Booking a table around Christmas can be tough, so we were glad to get into Lanes, conveniently located by Liverpool Street. But perhaps the empty restaurant should have told us something.
There could be no better treat than watching a winter afternoon fade over the Thames from a table at Skylon. The multitude of issues the restaurant faced after opening have also faded, and the result is an excellent dining experience.
HITC loves Zagat's, and recently found an article in the weekly newsletter too good to pass up. Even with the favourable exchange rate, these American meals are out of control.
It was only a matter of time once the smokers had been dealt with. First came a shot across the bows from Peter Fahy, the chief constable of Cheshire, who proposed to rid our open spaces of underage drinkers by, er...raising the legal drinking age to 21.
Pizza delivery is tough. No-name chains deliver something like cardboard, Pizza Hut only delivers in some places, and Domino's was founded by a pro-life extremist. So where does relative newcomer Papa John's fit? As we've found, nicely at the top.
The red cups are back at Starbucks. So what. So what? So the Eggnog Latte is so damn good, that we're allocating 1.5kg of holiday weight gain (each) just because of them. Wonder what would happen if we added some rum...
Your lunch break is the brief portion of the day over which you have complete control (unless you have to get drunk with clients), so it is worth examining (subjectively) which High Street vendor is most worth your patronage.
We love the smoking ban, but accept that some of you may not. For those (few) of you who aren't letting that butt simply burn out, this website reviews bars and pubs from the smoker's perspective.
There are more things to eat between the nose and the tail of a pig than are dreamt of in our philosophy. HITCitizen Billy No Box (not Hamlet) ventured to Smithfield and expanded his culinary vocabulary. Pig time.
Ask any student (or ex-student) in Manchester or Leeds about Revolution and they'll most likely have fond memories. The franchise, known best for its novelty flavoured Vodkas (toffee, chocolate, rhubarb, custard, etc.) have branches in most big towns including, now, London.
A burger in Brighton is so hot that people have to sign a legal disclaimer before eating it. And a curry in Edinburgh has hospitalised two diners!!!
There is always hummus in my refrigerator, and it is never homemade.
The Drake & Morgan portfolio of bars (The Refinery, Folly, Parlour, Anthologist and, most recently, Happenstance), have made the drinking and eating scene in our favourite city better.