Win Tickets To The Christmas Foodies Festival


I have 3 Pairs of Tickets to giveaway for a chance to attend the Christmas Foodies Festival.


Friday 28th November 11am – 9pm

Saturday 29th November 11am – 9pm 

Sunday 30th November 11am – 8pm


The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, East London

You can choose a date to suit you and take a friend!

All you need to do is enter below for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

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How To Eat Food In Amsterdam

You actually eat food in Amsterdam in pretty much the same way  that you would wherever you are in the world but I wanted to get your attention and it worked! I hope.

This is a visual rundown of some of the lovely grub that I managed to eat whilst on a weekend break to Amsterdam. Its been a few years since I’ve visited Amsterdam and I love that city. I don’t know if its all the bikes, cheese and canals but it is one of the most relaxed cities in Europe that I’ve been to.

The Salads! I had a scrumptious Cajun-style chicken salad with sweet chilli dressing at an eatery call La Place, which was located in a department store. This was an unusual change for me, eating a salad for lunch and eating in a department store restaurant…I’m glad I did though, it was delicious!

One of the best salads I've ever had!

One of the best salads I’ve ever had!

Food Markets filled with cheese and fresh fruit & veg stalls. This one was in Amstelveen, Centrum and takes place every Friday afternoon.

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Market life in Amstelveen

Cheese Please!

Cheese Please!

Finding restaurants along the canals. I took a long walk along the waterways and discovered so many great restaurants that I would have loved to have eaten in…I was “restaurant window-shopping”, and even though I didn’t get a chance to eat in them I still felt happy just reading their menus and looking inside…goshhh I really do love food. I loved the look of Rainarai, an Algerian  restaurant celebrating nomadic dishes.

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The Canals of Amsterdam

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Tagine pots

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The Amsterdam Cheese Museum was almost the highlight of my visit. I was a little bit TOO excited to visit the cheese museum, but with so many samples to try and so much cheese inside it’s easy to see why!

Amsterdam Cheese Museum

Amsterdam Cheese Museum

Amsterdam Cheese Museum

A cheese gallery

Amsterdam Cheese Museum

Goat Cheese…and according to this it’s the world’s BEST Goat Cheese

Amsterdam Cheese Museum

Truffle Cheese – a strong flavoured cheese

Fast food vending machines from Febo – I didn’t buy anything but it was definitely worth taking a picture of!

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The Fastest Fast Food EVER!

Waffles and Nutella. Need I say more?

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The Ice Bakery by Nutella

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Sometimes it’s OK to waffle…

Sushi heaven can be found in Amstelveen! I discovered Kokusai restaurant and wanted to move in…that is how good the sushi was. I had a variety of dishes, here are just a few, but if you’re ever in the Amstelveen area make sure you pop in.

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Teriyaki chicken

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Gunkan salmonm chifu

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Tako nigri octopus

A Down-to-earth steakhouse makes everything better. My sister and I discovered Crazy-Grill Steakhouse, which specialises in sate style grilled meat and fish dishes. The steak “steak” was surprisingly fresh and tender, sometimes restaurants of this style compromise on quality for quantity.

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Amsterdam is a foodies paradise, it really is a cosmopolitan city…make sure you explore more than the red light district and the coffee shops whilst you’re there.

Have you been to Amsterdam? What are your favourite things to do there?

Laura Ashley The Manor Hotel

Afternoon Tea At The Laura Ashley Hotel

A traditional Afternoon Tea experience always makes me smile.  So when I was invited to visit The Laura Ashley Manor Hotel in Estree I was so excited!

A Friday afternoon spent in the company of other lovely bloggers in a luxury hotel…it’s hard work but somebody has to do it. Perfectly brewed tea, bite-sized sandwiches, scones and sweet treats is a winner each and every time, not to mention a glass of chilled Prosecco…it was paradise!

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Our Transport for the afternoon

The Afternoon Tea at The Manor is served in the way you would expect, with top notch service and good quality tea and food accompaniments. As you know I’m not a huge sandwich fan, so I didn’t make too much of a fuss over the sandwiches, although the cucumber sandwich was the pinnacle of an English teatime treat!

Afternoon Tea at The Laura Ashley Hotel

Afternoon Tea at The Laura Ashley Hotel

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Sweet treats!


My favourite part of the tea were the freshly baked scones, which were still warm and were just melt in my mouth perfection. I loved them! The tea itself was of course a hug-in-a-teapot*, I was offered coffee but drinking coffee during Afternoon tea would have been sacrilegious! I couldn’t get through all the cakes but I liked the ginger cake, I wasn’t a fan of the mint macaroon though, it was a little too sweet for me.

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My favourite part of the afternoon tea

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A Hug in a cup

The Manor is a lovely offering from The Laura Ashley group, and epitomises everything that you would expect from the brand. With Laura Ashley interior design throughout the hotel. The only thing missing from the hotel is a spa which is still being built.

A room with a view

A room with a view

If you ever want to organise a romantic getaway, a special treat for a relative or a group break with friends, I would definitely recommend checking out The Manor, once the Spa is complete it will be pretty much perfect.

For more information on The Laura Ashley Manor visit http://www.lauraashleyhotels.com

The Laura Ashley Team also blogged about The Afternoon Tea, click here to read their blog.

*Feel free to use this expression whenever you like!

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A hug in a cup…

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Vlog Review of The 28-50 Restaurant Saturday Feast

Here’s another YouTube vlog for your viewing pleasure.  This was shot a couple of months ago at 28-50 Restaurant, after I’d been treated to a wonderful Saturday Feast – I wrote about the experience here but if you’re too lazy to read about it watch me talk about it here!

Please share and leave a comment, especially if you do go for a visit:

FOOD EVENT: Macanese Feast at A Wong Restaurant

Fellow London-based foodies will be able to  discover Macanese cuisine in the heart of London at A.Wong, 70 Wilton Rd, London, from 17th – 29th November 2014. 

According to culinary historians Macanese cuisine is one of the world’s first fusion foods and reflects the unique history of this exciting gastronomic paradise only 40 miles from Hong Kong, blending Portuguese and Chinese flavours and drawing on influences from South America, Parts of Africa, India and Malaysia. This fusion of tastes is set to create something imaginative and daring at this showcase event.



Restaurant Owner and Head Chef, Andrew Wong teams up with Florita Alves, a specialist in Macanese cuisine from Macau, to create a beautifully crafted 8-course tasting menu. The selection of dishes will be inspired by the exploration and travel of the Portuguese who arrived in Macau in the 1500s, combining flavours and cooking techniques from their home country with spices and ingredients from their expansive trading routes.

Educating diners on Macau’s rich cultural diversity and world-class food and restaurant credentials will be a part of the experience at A Wong. This perfectly complements Andrew Wong’s vision and aims to introduce diners to the wider authentic cuisine of China, whilst “celebrating China’s many kitchens”.

MINCHI - sauteed minced pork & beef with diced potatoes  onions

MINCHI – sauteed minced pork & beef with diced potatoes onions

For the Macanese tasting menu, available from 17th – 29th November 2014, booking is required:

70 Wilton Rd, Victoria, London, SW1V 1DE
Email: info@awong.co.uk
Tel: 020 7828 8931