London Daily Photo: £5.50

LDP 2014.09.05 - £5.50

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The Bonneville: Fantastic French Dining in Clapton, E5


So nice I’m going twice! A recent visit to Clapton’s newly opened French eatery, The Bonneville, resulted in such a lovely experience for Kemey and me that we’re heading back ASAP for a repeat – this time with another couple in tow to whom we’ve raved about the place.

The Bonneville is just a short stroll from my flat (but I reckon I’d hanker for the place even if it was farther afield). My ice cold and non-pineapple-ized or otherwise unjustly augmented Mai Tai was expertly mixed and packed a wallop as an aperitif. And the food was an absolute treat!


Boudin noir with grilled chicory and radicchio (£6) was a flavoursome and substantial starter while fennel gratin with walnut and pickled tomato salad (£11) satisfied big time as my plat principal. Kemey’s extra chunky bouillabaisse (£14) of sea bream, sea bass, mussels and clams pleased as well (and had me stealing more than a few cheeky bites). An ample side of superbly cooked frites (£3.50) subdued any potential greedy longings for more to nibble.

For afters, an all French cheese plate (£7.50) did it for me to such a degree I recommend popping round if only for it while a glass of wine (from an especially smart wine list I might add), while a mega melty moelleux au chocolat with milk ice cream and cherries (£7) was as decadently oozy as Kemey had hoped.


All this yum amid a backdrop of distressed walls, a massive installed skylight, the odd pieces of taxidermy here and there (a rhino’s head?) added up to a mega win of a way to sip and sup.

Oh yeah, when you go be sure take a toilet break for a creepy if in a somewhat kitsch – dry ice and freaky audio – and rather gratuitous sort of way. There’s a whole other world to explore when heading down the stairs to the loos.

Gratuitous design shenanigans aside, I found The Bonneville to be a little more grownup and down to earth than some of the other eateries and watering holes to have sprung recently round this neck to fastly gentrifying woods. Hackney folk: do yourselves a favour and spend your time and money here. Everybody else: if you’re wondering why there’s so much racket at the moment about Clapton being such a snazzy part of town, here’s a good place to start understanding. See you there?

The Bonneville is located at 43 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0NS. Find out more at

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London Daily Photo: Somewhere Else

LDP 2014.09.04 - Somewhere Else

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2014 Folkestone Triennial: A Gold Rush of Great Art by the Sea


The 2014 Folkestone Triennial is on for a third edition, this year with a “Lookout” theme to its many ambitious arts set within the quaint town and on its scenic stretch of coastline along the English Channel. I thoroughly enjoyed my artsy meander round Folkestone and reckon it offers an ideal day out for Londoners (or anybody) seeking a day out with intriguing sights and a fresh sea breeze.

Artists participating in the 2014 Triennial include art world darlings Yoko Ono, Andy Goldsworthy and Pablo Bronstein as well as Jyll Bradley, Strange Cargo, Diane Dever and Jonathan Wright, Tim Etchells, Ian Hamilton Finlay, John Harle and Tom Pickard, Emma Hart; Alex Hartley, Will Kwan, Gabriel Lester, Amina Menia, muf Architecture/Art, Marjetica Potrč and Ooze Architects, rootoftwo, Sarah Staton, and Something & Son.


I loved Ono’s simple and straightforward Earth Peace works (there are five throughout town – you can’t miss her billboard just outside Folkestone Central station).


I also got a real kick out of rooftotwo’s Whithervanes: a Neurotic Early Worrying System, five headless chicken sculptures which “track the orchestration of fear in real time by monitoring internet newsfeeds for alarmist keywords” and “revolving away from the geographic origin of each story.”


Jyll Bradley’s Green/Light (for M.R.) – a “reflection on energy as light and as green memories” installed in a disused gasworks site was a delight to encounter walking through town.


Just down the street from Bradley’s Green/Light, Marjetica Potrc and Ooze’s The Wind Lift was as uplifting in spirit as it was in practice. The 25m high passenger lift powered entirely by a wind turbine set alongside the city’s spectacular Victorian era viaduct (the biggest brick viaduct in the world) provided a fun and novel way to contemplate renewable energy sources while taking in some marvelous views.

Of course, if you’ve heard anything about the Triennials, odds are it was probably some of the hubbub about the Folkestone gold. Indeed, the big draw for locals and the media alike since the opening of the triennial last Thursday has been Folkestone Digs. Commissioned by art producers Situations, Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer secretly buried £10,000 worth of gold bouillon as 30 individual pieces across a popular beach near the Folkestone city centre. I was there soon after the artist’s stunt was announced. It was fun to see so many people – and such a variety of them too – all digging away at the beach in hopes of striking it (at least moderately) rich.


As far as I can tell from a quick scroll of the #folkestonegold feed on Twitter as well as this BBC article, some – but only a tiny amount – of Sailstorfer’s gold has been found thusfar. So, as if you needed more reason than an opportunity to see great art in a lovely setting there’s still some glimmering incentive for you to get down to Folkestone.


Folkestone is located about 70 miles from Central London on the southeastern coast of Kent. High speed trains run regularly to/from London St Pancras International with a journey time that’s just under an hour. Triennial activities run until the 2nd of November. Whenever you go – even outside the dates of the Triennial – is a good time to view great art with the free permanent public art collection, the Folkestone Artworks, featuring 16 “outstanding works originally commissioned by the Creative Foundation for the Folkestone Triennial that are now on permanent display in easily accessible public spaces around the town. Folkestone Artworks includes pieces by Tracey Emin, Richard Wilson and Cornelia Parker.

Find out more about the Folkestone Triennial visit For information about Folkestone Artworks go to

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London Daily Photo: Got a Secret?

LDP 2014.09.03 - Got a Secret

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4 Tips for Less Turbulence at the Airport (OneTravel)


Check in online, weigh your bags at home, etc … we all know all those “savvy tips” to save you time, money and hassle at the airport.

Here are four more from my own experiences to add to your carry-on items. Bon Voyage!

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London Daily Photo: Marshes

LDP 2014.09.02 - Mashes

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Leicester Square Box Office: Your First Stop for the Best of London Theatre and More


For more than 20 years, Leicester Square Box Office has been offering tickets to the public for a variety of West End productions at half price, discount and full price to ensure customers find the tickets they’re after.

From larger-than-life musical shows like War Horse and The Book of Mormon to smaller more intimate plays such as Alfred Hitchcock’s acclaimed and long running The 39 Steps, LSBO is a smart first stop to consider the next time you’re hoping to book tickets for just about any musical, comedy, or play hitting London. LSBO has deals for attractions, theatre and meal combos, group bookings, and hotels too. Whether you’re keen to see something in particular or just looking for a great night out that’s a bargain, keep LSBO in mind!

Look for Leicester Square Box Office on Cranbourne Street just off Leicester Square (or their kiosk at Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush) or check ‘em out online at

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Brasserie Chavot: Epic Flavour and Subtle Finesse in Mayfair


Contemporary French cuisine made with quality ingredients sourced from the British Isles and France? It’s a gorgeous idea – especially when executed by a capable chef such as Eric Chavot. A recent opportunity to taste my way through much of the menu at Brasserie Chavot proved a veritable feast of epic flavour and subtle finesse.

Were those the tastiest and tenderest lamb cutlets I’ve ever had? Maybe! They were certainly the yummiest I’ve had in recent memory (not to mention the most tender) and reason enough for me to crave any chance to return to Brasserie. I could pretty much rave to the same degree about the peas and octopus salad, the soft shell crab, the cassoulet (that gorgeous pork and duck cassoulet!) … all that I had the pleasure to taste actually, as each dish wowed my eager palate, insisting I have at least one more bite.

Two star Michelin chef Eric Chavot has designed the menu to please with gourmand aplomb for his Mayfair brasserie. But there’s plenty of subtle charm involved as well, and a hearty appetite here is to be rewarded with finely prepared dishes suitable for the most finicky of gourmet tastes. To be embarrassingly honest, I’m not quite certain what it was about Eric’s cooking that elevated his food to such a level of haute delectability, but whatever it was it resulted in one of the best meals I’ve had this year. Everything had a detectable but not quite discernible something about it to make just a tad bit more moreish than expected. To be sure, I’m keen to get to the bottom of what this man is doing right!

Of course, Eric and his kitchen can’t take all the credit for the wonderful experience I had. Head sommelier, Andreas Rosendal worked Chavot’s menu like a breeze incorporating a fantastic list of wines to accompany each item. I especially loved kicking the tasting off with a 2012 ”Mica” vinho verde from Quinta Da Palmirinha – and reckoned Andreas’ decision to commence on a perk and Portuguese note was a confident assertion.


Then again, maybe it was the space? The upscale brasserie setting with its tiled mosaic floors, chandeliers, and plush seating more removed from the street than typical for a lot of Central London eateries, was the sort of place to linger as long as possible with more ‘grounded’ elements like the colourful and haphazardly arranged (as in actually used) shelf of cookbooks in plain sight ‘kept it real’ and suggested however fancy the restaurant was the focus was squarely on presenting amazing food.

On a down note (which I hate to bring it up but it would be a disingenuous oversight if I didn’t), service was at times a teensy bit wonkier than I would have expected at such a lovely venue - uncertainty over when/who to serve what/where … stuff like that. This was unfortunate as virtually everything else about my experience was utterly splendid. I assume it was an anomaly. By no means would it prevent me from returning to the brasserie, and I sincerely hope it doesn’t distract you from taking my recommendation to enjoy what I found to be one of the best bets for a fantastic meal in London.

Brasserie Chavot is located right next to The Westbury Hotel (indeed you can access the hotel and its Polo Bar from the restaurant) at 41 Conduit Street, W1S 2YF. Find out more at

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London Daily Photo: Walthamstow Woodford/Hackney & City

LDP 2014.09.01 - Walthamstow Woodford Hackney & City

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Nachos of the Month: Manchego with Anchovies, Almonds, and Olives


Nachos! They’re an easy assemblage and an awesome snack. I’ve teamed up with tortillas with spirit brand Manomasa to create some recipes to help you best enjoy your next crunch time. Here’s my latest creation: tortilla chips with Manchego, anchovies, almonds, and olives.


Ingredients (served as a canapé, there should be enough for 6-8 people)

  • 100g of thinly sliced Manchego;
  • 4-6 finely chopped anchovy fillets (that have been tinned in olive oil);
  • 50g flaked almonds;
  • 15-20 pitted and chopped green olives;
  • About half a bag of Manomasa Manchego & Green Olive tortilla chips.


  • Preheat your oven to 150ºC;
  • Place your chips in a baking tray;
  • Add a thin strip of Manchego to each chip;
  • Put the tray in the oven and cook until the cheese starts to melt;
  • These chips can burn easily; so pay attention and reduce or turn off the heat once the cheese has melted;
  • While the tray is in the oven, thoroughly mix the anchovies, almonds, and olives in a bowl;
  • Remove the chips and dab a small spoonful of the mix across the top of each chip;


These treats are great whether eaten when hot and melty straight from the oven or served cool. They’re a perfect accompaniment to an aperitifs such as a dry sherry or Martini and work really well as a crunchy side item paired with a green salad.

Tortillas with Spirit

Manomasa was born on the back streets of Mexico and pays tribute to the original tortilla chip – the totopo - whilst branching out into new tastes, sensations and textures inspired by the diversity and creativity of street food culture. Each variety of Manomasa tortillas has a distinctive shape, allowing you to snack, scoop or dip with them. Along with a variety of exciting textures (owing to the super-seeds used, such as sunflower, linseed and caraway for extra depth and bite), delicious flavour combinations have been used, leaving you with a unique snacking experience. Find out more at

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London Daily Photo: At the Bend

LDP 2014.08.31 - At the Bend

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Want to Win Free Tickets to the Invictus Games? Get #Ready!



This month for the first time, more than 400 servicemen and women – both serving and veteran – from 14 nations will meet at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the inaugural Invictus Games. The spotlight will be on them to champion their indefatigable drive to overcome, along with their tenacious attitude to achieve post-injury.

The brainchild of Prince Harry, the Invictus Games is an international sports event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel taking place from 10-14 September 2014. Most of the tickets for these games have been long sold out. But I’ve teamed up with Invictus sponsor Jaguar to offer a few lucky readers free pairs of tickets to some of the key competitions. Are you #ready? Keep reading!


Compliments of Jaguar – proud supporter of ex-serviceman and women and presenting partner of the 2014 Invictus Games – I’ve got a couple of pairs of tickets to the following events to give away:

  • 2 tickets to Wheelchair Rugby
  • 2 tickets to Swimming (Sold Out)

Interested? To be in with a chance to win, simply leave a comment here on this post explaining why you deserve to win the tix. Alternatively, you can tweet me with the hashtag #ready telling me why I should give the tickets to you.


I’ll pick winners at random on Wednesday 3 September at 16.00 BST. Yes, that’s this Wednesday! So get #ready and get cracking ASAP! Good luck.

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Invictus Games competitor Corporal Daniel “Baz” Whittingham is #Ready.


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London Daily Photo: You Too Buddy

LDP 2014.08.30 - You Too Buddy

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Good Stuff


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

De Beauvoir Deli Co

I paid a delicious midweek visit to De Beauvoir Town’s lovely De Beauvoir Deli on Southgate Road for a browse (and sample) of its fine food and drink products all locally from small independent suppliers to offer the finest in-season and artisan produce. Folks living in the area should count their blessings to have such an excellent gourmet resource (without any uppity airs) in their ‘hood. Folks just passing through the area would do well to keep the place in mind for especially pleasant shopping for hard to find treats and delectable gift ideas.

Alassala Organic Argan Oil

Alassala imports high quality organic argan oil from Morocco for cosmetic and culinary use. I had a taste of the edible version and was really impressed. The extra virgin cold pressed oil is especially tasty and does wonders with a range of North African and Mediterranean dishes.


Wow! It was love at first sip when I recently had a bottle of Mello, the “UK’s first and only” raw fresh melon juice. Available in two super tasty varieties, Watermelon (95% fresh watermelon, 5% fresh pomegranate) and Cantaloupe (80% fresh cantaloupe juice, 20% fresh pineapple juice), Mello’s juices are refreshing and replenishing. Look for the brand at Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic, Harvey Nichols, and online at Ocado.

Sea Island Coffee

Sea Island Coffee imports and sells award winning gourmet coffees from some of the best – and most unusal – coffee growing regions in the world. I had a recent taste of its “Geisha” coffee. from the Coffea Diversa plantation, this Great Taste Awards 2011 winning coffee has a “delicate profile with quietly complex aromatics that reward patient attention with notes of lavender, cocoa and hints of molasses” that makes it well worth seeking out. Find it at Caviar House & Prunier, Harrods, and online at the Sea Island website.

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London Daily Photo: Exploring the Unknown

LDP 2014.08.29 - Exploring the Unknown

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Win a £50 Voucher for Circus Cocktail Bar and Cabaret, Covent Garden



A cocktail bar, restaurant and cabaret, Circus offers a Pan Asian dinner menu alongside an enticing cocktail menu.  Designed by British Tom Dixon, the surrealist interior is the perfect setting for wild cabarets, with actors performing on tables and vanishing in between courses. Following dinner and the performance, the West End venue turns into a dance space. Fun place, right? Thanks to a team up with online restaurant discovery guide, Zomato, I’m offering one lucky reader a free voucher worth £50 to spend at Circus.

One unusually rowdy night not too terribly long ago, I had a blast dancing on the tables at Circus (where such shenanigans are actually encouraged once the venue is opened up as a dancefloor). Here’s your chance to have a great night out at Circus!

To be in with a chance win the £50 voucher for Circus Cocktail Bar and Cabaret , simply tweet the following:

RT to win £50 voucher for @circus_london cocktails and cabaret, compliments of @Zomato and @tikichris! #YouSayZomato

Good luck. Please take a moment to read the terms and conditions before tweeting!


I’ll pick one winner at random on Friday 5 September at 11.30am BST. The winner will receive one voucher worth £50 to spend on drinks and snacks redeemable at Circus. This voucher is valid Tuesdays to Thursdays until November 20th 2014 for the bar only. To use the voucher, the winner will need to book ahead, mentioning the voucher when doing so. To be eligible to win, you need to have an address in the UK where the voucher can be posted. If produced for a total less than the voucher value, the balance amount will not be refunded. No two vouchers can be clubbed together at the same time.

Circus is located at 27-29 Endell Street, WC2H 9BA.

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London Daily Photo: Untitled

LDP 2014.08.28 - Untitled

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Forge & Co … and It’s Fabulous Speyside Beef and Ox Heart Burger


A friend (hey Peter!) and I dropped by the Forge & Co canteen in Shoreditch last night to give its new Speyside Beef and Ox Heart Burger a try … and were pleased to have done so. Cooked in a Josper Grill and served on a demi brioche, it proved a mightily meaty meal well worth recommending. Plenty of topping and condiment options were available, but I reckon it needed none such was it so full of flavour.

A pre-burger charcuterie board (£13) and a somewhat gratuitous (but undeniably yummy) chocolate fondant (£6.50) dessert, and an excellently pulled after dinner espresso all helped set the right tone for heading home in satisfaction. Service was friendly, the dining area was relaxed, spacious and comfy.

A great time for you to go for this majorly delicious and super tender burger might be on Tuesday night, like Peter and I did. That’s Burger Night for the Forge & Co folk when from 6pm the burger with chips and pint of Meantime beer can be had for £10. Bargain! The chips are more than decent and Meantime’s London Pale Ale as fine as any drink to have alongside any burger and chips combo.

Forge ain’t just about the food and drink though. Indeed, it’s worth pointing out that there’s a members club element to the venue. Anybody can visit the attractive mid century modernist lounge and canteen during most of the day (seven days a week), but from 8pm it’s members only. As we found out last night though, membership is free, and it’s painless to sign up and comes with a range of benefits.

There’s a basement gallery there too as well as (and perhaps most notably) flexible work spaces on the upper floors with fully serviced coworking offices plus individual desks, hotdesking, studios, galleries, meeting rooms, and event spaces. Peter and I took a prowl around after we ate. The facilities seemed better than similar I’ve seen in the recent past and in an especially convenient spot too.

Forge & Co is located at 154-158 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6HU. Find out more at

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London Daily Photo: Knot Know II

LDP 2014.08.27 - Knot Now II

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Blogger Interview: Mostly About Chocolate (OneTravel)


Mostly About Chocolate is a blog that is (yep you guessed it) mostly about one of the world’s most favorite treats. The long running blog is a project of devoted passion for Judith Lewis. If you’re planning any trips (just about anywhere) and would like to include a few chocolate escapades, her blog is an excellent resource to keep in mind. And if you’re a chocolate lover coming soon to London, Judith has some especially delicious news for you!

I sat down with Judith recently to chat about her blog and see if I could get some chocolaty tips. Here’s that interview …

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London Daily Photo: Yellow

LDP 2014.08.26 - Yellow

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Fresh Pasta Masterclass with Giovanni Rana – 17 September at Giovanni Rana Restaurant, NW1

Giovanni Rana

Maker of Italy’s most popular pasta brand, Giovanni Rana will be visiting his Regent’s Place restaurant on the 17th of September to host an exclusive pasta making masterclass and teach a small audience how to make fresh filled pasta from scratch.

Artisan pasta maker for more than 50 years, Giovanni Rana’s pastas are made “the Italian way” with a few quality ingredients combined to create a high quality product. Interested in learning how to make pasta from the best? This rare hands-on opportunity to learn from Giovanni will give you with the skills to wow friends and family at your next dinner party.

Tickets  limited, cost £25 each, and include a two course meal and glass of prosecco. Doors open at 3pm for a 3.30 start.

Giovanni Rana Restaurant is located at 17/19 Triton Street, Regent’s Place, NW1 3BF. Find out more at

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London Daily Photo: Faded and Overgrown

LDP 2014.08.25 - Faded and Overgrown

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Recipe: Babybel Inside Out Cheeseburger


So I was craving a cheeseburger the other day, had some Mini Babybel Originals in the fridge, and wondered what if … ? And the answer was yummy! So, I thought I’d share this fun and easy recipe for making oozy introverted cheeseburgers with you.


Ingredients (makes one burger)

  • 150g of mince beef;
  • 1 Mini Babybel Original;
  • Drop of cooking oil;
  • Pinch of sea salt;
  • 1 hamburger bun;
  • Condiments and toppings to taste.



  • Place a frying pan on medium heat, pour in the oil and add the salt;
  • Pat out a meatball;
  • Flatten the ball into a patty by firmly patting it them in the palms of your hands;
  • Scoop out the centre top of the patty so that it’s big enough to place a Mini Babybel inside while leaving the patty whole at its bottom;
  • Remove the wax from the Babybel and put in the centre of the patty;
  • Cover the cheese with the scooped out meat;
  • Firmly pat down the meat again making sure the cheese is completely covered;
  • Place the patty in the pan;
  • Cook evenly on each side until thoroughly browned;
  • Remove the patty from the heat.


You know how you like your burgers and what to put on ‘em, right? Go for it!

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London Daily Photo: Packed

LDP 2014.08.24 - Packed

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Good Stuff … from the World of Zing

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Good Stuff and lots of it! Here’s my latest list of top things to see, sip or savour. This time round I’d like to share with you some especially spicy recs that I came across at the recent launch of World of Zing, the UK’s first “Contemporary Food & Drink Emporium, bringing together produce from some of the UK’s most exciting flavour experts!” More info at

African Volcano

South African chef Grant Hawthorne’s Mozambican style peri peri sauces and rubs impressed my palate, particularly the stuff on the fierier end of Grant flavoursome spectrum. I loved the delayed heat effect of his hottest sauce.

Horn OK Please

Purveyor of South Asian street food, Horn OK Please, does a mean bhel puri made with tomato, potato, green and tamarind chutney, fresh coriander, red onions and a pomegranate garnish. It’s worth seeking out. Find HOP vending at Borough Market Monday to Wednesday (Monday to Saturday every alternate week) and the Real Food Fest at Southbank every Friday to Sunday.

Number One Sauce

Number One Sauce won my vote for some of the tastiest hot sauces I’ve come across in a long time. That this habanero pepper sauce is farmer friendly (peppers are sourced direct from and made onsite by a collective of Mayan farmers in the Yucatan organised by a local nun to help the community “live off the land more effectively”) just adds to the feel good factor of enjoying this “no-nonsense hot sauce that hits hard in all the right places.”

Sambal Shiok

Shiok-ingly good Malaysian “with a twist” treats! I went back for seconds of Sambal Shiok’s spicy peanut sauce (and I’m now wishing I’d taken a jar of it home with me).


Fire! Look for this mobile Korean Kitchen at Leather Lane Market Monday to Thursday for lunch and at Street Food Union on Rupert Street in Soho on Fridays.

Products from all these brands are available online at

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London Daily Photo: Look

LDP 2014.08.23 - Look

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Win a 600g 50 Flavour Jelly Belly Gift Box

Win a 600g 50 Flavour Jelly Belly Gift Box


Love Jelly Belly gourmet jelly beans? Here’s your chance to win a 600g 50 Flavour Jelly Belly Gift Box.

Fans of flavour, do you have a favourite Jelly Belly? Is it Berry Blue, Cherry Cola, Island Punch, Juicy Pear, Toasted Marshmallow, Watermelon or … or … or …? Well, with my latest competition, one lucky reader will get to taste them all! Yep, I’ve teamed up with gourmet jelly bean confectioners – Jelly Belly – for an especially flavoursome opportunity to win a classic 50 flavour gift box. The gelatine free, dairy free, fat free, certified OU Kosher, vegetarian treats come in a stylishly attractive square box with a flavour map inside highlighting each of the 50 flavours, with each flavour presented in its own individual compartment.

To be in with a chance to win a 600g 50 Flavour Jelly Belly Gift Box valued at more than £22 simply tweet the following:

RT to win a #50Flavour gourmet jelly bean gift box from @JellyBellyUK, compliments of @tikichris. Enjoy!

Good luck. Please take a moment to read the terms and conditions before tweeting!


I’ll pick one winner at random on Friday 29 August at 11.30am BST. The winner will receive one 50 Flavour Jelly Belly Gift Box valued at £22.98. To be eligible to win, you need to have an address in the UK.

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London Daily Photo: Centrepoint

LDP 2014.08.22 - Centrepoint

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Jacob’s #SnackHappy Savoury Ice Cream Parlour


Jacob’s #SnackHappy Savoury Ice Cream Parlour, the UK’s first savoury ice cream parlour, opened tonight in Soho as short run pop-up offering free ice cream in exchange for folks sharing the #SnackHappy hashtag on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

The range of savoury flavours include A Pint of Ale & a Packet of Twiglets; Blue Cheese & Jacob’s Cream Cracker; Mini Cheddar Chutney; Tangy Tomato Sorbet; Avocado Crunch; and Smokin’ Salmon & Chive. I swung by the launch this evening and found all the flavours worth trying. I especially liked the smoked salmon ice cream. If you’re planning to be in Soho tomorrow or Saturday drop in for a taste.


Jacob’s #SnackHappy Savoury Ice Cream Parlour is located at 15 Bateman Street, W1D 3AQ and runs tomorrow and Saturday (22 and 23 August) from noon to 8pm.

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New Distillery Tours in Louisiana (OneTravel)

Rum Gimlet

Photo/Bart Everson

Thirsty for a taste of something local in Louisiana? Two new distilleries in south Louisiana have recently started to offer tours of their facilities along with onsite tastings of their products made with Louisiana ingredients, and a third distillery is under construction with the promise of plenty more tours and tastings to come.

Here’s a look at this newbie trio of Lousiana distilleries bringing traditional spirit production back to the Deep South.

Read my complete post at the OneTravel blog.

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London Daily Photo: Splat

LDP 2014.08.21 - Splat

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Have You Heard about New Jobs Board City Calling?

View from the 29th floor of Millbank Tower

Job bored or job boards? City Calling offers an new way to connect employers and jobseekers online. I reckon it’s at least worth checking out whatever your job situation is at the moment.

This innovative new online jobs board provides employers and jobseekers alike with a “perfect platform to meet their recruitment needs.” A multi-sector recruitment site, City Calling actually embraces social media to help folks looking for work to fully personalise their searches and to get in touch with relevant employers in their chosen field. The site has an international presence as well. So, companies can recruit from across the globe. For people thinking about relocating to another country, City Calling offers support information to ensure such a major transition goes off without a hitch.

City Calling’s aim is to “take care of your career.” If indeed you care for yours it couldn’t hurt to have a peek at the site and see if might get you moving in the right direction. Find out more at

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Faroes and Away: My New Happy Place


Sometime between my trip to the Faroe Islands and writing up this series about the experience, I paid a visit to the dentist for a routine check up and cleaning. To say I’m not a fan of going to the dentist would be putting it mildly. Usually during a check up, I’ve got my eyes clinched tight and my hands clutching the arms of the chair with my lower legs and feet squirming around. In my mind, I’m concentrating as hard as I can on pleasant thoughts and such. This last time in the dentist’s chair, my mind went straight back to the Faroes, my new ‘happy place’ and as scenic a mind’s eye destination as I could ever image. I was, for perhaps the first time during a dental appointment, completely unfazed and all but unaware of the activity going on in my mouth.

But enough about me and my big mouth! Why are you still reading this blather and not looking into booking your own trip to the Faroes?

In case you need a bit more nudging to get yourself over there, here’s a list with links to all the posts I’ve published in my short series about the amazing time I had in the gorgeous and remote corner of the world:

Faroes and Away


Relevant Links

Atlantic Airways

I flew to the Faroes with Atlantic Airways, the national airline of the Faroe Islands “operating domestic helicopter services and international passenger services as well as search and rescue responsibilities” from its base at Vágar Airport, on the Faroese island of Vágar. At the moment, Atlantic services Stansted only the summer months, but there are year round flights to/from Copenhagen. Other airports where the airline currently operates include Billund, Aalborg, Reykjavik, and Bergan. Find out more at

Hotel Foroyar

About an hour’s drive from the airport is the captial city Torshavn (yep, that means “Thor’s Haven”) where 20,000 or of the nation’s 49,000 folks live. There I stayed at the four star and ultra chilled out Hotel Foroyar, and I’d happily do so again … particularly if it meant another meal at the hotel’s fine dining Koks restaurant! Visit the hotel online at


Hired car is the best way of getting around while visiting the Faroes. Mine was booked through 62ºN tour company. I can’t recommend them enough – especially after the speedy and friendly service I experienced when I got a flat tire! Find out more at

Swarovski Optik

As breathtaking as so many views were around the islands I was glad have had a pair of Swarovski Optik CL Pocket binoculars in my bag (although for much of the trip they were glued to my face). The lightweight and foldable compact binoculars with individually adjustable twist-in eyecups offered my eager eyes a large field of view (357ft/119m) of exceptional optical quality – which proved just the thing for birdwatching (puffins galore!). Read more about these fine binoculars at

Visit Faroe Islands

For loads more info to help plan your own Faroese adventure, go to

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