Review: Prater Gaststätte & Garten, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

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On our recent visit to Berlin (now very possibly my favourite city on earth), we stumbled onto a really great beer hall in the district of Prenzlauer Berg.  Entry is through a huge sign announcing PRATERGARTEN in gaudy red bulbs. It shone at us like a beacon in the drizzle of a cold November night and welcomed us in, past a big empty space which is no doubt full to bursting with people enjoying beers after work in the warmer months.

  Entrance to pratergarten in berlin
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Christmas Gifts for Foodies

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I didn't manage a crimbo gift guide last year, perhaps because I was feeling a little bah humbug. This year, things are rosy and bright and I'm already looking forward to the festive season. Banish all thoughts of a 'mexican food gift set', 'magazine subscription' or 'cheese plate with knives', and start thinking outside the (themed gift) box:

Days out and treats:


A cookery class at The Woodspeen, Newbury, Berkshire. Having recently attended their 'Chef in the cupboard' course, I could not rate The Woodspeen Cookery School any more highly if I tried. I've been on several cookery classes in my time as a blogger and this one, run by Michelin starred chef John Campbell and his team, is by far and away the best I've tried. For people in the South of England, this is a GREAT Christmas gift idea. Classes start at £95pp and there is a whole range to choose from including seasonal, bread, butchery and steak!

The Woodspeen cookery school near newbury
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Review: Meatcure, Leicester

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One of the more recent independent places to open in Leicester is Meatcure - a trendy burger joint just around the corner from the Highcross shopping centre.

I attended their launch in the summer and enjoyed myself but wasn't sure just how good the food was as I didn't get to try anything other than one small slightly over done burger. To be fair to Meatcure, I blame this more on the Leicester tigers rugby team blocking the waitresses route from kitchen to where I was stood. But that said, it marred my expectations enough to continue choosing the rather fabulous (and also independent) Crafty at St Martins coffee house for my burger hit. I have to say, after this recent visit, my assumptions were wrong, this place is fabulous!

Giant burger and chips
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Host for Hope - raising money for pancreatic cancer

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The start of this week was a blur. It was none stop cooking, and all because of my involvement in this months Host for Hope campaign which is being run by charity Pancreatic Cancer UK.

 I'm fortunate to have not lost any of my close friends or family to pancreatic cancer but I am fully aware of how devastating cancer as a disease can be, having lost my Grandad to it. When Pancreatic Cancer UK invited me to join in with Host for Hope and organise a food related fundraising event, I immediately said yes.


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Warner Edwards Gin Distillery, near Kettering

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Sometimes as a food blogger, little treats pop up. My true love is gin so when I was invited to visit the Warner Edwards distillery with the BBC Good Food Show team, I immediately replied with a big fat yes!

I've known and loved their gin for a couple of   years now, having first discovered it at (funnily enough) the BBC Good Food Show. They are relatively local to me too, around 45 mins drive away, in a pretty village somewhere between Northampton and Kettering. 


Warner Edwards Elderflower Gin

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Review: Kabul Express, Hyson Green, Nottingham

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I'd never eaten Afghan food before last week and I wasn't entirely sure what to expect before walking into the Kabul Express in Nottingham's Hyson Green.  From the street, it's a strange looking place with shiny silver walls, bright fairy lights and gaudy fabrics adorning the windows. 

Once inside and past the plastic water feature though, I was surprised to find a fairly hushed feel with private dining booths along one wall and tables along the other. 

Afghan food in Nottingham
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