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London-Based Writer/Photographer

Recipe: Pork Bone Broth with Miso and Seaweed

Making your own bone broth from scratch is super easy to do. The results are nourishing and hearty and a great base for all sorts of dishes. Continue reading

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Dinner at Benares with Les Vignobles Foncalieu

An invitation to indulge in an intriguing assortment of Les Vignobles Foncalieu wines at one of London’s haut-est Indian restaurants turned out to be a memorably delicious dining (and drinking) experience. Continue reading

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Summer Food and Wine Q&A | #AskBordeauxWines

Save the date! From 1 to 3pm on Monday 12 June, I’ll be on Twitter engaging in an afternoon Q&A about summer food and wine pairings with the folks from Bordeaux Wines UK. Continue reading

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The 5 Minute Routines That Will Save Your Sanity

You know the drill: it’s 5:30 p.m. and the kids are yelling that they are starving and you are frazzled from the hella day you had at work, and your husband is…where is he? Huff. You look around and realize … Continue reading

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Hamburger USA: The Best Burger in Every State (Miles Away)

Best hamburgers in America? We reckon this list of every state’s best burger is a good starting point for your beef-bound quests. Continue reading

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Win a Bottle of Greenall’s London Dry Gin

While touring the Greenall’s distillery in Warrington I made sure to stash a bottle in my bag to share with one lucky reader. Fancy a taste of what Britain’s oldest distillers have been during since the 1761? Continue reading

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Black Cat Cabaret at Udderbelly

Feats of physical prowess cheekily delivered and presented in a sultry and slightly sinister fashion – London’s celebrated Black Cat Cabaret slinks to the summer stage of Udderbelly Festival on the South Bank. Continue reading

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Salt Beef Bagels, Iced Coffee and More at Mercer & Co, Chapel Market

At £3.90, a recent late breakfast/early lunch of hand carved salt beef with mustard (I went with American) and a pickled gherkin on a bagel was minimal money went spent for a mightily meaty and thoroughly filling meal. Continue reading

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What to Consider When Starting Up a Small Food Business

What to consider when starting up a small food business Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Red Turtle

Oscar nominated and winner of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard Special Prize, The Red Turtle by Director Michael Dudok de Wit is coming to UK cinemas 26 May. Continue reading

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Mac & Wild Devonshire Square

A taste of wild Scotland supplemented with an ample dash Scottish hospitality made my meal at Mac & Wild’s City outpost a deliciously memorable one. Continue reading

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Five Years in London for Gelateria 3Bis

Half a decade strong here in London, Gelateria 3Bis has a 30 year history in Rimini. I dropped by the artisanal gelato maker’s London outpost recently for its birthday party (both London and Rimini openings share the same 10th of May date). Continue reading

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Honky Tonking in Downtown Nashville (Miles Away)

Honky tonks and honky tonking ain’t what they used to be, but the last bastion of hope for this 20th-century pastime still exists in downtown Nashville at the lower end of Broadway (just look for the neon glow). Continue reading

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Tootoomoo Crouch End

Pan Asian eatery Tootoomoo in Crouch End does a bang up job offering a range of crowd pleaser dishes focused on Chinese, Southeast Asian and Japanese flavours. Continue reading

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Fifth Dimension Chocolates’ Journey Box

Fine flavour in full 5D! If you haven’t tried Fifth Dimension Chocolates you’re missing out on some inventive creations crafted with finesse. Continue reading

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New Summer Cocktails at St James Bar, The Balcon, Sofitel London St James

St James Bar at The Balcon (inside the Sofitel London St James) has recently launched a new Spring/Summer Collection of cocktails. Continue reading

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Yuu Kitchen

Head Chef Jon de Villa (ex-Nobu, ex-Flesh & Buns) blends fine dining flair with casual dining fun at Yuu Kitchen on Commercial Street – a (new-ish) Pacific Rim restaurant emphasising Southeast Asian flavours cooked mostly on two Big Green Egg BBQ grills. Continue reading

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Oh Là Là! How You Can Do Paris for $100 a Day (Going Places)

Paris for $100 a day? No, we haven’t lost our marbles — it is very much possible! And you’ll even have a great time experiencing the best the City of Lights has to offer. But doing Paris on the cheap will take a bit of thinking ahead and careful spending.
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Win a Bottle of Outer Space Vodka

Outer Space Vodka launched in the US just 18 months ago, the brand is now available in 42 states and has gone on to sell more than 40,000 cases. It just made contact with the UK last month and is available exclusively through 31Dover.com. Continue reading

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The Best Places to Purchase Alcohol Online

There are many people who are fans of different types of alcohol. You might count yourself among this group. If this is the case, it is very important that you educate yourself regarding where the most exclusive types of alcohol … Continue reading

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8 Great Trips to Take with Mom (Going Places)

Next time you’re trying to decide whether to go on vacation or visit your mother, consider doing both by taking Mom on a trip that she won’t forget. Continue reading

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London Clown Festival 2017

Hilarity, absurdity and high buffoonery return to the capital. No, I’m not talking about the impending general election. I’m talking about the 2017 London Clown Festival on now until 21 May at the Hornsey Town Hall Art Centre in Crouch End. Continue reading

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Summer Burger Series Launched at Ceviche Old St

Ceviche Old St has launched a new series of monthly limited edition burgers for its lunch menu this summer. I dropped by the restaurant earlier this week for a taste. They may see me drop back by again for another. Continue reading

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Glovax: New Multi-Use, Super Durable Gloves

Glovax gloves are made from special yarns (produced in only two factories in the world – one in Zhejiang, China and the other in Japan) that are resistant to abrasion, blade cutting, tearing, and puncture. They’re also water and oil proof with anti-skidding material on the palm and fingers for a firm grid no matter how slippery the situation. They feel impressively lightweight and flexible on the hand – and pretty comfortable too. Continue reading

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CLC World Hotels & Resorts Offering Free Holidays

As summer begins to arrive, families and couples are looking for places to stay while they plan their holiday trips. Many different companies offer various promotions to showcase their resorts in locations all over the world, which can include special benefits or discounts. But how many companies offer 7 nights for free outside of a booking fee? Continue reading

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Win A Field Guide to Whisky by Hans Offringa

A Field Guide to Whisky: An Expert Compendium to Take Your Passion and Knowledge to the Next Level is a soon to be released 320-page hardcover book chocked full of colour photos, maps and all sorts of spirited knowledge for your enhanced drinking pleasure. Continue reading

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Trawler Trash

Trawler Trash is a new Highbury restaurant that wants to bring the “trash” from the trawler to its patrons’ plates with a menu focused on lesser known fish and seafood. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #66

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip, savour and more – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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America’s Most Amazing Comic Book Shops (Miles Away)

The halcyon days of comic book shops may be long gone now that fans can purchase their favorite titles and collectibles online. But the feeling of browsing a comic book shop will never be replaced. Luckily a few gems still exist and are worth seeking out. Continue reading

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Visiting Borough Market with Le Cordon Bleu’s Chef Emil Minev

Experiencing Borough Market with Le Cordon Bleu’s Culinary Arts Director, Chef Emil Minev, was a real eye opener – and a definite palate pleaser! Continue reading

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Recipe: Norwegian Cod, Wild Garlic Miso and Barbecued Asparagus | #OhMyCod

Here’s a skrei-umptious recipe: cod with wild garlic miso and barbecued asparagus, compliments of Chef Robin Gill of The Dairy in Clapham via the Great British Chefs website. With the wild garlic and the asparagus, it makes a great dish for the mid spring feasting. Continue reading

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“Back to the Classics” with Afternoon Tea at The Langham

Newly appointed Executive Pastry Chef for The Langham London, Andrew Gravett, showcases classic recipes with seasonal ingredient, lighter textures and distinct flavours with his new Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood. Continue reading

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Win a Selection of Sweet Smelling Candy Lookalike Soaps from Prezzybox.com

I’ve teamed up with Prezzybox.com – the UK’s complete online gift solution – for a sweet little competition offering the chance to win a selection of candy lookalike (and smell-alike) soaps. Continue reading

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Recipe: Beer Batter Bacalao Tacos | #OhMyCod

Bacalao (aka salt cod) is smart way to preserve cod. It ups the flavour of the fish and gives it a nice, chunky texture too – perfect for frying and as a filler for tacos. Continue reading

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Chick’n Shack Chicken Burger Launches at Shake Shack

Available from 25 April at all UK Shake Shack outlets is the Chick’n Shack chicken burger. Continue reading

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