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Carluccio’s opening and some thoughts on chains

I popped along to the opening party at Carluccio’s in Union Square this week. It’s the first time I’ve been invited to an event like that and was a marvelous opportunity to experience how the other half lives. The world of fizzy top-ups and canapes being far out with my normal day.

The restaurant itself looks great. The food we sampled on the night was all excellent (the prawns wrapped in prosciutto and rosemary were awesome) and there’s also a well stocked, if expensive, deli on site selling fresh pasta, sauces, meat and cakes. While the deli is pricey the stock looks superb so although I wouldn’t go there every week I could imagine nipping in for something nice as an occasional treat. Continue reading “Carluccio’s opening and some thoughts on chains”


Inspiration Chain

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Congratulations to Hannah at the Corner Cottage Bakery for becoming the latest winner in the Inspiration Chain! Hannah was sent Appetite by Nigel Slater and is giving away the excellent Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit as her inspiring book. Go to her post here to win a copy!

I’m particularly pleased about this as it was a giveaway on A Wee Bit Of Cooking which offered a copy of the Flavour Thesaurus as a prize which gave me the idea to start this little chain. Unfortunately I didn’t win that one but I did get a copy of the book for Christmas, it’s a superb reference and a great book to have around if you’re stuck for ideas.

Well done to Hannah and good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.


Another link in the chain

The Inspiration Chain is continuing to grow. The latest link in the chain saw Kate at Domestikated send Lou at Please Do Not Feed The Animals a copy of the Wagamama cookbook.

If you want to get involved, it’s easy just visit Please Do Not Feed The Animals and leave a comment on her Inspiration Chain post. She’ll put the names in a hat and get her kids to choose one at random. The lucky winner will win a copy of Nigel Slater’s Appetite.

Good luck!


Inspiration Chain Update

The second link in the Inspiration Chain is up! Kate at domestikated was the lucky recipient of my link, Ripailles by Stephane Reynaud.

Now she’s put up the second offering for the chain, The Wagamama Cookbook. To get involved head on over to

The Inspiration Chain is a blogging chain passing on sources of inspiration from one blog to another. I gave away a book that always gives me great ideas and makes me want to cook, Ripailles, and the idea is that whoever receives that book gives away another book on their blog that inspires them. The chain continues like that as long as we can keep it going. Keep track of the Inspiration Chain progress at the dedicated chain page.