A little rain stops no-one, especially driven folk like Clerkenwell Boy and Lily Vanilli. Some of the best bakers and chefs in London joined forces today to sell an impressive array of baked goods to raise funds for those in need in Syria and the region. A brilliant turnout on Columbia Road – a big congrats to everyone involved!
Disclosure: I was invited on this press trip by Eurostar. All opinions are my own.
What kind of traveller are you? Do you like to research meticulously, create extensive lists of unmissable things, and book everything months ahead? I am definitely not in this category, choosing instead to go with the flow and plan as few itinerary details as possible. Who cares what everyone else is doing or seeing? My favourite travel memories are those moments reached by spontaneous decisions and serendipity. These values align perfectly with Interludes, a new concept launched by Eurostar.
When we stepped on board the train, we were handed an envelope that revealed: the hotel we would be staying at, the museum exhibit we were given a pass to, and (most exciting) the chef whose home we would be dining in that evening. Breakfast was served by a collaboration between the chefs at Honey & Co in London and Mokonuts in Paris. After checking into our hotel, the day was spent exploring and getting lost by foot around the beautiful streets of 3ème and 4ème arrondissements.
The best part of our Interludes adventure was dinner at the home of chef Taku Sekine for conversations over an unforgettable feast. As the wine flowed, we got to know Taku a little on a personal level as we chatted of politics, happiness and more. Even in his third language, Taku managed to convey such deep and wise thoughts... I really wished I could speak Japanese so we could talk even more!
I made a vlog of some highlights from this trip:
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I first met Selina five years ago at her supper club, and it's been a pleasure to watch her fabulous business Taste Mauritius grow. Every time we collaborate there's a multitude of flavours, colours and laughter... truly a reflection of her passion for food. We recently did a shoot featuring several dishes from the Vanilla Islands – which consists of several nations around the Indian Ocean. Here are some of my favourite shots: