Little pleasures

I am as English as the day is long and therefore I like little pleasures. When someone offers an English person a cup of tea they will respond with the enthusiasm of someone who has just been given a thousand pounds. I think this is a fine and noble trait; it is good to be […]


Hawksmoor IS London’s best meat restaurant

Last night I went to Hawksmoor for the third time this year (you can read my original review ). The basic message I feel I should express first is that it is a totally brilliant restaurant. I felt incredibly fortunate when I received an email inviting me back there. All of my previous meals there […]


The pure origin espressos from Nespresso

In with our order was a little packet of the three current special Nespresso blends. We’ve just had a comparative tasting (along with Ristretto). Dulsao from Brazil (strength 5) was quite flavoursome but ultimately a bit weak. It’d be good for making cappuccino, I feel. Rosabaya from Colombia (strength 6) was bitter and unsatisfying, the […]


Roma just isn’t strong enough

I’m in the mood for coffee. Luckily I have a brilliant espresso machine that uses Nespresso pods. Now you may be thinking Nescafe coffee is shit, and so did I, but these pods in my machine make the best titting coffee this side of the Alps. When we got it we decided to taste through […]


The best village level Burgundy

I really loved the Dujac Morey 05 I had last night, it was quite delicious and this got me thinking about ‘premium’ village level Burgundy. There are a few producers who give their basic offerings real stuffing and they are proper wines by any definition of the word. I’ve plucked a few of my favourite […]


Now this is highly attractive

This is a great pleasure to drink. Morey-Saint-Denis 2005, Domaine Dujac This smells just lovely. Ripe fruit and a scented, floral character; a lovely rose garden! Clean as a whistle. It may only be a village wine but it is quite charming. The palate has smooth, clean, ripe fruit which is deeply lovely. Wines like […]


Junk food can be cooked well or mind-buggeringly badly.

I love fish and chips, a fantastic meal which suits the requirements for a quick lunch very well. With mushy peas, obviously. Yesterday my local establishment, the Fish and Grill on the market square in Woolwich, shocked and appalled me with the shit they had the temerity to serve. I’ve been there before and had […]


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Even the cat likes the label

We are told that this is a wine of auslese ripeness, selected from the best parts of the vineyard, fermented until it is off-dry. It is quite a nice drink, but I am not entirely convinced. Riesling Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Qba ‘Superior’ 2007, von Schubert This has a lovely, detailed nose of peachy fruit and […]


People in Borough Market are a pain in the arse

I just had a piece of wonderful Lincolnshire Poacher from Neal’s Yard Cheese Shop in Borough Market, this reminded me of the ‘Borough Market shopping experience’. It is a great place to get very high quality ingredients and generally marvelous food, but most of the drips who go there generally piss me off. We shall […]


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A hearty dinner

Tonight we held a modest little dinner party for my mother and stepfather. For a change, it wasn’t terribly wine-tastic, as the food was of the unsophisticated kind. It was terribly good, though. We cooked : And wonderful Sicilian sausages from Sillfield farm: You can tell those are good sausages because they go pink when […]