There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

By Colin Powell

Thirsty work

Curating and writing about a city’s eating and drinking options is tough work. Work that requires a team of connected, curious, smart and sophisticated connoisseurs/hospitality specialists/authorities. They are often, but not always, lesser known names within the industry yet it is their take on what’s good, what will work and what will last that generates the most exciting selection. Are they bloggers? It’s possible but they’d have to be a very special blogger with genuine industry respect. See Claire Davie. Are they travellers to the destination? Unlikely unless they have strong and long-term ties. See Carolyn Bain. Do they have to live there? Usually, unless they have strong ties and return frequently. See Esther Diffey.