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Balthazar London


On Monday I had a day off from mothering and headed into town to get my feed on. Having been a while since I’ve been able to dine out in town without having to worry about how buggy-friendly a place is I thought I’d head somewhere I’d really wanted to try for a while. Given the abundance of places on offer in Central London, I chose to head to Balthazar. Having opened a few months back in Covent Garden, quite a fuss had been made about this New York landmark brunch destination coming to the UK. Because of this I was eager to try it out…
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Sticks N Sushi UK


Before the arrival of Baby Edie, D & I took the (reluctant) decision to move from central London out to the ‘burbs. Try as you might, there’s an instinct that takes over when you have a kid and you start to crave being near big, green, open spaces – thinking that it will provide your spawn with a much more healthy and fulfilled lifestyle. There’s probably a lot of merit in it (and once she starts to have a bit of a clue about her surroundings I’m sure she’ll thank us for it), but as city dwellers it made D and I rather nervous. Now, don’t get me wrong Wimbledon is hardly the Outer Hebrides, but to us it signalled a shift across a relatively large chasm one approaches in life – when you stop being a happy-go-lucky ‘look at me I have disposable income to fritter on fine dining type’ and become the button-down ‘let’s save it for a special occasion’ sensible suburbanites type.

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The Mistley Thorn


Having grown up in Essex, a mere 30mins drive from the quay-side village of Mistely, I’ll admit I hadn’t thought that there was much appeal to driving out there other than to look at some views of Harwich port across the estuary. I stand corrected. Mistley has some real delights to it. Besides being right on the water it appears to be home to one of the largest flocks of swans I’ve ever seen, which when seen en masse are really quite a spectacle. It’s also the home of The Mistley Thorn restaurant which D had read rave reviews about before booking us in there for Sunday lunch recently.

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Dinner @PerkinReveller


Several years ago now I used to work in the City. In the interests of full disclosure I had nothing to do with finances, nor did I wear a suit. I worked for an event management company that just happened to have an office squirrelled away in the historical back streets area of the City of London.

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Feeding in Boston – the sequel.


Last week I was back over in Boston for business. Fortunately on this visit I had more opportunity to explore the variety of feeding holes this fine city has to offer. I am completely and utterly smitten with Boston. Although it’s not know for its fine dining necessarily, the city has a lot of good food to offer, as well as being very clean, cool and friendly.
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Upstairs at The Ten Bells

I’m conscious that I’m liable to make myself even more unpopular than I already am with this particular review, as Upstairs at The Ten Bells has been proving so popular of late. However, in an effort to provide an unbiased view, I feel I’ve got to be honest.

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Feeding in Boston,MA


Recently I was sent to the US with work. My trip involved spending a couple of days in Boston. As someone who much prefers to take recommendations for where to eat, I was feeling a little unsure as I headed out there with no recommendations, and no idea where to get a good meal.
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After the disappointment of attempting ‘posh curry’ at Trishna not too long ago, I was dubious about heading over to Notting Hill to try London’s latest upmarket Indian offering.

Walking in and spotting the glamourous, plush interior I became even more concerned. I’m a big fan of the likes of Tayyabs in East London where the decor is about as inviting as the service (rams tongue in cheek), but the addictive quality of the food is what lures you back there time and time again. In my mind a good curry doesn’t need to come in gilt-edged packaging.
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Santa Maria

By now, word may well have reached you (whether you live in London or Timbuktu), that a pizzeria by the name of Santa Maria is causing quite a stir in London. Thanks to Time Out awarding it one of the best pizza places in London, and even FT.com getting in on the act with naming it one of the top 5 pizza restaurants, Santa Maria has been building up quite a fan base since it opened in 2010.

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Malina Restaurant

About a week I ago, as I sat in traffic in Brook Green, I glanced out of the window to my right and noticed a sweet looking restaurant called Malina. I pointed it out to D and suggested we look it up on the internet to see what it was. Almost entirely convinced that because it looked so attractive it would likely have poor reviews (ever the optimist me!), I was quite surprised to discover Malina actually has rave reviews for its Polish cuisine, and was awarded Time Out’s Best New Local Restaurant title in 2011.

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