Reviews are sponsored; the articles are unbiased, the opinions my own.

  • 21 Feb 2018

    The Glass of Ettore Sottsass review

    Ettore Sottsass (1917 – 2007) was an Italian architect and designer. His body of work included furniture, jewellery, glass, lighting, and strangely, office equipment, which later became iconic and collectable. Items such as typewriters were masterpieces of colour, form and contemporary styling. He also designed many buildings and interiors. Sottsass was born in Innsbruck, Austria,...

  • 19 Feb 2018

    Junmai Ginjo from Heavensake – review

    Junmai Ginjo is just one of many styles of sake. The differences are derived from the type of rice used, the local water, the skill of the Master Brewer or Toji, the koji mould, yeast and, in some cases, added alcohol. But the main factor isn’t an ingredient at all but the degree to which...

  • 17 Feb 2018

    The Exquisite Edition – Mother’s Day by Lily O’Brien’s

    Well, that came around quickly! Just finished getting the pine needles out of the carpet from the Christmas celebrations, the dustman hasn’t even collected the champagne bottles (OK, so it was prosecco) from Valentine’s and now it’s Mother’s Day looming! Lily O’Brien’s comes to the rescue. When it comes to gifts, mums are, for many...

  • 16 Feb 2018

    Cinnamon Kitchen Opens at Battersea Power Station this March

    From the man behind one of London’s most groundbreaking modern Indian restaurants, The Cinnamon Club, Vivek Singh announces the opening of his latest restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen at London’s iconic Grade II*-listed landmark, Battersea Power Station this March. The sleek, urban-inspired restaurant located within a quirky railway arch will be open for brunch, lunch and dinner...

  • 15 Feb 2018

    Jan Steen Exhibition at Mauritshuis The Hague – review

    The Mauritshuis is home to some of the most famous Dutch paintings of the Golden Age. The gallery is a perfectly formed and fitting contemporary venue for its much-loved collections. It has a beautiful and leafy location in the heart of The Hague and it houses masterpieces such as Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring...

  • 12 Feb 2018

    Antwerp for a Belgian Break – Things to do!

    Antwerp is the capital of the Belgian province of Flanders. It is one of the most populous cities in Belgium, although the old city centre gives the impression of a much smaller and more intimate town. It is about 40 kilometres north of Brussels, and only 15 kilometres from the border with The Netherlands. The...

  • 09 Feb 2018

    Mezcal by Emma Janzen – review

    The History, Craft and Cocktails of the World’s Ultimate Artisanal Spirit Emma Janzen has penned a companion to the bartender’s under-utilised spirit called Mezcal. People often assume it is a brand of tequila but in fact the opposite is nearer the truth. Tequila is made from only one variety of agave, where Mezcal is allowed...

  • 05 Feb 2018

    Ippudo in Villiers Street – restaurant review

    One couldn’t think of a better location for this latest Ippudo. I have visited one other branch, the one in St Giles Piazza, but I have never had the opportunity to review. The new Ippudo is just along from Embankment Underground station so it couldn’t be more convenient. Villiers Street connects the Strand with Victoria...

  • 02 Feb 2018

    Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajas – review

    The Al Thani Collection Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajas, published on the occasion of the extraordinary exhibition of the Al Thani Collection in Venice,  allows readers to enjoy, at least from a little distance, the jeweller’s crafts and traditions of the Indian subcontinent, from the pre-Raj Mughal period to more recent times. The...

  • 31 Jan 2018

    Mostly Food & Travel Journal Best of 2017 Awards

    Here are a few of the items that have been particularly noteworthy this year. I have presented my favourite restaurants here but the following are a couple of very different but inspiring books …and some chocolates to enjoy while reading them. Award for Food Literature 2017 – The Flavours of Andalucía This is a full-colour...

  • 30 Jan 2018

    Timeless Travels Winter Edition

    Look out for this outstanding travels and history magazine. It’s a unique and quality publication that any traveler will love. A subscription would be a wonderful gift. In this issue of Timeless Travels: Lahore, Akbar’s great city; discovering art treasures in North Korea; art and history along the Danube from Passau to Vienna; a 12th...

  • 29 Jan 2018

    Indian Accent – Mayfair London – restaurant review

    So, what does one do when a long-loved favourite restaurant closes? Sit in a darkened room in a state of sad dismay? Or, perhaps one visits the newcomer with expectations of disappointment? I did both, but the former, it turns out, was totally over-dramatic and a waste of time, and the latter was unnecessary as...

  • 26 Jan 2018

    Port, Wine and the Douro – travel review

    Ah, beautiful Portugal! Striking architecture in iconic Lisbon. History and character in Porto …and then there is the Douro Valley, which is stunning and will entice any visitor. This area is known for its natural beauty and also for its wines and, in particular, Port. No, it isn’t made in Porto although it’s that city...

  • 24 Jan 2018

    100 Cakes and Bakes by Mary Berry – review

    This is another in the series from My Kitchen Table, offering good-value volumes of easy-to-make recipes, and in the case of 100 Cakes and Bakes those recipes have been penned by none other than the queen of cakes, Mary Berry, who has inspired a generation of would-be home bakers. We have a royal wedding approaching...

  • 22 Jan 2018

    Mostly Food & Travel Journal Best Restaurants 2017

    The Best Sunday Brunch Award goes to Bōkan for its Bottomless Prosecco Sunday Brunch This weekend event was appealing not only for its polished and innovative food but also for the striking view across London which is hard to beat. Read my review here: http://www.mostlyfood.co.uk/index.php/bokan-for-bottomless-prosecco-sunday-brunch-2/     The Best Ethnic Restaurant Award goes to ...

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