Journal

06th August, 2012

PJ’s Bar & Grill, London

The first thing one notices at PJ’s Bar & Grill is the enormous wooden fan slowly turning as a remnant of a bygone era. However, upon closer inspection, it’s actually the propeller of an airplane – a wooden propeller. Coupled with all the other relics from the colonial era and upper class English society, character […]

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06th August, 2012

Lima, London

A few months ago I was standing on top of Machu Picchu, in awe of the Incan legacy, tucked away in the Andes. What was even more inspiring was that the majority of Machu Picchu was a laboratory for agriculture where the Incas would experiment with different crops by growing them in micro-climates using terraces. […]

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06th August, 2012

The Girl and Goat, Chicago

It’s amazing how much hype and attention is given to winners of TV food competitions and even more remarkable is the quality of food on offer at these restaurants. Having unintentionally eaten at several restaurants run by the US food series Top Chef winners, the expectations from such restaurant just kept getting higher and higher […]

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24th July, 2012

Claude Bosi at The Cube by Electrolux, Southbank

Sometime all the chips fall in the right place. A perfect summer evening, a room with a view atop the Royal Festival Hall and a meal cooked by Claude Bosi of Hibiscus in an intimate yet sociable room of about 18 people. Yes, indeed, all these chips did fall into place and the setting sun […]

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19th July, 2012

Galvin at Windows, Park Lane

Olympics? Bah humbug! In the words of a once great Axl Rose of Guns n’ Roses, “I’m not the only one, with whom these feelings I share…” It truly is going to be a whirlwind of madness, insanity and a lot of annoyed Londoners. Walking by the Hilton on Park Lane, one can barely recognise […]

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18th July, 2012

Origins: Olive Oil

There’s rarely a kitchen without it! Olive Oil. Great to cook with, great for your skin, really good for your hair and I’m surprised Cleopatra didn’t have a bath in it! A few months ago I was in Mendoza, Argentina sampling their greatest produce across several vineyards when I was given the chance to go […]

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18th July, 2012

The Anchor and Hope, Waterloo

As far as gastropubs go, The Anchor & Hope is no stranger to London. Not known entirely for its range of ales and beers, it’s a place where one can always be guaranteed a good crowd, fantastic service and incredible food. I find Anchor does what others cannot really do with as much ease – […]

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17th July, 2012

Morgan M, Smithfield

For very many years, on the very quiet Liverpool Rd in Highbury, lay a very discreet and quiet restaurant that never seemed to have people in it or for that matter, anyone writing anything about it. I used to always wonder about the restaurant and every now and then, look at the menu and remark […]

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16th July, 2012

The Gate, Islington

It’s always refreshing to see a new vegetarian restaurant open up in London, but seldom does it actually have anything exciting or creative and when they are creative, they often forget how to add any flavour to the dishes. The Gate was one of London’s first all vegetarian restaurants, trailblazing the scene sine 1989 and even a […]

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14th July, 2012

Duck Soup, Soho

Drinking whisky in the afternoon? Surely not! But why not? ‘Tis  a fine drink to be had on a summers day.. An afternoon that starts with whisky, surely ends with the devil does it not? But not if you have chocolates involved. They can handle the seduction. *** The day really did start off in […]

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