Dragon Boat Racing

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This year’s Dragon Boat Racing was held at the London Regatta Centre on the River Thames not far from the Excel Centre opposite London City Airport. It was a fantastic day weather wise, we finally had summer in London! The sun was out, the wind was up so the apparent humidity and the temperature of 28 degrees was not really felt. The racing heats were well under way when I arrived late morning, and many stalls were out offering various Oriental food for sale for the public to sample.

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Lech am Arlberg – My Favourite Austrian Ski Resort

After all the “musts” at Austrian Ski Resorts, I just have to say these are all really musts for one resort: Lech am Arlberg, Austria – pretty much the only resort to date that I enjoy the whole package of.

And by whole package I mean not just the skiing, but the hotels, the facilities and of course the food.

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Brunch at the Modern Pantry

First floor Interior at the Modern Pantry

Cold, snowy & sleety… must be mad to go out to brunch with the girls and make it down to the Modern Pantry which is not in my neighbourhood. However a very quick & efficient over ground train to Farringdon gave me my usual first to arrive at the designated meeting place.

I was a little apprehensive as I was considerably early and knowing that it had been difficult to book a table at the right time I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the staff, very welcoming (perhaps helped that I looked frozen despite being totally wrapped up), and I was escorted to a very nice table on the first floor, promptly asked if I wanted anything to drink, and my caffe latte was immediately placed on order before I could disrobe myself of my rather excessive wintry attire.

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Sunday Lunch at Andrew Edmunds

I was introduced to Andrew Edmunds by a good friend as we were walking around Soho one Saturday afternoon. I think I was spoilt from the beginning as I liked the fact that there was no business card, and that we were given a menu to retrieve contact details from that was also hand written. If you were not specifically looking for the Andrew Edmunds, it can be easily missed as it has a discrete dark frontage. My first memories of the place was the wonderful smell of food when you entered the restaurant.

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Omakase at Roka Charlotte Street

The Omakase continues… this time at Roka, Charlotte Street.

Being a rather cold and rainy/sleety day, it didn’t take much to persuade ourselves to go somewhere to keep warm and enjoy what we enjoy doing most… eat! So on this ocassion we turned to Roka. Having mostly experienced their Shochu lounge, I was glad for the opportunity to try their restaurant again and this time without a doubt, we didn’t look at the menu in detail, but made the decision of – let’s go omakase!

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New Toys 2

The Leica V-Lux4

Another Toy! How fortunate and what fun! We’re now looking at a bridge camera, the Leica V-Lux 4. Touted as a travel, wildlife and sport camera… I look forward to testing these out, plus of course my usual food photography 🙂

I’ll have to admit, a bridge camera for me is harder to get use to – perhaps psychologically I expect it to function like an SLR, I have to say, the electronic view finder isn’t bad, but with this camera, the LCD display is mainly used. I am viewing this camera also like my Olympus OM-D, as something I can keep in my bag and whip out to take pics without sacrificing on the quality of the image. The added advantage of this camera for me is the fantastic zoom range it has. The image shown here is taken from the article on engadget.com.

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