restaurants & bars

La Gazzetta, Paris

by Janelle 10.17.2013
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A Parisian friend of ours recommended we check out La Gazzetta, a bistro in the 12th near the March d’Aligre run by Swedish-born chef Petter Nilsson. La Gazzetta isn’t a traditional Parisian bistro per-se, but rather a hip eatery with an inventive Nordic-inspired menu featuring plenty of French influences. Nordic food is all the rage

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Blé Sucré, Paris

by Janelle 10.16.2013
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Every time I visit Paris I try a new bakery or pastry shop and this time it was Blé Sucré, an acclaimed pâtisserie and boulangerie in the edgy 12th arrondissement. I heard Blé Sucré (which translates to “sweet wheat”) had some of the best madeleines in Paris (which essentially amounts to the best madeleines in the world) as well as […]

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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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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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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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Panarea, Sicily

by Janelle 09.06.2013
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I just got back from a summer holiday on the tiny Sicilian island of Panarea. Panarea is part of Italy’s Aeolian Island chain, and thanks to the abundance of gourmet restaurants, buzzy euro nightlife, haute shopping, and stunning vistas, it has become a sort of “off the beaten path” celebrity hotspot. W recently published an article that […]

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Burger & Lobster

by Janelle 09.02.2013
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This weekend I checked out the Mayfair location of London hotspot Burger & Lobster. This no-reservations eatery constantly has a queue running out the door and, as we found out, for good reason. In lieu of printed menus, the waitstaff verbally offers 3 simple menu options: a burger, lobster or lobster roll. Considering all 3 […]

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Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley: A Review

by Janelle 08.19.2013
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Being a fashion and food blogger, I was excited to check out The Berkeley Hotel’s Fashionista Afternoon Tea, the seemingly perfect fusion of my two greatest passions. “Prêt-à-Portea” as they call it is a hot ticket in London and I had to book a weekend reservation 2 1/2 months in advance. I had high hopes […]

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