Tossing up dough with Pizza Scuola at Ponti’s

Just off Oxford Circus is Ponti’s, a traditional family-run Italian restaurant with a history inspired by hard work and big dreams. Walking in, I was drawn to the open kitchen reminding me of eateries I’ve visited in Italy. The pungent smell of garlic and cured…

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Revisiting Dinner by Heston at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has recently debutedĀ its very own TV documentary. Boasting of luxurious English pride, this European flagship of the hotel group also houses the most sought-after tables in town… and the world. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, aka Top 45 in The World’s…

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A walkabout in Mortmartre, Paris

In my teens, I dreamt of living in Paris, in an area I used to “J’adore”, Montmartre aka The Mountain of Martyrs. I blame it on a few old-age theories: a) that I lived a previous life from the Belle Epoque era; b) that I…

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