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Tweetup at Brasserie Blanc, South Bank

A few weeks ago I was invited to a ‘tweetup’ at Brasserie Blanc on the South Bank. Brasserie Blanc is a small chain of French restaurants from renowned chef Raymond Blanc, with five restaurants in London and another 13 around the rest of the UK. I’d been meaning to visit one for ages as I’d heard good things, so this was a great opportunity to learn a bit more about the business and what it’s all about. The Southbank location has recently been refurbished and it’s been beautifully done, complete with an alfresco terrace decorated with olive trees. If the weather had been better we would have sat outside (typical British summer!), but we were all perfectly content in the bar area. The image below was provided by Brasserie Blanc – it was actually completely packed when we were there, always a good sign, especially mid-week! The focus of this event was on the bar and its cocktails, and given it was a tweetup, the photos I took were on my phone – it’s definitely …

Haggis, Neeps & Tatties at Whiski Rooms, Edinburgh

One of my very favourite foods in this world is haggis. Not for everyone, I’m sure. But the love affair started at a very young age. When I was a toddler, in fact! My mum was pushing me around the supermarket in the trolley and I wouldn’t shut up (no change there then!) A lady was handing out haggis samples and without a care in the world (or a clue what was in it!) I was shovelling it in my mouth. Apparently I couldn’t get enough of it, and we had to go back for seconds. And maybe thirds… Pretty much every year since, we’ve had traditional haggis, neeps and tatties (mashed swede and potatoes, for any of my international readers!) for Burns Night. In Cyprus it was sometimes tricky, but we often had friends smuggle them over when they came to visit! So you could imagine how excited I was at the prospect of getting to indulge in the stuff during our recent trip to Edinburgh! I searched for ‘top places to eat haggis …

Dinner at VOC Grill, King’s Cross

I seem to be making a habit of getting lost in London at the moment (mostly thanks, or perhaps no thanks to Citymapper!) – the latest navigation fail was trying to find VOC Grill in King’s Cross. I was meeting my buddy Charlotte who I first met a year ago when she was doing the PR for Barber’s cheese. People who like cheese are always good people 😉 I eventually found the bar and restaurant – it was tucked away in a courtyard next to Camino, unfortunately not very well signposted, unless I was just being silly. But then Charlotte encountered the exact same issue, so maybe it’s not just me! The website for VOC Grill really intrigued me – it describes itself as having a homely, speakeasy-style feel, and the cocktails just looked insanely good!  It was a Thursday night (and surprisingly dry!) so it was packed outside with people having post work drinks. On arrival it was smaller than I was expecting, but that’s often a good thing, especially if the aim is to be a …