• 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
  • Celebrating the Solstice Italian Style in the Masserie of Puglia: A couple of weeks ago I went to a presentation on the South Bank.  Puglia has been on my bucket list for some time.  This year, thanks to a soon to be released film, there’s some evidence that all of us are going to be… [Continue Reading]

    Masserie Sotto Le Stelle – The Summer Solstice in Puglia
  • Rubbing Shoulders with the Stars at St James’s Club Antigua: It has been a while since I’ve flown long haul – older and perhaps a little grumpier the idea of flights between eight and ten hours out to Antigua and back home filled me with dread.  A necessary means to an end, I was grateful… [Continue Reading]

    Definitely not a Last Resort – St James’s Club Antigua
  • Hurricanes and Heritage – British Colonialism in Antigua: One of the best ways to escape the monotony of a long haul flight is to find a good film to watch. Flicking restlessly through the available movies on the Virgin Atlantic flight to Antigua I found ’Twelve Years a Slave’. On my bucket list since release,… [Continue Reading]

    Antigua – British Heritage in the Caribbean
  • Barcelona – There’s Much More: What springs to mind for you when someone mentions Barcelona? Food from the Boqueria, the wonderful Gaudi architecture that is everywhere in the city, the beach, the galleries and museums, the tapas bars… Or donkey riding? Sometimes I DO think I’m turning into Bridget Jones. First a boot camp in… [Continue Reading]

    Costa Barcelona – Food, Nature and Activities by the Sea


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Comensal, Abbeville Road, Review

How a Mexican restaurant made me regret moving: The first flat I owned was in Abbeville Road.  It wasn't where I'd planned on being (I much … [Read More...]

Uni - Yellowfin Tiraditos

Uni Belgravia – #Nikkei near Victoria

Delicious Japanese Nikkei Dishes at Uni, Belgravia: Having raved about the food at Chotto Matte, it would have been churlish to turn down an … [Read More...]

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Drama and Delights – Afternoon Tea – Ampersand Hotel

Ampersand Hotel - Science Afternoon Tea I suspect I am nothing more than a big kid at heart.  Revisiting the Ampersand Hotel for afternoon tea … [Read More...]

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The Brasserie – Guoman Tower Hotel Review

Blogger Reunion at the Guoman Tower Hotel: The last time I reviewed the Brasserie at the Tower Hotel was the opening of the Shard.  With spectacular … [Read More...]

Recipes (including 5:2 Diet)


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...]

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Healthy Burgers? 5:2 Diet and Healthy Portobello Mushroom Burger

Healthy Portobello Mushroom Burger: OK, I fibbed just a bit.  You probably CAN'T quite have your burger like this on a 5:2 diet fast day.  The … [Read More...]

Movenpick Sundae challenge

Coffee, Walnut and Banana Ice-Cream Sundae

The Mövenpick Challenge - Coffee Walnut Ice-Cream Sundae with Banana: I seldom make desserts.  When I do they tend to be the kind of dish that can be … [Read More...]

Cod with Brown Shrimp 5-2 Diet Recipe

Two Steps Forward, One Back – 5:2 Diet Again – Cod with Shrimps

Back on the 5:2 Diet - Summer Cod with Shrimps and a Vegetable Medley: Having hit my target weight at the end of 2013 with the 5:2 diet, I've … [Read More...]

Raspberry Eton Mess

Raspberry Eton Mess – Simple Summer Dessert

A Five Minute Dessert - Raspberry Eton Mess: Proper cooks would make their own meringues, but I seldom make dessert and when I do I generally … [Read More...]

Events in London


My Night with Reg – Preview

My Night with Reg - Donmar Warehouse: Previewing from the end of July, My Night with Reg will  inevitably be seen as a poignant testament to its … [Read More...]

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The Pudding Bar Pop-Up

The Pudding Bar Guest Feature by Alex McMeekin: Soho’s latest summer pop-up is a bar with a difference, and the accent on sugar that has not given … [Read More...]

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Scandi Kitchen

Scandi Kitchen's crayfish party. Guest Feature by Sarah James:   Whoever knew that crayfish deserved a party? Not me, for sure! We were … [Read More...]

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Getting EEbria-ated at Brew by Numbers

EeBria and Brew By Numbers Guest feature by Sarah James: Anyone who knows me well, would say that I’m more of a champagne gal than a beer drinker, … [Read More...]

Featured Posts

Champagne Quarter Bottles

Nicholas Feuillatte Bubbly Hours

Lovely Bubbly! Guest post by Sarah James: I love champagne, so it was a wonderful treat to be invited to Nicolas Feuillatte Bubbly Hours to … [Read More...]


Lets Make it the Best Summer Ever

My Best Summer Ever: I've been challenged by Malibu to share with you the top five things that would make this my best summer ever.  I can remember … [Read More...]

Cheese and Crackers

Harrods Hamper Collection – Review

There is Only One Harrods: Being asked to review a hamper from Harrods seemed like a dream request.  I've never been sent a Harrods hamper before … [Read More...]

Antigua #SailingWeek About Winning

I want to be a millionaire!

My Million Pound Travel Bucket List: I love travel.  But, more than just loving travel I love LUXURY travel.  I can remember travelling to Europe … [Read More...]

Happy Birthday Tower Bridge London

Tower Bridge Celebrates 120 Years

Happy Birthday Tower Bridge:  What Makes an Icon Is there any landmark that says London more than Tower Bridge? There are a couple out there but it’s … [Read More...]


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Chasseur Cast Iron Pot Review and #Giveaway

Cast Iron Chasseur Cookware from Viking Direct: In previous lives I've used Viking Direct quite extensively to order a whole range of office staples.  And, while I knew they had a limited range of kitchen equipment, I didn't expect to find what I regard as *proper* cookware there.  So when I was … [Read More...]


Castello Outdoor Cinema and Hamper #Givaway #CastelloMovieMoments

My OTHER Guilty Secret and a Giveaway from Castello: Of course my first guilty secret is a love of chocolate.  I'm not too bad until the packet is opened...and then, somehow the chocolate pixie seems to raid my cupboard and eat the lot really quickly.  In much the same way, I have an obsession with … [Read More...]

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#Giveaway Go Travel Card Guard and £50 Oyster Card #Win

New Contactless Payment for Transport for London - Don't get charged twice! While personally I welcome anything that helps me travel more easily, the introduction of contactless payment for TFL journeys via your credit card raises a whole new set of challenges.  If, like me, you are used to keeping … [Read More...]

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