Mykonos, Greece

I’d been wanting to go to Mykonos for years so when my friend JP said he had some spare holiday time I suggested a Greece trip. We booked quite late so direct flights to Mykonos were non existent, so we decided to fly to Athens and get a boat to Mykonos from there. JP is a regular flyer for work so using a companion voucher and air miles we flew BA business from Heathrow. As a BA Gold Card holder JP was able to use the First Wing Lounge, a step up from the usual BA Galleries Lounge which regular business class flyers are entitled to use. We were travelling early in the morning so it was a good chance to have a proper non-airplane meal before the flight.

Everything ran on time and on arriving into Athens the transfer to the port was pretty easy. The ferry was fine, but it was a bit slow and to be honest if I was doing the trip again, I’d probably make sure I got a flight direct to Mykonos, the whole fly to Athens and get the ferry thing was a bit of a faff. We didn’t arrive in Mykonos til nearly 6pm and so that was annoying. Thankfully the hotel we had booked sent a car for us. We stayed at the Rochari, which JP had stayed at before, and it was really nice. The room was simple but very chic and included a lovely terrace with sea views and also Jo Malone toiletries in the bathroom. It was also right in Mykonos Town which is where we really wanted to be for the bars and nightlife. One side note accommodation in Mykonos is notoriously expensive, even a very basic hotel in town will set you back €200 a night. The Rochari was significantly more than this, but JP and I were sharing a room and considering the price of some of the other hotels it was pretty decent value for Mykonos.

Nigel Slater’s Toast at The Other Palace Theatre

I had a lovely evening last night seeing my gorgeous friend Giles in the lead role playing cookery writer Nigel Slater in Toast at the Other Palace Theatre. He was so good, can’t recommend the play highly enough, can definitely see why it’s had several five star reviews, including from the The Sunday Times. It’s only on for another week or so in London and then it’s off on nationwide tour til the end of the year. If you have the chance to see it do! For more details follow the link below:

https://www.nigelslaterstoast.co.uk/tour-dates

The Other Naughty Piglet

I was looking for somewhere to have dinner with my friend Paul before we went to the theatre. As it happened the theatre we were going to had a restaurant and on checking it out online it looked really good. The Other Naughty Piglet is the sister restaurant of the The Naughty Piglet in Brixton. We started with two delicious ham croquettes, crispy on the outside and oozing on the inside. Then for main we had really interesting dish of duck breast with gooseberries and a bric pastry cylinder filled with confit duck leg. Delicious, definitely a cut above your usual theatre restaurant.

Pictures of Dorian Gray

I’ve never read Oscar Wilde’s only novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ always meant to, but somehow never quite got round to it. So when my friend invited to me see this new stage adaption of the novel I was intrigued. It’s sometimes easier to watch a play than read the book and anyway I knew the main gist of it. To avoid his beauty fading Dorian Grey sells his soul in order that a portrait painted of him ages rather than himself. The play was performed at the Jermyn St Theatre, I’d not been to this particularly theatre before, but it’s tiny and makes for a very intimate performance. The play only had 4 actors and a somewhat basic set. Certainly not the usual slick West End type production, that saying that it was well acted and I did enjoy it and it has definitely inspired me to finally read the novel.

 

Tonkotsu Soho

I absolutely adore ramen. It’s one of my favourite things in the world to eat. It’s so delicious and comforting, even thinking about it now I’m salivating. I get proper cravings for it. If you’ve got a cold or feeling a bit under the weather there’s honestly very little better than a hot steaming bowl of ramen. There’s now handily many great ramen restaurant in London to choose from, however my absolute favourite has to be Tonkotsu. I’ve tried loads of different places, but I always end up coming back here. They’re famous for their tonkotsu ramen that the restaurant is named after. They enrich their broth with extra lardo and it’s just the best. Invariably I almost always go for it, though their chicken ramen is also great. They’ve got several different branches across London now. The one in Selfridges Food Hall is particularly useful after a hard day’s shopping in the West End. I do wish they had non-mushroom gyoza on the menu there though as they have in their other branches. Also worth picking up while you’re in the restaurant is a jar of their delicious ‘Eat the bits’ chilli oil which is delicious to keep at home and used to add spice to just about anything.