We did something naughty. With snow foiling our plans for a day trip out of London, an IRL friend and I decided to treat ourselves to a fun day in London, and we ended up in the achingly Instagrammable Saint Aymes Cafe and then for lunch in the Chiltern Firehouse, being escorted by our salt and pepper hued date (complete with a waggly tail). Spoiler alert: both were delectable, and adored Olly our canine companion, almost… View Post

The Ikigai Menu at Aqua Kyoto | Restaurant Review

The Ikigai Menu at Aqua Kyoto | Restaurant Review

You know that indescribable moment, that subtle bliss when the sun shines after an unexpected snow storm? The Ikigai menu at Aqua Kyoto is a sliver of that; a light, delicious 3-course selection of delicacies, served with a cocktail and petit fours sweetbox that will surprise and delight. No storm necessary. Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Aqua Kyoto but my (very many) thoughts are only ever mine – repeat visits on my own dime time… View Post

Brunch Kettner’s Townhouse in Soho

Brunch Kettner’s Townhouse in Soho

If I’ve learnt anything over the years (besides when to use learned and learnt) is that life is too short to wait for a special occasion to catch up with good friends. And, when there is reason *cough* a birthday *cough* to celebrate, what more perfect excuse for a leisurely weekday brunch do you need? Especially when Kettner’s Townhouse – a luxury boutique hotel in Soho – has reopened as a sister to the Dean… View Post

Salish Lodge and Spa: Hotel Review Overlooking Snoqualmie …

Salish Lodge and Spa: Hotel Review Overlooking Snoqualmie Falls

We slept with our hotel balcony door slightly ajar, the softly rushing sound of Snoqualmie Falls providing a soothing backdrop to our travel weary dreams. The smell of our own private fireplace was a rich and spicy quilt to our city senses, and the thick carpet of our Salish Lodge King Room was plush beneath our toes. That building on the top left-hand side? That was our hotel – the Salish Lodge and Spa –… View Post

A Dinner Party with La Belle Assiette – Fine …

A Dinner Party with La Belle Assiette – Fine Dining At Home.

Numbering 4 nationalities (5 if you count yearning) amongst 6 diners, we gathered on a snowy evening gathering from all corners of London to make merry in a pre-Christmas celebration. We covered the globe ranging from Antipodeans (New Zealand and Australian) to Americans with a token English Rose, we knew by the tone of the late excuses from “sorry I’m going to be 5 minutes late” all the way through to “I got held up… View Post