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Fear of Fanny: What are you going to eat? Live ones or dead ones? Television is dead. A generalisation, of course, but if recent viewing figures are anything to go by, this could be the end of the road for... Continue »
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I've been banned from Facebook. For some bizarre reason I am no longer allowed to post links to "The Greasy Spoon- Food & Culture". Not in tune with Facebook's "Community Values"- whatever that means. I have no idea why this... Continue »
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Gin Lane, etching & engraving by William Hogarth, 1751. I first wrote about gin back in 2007. It's almost hard to believe but that's twelve years ago. In those days, I found myself describing gin as, I quote: 'slighty old-fashioned... Continue »
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Green Silver Shads outside the Peninsular Hotel, Kowloon Hong Kong in the Seventies. If there was ever a natural habitat for the International Man of Mystery in his later incarnation, this has to be it. Think "The Man with the... Continue »
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The Skating Lovers, hand-coloured aquatint by Adam Buck, 1800 Oh Crikey, I have to admit that Christmas this year has crept up on me with unsettling haste; maybe it's something to do with Christmas falling on Tuesday? Poor Mrs Aitch... Continue »
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The Greasy Spoon- Food & Culture Blog reviews The India Club Restaurant & Bar, London Continue »
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Like vodka, soup's out of fashion. Which is a shame; as it's so easy to make. I suppose soup's in danger of consignment to the culinary dustbin of history, along with dining rooms, decanters, dinner services and aspic. These days,... Continue »
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Is it worth the waiting for? If we live till eighty four All we ever get is gruel! Every day we say our prayer Will they change the bill of fare? Still we get the same old gruel! Gru-el. Sounds... Continue »
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Not tonight Josephine... The cognac was not to Rex’s taste. It was clear and pale and it came to us in a bottle free from grime and Napoleonic cyphers. It was only a year or two older than Rex and... Continue »
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“PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON’T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT PEOPLE LIKE ME AS A MEMBER”. Telegram sent to the Friar’s Club of Beverly Hills, Groucho Marx, 1959 I'm back. After a Six Month Break.... Continue »
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David Niven and Ginger Rogers in Bachelor Mother (1939) And so we come to my favourite time of the year. That in-between bit. I just love it. London’s deserted. My bloated email feed has evaporated. The telephone’s stopped ringing. Those... Continue »
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A very Happy Christmas to all readers of The Greasy Spoon, and my best wishes for the New Year. To be frank, the last year’s been a bit of a slog, and I’m crossing my fingers for a more relaxed... Continue »
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It appears that the late Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, was a man of conservative habit. According to Patrick Marnham’s Trail of Havoc (a superb account of the sorry affair), Lucan’s two favourite dishes (as served at the... Continue »
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Here’s another post I wrote for The Dabbler. It’s got nothing whatsoever to do with food (unless of course, you happen to be a vampire) but I thought it might amuse you, especially as the American Pumpkin Festival’s just around... Continue »
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Here’s a piece I originally wrote for The Dabbler, but I don’t think it appeared on The Greasy Spoon. Subscribers may have to log directly onto The Greasy Spoon website to view the videos: There was so much to admire... Continue »
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Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker (1967) When was the first time you tasted the savoury delights of a pizza? If you’re under forty, this will probably seem like a strange question. It’s hard to get your head round now, but... Continue »
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A few weeks ago my friends at Grub Street publishing sent me a review copy of Robin and Caroline Weir’s Ice Creams, Sorbets & Gelati: The Definitive Guide. I knew I was going to like this book from the moment... Continue »
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Mezzotint by Philip Dawe, 1773, in the collection of the British Museum I’m convinced that the best food in the world is governed by simplicity; cooked with skill, precision and care, and presented with honesty. No flamboyant garnishes, superfluous flourishes... Continue »
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Manderley: Hollywood’s evocation of the English Country House, Rebecca, 1940 Possibly one of our most significant contributions to civilisation is the idea of a proper breakfast. Personally, as much as I am a fan of all things Franco-Italian, the so-called... Continue »
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For several years now, I’ve had a secret hankering to join- or at least to apply for membership of- The London Whiskers Club. Beards, however, can be a risky proposition. The secret is to go for the “Rugged English Gentleman... Continue »
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