As my inability to post reliably continues, this piece is being completed AFTER I have finished working in London. I’d pretend now I’ll have more time to write things, but I’m going away for a while, so this poor site will once again be neglected (pats site gently on head).
But enough of my failings, onto the violet treats!
I imagine most UK peeps have had a parma violet sweet at one time or another. Opinion is divided between “euch, perfume” and “mmm, floral nectar”.
Naturally I am of the latter camp. However while rose crops up in quite a few cuisines, violet is scarce indeed. France is the violet powerhouse, and there is even a violet festival in Tourrettes-sur-Loup I half-heartedly keep meaning to go to. Over here, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled to enjoy this delicate flavour in a format other than the aforementioned sweets or chocolate violet creams.
Ah well, my advice is to consume violet while you can, and lobby parliament in the meantime…
Continue reading London Violet
Not so long ago, I wouldn’t have thought the shape or size of a glass would make much difference to the contents.
When I started frequenting fancy bars, I noticed that their glasses were often smaller and more delicate than those sold in high street homewares shops, and there was a much greater range of shapes.
Continue reading The Importance of Good Glassware
We ate out quite a lot in London last year. London is wonderful for food, and there are brilliant new restaurants opening all the time.
Below is a whistle-stop tour of some we visited – enjoy!
Continue reading London Restaurants 2016
A long time ago I wrote a brief post highlighting some of my favourite London cocktail bars.
Continue reading London Cocktail Crawls 2
New York has SO MANY bars. And of those bars, a large number are COCKTAIL bars. And of THOSE bars, many are AMAZING!
I like a cocktail or two, but there was no way we could go to even a fraction of the bars I would’ve liked to have visited. And I’m just talking about pure bars. Not even restaurants which also served wonderful cocktails!
For most of the time we were in New York we were staying in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. We did spend one night up near tourist central Times Square, but the Lower East Side had amazing bars and restaurants to choose from, and a great vibe, and I’d definitely opt to stay there, or perhaps Brooklyn, on a return trip.
Although we went to bars elsewhere, the ones listed below are all Lower East Side/East Village.
This bar-with-food had only opened a month or so previous to our trip. We headed here on our first evening, tired but excited, and luckily secured the last two perches. It was small, crowded and focused on Japanese flavours. We had a few drinks and some snacks, and felt part of the city.
Continue reading Cocktails in New York