Travel for curious families

Summer in London: Wahaca on the Southbank

Tweet   There are those moments when I’m reminded how much I love living in cities and how much I love living in London. Tonight was a glorious summer evening on the Southbank, the Summer of Love festival is going on, people were drinking and relaxing on the terrace and I met Selena from Oh, the Places We Will Go at the Wahaca Southbank Experience. Wahaca really is one of the best places to get —...

Budget picnic food: ‘Red Sea’ sandwiches

TweetWe all know that eating oily fish is great for all of us, and is especially good for children — it helps brain developments and reduces the risk of things like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. (Admittedly, my 10-year-old doesn’t have this yet, but we have the 11+ exams next year so everyone’s blood pressure will be going up.) However, like a lot of kids, my daughter only really likes...

Cotswolds: Delicious food at the Upton Smokery

Tweet  One of the delights of the English countryside is farm shops. Countless times we’ve followed modest signs pointing to discover gustatorial Aladdin’s caves, full of luscious cheeses, tempting meats, fruits so beguiling they’re a little bit obscene. Often I’ll also pick up some bowls or interesting kitchen knickknack as a gift. When we visited the Uptom Smokery (@Uptonsmokery), I...

A very British family meal: Kedgeree

Tweet One of the unexpected pleasures of moving to London has been eating British food. Cue jokes about deep fried Mars bars and grey boiled meat, but the truth is that I’ve discovered not just new dishes but an appreciation for particularly British delights. One of our favourite weekly meals is kedgeree, thought to be brought back to the UK from India by British colonials, and often eaten at breakfast in...

Your Instagram pictures on marshmallows

Tweet One of the vexing things about Instagram is that you take all these GOR-geous pics and while you can share them hither and yon online, it’s harder to get them into the real world. Now you can not only get them into the real world, you can get them floating in your hot chocolate or melting in your mouth. Boomf is a UK company that will print your Instagram photos on marshmallows. And they’re...

The tastiest sausages for Christmas

Tweet A few weeks ago a woman arrived at my door with a big box of meat. I wish this kind of thing happened more often, frankly, especially when the meat comes from a place like Todenham Manor Farm. The story behind Todenham Manor Farm is lovely, if a bit odd. Irayne was a London mum with a 5-year-old and a baby when she and her husband bought a rundown farm in Gloucestershire along with the surrounding land and,...

Friday daydreamin’: My favourite city

TweetI started thinking about which city I would write about in joining the Friday daydreamin’ linky by R We There Yet Mom? and realised it’s a tricky question. How do you chose just one? I’ve had to rule out American cities — the ones I like the best also have such a personal connection that they have an unfair advantage. Besides, I’ve been lucky enough to visit some amazing places...

They don’t eat horses, do they?

TweetThe news of beef burgers in several big supermarkets around the UK and in Ireland being contaminated with horse meat is all over the headlines today. It reminded me of this picture that I took in Brenham, Texas, last summer. At the time, I was surprised to see it — I’d never heard of horsemeat being an issue in Texas. I knew from living in France and visiting other countries that people do eat...

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Eating at the food trucks in Austin, Texas

TweetAustin has been circling the food wagons for some time – food trucks have become such an institution in the capital of Texas that they’ve prompted innumerable blogs and even a next-generation fashion truck called Bootleg, which is a shoe shop in an Airstream trailer featuring hard-to-find labels.     We go to Austin every summer and every summer I love to visit the food-truck enclave on...

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