How To Order Coffee in Italy

cappuccino with panini

Even if you’re decked head to toe in Gucci and are sauntering around Venice, Florence or Rome with all the panache of an Italian superstar, there’s still a very simple way to tell whether you’re a local or not: how you order coffee. Believe it or not, there is a huge (and unhelpfully unspoken!) protocol … Read more

12 Best Food & Drink Experiences to Enjoy in Brussels

Belgian waffle covered in powdered sugar

I love an indulgent foodie (and drinkie) weekend break and with my 40th birthday presenting the perfect excuse (and my messed up knee preventing me from jetting off to Hawaii), I couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate than Brussels where chocolate, fries, mayonnaise, waffles and Belgium beer were all on the menu. As … Read more

23 Traditional Jamaican Foods & Drinks

Plate of Jamaican food with plantain, pork and rice

Eating the traditional food of a country is one of the best parts of travel for me. In fact, if I don’t enjoy the local food, I’ve been know to get food depression. Fortunately, Jamaica has some fantastic flavours to try. Whether you’re about to visit Jamaica or are looking to pull together a tropical … Read more

The Ginstitute Gin Making Experience in London – Review

The Ginstitute has been on my radar (gindar?) for a while. In fact, I listed it as one of the things I wanted to do in London. It took me a few years to get around to it (these things can’t be rushed) but with a friend’s big birthday coming up – the kind that … Read more

How to Go Prosecco Tasting in Italy

It was quite by accident that I found myself searching for a Prosecco tour in Italy. I planned to visit Venice, but I hadn’t really made the connection that this northern part of Italy is where Prosecco is from. Duh! It was just a few weeks before I flew to Venice when an email fell into my inbox … Read more

Why Are Chain Restaurants Bad?

The last cafe wooden sign

Hands up: I’ve eaten at many chain restaurants in my life and in all likelihood I’ll eat at them again, but is anyone else starting to feel increasingly uncomfortable at their growing dominance across the dining-out landscape? I get it – chain restaurants are easy, they can be comforting if you have a favourite dish … Read more

The Best Places to Eat Italian in Greenwich Village

Florence Prime meat Market store in Greenwich village New York

The last time I ate Italian food in New York I was taken to a tourist joint just off Times Square, which felt a little bit like walking onto a replica set of the Godfather. Diners were sat with red-checked waxy napkins tucked into their collars, twirling and forking colossal mounds of tomato drenched spaghetti and fist-sized meatballs into their mouths. As … Read more

What & Where to Eat in New Orleans

Red and blue cocktails at Commanders Palace

From fine dining complete with 25¢ martinis (yep, you heard me right) to the best breakfast in New Orleans (hint: beignets) – brunches, lunches, dinners and cocktails, I spent a week expanding my waistline in the Big Easy and in this New Orleans food blog, I’ll bring you my list of he best local foods and where … Read more

21 Tips for Eating Out Alone – From A Frequent Solo Diner

woman in red dress alone in restaurant

Eating out alone can be an incredibly daunting prospect and it took me a very long time (I’m talking years not days weeks or months) to become fully comfortable with the act. Read on for my tips that helped me get comfortable with regularly eating out alone. After strolling up to a packed restaurant on a … Read more

How to Drink Tequila Like a Mexican

tequila bottles and shot glasses on a table

Do you have a (completely rational) fear of tequila? Do you flat-out hate the stuff? If so, I can almost guarantee that you’re drinking it wrong. After spending a year in Mexico, I finally learned the secret: how to drink tequila like a Mexican… and actually enjoy this potent drink. You might also like my … Read more