It has been far too long since I have written on here. The last blog I posted was about Megxit and in the modern world of 24-hour rolling news nobody cares about that anymore except Piers Morgan. It has been a busy old start to this month; I've moved house, turned 33 and finally updated all my professional hardware. So it is that I now find myself in a moment's peace, sat with a cup of coffee in Reigate. In fact, I have slightly betrayed my own principles with the aim of maki
Bath has just been listed as the best UK holiday destination for 2019 by Country Living. That came as no surprise to S and I, we spent a wonderful few days there a couple of weeks ago. It was our escape after a stressful and irritating few weeks and it was perfect - but more on that another time. Bath is famous for lots of things - architecture, history, shopping and - unsurprisingly - the baths. But a quick coffee break during a day of meandering in the city provided a pleas
Vegan, gluten free and dairy free food is pretty much everywhere now. There was a time when S, who is vegan, found going out to eat pretty much impossible, unless she wanted bread and salad. Today, though, restaurants around the capital are starting to get on board - and the foodie community is doing the same. On Bank Holiday Monday, S and I headed up to London's Brick Lane for the Free From Festival. Unfortunately there were no music stages and head bands, but what there wer
The top spot on my Search For The Best Cup of Coffee list has, for quite a long time, been held by Burgundy & Black in Dorking. It is not for lack of searching, they just make a really good cup of coffee. But their crown has finally been taken - and I had to go some distance to find a conqueror. Black Eye Coffee is a Balinese staple, with branches in Kuta, Ubud and Kabupaten Tabanan. I discovered it entirely by mistake while strolling along the streets of Ubud. The town itsel
I am, and have always been, a big fan of what Agent Dale Cooper would call a "damn fine cup of coffee". Ok, I am also a fan of a slightly dated pop culture reference. Sue me. Actually is it possible to have a dated pop culture reference? If it's dated is it still pop culture? I'm getting off the point here. A good cup of strong black coffee and a place to enjoy it is one of life's true pleasures. And to that end I love a good coffee shop. So when I saw "award-winning coffee"
Prague is beautiful, but it is a bit on the chilly side. It is about as cold as the UK, but the wind takes the temperature down below freezing. As a result, while we were exploring S and I found ourselves in need of a warming beverage. Usually this took the form of a gluvine bought from one of the numerous street vendors or stores, but I could not pass up the opportunity to grab at least one coffee in a new city. Just a short walk from the John Lennon Peace Wall we found Cafe
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I am not sure if a picture or words will do justice to the Crew Collectif & Cafe in Montreal. Housed in an old bank building, the coffee shop is part of a bigger operation which presents itself as a home for Montreal's creative and business people. I have been into a fair few coffee shops and I can honestly say none of the others greeted me with a revolving door which led into a marble atrium with a reception desk and stairs c
There are a few irritating situations in life where you cannot help but be annoyed - bad drivers when you are in a hurry, knotted headphones, "Press 1 for..."
No one likes being in these situations, but often there is nothing individuals can do to avoid them. But that is not always the case. Take this all-too-common crime against society: holding up the queue at a bar or coffee shop.
There is no excuse, and I mean no excuse, for being the person at the front of a bar or cof
I was killing time in Berlin recently and stumbled across a great spot for a cup of coffee.
Ok, "stumbled across" is not quite accurate, I was looking for a place for coffee and had googled places which were not big chains. Continental Europe traditionally does coffee well so I figured I was in good hands. It was about 20 minutes walk through the town to find The Barn. At a glance it meets everything you would expect from a place in Berlin with a name like that; the decor wa
Dark Horse Espresso Bar, John Street, Toronto
I'll admit, I am a bit of a coffee fan. Technically a tea and coffee fan, but years of working local news means I have become inured to bad cups of tea. Coffee, however, I am a big fan of when made well.
As a result, I have begun an unofficial search for the best cup of coffee I can find. For those of you wondering, so far the winner is Burgundy & Black in Dorking.
But while in Toronto for work recently, I felt I had to try