Oyster Masterclass at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited along to an Oyster Masterclass at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, Piccadilly, London.  The Oyster Masterclass gives you the opportunity to learn all about oysters, shuck them, pair them with wines, and of course eat plenty of them in a relaxed and informal environment. The Oyster Masterclass is…

The Ivy Cafe – St John’s Wood, London

The Ivy has seen quite an expansion in recent years.  From one restaurant in Covent Garden they now have 8 other Grills and Brasseries dotted around London and the UK.  They are also opening a new one in Soho next month along with many others planned for the future.  This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the opening…

Bala Baya Restaurant, Southwark, London

Bala Baya is a new restaurant, just opened in Southwark and is the creation of the ex-head chef, Eran Tibi, from Ottolenghi’s Restaurant, who left to start this place up!  There was an offer for 25% off on all bookings as it was the first month so we went with a few friends to see what it…

Hemsley And Hemsley Cafe, Selfridges, London

I can always count on my mum to want to visit a healthy restaurant with me.  We like the same kind of food and eat the same kind of diet (grain, gluten and refined sugar-free – amongst other things) so when I spent a day with her recently I suggested that we went to the…

The Most Authentic, Traditional & Best Restaurants in Madrid

Madrid is such a gastronomic city with a huge tradition of cooking and eating, and the Madrilenos really know how to enjoy their food.  The best restaurants in Madrid that I have visited are the authentic Spanish ones with long histories attached to them.  They’ve managed, because of their long-standing reputations, not to have to…

The Best Food Markets in Madrid

One of my favourite things to do when I travel is to check out the local food markets.  I love just wandering around, seeing what the locals eat and buy, trying a few things, maybe buying some lunch for a picnic and just generally enjoying the atmosphere.  I’m in heaven in Madrid as there’s so…

Casa Paco, La Latina, Madrid

A traditional Spanish Restaurant where the House Speciality is Steak cooked on a hot plate at your table! I took Dan to Casa Paco for Date Night on our last trip to Madrid as it’s his Dad’s favourite restaurant and he’s been raving about its steak for a long time.  It’s a traditional looking restaurant in…

Andi Oliver at Sugar Shack at the Jackdaw & Star – Homerton, London

Update: It seems that everyone loved the food here as much as I did.  Andi Oliver and Kelly Miles have now got their own premises in Stoke Newington High Street. Check out Brunch at Andi’s Restaurant for info on the new place! Last night Dan and I decided to try the restaurant run by the…

Barrafina – Dean St, Soho, London

Another date night tonight and this time it was my turn to be treated.  A fabulous musical ‘Aladdin’ (which I highly recommend, *the genie was amazing* and even musical hater Dan agreed it was great) followed by dinner at Barrafina, a Spanish Tapas Bar, in Soho. We’d been to the old Soho Barrafina before but…

3moco – ​Praia do Ancão – Portugal

If you’re travelling to Portugal, check out my Top Places to Eat in the Algarve Post here3moco is the beach bar associated with the restaurant 2Passos (read my review here) a delicious seafood restaurant and probably one of the best ones in the area for a beach lunch. It’s situated just on the Ancão Beach…

The Bleeding Heart Tavern, Bloomsbury, London

What a fabulous morning!  Full of colour, culture, celebration and fun, spent at the Sikh wedding of our friends Divya and Pradip.  Here’s Pradip with his best men – the outfit he wore was incredible and I think he loved the fact that he was allowed to carry a sword, a bit too much! Everyone had to cover…

Wine Tasting & Nutbourne Restaurant, Battersea (Girl’s night Out)

This evening I’d arranged for four of us to go to the annual Wine Show, held at Chelsea Old town Hall on a Girl’s Night Out.  We arrived at the wine show at 6pm and found that there were over 500 selected wines to taste from all over the world – right, time to get…