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The BodPod. Facing the Fat.

Taking a very short breather from an intensely dull title investigation, I thought I would update you as to my progress. In the last post, I mentioned that I was going to go and get my fat measured at the University of Westminster in something called the Bodpod. I did that on 8 November. I […]

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Weighing myself.

This post was written on 30 October. I’m bringing you all up to speed because I didn’t want to post unless I really thought that I would do this thing.

Let’s start at the very beginning. The end of eating out as a hobby.

[This post was written at the end of October 2016] So here we go. How did I get to this point, yet again? And what is “this point” exactly? This is the point where I see a photo of myself (this particular one was on my birthday) and I don’t recognise myself or rather I […]

And so it starts. Not a restaurant review.

And so it starts: Sunday 30 October. At Le Manoir, for C’s birthday. I ate only two of the four canapés. What have I become?

Those dice - courtesy of Gourmetpedia September 14

Burgundy, reloaded.

PROLOGUE I have form with Burgundy. I’ve been here before, the last visit almost 14 years ago, at the time of my 40th birthday. That particular trip was with a man who turned out not to be The One. It seems no time at all since that memorable birthday lunch at L’Espérance, back in 2002. […]

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What Nicky does next.

Now that I’ve hooked you in with a picture of the perfect pain au chocolat, I thought I’d let you know what I was doing. It’s been a bit quiet on the blog of late, whilst I’ve been trying to decide what to do with it. Writing always helps me come to a conclusion. I’ve […]

A picture may paint a thousand words but i'm afraid you're just going to have to eat it August 19

Hedone. He done good. Very good.

It’s rare that I go back and update my reviews but it has been known, especially where the restaurant has changed so much that I would be worried that someone would rely on the review and have a bad experience.  

I think you can guess what this is August 03

Blandford Comptoir.

Did you enjoy it? Asks the waitress, for what,  by this point,  is the third time. I’m not enjoying your service style, I don’t say, even though I’m getting steadily more irritated as the meal progresses.

You win the best dressed dish. July 31

Sosharu. Atherton goes further east than the City.

If I were given the power to make the law, rather than just interpret it, I would rule that all toilets had to be in the Japanese style. Features include a heated seat which flips down to welcome you,  strategically-placed jets to wash you down, and a built-in blowdryer to conclude proceedings. It senses when you have finished […]

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Bonhams.

Did you know there was a restaurant in Bonhams Auction House in the West End? It’s been open since the end of 2014 and already holds a Michelin star. Not bad going for the young chef, Tom Kemble, in charge of his own restaurant for the first time. Kemble has worked at the legendary Faviken […]