Lots of people insist that if you put a spoon in the neck and put it in the fridge the bubbles will stay healthy and boisterous...
From socks and slippers to stylish speakers and designer sweatshirts, here's our pick of the presents for the boys
It isn't just the people attending parties who have a monopoly on irritating behaviour. Hosts are often just as guilty.
It was part of a tradition that went back to Lyon's tea shops, restaurants where the cooking was not really that important
Fat chance, says Samuel Muston
The French, as a rule, are not big on change these days. I happened to be in Paris in late June when the city's taxi drivers were trying to create their own small version of the French Revolution, though focused on Uber cabs rather than an ancien régime. They had taken exception to the app-based taxi company – now a feature of life from Manchester to Miami – and were making their voices heard; as indeed were the police, who all seemed to be dressed like RoboCop.
Fans would be keen to go to work on this egg
It is 45 years since the San Miniato Truffle Festival came into being
Samuel Muston raises his glass
I can't help but think that the perennial chatter about the Michelin Guide being obsolete is so much hot air
It is a fine thing to be introduced to real, living food culture with a fork in your hand
Woe betide the shucker who has not severed the oyster from its shell
Samuel Muston's body doesn't know why, how or in which time zone it's in
Chef Jonathon Sawyer's latest restaurant Trentina was funded by his customers
The model was snapped leaving the Highgate branch of Côte this week
What they're eating now at the markets and food trucks of Los Angeles is what British diners will be tucking into before you can say 'cold-pressed broccoli'. Samuel Muston finds out the trends we can expect next from the city that gave us sushi rolls, spiralising and quinoa