• A Victorian Gothic Venue for the Romantics – Clevedon Hall: I have to admit that one of my guilty pleasures is watching ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’; although as the series have progressed the grooms have been getting more and more extreme in their choice of theme, venue, and outfits.   Ask almost any of the brides,… [Continue Reading]

    Clevedon Hall Wedding and Private Hire Venue
  • All Inclusive in Nuevo Vallarta: After two wonderful days in San Blas in the coastal heart of the Riviera Nayarit region, it was time to head South, back to Nuevo Vallarta to sample some of the larger family orientated all-inclusive hotels. The purpose of my trip was to attend the Family Travel Summit, organized by… [Continue Reading]

    Mexico – Nuevo Vallarta and Great Hotels
  • A Birthday Celebration and the Birth of a New Cookery School: I share the same birthday as Karen from Lavender & Lovage’s husband Malcolm.  I was thrilled when she suggested I joined in the celebrations for *his* (which was quite a significant one) by visiting them in France.  I’ve been meaning to go for a… [Continue Reading]

    Charente Maritime and French Lifestyle with Lavender & Lovage
  • A Postcard from Mexico for Cinco de Mayo: Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, a victory which changed the course of history for both Mexico and America. It is sometimes… [Continue Reading]

    Mexico – Nuevo Vallarta and San Blas
  • Paris in the Spring – St Germain: I’ve been a Londoner most of my adult life.  A couple of brief excursions to the country and a temporary contract in Brussels for nine months my only attempts to break free.  Yet, there are cities where I believe I could happily live.  Paris is one of those… [Continue Reading]

    Feeling at Home in Paris, St Germain


Kupp Paddington

Kupp – Paddington – Scandi Bar and Dining

A Scandinavian Inspired Dining Experience in Paddington: I must have picked one of the wettest days in May to visit Kupp.  And, with my notorious … [Read More...]

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Mamounia Lounge, Mayfair

Moroccan and Lebanese Dining in Style at Mamounia Lounge: Mamounia Lounge Mayfair is just round the corner from Shepherd Market on Curzon Street … [Read More...]

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Lunch at l’Escargot, Soho – Review

The Club at l'Escargot, Soho and more: It seems that 'Old Soho' is having something of a resurgence at the moment.  Have the foodies of London … [Read More...]

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Recipes (including 5:2 Diet)

Smoked hake scandinavian style

Innovation and Failure – Recreating a ‘Scandinavian’ Dish – Smoked Hake with Raggmunk

Smoked Hake with Raggmunk, Prawns and Cream: Occasionally I get invited to take part in a cookery challenge.  A bit like a simplified version of … [Read More...]

Smoked Sole Goujons with Aioli 2

Delish Fish Hits the Jackpot – Smoked Fish Trio

Smoked plaice goujons with cheat aioli: When my friend and fish supplier, John at DelishFish told me his colleagues at the Amity Fish Company had … [Read More...]

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Blogger cooking challenge – Spicy Roast Lamb

Roast Lamb with Spiced Chickpea: I was challenged to re-create a dish created by Davide de Croci, chef for Millennium's Bailey's Hotel using British … [Read More...]

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Events in London

Little Galicia

Little Galicia at Netil360, Hackney

Little Galicia, a taste of Spain in Hackney: Estrella Galicia is an older brewery based in A Coruna in the north-western part of Galicia, Spain. It’s … [Read More...]

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Pret a Diner at Cafe Royal – A Dining Experience

A Dining Experience not a Pop-Up at Cafe Royal with Pret a Diner: As always with the Pret a Diner team, the concept of  their latest dining … [Read More...]

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Royal Horseguards Hotel – a Picnic with a Difference

Picnic on The Terrace at Royal Horseguards Hotel: When the sun shines in London everything looks better.  People even start to smile a bit.  And, … [Read More...]

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Featured Posts

Kennington Underground

Commuter Club – a London-Unattached Offer

Save Money on your Daily Travel - Commuter Club: I no longer commute into London daily.  But, having been self employed for the last twenty years or … [Read More...]

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Gluten Free BBQ from Meat Porter for #NationalBBQWeek

The First Barbecue of 2015 with Meat Porter: With National BBQ week upon us, and Meat Porter offering us the opportunity to try their new gluten free … [Read More...]

Floral cocktails at the Athenaeum hotel

Looking Back – My Week in London

London Lifestyle - Cooking, Eating, Drinking - and Learning about the Living Wall: "Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to … [Read More...]

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Champagne Truffles

#Giveaway Be a Hero – Vote and #Win #Chocolate

 Vote for Blogl in PitchtoRich - Win Chocolate! *stop press* you can vote for us EVEN if you've already voted for another business...and you won't even have to verify your email! People sometimes think I'm a full time blogger.  Actually, I have a day job too, although I'm self employed and … [Read More...]

Hotel Chocolat Chefs Hamper

#Win a Hotel Chocolat Chef’s Hamper #Giveaway

Your chance to bring chocolate into every course - Hotel Chocolat Chef's Hamper: A few weeks ago I went along to Rabot 1745 to review the chocolate dining experience.  Initial skepticism turned into complete enthusiasm for the food.  I'd anticipated something a bit heavy and perhaps sickly sweet. … [Read More...]

Personalised Wine

Personalised Wine #Giveaway from Giftsonline4U

Win a Bottle with a Message! Do you have friends and family who seem to have everything they could possibly need already?  Do you struggle when birthdays and other special events come around? I'm a big fan of personalised gifts as a way to find a present for the person who has everything. … [Read More...]

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