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  • Restaurants
Sourcing not saucing at Barrafina

June 12, 2009

LONDON, UK – With just 23 seats and a no reservation policy, Barrafina is a place where it is best to either come very early or late for the meal in question (especially on weekends when a 5:00pm arrival for dinner is often best). Each of Barrafina’s coveted seats is… (more)
  • Shopping
Be daunted (and delighted) at Daunt Books

June 10, 2009

LONDON, UK – In this age of Barnes & Noble, Borders, and the like, it is rare that I am truly “WOWed” by a bookstore. There are some that I really love, like Kramerbooks and Afterwords in Washington DC and The Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle, but not too many… (more)
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  • Hotels
A hip hip hooray! for The Haymarket Hotel

June 8, 2009

LONDON, UK – On our recent trip to London, Emily and I eagerly explored (to death) the city’s hotel scene in anticipation of the The Purple Passport’s launch in 2010. We had wonderful and varied experiences at so many London hotels: the traditional elegance of The Dorchester, the local charm… (more)
  • Restaurants
Offal off-the-cuff at St. John’s Bread and Wine

June 2, 2009

LONDON, UK – One of the best meals I’ve had in a while happened three nights ago. It was a highly anticipated meal at a restaurant that is known for its culinary adventures into the realm of offal, St. Johns. Jenn and I had tried to dine at St. Johns… (more)
  • Sights & Activities
A medicine chest in the flower beds at Chelsea Physic Gardens

June 1, 2009

LONDON, UK – Tucked away in a little area of Chelsea are the Chelsea Physic Gardens (N.B. – these are NOT the Chelsea Psychic Gardens, as a quick read of those words might lead you to believe, ahem). An historical testament to London’s botanical evolution, these gardens, originally named the… (more)
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