• 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
  • The vexation of an itinerant Scot – #PerfectPorridge in Ireland: What was I doing getting on a plane to fly to Cork?  Every Scottish lassie (even those who have lived most of their life in London) knows the best porridge comes from Scotland.  The ‘backbone of many a sturdy Scotsman’, I grew up on porridge… [Continue Reading]

    In Search of the #PerfectPorridge – Ireland
  • Traditional English Coaching Inn  – The Halfway Bridge Lodsworth I traveled among unknown men, In lands beyond the sea: Nor England! Did I know till then What love I bore to thee. William Wordsworth Visiting places like Halfway Bridge in Lodsworth in Spring remind me just how beautiful the English countryside is.  Those visitors to… [Continue Reading]

    The Halfway Bridge, West Sussex
  •  Antiprima Sagrantino 2011 Vintage in Montefalco, Umbria: While I understand reasonably well what the launch of a new Vintage entails, I was a little mystified by an invitation to the Anteprima Sagrantino 2011.  This preview of the vintage before it is truly ready for drinking was curious on two counts.  Firstly, I’d never heard of… [Continue Reading]

    Montefalco – Sagrantino Wine and More in Umbria


Vapiano Southbank

Vapiano: Italian soul

Southwark Soul at Vapiano Bankside: Vapiano is a different concept in a dinning. The idea behind Vapiano (which currently has three London branches, … [Read More...]

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Sakura at Sake no Hana, Picadilly, London

Cherry Blossom Lunch - Sakura Celebration at Sake no Hana: An unexpected benefit from blogging is the insight I've gained into other cultures. … [Read More...]

Cafe Pistou

Cafe Pistou: Celebrating the start of spring with Noilly Prat

Exmouth Market in London is one of the best foodie streets I hadn’t heard of, let alone visited or eaten at till recently when I was invited to Cafe … [Read More...]

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Sofitel London St James – Afternoon Tea with a French Touch

Le Tea en Rose - a French style afternoon tea in London: Waterloo Place is home to the five star Sofitel London St James, an unmistakably French … [Read More...]

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...]

Slow cooked lamb - sarah

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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Cooking with Quorn – Meat Free Tarragon Chicken

One Pot Tarragon 'Meat-Free' Chicken: Quorn is a healthy substitute for meat.  In addition to preprepared replacements for a whole range of dishes … [Read More...]

Creamy Leek Soup

Soup Story – Low Calorie Creamy Leek Soup for #Jumpstart15

Low Calorie Creamy Leek Soup - experimenting with Raw Food: I should be doing the 5:2 Diet. I know I should be - I've put on a bit of weight and I've … [Read More...]

Events in London

2015 Race for Life

Learning to Run for #RaceforLife

Couch to 5k - Week Something of my RaceforLife training: As a reluctant runner it is wholly possible that I was easily diverted.  Judge for yourself, … [Read More...]

King Studio Tour

Farm Heroes Saga Studio Tour

What do you do during the daily commute? Well, you could be like the 356m or so other people across the globe who sit on packed trains, buses and … [Read More...]

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Mexican Magic at Selfridges

A Taste of Modern Mexico at Selfridges: 2015 is the 'Year of Mexico' in the UK.   Food is  so much an intrinsic part of the cultural heritage of … [Read More...]

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I’m all shook up! O2 London

Elvis Exhibition at the O2, London: Elvis is one of those popular cultural icons that we think we know; irrespective of whether you loved his … [Read More...]

Featured Posts

Entrance to the temple - chennai

Three Places to Go and More

A Thousand and One Places - Three Must See Places on My Bucket List: Part of an itinerant family as a child, by the time I was eight years old  I'd … [Read More...]

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Heating things up with the new George Foreman Evolve

Falling for George - A Searing Passion: I have to admit, when I was invited along to a George Foreman cookery demonstration at Cactus Studios I said … [Read More...]

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Aldi Drink and Chocolate Matches

Drink & Moser Roth Chocolate Pairings from Aldi: Those lovely people at Aldi asked me to sample some of their wines and spirits which … [Read More...]


#Win Vans from #FootAsylum #MyCityMyVans

My City My Vans - Footasylum Vans competition: My City is London.  I've spent most of my adult life here and in a sense I feel like I am 'Old Skool' … [Read More...]

Halibut with Broccoli Tabboulah

No Fuss Entertaining at Home – La Belle Assiette

Passing over my Kitchen to a Personal Chef from La Belle Assiette: A few weeks back I was invited to a preview event for La Belle Assiette.  There … [Read More...]


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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