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COOL: Ceviche, W1D

April 22, 2013


Awwww ‘dinner’… Usually a couple of warming drinks and some nourishing food. Gets me just about ready to snuggle on the couch back home. Don’t you find though, ‘dinner’ can often turn into Dinner? When you drink the entire bar dry, chant “DOWN IT! DOWN IT! DOWN IT!” at your table, then go out, chip your tooth, lose […]

COOL: Top Taste, E2

April 22, 2013


A while back I wrote a review of Gourmet San on Bethnal Green Road, which I described as “my new fav Chinese restaurant,” wordsmith that I am. Unfortu for Gourmet San, it’s now in second place after last night’s supreme meal at Top Taste, an even scuzzier, smaller and more impossible to find Sichuan restaurant in the […]

COOL: The Good Wife

March 26, 2013


I rarely get taken with TV shows. I’m the kind of guy who watches about six episodes of a boxset, decides it’s all good ‘n’ all, but then really just can’t… be… bothered… to.. cont…in…ue… But NOT with The Good Wife, my new favourite programme, which is so COOL that it’s making me want to […]

UNCOOL: Food & Drink

February 26, 2013


Food & Drink is back! Is it COOL? Not so much. The original programme, which stopped running in 2002 after twenty long years, was a massive success back in the day. Everyone watched it, even me, and I was only in my smooth-skinned ‘teens. My idea of food and drink back then was a Strawberry […]

COOL: The Hand & Flowers, Marlow

February 20, 2013


The Hand & Flowers is the first and only pub in the world to have two Michelin stars. That might sound amazing, but let’s be honest: the place is actually on trend because it appeared on Masterchef: The Professionals. Anton and Kerry, who both won in the end (not a cop out at *all*), were delivered […]

COOL: Emma Chapman, a bestselling author at 27

February 14, 2013


In life, there are two types of people: achievers, and those that watch reruns of Roswell High at 2.30pm in bed on a Tuesday. Emma Chapman is now in the first group, because she – rrrrrather annoyingly – has published a bestselling novel at the ripe young age of 27. It’s called How To Be A Good Wife. And […]

COOL: Baltic, SE1

January 30, 2013


Taking my Polish mother to a Polish restaurant – mistake. Within ten seconds of seeing the menu, she’d ruthlessly dismissed it. “Pearl barley with salmon? With salmon?! What is this place?” “Polish stew? Why would I pay to eat that? I have some in the freezer at home.” “Well that’s not even Polish.” Thankfully, by […]