Foodie Mecca Comes to Chelsea

Alongside the Chelsea outposts of Chloe, Cartier, Kate Spade and J Crew, a slew of old-school shops have moved in: a butcher, a baker, and in lieu of the candlestick maker, a cheesemonger, and green grocer. These new neighbours, who revere culinary staples as highly as handbags, have already become institutions on Pavilion Road, an…

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College Trip Tips for the People Who Aren’t Going to College – the Parents

Third child, third college trip, too many information sessions and campus tours to count. I’ll take the pain of childbirth (ok, there was an epidural on constant drip) over the tedium of information sessions and campus tours any day. Yale, Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Penn and Georgetown. Must they all say essentially the same thing? Couldn’t…

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From Burnt Toast to Vietnamese Fusion

Take Vietnamese cooking lessons: a humdrum resolution for many, but for someone who can burn toast perfectly (how black do you want it?), my resolution is revolutionary. It’s all thanks to Tran Thanh Duc (Duc for short), the dynamic Vietnamese chef extraordinaire who charms as he chops, slices, dices, and turns up the heat. Nigella…

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Scottish Caper

The last time I went to Edinburgh I was 16 years old on a bike trip from Bath to Inverness. Actually, I was bike-free in Edinburgh – my bike got stolen in Penrith, a huge relief to be honest.  I decided it was high-time for an encore by train, not bike. The 4 and 1/2…