Victoria Burrows

A former senior commissioning editor at the South China Morning Post and restaurant critic for the Wall Street Journal Asia, Victoria writes about food and travel for the BBC, Travel + Leisure, Harper’s Bazaar, Tatler and more. She also runs boutique travel company Burrows&Bird, offering trips to Iran and India.
Victoria Burrows
A former senior commissioning editor at the South China Morning Post and restaurant critic for the Wall Street Journal Asia, Victoria writes about food and travel for the BBC, Travel + Leisure, Harper’s Bazaar, Tatler and more. She also runs boutique travel company Burrows&Bird, offering trips to Iran and India.

Latest from Victoria Burrows

Gins with a twist: why distillers are giving juniper berries a makeover

Craft producers are mixing things up to meet demand for unusual drink offerings with special taste and character

22 Jul 2019 - 10:33AM

Craft producers are mixing things up to meet demand for unusual drink offerings with special taste and character

Gins with a twist: why distillers are giving juniper berries a makeover
Sir Simon Rattle: ‘more people in mainland China are learning the piano than the population of Germany’

Pianists Colleen Lee and Aristo Sham, from Hong Kong, and American-Polish artist Emanuel Ax will perform concertos by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Brahms in September

23 Jul 2019 - 12:23PM

Pianists Colleen Lee and Aristo Sham, from Hong Kong, and American-Polish artist Emanuel Ax will perform concertos by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Brahms in September

Sir Simon Rattle: ‘more people in mainland China are learning the piano than the population of Germany’
Would you pay US$432,500 for this blurry painting created by an AI algorithm?

The portrait, ‘Edmond de Belamy’ – produced by three students – captured public imagination at auction last year, but some artists argue ‘it’s not art’.

22 Jul 2019 - 12:35PM

The portrait, ‘Edmond de Belamy’ – produced by three students – captured public imagination at auction last year, but some artists argue ‘it’s not art’.

Would you pay US$432,500 for this blurry painting created by an AI algorithm?
Was Mozart’s sister the real genius in the family? Siblings of famous – and infamous – artists revealed

Author Anne Brontë, composer Fanny Mendelssohn and actor Edwin Thomas Booth were all unsung talents, like Maria Anna Mozart, whose life features in Hong Kong play

5 Jul 2019 - 1:02AM

Author Anne Brontë, composer Fanny Mendelssohn and actor Edwin Thomas Booth were all unsung talents, like Maria Anna Mozart, whose life features in Hong Kong play

Was Mozart’s sister the real genius in the family? Siblings of famous – and infamous – artists revealed
Best climate change fiction books, from The Overstory to Flight Behaviour – but why aren’t there more?

Books like The Overstory and Flight Behaviour are fantastic examples of ‘cli-fi’ where climate change is already having drastic effects on people’s lives, but the number pales into insignificance given the massive scale of the problem.

1 Jul 2019 - 6:43PM

Books like The Overstory and Flight Behaviour are fantastic examples of ‘cli-fi’ where climate change is already having drastic effects on people’s lives, but the number pales into insignificance given the massive scale of the problem.

Best climate change fiction books, from The Overstory to Flight Behaviour – but why aren’t there more?
In Gun Island, Indian author Amitav Ghosh explores human response to climate damage

The New York-based Indian writer’s ninth novel lays bare mankind’s failure to process the new realities of a changed environment

27 Jun 2019 - 7:07PM

The New York-based Indian writer’s ninth novel lays bare mankind’s failure to process the new realities of a changed environment

In Gun Island, Indian author Amitav Ghosh explores human response to climate damage
How record prices for a rare Scotch whisky sparked a ‘liquid gold’ rush

Port Ellen’s planned state-of-the art Scottish plant, a farmer-turned-whisky-maker in Tasmania and new Northern Irish distillery are all keen to cater to soaring demand

13 Jun 2019 - 5:15PM

Port Ellen’s planned state-of-the art Scottish plant, a farmer-turned-whisky-maker in Tasmania and new Northern Irish distillery are all keen to cater to soaring demand

How record prices for a rare Scotch whisky sparked a ‘liquid gold’ rush
Unsettling dance, The Great Tamer, to take Hong Kong audiences on mythical journey into heart of darkness

Greek director and choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou draws on Greek classics and his visual arts background to examine life and death and search for the sacred

5 Jun 2019 - 12:31PM

Greek director and choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou draws on Greek classics and his visual arts background to examine life and death and search for the sacred

Unsettling dance, The Great Tamer, to take Hong Kong audiences on mythical journey into heart of darkness
Shiraz, Syrah – did the famous red wine grape originate in ancient Persia or medieval France?

The famous red wine was most likely bred in French region associated with Knight who brought Persian vine home from the crusades

24 Apr 2019 - 4:14PM

The famous red wine was most likely bred in French region associated with Knight who brought Persian vine home from the crusades

Shiraz, Syrah – did the famous red wine grape originate in ancient Persia or medieval France?
Shochu or soju? How do they differ, and which ‘burned alcohol’ is older?

While most soju allows the addition of flavouring, sweeteners and MSG, the rules for shochu are much stricter

17 Apr 2019 - 2:05PM

While most soju allows the addition of flavouring, sweeteners and MSG, the rules for shochu are much stricter

Shochu or soju? How do they differ, and which ‘burned alcohol’ is older?
Rare bottle of 47-year-old Mortlach whisky could be yours – for US$13,000

Scottish distillery, owned by Diageo, creates only 94 bottles of the Scotch, which public can buy only after entering online draw

11 Apr 2019 - 1:01PM

Scottish distillery, owned by Diageo, creates only 94 bottles of the Scotch, which public can buy only after entering online draw

Rare bottle of 47-year-old Mortlach whisky could be yours – for US$13,000
Where is the first ‘fish butchery’ – offering sausages, ‘bacon’ and masterclasses?

Huge demand for his fish led chef Josh Linand to open shop next to his restaurant, Saint Peter

27 Mar 2019 - 3:52AM

Huge demand for his fish led chef Josh Linand to open shop next to his restaurant, Saint Peter

Where is the first ‘fish butchery’ – offering sausages, ‘bacon’ and masterclasses?
Blocktails are the new cocktails: how blockchain tech is pushing new frontiers in the F&B world

Drinks suppliers are turning to cryptocurrency and the technology behind it – blockchain – to trace every step in the creation of their products

15 Mar 2019 - 3:24PM

Drinks suppliers are turning to cryptocurrency and the technology behind it – blockchain – to trace every step in the creation of their products

Blocktails are the new cocktails: how blockchain tech is pushing new frontiers in the F&B world
Blocktails are the new cocktails: how blockchain tech is pushing new frontiers in the F&B world

Drinks suppliers are turning to cryptocurrency and the technology behind it – blockchain – to trace every step in the creation of their products

11 Mar 2019 - 10:54AM

Drinks suppliers are turning to cryptocurrency and the technology behind it – blockchain – to trace every step in the creation of their products

Blocktails are the new cocktails: how blockchain tech is pushing new frontiers in the F&B world
World Restaurant Awards: Who will win ‘tattoo-free chef of the year’?

Two Hong Kong restaurants are up for new honours in Paris tonight – Godenya in ‘forward drinking’ category, and Yat Lok in the ‘house special’ section

18 Feb 2019 - 3:05PM

Two Hong Kong restaurants are up for new honours in Paris tonight – Godenya in ‘forward drinking’ category, and Yat Lok in the ‘house special’ section

World Restaurant Awards: Who will win ‘tattoo-free chef of the year’?
Is Aladdin really Chinese? How Hollywood invented the tale’s Middle Eastern identity

The original story was set in China and added to the first European version of the Arabian Nights folk story collection in the 19th century. When Hollywood put the story on the silver screen from the 1920s onwards, it shifted to the Middle East.

19 Jan 2019 - 6:15AM

The original story was set in China and added to the first European version of the Arabian Nights folk story collection in the 19th century. When Hollywood put the story on the silver screen from the 1920s onwards, it shifted to the Middle East.

Is Aladdin really Chinese? How Hollywood invented the tale’s Middle Eastern identity
‘A Christmas Carol’ author Charles Dickens’ descendant on the origins of Christmas traditions

The author’s seasonal short stories and books ushered in many of the traditions associated with the festival

21 Dec 2018 - 4:01PM

The author’s seasonal short stories and books ushered in many of the traditions associated with the festival

‘A Christmas Carol’ author Charles Dickens’ descendant on the origins of Christmas traditions
How to have yourself a merry vegan Christmas feast

You can embrace an animal-friendly alternative with dishes such as mushroom risotto and roasted vegetable salad, plus vegan wines and festive decorations

16 Dec 2018 - 4:01PM

You can embrace an animal-friendly alternative with dishes such as mushroom risotto and roasted vegetable salad, plus vegan wines and festive decorations

How to have yourself a merry vegan Christmas feast
This is not a sci-fi movie – the person walking next to you could be a cyborg

Professor Kevin Warwick from the UK had a Braingate electrode array directly implanted into his nervous system

16 Dec 2018 - 8:15AM

Professor Kevin Warwick from the UK had a Braingate electrode array directly implanted into his nervous system

This is not a sci-fi movie – the person walking next to you could be a cyborg
Who runs this world: what will cyborgs do with their new advanced capabilities?

The new technology brings up ethical issues about rights and data

7 Dec 2018 - 10:03AM

The new technology brings up ethical issues about rights and data

Who runs this world: what will cyborgs do with their new advanced capabilities?
There’s a ‘baijiu’ for every wine lover’s taste - which one suits yours?
That's the spirit: international markets acquire a taste for Chinese 'baijiu' wine

Producers are hoping that ‘baijiu’, China’s most popular wine, can be a hit in other countries

29 Nov 2018 - 5:59PM

Producers are hoping that ‘baijiu’, China’s most popular wine, can be a hit in other countries

That's the spirit: international markets acquire a taste for Chinese 'baijiu' wine
Premium baijiu is a great investment – but beware of fake Chinese spirits

Aged ‘baijiu’ is a good investment, but counterfeit bottles are on the rise.

23 Nov 2018 - 4:05PM

Aged ‘baijiu’ is a good investment, but counterfeit bottles are on the rise.

Premium baijiu is a great investment – but beware of fake Chinese spirits
Wagner’s sexually explicit opera and ‘Touching the Void’ mountain survival play among 2019 Hong Kong Arts Festival highlights

47th edition of annual performing arts showcase again brings major acts to town

30 Nov 2018 - 4:28PM

47th edition of annual performing arts showcase again brings major acts to town

Wagner’s sexually explicit opera and ‘Touching the Void’ mountain survival play among 2019 Hong Kong Arts Festival highlights
Trailblazing Korean pianist returns to share his admiration of Beethoven with Hong Kong

Seong-Jin Cho talks about the pressure of competing and life as a young professional musician

21 Nov 2018 - 4:33PM

Seong-Jin Cho talks about the pressure of competing and life as a young professional musician

Trailblazing Korean pianist returns to share his admiration of Beethoven with Hong Kong
Reimagined Red Riding Hood turns toy-car racer as Hong Kong puts family shows on starting grid

‘Red Racing Hood’, performed by Australia’s Terrapin Puppet Theatre, forms part of city’s four-month-long ‘Cheers!’ Series of children’s entertainments

31 Oct 2018 - 12:19AM

‘Red Racing Hood’, performed by Australia’s Terrapin Puppet Theatre, forms part of city’s four-month-long ‘Cheers!’ Series of children’s entertainments

Reimagined Red Riding Hood turns toy-car racer as Hong Kong puts family shows on starting grid
Conductor Sir Antonio Pappano’s classical music journey brings him to Hong Kong – at last

English-Italian will lead Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Roma in November concerts with pianists Daniil Trifonov and Seong-Jin Cho

22 Oct 2018 - 7:06PM

English-Italian will lead Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Roma in November concerts with pianists Daniil Trifonov and Seong-Jin Cho

Conductor Sir Antonio Pappano’s classical music journey brings him to Hong Kong – at last
Jazz greats Ron Carter and Pablo Ziegler and their trios set for Hong Kong concerts

One-night-only performances by the Pablo Ziegler Latin Jazz Trio and Ron Carter Trio in October and December form part of city’s ‘Jazz Up’ events

8 Oct 2018 - 2:19PM

One-night-only performances by the Pablo Ziegler Latin Jazz Trio and Ron Carter Trio in October and December form part of city’s ‘Jazz Up’ events

Jazz greats Ron Carter and Pablo Ziegler and their trios set for Hong Kong concerts
Pianist Evgeny Kissin and Hungarian, Italian ensembles to play Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Mozart classics in Hong Kong

Concerts by former child prodigy, Kodaly Quartet and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in October and November part of city's Encore Series

27 Sep 2018 - 5:47PM

Concerts by former child prodigy, Kodaly Quartet and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in October and November part of city's Encore Series

Pianist Evgeny Kissin and Hungarian, Italian ensembles to play Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Mozart classics in Hong Kong
How sherry-casking sweetens your whisky experience

Ageing whisky in barrels that were used to store sherry gives the alcohol a sweet, fruity flavour

27 Sep 2018 - 5:51PM

Ageing whisky in barrels that were used to store sherry gives the alcohol a sweet, fruity flavour

How sherry-casking sweetens your whisky experience