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…

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…

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…

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…

Dehesa, Soho, Date Night Dinner

Dan and I take it in turns every other month to take each other on a date night where we plan a special evening for the other person. Last time, he took me to The Ninth on Charlotte St (read about it here), a fairly new restaurant that’s actually just been awarded a Michelin Star, and tonight…

Talamone, Tuscany, Italy

To read more see A Wedding In Siena, A Weekend in Siena, Bunello Tasting in Montalcino and A Trip to Viareggio A weekend in Siena in Italy was on the cards for Dan and I, as we’d been invited to the wedding of my friend Mylene to her fiancé Tommaso.  Deciding to extend the trip for…

A Quinta – Almancil – Portugal

Getting time with my family is one of my favourite things about Portugal, and tonight was a chance to catch up with my cousin Charlotte and her partner Ross who live out here year-round.  We were spending the evening at one of their (and my) favourite restaurants, A Quinta in Almancil.  I actually wrote about…

Enoteca MF – Cadaques – Spain

To read more check out my posts on Cadaques and hiking in Cap de Creus National Park. Tonight in Cadaques, Dan & I decided to go out on our own as all the others were eating in, so true to form, we picked the local wine bar Enoteca MF.  We had a short wait for our table…

Pequeno Mundo – Almancil – Portugal

Once again, my favourite night of the year – dinner at Pequeno Mundo – in fact I’ve already written about this amazing restaurant in my Top Restaurants in the Algarve Round-Up!  It’s such a special place and has huge sentimental value for my family and myself.  We’ve been coming here for years and it’s always…

Balthazar Restaurant, Covent Garden, London

Having been treated to my birthday dinner out at Beach Blanket Babylon earlier this year, it was time to treat the other birthday princesses (Wioletta & Fiona) to a night out to celebrate their birthdays.  Knowing that neither of them had been to Balthazar in Covent Garden, I thought it would be a really fun place…

Maria’s Restaurant – Praia de Garrão Poente – Portugal

Maria’s is my favourite beach restaurant in Portugal and you can read about it on my Top Restaurants in the Algarve Round-Up.  Maria’s on a Sunday is always one of my favourite days of the year.  It’s such an amazing atmosphere, lunch in the sun, the Outsiders Band playing all the old classics and when it really…

Pure Cafe – Quinta do Lago – Portugal

Pure is a new boutique cafe that has only been open since last year.  Situated next to the gym in Quinta do Lago it is definitely marketing the healthy set and has secured that niche for itself as there is nothing else like it in the area.  It’s also mentioned on my round-up of my favourite…