Spicy Korean BBQ burritos and desperately sourced glasses of milk at the Real Food Lovers Market…

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I’ve had a lot of Chinese food in my life. Since moving to London this time, a fair amount of Thai has passed my lips too. Indian? Of course. Mexican? Possibly my all time favourite. But I’m ashamed to say I’ve not had the pleasure of Korean until today and wow, this might not be stereotypical Korean food, but as far as it goes in selling it to me and encouraging me to try it again? Job done.

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Salted beef and chorizo worth freezing your behind off for at Partridges Fine Food Market…

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Partridges Fine Food Market runs every Saturday between the hours of 10am-4pm. So on at least one of your upcoming Saturdays between the hours of 10am-4pm, please, please, please do yourself a favour, scamper on up to Sloane Square and enjoy 50+ stalls of food that is individual, artisan and represents all the best fresh food of this and other countries.

J and I first explored this market a while ago and there are two awesome reasons to go there. Well to be fair, there are some 50+ awesome reasons to go there but the two that catch our eyes, wallets and stomachs are the salt beef bagels and the chorizo rolls.

The salt beef bagels are phenomenal. Two halves of a perfectly shiny bagel with just the right amount of chew to the dough are forced apart by a good few inches of pink, tender salt beef, draped with tangy pickles and a smearing of mustard that pulls the whole thing together one delicious mouthful at a time.

The chorizo rolls are arguably the best I have ever had. Fat little smoky Iberican Pork sausages nestled in toasted ciabatta, snug under a blanket of melted cheese and sweet roasted peppers really do make a sandwich worthy of proud dripping down your chin.

Lively, cheerful staff on all the stalls will give you a smile whatever the weather and if you find a little place nearbyΒ to perch your backside upon – stone benches outside the Saatchi Gallery are usually a safe bet – you can rest assured that you will have a superb al fresco lunch thanks to a little Chelsea foodie dream that is cornering the market in wonderful food.

Once your belly is full and the need to waddle is upon you, do yourself another favour and have a look around the Partridges shop itself because, for a food junkie, it’s an absolute paradise of exclusive cheeses,chocolates and deli goods alongside shelves of blissfully trashy American foods…pop tarts, miracle whip or Betty Crocker potatoes in a box anyone? Thankfully you’ll be too full to indulge in this calorific euphoria but it’s always fun to window shop.

Festive dining at Boulevard Brasserie, Covent Garden…

I love, love, love Christmas. Everything about it…carols and presents and mince pies and tinsel and the Nutcracker and Slade…everything. Last year the lovely C and I put into place the first annual Christmas date. Matthew Bourne at Sadlers Wells followed by dinner at the Petrichor made for such a gorgeous time we decided after several glasses of bubbles that it would become a festive tradition. Well, isn’t that the way all the best decisions of the world are made…?

Scarily, a year has passed and the time has rolled around to do it again. Decidedly less scary that means woo hoo, it’s time to pop on a frock and drink some more bubbles together and so it was we found ourselves getting cultured at the BFI with a big screen viewing of the epic and perfect ‘Gone With The Wind’ and then getting ourselves fed at Boulevard Brasserie…

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