Ottolenghi’s Restaurant – Islington, London

Another date night and after taking Dan to Casa Paco in Madrid last month, it was my turn to be treated.  Having eaten in Bala Baya a couple of weeks ago, we found out that the chef there used to work for Ottolenghi’s Restaurant.  It’s a restaurant I’ve always wanted to go to and Yotam…

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…

Sugar Shack at the Jackdaw & Star – Homerton, London

Last night Dan and I decided to try the restaurant run by the Celebrity TV Chef Andi Oliver and her business partner Kelly.  Andi is a regular face on Saturday Kitchen and is taking over from Pru Leith as the host of the Great British Menu in the next series so I’m sure she will be…

Slow Roasted Shoulder of Lamb

I love a roast dinner – there’s something about it that feels so homely, and with friends of ours coming over for dinner (who have recently emigrated to Hong Kong) I decided to do a traditional British supper to welcome them back to the country. The thing I love about slow roasts is that you…

Date Night on Charlotte Street

This month it was my turn to be treated to date night and Dan had planned a surprise evening for me – I prefer not to know where we’re going until the last minute, whereas he likes to pick where he goes!  I guess he doesn’t trust me enough to choose wisely on my own…

Great Northern Wine Tasting

You can read about other Great Northern Experiences at Great Northern Dinner, Great Northern Wine tasting & Food Pairing Evening, Great Northern Menu Tasting, Great Northern Beer Festival Tonight I’d been summoned to the Great Northern Pub for a wine tasting session for the new menu and dinner afterwards.  The suppliers had sent over some…

A Beach Blanket Babylon Birthday, Notting Hill

Birthday Month Continues!!!  And tonight I was getting treated to a birthday dinner out by my friends Wioletta, Fiona and Robin.  The destination had been kept from me for weeks but I’d finally been let in on the secret – we were going to Beach Blanket Babylon in Notting Hill.  Wioletta had been there once before…

Pride and Providores, Marylebone High St

Today started with a BODYBALANCE class followed by a BODYPUMP class – I was clearly feeling energetic and am now most definitely paying for it!  When we got back from BODYPUMP I made us both a brunch – smashed avocado, bacon and poached eggs on bagels for him, and yoghurt fruit and paleo granola for…

The Anchor & Hope Pub, The Cut, Waterloo

Feeling distraught at the election outcome we decided to head to the South Bank with some friends to sit in the sun and drown our sorrows.  I promise no BREXIT chat on the blog so that’s all I’ll say on the matter! We headed to The Understudy – a nice new bar that we found recently…

Family BBQ

The weather today was much better than expected and Dan had some of his extended family over so we all decided to do a BBQ at his mum’s house in St Albans. Having said before that Dan doesn’t cook, he does in fact do a mean BBQ and tends to take charge completely of all cooking…

Supper Club

So before I even met Dan, he and some of his friends had a supper club going on which I’ve now become a part of too.  Every couple of months each one of them would take it in turns to cook for and host all of the others for a fun evening.  Tonight was Josephine and…