Category: Environment

Lemon meringue at Cafe Pouchkine

Le Snacking in Paris

City restaurant tours have become much easier with the fashion of small plate eating. This is particularly the case in London where starter sized portions are now possible in many…[Read more]

Reminiscent of a Cornish caff

Bonnie Gull

Pop ups are a good idea. For the novelty and ephemerality element obviously, but also from a practical point of view. You can try out an idea first before committing…[Read more]

Concentration in front of the wood fired oven

Princi Pizzeria

Princi in Wardour Street has been evolving nicely over 4 years. It never needs to shout about itself in the press, as the hordes of switched on Italian tourists and…[Read more]

This way for a stunning show

Beauty in the Making

This subject is a bit off piste for this blog, but there is a connection as I will explain later. Yesterday, I was searching for Ben Townsend to take a…[Read more]

Bagpipes at sunset

Postcards from India (1) – Ananda in the Himalayas

It’s difficult to pigeon hole Ananda, because it is unlike any other spa or retreat I have come across. Was I going to an ashram? I was asked before going…[Read more]

Hugh Walker and Nick Mead

Eden Caterers

I had been badgered for months by Mike Green of to meet the owners of Eden Catering. I was hesitant: I couldn’t see how I could help them or…[Read more]

Delicately spiced Lentil Veloute

Merci – Paris on tap (2)

Merci, a much written about enterprise in Paris 3eme, combines two marketable qualities: style and altruism. The building is cool; a former factory with an old red Fiat 500 visible…[Read more]

Tap water from the urinal anyone?

Eau de Paris – Paris on tap (1)

While is leading the way in London and the rest of the UK towards a bottle-free existence, Paris is making efforts too in this most worthy of causes. France…[Read more]

Young tea bushes on slopes a la Himalayan foothills

Tregothnan, the UK’s only tea estate

I became hooked on the tea production process when I visited India a couple of years ago. The beauty of the hillside estates in Darjeeling, set against the backdrop of…[Read more]


Water water everywhere…..24 May 11

Coleridge’s epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is about a sailor marooned and dehydrated in the salt water of the ocean, as retribution for the arbitrary shooting of…[Read more]