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Social Eating House, London

by Janelle 01.23.2014
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Friday night we checked out Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House, a more casual sequel to his Michelin-starred Mayfair eatery, Pollen Street Social (see my review here). Located in bustling Soho, the restaurant focuses on modern British cuisine and presents a sleek, buzzy atmosphere with dim lighting, quirky artwork and closely-packed wooden tables. We ate in […]

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Lima Restaurant, London

by Janelle 01.15.2014
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This weekend my husband and I checked out Lima, a Michelin-starred Peruvian restaurant in Fitzrovia. I had high expectations for Latin American chef Virgilio Martinez’s London restaurant after reading some above average critic reviews and having a bit of trouble getting a primetime reservation (persistence on TopTable is key). We had an 8:30 p.m. friday night table and […]

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Tom Aikens Restaurant, Chelsea

by Janelle 11.22.2013
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Last weekend I checked out Tom Aikens restaurant on London’s Elystan Street in Chelsea. I heard good things about English chef Aikens and his Michelin-starred eatery so I was very excited to give it a try. The atmosphere was refreshingly informal yet undeniably classy, with wooden tables, minimalist decor and dim, candlelit lighting. It’s one […]

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Pollen Street Social

by Janelle 10.11.2013
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They call it “deformalised fine dining” and it’s a concept I’d like to see more of in London. Led by elBulli trained British chef Jason Atherton, Pollen Street Social is a buzzy, Michelin-starred bistro with a hip vibe on an enviable Mayfair block. The interior is clean and contemporary with an ambience formal enough for […]

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Afternoon Tea at The Cadogan

by Janelle 10.07.2013
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With a fashionable location on Sloane Street in Knightsbridge and a quintessentially English ambience, The Cadogan seemed like an obvious choice to enjoy a *real* afternoon tea. Since my disappointing experience at The Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea, I have been on a mission to find a proper tea in the heart of London.

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Pub Crawling Oxford

by Janelle 10.02.2013
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I took a day trip to Oxford last weekend and had a lovely time pub crawling and sightseeing this historic university town. Oxford is a quick and easy 1 hour train ride from London’s Paddington Station. During this time, many of the students were just returning to university, so it was fun to see a […]

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Biscuiteers School of Icing + 6 Valuable Tips

by Janelle 09.27.2013
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Last week I took an icing masterclass at Biscuiteers‘ adorable Notting Hill biscuit boutique. Biscuiteers biscuits are truly a work of art and their collections include everything from biscuit tins full of royal baby-inspired rattles and silver spoons to biscuit-adorned thank you cards. (Just a note to my American readers – here in the UK, cookies […]

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La Petite Maison

by Janelle 09.26.2013
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I first went to La Petite Maison while on holiday in London a couple years ago and I remembered it as one of my favorite meals of the trip. Now that I am living in London, I had to make it back to see if it was as good as I remembered. La Petite Maison […]

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Hummingbird Bakery, London

by Janelle 09.20.2013
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I finally made it over to my local cupcake bakery, Hummingbird, in London’s Notting Hill. Hummingbird is London’s answer to Magnolia bakery in NYC, who was essentially a pioneer in the cupcake craze many years back. I heard great things about Hummingbird so I was super excited to check it out.

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The Search for Brunch in Notting Hill: Bluebelles of Portobello

by Janelle 09.18.2013
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Bluebelles of Portobello had all the makings of a perfect brunch spot: cozy ambience, a menu full of comfort classics like eggs benedict and french toast, and a convenient location in Notting Hill. Sadly, Bluebelles turned out to be a disappointing experience despite its great potential. My husband and I went to the cafe for brunch around […]

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