• Column
  • My Year in Coffee


    Considering my interest in food (preoccupation, some might say), there will always arise the question of what I don’t like. And for a long time my answer would elicit surprise. COFFEE. I couldn’t stand it. It was the only thing I detested, the last hurdle of flavour that I’d yet to conquer; I’d sooner stuff […]

  • Food
  • Dram & Smoke


    My grandmother was born just outside of Edinburgh. But she was only four when her family packed up and shipped out to New Zealand, leaving little trace of Scotland in my upbringing. And yet, I’ve turned out with a thirst for whisky, haggis, shortbread and rugged wilderness. I may be without a clan, but it […]

  • Food
  • Feast London


    It’s back, London! This weekend the gloriously gluttonous spectacle that is Feast returns to Tobacco Dock for a weekend of excellent gob-stuffing hijinks, bringing together some of the capital’s best restaurants, street food traders, and a few other intriguing goodies… I asked co-founder Matt Utber (possibly the tallest Aussie in town, can’t miss him) to […]

  • Food
  • Wapping Market


    This is an SOS. A new food market has opened up  in Wapping. This is within bleary-eyed-strolling-distance of my ‘hood, meaning every Sunday since it began I’ve been able to turn up for a Crosstown doughnut. It’s bloody dangerous. I mean, it’s only been going three weeks, but I’ll be there again tomorrow, and so […]

  • Drink
  • Hackney Hardware


    If you want something done well, you have to do it yourself, which is exactly what friends China Brooks-Basto and Charlotte Mecklenburgh have done. When they heard about a disused hardware shop in east London, they decided to do something fun with the space – and turned it into a pop-up bar. Sure, we all have flashes […]

  • Food
  • A Need For Mead


    Many a Saturday you’ll find me ambling hungrily through Maltby Street market sticking my nose into everything, but recently I found myself there on a particularly lazy Sunday, to find the traders had switched up and I had all sorts of new goodies to try. This was the day I stumbled upon Gosnells mead, produced in […]