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

  • 14 Jun 2018

    WIN a copy of ‘Flying Too Close to the Sun’

    FREE DRAW Here’s your opportunity to own a copy of this stunning volume. Flying Too Close to the Sun – Myths in Art from Classical to Contemporary is a unique-concept book from Phaidon Press. It is illustrated with every genre of art from every era. There is, however, a common thread and that is ancient...

  • 22 Jun 2018

    The Petersham Hotel Richmond for Dinner

    The Petersham Hotel Richmond is a perfect gem of a hotel and I am delighted to say it’s within walking distance of my home. OK, that walk would be a healthy trot of several miles but the hotel is near enough to be called local, and I am so pleased. This impressive building is perched...

  • 20 Jun 2018

    Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall

    What better setting for a classic court-room drama than this chamber at the beautiful, iconic and historic County Hall in London! The audience have the sense that they are in a real law-court as they watch the murder case unfold in Witness for the Prosecution. The venue is small, accommodating just a couple of hundred...

  • 19 Jun 2018

    Aska

    Aska is a stunning book from Phaidon Press. Aska has impact, beauty, charm and a great deal of imagination. This might not be the book for the novice cook, but it could be the inspiration for some new dishes for any already-accomplished budding chef. The black leather-look binding indicates that this is a book for...

  • 18 Jun 2018

    Co-op Irresistible Australian Chardonnay 2017

    I have now tried a couple of Co-op wines – a red and now this white Chardonnay. They are blessed with the common denominator of great quality for the price. I could have my wine-tasting head turned away from my traditional wine merchant and towards this supermarket! Made by widely respected wine makers Larry Cherubino...

  • 17 Jun 2018

    Eating Well Everyday by Peter Gordon – book review

    Peter Gordon was born in New Zealand but moved to Australia in 1981 and completed a four-year cookery apprenticeship. He worked in Melbourne restaurants for five years before travelling around Asia. This trip evidently had a huge influence on Peter’s gastronomic future. In 1989, after two-and-a-half years running The Sugar Club kitchen, Peter moved to...

  • 15 Jun 2018

    Wagamama Vegan Curry and Summer Salad – restaurant review

    Richmond is a lovely spot in the summer, but enticing lunch and dinner choices can be thin on the ground. One wants something delicious, reasonably priced and at a good central location – and perhaps we might be vegan. Wagamama provides the solution to this rather tricky gastronomic dilemma. Wagamama Richmond is a light and...

  • 13 Jun 2018

    Flying Too Close to the Sun

    Flying Too Close to the Sun is another unique-concept book from Phaidon Press. It is illustrated with every genre of art from every era. There is, however, a common thread and that is ancient mythology. One doesn’t have to have a degree in ancient literature to appreciate Flying Too Close to the Sun: the art...

  • 11 Jun 2018

    Gosh! – Veggies with Imagination – product review

    No, dear reader, I am not a vegetarian, I am just a lover of delicious meals and that doesn’t always have to include meat – but it must have plenty of flavour. Gosh! products do. The ingredients and seasonings are well-chosen and present imaginative combinations. Gosh! is a company that specialises in vegetarian foods. They...

  • 09 Jun 2018

    Cinnamon Kitchen at Battersea Power Station – restaurant review

    Battersea Power Station has a profile instantly recognisable, to Londoners at least. It was a coal-fired power station, and it was originally two separate buildings, one built in the 1930s and the other in the 1950s. The two stations had similar design and the combination created the iconic four-chimney façade. The station closed in 1983,...

  • 07 Jun 2018

    The House Stay on The Beaverbrook Estate – hotel review

    We are blessed, in the Home Counties and Greater London, with a wealth of fine hotels. There are boutique hotels, glitzy city hotels, former ancestral piles, and then there are those few gems which are timeless and utterly charming, and they might combine a little of all of the above, and in memorable fashion.. That’s...

  • 05 Jun 2018

    Smart Sizzors Multi-purpose Scissors

    These are sturdy scissors and perfect for all those projects around the house that might need good blades and a bit of strength. But they are particularly useful in the kitchen where they offer a safe alternative to a sharp and heavy-duty knife.  Smart Sizzors can also be used by youngsters who are showing a...

  • 04 Jun 2018

    Timeless Travel Summer Edition 2018

    This exciting Summer issue of Timeless Travel includes a brilliant supplement on the site of Troy, 2018 having been designated ‘The Year of Troy’.  In the magazine you can discover the beautiful town of Ohrid in Macedonia, visit Cupid’s Cove in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the site of the first permanent English settlement...

  • 03 Jun 2018

    Co-op 2016 Valle del Bio Bio Malbec from Chile – review

    Malbec is a characterful red wine and is becoming more popular with restaurant goers and home sippers alike. This comes from the Bío Bío Valley in the southern part of Chile. The climate is cool and similar to that found in the Mediterranean. The soil is poor and clay-based and low in fertility, so ideal...

  • 01 Jun 2018

    El Pirata in Mayfair – tapas review

    Mayfair is one of the swankier neighbourhoods in London. It has everything the well-heeled might need: classy boutiques, jewellery, galleries and some great restaurants …expensive great restaurants. And then there is the gem that is known as El Pirata. There isn’t much in Mayfair that could possibly be described as cheap – not even good...

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