Afternoon Tea, No. 11 Cadogan Gardens

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No. 11 Cadogan Gardens – Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room: A couple of years ago I visited No. 11 Cadogan Gardens to review Tartufo, one of London’s hidden gems, where you could enjoy a three course lunch with half a bottle of remarkably GOOD wine for under £30. The price has now risen to […]

Swing Out and Scoff Up at New Street Grill

New St Grill dressed crab

Swing Dance Class and Dinner at New Street Grill: It was with trepidation that I arrived, horribly early, at Old Bengal Bar. There was little sign that anything was going to happen, I perched nervously on a bar stool, checking my phone for the arrival of my dance partner.  He was running late. Then, a […]

Champagne and Fromage in Greenwich

Champagne and Fromage Sharing Platter

Whistlestop Lunch in Greenwich at Champagne & Fromage: I had great intentions to spend some time in Greenwich.  It’s somewhere I haven’t been for many, many years and somewhere that is often overlooked by visitors to London.  On the map it looks just a little far away from the centre of town.  Once upon a […]

Win Tickets for the #OpihrHoliFest on 12th September


ONE LUCKY WINNER WINS A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE OPIHR SPONSORED HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLOURS AT QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK ON 12TH SEPTEMBER Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin has become the Official Gin Sponsor of the International Holi Festival of Colours. The Holi Festival is an Ancient Hindu religious Festival, signifying the victory of good over […]

Tapas Revolution – Shoreditch

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Spanish in Shoreditch – Tapas Revolution: I first met Omar Allibhoy at an Olives from Spain event.  He was up on stage cooking – with a faulty induction hob and a very short period of time to demonstrate Spanish Cuisine.  Cheerful in the face of adversity, he produced delicious dishes which were scoffed in an […]

Turkey Pirate Ships for the #TurkeyTractorChallenge

Turkey Pirate Ships

Turkey THREE ways – turning a Turkey Meatball into a Pirate Ship. Mea Culpa – I was in far too much of a hurry when I went shopping to create my Mozzarella Turkey Meatballs.  The result was that, although I bought red tractor turkey and onions and used Hillfarm rapeseed oil, I managed to skip the […]

Oxo Good Grips 24cm Frying Pan Review and #Giveaway:

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Finding the Perfect Pan – Oxo Good Grips Frying Pan: Whilst we all spend a lot of time searching for new gadgets and toys to use in the kitchen, sometimes it is worth remembering that getting the RIGHT basic products matters a whole lot more.  I use a frying pan almost every time I cook. […]

Kingston Upon Thames and Hampton Court

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Not Quite a Staycation – (Just) out of Town in Kingston Upon Thames: A few miles outside central London, the idea of an overnight stay in Kingston Upon Thames seems a little strange at first.  It’s somewhere I visit anyway, mostly because there’s a good shopping centre with plenty of parking.  And, of course I […]

Suvlaki, Soho – Street Food from Greece

Suvlaki Wraps - soho london

It’s All Greek at Suvlaki, Soho: I was trying to remember why I hadn’t invited my part Greek friend, The-Hedonist, to join me at Suvlaki.  He cheerily pointed out that since most of the dishes are meat based, it perhaps wouldn’t have been the best place in the world for him to try.  Though there […]