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Taste of London 2011 Round Up

20 Jun 2011

Every Summer the Taste of London food festival takes place over 4 days in Regents Park. It is by far one of my most favourite festivals and in the past five years, rain or shine, I’ve not missed a single one! This year we managed to survive the recent damp weather relatively unscathed except for a few muddy puddles.

Taste of London

We attended on Sunday, the final day of the festival and also the day with the longest session lasting from 12 – 5pm, allowing us more time for eating, drinking, browsing and general enjoyment! We’d purchased VIP tickets so after a quick glass of complimentary champers in the BA VIP Tent, we set off ready to eat! (more…)

The London Coffee Festival – a caffeine sugar-coated wonderland

12 Apr 2011

Bottomless coffee and a sugar-fest free-for-all. Welcome to the jittery joy of the London Coffee Festival! This ticketed event which took place over the weekend at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane was the first of it’s kind in London with 100% of ticket sales going to Project Waterfall. I’ve despaired over the state of London coffee many times in the past, but I like to think this festival is a step in the right direction.

London Coffee Festival

One mighty fine flat white from Allpress


Icelandic Meat Soup, Hot Dogs and Other Goodies

23 Feb 2011

My recent trip to Iceland wasn’t so much about food than it was about action and adventure and celebrating my friend Sam’s 30th birthday. But it was a little bit about food and so here are a few other Icelandic treats we had the opportunity to experience.

Golden Falls

Gullfoss (Golden Falls)


Vietnamese Cookery Class at Fernandez and Leluu

15 Feb 2011

What an amazing day of eating it was at the Fernandez and Leluu Vietnamese Cookery Class. Run by Uyen (the Vietnamese cuisine connoisseur of supper club extraordinares Fernandez and Leluu)  I can gladly say that it had the same friendly, informal feel of their lovely supper club and we ended up being very, VERY well fed. But what’s more we also got to be behind the scenes! Great fun!

Uyen shows us how it's done!

Uyen shows us how it's done!


Foraging for Crab and Pipis

26 Jan 2011

My five week holiday at home in New Zealand mostly consisted of happily loitering about, not doing much of anything really.  Some of this loitering was spent at my Uncle and Aunt’s restaurant Taste of Malaysia in Lower Hutt.  It was here that I overheard my Aunt discussing their Thai Chef, Bob’s recent success crab and pipi fishing at Paraparaumu Beach.

My ears instantly pricked up.  Delicious super fresh seafood… for free?!  ”Can I come next time please?!” I suddenly burst out much to Bob’s astonishment and disbelief that a visitor from London would want to participate in such a manual activity… for fun!  ”We’ll all go!” my Aunt said and so it was set.

Digging about in the waves for pipis

Foraging about in the waves for pipis