Learning to cook a Persian Feast with Waitrose

Last week I went along to the Waitrose Cookery School in Finchley Road to attend their Persian Feast cooking course. Here’s how it went. The class started at 10 am and there was a light breakfast served upon arrival of warm pastries, fresh fruit and yoghurt with orange juice, tea and coffee. We could also help ourselves to tea, coffee and water throughout the day.  The menu The class lasts five hours (from 10 am to 3 pm) and in that time you cook and eat three delicious courses. Our teacher for the day was chef Omar, who has taught…

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A boutique stay at Casa Buonocore in Positano

We’ve visited Positano at least three times (might be four but I can’t remember!) and always stayed at the same hotel. This year, five years after our last visit, we thought we’d try somewhere different. After a bit of research, we decided on Casa Buonocore – a boutique hotel. Why? One of the reasons was their beautiful decor. Lots of hotels in Italy, even if they are five star, are quite outdated and old fashioned. Located on the main road, although 70 steps above road level, it boasts a prime position. It’s a mere 2 minute walk to the centre…

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Six reasons to visit Mercato Metropolitano

Established in 2016, Mercato Metropolitano has become a firm favourite in London’s Elephant and Castle neighbourhood. It’s a sprawling, vibrant space filled with food and drink stalls and lots of activities to get involved with – come rain or shine. It’s an oasis in an urban jungle.  The market is located on Newington Causeway, between Elephant and Castle tube and train station and Borough tube station. It’s open every day of the week but the opening and closing times differ. Monday to Wednesday it opens from 8 am to 11 pm, Thursday 8 am to midnight, Friday 8 am to…

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The most magical evening at Villa Cimbrone in Ravello

There are some places that truly capture your heart the minute you see them and for me that was Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, Italy. We were staying in Positano and wanted to book somewhere special for dinner and our research led us to Il Flauto di Pan. After a 50 minute drive, and a fair walk from the centre, we were greeted with this fairy tale entrance. It was love at first sight. We had booked dinner at their Michelin starred restaurant Il Flauto di Pan for 8:30 pm and arrived at around 7:45 so that we could walk around…

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Ten happy things – July 18

At the end of every month, I like to look back and reflect on ten things that made me happy and that I’m thankful for so here’s my Ten Happy Things for July. My first Henley Regatta Thanks to the lovely ladies at Debenhams, I got to attend the Henley Royal Regatta with a bunch of fellow bloggers. The weather was amazing that day and we were treated to a lovely meal in the Riverside enclosure. Oh, and I got to choose a dress for the occasion from Debenhams! Christmas in July This heatwave has been insane! So when I…

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