Category Eating out

Xu, Soho

Photo credit: Wallpaper* I have a long-anticipated theatre and dinner invite in Soho with my pal G. She booked tickets five months ago, it will, it MUST happen bar someone getting struck down by chronic piles / amnesia / insert bad thing. But first I have to get to Soho. It’s like negotiating release from […]

Salt + Pickle, Crystal Palace

Like cured, salty foods and good ales? Oh yes I most surely do. A new and exciting deli/restaurant has opened up in Crystal Palace: Salt + Pickle. They do all kinds of home-cured foods (salmon, hams etc), great cheeses and big jars of colourful home-made pickles, from sauerkraut to pickled aubergines, chillies or pineapple. Even […]

Nostalgic eats to keep you rocksteady

I like avocado toast and matcha lattes as much as the next greedy food enthusiast, and I do genuinely find food trends exciting, but sometimes I just want things to stay THE SAME. I feel bereft when traditional restaurants and caffs which had been doing great things for years change hands and get their soul […]

The Nordic Bakery

I rarely get any time to myself, ever. That’s just how life is when you have two small children who are as ever-perplexing and unpredictable as tiny, furious dictators. Any time to be alone is like gold dust – even if it means a dental appointment. A bus or tube journey where I don’t have to […]

Brunswick House Cafe

Ever experienced the delights of the Vauxhall Roundabout in South London? It’s a sprawling, huge endless loop of busy roads, with a bus station plonked right in the middle looking like a metallic Soviet space structure. Railway tunnels house warren-like nightclubs, storage facilities and the odd cavernous restaurant, such as Nando’s. The Vauxhall Tavern holds […]

Farewell to a legend: Boyce da Roca

Above: sweet potato and apricot cake with lemony cream cheese frosting. I am heartbroken: Boyca da Roca, my absolute favourite cafe haunt in Crystal Palace, closed its doors for good today. Mark, the owner, had to admit defeat in a difficult climate – he told me that since he opened two years ago on Church […]

Amsterdam: where to eat

So. The UK ‘Brexited’ nearly two weeks ago. What a complete balls-up. Rewind 10 days and I was either hugely sad or screaming STUPID STUPID at the top of my lungs. The brilliant writer Emma Beddington has summarised just how I feel in her hilarious blog post where she decrees a new parliament run by mirthless owls. […]