A standard cup of coffee just wasn’t going to cut it for international coffee day this year – THE coffee day when you have the excuse (if you need one) to indulge those caffeine cravings with something fancy. Don’t get me wrong, you cant beat a perfectly brewed flat white with creamy milk poured into the mug to create a pretty pattern on a regular day. But on these other occasions, coffee cocktails are the way to go. Especially over brunch! I was lucky enough to be invited to brunch with Tia Maria for International coffee day – the dark coffee liqueur. Taking place at St. Barts Brewery in Smithfield, almost the whole restaurant come bar was buzzing with life, groups nattering and people tucking…

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Fajitas are always a winner. Ready in 20 minutes. Mid-week, quick & easy dinner. We used to buy those sachets of seasoning. You know the ones. The individual packets which say there’s enough to shake over meat for four, but you pretty much use it all up for two. they always worked well, but aren’t always the most economical way to enjoy a fajita dinner. I recently decided that we had enough spices on our condiment shelf to whip up a seasoning ourselves, and started trying out different combos. Each tasty in its own way, this one had a smoky touch which reminded me of other seasonings we’d previously had. It didn’t quite have the kick we always look for, so the extra bird eye chilies…

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I’d been meaning to try this Lebanese place ever since Alex kept saying how good it was, following lunchtime trips almost every Friday with his work colleagues at his old place. This is THE place that converted Alex to a fan of all Lebanese food, rather than just a consumer of the odd kebab – yes, you get Lebanese kebabs too. It’s a middle eastern cuisine with regional influences rather than just a Turkish dish.  Stumbling across the newest branch in Bath – I didn’t realise they’d spread out across the UK so quickly – our lunch destination changed. The interiors, which run right through the restaurant, are always vibrant and fun. The patterned tiles, fun prints and pinups, and traditional ornaments and hats on…

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The all inclusive buffet on holiday always reminds me how much more I need to cook fish or seafood, and this year was no different. In Costa de la Luz for the week earlier this month we had it all, red fish, catfish, swordfish, octopus, squid rings, mussels, salmon, and all manor of other white fish fillet which I can’t remember the names of. The one thing I didn’t have however was prawns. Keen to try something new, rather than one of my trusty risotto dishes, I decided I’d whip up a red curry. Aromatic and creamy, with a good kick of spice, this went down a treat. The baby corn I opted to include in the curry added a different texture to the dish…

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Close to Highbury & Islington station, this cute little pan-asian restaurant is in one of my favourite areas of London. Nestled close to the boutique coffee chops around the main roundabout, and the numerous new openings on St. Pauls Road, the area is one to watch. Relatively small, there’s only about 30 covers (to memory) in the Islington branch of Tootoomoo. The interior, decorated in reds and blues, with striped cushions and blue padded booths, wooden chairs and bright and colourful tiled tables, it radiated its eastern influence. The open front, breezy during the longer late summer evenings, meant you didn’t mind too much that you weren’t sat outside making the most of the English summer – which I know a the moment seems like…

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