A dinner at the excellent Kibako restaurant in Fitzrovia

Last Saturday, Ellie & I were invited by the owners of Kibako, a Japanese restaurant in London’s bustling Fitzrovia neighbourhood, to check out their new 3-course ‘Personalise your sushi’ menu. The venue currently offers a huge 65% off discount, reducing the price to a mere £30. We ended up with several additional courses and snacks, including the famous 9-piece omakase-style box. WHAT IS A KIBAKO? These serving boxes are called ‘kibako’ in Japanese and usually have between 6 and 12 compartments, each containing some sushi, sashimi, carpaccio, other snacks, sides or condiments.     ‘NAMASTE’ Upon entering the premises from Great Portland Street, the super-friendly and attentive staff greeted us with warm ‘namastes’. Chef Padam Raj Rai hails from Nepal, where he used to head the kitchen of the back-then premier Japanese restaurant in Kathmandu. He has also trained in Osaka, Japan, and worked at many well-known, upmarket Japanese restaurants […]

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My experience eating French fart sausage (5A Andouillette)

I’ve always been interested in French food, and in particular in the more exotic dishes. Frog legs, snails, sweetbread (lamb’s or calf’s pancreas), calf’s head, head cheese, sheep’s testicles, lamprey, pig’s trotters, sea urchin, whelks, beef tongue, tripe, calf’s brain, that kind of stuff (not all of which I’ve eaten yet). So on my journeys of exploration I had come across French fart sausage. Some call it smelly sausage. Apparently their official name is andouillette. JUST A SMALL ANDOUILLE? ‘Andouillette?’, I hear you say, ‘but that’s just a small version of an andouille, the standard French smoked pork sausage, no?’ And until the mid-19th Century you would’ve been spot on, that’s what it was. All pics (c) BerkeleySqB, except where otherwise mentioned. 1st pic (c) Food & Wine Magazine. 2nd pic Very Gourmand. NON NON… MUCH MORE DELIGHTFUL AND/OR ABOMINABLE However, gradually it developed into something much more delightful and […]

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41 Unusual Things to do in Paris – PART III

Due to its length, I’ve split this blog post into three parts. This is part III. For part I, click here. For part II, click here.   41 UNUSUAL THINGS TO DO IN PARIS   PART I   [1] Go on a Balloon Ride [2] Do an Indoor Parkour / Freerunning Session [3] Sing some Chansons [4] Go Climbing or Bouldering at the World’s Biggest Indoor Climbing Gym [5] Do an Absinthe Tasting Session [6] Go inline skating with thousands of others on public roads with Pari Roller [7] Visit the oldest English bookstore on the Continent [8] Check out Paris’s best hot chocolate [9] Have a bite at a traditional Paris Bouillon [10] Keep your eyes open for the street art everywhere in town [11] Explore the street art at a formerly illegal artist squat [12] Into stuffed rats? (And who isn’t.) Look no further. [13] Enjoy a stroll […]

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41 Unusual Things to do in Paris – PART II

Due to its length, I’ve split this blog post into three parts. This is part II. For part I click here. For part III click here.   41 UNUSUAL THINGS TO DO IN PARIS   PART I   [1] Go on a Balloon Ride [2] Do an Indoor Parkour / Freerunning Session [3] Sing some Chansons [4] Go Climbing or Bouldering at the World’s Biggest Indoor Climbing Gym [5] Do an Absinthe Tasting Session [6] Go inline skating with thousands of others on public roads with Pari Roller [7] Visit the oldest English bookstore on the Continent [8] Check out Paris’s best hot chocolate [9] Have a bite at a traditional Paris Bouillon [10] Keep your eyes open for the street art everywhere in town [11] Explore the street art at a formerly illegal artist squat [12] Into stuffed rats? (And who isn’t.) Look no further. [13] Enjoy a stroll […]

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41 Unusual Things to do in Paris – PART I

Paris is quite possibly Ellie’s and my favourite big city in the world. It will never be as mad and exciting as Tokyo, never as exotic as Cairo or Kathmandu, never as relaxing as Sydney. Paris will never have a skyline like New York City or Hong Kong, never feel home like London does to us, or make us think that we time-travelled back two thousand years, like Rome. Paris is just so different from all other big cities we know. (Vienna might come closest.) We love all the wide boulevards and the elegant buildings lining them. Culturally, Paris has so much to offer, and of course the food is among the best in the world. WHY I WROTE THIS BLOG POST We usually visit at least once per year. I used to visit for work every now and then. In short, we’ve done most of the major tourist sights […]

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