Chilled Matcha Watermelon Noodles

If you are in London right now, you are feeling my pain…. ITS TOO DARN HOT! Yeah, I like the warm weather, but this city is not built for this heat! I’m not built for this heat as a matter of fact. I loved the cooler summers that we used to have here a few years ago. Thanks for that Mr Global Warming.

I’m heavily investing in ice and ice-cream at the moment, but other than that I don’t want to cook at all unless I’m outside doing something on the BBQ. The heat is hell, I’m not turning on the stove at all (or at least as little as possible). So, finding cool/cold things to eat has been fun… been eating loads of salads and smoothies, but I want more.

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31 Days of Riesling – Celebrating German Wine

The other evening I was invited alongside other food influencers to the Marylebone institution of Clarette for an evening of food and drink to celebrate German Wines.   In particular the wine from one variety of German grape. Riesling (pronounced reece-ling)

Before that night if you accosted me on the street and held a proverbial gun to my head and demanded that I list countries that produce great wine… Germany would sadly not have been on that list.  Not because I held on to that old school reputation that Germany made overly sweet blue nun style of wines.   But mainly because I’m very much a creature of habit with a small knowledge of wine.  Which generally means once I get served a wine that I like I stick with it.

Fans of German wine are quick to shout that Riesling produce some of the finest white wines on the planet. Hopefully, after this evening I would think the same.  Riesling is the most popular variety of grape used in production in Germany accounting for some 25% of grape production.

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Pork Lovers Tour – Celebrating Spanish Pork in the UK

There is no secret that I love pork.  It’s hard to explain why it’s one of my favourite meats.   I guess it’s because it’s really versatile.  Its brilliant both fresh and cured.  Joints are brilliant to roast, chops are great fried, cutlets into katsu, bbq’d ribs, bacon, sausages and ham…. You get the point I LOVE PORK.   So, when I was invited to the uber-luxe Hispania restaurant in the City for the launch of the Pork Lovers Tour it was a bit of a no-brainer.

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Holiday Essental Rentals with Fat Llama

I don’t travel as often as I would like, I mean who actually does….. unless you are a dedicated travel blogger. Those full-time travel bloggers make me really jealous, not only because they get to travel all the time to exciting destinations… but because they can really make good use of travel gear and tech like a drone. I’m am so envious of those soaring videos and epic Arial shots that you can get from a drone. Though not envious enough to go out and shell out £1000 for a DJI Mavic Air that I’ll use a couple times a year.  Is it even possible to fly them in London?

What if you could rent a drone for a short period of time? Perhaps for that week away to Bali or a day out to the coast of Kent. Well, you can do just that with Fat Llama. 

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Oslo Hackney Summer Menu Review

You know how you often dismiss a place based on what you think it would be… for example, a pub serving Japanese food or buying choux from a street food seller.   Things that you thought that never would be good but turn out to be great. I’ve only known OLSO as being a music venue so always assumed that the food would be bog standard pub grub.   You can imagine how surprised I was when I tried out the new summer menu.

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Louisiana Jambalaya with Rice Crafters Long Grain Rice

I was born in Southern America, Georgia to be precise.  Though we moved from the south to the midwest when I was only three, I still claim my birthright as a southerner.   I mean would be crazy not to.   No disrespect to the cuisine of Colorado, the food of the south speaks to me more.  Peach pie, Sweet tea, Biscuits and gravy, crawfish boil, gumbo, etouffee and of course Jambalaya.

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Fever Tree Championships with Haagen-Dazs

I have always had a soft spot for tennis. I took it up as a kid for two reasons. Being obsessed with the upturned collar Lacoste polo shirt and deck shoe wearing preppy brigade it was the ONLY sport that I could play and play the part of the prepster. The other reason I played tennis was that because of my general husky size I was recruited by the football team to play and the last thing I wanted to get battered around on a grassy muddy field by a bunch of other adolescent kinds. So, tennis was my way out, my escape, my pass to avoid broken bones and bruised eyes and feigning a macho persona.

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Greek influenced Bruschetta

I had the pleasure of attending an evening of Greek produce and food.  Before the night, Greek food to me was grilled lamb, plastic wrapped feta and moussaka.  Yeah, I know it’s more than that, what I liked most was their passion for the ingredients.

We learned about currants, dairy, mastic and obviously olive oil. In my mind I never associate olive oil with Greece, yes, I knew that they produced it.   But it really hit home how important it is to Greece when reminded that it comes from a sacred and blessed tree dating to ancient Greece. Olive branches were used to crown Olympic winners after all.

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3 of My Favourite Small Batch Ice Creams in London

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you dont.. why not?) you know that I’m obsessed with ice cream.  I’m somewhat an ice cream snob… I say somewhat and really mean a total Ice Cream snob.  I mean life is too short for the run of the mill ice cream.  As wankery, as it sounds, small batch is the best.  These alchemists of ice cream really know their craft and use the best ingredients.  Most importantly they have a major passion for the creamy stuff and they are all bloody lovely people too!

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