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...

  • 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...

  • 28 May 2018

    Hayman’s Distillery Tour with Sam and Old Tom – review

    Balham isn’t the first neighbourhood in which one might think to find a distillery. But here it is on a small industrial estate, and looking thoroughly contemporary with white walls and crisp painted logo. The first impression is of, perhaps, a drinks warehouse, but this building houses heritage, history and a distilling revival. This is...

  • 27 May 2018

    Aquafaba

    This liquid called Aquafaba is trending just now. It’s being talked about by professional chefs as if it was a newly-discovered and exotic ingredient from the Amazon or a hitherto-undiscovered region of deepest China. In fact, this is a very humble by-product of cooking chickpeas. The other thing to note is that this isn’t expensive...

  • 25 May 2018

    The Museum of Lost Art – book review

    From the bestselling author of The Art of Forgery, Noah Charney, comes this fantasy art adventure, The Museum of Lost Art. This is a stroll through a museum that could never exist. It’s a visit to a gallery of the ‘once was’, perhaps a wander through a hall of ‘lost forever’, and a tentative toe-dipping into...

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