23 April 2013

The Greedy American & The Hairy Bikers

This past Friday I made my debut on the BBC by talking about... cupcakes! 

Cate Hairy Bike3Me, making sure Annie is enjoying her cupcake correctly

Last October I was asked by the team at The Hairy Bikers if I'd like to come on the next Best of British series to talk about cupcakes. I was joined by the terribly clever Dr Annie Grey, a food historian, to basically sit in The Hummingbird Bakery, eat a bunch of cake, and argue about the differences between fairy cakes and cupcakes. 

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28 June 2011

Diner Lunch Date

I am pretty obsessed with diners. The d├ęcor, the food, the milkshakes, the music.... I know where all of the tasty ones are in London, and whenever I come back to California, I'd happily eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Mel's Diner. Although if this were to happen I'd need to find one near a hospital for the triple by-pass I'd need performed every other Tuesday.

Diner lunch dates call for rolled-up jeans and t-shirts, and bright lipstick, so I happily obliged. (Actually, bright lipstick goes with pretty much any occasion in my book, but especially for diner dates.)

Mel's Diner, how I love you so...


T-Shirt, H&M / Jeans, Levi's Curve ID


Mel's Menu


Rootbeer Muthafuckas!


The best grilled cheese in the world. Seriously.



26 June 2011

California Eating

Hello from sunny California!

When people ask me what I miss most about California, I can't deny that aside from my family, it's the food I miss the most. From cheesy Mexican food, to greasy diner food, to the concoctions my mother has seemingly made up - American food is what I was raised on, and more often than not what I crave. 

Here's what I've been shoving in my mouth so far...

In 'n Out Burger




Riverdog Spinach & Caramelized Onion Agnolotti from Grange.


Blue Moon from the Streets of London pub in Sacramento.

Up next, Mel's Diner...

15 December 2010

Coffee and Tea Me

Looking through all of the photos on my phone, it would appear as though the main thing I take a photo of is what I'm drinking, which is mainly coffee or tea. (OK, or beer.)

Here's a small collection of all of the teas and coffees I've nommed on over the past few months, starting with this chocolate dusted cappuccino from The Groning hotel:



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09 November 2010

The Reunion

Toffee Nut Latte: "Hey...it's me. I know it's been a while."

Me: "...It's been a year."

Toffe Nut Latte: "I know. And you also know that it's completely out of my control."

Me: "Yes, I know. We've been through this before..."

Toffee Nut Latte: "Anyway, I was just checking in that everything is OK with us."

Me: "Everything is...fine. It's fine. Why do you ask?"

Toffee Nut Latte: "Well, it's just...you blanked me the other day."

Me: "Blanked you? I wouldn't blank you...I mean, I did see you when I came in,  I just...went for something else."

Toffee Nut Latte: "Yes, exactly. You saw me, and then you went for something else."

Me: "I'm really sorry. I just...you know, things have changed while you've been gone.."

Toffee Nut Latte: "I heard. Soy Chai told me about it. She said you've been the same way with her the last couple of months."

Me: "Ugh...is she mad at me? It's not personal. I've just been going through some stuff, you know?"

Toffee Nut Latte: "This is about Latte, isn't it?

Me: "I can't deny it. There is just something about Latte."

Toffee Nut Latte: "You know, underneath, I'm just a Latte, too. Just...with a little extra. Remember my whip cream?"

Me: "Of course I remember your whip cream."

Toffee Nut Latte: "...and do you remember my little Toffee chunks that go on top of it? You used to LOVE those."

Me: "...I did used to love those..."

Toffee Nut Latte: "Look, I understand this thing you have going on with Latte. I get it. But, I'm only in town for about a couple months, and while I'm here, I'd really like to spend some time...you know, in you."

Me: "I would like for you to be in me, too."

Toffee Nut Latte: "Look, come see me in a half hour. I'll have Mocha distract Latte so she doesn't get her feelings hurt? She doesn't have to know."

Me: "OK. We have to be discreet about this, I can't have Latte knowing..."

Toffee Nut Latte: "It's our little secret. Latte never has to know."

Me: "Yes... what she doesn't know won't hurt her."

Toffee Nut Latte: "Exactly."

Me: "OK. You've convinced me. I'll see you this afternoon. Expect me around 1."

Toffee Nut Latte: "...I look forward to our reunion."

Me: "Me too, Toffee Nut Latte....me too."

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