When I told Russell Norman that I was initially a bit sad when the Marquis of Granby pub at the top of the road where I work closed, he replied “really?” with a look of disbelief on his face. Russell, sometimes when you work in a pressured environment such as retail – closest pub for a gin and tonic takes precedence over “best location”.
It’s fair to say now that he has snagged “best location” for his latest venture of The Ape and Bird which opens next week.
The Marquis of Granby may have not been the best pub but it was an old boozer and conveniently located on the way home. You could often find most of my office stood in a circle inside or outside the pub on pretty much any evening having a drink. A drink, which would eventually lead to five. I even ate lunch there once which was a mistake. Their fish and chips were awful and unless I’m at a Wetherspoon pub or a football match, I DO NOT expect to be served condiments in sachets. Continue reading
Earlier this week I published a blog post on Taste of Christmas 2013 which I visited with my friend Yvette and her son Dylan who just HAD to meet Michel Roux Jr.
It was great to see him and brought back memories of when my friend Chanelle and I met him in 2012 and I had him sign a copy of Cooking with the Masterchef.
Here’s a lovely pic that we had taken way back when… (ok it was only last year!)
So, I was on the phone gassing to my friend Simone last night and she asked me “what are you having for dinner?”
“Well…” I replied.
“You know how I like a fad…?”
“A what?” She asked
“No, Fad. F.A.D”
We continued this for around 30 seconds.
“FAD Simone. F for foxtrot. A for apple. D for delta”
Finally she got it. Continue reading
Turkey, gnocchi, warm gin brews and Michel Roux Jr, yup – it can only mean one thing – Taste of Christmas 2013!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Everywhere you go. Especially in Tobacco Dock which was taken over last weekend for the annual Taste of Christmas festival. I had wondered why they had moved from the venue of last year, Excel. All became clear when I watched the news on Saturday morning and saw that a 50th anniversary for Doctor Who was taking place at Excel, meaning that Taste of Christmas had to move their set-up to Tobacco Dock, East London.
I made a bit of a faux pas – I went out to eat and I didn’t take photos! Imagine that! *covers face* In my defence it was a business lunch so it wasn’t really appropriate to take pics – also in the city of London with all of those toffee nosed stuck up City B-Wankers – it’s really not the sort of environment to take pics. I had to just tell you about my visit to Le Relais de Venise in Throgmorton Street, London. Continue reading
What a lovely evening Sally and I had on Thursday at Diciannove - an Italian restaurant within the Crowne Plaza hotel in Blackfriars that has renamed and recently revamped itself. Usually PR events are much the same. Drinks and food that the proprietors THINK you want to sample thrown at you. Followed by an A4 sheet of paper with the offering and many links to ensure that you post SOMETHING to ensure the restaurant gains coverage. I have to love Roche because they get it right. They don’t make me FEEL like I have to post anything on the Internet or give any coverage to events. I guess their clients just have such an air about them that I feel that I will want to tell people “look here! You must go!” Continue reading
“Welcome to Misery’s West Indian Restaurant”
If you ever watched The Real McCoy that will mean something to you. If you have no idea what I am talking about here’s a taster so the rest of my post means something to you.
I recommended O-Tower to my sister amongst others on account of the fact it had amazing reviews on Trip Advisor – and rightly so – we had a whale of a time!
I don’t know why but we loved the demeanour of Sheila – the owner. We had a table of 18 including the birthday girl – my sister Elisha.
MOST of us turned up on time – but Elisha was awfully late (story of her life!). 1 hour 15 mins late. Yeeeah.
I’ve actually been to Belgium twice this year – and four times in my life (well actually five if you count a school trip).
My first trip this year was for Easter and it was truly wonderful. As always we stayed at the hotel our lovely friend manages. She always gives us the best room and the service is phenomenal.
Here are some pics from that trip (back in April!) including of course – the amazing food we ate.
A Michelin Star affair…
It’s been another 3 months – ok more like four – since I last blogged. I am particularly aware of this as my work colleague Dan kept saying to me “Claire – two months”. “Claire – three months”.
Finally “Claire it’s been four months” eek. I have been blogging honest – for tastecard! That’s one heck of a busy gig. Free dinners at restaurants is a tough job! ha ha
Here are some of my favourite posts I’ve written recently for tastecard for you to enjoy and I PROMISE I’ll be better at this. FoodieClaire needs some love too…
My Night with Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis | RED 2 Premiere, Leicester Square London
Good (fancy) Pub Grub at Bacchus Pub and Kitchen, Hoxton London
All American Dining at All Star Lanes, Brick Lane London
Salvador & Amanda, Bloomsbury | Beautiful Spanish Food in the West End
Stylish Pan-Asian Dining by the River | Chino Latino Restaurant, London
One day last week I made home-made hummus. So what? I know you’re thinking. There wasn’t a motive behind it. I was at the supermarket and saw the pre-packaged stuff and suddenly felt like making some. I Googled “hummus recipe” and came across a Guardian article with a whole thesis on how to make the best hummus. It was really long winded. Involving soaking chickpeas in bicarbonate of soda and boiling them and all sorts. Nevertheless I got home and put my chickpeas to soak in some bicarb for a few hours. I noticed afterwards that the recipe said to soak them for 24 hours – then boil chickpeas for four hours!
F*** that I thought – I didn’t recall hummus being so laborious. There must be easier methods. Again I Googled “hummus recipe” and noticed the first link which was a BBC URL. The recipe said it was for “quick hummus”. This was far more digestible (‘scuse me pun).