• Cannizaro House – No Wombles but Plenty of Rabbits in Wimbledon: I’ve developed something of a taste for a London staycation.  For a start, there’s no worry about flights, passports or lost luggage.  Secondly, when you arrive you know your phone will work and you won’t get hit with an unexpected bill.  And finally there… [Continue Reading]

    Staycationing in Wimbledon – Cannizaro House
  • We Capture the Castle – Castillo del Buen Amor: When I agreed to be Catherine’s Godmother, I *think* perhaps I was a little confused about the role.  ‘Godmother’ after all must be close to ‘Fairy Godmother’, bringing with it an indisputable responsibility to make wishes come true and bring sparkle and fairy-dust into lives.  Well,… [Continue Reading]

    Playing at Princesses – Castillo del Buen Amor Villanueva, Spain
  • Walking the Walls – Avila Spain: Last year’s travels with my God Daughter took us to Barcelona.  This year a chance request to share ideas for my #BestSummerEver from Malibu resulted in a trip to play at being Princesses. Where better than along the borders of Spain and Portugal, where both countries are scattered liberally… [Continue Reading]

    Playing at Princesses – Avila, Spain #BestSummerEver
  • The Olive Oil of Puglia: An Italian chef once remarked to me that food in Italy is effectively tribal.  From village to village, you’ll find claims that ‘the best’ or ‘the authentic’ pasta, ragu, cold meats, olive oil and even honey is found ONLY in that particular place.  So, a trip to Puglia visiting a… [Continue Reading]

    There’s More Olive Oil in Puglia
  • The Cava Connection – Barcelona Es Molt Mes: I ­­­­have a particular love of sparkling wines.  And, while champagne will probably always be top of my wish-list, I’m really partial to a chilled glass of Cava – Spain’s own method champagnoise wine. About 95% of all cava is produced in Penedès area of Catalonia to the… [Continue Reading]

    Cavalicious Tastings – #barcelonaesmoltmes


Drunch - Healthy Teas and Smoothies

Drunch – The Option of Healthy Lunch

Drunch - Where Healthy Drinks Mitigate the Steak and Chips: Just around the corner from Bond Street, Drunch is the sort of place you should know … [Read More...]

Champagne and Fromage Snail Tartine

Champagne and Fromage – Brixton Village

Taking Champagne to Brixton. Perhaps the most happening food-centric market in London at the moment is at Brixton.  Londoners love edgy, … [Read More...]

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Clockjack Oven – Updated Rotisserie Chicken in Soho

An Easy and Almost Healthy Chicken Lunch at Clockjack Oven, Soho, London: On reflection, it is obvious that the 'Rotisserie' is one of the oldest … [Read More...]

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Silk & Grain – The City Aged Cocktails

Silk & Grain  - Cocktails with a Difference: Finding a way to differentiate bars and restaurants in London is increasingly difficult.  New … [Read More...]

Recipes (including 5:2 Diet)

Balblair Chocolate Mousse

Basic Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse - Ultimate Decadence and Unbelievable Simplicity: Easy recipes - those with one or two ingredients - are ultra hip at the moment. … [Read More...]

Froothie Soup

Celeriac and Cucumber Soup – Testing the Froothie

Celeriac and Cucumber - Raw Soup for Health: I tend to avoid smoothies.  It's partly that I like my fruit with 'bite' and partly that I have a few … [Read More...]

Brazilian Meatballs

Tilda Brazilian Supper Club and a Druv Baker Special

Simple Meat Balls and a Brazilian Feast: Leaving writing up about the wonderful feast at the Tilda Brazilian Supperclub hosted by Luiz Hara with Druv … [Read More...]

Tuna in a mirin, soy and yuzu glaze

Healthy Asian Glazed Grilled Tuna for the 5:2 Diet:

Glazed Tuna Steak - Healthy 5:2 Diet Recipe: A few weeks ago I was sent a little bottle of  Yutaka Yuzu to try.  For those who don't know, Yuzu is a … [Read More...]


Summer Dessert Brandied Banana Ice-Cream Baskets

Brandied Banana Ice-Cream Baskets: For me summer is the time of year when, instead of cooking too much, I concentrate on dishes that are simple, use … [Read More...]

Events in London

King Charles III

King Charles III Transfers to the West End

King Charles III: A future history play by Mike Bartlett Directed by Rupert Goold The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the Prince … [Read More...]

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society's flavour hunters

The Glorious 12 Whisky and Game Bar

WHISKY & GAME POP-UP BAR TO OPEN IN LONDON FOR FLAVOUR HUNTERS: While the Glorious 12 might normally refer to a date already past this year - … [Read More...]

chisou Wagyu Burger

Wagyu and Sake at Chisou, Knightsbridge

The Japanese Cowboy in Knightsbridge - Chisou Sake Club: July's Sake Club at Chisou was the second event I've been to there but the first which … [Read More...]

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OnBlackheath – New Food and Music Festival #Giveaway

OnBlackheath Festival 13th and 14th September 2014: So, sometimes it feels as if there's a new festival or food event starting every weekend through … [Read More...]

Featured Posts


How to Make the Most of London – West End Theatre Tickets from LSBO

West End Theatre Made Simple: Are you a theatre fan?  I know I am, though one of the reasons I have a contributor to write most of my theatre reviews … [Read More...]

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Simply Cook Review

Simply Cook – it does what it says on the tin. Guest post by Sarah James:   I love cooking, experimenting and trying new dishes, … [Read More...]

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Balblair Food and Whisky Matching

Timed to Perfection - Food and Whisky Matching for Balblair: Some time ago I joined an event half way through and met some of the people from … [Read More...]

Lake District Dairy Quark

Lake District Dairy Quark at the Underground Cookery School

A Quark Evening with The Lake District Dairy Co. Guest Feature by Natalie York: Heading along to the rather swish Underground Cookery School I admit … [Read More...]

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About London – Seven Dials

Seven Dials - London: If you live and work in London it is all too easy to forget what a diverse and fascinating City it is.  Taking an afternoon out … [Read More...]


Manchester United Football Year Book

#Giveaway and Review – Personalised Football Book

Personalised Sports Books from the Historic Newspaper Company: What do you give the man who has everything for his birthday? I must admit I struggle sometimes - my youngest brother has quirky tastes and it's not always easy to think of something.   One thing I know he will always love is any kind … [Read More...]

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The Hundred Foot Journey Giveaway

The Hundred Foot Journey - Preview and Giveaway: I'm looking forward to the release of The Hundred Foot Journey on 5th September.  For me it sounds like a compelling film, with a storyline that resonates.  And, with stars like Dame Helen Mirren this dream project of Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg … [Read More...]

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OnBlackheath – New Food and Music Festival #Giveaway

OnBlackheath Festival 13th and 14th September 2014: So, sometimes it feels as if there's a new festival or food event starting every weekend through the summer.  It takes quite a lot to make me sit up and take a second look, but OnBlackheath has done just that. There's a stellar line up of … [Read More...]

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