• 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
  • 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


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)

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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

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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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Art15 – London’s Global Art Fair

Art15 at Olympia: “there is particular pleasure in pushing at open doors and in my experience ace chefs and restaurateurs are always keen to be … [Read More...]

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Featured Posts

Glamping in Devon

20% off Glamping in Devon

Special offer for London Unattached Readers for May 2015 - 20% off all bookings Doesn't this look wonderful?  Set in a beautiful location, the … [Read More...]

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Cruising on the Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Cruising to Nowhere in Particular on the Anthem of the Seas: “The cruising life isn't for all of us. It isn't even for most of us, but it is for … [Read More...]

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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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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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