Brunch at Arlo’s Balham, London

It was the first nice day of the year and what better way to spend it than a nice long leisurely brunch.  Arlo’s had invited me to try their recently revamped brunch menu so we headed to South London to check it out.  Brunch at Arlo’s Balham was the perfect way to start the day!…

SCD Grain-Free Blinis

Do you ever feel left out at cocktail parties?  All those delicious canapés being passed around and you can’t eat any of them?  Whether they’re breaded, deep-fried or served on a crostini or a cracker, there’s usually a grain element to most hors d’oeuvres.  No need to forego the nibbles anymore!  I have the answer! …

Palazzo Ducale Venturi – Minervino di Lecce, Puglia

This weekend Dan and I were in Puglia to celebrate the festival of the Tavole di San Giuseppe.  ‘The table of St Joseph.’  We’ve been to Puglia before but never to the Salento region (the very South part).  We were lucky enough to be staying in the beautiful Palazzo Ducale Venturi in Minervino di Lecce. …

A Tour of Newcastle for Foodies

This weekend I was off on a trip to Newcastle to sample the city’s culinary delights.  Newcastle is probably not the first place you’d think of as a Foodie Paradise so I was intrigued to see what the city had to offer.  This weekend was in collaboration with Newcastle Gateshead who had planned a Newcastle…

Iberica Restaurant – Marylebone, London

Today I’d been invited to try the menu at Iberica Restaurant.  Normally I take Dan to these things but today I’d chosen to take my mum because she’s a big tapas sceptic!  She’s only had tapas a few times before but she’s never really been impressed.  The first time was at a UK high street…

Experience London with Tripadvisor Attractions

It’s not very often that you get the opportunity to be a tourist in your own city.  Living in London it’s all too easy to take this amazing place for granted.  That’s why I jumped at the chance when TripAdvisor gave me the opportunity to purchase a London attraction from their website and really experience…

Parmesan Crisps

The crunch of a crisp or cracker is the one thing I miss most since I went grain, gluten and sugar free.  These days there are vegetable crisps on the market which fill a small void but I’ve come up with a crispy crunchy snack that is so delicious and so decadent.  Behold my Parmesan…

How to Taste Caviar with Attilus Caviar

Caviar has always been one of those things that has intimidated me a bit.  Great as a garnish on a canapé, blini or as a topping on sashimi but I’ve never really had it on its own.  The fantastic thing though is that it’s a food that is great for my diet as it’s completely…

Bottomless Brunch at PerBacco – Parsons Green, London

PerBacco (meaning Oh Wow! in Italian) is a relatively new Italian restaurant on the Fulham Rd in Parsons Green.  It’s only been open for about 3 months but already it has had some fantastic reviews on Trip Advisor.  Chef Stefano is in the process of redesigning the dinner menu for Spring, which we would get…

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus has to be one of the easiest (yet most popular with guests) appetisers I have ever made.  It takes 5 mins to prep, has only 3 ingredients and just needs to bake in the oven for 15-20mins.  For canapés I estimate around 3 per person but they’re definitely popular so make sure…

Dead Dolls House – Islington, London

Tonight we’d been invited to the The Dead Dolls House in Islington, London!  The name conjures up all sorts of imagery so we were intrigued to find out what was in store for us. I’m not sure what I was expecting, maybe a house of horrors but it was a lot less intimidating than I…

The Kallima Spa at the Hilton Syon Park Hotel, London

This weekend my mum and I were spending a night at the Hilton, Syon Park.  We were booked in for a Spa Treatment at the Kallima Spa.  This would be followed by a 3 course dinner in the Marco Pierre White Restaurant and an overnight stay. The bit I was most excited about was the…