Journal

12th July, 2012

Pizarro, Bermondsey

Ah London! Back to the Big Smoke after nearly a year away and so much has changed. Everywhere I walk I look at life around me and have to re-orientate myself with all the changes. The most striking one being the Shard – Europe’s tallest building, at London Bridge. To me it looks like the […]

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12th July, 2012

Off the Grid, San Francisco

You’ve got to hand it to San Francisco, they sure do food with style, whether it’s 2 star Michelin, a restaurant that seasons their garlic with food or serious health conscious fare. However, what San Francisco does better than anyone else are food trucks. Now, living in England, the thought of a food truck serving […]

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11th July, 2012

Charcut, Calgary

It’s always fun when you go to a restaurant and  either you or someone you’re with knows the chef or someone important at the restaurant. There’s always great service, little surprises and generally a sense of feeling special. However, there are a few rare occasions when knowing someone at a restaurant can work against you, […]

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09th July, 2012

Vij’s, Vancouver

Whilst there was no shortage of great food on my travels through the Americas, the one bit of eating that is dire across South and North America is Indian. There seems to be a disastrous lack of quality Indian restaurants for the discerning diner. By quality, I naturally mean restaurants of a calibre we have […]

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04th July, 2012

Pok Pok, Portland

I did laugh out loud and possibly may have even done a chicken walk to the sound of Portland’s hottest restaurant, Pok Pok. Having discovered a very decisive and accurate listing of some of America’s best restaurants, Pok Pok had been on my radar and as it so happened that I had a friend who I was […]

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03rd July, 2012

Sons & Daughters, San Francisco

It’s almost sacrilege to visit through the west coast, especially San Francisco and not pay a visit to a few trees. By trees I mean the biggest giants rooted on planet earth – the Redwood Sequoias. My adventure took me to Yosemite National Park where amongst the giants was one that stood 240 feet tall, […]

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03rd July, 2012

Charlie Trotter’s, Chicago

Charlie Trotter: the man’s been a legend for 25 years having run one of the first fine dining restaurants to champion local produce and developing cross cultural cooking to a level that hadn’t been done before. Charlie Trotter’s Desserts was the first cookbook I ever bought, having left college to go work at Gordon Ramsay […]

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20th June, 2012

Coi, San Francisco

San Francisco, San Francisco…home to Haight & Ashbury, the heart and soul of music. San Francisco, where all tourists love to become rhesus monkeys for a while and hang on to the sides of the cable cars decidedly making their way through the city, where the driver insanely pulls on a bunch of levers that […]

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18th June, 2012

Momofuku Ssam, New York

“Momofuku ssäm bar is a casual, loud restaurant with an inventive menu that is constantly changing” Is how the restaurant describes themselves on their website. I wish it had been true! I do wish the food had been inventive. For the life of me I cannot fathom how a restaurant like this made it to […]

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16th June, 2012

Slanted Door, San Francisco

For all the many reputations and stories about San Francisco one has heard, there are none that quite do the city any justice – it truly is a magnificent place, whether wandering through the historical heart of music in Haight or along the bay, marvelling at the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset, delving into the […]

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