Saturday, 31 October 2015
Thursday, 29 October 2015
Some people might think I'm mad, but my favourite season of the entire year is actually autumn. Not spring time when daffodils and tulips are flowering and lambs are frolicking in the meadows. Not summer when the days are long and sunny and the footwear of choice are flipflops. And definitely not winter with its grey and dreary weather.
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
I’m eating around the world without leaving London and this week I am having Ecuadorian food at Tostado. This cute eatery tucked away in a narrow alley in Soho serves up dishes prepare according to traditional Ecuadorian recipes. Since I will be heading off to Quito in a few weeks, I was especially curious to get a preview of Ecuadorian food.
Saturday, 24 October 2015
Since I went on a Jack the Ripper themed Photography walk a few months ago, I think I've turned into a bit of a Jack the Ripper fanatic. Ever since I've been reading books and numerous Ripperologist's webpages. So when I was invited to join an official Jack the Ripper tour blogger party, I didn't need to think twice.
Thursday, 22 October 2015
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had New Zealand food at Tapa Room. What is New Zealand food, I hear you think. Well, if it is created by Kiwi chef Peter Gordon, who owns Tapa Room and Providores, it is in one word delicious.
Tapa Room might make you think that you'll be served food in small portions, but tapa is actually a type of tapestry, one of which is on display on the back wall in the restaurant.
Saturday, 17 October 2015
I'm a carnivore through and through. I tried to be a veggie some 20 years ago, but I surrendered to temptation when a pate sandwich was offered to me after three months of complete meat abstinence. That doesn't mean that I say no to all veg dishes. Especially when they're cooked up by the chefs at The Gate Restaurant.
I was asked to review this place, which apparently is Gwynneth's and Madge's fav veggie hangout in London. If it's good enough for them... And after hearing my friend rave about The Gate I couldn't wait.
Thursday, 15 October 2015
It's that time of year when spooks, spirits and phantoms come out to play again. If you feel that you're too old to be donning a witch's hat or a white sheet and holding out your hand for chocolates and sweets, then I've got some hair-rising alternatives. Here are my favourite things to do around London this Halloween.
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
I’m eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had Australian food at Lantana. Well sort of. I mean I really had to scratch my head as what constitutes Australian food. Kangaroo steak on the Barbie? I asked an Australian friend and he reckoned that what the Ozzies are good at is making coffee. So he recommended Lantana. I remembered I had been there for a Sunday brunch a few years ago, and didn’t mind at all going back for more.
Saturday, 10 October 2015
Thursday, 8 October 2015
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had Indonesian food at Nusa Dua. Now Indonesian food is one cuisine I love and can find plenty of back home in Holland. I really miss it being here in London, so I was really happy to hear that this place had opened up in the West End.
It's not a fancy place by no means, but definitely a restaurant you feel comfortable in from the bat. It's decorated in a simple yet modern style with lots of traditional art that you can actually buy. Beats taking home a doggy bag.
I booked a table with 7 of my Dutch friends for the traditional rice table or rijsttafel as we call it in Dutch/ Indonesian. It's a great way to sample lots of mini portions of various Indonesian dishes. Kind of like tapas, but Asia style.
Saturday, 3 October 2015
My day hasn't really started until I have had my first cup of coffee. Before that, it's best to avoid me alltogether as my mood is of the cranky kind. Usually I have it at work, at my desk, behind my computer, but when I am not working, I try to find great, independent and alternative places to have my morning joe. No Starbucks for me. Here are my favourite London coffeeshops.
Thursday, 1 October 2015
Visiting Knole House in Sevenoaks wasn't exactly at the top of my must-see list. It just so happened that on a rainy day, I was leafing through an old Lonely Planet edition of England, when my eye fell on a description of this little gem of a palace. And with Sevenoaks being just outside of the M25, (They are desperately trying to get Oystered) it is real easy to get there on the train.
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