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 Wahaca  Experimental on London’s Southbank            

Between work and jetting back and forth to Italy I hardly get the chance for a proper bit of tourism. For the first time in a long while I had a perfect night out eating mexican fare in a trendy set of containers belonging to the chain Wahaca. Drinks plus dinner came to a decent … Continue reading

Bits of Borough Market, London Bridge

Borough Market is an institution, the problem is deciding what you’re goin to eat. Salted beef sanwiches with pickle, a croissant and the besy filtered coffee of your life at Monmouth, Iberian ham at the Jamoneria, fresh cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy, suckling piglet from roast, burrata from an Italian vendor or paella from a … Continue reading

Royal Arsenal in London

My new neighbourhood of the Royal Arsenal riverside is an enticing mix of converted warehouses, old military barracks and an exlectix mix of cultures. Drab and cheap mixes with sophisticated and repurposed for a combination that is hard to quite classify. On one side of the Woolwich Arsenal station you have discount shops, people on … Continue reading

Fiat Centro Storico Archives

Fiat’s main historical archive is tucked away on a quiet street in one of my favourite areas of Turin. I was privileged enough to have a recent private tour led by a man who knows his stuff. He took us through the old sports car attempts, the various incarnations of the now global must-have fiat … Continue reading

Southend on Sea

When I laid out the plan for my life when I was a kid, London was never on my list of places to live, so it’s safe to say that Essex never even crossed my mind. My first Essex encounter was watching Little Britain’s spoof character Vicky, the vulgar overweight, heavily make-up’d teenager who had … Continue reading

Afternoon Tea in Mayfair

Finally got around to having a proper spot of tea in London. I have to say the location was unbelievably old-school elegant British and we were seated in a wintergarden. The stale finger sandwiches and outsourced pastries kind of spoiled the all around experience, but the ambience helped. Gotta start somewhere! Here’s to the next … Continue reading

Fortnum & Mason

I could get lost in here all day.

Masseria Melcarne: a great dining destination during our Puglia Vacation

Masserias are the hot thing in Puglia nowadays. Some are B&B’s, some are restaurants and some are both. I knew that I couldn’t leave Salento without having an authentic Masseria experience, but I was terrified that we would get scammed into some place that had a pretty face, but no substance behind it (i.e. a … Continue reading

My Sicilian Summer

A long overdue vacation after seven intense months of work and business travel. We’re onto Day 3 of our week in Sicily and I couldn’t ask for mote, fantastic, unusually breezy weather at the beach, succulent seafood dinners and UNESCO sights. So far we’ve sunbathed at Marina di Modica and Sampieri, had the meal of … Continue reading

My best friend’s wedding….shower

Like a good a long-distance Maid of Honour, I flew across the Atlantic to be there for my best friend Katie’s wedding shower which was a lovely affair complete with baking-themed goodies and all the cookies your heart could desire. Didn’t the bride to be look lovely?!  We both wore BCBG by Max Azria…