Review: Blacklock, Soho-They say you should have an AGA…. they’re right, but not in the way you think!

I think a doorway, especially a doorway and nothing but a doorway denotes mystery don't you? Make it a black doorway in a quiet (if that's not a misnomer) area of Soho, and Lemmy was straight into Poirot mode. Ze little grey cells, as well as in her case the gnashing teeth, were in full … Continue reading Review: Blacklock, Soho-They say you should have an AGA…. they’re right, but not in the way you think!

Lockdown Latin Love Affair – Not as Sordid as it Sounds

Thank you Covid, Thank you Boris, thank you SAGE. You've screwed my year and my holidays in Italy so I had a thought. I'll get back at all you buggers by putting together a list of the Italian Bars and restaurants in THIS country that remind me of being in THAT country. Now, not any … Continue reading Lockdown Latin Love Affair – Not as Sordid as it Sounds

Review: Bonchurch Inn, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight.

Having just returned from an all too brief five day sojourn to our beloved Isle, I had to pop on an updated review of our favourite pub and restaurant, gorgeous location, gorgeous place and, especially, gorgeous people. It's in my newly created Lockdown Latin list of Italian restaurants I love and that remind me of … Continue reading Review: Bonchurch Inn, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight.

Food Review: Giannis, Scarborough. Fred much in Evidence!

What do you do if you can't get to Italy before September? Jet around all your favourite, small, independent Italian eateries..the ones run by actual Italian families, and give them your support and tell the world how fantastic they are post lockdown. Having hit Grazie and Vero Gusto, it was time to head further afield … Continue reading Food Review: Giannis, Scarborough. Fred much in Evidence!

Review: Vero Gusto, True Taste..How Very True.

Vero Gusto - Georgian Finery Out again for a post lockdown meal with Martin and Sue Dawes. I was halfway through my review when Martin posted his. It said everything I wanted to say about the food so I changed tack and this came out, which started as my intro but is now my reminisce. … Continue reading Review: Vero Gusto, True Taste..How Very True.

On Lockdown – “A Tale of Two Cities”, Well, One Actually, Sheffield, But it Gave Me Some Nice Quotes

"It was the best of times it was the worst of times" I'm sure Mr. Dickens wasn't thinking about lockdown when he penned those lines 'cos I'm truly struggling to see any "best" (except perhaps my burgeoning bank balance and the loss of a stone in weight) about being incarcerated in the house for fifteen … Continue reading On Lockdown – “A Tale of Two Cities”, Well, One Actually, Sheffield, But it Gave Me Some Nice Quotes

Does Pizza = Passion? It Does in My Book!

Definitely. This is a friend of mine who's the Pizzaiolo at a fantastic little restaurant in Minori called La Botte. He stands in front of a 450 degree Centigrade oven all day and night making pizze. In summer the outside temperature is over 35 degrees Centigrade. To do that you've got to have passion. I … Continue reading Does Pizza = Passion? It Does in My Book!

James Martin – Fake News or “Can’t be A***d”?

Apparently, it seems that most ubiquitous of TV chefs James Martin has incurred the wrath of the viewing public (viewing public being a euphemism for poor buggers who watch daytime TV). I say apparently because I would gleefully prefer to enter a lion enclosure at Longleat naked and with a half a pound of fresh … Continue reading James Martin – Fake News or “Can’t be A***d”?

The Mysteries of Bread Making…or You Need to UNDER-stand Why it Goes Wrong.

After having just read Martin Dawes' piece on the elusiveness of the "Crumb Shot" in baking pictures and videos it got me thinking about the art, and it is an art, of bread making. In the CV-19 world we're enforced to live in in at the moment, time (and panic) has driven more people than … Continue reading The Mysteries of Bread Making…or You Need to UNDER-stand Why it Goes Wrong.