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Dining out is one of my great pleasures in life. I love to discover new places and return to favourite haunts.  The places that I write about have one thing in common: the love of exceptional quality ingredients brought together in an inspiring and delectable way.  


As we had our favourite cousin visiting from Vancouver a few weeks ago, I thought I would bring her to a new restaurant in Shoreditch.  Shoreditch, in East London, is very hip and has an unmistakable buzz; it reminds me of the meatpacking district in New York.  It is where creatives gather to work and play.  I had recently read about Oklava and was immediately intrigued for two reasons: a female chef is at the helm and she is looking to elevate Turkish cuisine to new heights.  


C. and I took a break from London life and family life recently and headed to Hampshire, a two-hour drive from London.  In the heart of New Forest, a gorgeous property is nestled amongst trees and preserved grounds.  The drive up to Limewood Hotel where the restaurant is located is not dissimilar to the aristocratic drive featured in Downton Abbey.  We felt very regal.  


I took C. to Spring this year for his birthday.  Located in the stunning and iconic Somerset House on the Thames, it is a special place that was on my list for quite a long time.  The evening was a big success on all accounts: great table, beautiful food, new wine tastings and an all-round good time.



A good girlfriend and I recently had lunch at Daphne's.  It is a tradition of ours to meet every six to eight weeks for a gorgeous lunch in a new place.  I behold the list of "read about and dying to try places," and gladly choose our dining destination every time.  Lucky me.

Little Social


Having gone to Pollen Street Social a few months back, I was itching to try its sister restaurant, "Little Social."  It is the more modest version with a brasserie feel next door and I thought it would be perfect for an early celebratory Christmas lunch with my good friend K.  

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