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Vegetarian Dim Sum with a side of super villain: Fu Manchu, Clapham

I love London. I love the way it looks in the fog (did anyone else experience the spooky Halloween haze?!), the history of the City, the tiny placards on streets and houses giving little insights into the past. If you squint, you can just about imagine the winding streets and alleyways full of men in bowler hats and the raucous shouts accompanying the start of … Continue reading Vegetarian Dim Sum with a side of super villain: Fu Manchu, Clapham

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City Social Bar and Mint Leaf Chef’s Table: A Very Bizzcotti Birthday

I’ve always approached my birthday with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. Not because of the clichéd “I’m getting older!” panic – although let’s take a moment to breathe deeply into a paper bag at the lack of direction in my life – but because, even though I want to be excited about a big party and having all my friends round, I’m usually overly … Continue reading City Social Bar and Mint Leaf Chef’s Table: A Very Bizzcotti Birthday

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Auberge Du Soleil, Napa: Pretty, pretty, pretty…

“Can we stay at Auberge du Soleil when we’re in Napa? Please? Pleeaaaaseee?” *Looks up price per night* *Googles going rate for a kidney on eBay* “So… airbnb?!” Which is a real shame, because Auberge du Soleil is an absolutely gorgeous hotel. Nestled amongst the greenery on the side of a hill in Napa, the décor is chic and classic with the accommodation providing views … Continue reading Auberge Du Soleil, Napa: Pretty, pretty, pretty…

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Eating my way around the West Coast, USA – Part 1

 Palm Springs Holidays are fantastic. Especially two-week long holidays. The days following one’s return, however, are far less fantastic. You could even describe them as downright depressing. It’s even more depressing when you return to realise that your flat has decided to try and self-destruct and the cost of associated repairs. Therefore, in true Bizzcotti form, it’s time to ostrich. AKA: procrastinate by writing blog … Continue reading Eating my way around the West Coast, USA – Part 1

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Darjeeling Express @ The Sun and 13 Cantons: Om Nom Nom

There are many things that make your typical Londoner really irate. Stepping on a wonky paving slab and soaking your feet up to your calves in stagnant water; that irritating thing your shoe does when it decides to rebel as you walk and slides off your foot; a DLR journey with your face pressed against the glass, your head in a man’s armpit and an … Continue reading Darjeeling Express @ The Sun and 13 Cantons: Om Nom Nom

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KERB on the Quay (part 1): Multi-meal lunches are the best (and worst) idea…

I have an embarrassing confession to make. KERB has been in Canary Wharf for what seems like forever… and I only just went today. I can literally see it from my desk (yeah, window seat, I’m a bit of a baller don’t you know?!). The thing is, I don’t get to take lunch often. And when I do, I try and go to the gym. … Continue reading KERB on the Quay (part 1): Multi-meal lunches are the best (and worst) idea…

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Quorn, basil, mozzarella and tomato open ciabattas

I haven’t experimented with Quorn in a long time. It kept me alive throughout my university days but as I learnt how to cook, I started to move away from meat substitutes. I’ve recently been forced to have Quorn sausages at BBQs where I’ve had little control over the predominantly meaty menu (or been too lazy to put together a veggie alternative) and I was quite impressed. … Continue reading Quorn, basil, mozzarella and tomato open ciabattas

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The Standard, Oxford: I’m so full I can’t even breathe…

It’s midday, in a city I have never been to before. I’ve been awake since 4.30am having only had 4 hours sleep. I’ve assembled and disassembled a hot air balloon and broken several nails in the process. I’ve stood in a wicker basket underneath said balloon for an hour as it zipped across the sky, drinking in the indescribably beautiful Oxfordshire countryside whilst gripping the … Continue reading The Standard, Oxford: I’m so full I can’t even breathe…

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Chai Ki: Shhh… don’t mention that it looks like a burger….

Canary Wharf has it sorted. Run out of space? No problem, just build in the surrounding dock water. Not just any building either, but the massive behemoth that is Canary Wharf Crossrail. It towers 6 storeys high and approximately the size of One Canada Square laid on its side (y’know, that big building in the opening credits of The Apprentice where Alan Sugar pretends to … Continue reading Chai Ki: Shhh… don’t mention that it looks like a burger….

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La Zucca: Because Vegetarians Need Feeding in Venice

Ah, Venice. Glamorous masked balls, cute Italian gondoliers serenading you whilst you float gently down a canal, beautiful crumbling palaces, intricate golden mosaics, and a thronging sea of narcissistic tourists brandishing selfie sticks as they walk unbearably slowly and make you want to stab out your eyes. Venice is a real-life Disneyland for adults. They’ve commoditised romance (let’s give them their due, they aren’t the … Continue reading La Zucca: Because Vegetarians Need Feeding in Venice