Thermocook – Love at First Sight

Thermocook Multicooker Thermomix Substitute

First Impressions of the Optimum Thermocook Multicooker: As an occasional cook and even more occasional baker, I’m not generally a kitchen gadget enthusiast.  But, last summer I went to Brantes and cooked with Les Aventurieres du Gout, a group of vegetarian and vegan foragers.  While I was there I got to try their Thermomix.  It made creating […]

Muga – Ramen in Piccadilly

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In search of the ultimate Ramen – Muga: As winter draws in, the idea of a steaming bowl of ramen really appeals.  Perhaps it is a reflection on my first ever ramen experience, one bitterly cold lunchtime at Bone Daddies.  I’m not an expert and I can’t pretend to really understand the variations of soup […]

The Royal Adelaide Hotel in Windsor


The Royal Adelaide Hotel in Windsor:  I suspect that like a lot of people the idea of a trip to Windsor brings up childhood memories of visiting the Lions at Longleat and Windsor Castle. I had never revisited this delightful town-maybe because of its proximity to London-it was almost too easy. Every time I’m heading out on […]

‘REVEALED’ – Sofitel London St James

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‘REVEALED’  – A Photography Exhibition at Sofitel London St James: I love a good opening. it should be an effervescent cocktail of glamour, alcohol, celebrity and a sexy centrepiece to hang the whole event around. So I was very happy to receive an  invitation to the exclusive opening of ‘REVEALED’, a photography exhibition curated by […]

Sunny Afternoon Review


A Musical Biography of The Kinks: I’m a little unsure when it comes to musicals. When done well with good music which complements the story, I’m a fan. When they feel contrived and the cast burst into some awful song about something as mundane as crossing the road, I’m most definitely not. I must admit […]

Ed’s Easy Diner Soho

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Burger Blues at Ed’s Easy Diner – Review: The original Ed’s Easy Diner opened it’s doors in 1987.  It wasn’t until a few years later that I discovered the place, fresh out uni and looking for something cool and different.  Styled like an American retro diner, Ed’s was a million miles from the burger places […]

Masonic Temple in the heart of The City

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A chance to see inside – at Andaz Hotel, Liverpool Street: I have to admit that I know next to nothing about the Masons. Theirs is a secretive world surrounded in mystery with rumours of strange rituals, funny handshakes, and dodgy deals being conducted in favour of fellow Masons. There has been a whiff of scandal […]

The House of Holi Returns to Cinnamon Kitchen

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Cinnamon Kitchen Play Holi in the City: It is the festival of colour, the festival of love.  And, amazingly good fun as I discovered last year at Cinnamon Kitchen.  If you missed Holi in the City last year then you’re in luck.  This year it has returned and you can join in the fun at […]