March 21, 2017.Reading time 6 minutes.
It was an Italian-themed afternoon and evening. I was meeting my friend Annette at the National Gallery to see their new major exhibition – Michelangelo & Sebastiano, which explores the friendship and later rivalry of the two artists. Annette isn’t Italian but we did meet through the London Italian Language Meetup Group. I’d like to […]
August 2, 2016.Reading time 9 minutes.
The Barbary opened a few weeks ago to a fanfare of excited reviews. Even before it opened there was excitement, for The Barbary is ‘little sister’ to the wonderful The Palomar, and so expectations were high. Pretty much without exception, the reviews have been great so I was keen to go there soon. However, it was Annie who […]
August 3, 2014.Reading time 6 minutes.
When I was at Carluccio’s party for their Christmas 2014 press release recently, it occurred to me that while I frequently speak of my affection for Carluccio’s Caffe and talk about how I always buy their wonderful orrechiette and trofie pasta, have a strong addiction to their Baci di Dama biscuits from Piedmont, and like […]
April 16, 2013.Reading time 10 minutes.
There’s been a lot of talk about how difficult it is to get a table at London’s hottest new restaurant – Balthazar, in Covent Garden, situated in a prime location right near the Piazza. When Annie and I had an unusually long break between meeting up – 5 weeks – something prompted me to think, […]