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Food editor,London Evening Standard/ Gigs. Street food. Co-created #townie (my tweets)

London's best Christmas cakes — Sweet, very moist, unpretentious design, and the icing has a good chew to it. Handmade in Hackney. Find it: £40 for 1.5kg cake or £18 for four in a box, The Dessert Deli "Now that's the taste of Christmas," proclaimed one colleague of Laura Amos's port and orange cake.

Spiritland at Merchants Tavern - bar review — What we say: an exemplary winter hideout, this has an enormous open bar, plenty of seating (either on leather banquettes in the sitting room area, at the bar or one of the three high tables), low, flickering lights and walls lined with stacks of vinyl plus two enormous vintage speakers from which electro-swing, old hip hop and jazz tinkle gently out.

London's best cheese shops — Expensive, and so French that it's almost like you're in a part of Paris. Huge selection, with French staff happy to recommend anything as required. Find it: Old Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields Traders Market, 107b Commercial Street, E1; PAXTON & WHITFIELD A classic, with quiet staff with a wealth of cheese knowledge which materialises the more questions you ask.

Ippudo - restaurant review — Following an Evening Standard-Google panel debate about the possibility of achieving "a tech-life balance" we bounce into a lively-looking new ramen restaurant approximately 15 metres from the tech giant in the sparkling St Giles Piazza development and I am asked for my number. Then a message arrives as we're at the bar, saying: "Welcome to Ippudo London!

London's best mince pies — Controversially, these are lidless but ooze with citrusy, rummy spiced fruits and are jacketed in thick wintry short- crust pastry. £1.45 each. Find it: Branches of Bea's across London; Harrods Oh my, this puff-pastry version is good. Light and crispy with plump chunks of caramelised fruit. Warning: will cause excessively sticky fingers.

London's best roasts with the most — Wood-roasted and served with Sardinian paper-thin Carasau bread and dried cherry tomatoes. Requires deep pockets. £330/whole or £51.50 per portion. 50A Berkeley Street, W1, Goose, Merchants Tavern Three-course organic goose feast. Goose is roasted for three-and-a-half hours and can be carved in front of guests.

Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen nightmare: the curious case of the missing diners — How do you lose a hundred customers in one night? A week ago on Saturday, the staff at Gordon Ramsay's shiny new venture Heddon Street Kitchen in Mayfair were expecting 140 customers, who had booked ahead for the big opening of the all-day dining room, with its own wine-tasting counter, ice cream bar and pizza oven.

London's best Christmas sandwiches — A clodhopper, this hefty three-meat stack has just enough of everything - served on seeded bread with pieces of sliced turkey, smoked ham, pork-and- sage stuffing and cranberry sauce. £3.65, EAT branches across London; Pret Christmas lunch Almost bulges out of its packet - malted bread, thickish slices of turkey breast, a rich stuffing made with bacon, minced pork and apricots, some sneaky crispy onions and cranberry-and-port sauce to finish.

London's best sandwiches — Particularly good for cheering up a rainy evening or soaking up a boozy night. Hunky E5 Bakehouse sourdough, garlic, red, white and spring onions, with great slabs of melted cheese. Find it: £6.50, 193 Hackney Road, E2; Sub-terranean, Sub-Cult Satisfying vegetarian option: a fat white sub, truffly mushrooms, shavings of Parmesan and chunks of roasted garlic, a squelch of Stilton, thyme and rocket.

Hubba hubba: Burgershack and other new burger pop-ups in London — If you're a true burger fan you'll know all about the brilliant Burgerac app. Now the man behind London's best guide has started his own project based on years of eating them. Burgershack has just launched at the Royal Oak pub in Marylebone, bringing a new special each Saturday.
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Dec 18, 2014

@bao_london i will come back to your lovely hut, don't you worry :) Once this summer and once there is not enough... #BringOntheBao

Dec 18, 2014

@thebluewalrus i favourited that and then undid it.... is it bad? I don't think I want to know actually

Dec 18, 2014

So the exciting news is that the brilliant @bao_london team opens a restaurant in March 2015, backed by the Sethis…

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