St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Festival 2014 Highlights

St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2014

Our seventh annual St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Festival, organised by the St Albans City and District Council, came to a close this week, ending with an awards ceremony held at the lovely Lakeside Restaurant in St Michael’s Manor Hotel. The Festival brought together and showcased some of our very best restaurants, cafés, bars, local producers,… 

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IFBC Seattle 2013: Exploring Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

I’m aware that I’ve hit you with four Seattle posts now, but as you can probably tell, I was completely enamored with The Emerald City – with the people I met, the friends I made, the hospitality that was shown to me and by the whole experience of attending an American Food Blogging Conference - Foodista’s… 

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IFBC Seattle 2013 – Entrepreneurial Journalism with Mark Briggs – Post Three


It’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of attending Foodista’s IFBC in Seattle – what did I actually learn and was it worth going?! I’ve already introduced my personal reasons for attending a blog conference all the way over in Seattle and have mentioned some of my first impressions on arrival, including the conference opening… 

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IFBC Seattle 2013 – Arrival, Opening and Keynote by Dorie Greenspan – Post Two


This is my second post on attending IFBC the International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle last weekend. I’ve already introduced the event and why I traveled all the way to the West coast of America from London to attend a blogging conference! I hope that in this post, you’ll get to read a little bit… 

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IFBC Seattle 2013 – Food Blogging Stateside – Post One


Seattle and I have been friends for a very long time. Both the city itself and the luscious, green areas surrounding it, stretching out to the Olympic Mountains in the Pacific North West, hold a special place in my heart. Almost twenty years ago, my sister made a small city named Sequim, within Washington State,… 

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A postcard from Italy


I’m back from a truly memorable family holiday with husband and children to Italy, visiting the relatively undisturbed, food-filled region of Emiglia Romagna, offering an abundance of local produce, stunning panoramic mountain landscapes, quaint local villages and nearby striking Adriatic coastline.  We were also able to take in some of Veneto, flying into Venice for… 

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An ‘Extra Special’ Easter Evening at Leiths and an Easy Easter Menu


A couple of weeks ago, I was invited back to the iconic London cookery school, Leiths School of Food and Wine along with a group of fellow food bloggers, for an evening of cooking with ASDA’s Extra Special food range. The menu may have looked ambitious at first glance, but it was actually easy to prepare as well as being super-tasty. It has definitely… 

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Restaurant Review – Jamie’s Italian, The Bell, Chequer Street, St Albans


Last weekend saw the opening of a new branch of Jamie’s Italian in St Albans, taking over the space that used to be The Bell Public House on Chequer Street. The Bell becomes Jamie Oliver’s 25th restaurant in the Jamie’s Italian chain and since it’s on my doorstep, I was eager to visit. I joined… 

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