Food banks shouldn’t exist in this affluent country. But they have done since 2004, after years of bonkers governmental austerity policies, recession fallout and wage freezes. Not to mention the myriad of administrative complications people experience when waiting six weeks for their Universal Credit benefits to kick in. There are so many people in desperate […]

Aha there Sweden. Home of the cardamom bun. There is no nobler or more exciting afternoon treat in my greedy mind’s eye. Anyone who knows me well will have been subjected to my endless droning on regarding these noble, sticky spiced pastries. Cinnamon buns, you’re perfectly nice and all that, but take a hike. Cardamom […]

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 […]

Update: Sad news. Salt & Pickle closed down in February 2018. I loved it. The restaurant game is a right bastard. They really tried, but sky-high rents and gawd knows what else made them do the sensible thing rather than get up to the eyeballs in debt. We miss you guys! Old news: Like cured, […]

I recently had a week away on the South Coast, near Bognor Regis in Sussex. We had blistering gorgeous sunshine, kiddie tantrums and excessive ‘parental recovery’ wine in the evenings, as we congratulated ourselves on keeping our kids out of trouble for yet another day. The landlady that rented us our cottage wanted £100 extra for […]

(My son’s table manners don’t exist yet.) What would we do without this place in Crystal Palace? Especially those of us with kids? Honestly, there aren’t many eateries for people with chaotic, shouty offspring to go for a meal where you are NEVER judged for being audacious enough to eat out WITH YOUNG CHILDREN. Uptight […]

I had very few expectations of Seville before I actually arrived – not least because life is completely chaotic with 2 small children and I had no time to research…BUT before I blame them for everything, I’d just like to point out that I love a bit of mystery. I’m a huge fan of not […]