Archive For August 2014

Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte, Canary Wharf – restaurant review

Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte, Canary Wharf – restaurant review

We are spoilt for choice in London, and indeed in many cities. We can chance a fishy Japanese breakfast, indulge in lavish Italian lunches, feast at eventide on exotic Indian fare, and feed our need for iffy kebabs in the wee small hours. Every restaurant, café and street cart offers extensive menus showcasing its particular…

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Groningen – Contemporary and Historic – travel review

Groningen – Contemporary and Historic – travel review

Groningen isn’t the first destination in The Netherlands of which one might think. It’s invariably Amsterdam that gets that accolade, and a very fine city it is. But Groningen, in the north of this, one of my favourite countries in Europe, is like an accessible snapshot of all things Dutch. Groningen might be a distance…

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Paramount Afternoon Tea, Centre Point – restaurant review

Paramount Afternoon Tea, Centre Point – restaurant review

Centre Point is iconic, at least for Londoners. It’s an imposing concrete and glass office building in central London and just above Tottenham Court Road Underground station. It couldn’t be more convenient for those using London’s equally iconic transport system. The area is something of a building sight just now – it’s the Crossrail development…

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Imli Street, Soho, for Lunch – restaurant review

Imli Street, Soho, for Lunch – restaurant review

The untutored might not know that Imli Street is part of the celebrated Tamarind Collection which includes the world-famous Tamarind restaurant with Executive Chef Alfred Prasad at the helm, and Tamarind of London in Newport Beach, California. Imli Street is the casual-dining face of the group but the quality remains the same. Imli Street in…

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London Southend Airport – travel review

London Southend Airport – travel review

I am a West London girl (OK, more accurately, mature woman of a certain age) and therefore ideally positioned for Heathrow. I have had reasonable travel experiences at Gatwick and Stansted which are equally described as ‘London’ airports even though the Oyster Card falls short of those marks. But Southend sounded a long way off…

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Porky’s BBQ at Bankside – restaurant review

Porky’s BBQ at Bankside – restaurant review

I guess the name says it all. BBQ is what Porky’s offers, but this is the real thing rather than the chain variety, which has more to do with fast food; the traditional (Memphis) barbecue on which Porky’s is modelled is rather on the slow side …like 18 hours slow. Joy and Simon Brigg were…

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Spices and Seasons by Rinku Bhattacharya – review

Spices and Seasons by Rinku Bhattacharya – review

Indian is perhaps my favourite cuisine. To be honest though, saying that one is going out for an ‘Indian’ tonight is as ridiculous as saying one is going out for a ‘European’ tonight. Think about the size of that country and you will realise that there must be many cuisines with their own characteristics and…

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