Category Archives: Advice

How to live: Work is a four-letter word

My pal, Tim Mansfield, sent out a series of newsletters around the topic of feeling stuck. One of the posts that stuck in my brain was about work. Because all around me, friends ask: Am I doing the right work? … Continue reading

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How to live: get a Thai massage

Photo By Tara Angkor Hotel via StockPholio.net I’ve always enjoyed a professional massage, since the first time a friend Rita, who had trained in Swedish massage, introduced me to them (rather than the friends give friends massages that I’d done … Continue reading

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How to live: take what you please (an introduction)

As anyone can see, my blog, andyville, has been taken over by dozens of reviews of restaurants and bars. I enjoy my food blogging, and I don’t see it stopping in the near future. But I’m going to aim to … Continue reading

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Paris Diary: On the sweet trail, South Pigalle

Here’s my latest article to appear online on Bonjour Paris, a fun ‘Insider’s Guide’ to the City of Lights. Here’s the full article. Below is a preview to whet your appetite… It’s easy to get dazzled by Sacre Coeur and … Continue reading

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Home cooking: Whole wheat no-knead bread

I’m not sure how in middle age I have become a baker of bread, but it’s a welcome development. I remember marvelling every time a college classmate, Shelley, would make bread. It seemed mostly simple, somewhat complex and an awfully … Continue reading

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Drinking in Sydney: The Baxter Inn

In a hidden basement below Clarence Street in the City is a pumping busy whiskey bar. I’d wanted to try this, because I’m not sure the team behind Shady Pines Saloon can go wrong these days. We first ended up … Continue reading

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Roman Food Adventures: Sora Margherita, the Jewish ghetto

So, this was my favourite restaurant experience in Rome. It ticked all the boxes for authenticity, eccentricity, value and heart… it allowed me to try a few new dishes, and yup, I adored this place, that was recommend by a … Continue reading

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Paris Food Adventures: Le Pantruche, South Pigalle

This veal ravioli is a good example of what they do at the bistro Le Pantruche in Pigalle. Nicely plated, a beautiful balance of flavours, and a complex forest of ingredients, the greens and mushrooms, some foam, some sauce and … Continue reading

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Paris Food Adventures: Bresse Chicken

There’s nothing more than I like than an interesting food recommendation… it’s perhaps why I offer the same with my food blogs. So, over a fabulous gin cocktail called The Journalist, a new friend Tristan told us that not only … Continue reading

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Best daytrips from Paris: Amiens

Just over an hour outside of Paris, to the north, is the lovely city of Amiens, population of about 120,000. We were expecting, perhaps, that it would be the kind of place with just one tourist attraction (the famous church, … Continue reading

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