This week’s sweet treats: 17.10.2014

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A weekly round-up of some of our favourite sweet treats we’ve enjoyed this week. Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 10/10/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites. 1. This tasted as good as it looks. A lovely sweet crisp … Continue reading 

Catch up with cocktails: London, England

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I had been back in England for two weeks and it was time to visit the last of my nearest and dearest, my girlfriends in London. I have missed these girls so much and although I saw KK and Swills … Continue reading 

Eating my way round Hong Kong

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Good news foodies, I’m going to give you the low-down on Hong Kong’s best local eats to give you a taste of what this incrEDIBLE city has to offer. After my unfortunate incident with a parasite which left me hospitalalized, you … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats – 03/10/2014

Eat'n'Mess, London, capirotada, pastéis de nata, Portugese Tart, Petworth, The Hungry Guest, cream tea, The Old House at Home, The Old House at Home chidham, Chidham, West Sussex, Las Iguanas, Salt Cafe, Wicor Marine, Portchester, Portchester cafe, carrot cake, Manna, Manna Tearooms, Old Portsmouth, Old Portsmouth cafe, Caracoli, alresford, biscotti,

What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R 1. Helen came across Eat ‘n’ Mess at the … Continue reading 

Exploring Hong Kong at the Mooncake Festival

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Exploring Hong Kong, where do I start? I love local events as they offer the perfect opportunity to explore a country’s culture, so when I read about the Mooncake festival I penciled it in to my imaginary near non-existent itinerary. A festival named after … Continue reading 

Salt Café , Wicor Marine

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I received a text message from my sister the other day asking if it was worth visiting Salt Café at Wicor Marine, Portchester. I replied with ‘Oh yes. Most definitely’. I came upon the cafe on last Wednesday’s cycle ride with friends. One … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 26/09/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R 1. I took Helen along to Attibassi in Chichester this … Continue reading 

Brunch at Mrs S Cafe: Perth, Australia

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Thanks to Urban Spoon I came across Mrs S, a cute little cafe close to where I was staying between Maylands and Mount Lawley in Perth. I was instantly attracted to the photos on their Facebook page showcasing beautifully presented dishes, some even decorated … Continue reading 

Attibassi, Chichester – it’s all about the coffee

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Attibassi  is an espresso brand from Bologna in Italy, a town I have visited and where my close friend Catia hails from. Attibassi the espresso bar is located within Church Square in Chichester, West Sussex where a couple of well-known restaurant ‘chains’ are. I sat outside, hoping … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 12/09/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R  1.  ‘Tasting of Chocolate and strawberry’ was my choice of dessert … Continue reading 

Beaufort Street Merchant: Perth, Australia

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My lovely friends, Sarah and Matt put me up for a week in their beautiful home over-looking the Swan River in Perth, Australia. On the other side of the world and recently out of hospital, I wasn’t feeling my best, … Continue reading 

This Week’s sweet treats: 29/08/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R 1. This looks delicious! Helen enjoyed this lovely walnut … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 22/08/2014

Springs Cafe, West Meon, Tazzina, white chocolate & ginger cheesecake, chocolate Maltesers cake, Maltesers, chocolate, Gracie-Ann's Tea Rooms, Port Solent, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Portchester, Mowies, Mowies on the Beach, Gili Air, Indonesia, breakfast bowl, fruit, chocolate brownie, QE Country Park, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Elizabeth Country Park cafe, BBQ, cycling, lemon cake, Julie's Tea Rooms, Julie's Petersfield, blog post, food bloggers, mother & daughter, mother and daughter food bloggers, Helen Newman, Alison Newman, backpacking, travel, travel blogger

What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Clockwise from top left: 1. Ok, I’m taking a guess here. I think this is Helen’s breakfast … Continue reading 

The Laughing Gravy, Southwark, London

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My husband Geoff and I were looking for somewhere near to our hotel in Southwark, London to eat at on a Friday evening, the day before our wedding anniversary. What I should have done was looked at Helen’s blog post … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 15/08/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Clockwise from top left: 1. Breakfast pastries from Mowie’s on the Beach which Helen enjoys (on the beach too … Continue reading 

Karma Beach Resort: Gili Meno, Indonesia

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Karma Beach is my first restaurant review from Indonesia. In fact, it’s been over seven months since I have reviewed a restaurant as I’ve been busy travelling around South East Asia. Luckily mum has become an exceptionally good web-savvy food critic (like mother … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 08/08/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Clockwise from top left: 1. Deserts on a dessert island. Is that right? They sure do look … Continue reading 

Finally time to start my backpacking detox; Gili Air, Indonesia

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Relax, we’re on island time  After eight days partying on Gili Trawangan and eating nothing but pizza and burgers, it was time to get away. I had planned to visit Gili Meno, the smallest of the three Gili Islands as … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 01/08/2014

Banana & carrot cake, Gili Islands, Indonesia, Stansted Tearooms, Stansted Park, Stansted House, The Pavilion, rhubarb & elderflower sponge cake, rhubarb & elderflower, Belvoir raspberry lemonade, chocolate & pecan brownie, Restaurant 69, FB Pocket Orchestra, Palmerston Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Horndean, Blendworth Fabrics, bakwell tart, Jumbo Stroopwafel, Stroopwafel, Daelmans caramel stroopwafel, Compton Tearooms, West Sussex,

What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. 1. Banana & carrot cake from Kayu Cafe on Gili Trawangan, Indonesia.  Helen saved it from a watery … Continue reading 

Reunited with friends on Gili par-T-y: Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

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The best week yet but seven days of partying is quite enough!  The boat journey from Nusa Lembongan to the Gili Islands was far nicer than the last. Not only did the tiny speed boat we were on have wifi, but we … Continue reading 

This Week’s sweet treats: 25/07/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! 1. Pancakes drizzled with honey made by a volunteer was on the … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 18/07/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R 1. Helen misses the cake stall at the night market … Continue reading 

Volunteering with All Hands: Tacloban, Philippines

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Muscles I never knew existed  I spent just over three weeks volunteering in Tacloban with All Hands, an NGO set up to help those affected by natural disasters across the world. I have so many stories to tell you but … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 11/07/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R 1. A traditional Indonesian dessert of sticky rice balls … Continue reading 

Venturing into the unknown: Tacloban, Philippines

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A journey to remember    I was lucky enough to get a place volunteering with All Hands, helping them rebuild communities after super typhoon Yolanda hit Letye back in November 2013. The project is based in the city of Tacloban on … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 04/07/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! 1. What a beautiful colour! I wasn’t sure if this was real … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats 27/06/2014

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 What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! 1. In Helen’s own words – “An exceptionally GOOD cupcake found in … Continue reading 

Charbonnel et Walker truffles – two new delicious flavours

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It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you all that I love chocolate and am particularly partial to Charbonnel et Walker’s truffles. I don’t think I’ve actually come across any that I don’t like and I’ve tried them all, … Continue reading 

The perfect place to recover: Sagada, Philippines

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Crawling up and sliding down mountains  The five hour journey from Banaue to Sagada was painfully slow due to the sluggish driving, a real contrast than that experienced throughout the rest of Asia. Myself, Jaimie, Janine and Eric arrived in … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 30/05/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from top left: 1. Duo of Belgian dark & caramel chocolate mousse, served with … Continue reading 

Fabulous La Fábula! An amazing experience.

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It was a big birthday for me this year which I must admit I wasn’t really looking forward to. We booked 6 nights stay in Güéjar Sierra – a village at the foot of the Sierra Nevada – not too far … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 25/04/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from top left: 1. Deliciously creamy rhubarb fool, topped with flaked almonds and served with … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 11/04/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from top left: 1. This was delicious! Breakfast Pot which included berries, crisped rice, … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 04/04/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from top left: 1. Coffee, dumplings and doughnuts. Helen’s reward after a hellish … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 28/03/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from top left: 1. Helen enjoyed these ‘strange jelly-like balls’ as she describes … Continue reading 

Philippe Bouvier – Chocolatier

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A while back I wrote about my cycling trip to Brittany, France. All week I hadn’t had a chance to find any chocolates along the pretty country lanes or small villages we cycled through, but on the last day on our … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 21/03/2014

Costa coffee, Java Cafe, iced coffee, Vietnam, ginger muffin, The Anvil, Bishop's Waltham, West Dean Gardens, coconut flapjack, The Fox Goes Free, Charlton

What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from top left: 1. Refreshing iced coffee made with condensed milk from Java … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 27/02/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from top left: 1. Refreshing strawberry ice-cream shake from Sister Srey, Siem Reap, … Continue reading 

The room next to the party: Thailand to Cambodia

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I’ll take the room next to the party please. I left Bangkok heading six hours south to Koh Chang, Thailand’s second largest island situated off the north eastern coast, close to the town of Trat. I decided to make my … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 21/02/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from top left: 1. I had cycled over to one of my favourite … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 14/02/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from top left: 1. An unusual tasting Mooncake from Chinatown, Thailand. Read about Helen’s time in Bustling Bangkok. 2. Sweet … Continue reading 

The Golden Lion, Southwick – superb meal & friendly welcome

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I’ve just returned from The Golden Lion at Southwick, Hampshire. I don’t generally post a review so quickly but this was so good I just couldn’t wait to share it. We wanted to take Geoff’s parents out for Sunday lunch … Continue reading 

Valentine’s Day – ways to show your love <3

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Valentine’s Day. It’s that time of year where you can show your love to that special person in your life – or perhaps a future someone. Chocolates and flowers are the most common Valentine gifts and who doesn’t like chocolates? … Continue reading 

Brittany Ferries restaurant – ferry nice food

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This post is about my restaurant experience on-board Brittany Ferries. With the excitement of Christmas over and the weather dull and dreary people are starting to think of booking holidays. It’s hard to imagine that feeling of having the sun … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 31/01/2013

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from top left: 1. Marks & Spencer‘s Belgian dark chocolate & … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 24/01/2014

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of the some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week and the last for this year. Here’s five of our favourites.From top left, clockwise: 1. Delicious … Continue reading 

Southsea Coffee Co. A friendly little coffee house.

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I think Southsea Coffee Co. is starting to become one of my favourite local places for lunch. I’ve been there three times now and each time is as good as the first with the friendly staff, the food and the general ‘feel’ … Continue reading 

Gracie-Ann’s Tearoom, Port Solent

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Helen and I stumbled upon Gracie-Ann’s quite by accident whilst walking around Port Solent near Portsmouth. We happened to pass a sign pointing us to a new tearoom. Well, how could we resist? Up the spiral staircase took us to Gracie-Ann’s and after having … Continue reading 

The Pavillion, Stansted Park.

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The Pavilion at Stansted Park, Rowland’s Castle is always a delight to visit. The beautiful large and elegant Victorian glasshouse (the original fig house) is light and sunny. White table cloths upon the tables, black and white tiled flooring, Lloyd loom chairs and views … Continue reading 

The Garage Lounge/bakery

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With Helen home over Christmas it’s not long before she’s off on her travels so we thought we’d check out The Garage Lounge (Bakery) in Southsea precinct together (originally they were calling it The Parlour). I’d already been 10 days before … Continue reading 

Lantana Cafe, Fitzrovia

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It’s quite ironic that I’m sat in Australian cafe in London whilst trying to decide whether to quit my job in London for a new life in Australia. My delicious brunch from Lantana Cafe, consisting of muesli and baked pears along with a creamy flat white has certainly helped my decision. Certainly a must visit. Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 13.12.2013

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of the some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): 1. My Rocky … Continue reading 

Christmas Gift Ideas

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Every year I aim to start buying Christmas presents early and every year, I fail to do so. The problem is, if you buy gifts too early the receiver either goes out and buys it for themselves anyway, which results … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 06.12.2013

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of the some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): 1. Delicious ricotta … Continue reading 

La Fée Cabosse Chocolats, Brittany, France.

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I had been on a cycling trip to Combourg in Brittany, France for five days with my husband Geoff and some of the members from our cycling club. We were returning to the ferry port of St.Malo and we had … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 15/11/2013

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites! This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): 1. Ooh la la, look at my … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 04.11.13

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites! This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): 1. Warm and fruity grilled banana bread … Continue reading 

The Peacock Inn, Oxhill, Warwickshire

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My husband Geoff and I were staying at Oxbourne House in Oxhill, Warwickshire a lovely B&B run by Posy and Graeme McDonald which we found on the Alastair Sawday website. Oxhill is a small rural village situated roughly half-way between … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 21.10.13

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left: Chocolate chip shortbread baked by my colleague … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 14.10.13

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After a week’s break to answer that all important question “Where should you eat in London”, Sweet Treats is back with with a round-up of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats … Continue reading 

Chocolate Week Cocktails at The Met Bar

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October is a good month for many reasons, with one being National Chocolate Week, which this year, runs from Monday 14th October until Sunday 21st October. Apart from Christmas and Easter it’s possibly the busiest period in a food blogger’s … Continue reading 

Introducing….the Goanut!

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The hybrid hype has returned after this week’s #Duffingate scandal, which saw Starbucks trademark their “new” Duffin, despite it having been produced by an independent London tearoom, Bea’s of Bloomsbury, for the past couple of years (Oh crumbs!). I’ve previously reviewed … Continue reading 

Where should you eat in London?

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I’m a food blogger so I should know the best places to eat right? Then how come when people ask me where to eat in London I always find myself stuck for words. I encounter the same mind blank when … Continue reading 

This weeks sweet treats: 03.10.2013

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Fresh and fruity fig tart from the … Continue reading 

This weeks sweet treats: 27.09.2013

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Yummy chocolate brownie from Aldingbourne Trust  which … Continue reading 

Greens Restaurant, Wickham, Hampshire

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A friend of mine was meant to be meeting her friend at Greens Restaurant in Wickham a few weeks ago but as she’s a bit rubbish at navigating (like me) she couldn’t find Wickham – plus there was a road closure so we’ll excuse … Continue reading 

Daylesford Organic Farm, Kingham, Cotswolds

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Well, Daylesford Organic Farm is one of those places where you just say “wow”! It truly is amazing. My husband Geoff and I were having a mini break in the Cotswolds and before we left Geoff had looked up a few places … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 20.09.2013

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): I felt like I’d died and gone … Continue reading 

The Dabbling Duck, Shere, Surrey

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I first visited Shere in Surrey last year as I went there with some cycling pals to watch the Tour of Britain. The Dabbling Duck wasn’t there then, just an empty shell of an old ex-tearoom so we lunched at … Continue reading 

This weeks sweet treats: 13.09.2013

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Moist and fresh and my favourite, lemon … Continue reading 

This weeks sweet treats: 06/09/2013

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Chocolate fudge brownie from the Robin Hood … Continue reading 

Gelupo to end our Pizza Pilgrimage

A small tub of Hazelnut and Bonet

My last weekly meet-up with the girls included a long awaited trip to one of Soho’s latest openings, Pizza Pilgrims. Excellent reviews meant expectations were high, plus the fact that the restaurant belongs to one of London’s most popular, long-established … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: Bank Holiday Special!

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I spent  the bank holiday weekend with the other half of livelifelovecake which meant there was a mountain of sweet treats consumed between us. Here’s some of the sweetest treats Mum and I tasted over the weekend…. This week’s sweet … Continue reading 

Galeta’s Pastéis de Nata

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Every now and then we get sent something that is that little bit special. Something which gives us a ‘wow’ moment. Galeta‘s Pastéis de Nata’s did just that! Baked that very morning and delivered fresh to Helen’s place of work they … Continue reading 

Wellies, Nr Chichester

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You probably wouldn’t come across Wellies unless you were trying to find it because the chances of you just ‘happening to be passing by’ are quite remote as Wellies is in the middle of the countryside with not much else … Continue reading 

Piccola Roma, Bishop’s Waltham

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One of the many tearooms we visit on our cycle rides is ‘The Anvil‘ (we know it as Fred’s) in Bishop’s Waltham, always a friendly welcome and they do delicious cake and many choices of coffee. Next door is an … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 16.08.2013

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): An incredibly tasting layered cake made with … Continue reading 

Biskies! By Cutter & Squidge.

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Helen had come down from London to visit for the weekend and after visiting the dentist we drove to Emsworth where we were having a meal in a restaurant there. We were an hour or so early and sat by … Continue reading 

Into the mix: The latest foodie trend

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  If you’re a fellow foodie you may well have heard of the latest trend to hit the capital which involves combining the recipes of two or more sweet treats to make a totally wacky never-been-eaten hybrid pastry. Originating in the … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 02/08/2013

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): A yummy ‘Triple C’ (milk chocolate, chocolate … Continue reading 

Lucky’s Mad Hatter Brownies

Handmade to order 70% chocolate brownies

Having previously reviewed Lucky’s Tiny Pieces of Wonderland and visited their pop-up shop in Kingly Court, I was desperate to try their Mad Hatter Brownies, the latest addition to their extensive range of treats. Receiving a selection of chocolate brownies … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats 26.07.2013

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): A very large chunk of rich fruit … Continue reading 

Spain: Where an ice cream a day keeps the heat at bay

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I love summer, I always have done. Not only is it the only couple of months a year I’m not moaning about the cold or dressed in enough layers fit for an Eskimo, but it brings the perfect excuse for … Continue reading 

Charbonnel et Walker’s Limited Edition Swarovski Box

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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation, Charbonnel et Walker have launched a limited edition box in collaboration with Swarovski. The sparkling Swarovski crystal box is filled with their new Milk Chocolate Praline Crowns which are handmade in … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats 19.07.2013

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  What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): New Mad Hatter chocolate brownies from … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats 12.07.2013

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  What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Gluten-free and dairy-free Dark Chocolate & … Continue reading 

Austrian Delights

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It’s rather difficult these days to find chocolate or sweets which is actually made in the particular country you are visiting. So we scoured our little village supermarket in Hinterglemm to try and find some goodies to review from Austria. … Continue reading 

A week in Carpentras, France

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Note to one’s self – look up the local delicacies (especially cakes & sweets) before visiting abroad, that way you won’t miss out on anything important. A month ago I spent a week cycling around Carpentras in the south of … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats 05.07.2013

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  What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Hot Ameretto with whipped cream served … Continue reading 

An Austrian Gala Dinner

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I have recently returned from a rather wet week in Austria, staying at the fabulous Gartenhotel Theresia in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria who are now in their 3rd generation of owner-managers. They are the first hotel in the Salzburg region – and only ones in Hinterglemm – to offer fully organic cuisine … Continue reading 

The world’s best apple pie at Winkel 43, Amsterdam

The most glorious apple pie we've ever tasted!

I didn’t have much time to research cake places before my recent trip to Amsterdam, so I relied on the recommendations of my foodie friends and good old TripAdvisor. There appears to be a common belief that the Dutch do … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 24.06.13

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Blueberry flapjack from Olive Tree, Nailsworth in … Continue reading 

The Lawn Bakery, Wimbledon

Salted caramel pyramid and a selection of mini macarons

We were invited along to the Cannizaro House Hotel in Wimbledon to celebrate the launch of Style Ambition. During our morning appointment, Eleanor and I discovered our body shape (I’m a rhubarb!) and were talked through what clothes were most … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 17.06.13

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): A scoop of ‘Strawberry Yogurt’ and ‘Cremino’ gelato … Continue reading 

Great cake places in Arundel

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Helen was having a couple of days in Dublin, meeting up with some friends she met whilst travelling in Australia 4 years ago. After dropping her off at Gatwick Airport for her flight – which she caught by the skin … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 10.06.13

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Incredible salted caramel dessert shot from On … Continue reading 

Foodies Festival London 2013

Praying for some sun on Clapham Common!

Last Sunday I returned to London’s Foodies Festival after spending the whole weekend there in 2012 (Read our review here). This year the festival was held on Clapham Common as opposed to Battersea Park which was handy for me, living … Continue reading 

Little Bee Bakery

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Little Bee Bakery very kindly delivered lots of lovely cakes for us to try, all carefully packaged. I was due to pick Helen up from the train station in Chichester that afternoon so it meant we would be able to … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 03.06.13

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): One of my guilty pleasures; a huge … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 27.05.13

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Deliciously creamy hot chocolate drink from Butler’s. … Continue reading 

Butlers – Hot Chocolate Drink

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Butlers – the Purveyors of Happiness (isn’t that a great name?) – sent us a selection of their lovely chocolates to review and amongst them was a box of their hot drinking chocolate. Apart from the lovely sunny weather we had this … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 20.05.13

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): A huge slice of carrot cake from … Continue reading 

Fox & Hounds, Funtington, West Sussex

Hot chocolate fondant dessert.

My friend Loretta invited myself and another friend, Catia out for an evening meal to a popular country pub, the Fox & Hounds in Funtington, West Sussex. My husband and I had been there last summer and only had a … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 13.05.13

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Honeycomb smash cheesecake topped with honeycomb pieces from Prezzo.  … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats:10.05.2013

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites…. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Metcalfe’s NEW ‘Sweet Cinnamon Spice’ skinny popcorn Cream Tea … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 29.04.13

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites….. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): A’s bunny birthday cake from Tazzina Cafe, … Continue reading 

Afternoon Tea at the Millennium Hotel, Knightsbridge

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After a ten days of living and working in a hotel, little sleep and the worse hangover known to mankind, I practically had to drag myself to Afternoon Tea at the Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge, which was made better when I found … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 26.04.13

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  What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites….. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Moist lemon polenta cake from Tazzina … Continue reading 

Green & Black’s Organic Treat Collection

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I saw this little box of Green & Black’s Organic Treat Collection in Waitrose on offer for £2.40. It should be £3 which is still a good price, especially as there are 6 little bars of white, milk and dark … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats:19.04.13

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Gilbey’s Restaurant

Raspberry, lemon & almond Clafoutis

My husband and I were staying in Bournemouth for the weekend for a cycling event around Dorset on the Sunday. We found Gilbey’s Restaurant, which is set inside The Liston Hotel – just two minutes from the Cliff Top Gardens in … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 08.04.13

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites….. This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Light and soft carrot and walnut cake … Continue reading 

Eric Lanlard Cake Boy

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Last Saturday morning I met up with Eleanor, Amy, Tania and Lulu for a long overdue cake date.  I’ve only recently heard about Master Pâtissier Eric Lanlard and his Cake Boy boutique tucked away in a quiet residential area at Battersea … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 01.04.2013

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. With the excuse of Easter, we indulged in SO many sweet treats this week we had such a hard time … Continue reading 

Ben & Jerry’s NEW Peanut Butter Me Up and Blondie Brownie Core Ice Cream

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Ben & Jerry’s have an extensive range of exciting flavours, many of which never see beyond America. The UK has been somewhat sheltered when it comes to flavours of international food, whether this is from Hershey’s, Arnotts or even Coca-Cola.  Ben … Continue reading 

Southbank Chocolate Festival 2013

Chocolate Festival 2013

London’s bi-annual Chocolate Festival is one of my favourite events of the year, mainly because it involves chocolate and partly because it gives me a chance to say hello to lots of lovely independent businesses, which I rarely get to … Continue reading 

Four O Nine, Clapham

Chocolate tart with banana and honey sauce and a side of salted caramel ice cream

Each week Sam and I try to set one evening aside to spend with each other, doing something nice like going to dinner or to the local cinema. This week, it was my ‘date night’ which meant it would most definitely involve … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 18.03.13

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites… This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): White Chocolate Blondie accompanied by a gorgeous Square Mile coffee from … Continue reading 

Coco Chocolatiers

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I drive past Coco Chocolatiers most Fridays and always think ‘I must go in there sometime’ but never do. Last Friday I finally did, and as soon as I entered the shop there was the most delicious, unmistakably gorgeous smell of … Continue reading 

St John’s Bakery

Famous Custard Doughnuts

I had heard so much about St John’s Bakery infamous custard doughnuts and my visit was long overdue. Last Saturday I managed to drag Sam out of bed at according to him, a “god-earthly hour” and down to Maltby Street Market to get … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 11.03.13

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites… This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Chocolate tart with bannna and honey sauce … Continue reading 

Velvet Chocolate Truffles

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I was lucky enough to be sent this box of handmade truffles after meeting Sarah from Velvet Chocolate Truffles at Taste of Christmas back in December. There are two sides of the company with one half supplying chocolate fountains, perfect for … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 04.03.13

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What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly roundup of the sweetest treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s 5 of our favourites… This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): Crunchy mini Nutella cookie from the extensive … Continue reading 

Brunch at Duck & Waffle

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Duck & Waffle may be the talk around town but high-rise London restaurants are nothing new, right? There are plenty of tower restaurants across the city such as Rhodes 24, OXO Tower and Paramount, so what makes Duck & Waffle … Continue reading 

Cumberland Hotel, London – Blogger Event

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  We were invited to the Cumberland Hotel on Hyde Park to a ‘Blogger Outreach Event’ earlier this month for a four-course meal. The meal was to be served in their Brasserie restaurant – one of seven restaurants/bars that the … Continue reading 

Amanche Marzipan Chocolates

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I first came across Amanche at Taste of Christmas last year, where I was lucky enough to chat to the owners Peter and Nora about their unique marzipan chocolates. Combining premium quality almond marzipan with fine Belgian Callebaut® chocolate, Amanche create … Continue reading 

Charbonnel et Walker’s Valentine’s Day Selection

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There’s no better way to impress someone this Valentine’s Day than with a box of Charbonnel et Walker chocolates. It’s been a running tradition between me and my boyfriend Sam, that Charbonnel et Walker chocolates mark a special occasion. Sam … Continue reading 

Sponsored Post: Aero’s Bubble Playground

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Back in November 2012, one of the UK’s favourite chocolate brands, Aero, took over the trendy Truman Brewery in Shoreditch gallery for three days to create a multi-sensory bubbly experience. I was lucky enough to be invited along to the … Continue reading 

Lucky’s Wonderland in Kingly Court

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Having recently reviewed Lucky’s Tiny Pieces of Wonderland, I was pleased to hear that they decided to set up shop in Kingly Court, just off Carnaby Street.  It’s surprisingly quiet location is perfect for a well-deserved break from the hustle … Continue reading 

Lucky’s Tiny Pieces of Wonderland

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As a lover of both cake and chocolate, I couldn’t believe my luck (no pun intended) when I came across Lucky’s miniature cakes filled chocolates a couple of months ago. Fairly new on the scene back then, Lucky’s have recently … Continue reading 

Breakfast at BB Bakery

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I recently had my mum, who also contributes to the site, up to visit for a girl’s day out compromising of cake, ice cream and chocolate! I decided to take her to BB Bakery in Covent Garden for breakfast since … Continue reading 

Paul.A.Young Chocolates

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I was first drawn to Paul.A.Young by his unique and ever changing flavours including Black Pudding truffle and Pumpkin Pie which I saw at Chocolate Unwrapped. My mum and I have passed Paul A Young’s shop in Wardour Street, Soho … Continue reading 

Rumsey’s Chocolates

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I couldn’t believe my luck when a selection of Rumsey’s chocolates arrived at my door. The small family-run business is headed by Master chocolatier Nigel Rumsey, who has been creating award-winning handmade chocolates since 1991. The chocolates were beautifully presented in a gold box … Continue reading 

The Kilted Chef

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This year, I celebrated my birthday in Bath with my boyfriend Sam. As part of our trip, we decided to go for a nice meal on the evening I turned the grand old age of 24. A good meal out … Continue reading 

Taste of Christmas 2012

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I was lucky enough to be offered a pass to Taste of Christmas which is taking place at London ExCel Centre between Friday the 7th and Sunday the 9th of December. Taste of Christmas is the UK’s biggest Christmas food … Continue reading 

The Shoe at Exton

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Sunday lunch doesn’t get better than this. The Shoe is a lovely country pub situated in the small village of Exton. Cross the road and their garden has a river at the bottom, very pleasant to sit in on a … Continue reading 

Lauden Chocolates

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When owners Sun and Stephen became so fed up of not being able to find fine chocolates where they lived in the North of England, they spent all their spare time researching about chocolate and in the end, decided to … Continue reading 

Celebrating at Restaurant 27

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Restaurant 27 is situated near the Seafront in Southsea, Portsmouth. It has been opened for a few years, but we have only just heard about it from friends who have recommended it. Being rather expensive we chose it as the … Continue reading 

The Bar of Aero Press Launch

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There was a strong smell of chocolate in the air last weekend in Shoreditch as Aero took over the Dray Walk Gallery at the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane. I was invited to the press launch on the Friday, before the … Continue reading 

Daskalidès Long Acre Café

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One chilly Sunday morning I visited Daskalidès situated in the heart of Covent Garden. Belgium chocolatier, Daskalidès has over 140 stores showcasing their hand-crafted chocolate across the globe.  Just four months ago, they launched their chocolate café at the Long Acre store … Continue reading 

Squisitezza by La Sagra

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I first came across La Sagra when I was researching the exhibitors at this year’s Chocolate Unwrapped, a London-based chocolate show hosted as part of National Chocolate Week.  Influenced by the fine foods of Italy, La Sagra produce creative dessert … Continue reading 

Romance at Clos Maggiore

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A year ago my boyfriend Sam won me over with a box of my favourite Charbonnel et Walker truffles and to celebrate, he took me out for the evening.  The venue of our dinner was a surprise and nothing was … Continue reading 

La Gelatiera: the BEST gelato in London

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I first experienced the taste of La Gelatiera’s gelato at Kings Cross Ice Cream Festival, where I indulged in a scoop of Salted Caramel and Cinnamon Chocolate Sorbet. Not only did it leave me feeling totally satisfied, but with a … Continue reading