What’s Your Beef? Provenance Butchers Notting Hill.

Provenance butchers notting hill

A Meaty Little Number in Notting Hill – Provenance Butchers: Being invited to review a Butcher Shop is not your everyday ‘restaurant review’.  But, I was curious about Provenance – partly because their ethos to promote traditional animal husbandry.  I’m a ‘grass-fed’ beef fan.  I really CAN taste the difference and while the science may at […]

The Art of Bread – Maroush Bakehouse

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Maroush Bakehouse Earls Court During that quiet period between Christmas and New Year (well quiet for those of us without children on holiday!), I took the opportunity to check out a new Bakehouse that has opened just a few minutes walk from where I live.  Now, the name did sound familiar and I realised later […]

Tabasco Bloody Mary Challenge & Giveaway

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Tabasco® and Bloody Mary – A Challenge and A Giveaway: Earlier this year I spent a happy lunch time trying twenty or so fabulous Bloody Mary cocktails and variations!   It was, of course, the Bloody Mary Challenge, held this year at the American Bar at Brasserie Zedel, an event that attracts the UK’s top […]

Les Jardins – Pierre Herme

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Pierre Hermé Macarons in London: We all have our weaknesses.  Mine – chocolate, champagne and macarons.  The latter, partly a fascination in the process of creating them, partly amazement at the range of flavours and colours.  I’ve tried making my own at home (dismal failure) and in a class (reasonable success), but the version that […]

Luchito and Dia De Muertos

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Mestizo and Luchito – Dia De Muertos There are parts of London which don’t seem like the obvious home for a Restaurant. The wrong side of Euston Road going North up the Hampstead Road is one such spot, neither a residential nor a main shopping area, just a no-man’s land for North bound traffic.  But, […]

Olives From Spain and More

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Supper with Olives From Spain and Omar Allibhoy I’ve been to a couple of Olives from Spain events before and I’ve even seen Omar making his fabulous tortilla.  But, Monday’s supper at The Lounge tapas bar in Balham is my favourite event so far.  The Lounge is one of those places you walk into and […]

The Free Company at the Endurance

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The Endurance hosts The Free Company You may remember a few weeks ago I paid a visit to the Endurance for a lunch from Blanch and Shock.  Sadly their residency is now over, but hot on their heels comes a young trio of chefs called The Free Company.  Keen, adventurous and willing to have a […]

Sunday Feasts

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Sunday Feasts and Sunday Guilt! No, that’s not a reference to having given up on the 5:2 diet, it’s actually a blogger’s guilt!  I went to the press event for Sunday Feasts and REALLY meant to write up quickly so that you all got the chance to book and go to the first event.  And […]

Nielsen Massey and Eric Lanlard

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Vanilla Baking MasterClass with Eric Lanlard and Nielsen Massey One of the nicest things about writing a blog is being invited along to events where you can learn a bit more about the products you use.  And, if it’s being hosted by someone like Eric Lanlard at his own cake boutique well so much the […]

Global Feast 2012

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Global Feast 2012 – An Olympic Dining Experience: Last night’s preview of Global Feast 2012 at Stratford, London was buzzing with enthusiasm.  There’s a bit of a party atmosphere around Stratford, home to the Olympic park, which has extended into the pretty  courtyard of  the Old Town Hall, just across the road from the Olympic Park.  […]