the hill country, not only because the tooth of the...

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Planet Appetite: Chaaya Blu Resort, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 5:56 AM

The East coast of Sri Lanka is still relatively unspoilt and Chaaya Blu, on Uppuveli beach, just outside Trincomalee is an idyllic seaside resort.

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Before the war, which made most of the East coast a no-go zone, Chaaya Blu...

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Planet Appetite: Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana, Sri Lanka

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 9:30 AM

Habarana is close to many of Sri Lanka's ancient sites, including Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla, so the Cinnamon Lodge makes the perfect base to explore the country's historic past.

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Set in 27 acres of lush forested land, Cinnamon...

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Planet Appetite: Mountain Riders in the Sky, Interlaken, Switzerland

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 5:59 AM

Interlaken, in the 19th century, with its twin attractions of mountain air and spa waters, attracted some of the first tourists to Switzerland, and miraculous mountain railways were constructed to carry them to the heavens. They're still going strong today.

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Planet Appetite: A Taste of Sichuan at the Chinese Cricket Club, London, UK

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 8:44 AM

Located in London's Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blackfriars, the Chinese Cricket Club serves up accomplished Chinese food with selections from the province of Sichuan.

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London is not short of Chinese restaurants, but most serve up the usual Cantonese menu that we're all familiar...

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Planet Appetite: Green Adventures in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 3:24 AM

Parma Ham, Parmesan Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar, from Modena, are the traditional reasons for visiting Emilia-Romagna but, lesser known, are the forests, hills and valleys which are perfect for outdoor adventure.

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I arrive in Bologna and it's tough to extract...

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Planet Appetite: UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz Mountains, Germany

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 4:02 AM

Witness to important stages of human history, the Harz Mountains, in the heart of Germany, not only has a network of hiking trails but also a clutch of cultural treasures recognised by UNESCO.

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The Harz is the highest...

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Planet Appetite: The Sky's the Limit in Vilnius, Lithuania

(7) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 4:37 AM

Around two and half hours from London, on a direct flight, Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, is good value, and there's lot's to do, including flying a hot air balloon over the city.

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The pilot tells us to prepare for a bumpy...

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Planet Appetite: Summer Alpine Adventures in Graubünden, Switzerland

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 5:23 AM

Graubünden, and particularly St. Moritz, is famous for its winter sports but the summer delivers hiking, e-biking and culinary delights with the bonus of unspoilt trails in Switzerland's only national park.

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You can't really knock Switzerland in the winter - ideal...

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Planet Appetite: The Surprising Shock of the New in Rotterdam, Holland

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 5:08 AM

The skyline is not the only thing that's changing in Rotterdam - an experimental restaurant, a colossal market hall, a floating forest and a UNESCO World Heritage 20's tobacco factory, are just some of the new kids on the block.

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