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Comida Fest 2017

Did you miss Comida Fest at Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich this past weekend? Well then you missed a couple of days of foodie fun. But don’t feel too bad about it. There’ll be a couple of other opportunities to … Continue reading

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Bombay Sapphire: A Gin of Ten Journeys

A gin of ten journeys, Bombay Sapphire is distilled from a recipe of ten botanicals: juniper berries, orris root, almond, lemon peel, liquorice, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise. The botanicals are sourced from across the globe – … Continue reading

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World Steak Challenge 2017

Best steak in the world? Here’s the answer from this year’s World Steak Challenge in London – where I got to help judge and have a taste of it and 16 of the other runners up. Last week I sat … Continue reading

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Preview: Ales Tales Belgian Beer Festival at Oval Space, 21-22 July

Ales Tales, the UK’s first ever Belgian beer festival, is coming to Oval Space in Hackney. Continue reading

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Stress-Free Summer Cooking with Chef Adam Gray

Chef Adam Gray’s recipe for grilled tuna steak with red cabbage coleslaw and stem broccoli is sizzling summer dish that’s super scrumptious and easy to prepare. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: Sagamore Spirit Distillery

Chief among those leading the Maryland rye revival is Sagamore Spirit. Here’s a straight up take on my visit to its distillery as my Taste Baltimore series continues. Continue reading

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A Night of Fashion at The Westbury Mayfair Hotel

It’s not every day you walk into a hotel lobby to be greeted by a pair of models sashaying towards you in opulent evening wear. But when the hotel you’re visiting is The Westbury Mayfair, a luxury five star hotel near Bond Street, nothing less should be expected. Continue reading

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#TasteBaltimore: Modern Cook Shop

Market, bar, and restaurant all-in-one, Modern Cook Shop in the historic yet still really very happening neighbourhood of Fell’s Point was an ideal spot for breakfast. Continue reading

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Death’s Door #Gindependence Pop-Up Dive Bar

Death’s Door Dive Bar is full of striped red, white and blue, a bit of taxidermy and board games. And yes it’s super fleeting so you best get yourself out of bed stat and on your way over for a full day of fun. Continue reading

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Something’s Brewing: Pour Over Coffee Maker (espressoCrazy)

Following up from my last (and I’d say largely successful) attempt at brewing coffee with a drip coffee maker, I’m sticking with the same basic filter method but using different, more basic device: a pour over coffee maker. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #67

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip, savour and more (though with respect to this particular post just to sip) – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought … Continue reading

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Win a Pair of Tickets to Brockmans Gin’s #PressForGin Pop-Up Bar

Love gin? Love a party? Love a unique venue? The next Brockmans Gin #PressForGin pop-up at the Victorian Bathroom near Liverpool Street on the 27th of July is for you. Continue reading

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Graze Across Galicia: Mercado de Abastos

Santiago de Compostela may be best known as a city of architectural excess in the name of Catholic grandeur. But just as key to what makes it such a fine destination for any sort of pilgrimage is the humble foodie action happening on the ground at Mercado de Abastos. Continue reading

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Something’s Brewing: Drip Coffee Maker (espressoCrazy)

For my first look at different ways to brew coffee at home, I’m going to start with one of the simplest: using a drip coffee maker. Continue reading

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You Don’t Have to Pay a High Price for Great Wine

As much as I’ve been loving the wines I’ve been drinking this summer I haven’t had to splash out a fortune for them. Continue reading

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Win the Complete Range of Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauces

For a sweet taste of Tennessee, check out this opportunity to win the complete range of BBQ Sauces from the one and only Jack Daniel! Continue reading

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Sweet Life with Splenda?

Have you ever tried baking with Splenda as a no-calorie alternative to sugar? Me neither, but now I’m going to give it a shot. Continue reading

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Michael Thompson’s Fodder at Borough Wines & Beer

If you’re like me and find yourself channelling your inner child in a candy store upon entering a wine shop, Borough Wines & Beers won’t disappoint. After shaking off the rain droplets and calming my breath post my mad dash into their Islington shop, I warmed in the rather intimate store. Perusing the shelves lined with British red and whites, I indulged my current natural wine obsession whose flavour ever evolves once the cork has been unscrewed. I’d describe it as a luxurious walk-in closet, which simply adds to the charm and intrigue of what lies below … Continue reading

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How to Pack for Your First Hiking Adventure

So you’ve finally made the decision to pack a bag and head out into the great wilderness to fend for yourself. This is a big step for you: taking everything you need to be self-sufficient for a few days and … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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