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Remember you heard it here as I sample and report back on some of the best kept food secrets in town


Bob Bob Ricard

If you want sheer decadence as well as absolutely delight, Bob Bob Ricard is famous for each table sporting a button reading ‘press for Champagne’ as well as its ‘all booth’ ambience. As you can imagine the British/Russian menu is sumptuous as well as the fine wine and cocktails.  Wallow in sheer luxury in this glamorous restaurant in the heart of Soho.

Where: 1 Upper James Street, Soho, W1F 9DF



Brasserie Zedel

‘A stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus, out of No 1 exit and continue to walk straight were the perfect directions.  You can’t miss its distinctive front entrance on the left of Sherwood Street, with the distinctive style reminiscent of Paris of a bi-gone era, consistently reflected within its vast haughty walls.   The Brasserie sprawls proudly across its basement level alongside its Cabaret Club, The Crazy Coqs, and rather than confuse you, if you want a French meal at a meagre £10.50, you can order two courses in the Brasserie and then book to see one of its acts in the club.  It is also perfect for lunch when shopping or in the evening as a pre-theatre dinner.

Where: 20 Sherwood St, Soho, London W1F 7ED



Joe Allen

I have recently been re-introduced to this iconic restaurant in Covent Garden by my friend Debbie Arnold, who has a table in her name.  I was a regular in the nineties when performing in the West End, and it has held its own in spite of steep competition over the years.  But classics never date and Joe’s never does.  A great supporter of the arts and the homeless charities, you will always see a familiar face either from theatre or TV and as our very own national treasure Joanna Lumley says ‘when in doubt eat at Joe Allen, they will take good care of you’ and the food is always absolutely fabulous.

Where: 2 Burleigh St, London WC2E 7PX




This authentic Persian Restaurant has become one of the most recommended places in town to experience Persian food at its best.   I was taken there impromptu by my new friend Gudrun Jonsson, a wonderful biopath and holistic practitioner, who lives nearby in Napier Street, after having reflexology.   It is always a good sign when you are recommended personally and also see local Iranians and foodies sampling the mixed mezze of strained yoghurt, freshly walnuts and mirza ghassemi (smoked aubergine, garlic and tomato). For our main course, we had the grilled kebabs – chicken with saffron and lemon. Other sides include warm bread, and basmati rice –with raw egg yolk, butter and herbs if required. The spiced tea was really refreshing, and the service is great too with friendly staff who look as if they really care about their customers.

Where: 10 Russell Gardens, Kensington, London W14 8EZ


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As I landed in Denmark several years ago for a very special music conference, I was overwhelmed with the feeling of warmth from the people, in the restaurants and bars, with a general feeling of wellbeing.

As I strolled along the canal on a freezing January afternoon, the sheepskin rugs that adorned every chair outside the bars and eateries, and glow of the outside log burners and heaters filled the air with a feeling of comfort and welcome.

So when I started to learn about Hygge, which is the Danish way of keeping that feeling of warmth and security, in spite of the temperature outside, it brought back all those memories.

It is not surprising therefore that Denmark has again been voted one of the top three countries for happiness of its inhabitants.  This is not to do with money, and in fact Denmark has a stable government but very high taxes.  But the people are happy to pay, as they feel it will just add to their own economy and provide even more security and comfort.


After some research, the best summary of this philosophy is depicted in Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg.  As one great review says ‘Others books will tell you how to be hygge. This is the only book that will show you’ and this is true.  Read on to discover the outline of the book in a nutshell, as the description does not disappoint the reader, and I fully recommend that as we are struggling to find solace in these post festive Winter months, there is a way of overcoming and even relishing the colder climes without drinking too much wine or spending too much money with retail therapy.

‘Though we all know the feeling of hygge instinctively few of us ever manage to capture it for more than a moment.

Now Danish actress and hygge aficionado Marie Tourell Søderberg has travelled the length and breadth of her home country to create the perfect guide to cooking, decorating, entertaining and being inspired the hygge way.

Full of beautiful photographs and simple, practical steps and ideas to make your home and life both comfortable and cheering all year round, this book is the easy way to introduce hygge into your life.’

So are you ready for a big hygge, I know I am, and I am going to make it my business to try it for myself, and bring some joy into my home this Winter – the Danish way!




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We can’t think of anything quite more essential on your summer holiday than having a swimming pool.
In fact, holidaymakers gravitate towards the water for all sorts of reasons from dawn to dusk!

Active adventurers arise early for leisurely lengths, whilst sun seekers are intermittently drawn from their loungers for a refreshing dip.
Children splash and compete for their favourite pool float as the designated grillmaster keeps the barbecue stoked.
Finally, once the sun has set, parents can sit and listen to the crickets with a poolside nightcap before bed.

It’s hard to imagine your stylish Spanish finca, rustic Italian farmhouse, or modern Croatian villa without the holiday hub that is the pool.

So where to start? A visit to NOVASOL Holiday Homes’ website is a great idea to help you plan your next self-catering holiday. With 50,000 holiday homes across Europe, many with either a communal or private swimming pool, you’re bound to find the ideal property in the perfect location for you.
For many, a private pool signals splashing the cash, but NOVASOL have an incredible affordable range with prices starting from as little as £299 per property, per week.

Check out their latest video and if you feel just as inspired as we do, head to to book your next villa holiday.



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If you are a bit of a film and food buff, then why combine them both and make it a night of nirvana.

A recent discovery is an excellent award winning indie film, made and distributed back in 2009, and now on Netflix, called Today’s Special.

It tells the story of Samur, a sous chef with great aspirations who works in an upscale New York restaurant, but comes crashing down to earth when his father becomes sick and he is forced to take over the family business.

Samur, beautifully portrayed by Aasif Mandvi. reluctantly rebuilds his family’s old run down Indian fast food café, and bit by bit rediscovers himself and achieves critical acclaim for his new venture.  He has a romantic encounter and fierce opposition as he fights his way to success, but this makes the storyline even more exciting, not to mention the mouth watering recipes that are portrayed to the audience so a pre-prepared meal is a must whilst watching this film, otherwise you will pass out with starvation.

We have helped you here by offering you an authentic dish which is easy to prepare and even more inviting to eat.

So happy feasting – it is guaranteed to achieve complete nirvana.

This is an authentic recipe that you will enjoy and relish whilst witnessing traditional cooking with all its flavours and colours as defined in the film.

Spinach and Chickpea Curry

Spinach and Chickpea Curry


  • 1-2 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 200g tined plum tomatoes
  • 800g/2 tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Pinch salt & pepper
  • 1 heaped tsp coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 200g spinach, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, sliced for garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the spices and stir well.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, chickpeas and salt and pepper and simmer for 8 minutes.
  4. 2 minutes before it has finished cooking, add the spinach and coriander and stir well.



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As we are all looking for inspiration and light during these dark and gloomy months, we have decided to rehash some all time favourites of which you may or may not be aware.  But classics always stand the test of time and these are no exception.

Whether you are looking to feel more confident, have more income or wanting a complete life makeover, look no further, these books have it all, and are a ‘life’ companion.

These are our all time favourites, and our ‘bible’ to consult if any of us are feeling down.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

This is a best selling book based on the law of attraction which claims that thoughts can change a person’s life directly.  It has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 50 languages.

Rhonda provides quotes and examples of people whose lives have been transformed by this ancient but contemporary philosophy and she herself has turned around her own life when going through trauma with the ethos ‘ask and you will receive’ along with ‘gratitude and visualisation’.

You can never read it enough, and whenever you go back you discover something else you have missed or forgotten, to add to your valuable brain bank of life.

Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield

This self-help book is 20 years old but can become a bible for people looking for a life or career change.

It is constantly being updated and even has a website  relating to the first book which has sold millions of copies worldwide.

Some of the guidance is always a constant, which ranges from utilizing all of the tools in our kitbag however inappropriate they seem at the time, taking action, learning a new skill today, spending less time on the phone or watching mindless television to healthy living but eating ice cream if you want to.

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker – Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth

If you have a British mindset and have a problem discussing the acquisition of money or getting rich, get over yourself, because we all need it and this charismatic (and you may say crass) speaker and writer has some brilliant advice for the more reticent among us to get off our butts and create some wealth.

As well as pragmatic tips and guidance, based on his own experiences, Mr Eker is surprisingly spiritual and believes in self belief and visualization to change our inner blueprint around money, as well as good old fashioned proactivity.

You can also see him online, and his videos are incredibly inspiring when you need to be reminded of certain business strategies to bring you back to basics and to stay on track.


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