When we are in California, we always try to fit in a couple of nights in Santa Cruz, a local beach town nestled in most northern end of Monterey Bay. It’s just a 30-minute drive from where we stay in San Jose, you can literally be in the middle of Silicon Valley and then sipping […]
When the weather turns cold, I turn to baking! With yesterday’s arctic conditions, I felt like making a cake. I googled “lemon drizzle cake” and this recipe from Charlotte appeared. I have to agree it is one of the best lemon ...
The Grove Hotel: It’s billed as London’s Country Retreat, and with 300 acres and only 18 miles away from the charge zone, it’s easy to see why. There are 3 swimming pools, an award-winning spa, championship golf course and an ...
The Francis Ford Coppola Winery takes the whole California wine tasting experience to a whole new level. In addition to fabulous wine for adults, think swanky swimming pools to help keep the kids occupied. Francis Coppola wanted to make sure ...
I’ve been having an affair with Pizza Express for a long time. It started before I was married, but was living with OH. Driving home on the M4 after a day working in Stockley Park for a software company, I’d realise there was nothing in the fridge for our dinner. I’d stop by our […]
Picture the scene. 7 pm on a Sunday. Light drizzle outside. As I turn the key in our front door, I calculate I have just enough time to make sure the girls wash their hair for school the next day, and let it dry. They have school lunches on Monday, so I don’t need to worry what […]
I spend a lot of time in London, often taking the first train in and spending the day in meetings and coffee shops, but I’m embarrassed to say the girls (8, 9 and 11) have only come in for occasional day trips. This half term we stayed as guests of The Rubens at the Palace, […]
The Marwell Hotel is a lovely 3-star property set amongst Hampshire woodlands. Near the historic city of Winchester, the hotel is made up of four “lodges” which are connected by glass enclosed walkways, allowing you to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings in comfort. We found ourselves there as guests of the hotel on an […]
OK, so I know succotash is supposed to have beans in it. My “special” version takes advantage of what was in my veg box! Plus, I roasted some of the veggies for extra flavour. You could easily throw in a tin of shelled beans to add protein and make it a main dish. Ingredients: 1 […]
When the weather turns cold, I turn to baking! With yesterday’s arctic conditions, I felt like making a cake. I googled “lemon drizzle cake” and this recipe from Charlotte appeared. I have to agree it is one of the best lemon drizzle recipes I’ve tried. This one is also has the advantage of being ever so […]
I love this time of the year, when there is a glut of shiny apples and juicy pears. We make lots of crumbles, crisps, cakes and muffins. Here’s another one of our favourite apple recipes: Apple Tarte Tatin. It’s not made the traditional way in one hob-to-oven dish, but it’s a really easy alternative. Easy […]
I beamed in relief. He remembered me! I’ve met Marco Pierre White at least a half dozen times, the first time at BlogHer in San Diego. Then we’ve done a couple work events with him. He’s even been to my house! Each time he is polite, charming and full of practical cooking tips. This […]
The Grove Hotel: It’s billed as London’s Country Retreat, and with 300 acres and only 18 miles away from the charge zone, it’s easy to see why. There are 3 swimming pools, an award-winning spa, championship golf course and an urban beach with a sand volleyball court. Queen Victoria used to “weekend” here and the […]
Follow my blog with Bloglovin When I was growing up, our family holidays were spent at the Russian River in Northern California. Back then it wasn’t trendy. We went there because a family friend owned a sprawling house made of logs on the riverbank, and our large family could stay economically. We’d play in the river, catch tadpoles […]
This was our second year back at the Treebones Resort in Big Sur. The resort is famous for its yurts and breathtaking panoramic views of the Big Sur coastline. It’s a quiet retreat, and only allows children aged 6 and older. Treebones is about 5 hours north of Los Angeles and 4 hours south of […]
The Francis Ford Coppola Winery takes the whole California wine tasting experience to a whole new level. In addition to fabulous wine for adults, think swanky swimming pools to help keep the kids occupied. Francis Coppola wanted to make sure that the whole family could enjoy the nice things in life. After watching children beg […]
When our youngest heard we were going panning for gold in California’s Gold Country north of Sacramento, she started planning how she would spend the fortune she would amass. After she bought herself a jacuzzi and art supply store, she told me she’d get me a new dress. There’s something about gold that makes people […]
The Exploratorium in San Francisco is not really a museum. It’s more of a sprawling thought-provoking experience. Think science meets art in pod-like stations (exhibits), where you meander from one to another to explore, create and tinker. It’s a lot like surfing the Internet – find something that interests you and follow the thread. Also […]
Want to try whitewater rafting with kids? Check out our experience on the American River with an 8, 9 and 11-year-old.
“Welcome to the Four Seasons, Mrs Scott,” the young woman at the front desk greeted us as we walked into the iconic San Francisco hotel.
We’ve been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium a few times. I usually plan the day to make the most of it. This time, I let the girls take charge. From when we ate, to what we saw and did. Here’s how it turned out!