Lunch at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

On Christmas Eve we treated ourselves to lunch at Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Covent Garden. We’ve been a few times over the years and throughly enjoy the classic, seasonal, French-inspired food. Joël Robuchon has a number of restaurants around the world and has been awarded ‘Chef of the Century’ by the Gault Millau guide. If you’re a fan of Masterchef, the semi-finalists of Masterchef: The Professionals series 4 did a service at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon back in December 2011 and that’s where we first heard about the restaurant. We then booked to go for Christmas Eve lunch and…

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Let’s be ourselves in 2016

Last night I watched Reggie Yates’ Extreme UK: Dying for a six pack, which is a documentary about the extreme lengths that guys will go to for the perfect body. It was really quite disturbing…. from hours in the gym wrapped in cling film (to sweat out excess water) to spending over £200k on surgery that included pec implants. Most of the men featured in the documentary cited social media as a driving force for their quest for the perfect abs. They needed to look their best for others. They needed to be accepted by society – a society that…

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My year in travel 2015

As we approach the end of 2015, I’d like to reflect on the year and remind myself of the amazing adventures I’ve had. I’m very lucky to be able to travel and see the world, with my husband, and I truly do believe that it makes you a more rounded and open-minded person. Experiencing new cultures opens up your eyes to what lies beyond your own little world and heightens your senses as well as your curiosity. So where did our travels take us? New Year in New York We started 2015 with a bang by celebrating New Year in…

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Lunch at Four to Eight

*Update: sadly this restaurant has now closed* Shelley and I have been great friends since we were thirteen when we met at high school in Durban, South Africa. Shelley moved to the UK in 1999 and I followed in 2003 and we’ve both lived here ever since. I even lived with her for a year back in 2004/5 in Surbiton and she was one of my bridesmaids when I got married in Bologna in 2013. Every six weeks or so we like to meet for lunch and a catch up. On this occasion we met at Four to Eight, an…

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Gift ideas for travel lovers

Stuck for a Christmas (or birthday) gift for a partner, friend or relative? If, like me, they love to travel then here are some ideas to suit any budget. An International SIM card Making and receiving calls abroad via your mobile phone provider can be really expensive so why not buy an international SIM card with some credit? Some UK providers offer international SIMs, such as O2, so check first which provider they’re with. Alternatively, take a look at WorldSIM International or Lebara Mobile. Pocket WiFi Give the gift of WiFi anywhere in the world with a pocket WiFi device!…

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