“Do you want to do a supper club with me?” Naomi asked and wobbled slightly on her stool. We were out for dinner with friends and had enjoyed pre-going out glasses of white wine, pre-dinner glasses of prosecco and then a few glasses of dinner wine, which had come in a nice, […]

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London basked in a heatwave for two days. But on the third day, the weather gave in. Blue skies were swamped with sweaty grey clouds and the air was thick with the promise of rain.

Obviously I had a table in The Rosendale’s pub garden booked for the third day. A PR had invited […]

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Florence’s town centre is covered in TripAdvisor Centre of Excellence certificates. Thin scraps of A4 taped to cafe windows and restaurant doors, reassuring the city’s itinerant punters that this trattoria, this osteria and this gelateria have the internet’s thumbs-up. They have the confidence of the crowd. Mutually assured menus that guarantee a great night out for […]

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Some things are the result of long and careful planning. Well thought out combinations that are scrutinised and experimented with. Trialled and test run. And some things take two seconds thought, the contents of your fridge and a glorious summer’s day.

We didn’t have enough cold drinks in our fridge in Continue Reading

I meant to write this up as soon as I got home from Italy. But I didn’t. I couldn’t. I was huddled in my bed, sweating my way through a 36-hour pasta comedown. We’d got up to three bowls of pasta a day while we were in Italy. Three bowls! We even ate it cold for […]

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Do you remember what life was like before Aperol Spritzes? No, me either. Even my parents have a bottle of Aperol in the fridge now. There’s no escape. As soon as the sun crests the clouds and the air is warm enough to allow cardigans to slip […]

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I met Chris in a pub an hour or so before we were due at ROKA. We sat at a dirty table in unforgiving light, drank American beer and talked about global warming. In that kind of environment, a sense of fatalistic nihilism is inevitable. We wondered which countries would sink, and how far north we’d […]

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When I think of Easter, I think of Greek food. I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s the way the weather is warming up. That first hazy hint of sunshine that sends my mind southwards, towards the Aegean. To blue skies, blue seas, lamb roasted with oregano, spinach pie and feta crumbled […]

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Another year is done, and I am a little older and a lot more shameless. That’s the best thing about ageing. As I inch further and further along my timeline, I realise there’s less and less stuff for me to worry about.

I had dinner at The Camberwell Arms on New Year’s Eve. […]

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Noma, Copenhagen

On December 31, 2015 By

I thought a lot about shoes when I was packing to go to Noma. I wanted to wear the right shoes.

We were flying to Copenhagen for two nights. Arrive late Friday, eat lunch at Noma on Saturday, go home Sunday. Nothing else booked. Nothing else planned. It was going to be cold and […]

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