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Tea, Travel and Stories: An Extraordinary Journey, Part One

Tea, travel and stories: the three are inextricably linked. We don’t often think about it when we sip our daily brews, but there’s an incredible, extraordinary journey behind the tea leaves that bring us to life in the morning. And there’s a fascinating story to tell in our teacup.

Reporting on the food and drink of a particular place is a sure-fire way to cut through the tourist trap cliches and get to an authentic local experience, and I was lucky to find myself in unlikely places enjoying delicious things – be it eating freshly caught whelks at a plastic table at the corner of Rungis – the legendary French Food market; or chewing garlic and fish sauced-laced pork skewers, cooked for me by an elderly Vietnamese woman crouching on her haunches in the Street in Hanoi.

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Chef for a week – A Lot On Her Plate Carousel takeover

Writing my first cookbook, A Lot On Her Plate was one of the most challenging, creative and rewarding projects I’ve ever embarked on. As anyone who writes for a living knows, putting fingers to keyboard and bashing out a body of work that you can feel proud of involves a hell of a lot of…

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Restaurant crush: Lardo

The food at Lardo is so good, that I found myself chowing down on a radicchio, gorgonzola and walnut pizza about an hour after eating a HUGE bowl of nduja pasta and raspberry jelly at home, like it was the most normal thing in the world. I know. I’d popped in for a ‘drink’ with…

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Photo blog: when we went to Portland

It seems like an absolute age ago now, but I was in Portland in September for FEAST – the city’s annual food festival in association with Bon Appetit magazine. Feast is a three day feeding frenzy which sees the city’s top chefs come together and cook superb Oregonian bounty at events like the Sandwich Invitational…

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Tofino: a wilderness paradise with an incredible food scene

From Victoria, we headed up the island’s only highway for just over four hours (with a quick wild swim in Lake Sproat) until we reached Tofino – a small surfer wilderness town with incredible beaches and, as we’d discover, an equally impressive food scene. Tofino has a population of about 2000 (though this swells like…

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Tacos, Japadogs and a LOT of sushi… welcome to Vancouver

A week ago today I was dancing to Daft Punk (and then later, and much more sexily, to Right Said Fred) in the Tiki bar at the Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver, a pint of Aperol Spritz in my hand, my belly full from an incredible meal at Chinese brasserie Bao Bei (more on that soon),…

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Brooklyn Bites: Governor, DUMBO

I landed in JFK in the midsts of a fleeting tornado. But they didn’t tell us that on the plane: “Ladies and gentlemen, there’s some cloud, wind and rain over JFK at the moment so we’re going to hold off landing until it’s cleared a little bit. We’ll be coming down in about 15 minutes,…