Archive For September 2018

There’s no smoke without … a Saint-Claude pipe

There’s no smoke without … a Saint-Claude pipe

You, dear reader, will be unusual to say the least if you own one; your father probably didn’t have one, either; more likely your grandfather might have had one … or two or three. Take a look in your old family photo album and chances are there will be someone smoking a pipe and looking…

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China: A History

China: A History

China: A History is an excellent and authoritative tome by an author who brings this enigmatic land to rich and colourful life. John Keay illustrates that phrase ‘To know who we are we must know where we come from’ or, and perhaps of more interest to us in the West, ‘We must know where we…

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Theatre – Murder, She Didn’t Write

Theatre – Murder, She Didn’t Write

Degrees of Error & Something for the Weekend present: MURDER, SHE DIDN’T WRITE: THE IMPROVISED MURDER MYSTERY NEW WEST END RESIDENCY AT LECIESTER SQUARE THEATRE FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL SUMMER RUN   “Hilarious, interactive improv show…the show is a riot” Scottish Daily Mail (Edinburgh Festival 2018)   Photo Credit: Jamie Corbin “This is a fascinating take on…

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The Bartender’s Book

The Bartender’s Book

This is a little gem of bartending support. The Bartender’s Book, or to give it its full and impressive title The Bartender’s Book: The Essential Guide for Mixologists, by Dave Broom, is something of a barman’s/woman’s almanac. The cover gives a sense of the early 20th century, when cocktails became fashionable. The book offers excellent…

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TWG Tea – Knightsbridge

TWG Tea – Knightsbridge

TWG Tea has arrived in Knightsbridge, perhaps the classiest neighbourhood in London. I could not be happier, as I am a tea drinker and I love Singapore. Yes, those two topics are indeed very much associated. This luxury tea brand was established in 2008 in Singapore, in celebration of the island’s great history as a…

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Bonnet Jujurieux Silk Factory Museum

Bonnet Jujurieux Silk Factory Museum

This is a charming museum, and it seems to encompass most of the original Bonnet silk factory in Jujurieux, a small town in the department of Ain. The hub of the silk-production industry was Lyon. C J Bonnet founded a company in that city in 1810 and established this factory at Jujurieux in 1835. The…

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Abokado for Bento

Abokado for Bento

I am constantly amazed at the prices charged for Japanese food in London. I am usually disappointed by the portion sizes, too. That doesn’t make a positive gastronomic statement, in my book. But then there is always Abokado – they offer reasonably-priced Japanese food and plenty of choice. Abokado is a small chain and I…

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Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

There are several popular varieties of cocktail cherry. Most of them are bright enough to read a book by and sticky enough to become the candy of choice of any 5-year-old with a sweet tooth. No, not all cherries are created equal, so it’s worth doing some homework and buying the best. That would be…

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One Aldwych – Trays of Treats

One Aldwych – Trays of Treats

One Aldwych has, over many years, ticked numerous culinary boxes (read my reviews here). The hotel’s location makes it an ideal spot for both business and leisure, for families and lone workers. Back in 1907, this building housed the offices of The Morning Post. It has theatres on its doorstep and Covent Garden is a…

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Timeless Travels Autumn Edition

Timeless Travels Autumn Edition

Here is the next edition of one of my favourite print magazines. Timeless Travels offers insights into destinations far and near and puts them into contemporary context. You’ll see my article on Japanese temples, and lots more reading for the autumn. Here is the line-up in this edition: South Africa: Saving Past Traditions, The Netherlands:…

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