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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 8 Tips For Perfect Pancakes, Yo

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    It’s Shrove Tuesday. Officially, for those of a religious persuasion, it’s a day of confession and feasting prior to a season of penance and sacrifice. Unofficially, it’s a day to eat pancakes. To celebrate this enigmatic occasion, I shall share my tips for the perfect pancakes. Because I love pancakes. Almost as much as I love […]

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  • Rabot 1745

    Rabot 1745

    London’s first “urban cacao restaurant” launched this week, the latest venture by the founders of Hotel Chocolat, Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris. Named for their 140-acre cocoa estate in Saint Lucia, Rabot 1745 is tucked away on the shoulder of Borough Market (just across the street from “Bridget Jones’ flat”, if you’re partial to a bit […]

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  • Brunch: Franze & Evans

    Franze & Evans

    Brunch might just be my favourite meal. Anything goes. Have a burger! Have scrambled eggs! Have porridge with a side of prosecco! And since it’s neither breakfast nor lunch, there is no sense of having to start – or finish – at any particular time. It’s unhurried. Comfortable. Relaxed. Nobody pops out for a quick […]