The Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire & Wild Carrot Restaurant

This afternoon Dan and I had been invited on a special treat.  We’d been offered a stay at the  Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire including dinner, to try their new menu at the Wild Carrot Restaurant.  The Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is a restored 18th-century manor set in 500 acres of picturesque grounds.  When you come…

Moules Marinières – Mussels in Garlic & White Wine

Last week I shared with you my Recipe for Gratinated Razor Clams with Chorizo & Parmesan which was the starter dish for my anniversary meal with Dan.  We followed it up with these delicious Moules Marinières as the  main course.  A complete seafood feast! We’ve just discovered a wonderful new seafood supplier near us and…

English Sparkling Wine Tasting at Albury Vineyard

Today I’d been invited by Abel & Cole to visit the beautiful Albury Vineyard nestled in the Surrey Hills.  Albury is a certified organic and biodynamic vineyard and their wines are now available to purchase through Abel & Cole.  That’s right, they don’t only do veggie boxes as I’ve just discovered but they have meat,…

Gratinated Razor Clams with Parmesan & Chorizo

I love finding great local producers and we have just discovered a wonderful seafood supplier down the road from us in Islington, London.  I’d had my heart set on Moules Marinières for a special Anniversary evening with Dan so I sent him off while I was at work to purchase the mussels.  Later that day…

Royal Savoy Hotel, Lausanne, Switzerland

Recently, I spent a beautiful Foodie weekend in Lausanne, Switzerland to experience everything that the area has to offer.  I visited ‘Les Caves Ouvertes‘ (a wine tasting festival) and sampled many of the local wines.  We tried many restaurants, food fairs and generally ate and drank our way around Lausanne.  Our base for the weekend…

Casa do Lago, Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal

Every year we come to the Algarve in Portugal and one of my favourite bits about the holiday is eating in so many fantastic restaurants.  One of our favourites, Casa do Lago in Quinta do Lago has one of those settings that just cant be beaten.  The restaurant is found in the middle of a…

Lentil Feta Mint Salad

A few weeks ago when I made dinner for my Swedish Friends, I made this Lentil Feta Mint Salad and promised you all the recipe.  Well, I made it again last night and took note of the quantities  this time around to share with you all.

The Bayonne Festival – Les Fêtes de Bayonne, Basque Country, France

Recently I went on another trip to one of my favourite places, Biarritz in the South West of France.  Whilst there, we realised there was a big festival on in the neighbouring town of Bayonne.  (I’d only ever known Bayonne for its ham before!)  What we didn’t realise was that this is in fact the…

VIVO Bistro – Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal

Wow, is all I can say!  What a transformation!  I’ve been coming to Four Seasons Fairways in Quinta do Lago for as long as I can remember and they’ve had a complete revamp!  The whole clubhouse and pool has been transformed into a beautifully chic area with a new restaurant to match.  VIVO Bistro is…

What to do in the Salento Region of Puglia, Italy

Dan and I were off to Italy again!  We had been invited by the Puglia Tourist Board who promised to show us a whole host of things to do in the Salento Region.  (Puglia is the southernmost part of Italy or the ‘heel of the boot of Italy’ and Salento is the southern tip of…

The Best Refined SugarFree Cocktails for Summer

What’s better than lying by a pool drinking an ice-cold cocktail on a summer’s day?  Drinking a SugarFree Cocktail lying by a pool – as I can’t tolerate refined sugar, that’s what!  (Can you tell I’m in holiday mode?) These recipes below should give you some inspiration to make your own delicious Sugarfree Cocktails rather…

Dinner at the Admiral Codrington, Chelsea, London

Last night we were treated to dinner at the Admiral Codrington in Chelsea (or The Cod as it’s affectionately known).  I’ve been to this gastro pub a few times before but only to drink, never for dinner.  They have a cute little terrace to the side of the main building which is perfect for sunny…