Symmetry snacks

Last week I swapped London’s swelter for the low skies and sweet air of Scotland. There was a lot of talk, before we set off, about how this was going to be a week of relaxation, balance and health. What the ‘health’ bit would involve was unclear, but [...]

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Cow yoga is an important part of the traditions of Asturias

If you’ve read my last two posts about my press trip to Asturias, then you’re probably thinking: how can I get to this land of cheese and cider and where shall I stay when I [...]

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Tortilla ice cream on a rice crisp with Joselito ham at Casa Gerardo

In Casa Gerardo, Marcos Morán is explaining why we’re eating a bowl of potato skin broth. It’s to do with his grandfather’s hands. When Marcos was little he remembers his granddad bringing potatoes into the kitchen, [...]

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Lakes, mountains, cows: Asturias has it all

Up until now, I’ve never wondered what it would be like to be buried alive in blue cheese. I’m not that kind of pervert. But standing at the entrance to the cheese caves of Carreña, I begin to consider it.

There [...]

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Gin on tap. Let’s just stop there and appreciate that

“What are you up in Edinburgh for?” asked the receptionists at the G&V Hotel as we waited for the printer to spool off my booking.

“I’m here to drink gin.”

He lit up. “You have to go to [...]

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Cheese and lentils. Classic

If you’re looking for a place that exemplifies modern London restaurants, then take yourself to Blenhein Grove, pull up a stool in Peckham Refreshment Rooms and order a plate of ham to share. From the barely there decor to the mix and [...]

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Portrait of a balanced diet

Sharp-eyed readers with a fondness for small print will have noticed that my post about Forza Dispensa was tagged Peckham Dining Club. And if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen the hashtag #PeckhamDiningClub appear every so often. [...]

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Nothing finer than a chicken on a ramble

Much of the UK has passed me by. Or, more accurately, I’ve passed a lot it by. There are a few tourist hotspots I’ve idled in for a week or two, but great swathes of the country are a mystery [...]

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Blinded by the light(s) We’re walking down Bournemouth Road. In front of us knots of people are strung along the pavement, all of them ambling in the same direction we are. They’re a motley collection of suits, print dresses, jumpsuits and skinny jeans. If Patient Zero is an intern at [...]

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Shall I say it? Alright, I’ll say it. Just one Cornetto! Give it to meeeee

A city of bridges and sighs, Venice is also home to the note. Taped to walls and windows, and written in underlined, over exclamation marked English, they yap instructions at the milling crowds. ‘No eating! [...]

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