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

Box settings: why plates are so 2014 at London's hottest restaurants — Plates are so 2014. Eating at The Manor restaurant in December, a wooden box arrived on our table at the end of the meal. Now, in my experience, wooden boxes are where you put cutlery, food scraps or perhaps even soil and flowers. But not here.

Hamming it up: London's best restaurants for jamon — Inside sits a large, mustard-coloured Serrano jamon. But this is not jamon as you might have seen offered by one of London's experts - Enrique Tomas, Jose or Brindisa - where you can buy it (Serrano and Iberico) for between £95 and £700. This one is available from Lidl for £39.99.

A year of sleeping around: why you should try an Airbnb sabbatical — Standing in the kitchen one Monday night I'm picking bits of aubergine off the ceiling, the toaster, the oven, myself and the floor. All of this would be fine were it my kitchen, but having arrived in this flat in Highbury and Islington just 24 hours ago, I am faintly embarrassed about the mess I've made.

London's best Florentines — Best in show. Made fresh daily with velvety milk chocolate and lots of nutty clusters and fruit. Have one with a cuppa. £4 each, 28 Greek Street, W1; Melrose and Morgan Small, sticky, crunchy, lovely. The dark chocolate ones are winners.

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.
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Jan 29, 2015

@faerietalefoody Sao Paolo first, then Rio then Ilha Bella for Carnival

Jan 29, 2015

RT @kassiastclair: The Google of 2015 is focused on the present and future. It has ditched its efforts to organise and archive the past…

Jan 29, 2015

@faerietalefoody wahh. a much, much needed holiday 6-17th Feb. Send me all tips lady!

Jan 29, 2015

@DanDoherty_ nice one Dan. Awesome idea. Can't make the first one as I'm in Brazil (!) but will do after that..

Jan 29, 2015

Just heard brilliant new idea by @DanDoherty_ inviting rising young chef stars to be mentored by him. Check out #CoT

Jan 28, 2015

Plates. Who needs 'em? A small piece on food served in boxes here:…

Jan 28, 2015

@siepert yes. normally they are all - should be - anonymous

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