5:2 Diet

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5:2 Diet – Three Tips to make a Fast Day Easy! 2013 seems to be the year of the 5:2 Diet – have you tried it yet then? Of course it’s partly the time of year – many of us will be starting 2013 with a resolution to lose weight – and trying something like the 5:2 […]

Christmas Gifts for Food Lovers that Last

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Not for Christmas Chocolates (and a Giveaway)! My third suggestion for a Christmas gift that will last may seem a little counter-intuitive.  If you, like me, tend to have far too much chocolate at Christmas time, then a gift of yet more chocolate is just not what you want.  But this is chocolate with a […]

Sauvignon Blanc from Oddbins Wine Bloggers and Olives from Spain

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Stone Rock Sauvignon from Bordeaux – Olives from Spain! It sounds like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc…and the bottle design looks like a New World wine (to me, at least).  But, it’s not – it comes from Bordeaux and it is one of Miss Bouquet‘s recommendations in the last Oddbins Blogger Case.  If you remember […]

The Compleat Angler – Marlow, Buckinghamshire

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The Compleat Angler – And A Story: Set in the Deep South, the Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is hardly a play you’d expect a thoroughly British belle to associate with.  But, for me  Amanda was a macabre caricature of my own mother, a beautiful and slightly eccentric woman, who moved to London in the […]

Bounce – Ping Pong in the City

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The Hottest Tables in Town at Bounce: It’s relatively unusual to find me at any kind of table other than one you sit at to eat.  And, I’ve never really been interested in playing competitive sport.  So, what on earth was I doing lurking around in a basement playing ping-pong?  Read on and all will […]

Parioli Lunch at La Famiglia

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La Famiglia and Parioli: A rather chic and immensely popular Italian restaurant in Chelsea, La Famiglia has been around for as long as I can remember.  And, I’ve been there before too.  I remember vividly a New York lawyer friend taking me there on the recommendation of his Hotel concierge.  My memory is of a […]

Nathan Outlaw Seafood Grill, Rock

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The Seafood Grill at St Enodoc’s Hotel, Rock: I have watched Nathan Outlaw demonstrating how to cook fish at Boscastle Festival for 3 years now.  I have the book (still to be reviewed, but highly recommended!).  I have even had a cookery lesson from him, courtesy of Davidstow Cheddar.  But, until now, I have never […]

Ancient Steps in Siracusa, Sicily

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Food and Antiquities in Siracusa: Our visit to Siracusa somehow didn’t seem to last long enough.  Although we started early and arrived in Ortygia, the old town,  by around 10am there seemed to be too much to see and not enough time to cover everything. We started our trip by visiting what Livia, our guide, […]

Champagne Afternoon Tea at Ampersand

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Bubbles and Cream in South Kensington at Ampersand: I’ve been out and about checking out some of London’s offers.  Lime and Tonic are an exclusive member’s club that finds you things you might not find for yourself and gets you great deals.  So, when they suggested that I went along and trialled one of their […]

5:2 Diet Update and Rose Veal

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Rose Veal and More About My 5:2 Diet Journey;) No I haven’t given up on the 5:2 diet.  In fact I managed to find a sensible day for a fast yesterday, though I had to shape my meals around a lovely piece of Rose Veal that I brought back from Boscastle.  One of the great […]