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

  • 19 Aug 2018

    Divine Chocolate Introduces Cocoa From São Tomé

    Divine Chocolate Introduces New Organic High Cocoa Rich & Dark Range Featuring Fabulous Feelgood Flavours And Cocoa From São Tomé, West Africa Divine Chocolate, the international Fairtrade company co-owned by farmers, introduces its first ever organic dark chocolate range. The new range is made with acclaimed high quality cocoa sourced from smallholder farmers in São...

  • 17 Aug 2018

    St Ermin’s – Crystal and Plaster Elegance

    St Ermin’s is a time-capsule of accessible refinement, a showcase of craftsmanship, and an oasis of comfort. Its location is convenient, being just around the corner from St James’s Park Underground station, but it’s this hotel’s history and elegance that will assure many happy returns. This four-star deluxe hotel in London’s St James’s Park has...

  • 15 Aug 2018

    PNY Smartphone Lens Kit

    I think that we all agree by now that smartphone cameras can offer remarkably good picture quality. There has always been, and it’s remarked upon by traditional camera users, one limitation and that is their fixed lenses. Yes, the images can be great, but they are limited in their field of view. The PNY Smartphone...

  • 13 Aug 2018

    Chicken and Charcoal: Yakitori, Yardbird, Hong Kong

    Chicken is the world’s best-loved meat. When I was a kid, many decades ago, we only had chicken on Sundays as a treat, but these days the price is affordable and accessible to all.  Chickens are easily bred on small plots of land or in back yards. Yes, it’s a Yardbird. Chicken and Charcoal: Yakitori,...

  • 10 Aug 2018

    Kenza – perhaps the coolest restaurant in London

    Kenza is the Arabic word for treasure and this truly is a subterranean gem. It’s a cool and calm oasis on these sizzling summer days in the city. One can feel the weight of hot and oppressive air lift as one descends the spiral stairs to the exotic idyll below. This Lebanese restaurant is actually...

  • 08 Aug 2018

    Lee Kum Kee and Smokin’ Lotus Noodles and Pork

    Lee Kum Kee is collaborating with Rosie Chik of Smokin’ Lotus, a street food company, that has a regular slot at Kerb in London (King’s Cross and West India Quay) – she has created some recipes ideal for al fresco eating and barbecues. Here are two of them with more to follow. Rosie was born...

  • 06 Aug 2018

    Absinthe – Green Hills & Green Fairies of Jura

    Originally produced in the Val-de-Travers region in Switzerland and in Pontarlier, France, Absinthe is a distilled anise-flavoured spirit made from herbs including the flowers and leaves of the plant Artemisia Absinthium, also called Wormwood. It’s the same botanical as used in Vermouth. Although it is sometimes termed a liqueur, absinthe has no added sugar and...

  • 05 Aug 2018

    Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lemonade

    Jack Daniel’s Black Label Tennessee Whiskey remains the flagship product of Brown-Forman Corporation, one of the foremost international drinks companies. Jack Daniel’s has a range of high-end whiskeys in their portfolio. Old No. 7, also known as Black Label, is the original Jack Daniel’s and is now available as part of a cocktail, in convenient...

  • 03 Aug 2018

    Smith & Wollensky for Breakfast…for everybody

    I was already an unashamed admirer of this classic steakhouse. Smith & Wollensky ticks all the gastronomic boxes for me, and with decor to bring joy to the very soul of this reviewer of ‘a certain age’. Yes, I appreciate quality, but it must be unintimidating. Yes, I want classic service, but it must be...

  • 01 Aug 2018

    The Halloumi Cookbook

    The Halloumi Cookbook offers more than 60 delicious recipes taking advantage of this rather unique cheese. It’s popular with vegetarians and prized for its high melting point.  It can easily be fried or grilled, making it perfect for summer barbecuing. Its texture is loved by meat-eaters, too. Kids will enjoy this cheese for its mild...

  • 30 Jul 2018

    The Petersham Hotel for a Stay

    The Petersham is a 4-Star stunner with the best views of the River Thames, which winds below past idyllic pastures.  The hotel is on Nightingale Lane which once had a Nightingale Cottage. In 1863, the cottage was acquired by the Richmond Hill Hotel Company. They employed John Giles as the architect to build something remarkable...

  • 29 Jul 2018

    Carl Goes London Islands

    Carl Goes London Islands is one of a series of alternative travel guide books, and a collection with which I am rather taken. These books cover a selection of destinations and have plain soft binding with just the title on a simple coloured field. They would stand out on the bookshop travel shelves, although I...

  • 27 Jul 2018

    Lee Kum Kee and Smokin’ Lotus Lamb and Salmon

    Lee Kum Kee is collaborating with Rosie Chik of Smokin’ Lotus, a street food company, that has a regular slot at Kerb in London (King’s Cross and West India Quay) – she has created some recipes ideal for al fresco eating and barbecues. Here are two of them with more to follow. Rosie was born...

  • 25 Jul 2018

    Copperpot Fudge – creamy and rich

    Fudge has long been a favourite sweet indulgence, and at any time of year. It’s creamy and rich and somehow takes one back to an English childhood when summers were long (just like this one) and one dreamt of a few days on the beach or rambling through green fields. Yes, Copperpot fudge does it...

  • 23 Jul 2018

    Hokusai: The Master’s Legacy

    We have likely all heard of Hokusai but in truth most people would only recognise The Great Wave off Kanagawa, also known as The Great Wave or just The Wave. It is a woodblock print and an iconic example of this man’s work, and it’s prominent on the cover of Hokusai: The Master’s Legacy, a...

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