This week’s sweet treats :03/07/2015

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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 in England and Australia. Here’s five of our favourites! Hey we’re back! We’ve had some technical glitches but … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats : 29/05/2015

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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 in England and Australia. Here’s five of our favourites! 1. Helen made these delicious, gooey blondie on the cattle … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats : 22/05/2015

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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 in England and Australia. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R: 1. Helen and her colleague enjoying … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats : 08/05/2015

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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 in England and Australia. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R: 1. Helens getting very good … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats : 01/05/2015

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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 in England and Australia. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R: 1. This was so so … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 24/04/2015

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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 in England and Australia. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R: 1. I’ve been cycling as much … Continue reading 

Australia’s Northern Territory: Darwin

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It was sad to leave my parents but I had a flight from Brisbane to catch. I headed to Darwin for a couple of days before I starting work at a cattle station in Western Australia’s vast outback. Darwin’s changed since my visit in 2009 but it still has a special vibe you can’t find elsewhere Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 17/04/2015

The Two Badgers, St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia, Michael David Clay, champagne jelly, panna cotta, polenta porridge, Kettle Black, Top Paddock, hotcake, South Melbourne, elephant poo coffee, weasel poo coffee, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, The cheese & chocolate bar, singapore, chocolate bar, chocolate bar Singapore, cattle ranch, Instagram, Spencer Bar & dining Room, assiette of desserts, plate of desserts,

What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly monthly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week month, around the world. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R: 1. Sometimes it’s too hard to … Continue reading 

The Two Badgers: St Kilda, Melbourne

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The Two Badgers has become one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne where I can enjoyed a relaxed dinner. Since this visit, I’ve returned multiple times and even took my parents when they came over from England. They were just as impressed and we had a great night chatting to Michael the head chef. Continue reading 

The Natural Apothecary Petersfield

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I finally made it to The Natural Apothecary in Heath Road, Petersfield with my husband Geoff late on Friday afternoon. Thankfully there were plenty of tables when we arrived not long after 2pm. What a wonderfully old-fashioned word we don’t … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 13/03/2015

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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, in the UK and Australia. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R 1. Here’s a … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats : 27/02/2015

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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, in the UK and Australia. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R 1. This dainty but … Continue reading 

Cereal Anytime & My Two Mum’s, Swan Street, Melbourne

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I’m a sucker for pop-up’s. I always have been. I think it’s mainly due to the social media hype, which is surprising considering I work in the field and therefore know the secrets to make a predominantly average place the … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats : 13/02/2015

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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, in the UK and Australia. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R 1. Helen’s incredible espresso … Continue reading 

Chococo, Winchester, Hampshire

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I found Chococo after looking on TripAdvisor for any chocolate shops in Winchester, where we were spending a day shopping just before Christmas and it looked like the place to go, especially for a chocolate lover like myself. Chococo was … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 06/02/2015

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 What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of sweet treats we’ve eaten this week, at home and abroad. Here’s 5 of our favourites! This week’s sweet treats (clockwise from top left): 1. Okay, this isn’t technically … Continue reading 

The Earl of March, Lavant, West Sussex

Tartin, roast red onion, beetroot, goats cheese, ice cream, goats cheese ice cream, carrot jelly, autumn nut salad, slow roast, shoulder of lamb, sweetbread, Anna potatoes, Port wine jus, sirloin steak, hand cut chips, triple chocolate brownie, toffee & honeycomb ice cream, Tempranillo Rioja, red wine, Rioja, The Earl of March, Earl of March, West Sussex, Lavant, Lavant West Sussex, country pub, country restaurant, Lavant pub, Giles Thompson, Ritz Hotel chef, Midhurst Road, onion soup, Helen Newman, food blogger, mother & daughter bloggers,

We’d been invited to The Earl of March, country pub and restaurant in Lavant, West Sussex and as it was on our ‘must do’ list, how could we refuse? It is owned and run by Giles Thompson the former Executive … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 30/01/2015

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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. Recently Helen visited the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, … Continue reading 

North South Feast West Chocolate Festival: Immigration Museum, Melbourne

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Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Chocolate Festival at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum. This was the first in a series of events by North South Feast West taking place this summer and autumn. Since arriving in Melbourne three … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats: 16/01/2015

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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 enjoyed this delicious fresh flourless boysenberry & … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats : 09/01/2015

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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. Café BÜ is on the beautiful Canning Street … Continue reading 

Black White Red Cafe, Winchester

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We found Black White Red on Jewry Street, Winchester quite by chance, as we were passing by having just visited Art Cafe just along the road for coffee and cake. We took a look at BWR’s menu and there were … Continue reading 

My first Aussie road trip; Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

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After just over a month in Melbourne it was time to explore Victoria for the first time and what better way than with a road trip to the Mornington Peninsula. Now I’ve done my fair share of travelling around Australia, … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 19/12/2014

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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. Goodness me this looks seriously good. Something I … Continue reading 

This Week’s Sweet Treats: 12/12/2014

Whispering Vines Cafe, Mornington Peninsula, vineyards, wine tasting, apricot & custard tart, whipped cream, The Aldingbourne Trust, Aldingbourne, Chichester, West Sussex, pear & butterscotch, The Anvil, Bishops Waltham, cycling, cycling club, Christmas, Christmas lunch, whisky, coffee, Sumatrian, Swallow Bakery, cupcake, homemade, mince pie, clients, Fred's, Attibassi, Australia, Melbourne, Goodwood, Old Control Tower cafe, chocolate brownie, Goodwood aerodrome,Chichester racing circuit, pie, tart, Aero Bar Cafe

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. Our cycling club has had an annual ride … Continue reading 

Boulangerie Victor Hugo, Southampton

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Back in October Helen and I visited Boulangerie Victor Hugo in the High Street, Southampton which was an excellent choice for lunch for me, because the following week I would be off to France on a short cycling holiday. It got me … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats : 05/12/2014

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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. Some serious food porn here. Helen enjoyed this beautiful … Continue reading 

Top Paddock: Richmond, Melbourne

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I’ve spent the whole of 2014 searching for local bars and eateries yet to be discovered by tourists and bloggers and have had my fair share of luck during my travels through Asia. It may seem strange then, that since touching … Continue reading 

Rosie’s Vineyard, Southsea, Portsmouth

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In all the years Rosie’s Vineyard has been in Portsmouth (since 1982 in fact), it’s rather odd that I’ve never ever been there. I don’t know the reason why. I suppose I must be mad. Knowing that the fantastic FB … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats : 28/11/2014

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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’s first blog post from Melbourne, Australia was on Naughty … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats : 21/11/2014

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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 delicious passion fruit tartlet is from Naughty Boy … Continue reading 

The perfect pitstop: Perth, Australia

dessert, The Butterworth Bar, scallops, Koko Black, saffron poached pear, John Forrest National Park, Buckwheat, Chia and Oat Porridge, chai latte, olympians restaurant, Eamon Sullivan, Steve Hooker, Sand Bar, Mowie's, Bib & Tucker, Leighton Beach, blackberry & ricotta cake, carrot & coconut cake, flat white, lemon ricotta cake, Subway, Scarborough Beach, Subway Australia, Maccas, Macca's, McDonalds, Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Margaret River, chocolate, Yahava Koffee Works, coffee, iced latte, ricotta cake, food bloggers, mother & daughter bloggers, food & travel blogger, Swan Valley, Wine tasting, vineyards, Swan Valley Vineyards, Cakes, edible flowers, edible flower cake, Mount Lawley, Perth Hills, pitstop, Perth, Australia, Melbourne, Melbourne Cup, The Lucky Shag, Mary Street Bakery, Mrs S, Urbanspoon,

I couldn’t resist a quick pitstop in Perth before I headed to Melbourne. Ok, it isn’t exactly on the way but when else was my good friend Mel free as a bird with a few days off work? She is … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats : 14/10/2014

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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! Clockwise from L-R 1. These ‘sweet little hooves‘ are a Polish dish … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats : 07/10/2014

Koko black, Koko Perth, Koko Black Perth, chocolate, chilli chocolate, chilli & raspberry chocolate brownie, chocolate brownie, chilli chocolate brownie, West Sussex, Compton Tearooms, Compton Shop & Village Tearoom, home-made, home-made cake, sponge cake, Victoria Sponge, Bakewell Tart, chocolate ganache, salted caramel sauce, Southsea Coffee Co, Osborne Road, Southsea, Portsmouth coffee, Southsea Coffee, banana bread, sweet treats, food bloggers, mother & daughter food bloggers, foodie, edible flowers, carrot & coconut cake, coffee art, 3D coffee art, Cafe Verdi, Cafe Midhurst, Midhurst, Australia, Western Australia, Mrs S, Mayland,

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. Wow, did this cake taste as good as … Continue reading 

Bergamote Salon de thé, Saint-Malo, France

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After a great week staying at Hotel du Lac in Combourg and cycling around the pretty French countryside, I was looking forward to visiting Saint-Malo before getting on the ferry for home. This is because like last year we would … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats : 31/10/2014

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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! Clockwise from L-R 1. I found another Portugese tart, they seem to … Continue reading 

The Hungry Guest Café, Petworth, West Sussex

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I’ve mentioned The Hungry Guest Café several times over the last couple of months. I first heard their name when I visited Salt Café at Wicor Marine in Portchester, whose cakes come from The Hungry Guest Bakery and who also sell a selection … Continue reading 

A great time in Georgetown: Penang, Malaysia

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Running through a sketchy looking housing estate with everything I own on my back, all 11kg of it. It’s 90% humidity and 28 degree heat. Sweat dripping from my face, heart racing at the thought of missing my night bus … Continue reading 

This week’s sweet treats : 24/10/2014

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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! Clockwise from L-R 1. This was delicious. A moist chocolate sponge with … Continue reading 

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

Mount Lawley, manwich, ciabatta, pulled-pork, cornbread, Aussie brunch, flat white, chocolate banana bread, passionfruit, passionfruit margerine slice, Nutella brownie, blackberry, ricotta and polenta cake, gluten-free, edible flowers, Mrs S, Mrs S Perth, Mrs S cafe, WA, Perth, Australia, Perth cafes, Urbanspoon,

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

Camden Town pale ale, raspberry bellini, TerraGens Sangiovese di Romagna Riserva, The Laughing Gravy, Southwark, London, Borough, Blackfriars Road, restuarant, pork belly, venison, Heritage beetroot, chocolate cylinder, Monmouth coffee,

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 … 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

Pandana Guesthouse, Gili hostel, Villa Ombok, Vodka joss, Silent disco, Ramadam, Surf Bar, Magic mushrooms, Sama Sama, Tir na nóg, Paradise Sunset Bar, Casa Vintage, Turtle sanctuary, blogging, snorkelling, travel blog, Travelling, backpackers, hostel, Funny Homestay, Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia, Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands, Gili T, Gili Meno, Gili Air, Bintang, Asia,

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 

Artisan Café, Chichester

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*************************** UPDATE Artisan Café has changed ownership and is now called Artie’s Kitchen. I have visited several times since the change and I’m glad to tell you that the brownies are still made by The Hungry Guest – phew. Not … 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 

Yellow Kite Café, Southsea, Portsmouth

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**************************** UPDATE The Yellow Kite Café has new ownership and is now called The Courtyard. We may well review it in the near future but I can tell you that we have already eaten there and liked it. The Champagne … 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

Echo Valley, hanging coffins, Sagada, Banaue, Strawberry Cafe, pancakes, home-made yogurt, Sagada Brew, Strawberry Cafe, sweet mountain tea, George Guesthouse

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 

Putting my body through hell for one of the world’s wonders: Batad, Philippines

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Crawling up and sliding down mountains  After a few days of doing essentially nothing, myself, Jaimie, Eric and Janine caught the night bus from Manila to the small town of Banaue, synonymous to the Unesco World Heritage-listed Ifugo rice terraces – … 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 

A slice of relaxation: Inle Lake, Myanmar

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A few of life’s little luxuries  The cool breeze close to Inle Lake was a godsend after the high temperatures in Yangon and we had been brought to a far nicer hotel after being dropped off in the early hours with nowhere to stay. … 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

Vietnam, The Noah's Ark Inn, Lurgashall, Midhurst, West Sussex, carrot cake, Garton's, Beceries, apple & pecan ring, Rhurbarb fool, ginger shortbread, Cupcake, Petwroth, Bay Tree

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

Ben & Jerry's, Greek yogurt, Malteaster, Durleighmarsh Tea Barn, lemon polenta, cake, bakewell tart, Capers, Southsea, rice balls, Vietnam, backpacking, sweet treats. lovelifelovecake

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 

This week’s sweet treats: 09/01/2014

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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! 1. Delicious chocolate ganache with … 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 

This week’s sweet treats: 3/1/2013

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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 and the last for this year. Here’s five of our favourites! Helen’s lovely parsnip, maple & pecan … 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 

Dining with a difference at Flesh & Buns

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After enjoying a simply delicious crispy pollock-filled hirata bun from YumBun last week, it’s safe to say I’ve been lured into the one of the biggest food trends to have appeared in London this year. Steam hirata buns continue to boom … 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

Apple & blackberry crumble with custard

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 

The island of cake: Ilha Grande, Brazil

One of the many cake carts on the streets of Ilha Grande

If my recent trip to Brazil has taught me one thing, it’s that Brazilian’s love their cake. After a hectic few days in vibrant Rio de Janerio we headed to Ilha Grande, an island off the coast of Brazil, roughly a … 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