A WEEK OF GREAT NEWS!

A WEEK OF GREAT NEWS!

A week of fantastic news! This was, and still is a very a good week for me. Of course, there was the 8th of March, International Woman’s Day, and just this one was a good reason to celebrate and take the day off, which I did, and spent the whole day chilling out. But that’sContinue Reading

TOMATOES AND DOMAINE DE L’HORTUS LOVELY RED

TOMATOES AND DOMAINE DE L’HORTUS LOVELY RED

Since last week I’ve been crazy about tomatoes. It started when I was passing my local fishmongers and saw their display of crates of Heritage multi-coloured tomatoes. I really don’t know what happened to me then, and where this craze for umami came from. I picked one of those colourfully filled boxes and managed toContinue Reading

RUINART ROSÈ – CHAMPAGNE TO SHARE ON VALENTINE’S DAY

RUINART ROSÈ – CHAMPAGNE TO SHARE ON VALENTINE’S DAY

Most of you will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in some way, perhaps dinner in a restaurant or a quiet evening at home for just you two. If you are thinking about what to drink at that occasion I have a suggestion for this year below – but go ahead and have a look on myContinue Reading

BIKINIS AND RUM

BIKINIS AND RUM

It feels so surreal shopping for a bikini and shorts when the weather outside suggests a snowmagedon rather than sunbathing at a lido. But it’s a must because with a beach holiday just around the corner I desperately need new summer outfits. So I’m sitting in my warm house (with my back to the rainyContinue Reading

CHAMPAGNE SPRING-CLEANING!

CHAMPAGNE SPRING-CLEANING!

January is a financially tough months. Most of us find ourselves a bit broke after Christmas spending bonanza. Some decide to do a “dry January” to give our bodies a change to recover (hello liver, still holding up?). I was a good girl in December and didn’t went overboard on partying & drinking front soContinue Reading

UME NO YADO, YUZU SAKE – A REMEDY FOR WINTER BLUES

UME NO YADO, YUZU SAKE – A REMEDY FOR WINTER BLUES

Every morning for the last couple of weeks I have stood by my kitchen window with a mug of coffee, watching the rain or snow falling from the sky and counting the days until south-east Asia trip. I can’t wait to leave rainy London behind and spend some time in Thailand enjoying the sun andContinue Reading

BUBBLES FOR CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST

BUBBLES FOR CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST

Every year, every December, I slowly get my Christmas Booze Case collection together. This year I started with sparkles, one of the first additions to my collection being Ridgeview Blanc de Noir sparkling wine from Sussex. I first tasted this at the end of August during my visit to the Estate (here) and completely fellContinue Reading

CHRISTMAS PARTY COCKTAIL-THE MINCE PIE MARTINI

CHRISTMAS PARTY COCKTAIL-THE MINCE PIE MARTINI

It’s time to get ready – the party season is just round the corner! No need to panic just yet but the last bell has rung to start planning your Christmas party calendar. So go get your tux dry cleaned, root through your wardrobe for those sparkling heels you can dance in the whole night,Continue Reading

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – STOP FUNDING HATE !

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – STOP FUNDING HATE !

I generally don’t write about social problems, politics etc., but this time it’s so important and so frustrating that I have decided to make an exception. Throughout 2015 and 2016 we were bombarded, through tabloid newspapers and social media, with more and more abusive, hate driven messages. Papers such as the Daily Mail, Mail Online, The Sun, Daily Express andContinue Reading

LOCKED MEMORIES

LOCKED MEMORIES

You only begin to appreciate the true value of things when you are in danger of losing them. I recently learnt this the hard way when my grandmother caught pneumonia and nearly died. She is fine now, thank goodness, but the important thing to me is that it was only then that I understood howContinue Reading

3 WINE REVIEWS

3 WINE REVIEWS

This has been a really good couple of weeks for wine. Plenty of great wines allowed me to rescue them from their bottles … so fortunate that they come to me for help, because someone else could decide that they were too good to drink and ‘save them for a special occasion’. Those poor thingsContinue Reading

POPPING TO WIELOPOLKA VINEYARD

POPPING TO WIELOPOLKA VINEYARD

It’s a great job to be a herald of good news and this time I can be one too, and announce that not only do people make wine in Poland, they make fabulous wine in Poland! And that makes me really happy. I almost lost hope that one day I would be able to tryContinue Reading

FALANGHINA ROCCA DEL DRAGONE

FALANGHINA ROCCA DEL DRAGONE

Summer is almost over… Boo I say! Why can’t it be summer all year round?!? Like in Madeira or Guatemala – 31°C every day! Unfair! Oh well, there’s no point crying about something you can’t change. But there is a way to prolong for a bit the feel of a summer holiday, by using yourContinue Reading

POP IN TO RIDGEVIEW FOR A GLASS OF BUBBLY

POP IN TO RIDGEVIEW FOR A GLASS OF BUBBLY

Sometimes little dreams do come true… at least one of mine did last week, when I finally had an opportunity to visit Ridgeview Winery – one of the best producers of ‘British champagne’. I had wanted to visit Ridgeview for years, ever since I first tried their Bloomsbury NV. The winery and its surrounding vineyardsContinue Reading

TWO DAYS IN HENLEY

TWO DAYS IN HENLEY

Every time I leave London, even if it’s just for a weekend and only an hour’s drive outside the city, I’m surprised at how different the rest of the country is from its capital, and how very beautiful. And each time I fall in love again… I’ve never regretted choosing the UK for my secondContinue Reading

DIY MOJITO

DIY MOJITO

It’s been a while since we had a cocktail on the blog… I thought that perhaps it’s time to change that. But truly the idea come to me last weekend while I was tending to my garden. A job long overdue because of lack of time. Weeding can be a hard work and it wasContinue Reading

I NEED A BREAK!

I NEED A BREAK!

I have to say I’m really glad this week is coming to an end- it was a busy one and I’m so over it. I can’t wait for the evening when a train will carry me away from hectic city to the peaceful seaside in the country. I think I’ll have a G&T on boardContinue Reading

DRESS FOR A WEDDING

DRESS FOR A WEDDING

By now we all know that summer is in full swing. Look outside, pick up any paper or open any blog – there is no escape from it. ☺ Absolutely everywhere are tips on how to do summer make up, a new way to wear a t-shirt or fabulous hot weather cocktails (Champagne Girls areContinue Reading

VINUM CHENIN BLANC

VINUM CHENIN BLANC

I’m so happy because truly hot summer weather has begun. It makes such difference to me. My spirits are soaring high up to the sky to welcome the sun’s warmth. People might complain that it’s too hot but I would have this kind of weather every day the whole year round. It makes me soContinue Reading

WINE MYTHS BUSTED

WINE MYTHS BUSTED

I picked up The Guardian a couple of days ago and the first thing I saw on my app was super funny article titled “The 10 best Euro myths…” of course relating to the EU referendum – the only subject everyone is talking about, well… maybe except the football. But this article sparked an ideaContinue Reading

ESPRESSO MARTINI

ESPRESSO MARTINI

How many times have you finished a meal and felt full to bursting, yet still felt a lingering, subtle dissatisfaction? Like something was missing … although even the thought of a single bite more (forget about managing a big pudding) made you feel mildly sick? Well I may have a solution to this problem inContinue Reading

AN AMAZING SALAD NIÇOISE

AN AMAZING SALAD NIÇOISE

It’s summer and bikini weather is rapidly approaching, so it’s the prime time (or rather more like the last bell…) to start losing of some of this winter fat. Many of you have already started, I’m sure, but some of us aren’t that forward thinking or driven so we are taking a baby steps towardsContinue Reading

CURRY JUNKY

CURRY JUNKY

Yeah that’s me. I’m a total addict when it comes to Indian food. I know it’s probably not so good for me but I just can’t say no when an opportunity arises to have a curry. Recently I discovered a new place called Ganapati in Peckham and so far their food beats any other takeawayContinue Reading

PINKSTER GIN

PINKSTER GIN

The fashion for artisan gin is still going strong and it doesn’t look like it will pass any time soon. Some of my friends now have gin bars, and others are starting collections because of the enormous range of brands and styles, priding themselves for having the rarest and most unusual examples. Last year IContinue Reading

A GIRL WALKS INTO A BAR

A GIRL WALKS INTO A BAR

My favorite past time includes playing fast and loose with my contrary nature. I can’t eat sweets on a diet? Oh, hi box of Catburys chocolates, my long lost friends. Going to the dentist? I’m suddenly hungry, conjuring images of my starved skeleton outside the entrance to Pret. There’s no escaping it- if I can’tContinue Reading

SHORTS, SANDALS AND A GLASS OF ROSE – CDR CLOS BELLANE ‘ALTITUDE’

SHORTS, SANDALS AND A GLASS OF ROSE – CDR CLOS BELLANE ‘ALTITUDE’

Have you already broken out your sandals, shorts and sunnies? I bet you have! But have you also opened your first bottle of rosé this year? No? It’s time. Look outside! Spring is in full swing! With the beginning of May beautiful sunny weather arrived, and nature rushed to catch up. Within a week LondonContinue Reading

MONEY WELL SPENT

MONEY WELL SPENT

Its pay-day weekend (yay!) and I’m glad to report that I’ve already spent some of my salary well. On Friday morning, armed with my newly topped up credit card, I swooped on the high-street shops, and hurray! I got back with some wonderful spoils: a handbag, a leather jacket, and an awesome bottle of wine!Continue Reading

WHY DO YOU HATE CHARDONNAY?

WHY DO YOU HATE CHARDONNAY?

Anyone who ever worked in the wine industry must have heard these sentences hundreds of times; “I hate Chardonnay” followed swiftly by “But I love Chablis!” Well, Chablis is 100% Chardonnay so what is so terrible about Chardonnay that so many hate? I blame two things- : bad reputation and too much oak, and theContinue Reading

HAPPY EASTER !

HAPPY EASTER !

I hope that the Easter weekend will be sunny and relaxing for all of you. May this Easter bring you all lots of joy, happiness and of course, tons of chocolate! Last week I went to a little wine tasting of Portuguese and Italian wines coming on the market this spring. There were a fewContinue Reading

KURU KURU PINOT NOIR A PERFECT PARTNER FOR SPRING LAMB

KURU KURU PINOT NOIR A PERFECT PARTNER FOR SPRING LAMB

It’s mid-March and Easter is next weekend.  All the high street shop windows are fitted with mannequins wearing light clothes, the wine shops are stocking up on rosés, and the florists are selling daffodils – therefore it must be Spring!  So I’m asking – where is the lady SPRING herself?!? I spoke with Ana andContinue Reading

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