Archive For August 2013

The Hedgerow Cookbook review

The Hedgerow Cookbook review

It’s a tradition, still, for many of us. We await the arrival of blackberries, we collect elderflowers, we are entranced by the perfume of wild garlic. If we were lucky enough to have had a childhood spent roaming lanes, fields and forests then it’s likely that some of our most vivid memories are of collecting…

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Dozo Japanese Restaurant – Soho

Dozo Japanese Restaurant – Soho

This is a relatively new kid on the block although Dozo in Old Brompton Road has been around for a while. This new Soho branch enjoys a spot on Old Compton Street. That’s not the touristy side of Shaftesbury Avenue but the more eclectic streets to the north of that thoroughfare and away from Chinatown…

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Chocolat by Eric Lanlard – yes, its chocolate

Chocolat by Eric Lanlard – yes, its chocolate

The world loves chocolate, and combine that with a dashing chef with a rich French accent and recipes for goods that have graced many a French patisserie window, and one has the makings of a successful cookbook. Yes, it’s true that one can’t actually hear Eric’s Gallic tones but one can imagine. Eric has impeccable…

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Alvin Leung – Bo Innovation Hong Kong, and Bo London

Alvin Leung – Bo Innovation Hong Kong, and Bo London

Bo London will be the next venture headed by “demon chef” Alvin Leung. He could just as easily be described as “the Man in Black” due to his habitual costume, although not his personality. He is an easy chap to like, with a dry sense of humour and engaging manner. He was in the UK…

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Silversea – Silver Wind from Rome to Venice

Silversea – Silver Wind from Rome to Venice

For me a trip starts as soon as I close the front door. I actually enjoy airports, or at least I do after security. The Silversea cruise allowed for a conveniently timed flight from London to Rome, and although I had expected a fume-laced drive from Leonardo da Vinci airport to the port of Civitavecchia…

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Silversea Cruise – Silver Wind wining and dining

Silversea Cruise – Silver Wind wining and dining

Food will likely be a big part of any holiday and may even be the deciding factor. Food tourism is gaining in popularity but even if we are not looking for a gastronomic trip garnished with tastings, visits to local producers and a sprinkling of artisan bakers, we still want good food when we return…

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