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Restaurant Review: Popolo, Shoreditch, London

Recently hailed a “city-best snack” by Time Out, a little dish of crispy olives, chickpeas and strained yoghurt has catapulted Popolo on Shoreditch’s modish Rivington Street to culinary fame. One of London’s must-try restaurants, Popolo is the brainchild of Jonathan

Restaurant Review: Popolo, Shoreditch, London

Recently hailed a “city-best snack” by Time Out, a little dish of crispy olives, chickpeas and strained yoghurt has catapulted Popolo on Shoreditch’s modish Rivington Street to culinary fame. One of London’s must-try restaurants, Popolo is the brainchild of Jonathan

Restaurant review: Ô P’tit Bahut, Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux is world famous for its red wines, producing some of the most sought-after Merlot and Cabernet, as well as superior Sauternes for those who like sweet whites. While many reds make for easy drinking alone, the more robust and

Restaurant review: Ô P’tit Bahut, Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux is world famous for its red wines, producing some of the most sought-after Merlot and Cabernet, as well as superior Sauternes for those who like sweet whites. While many reds make for easy drinking alone, the more robust and

Restaurant Review: Percy & Founders, Fitzrovia, London

Percy & Founders is one of the latest additions to the Open House family, which also includes The Lighterman on Granary Square at King’s Cross and The Larder, also at Fitzroy Place, the award-winning development of new homes, offices and

Restaurant Review: Percy & Founders, Fitzrovia, London

Percy & Founders is one of the latest additions to the Open House family, which also includes The Lighterman on Granary Square at King’s Cross and The Larder, also at Fitzroy Place, the award-winning development of new homes, offices and

Bakery/Café Review: Gail’s Bakery, London

Gail’s Bakery at Clapham Old Town has become my regular Sunday morning breakfast spot, where I take a little time to myself, albeit surrounded by full tables of friends catching up and families taking their kids out for a babyccino

Bakery/Café Review: Gail’s Bakery, London

Gail’s Bakery at Clapham Old Town has become my regular Sunday morning breakfast spot, where I take a little time to myself, albeit surrounded by full tables of friends catching up and families taking their kids out for a babyccino

Everyone’s talking about… Gail’s Bakery’s cinnamon buns

Since moving to Clapham, I now have a roster of fantastic cafés and bakeries on my doorstep, but it’s Gail’s Bakery at Clapham Old Town that has become my regular Sunday morning hangout. With its cosy community feel, friendly staff,

Everyone’s talking about… Gail’s Bakery’s cinnamon buns

Since moving to Clapham, I now have a roster of fantastic cafés and bakeries on my doorstep, but it’s Gail’s Bakery at Clapham Old Town that has become my regular Sunday morning hangout. With its cosy community feel, friendly staff,

Apple season bakes

Apples, spice and everything nice.  Apple season can run from August until May, depending on the variety, however, the majority are ripe for eating in Autumn and early winter. And there’s nothing quite like a wintery apple bake to take

Apple season bakes

Apples, spice and everything nice.  Apple season can run from August until May, depending on the variety, however, the majority are ripe for eating in Autumn and early winter. And there’s nothing quite like a wintery apple bake to take

Café review: Yellow Brick Road, Kuala Lumpur

When driving around KL, I often stumble upon a cluster of brilliant eateries located in a single concrete block just off a main road or tucked at one end of a residential neighbourhood. You can find artisan coffee shops, fine

Café review: Yellow Brick Road, Kuala Lumpur

When driving around KL, I often stumble upon a cluster of brilliant eateries located in a single concrete block just off a main road or tucked at one end of a residential neighbourhood. You can find artisan coffee shops, fine

Bar Review: Cahoots, Soho, London

The first time I went to Cahoots, I remember being giddily excited to finally be visiting one of London’s worst kept secrets. A colleague at work had used her rather labyrinthine network of contacts, calling upon a friend of a

Bar Review: Cahoots, Soho, London

The first time I went to Cahoots, I remember being giddily excited to finally be visiting one of London’s worst kept secrets. A colleague at work had used her rather labyrinthine network of contacts, calling upon a friend of a

Restaurant review: My Burger Lab, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Activated charcoal is one of the latest super-ingredients to hit social media, used in detoxifying face masks, health drinks and now breads. Hipster burger joints have made charcoal bun burgers the latest food fad, now a must-have shot on every

Restaurant review: My Burger Lab, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Activated charcoal is one of the latest super-ingredients to hit social media, used in detoxifying face masks, health drinks and now breads. Hipster burger joints have made charcoal bun burgers the latest food fad, now a must-have shot on every

Everyone’s talking about… Russ & Daughters’ smoked salmon bagels

Several years ago, while scrolling through Instagram in search of inspiration for brunch, I stumbled upon Russ & Daughters on a friend’s feed. An ex-New Yorker and fellow foodie, she told me it was one of the city’s oldest and

Everyone’s talking about… Russ & Daughters’ smoked salmon bagels

Several years ago, while scrolling through Instagram in search of inspiration for brunch, I stumbled upon Russ & Daughters on a friend’s feed. An ex-New Yorker and fellow foodie, she told me it was one of the city’s oldest and

Everyone’s talking about… Le Bread Days’ salted egg yolk croissant

Le Bread Days is a brilliant neighbourhood bakery-cum-café tucked along a residential road in the KL suburbs. Run by a local Malay lady, it makes delicious buttery pastries, pillowy soft brioche and artisan baguettes, and you won’t find a friendlier

Everyone’s talking about… Le Bread Days’ salted egg yolk croissant

Le Bread Days is a brilliant neighbourhood bakery-cum-café tucked along a residential road in the KL suburbs. Run by a local Malay lady, it makes delicious buttery pastries, pillowy soft brioche and artisan baguettes, and you won’t find a friendlier

Restaurant review: Restrain Green View, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

There’s a Chinese restaurant on the street behind my dad’s apartment block in Kuala Lumpur that serves some of the best crab you’ll find, well, anywhere. Each time I visit my dad here, he tells me about this restaurant and

Restaurant review: Restrain Green View, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

There’s a Chinese restaurant on the street behind my dad’s apartment block in Kuala Lumpur that serves some of the best crab you’ll find, well, anywhere. Each time I visit my dad here, he tells me about this restaurant and

London’s top 10 festive menus 2017

The first frost is yet to arrive, but Christmas party planning has already begun, with Thursday and Friday night tables hotly contested for office parties and weekend seats being snapped up for meals with family and friends. While traditional turkey

London’s top 10 festive menus 2017

The first frost is yet to arrive, but Christmas party planning has already begun, with Thursday and Friday night tables hotly contested for office parties and weekend seats being snapped up for meals with family and friends. While traditional turkey

Restaurant review: Prawn on the Lawn, Highbury, London

Several months ago, my friend and I stumbled upon a quaint fishmongers just down the road from Highbury Barn. A stunning display of shiny eyed fresh fish and colourful shellfish was arranged on ice in the window and we couldn’t

Restaurant review: Prawn on the Lawn, Highbury, London

Several months ago, my friend and I stumbled upon a quaint fishmongers just down the road from Highbury Barn. A stunning display of shiny eyed fresh fish and colourful shellfish was arranged on ice in the window and we couldn’t

Restaurant reviews: Italian food in New York

New York is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world and its melting pot of cultures has created an incredibly exciting and dynamic food scene. At the beginning of the 20th century, the city welcomed a large

Restaurant reviews: Italian food in New York

New York is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world and its melting pot of cultures has created an incredibly exciting and dynamic food scene. At the beginning of the 20th century, the city welcomed a large

Recipe: New York cheesecake

In honour of my upcoming trip to the Big Apple, I decided to bake an all-American classic. Being the first time I have attempted a cheesecake, I didn’t realise quite how long they took to bake and was therefore up

Recipe: New York cheesecake

In honour of my upcoming trip to the Big Apple, I decided to bake an all-American classic. Being the first time I have attempted a cheesecake, I didn’t realise quite how long they took to bake and was therefore up

Restaurant Review: Coq d’Argent, Bank, London

I have never been one to mark my birthday with a huge celebration. The pressure of throwing a successful birthday bash is all too much, while I find the idea of a crowd of people singing to me while I

Restaurant Review: Coq d’Argent, Bank, London

I have never been one to mark my birthday with a huge celebration. The pressure of throwing a successful birthday bash is all too much, while I find the idea of a crowd of people singing to me while I

Recipe: Lemon and summer berries layer cake

Nothing says summer better than fresh berries and zingy lemon, layered up and drowned in glorious white chocolate. Ingredients: Sponge cake 285g caster sugar 285g butter or margarine 5 eggs 285g self-raising flour 1 tsp lemon essence 1.5 tsp vanilla

Recipe: Lemon and summer berries layer cake

Nothing says summer better than fresh berries and zingy lemon, layered up and drowned in glorious white chocolate. Ingredients: Sponge cake 285g caster sugar 285g butter or margarine 5 eggs 285g self-raising flour 1 tsp lemon essence 1.5 tsp vanilla

Recipe: Lemon and cinnamon brioche french toast

(Sorry, no photo currently. It was so good that I gobbled it up too fast!) Ingredients: 2 slices brioche (from brioche loaf) 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1/2tsp ground cinnamon zest of 1 lemon vanilla ice cream For the butterscotch

Recipe: Lemon and cinnamon brioche french toast

(Sorry, no photo currently. It was so good that I gobbled it up too fast!) Ingredients: 2 slices brioche (from brioche loaf) 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1/2tsp ground cinnamon zest of 1 lemon vanilla ice cream For the butterscotch

Restaurant Review: Osteria Antica Bologna, Clapham

Having recently moved to Clapham, I have decided to explore the local food offering, and what better place to start than Northcote Road. Stretching from Clapham Common to Wandsworth, Northcote Road is a thriving hub of young professionals in the

Restaurant Review: Osteria Antica Bologna, Clapham

Having recently moved to Clapham, I have decided to explore the local food offering, and what better place to start than Northcote Road. Stretching from Clapham Common to Wandsworth, Northcote Road is a thriving hub of young professionals in the