Côte Brasserie – Valentine’s Day Menu

I’ve always been a big fan of Côte Brasserie.  I love French food and although they have multiple restaurants all over the country, each one that I go to seems to have its own personality.  It feels like a little French Bistro and reminds me so much of the year I spent living in Paris….

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2018

Valentine’s Day, you either love it or you hate it!  To some people it’s the chance to show that special person in your life how much they mean to you.  To others it’s an overly sentimental day designed by Greetings Card Companies to make some money.  I’m definitely in the first camp.  While I believe…

The Coach Maker’s Arms – Marylebone, London

This evening Dan and I had been invited to try out the new Coach Maker’s Arms Pub in Marylebone, London.  The restaurant has only been open 6 weeks so we were excited to see what was in store for us.  The Coach Maker’s Arms is part of the Cubitt House pub group and is set…

Bird Of Smithfield – Smithfield Market, London

Walking through deserted Smithfield Market at night can all seem a bit eerie until you suddenly come across the comforting lights of Bird of Smithfield.  It really does stand out, in a Georgian Townhouse on a quiet, empty street and looks so cosy and welcoming.  We had been invited tonight as guests to try the…

Villa Madie, Cassis, Provence, France

Recently, a friend of mine celebrated her 40th birthday and hired a Villa in Cassis.  We were all invited for the weekend with a special treat for lunch on her actual birthday.  A 7-course tasting menu at 2 Michelin starred Villa Madie, Cassis.Set just a little way out-of-town, we arrived to the beautiful Villa Madie. …

Baked Camembert with Garlic & Rosemary

This has to be one of the easiest yet most crowd pleasing appetisers around!  5 minutes prep, 20 minutes in the oven and you have a huge gooey, melted cheese that is perfect for dipping.  I like to make my Baked Camembert with garlic and rosemary, but you could add any flavours you want.  Honey…

Burrata Caprese Salad

I love Burrata (in fact I love all cheese!)  It’s one of those things that I always order from any menu when I see it offered.  In fact I ordered it just last week at our Date Night dinner at Roast Restaurant. There’s something about the firm outer shell, giving way to the gooey, creamy…

Roast Restaurant, Borough Market, London

Dan and I have been together 3 years!  Doesn’t time fly!  But  how to mark our anniversary? A special event like that deserves a special restaurant so I was thrilled when the team at Roast Restaurant invited us there to try their menu.  It would be a lovely way to celebrate a special evening –…

Champagne Brunch at the Landmark Hotel, London, UK

Recently it was my Mummy’s birthday and as a gift, my brother and I bought her Champagne Brunch at the Landmark Hotel.  We’ve done delicious brunches before in Paris, and the Opera Brunch in Madrid was an incredible experience.  Love Brunch at Bovino in Portugal was amazing, but we’ve never gone for an elegant brunch…

Marufos (The Chicken Shack), Almancil, Algarve, Portugal

This year we went to Marufos after our visit to Armona Island as we’d had a long day and didn’t want to spend an hour getting ready to go out somewhere fancy.  We got home, jumped in the pool, threw on clean beach clothes and headed out to The Chicken Shack. Marufos is an Algarvian…

Parmesan Almond Flour Crackers

Recently I made my delicious Almond Flour Crackers and having tried three different toppings I kept thinking about other flavour combinations to create.  I love cheese biscuits so Parmesan came to mind pretty quickly.  With such a strong taste, you don’t need much of it to flavour the crackers so they don’t get greasy and…

Grilled Figs with Goats Cheese, Crispy Prosciutto, Pecans & Honey

Figs have two main growing seasons so I’ve just found out!  The first is now, before the summer and the second is in the autumn.  This means that at the moment there is an abundance of figs in the stores.  I found some mini figs that looked so amazing and ripe that I knew I…