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Supertaster Me

Have you heard of supertasters? To my eternal regret, I have, because I’m one of them. The label makes being a supertaster sound exciting, suggestive of a superior palate. The truth of the matter is that a supertaster is simply someone who “experiences the sense of taste with far greater intensity than average”. Yes, that ... Read more »

Old Tom & English | A Members Club Without The Membership

Old Tom & English is not a members club but it feels like one. By that I don’t mean stuffy, exclusive or expensive; rather it’s a hidden gem, a welcoming space that calls forth a surprising sense of belonging.  Its only frontage onto Wardour Street is an impressive but subtly labelled blue door behind which ... Read more »

Tasting Teas with Adagio

The world of tea is a vast one. For those happy with basic black tea in teabags (or loose) it’s pretty straightforward; every supermarket in the country stocks black tea teabags and loose leaf English Breakfast, Assam and Darjeeling are just as easy to find; Earl Grey (black tea with the addition of essential oil ... Read more »

48 Hours in Brussels | Where to Eat, Drink, Shop & Sleep

When it comes to tourism in Belgium, Brussels gets a bad rap. Go to Bruges, they say, for the picturesque canals and mediaeval centre. Go to Antwerp, they say, for world class art and hipster fashion. Go to Ghent, they say, for more of the same plus cycling too. Go to Ypres, they say, for ... Read more »

Five Valley Cordials: A Family Review

When we received the cordials we decided to make a game of trying them with our children. Each new bottle was chosen at random and the label kept hidden. We then made up glasses of the cordial and tried to guess what the cordial was. Between us we always got the main ingredient and about ... Read more »