Journal

Exploring the East End

The East End of London is a fascinating area with a rich history, lively food community and some gorgeous architecture. I recently joined Eating Europe for a food tour, seven courses of ‘English food’ from fish & chips to afternoon tea.

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24 hours in Chichester

Breakfast at Carluccios because they serve the best coffee. Forget the fluffy stuff, this is  dark and velvety. Ask for a little cream to drizzle over, pure indulgence along with a sweetly bitter almond macaroon. There’s also a little shopping area for stocking up on a few Italian treats.

Classic Focaccia with olives and oil – credit Carluccios
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Market (Sun)day

Years ago you only found displays of fresh food like these at maybe an Italian or Spanish market. My local market offers a wide range of good quality Hampshire products at reasonable prices. I like that I can pick and choose too. A few tomatoes from the Isle of Wight, a bundle of chard or some fresh butter from a local farm. So many vegetables are shrink-wrapped in plastic in supermarkets today and you have to buy the whole bag.

Fresh chard and kale at Hampshire Farmers’ Market (credit Irene Caswell)
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24 hours in Dublin

So many things to see and do, so little time. Here’s my top five:

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Life’s little luxuries

The great food writer Elizabeth David liked to spend Christmas Day in bed with a tray of delicious food and a glass or two of cold white Alsace wine. Sounds like a lovely idea…

White Room four-poster The Spread Eagle Hotel

How do you define luxury? What does it mean to you? Read the full story of my visit to The Spread Eagle Hotel in Midhurst Fit For A Queen.


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