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Rubies in the Rubble Surplus Food Pop Up in Selfridges

Alexandra Kalinowski heads to Selfridges to check out Rubies in the Rubble Surplus Food Pop Up. This whole clean/guilt-free eating that’s been popularised in recent years with the rise in health-food bloggers turned cookbook churners is dying a slow death. … 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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Best Cheap Eats in London of 2016

No joke. It is still possible (if slightly less likely than this time last year) to eat well with only a fiver to spend. And not only in the hinterland! Three of the six establishments listed below as my preferred cheap eats are in Zone 1 and extremely easy to access. The other three? Hello Waltham Forest, you big gorgeous borough full of yummy East London treats of reasonable price and generous proportion. Continue reading

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Radio Alice | Pizza | Hoxton Square

Radio Alice is a new pizzeria opened in Hoxton Square. The approach to serving pizza is unique. The results are delicious. Continue reading

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Top 5 Winter Break Destinations

Skiing, snowboarding and enjoying the idyllic winter scenery in the mountains or a spring-like temperature in warmer areas? No matter what the choice is the winter holiday will always be an unforgettable experience. Continue reading

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The Potato Project, Soho

From “a twist on a classic” to “something a little different,” The Potato Project’s menu ranges from just what you’d expect to see placed atop a potato to more inventive and even intriguing combinations. Continue reading

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Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

The largest and most comprehensive exhibition about Fiji ever assembled opens today at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, on the campus of the University of East Anglia, for a four month run. Continue reading

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Emerging Education Trends: Online Degrees and Certificates

Our current educational system is one of the oldest, least evolved systems in the World. The way in which it has been delivering knowledge has not changed (much) during the past century. Considering how much change technology has brought to … Continue reading

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A Taste of Jamaica: How to Experience the Best of the Food and Culture (Going Places)

I’m back from a delicious trip to Jamaica. The weather was perfect and so were the beaches, with the water at the beach –and in the pool – at an ideal temperature for quick dips and long soaks. While drying off between my dips and soaks, there was plenty of time to sample an amazing array of local food and drink. Continue reading

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The 10 Travel Experiences that will Change Your Life (Going Places)

Have a look at our list of 10 top ideas for making the move to move yourself in the direction of wonder and self-awareness. Continue reading

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Actress Zoe Richards Introduces Us To Mr. Selfridge Season 4’s Vaudeville Royalty, Jenny Dolly

Maddie Salters interviews Zoe Richards about her role as Jenny Dolly in Mr Selfridge Season 4. Wealth, sensuality, shopping, and scandal: ITV’s Mr Selfridge has been gripping British viewers for three seasons now, and on Friday, January 8th at 9pm, the series’ … Continue reading

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The New Christmas Game Menu at Brasserie Blanc Has Some Pheasant Surprises

Christmas has arrived early at Brasserie Blanc, where a menu of festive game courses threatens to overturn turkey as the holiday pièce de résistance – much to my own pheasant surprise! Continue reading

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The Ivy Café, Marylebone Lane

Swish digs, buzzing see-and-be-seen atmosphere and menu designed to please any palate makes this Marylebone addition to The Ivy portfolio and the smart-casual choice for frequent flyers of the Central London dining scene. Continue reading

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#BBQbound: Pitt County, North Carolina

An epicentre of epicurean wonder (as long as you love whole hog BBQ), Pitt County is a prime destination for some of the best tasting meat in America. I had no idea so much good BBQ could come from such a concentrated and largely rural area. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Beat

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Rum Experience Week: 3, 2, 1 … Launch Party!

London’s Rum Experience Week kicked off last night at Voltaire, the elegant and edgy prison-come-champagne bar in Blackfriars. Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrel, was on hand to help merrymakers work their way through tasting notes and toast to the upcoming festivities. Continue reading

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Wine and Spice at The Cinnamon Club

Led by affable and knowledgeable Laurant Chaniac, wine consultant to The Cinnamon Club and Kitchen, the intimate event was held in the restaurant’s intimate library, where guests were invited to sample a range of greek wines paired with exceptional dishes such as pistachio and spice crusted saddle of lamb and tandoori cod with fenugreek seeds. I loved all the wines and pairings of the night, but without doubt my favourite was the one at the end served with dessert: an especially deep flavoured Assyetiko Vin Santo 2004 (of which only 1,000 bottles had been produced). Continue reading

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Chimborazo Day – It’s the Highpoint of the Year! (OneTravel)

Part of the Ecuadorian Andes, Mount Chimborazo is an inactive volcano completely covered by glaciers at its peak. It is the highest mountain in Ecuador and in the Andes north of Peru and is higher than any summit north of … Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Brick Lane

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London Daily Photo: Holy High Street

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London Daily Photo: Gold

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London Daily Photo: Pimlico

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Jerusalem City Break: Masada and the Dead Sea

A day out at Masada and the Dead Sea is an excellent excursion easily accessible by car from Jerusalem. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Stratford International

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London Daily Photo: Reach

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Portugal Please: Padaria Joana Roque, Traditional Alentejo Bakery

Instant Grandma! That’s what I got my final morning of my Portugal Please road trip when I dropped by the a traditional home bakery in the village of Vidigueira where Joana Roque’s been baking the same bread in the same method for more than 40 years. Continue reading

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Nicos & Philthy’s Three Nights of Reef ‘n’ Beef, 27-29 March at Cambridge Heath Railway Arches

I am so bummed that this grubalicious pop-up conflicts with dates I’ll be out of town. But just because I’ve gotta miss Nicos & Philthy’s Three Nights of Reef ‘n’ Beef in Bethnal Green doesn’t mean you have to! Check … Continue reading

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How to Holiday Abroad on a Budget (Guest)

If you haven’t managed to get away this summer holiday you may already be thinking about when you might be able to have a holiday, and how you can afford it on a budget. If you plan well and shop … Continue reading

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Celebrating Edward VII’s Birthday with The King’s Ginger and Berry Bros

The level of kitsch and pretence was nearly as copious as the amount of booze in the cocktails during a recent posthumous birthday lunch for King Edward VII, with The King himself on hand to preside over the merriment. As wackily anachronistic as the celebration was, the setting could not have been more authentic or historically spot on. Of course as is so often the case with too many wonderful experiences, there had to be a hitch. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: When in Rome …

World Travel Market 2013 at ExCel London: A Roman emperor mingling among the plebes – and grabbing a quick pasta lunch – at this year’s WTM. Continue reading

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World Heritage Dining in the South of France (Blue Tomato)

Romping round the South of France touring UNESCO World Heritage sites can sure work up an appetite. In a country whose very gastronomy has achieved world heritage status, finding myself somewhere of cultural or historical significance paired nicely with the safe bet that I wouldn’t be far from something seriously delectable too. Here are but a few of the tastier highlights from my recent jaunt round La Región – all well within easy and scenic drives of Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport or Nîmes-Alès-Camargue-Cévennes Airport. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: World’s Largest Sherry Tasting

Monday found me nosing my way through Bond Street’s Westbury Hotel at the 2013 Great Sherry Tasting. With nearly 200 sherries from more than 30 producer, the event was claimed to be the world’s largest. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Appleton Estate’s Senior Blender, David Morrison, at Hawksmoor Spitalfields

It’s London Cocktail Week: red letter days for booze hounds, bar folk and limber elbowed media types from across the globe. I’ve been getting in on the LCW fun a bit too. My lunch yesterday came compliments of Hawksmoor Spitalfields where Appleton Estate’s Senior Blender, David Morrison, was on hand to guide a small group of us (booze hounds, bar folk and limber elbowed media types) through a hands-on rum blending. Continue reading

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Gastro Pub Perfection at The Only Running Footman, Berkeley Square

If you’ve been following this blog recently you’ve noticed I’ve been on a winning streak hitting a string of terrific restaurants around town. I’m happy to add one more to the list – the evocatively titled gastro pub, The Only Running Footman, as another great example of London dining at its best. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: FAIR Rum at Skylon

I took a premium booze pit stop the other night at Skylon to meet bar manager Nebojsa Kutlesic and Matthieu Boulas, sales manager for FAIR Spirits and sample FAIR Rum, the UK’s first fair trade, premium rum. Made in Belize from molasses and then aged for five years in American oak barrels, FAIR is then shipped to Cognac in France where a master distiller “perfects” it. If you like rum, you might find this one to be perfect. I certainly enjoyed sipping it neat and in a couple of cocktails. Continue reading

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