A Gourmet in Lockdown

The coronavirus pandemic brings many challenges. And of course there are many more important things than a gourmet continuing to enjoy their favourite foods. However, a lot of people are finding ways to treat themselves to raise their spirits a bit, and treating myself to some of the gourmet foods I was missing was a […]

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Welcome to a Delivery World

I think the word of the week – other than ‘coronavirus’ of course – is ‘unprecedented’; we are living in unprecedented times. Certainly I’ve never known anything like it – and I’ve been around for a few decades (I have three gorgeous little grandsons now!). Theories abound about how it all started. Politicians and ‘experts’ […]

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Santa Nata – Portuguese Bakery, Covent Garden

It was one of my lovely followers, Rotwein, who recently told me about a new pastĂ©is de nata shop about to open in Covent Garden. When heading into Covent Garden yesterday afternoon to meet my friend Annie at Cinnamon Bazaar, I did a quick online check and it seemed Santa Nata hadn’t yet opened. But […]

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Crockford Bridge Farm, Surrey

I’ve been hearing quite a bit about Crockford Bridge Farm – where local families like to go for Pick Your Own – for some time and picked up a leaflet in Gelateria Danieli recently. The fact that the farm has an ice cream parlour that sells Danieli ice cream said quite a lot about quality […]

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Italian Deli: Prezzemolo & Vitale

Wednesday was my Italian day. Fabio came for my fortnightly Italian lesson and I told him about meeting Lucia that evening at La Mia Mamma. That led to him telling me about Prezzemolo & Vitale, an Italian delicatessen, also in King’s Road, Chelsea. Fabio was enthusiastic about how good it was and as Prezzemolo & […]

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Travel Gourmet’s 5 Quick Fixes in the Kitchen

My attitude to preparing meals is very ‘pure’ in the sense that I never buy ready-made meals, I buy good quality – mostly organic – ingredients and keep things simple; an emphasis on cooking Italian style with just a very few ingredients. When I was a young thing with a young family, I used to […]

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Restaurant Review: Ottolenghi

It’s been so many years since I last went to Ottolenghi that it was pre-blog days – and the blog turned 6 last month! So when Annie suggested we ate there last night before going to the Almeida Theatre, I was really pleased. I’m not sure quite why it’s taken me so long … I’ve […]

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A Birthday Supper at Corto Italian Deli

My son’s birthday isn’t for another couple of weeks, but with my daughter living in Worcestershire, planned holidays, etc., the logistics of organising a family get-together to celebrate Jonathan’s birthday meant an early start. But then who’s not happy to begin celebrations early! I suggested we all go to Corto Italian Deli, remembering the wonderful […]

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Cafe/Deli Review: The Italians, Chiswick, London W4

I’ve driven past The Italians on Chiswick High Road a few times over the last few months, always en route elsewhere, and I think, I must go back and take a look. Finally today I managed it. I’d had an appointment that finished nearby just after noon, so by the time I’d parked the car […]

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Mercato Metropolitano, Borough, London

It was my friend Lucia who alerted me to the opening of Mercato Metropolitano, a market that launched in Milan last year, moved to Turin (where it’s still open) and now to London; a branch in Tokyo is planned soon. It’s housed in a disused paper factory, equidistant from Borough station and Elephant & Castle station. […]

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