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A Lunch Date at The Ninth


After reading few reviews of The Ninth, the first solo project by Chef Jun Tanaka, I knew it would be a restaurant I would like and the perfect venue for lunch with Samanta Stewart, the blogger behind Food Expectations. I’d been reading Sam’s blog for a while and I already knew we’d have lots in common,… Read more »

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Oliver Maki: A Little Sushi Stop in Soho


Word of a new sushi place in London always gets me excited so when Oliver Maki opened in Soho recently, I quickly made a lunch reservation for Mr S and I.  A family-owned restaurant group, Oliver Zeitoun and his brother Amer already have four popular restaurants in the Middle East and this is their first… Read more »

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L’Avenue: The Top Hot Spot in Paris


If you’re looking for somewhere super sexy, trendy with a great vibe, L’Avenue is the place to go in Paris. When Andrea first suggested I try the restaurant, I googled it and found Beyonce is a fan, Justin Bieber goes there, I even found a picture of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West bumping into Mel… Read more »

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A Surreal Stay at Le Meurice, Paris


Le Meurice is so much more than a luxury hotel in Paris, it’s a museum of oddities, a gallery of modern art and a cult classic in the heart of the City of Light.  Like the Hôtel Plaze Athénée, Le Meurice is part of the renowned Dorchester Collection, but the two hotels are actually very… Read more »

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Celebrating the Year of the Monkey at Hakkasan Hanway Place


The 8th of February heralds the Chinese New Year and 2016 is the year of the Monkey. With some similarities to the Western zodiac, an animal is attributed to each year in a twelve year cycle and a person born in that year is said to adopt some of the characteristics of that animal. Somebody who… Read more »

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A Spanish Afternoon Tea At Ametsa with Arzak Instruction


Afternoon Tea is such a fine British tradition but it’s always so interesting to try something different for that mid-afternoon treat. So I was really intrigued to sample the unique Spanish themed tea served at Michelin-starred restaurant Ametsa with Arzak Instruction at The Halkin Hotel.  For this afternoon tea with a twist, the usual finger… Read more »

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Frenchie Comes to London


When I was researching restaurants for our Paris trip, one name keeping on coming up. Loved by bloggers, critics and chefs, Frenchie seemed to be one of the most popular restaurants in Paris at the moment. Of course, it was very hard to get a booking but fortunately I didn’t need to make another pilgrimage… Read more »

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A Love Letter to My Husband


Dear Mr Silver, It’s rare that you have a whole blog post dedicated to you but I can’t believe we’ve just celebrated five years together and with Valentine’s Day coming up I thought it was time to devote a little time to write to you. As we go about our day to day lives, I… Read more »

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January Jollity: Monthly Round-Up


Life Lately: January, is ‘new year, new you’ for many people. We make resolutions, stick to them for a couple of weeks and then often fall back into bad habits…well back in December I started Kayla Itsines exercise guide and I was determined to see it through. If you haven’t heard of her, she’s a personal… Read more »

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Parisian Bistro Perfection at Benoit


I’ve got the perfect Parisian Brasserie for you…a buzzy atmosphere, great food and a classic interior…exactly what you’re looking for when you come to the French capital…  As soon as we walked into Benoit we were greeted by a lovely bar and a stunning selection of cheeses and pastries on the counter.  Wooden panelling, red… Read more »