Calçotades and Cava – a day trip to the Penedès

vilarnau cava tasting and calcotades - uncooked

Calçotada – Catalan tradition in the Penedès with Vilarnau: It is that time of year when I ache for a little sunshine.  Accepting an invitation to a calçotada at the Vilarnau winery in search of Spanish sunshine turned out to be overly optimistic. The temperature, even up on the hills of the Penedès region, was […]

Preview: Kosher Food and Wine Experience

Rothschild champagne 2

The Kosher Food and Wine Experience – Shereton Park Lane: Living in London provides truly multicultural opportunity for those who choose to embrace it.  I’m not Jewish – though I have a good number of Jewish friends, so I’m aware of the strict dietary laws which govern Jewish food.  Until recently, however, I wasn’t aware […]

The Ivy – Pernod Ricard Christmas Lunch

The Ivy Old Fashioned

Christmas in Style with Pernod Ricard at the Ivy: Those of us who are self-employed or freelance may gain a lot of personal freedom.  But, at times I miss the camaraderie of the office.  In particular at Christmas time;  while I wouldn’t claim to be a party girl, at heart I do enjoy Christmas parties. […]

Claw at The Three Compasses, Dalston

Claw - The Octopus

TheThree Compasses – Claw Pop-Up: What could be more appropriate than dragging the hip and trendy peskytarian Hedonist along to a seafood pop-up in East London. The Three Compasses is a rather happening pub specialising in London craft beers, with that kind of cosy, scruffy interior that you’d like in your own local.  It’s a bit […]

Perrier- Jouët at Sanderson London

Winter Garden at Sanderson - Perrier Jouet

Enjoying Perrier- Jouët in the Winter Garden at Sanderson London “I only drink Champagne on two occasions; when I’m in love, and when I’m not.”  Coco Chanel famously said, and it seems that her tipple of choice was from the house of Perrier- Jouët.   The same enthusiasm was shared somewhat earlier by Oscar Wilde, who […]

Kraken Black Rum


A Black Rum Pop-Up with Kraken: We were invited to a press launch for Kraken rum with a little twist! Kraken rum is a very dark rum, and calls itself a Black rum. It’s usually impossible to get Rum and Gin makers to tell you their ingredients, as that is what makes them unique, but […]

A Winter Walkabout Wine Tasting With Roberson

Roberson Wine Tasting 2

Roberson Wines-Seasonal Wine Tasting in West London: My last visit to the Roberson offices was to explore London Cru, a production of artisan wine in London using grapes shipped from France.  At the time Roberson was practically on my door-step – opposite my local.  Sometimes though, we simply don’t see what it on our own […]

‘New British Larder’ at Dukes’ St James

Dukes St James cod

The New British Larder – Seasonal Menus from Nigel Mendham at Dukes’ St James: “Martinis at 7pm”. How those few words make my heart sing. Especially when the Martinis in question come from Alessandro Palazzi, the head barman at Dukes’, just off St James, and the world’s leading Martini mixologist. Ian Fleming used to be a […]

Cretan Feast at The Life Goddess

Life Goddess interior

Hedonism from Crete at the Life Goddess: Crete is one of those places high up on my bucket list that I haven’t quite got to yet. I have family on the mainland of Greece so my trips there tend to revolve around seeing them. But I often hear my cousins and other Greek friends talk about […]