Frites 33: A review

I never want to grow up to the extent that I no longer appreciate the joy of eating chips in a bus stop. Takeaway chips eaten in a bus stop is one of the simple pleasures in life. It transports me back to my teenage years and the feeling of decadence and esprit de corps […]

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Sometimes you wanna go…

I’ve been lax, distracted, busy… oh I can trundle out all the excuses. What it boils down to is that, once again I let work overrun the rest of my life and I have promised myself that this year I am not going to allow that to happen. It’s one of those annual promises that […]

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The Arboretum Café: Review

The day I visited Nottingham Arboretum, that stifling hot weather had finally broken and the day was cool with sudden rain showers and a refreshing breeze. “Weather has turned,” said a disembodied voice from the kitchen of the Arboretum Café to the guy front of house. “Yep, it’s cold today,” he replied. “No it’s not,” […]

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Secret Pizza: Review

Let me let you into a really good secret. Pizza. Really, really good pizza. It’s reasonably priced, absolutely delicious, created by some lovely people and it’s hidden away in a little alleyway in Hockley. Came across Secret Pizza yesterday and the smells coming from the pizza ovens were just too good for me to walk […]

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No17 Castle Gate Pink Gin: Review

I am unashamedly a gin lover. I have been since the age of about 15 when I managed to persuade a lovely French barman in a bar in the Alps to serve me my first gin and tonic. Gin is having quite the resurgence at the moment. Many bars in many cities are now stocking […]

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Patisserie Valerie: a review

I never, ever thought I would put these words together in a sentence. I couldn’t finish the cheesecake! Me, the cheesecake connoisseur, the lover of all things sweet and gooey. Yep, that’s right, I actually left some. And this isn’t a good thing. I shall tell you why. I have never before visited a Patisserie […]

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