Diva With A Bar Tab

Cocktails. Bars. Bars. Cocktails.

Let’s face it, I’m obsessed.

Whether I’m at home in London, or away on a trip you know I’m hitting twitter to find the best cocktails in town – and who’s making them.,

It’s not about getting wasted – there are much cheaper ways to get that job done – it’s everything else

It’s about the discovery: finding something or somewhere new with your friends, or on your own. About not knowing whether you’ll be in there for the night… or running for the door within 5 minutes

It’s about the occasion: to celebrate something, for a special treat, to commiserate a bad day at work or, you know, because it’s Tuesday.

It’s about the experience: sipping slowly, savouring the craftsmanship, taking in your surroundings, relaxing into the vibe, appreciating the conversation. See, hear, smell, touch and taste.

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36 Hours in Prague

What could be more festive than Prague in December? The Christmas markets, the promise of snow, the steaming cups of mulled wine… the poker (I’ll explain later)? With a couple of flexible days in my schedule, I figured it was time to get my Christmas ON with another of my “36 Hours In…” cheeky weekend breaks.

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Travel Advent Calendar 2016: Part 3

After part one and part two … part three. For the uninitiated, I’ve been searching through all of my travel pics from the past few years and have selected a few of my favourites to share over the Festive Season as my ‘Travel Advent Calendar’. The world moves so fast, we’re in a constant state of finishing up one thing and jumping on to the next, so it is a bit of a treat to be able to pause and reflect on trips past…and get a little inspiration for whatever comes next!

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Sunshine on a Rainy Day: Making the Perfect Caipirinha

I learned to make green curry in Thailand and how to make macarons in Paris so naturally, when I wanted to learn how to make an authentic Brazilian caipirinha, I went to…Kingston-upon-Thames.

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In Vino Veritas: Tasting the Hunter Valley

When your BFF is a wine snob, but all you know is how to drink it in large quantities, a little wine tasting education is in order. While travelling through Sydney, a tasting tour to the Hunter Valley provided the ultimate liquid learning experience…

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Making Macarons in Paris

Making macarons in Paris is the perfect alternative weekend when you’ve got a tooth as sweet as mine. Just don’t tell my dentist…

I’m a girl, I like cakes, I’m a walking cliché – sue me. I was going through a phase where I was OBSESSED with macaroons (we’ve all been there, right?) and, instead of signing my monthly paycheck directly over to Monsieurs Ladurée et Hermé, I decided it was high time I learned to make them myself. I mean, how hard could it be, right? I googled “macaroon making courses’, figuring I’d find a Groupon or something, when my eye was caught by a class…in Paris. Click!

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