• 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
  •  Antiprima Sagrantino 2011 Vintage in Montefalco, Umbria: While I understand reasonably well what the launch of a new Vintage entails, I was a little mystified by an invitation to the Anteprima Sagrantino 2011.  This preview of the vintage before it is truly ready for drinking was curious on two counts.  Firstly, I’d never heard of… [Continue Reading]

    Montefalco – Sagrantino Wine and More in Umbria
  • Of Crocodiles and more on Cinnamon Island: Scarcely a metre long, the silvery green baby crocodile looks for all the world as if it could be a child’s toy made of rubber. Fierce beady eyes and a mouth full of razor sharp white teeth are just a warning for the future. For now, a miniature… [Continue Reading]

    Cinnamon Island Sri Lanka
  • Lunugana, Geoffrey Bawa and Channa Daswatte: For the first time my driver is confused.  We’ve navigated Sri Lanka, travelling from Colombo to the North Central district, back down to the South East coast and, despite some precarious climbs and circuitous routes to enable me to see tea plantations and spice gardens along the way, we haven’t… [Continue Reading]

    Tropical Modernism – Geoffrey Bawa in Sri Lanka



Fine Dining on the Thames

R.S. Hispaniola Spring Menu I love discovering London’s hidden treasures and recently I discovered one on the Thames itself.  R.S Hispaniola is City … [Read More...]

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West Thirty Six – Relaxing in North Kensington

From the Makers of Beach Blanket Babylon - West Thirty Six: Having recently moved south of the river, I wasn't feeling particularly inspired by the … [Read More...]

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Vive les Hamburges! – The Big Fernand Review

The Big Fernand comes to London: The French Government is very sensitive to the Anglicisation of its language; despite its efforts to find French … [Read More...]

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Mexican Food with Mexican Prices – Only on Monday

Wetherspoon pubs across the UK are now hosting Mexican Monday – offering a choice of Mexican food every Monday. So my Daughter was very happy when I … [Read More...]

Recipes (including 5:2 Diet)

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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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Cooking with Quorn – Meat Free Tarragon Chicken

One Pot Tarragon 'Meat-Free' Chicken: Quorn is a healthy substitute for meat.  In addition to preprepared replacements for a whole range of dishes … [Read More...]

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Soup Story – Low Calorie Creamy Leek Soup for #Jumpstart15

Low Calorie Creamy Leek Soup - experimenting with Raw Food: I should be doing the 5:2 Diet. I know I should be - I've put on a bit of weight and I've … [Read More...]

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Overdone it at Christmas and New Year?

Healthy Soups for the New Year: It’s the 1st of January; I had a lovely Christmas with family and friends and brought in the New Year with some style … [Read More...]

Events in London

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Pasta with Soul

Vapiano Music Nights Last night we had the pleasure of dining at Vapiano in the heart of Soho. Wardour Street and the surrounding streets are packed … [Read More...]

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Moët Academy: The Champagne Experience

Experience the pleasure of Champagne country in the heart of London I have a confession to make. I am a complete and unabashed Francophile, and this … [Read More...]

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Gaucho – Preview – Seven Days of Malbec

Seven Days of Malbec and Malbec World Day 2015: Wine tasting in the afternoon, at least when it isn't as part of a wine tour, seems sublimely … [Read More...]

Moet et Chandon Caves

Moët Academy – a Multisensory Champagne-Fest

Moët & Chandon on the Southbank - Learning more about Champagne: If you've ever wondered what makes Champagne such a special drink, here's a … [Read More...]

Featured Posts

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Aldi Drink and Chocolate Matches

Drink & Moser Roth Chocolate Pairings from Aldi: Those lovely people at Aldi asked me to sample some of their wines and spirits which … [Read More...]


#Win Vans from #FootAsylum #MyCityMyVans

My City My Vans - Footasylum Vans competition: My City is London.  I've spent most of my adult life here and in a sense I feel like I am 'Old Skool' … [Read More...]

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No Fuss Entertaining at Home – La Belle Assiette

Passing over my Kitchen to a Personal Chef from La Belle Assiette: A few weeks back I was invited to a preview event for La Belle Assiette.  There … [Read More...]

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The perfect toast from Breville and Warburtons #ToastToTheTop

Toasting my way to the top: I have almost settled into my new house – only four boxes left to unpack now. I am still at that weird phase of working … [Read More...]

Wine and Chocolate the perfect combination

Easter Wine and Chocolate Matching with Asda

Master of Wine Philippa Carr guides us through an evening of pairing wine with Easter treats: Easter is almost here I’m looking forward to roast … [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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#Win Wine – Vote for your Favourite Steak!

Where's the best steak in town?   Those of you who read London-Unattached regularly will know I have a bit of a weakness for a good steak.  I've already voted for my favourite steak house.  Now it's your chance, and all you have to do is vote, follow  @graffignauk and tweet out the … [Read More...]

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