Overcoming dinner party anxiety

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My Top Five Coffee Shops in New York

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Being single is rubbish (but…)

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The Best Pizza in London – update

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Cream of the cream: the best gelato and ice cream in London

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Overcoming dinner party anxiety
 
Overcoming dinner party anxiety
Once, many years ago, I asked a friend over for dinner. I had just moved into my own place, and was feeling very grown-up and responsible, so it seemed fitting that I should invite people around and cook for them. (Note that I didn’t have any proper furniture). I thought something casual but tasty would
Hello 2020, good-bye 2019: new year, real goals
 
Hello 2020, good-bye 2019: new year, real goals
I have never been one for setting new year goals. Maybe it’s due to the fact that, for most of my adult life, I have had goals imposed on me by a corporate environment which encouraged me to align my personal sense of achievement to their business strategy. Where others may have thrived, I struggled
My Top Five Coffee Shops in New York
 
My Top Five Coffee Shops in New York
This article on my top coffee shops in New York is the first of a series I will be doing on NYC. Long overdue, I know, but here we are.  Like London, coffee is huge in New York – like, colossal. I sometimes muse that if New York were to be a drink, it would
Being single is rubbish (but…)
 
Being single is rubbish (but…)
If you’re single, this year was a breakthrough for you (or us). Earlier this month, Armistice Day was usurped in the Western world by an interloper, who gangled in and hijacked the significance of the ‘day of ones’ – 11/11 –  with something terribly 21st century: International Singles’ Day. Prior to the appendage of ‘international’,
The search for good coffee in New Jersey
 
The search for good coffee in New Jersey
Let me state first that I am not a coffee addict. I just happen to like coffee a lot – whether it’s the taste or the ritual, I’m not sure – and it seems to have become a quiet but rather pleasant habit to drink coffee a few times a week (I’m trying not to
A Wedding Weekend – attending a wedding alone
 
A Wedding Weekend – attending a wedding alone
  On Friday morning, I packed up my car and hurtled down the M3 to celebrate a university friend’s wedding in Somerset. Weddings are always wonderful occasions, primarily because it’s an honour to be invited to share the joy of somebody who you care about. In addition, there are plenty of other things to enjoy,
Momo Restaurant Afternoon Tea, London W1 – review
 
Momo Restaurant Afternoon Tea, London W1 – review
Momo Restaurant, London – afternoon tea (£/££) 25 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BH Summary: Afternoon tea at Momo Restaurant is one of the more flavoursome and interesting teas I’ve been to in London. The souk-style setting is unexpectedly cosy and atmospheric, the service attentive and friendly, and the food good overall. More rustic than polished, with a couple of
Plaza Afternoon Tea, Plaza Hotel, New York – review
 
Plaza Afternoon Tea, Plaza Hotel, New York – review
The Plaza Afternoon Tea, Plaza Hotel, New York (£££) Plaza Hotel, Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, Manhattan, New York 10019 Verdict: 5/10 Summary: This looks like a five-star afternoon tea, talks like a five-star afternoon tea, but a five-star afternoon tea it definitely isn’t. Unfortunately, afternoon tea at the Plaza couldn’t match the splendour of the Palm

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