Category: UK


I’d rather be almost anywhere else but here. 😛

Here follows a not remotely comprehensive (though all previously unblogged) photographic journey of the past year in Nowsonland.  🙂


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France (Paris, not Grenoble or Cannes which were WELL covered already!)

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The arrival of a third UK guest in as many weeks, provided the perfect opportunity to try one of Grenoble’s newest restaurants: Le Côte. Le Côte is a one man operation serving market fresh cuisine in a very relaxed environment.  When I say one man, I mean it literally.  Chef Benjamin Verne is also your host, server and even dishwasher.  It’s an impressive endeavour.

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The food was excellent.  I really enjoyed the attention to detail in every component on the plate.  Finishing with a complimentary aged digestif didn’t hurt either.  With a constantly changing menu, we can’t wait to head back after the holidays.

The New Doctor

After much speculation, the twelfth Doctor has been revealed – Peter Capaldi.

I think he might be even better than David Tennant.

Fuckity-bye! 😀

So it’s true – after seven years away I found myself on a business trip back to the UK. It started in London where I had the chance to catch up with the Millars over breakfast. After this I headed to Covent Garden for a Shack Stack (a cheese burger topped with a cheese-stuffed deep fried mushroom) at Shake Shack – Danny Meyer’s NYC based burger joint which had opened in London just two days earlier.

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Full of cheesy goodness, I hopped on the train at Waterloo to Bournemouth, where we were based for the next couple of days.

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First things first though – I made sure my colleagues were fed and watered by taking them to The Goat and Tricycle to try (some) of their 11 real ales.

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Come Monday, we got down to work. It was an incredibly busy couple of days, but we found time for a pub lunch at St Peters Finger –  one of the pubs owned by Badger brewers Hall and Woodhouse – and a networking dinner at The Edge.

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After cocktails overlooking the stunning vista from the rooftop suite at The Edge, we got down to the food. One thing I’ve learned travelling with French people is that every meal is at least three courses, even breakfast.

Foie Gras & Chicken Liver Parfait, shallot marmalade & brioche

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Fillet of Scottish salmon, lemon crushed new potatoes, samphire, crayfish veloute

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Warm chocolate fondant, clotted cream ice cream

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I consumed plenty of other British classics on the trip – fish and chips, bangers and mash, roast lamb with mint sauce – and I couldn’t leave the country without getting a full breakfast.

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A successful trip (though my calorific intake might suggest otherwise), but I’m VERY glad to be home.

Scott is still away on business on the Dorset coast, dining in exclusive rooftop suites with ocean views, but before he left, he made sure to stockpile me with flowers and wines and chocolates, breads and cheeses and meats.  Honestly, it’s far too much for any single person to consume in four days, no matter how gluttonous.

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Mmm.  Spending any amount of time in England vs. eating yummy fresh chocolates in Southern France. . . I’m pretty sure I got the much better end of the deal!  😀

According to his Untappd account, he’s recently been spotted in London. . .  😉