• Seasonal Festivities in Krakow: Where are you doing your Christmas shopping this year?  I was invited to visit Krakow, the Capital of the Malopolska region of Poland.  Just 30 minutes from the airport, whilst there are many sights in the region, at this time of year  the focal point of Krakow is the stunning Christmas… [Continue Reading]

    The Christmas Market – In Krakow Poland
  • A Birthday Menu at Hotel du Vin – Henley: How time flies.  I remember the first Hotel du Vin openings (at the time I had a boyfriend whose family lived in Winchester) and it really doesn’t seem like 20 years ago.  But, this successful group of boutique hotels is indeed twenty years old this Autumn… [Continue Reading]

    Happy Anniversary Hotel Du Vin
  • Review of The Peat Spade Inn, Longstock, Hampshire: Travelling around this part of England brings back a lot of memories for me.  My father, a doctor in the Army, spent a few years working in Tidworth, about 30 miles away  from here and at the time we lived in a small Hampshire village called Shipton… [Continue Reading]

    The Peat Spade Inn – Hampshire Village Pub with Rooms
  • Hotel Review – The Old Manor Hotel: I love this part of the West Country.  Patchwork hills dotted with sheep and cows, pretty villages nestling in the valleys, A stunning coastline and wonderful heritage cities like Bath.  And, historic monuments.  My favourite is Avebury, the poor man’s Stonehenge.  It may be smaller but it’s so… [Continue Reading]

    Old Manor Hotel – Near Bath
  • An Introduction to Sri Lanka: Winning the Avis Travel Blogger of the Year award was one of the highlights of last year for me.  Apart from the kudos, an £800 travel voucher to spend with British Airways was a fabulous prize.  Of course I did have to decide where to go – and my initial… [Continue Reading]

    First Sights in Sri Lanka


Crockers Folly

Crocker’s Folly – English Eccentricity in St John’s Wood

Crocker’s Folly Guest Feature by Natalie York: From the outside Crocker’s Folly is just an unobtrusive little pub near Lords Cricket ground. It … [Read More...]

Corinthia - champagne

Corinthia Hotel Festive Afternoon Tea

An Elegant Tea in the Stunning Lobby Lounge - Corinthia Hotel: On the corner of Northumberland Avenue and Whitehall Place, the Corinthia Hotel seems … [Read More...]

Bengal Quay Starters

Bengal Quay Menu Preview

Bengal Quay - A Docklands Delight What can be better on a freezing winter night, than a good spicy curry to warm you up! So I was only too pleased to … [Read More...]


The Paddington Trail and Afternoon Tea at the Athenaeum Hotel

Paddington Afternoon Tea - Athenaeum Hotel London: Have you noticed the small bear statues around London?  The so called Paddington Trail features 50 … [Read More...]

Recipes (including 5:2 Diet)

Smoked Cod II

Stocking a Freezer – and a Fish Recipe – Smoked Cod

Smoked Cod with Dill, Peas and Potatoes: Moving house, with a plethora of things to remember, it was easy enough to overlook the fact that my … [Read More...]

WorldFoods Masaman Roast Poussin

WorldFoods at the School of Wok – Masaman Roast Poussin

Wok Skills with WorldFoods and a Recipe for Masaman Roast Poussin: I'm a huge fan of the School of Wok.  Jeremy Pang's compact cookery school is … [Read More...]

Gressingham duck 3

Gressingham Duck – A Special Dinner

Gressingham Duck Feature by Sarah James: Duck is a hugely underrated meat, and I can’t think why really. If you like beef, and you like chicken as … [Read More...]

Butternut Squash and Sweet potato soup with Coriander

Diet Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

Diet Soup Recipe - Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato: I am not the most patient of cooks.  While I prefer to cook from scratch, I am quite … [Read More...]

Pom Pomegranate cocktails 2

Pomegranate Cocktails

POM Wonderful Collaboration- Pomegranate Cocktails. Guest feature by Sarah James: I was set a challenge to make some cocktails using POM, and … [Read More...]

Events in London

Stelle di Stelle - Truffled Egg

Stelle di Stelle, Harrods – The Ultimate Italian #HarrodsFood #StellediHarrods

Stelle di Stelle at Harrods - Pinchiorri and Feolde: Occasionally there are invitations which, even at the busiest time of year, you have to find … [Read More...]

smoked old fashioned Iberica

Take Action Against Hunger – Make Tapas

Iberica and Action Against Hunger Tapas Challenge: I'm a big fan of Iberica, the Spanish tapas restaurant.  I've been lucky enough to visit Iberica … [Read More...]

Pulled Pork and Brisket Slider

The Tasting Room by Sourced Market

The Tasting Room Sourced Market’s latest pop up is the Tasting Room, a warm and inviting escape from the cold located right next to the Broadgate Ice … [Read More...]

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte 4b

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Christmas Party Feature by Lisa Hooper: In the very trendy surroundings of The Century Club in Leicester Square, the … [Read More...]

Featured Posts

Cheese Making Kit

Last Minute Special Christmas Gifts for Food Lovers

Christmas Gifts for Food Lovers: There are so many guides out there with recommendations of what to buy for a food lover.  Are they perhaps a little … [Read More...]

Entrance to Walworth Garden Farm

Reviewing the Asus Zenfone 5 #ZentasticXmas

My New Smartphone - the Asus Zenfone 5 LTE  : I've been using a Samsung S5 for the last 6 months or so, an upgrade from my old S3, so I am an android … [Read More...]

John Lewis Hamper

The Perfect Christmas – The Perfect House Move – with John Lewis

John Lewis Hampers - The Ultimate Christmas Solution: While the house move may have happened a few weeks ago now, I am still in melt-down, or so it … [Read More...]

© Giles Christopher - Media Wisdom Photography Ltd

The Twelve Days of Christmas #Giveaway from Jumeirah Carlton Tower and The Rib Room

A Christmas Countdown from Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel: Are you feeling just a little frazzled this Christmas?  Here's your chance to win one of … [Read More...]

Leighton House Painting

Leighton House – A Victorian Obsession

Learning more about Leighton House: I am sure that I am not the only Londoner who wanders round spotting interesting buildings and places to visit. … [Read More...]


Pizza at Ask Pizza

ASK Italian review and #Giveaway #MakeItSpecial

Christmas Shopping Break #Giveaway and Pizza: It's that time of year when everything seems to slip.  Deadlines come and go, schedules end up crumpled in the bin and even basic things like writing Christmas cards get missed.  I like meeting up with my God Daughter and always intend to see more of … [Read More...]

La Sardina Guvnor

Lomography Camera #Giveaway

Win a kitsch analogue camera from Lomography: My father was a very keen photographer.  He used to shoot in black and white on 35mm film and then he'd develop his own photos in a room up in the attic where we were not supposed to go.  Full of bottles, jars, trays and strange lights, with … [Read More...]


#Christmas #Giveaway – Turkey Crown from Donald Russell

Win your Christmas Lunch with Donald Russell: Does organising christmas lunch leave you in despair?  All those traditional bits and pieces you know you need to provide to stop a family war breaking out, which turkey to pick to keep everyone happy from  your ethical daughter who only wants free … [Read More...]

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