Baking up a storm at Le Pain Quotidien

I was invited, along with other bloggers, to attend a baking class at Le Pain Quotidien in Borough Market where we were going to learn how to make a five seed sourdough loaf and Savarin cake, which is a classic French cake – a bit like an Italian Rum Baba. I brought my friend Holly along and we were joined by David from Custard Magazine and his friend Paul, Charlotte from Sainsbury’s Magazine and her friend Ali and Amelia from Bella Magazine and her friend Simon. We kicked off the evening with a drink and a chat before getting stuck…

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Culinary delights in Madrid

We love Easter as it gives us a chance to go away for a long weekend without having to use up any of our annual leave – what’s not to love? This year we decided to go to Madrid after hearing good things about it – particularly the food. We spent an Easter weekend a few years ago in Barcelona and everyone we spoke to who had been to both cities said that the food in Madrid was much better. I have to say, I agree. We had some wonderful meals in Madrid – here are some of our culinary…

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Ultimate luxury at the Four Seasons in Florence

I was so impressed with the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze in Florence that I just had to write about it and share our experience with you. We arrived on a Thursday night for a long weekend to celebrate my birthday and when we stepped out of the taxi, the entrance to the hotel was rather unassuming. However that all changed the moment we stepped through the door. I’ve seen some impressive hotel lobbies in my time but this was spectacular and so…Italian! The hotel is made up of two historic buildings – the 15th century Palazzo della Gherardesca and the Conventino,…

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Sydney’s Hidden Gems

I used to work with the lovely Lucy a couple of years ago in leafy Chiswick and Lucy has since moved to Sydney. Jealous of her beautiful beach photos posted on her Facebook page, I asked her to share the little-known gems that Sydney offers.  Since moving to Sydney a little over six months ago, I’ve made little secret of how much I’ve fallen in love with this new city of mine; with its endless coastal walks, beautiful balmy temperatures and sunset-spots a-plenty. And while Bondi and its world-famous beach is where I call home, there’s another pocket of the…

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Whisky cocktails and BBQ at The Grey Horse

When I told my friend Heidi that I was taking her for dinner at The Grey Horse in Kingston she raised an eyebrow. “The Grey Horse? That used to be a music venue and was a bit of a dive. We’re having dinner there?” Apparently when Heidi was a teenager (don’t ask how long ago that was), The Grey Horse was where she and her friends used to go out and it was rather dark and dingy. Perfect if you weren’t quite 18… But that was a long time ago and well, that’s certainly all changed! It’s now a modern,…

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