Qvintessenza: an Italian restaurant in Borough

Qvintessenza wines

Wines

Qvintessenza may not be the easiest of names to pronounce (I think the ‘Q’ is silent), but it’s an easy place to like. It’s a new Italian restaurant in Borough, which sits on the quieter end of Borough High Street. Inside the styling is finely crafted bright and modern. Italian food in London has upped its game over the years what with the likes of Polpo, Padella Pasta and Locanda Locatelli putting modern Italian cooking firmly on the London map. Continue reading

Weekend Brunch at Theo’s Simple Italian

Theo’s Simple Italian burrata
Charcuterie and Burrata

Brunch is a funny old term where its use has become more and more popular over the years. I’m all in favour of it especially as my favourite, eggs, tend to feature in a lot of the dishes, whether it be sweet or savoury. Theo Randall – ex Head Chef and business partner of the iconic The River Café and award-winning Theo Randall at InterContinental focuses on Weekend Brunch at his newest venture Theo’s Simple Italian at Hotel Indigo.  Tucked away on a residential street off Earl’s Court, Hotel Indigo is casual and cosy with chic interior, which beautifully sets the scene for casual dining. Continue reading

South African Food and Wine Pairing

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South African Wine Tasting

South African wines are not usually my first choice, as I honestly don’t know much about them. However, recently I got to discover a couple of very good ones at a food and wine pairing event hosted by Sainsbury’s and Bosman. Bosman is an eighth-generation family owned South African winery, which grow premium vineyards and supply Fairtrade wines to Sainsbury’s. Continue reading

Blue Princess Beach Resort: A Room With View in Corfu, Greece

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On the Beach

Travelling to other countries for me is mostly about exploring and soaking up the culture. But sometimes all I want to do is chill by a beach and do absolutely nothing. What I find perfect for this are all-inclusive holidays where one is completely looked after and because my aim is not to do much I’m quite happy to go solo, I prefer it in fact. But for no sensible reason the majority of solo all-inclusive holidays come at a premium. My brief for my most recent holiday was for a European destination, quiet location, hotel with a beachfront location, sea view room and sunbathing temperatures. My budget? Continue reading

Baked in Style with Neff at L’atelier des Chefs

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Hazelnut Torte*

By contributor Mathew Lea.

Are you in full Great British Bake Off mode? I know I am. So when I had the opportunity to attend a Baked in Style event, I’d signed up quicker than you can say soufflé. Continue reading