People and their stories about food.

Espresso loaf with cinnamon dark chocolate ganache

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Soft and lightly sweet, this espresso loaf with cinnamon dark chocolate ganache is discreetly fragrant and perfect when paired with more coffee. 

Espresso loaf with cinnamon dark chocolate ganache

One of the greatest pleasures of my day- in fact, the very first of them all- is coffee. Black, mildly strong and hot, sipped slowly while I gaze out the window or read the news. The house and streets outside are quiet, usually dark and all to myself. This serenity and that delicious first cup of coffee are sheer pleasure, a gift of sorts which I still don’t dare take for granted. [READ MORE]

Strawberry love

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Delicious recipes from some of my favourite blogs; sweet, savoury & refreshing, they’re full of strawberry love and are sure to inspire you too!

strawberry love

Strawberries, these little pink-red, heart-shaped beauties, they always take my breath away. It’s not just their looks; their taunt, chubby flesh, so sweet and juicy, is a temptation I’ve never been able to resist. In fact one of the most vivid childhood memories I have stands proof of exactly that: I am oh maybe 8 or 9, in the balcony of our house; it’s late spring, early summer, a perfectly warm, sunny day, like the ones only Athens can boast about. With me is my dear grandfather, my mom’s dad, the sweetest man I’ve known. And he’s brought strawberries. And they are so damn sweet and juicy and shiny and the water they’ve been rinsed it is shinning on them. And I have one, then another and another and again, quickly, greedily, while my grandfather is slowly savouring each little bite of his strawberries. I’m left with a terrible tummy ache for the rest of the day- but also with this much memory, one of the many I deeply cherish. [READ MORE]

Dawn Garcia

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So happy to be featuring the  mighty Dawn Garcia, creator + CEO of ATOD Magazine, print Editor of Lapalme, writer, screenwriter, host, mom and entrepreneur. 
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Mike met Dawn about a year ago, while in LA for the Academy Awards; he loved her instantly and just would not shut up about her energy, social skills and overall badassness. When we went to Cali for our honeymoon, she was at the top of our list of people we wanted to spend time with. When I finally met her… honestly, forget about her accomplishments and the very many hats she wears professionally; the most amazing things about Dawn are her generosity, warmth and adorable family. We spent an evening with them in their beautiful LA home and in no time, I felt that deep admiration, kinship and connection, that exquisite bond women share with each other, which is both empowering and an extraordinary driving force.

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COCO-MAT Hotel Athens

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COCO-MAT Hotel Athens

COCO-MAT Hotel is located literally opposite my parents’ house in Kolonaki. Ever since it opened, it filled the street with vibrant colours, new faces and beautiful wooden bicycles. I’ve always been a big fan of Cocomat products (seriously, the best mattresses you’ve ever slept on) and aesthetic and since we’re neighbours, last time I was back home, I popped in for the inside scoop. [READ MORE]

Rocabella Hotel Mykonos

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One of the best hotel experiences I’ve ever had was in Rocabella Mykonos: gorgeous views, beautiful architecture, bright, clean rooms tastefully decorated and the friendliest staff I’ve ever come across. And don’t even get me started on the menu and cocktails! I’ve only been to this one, but judging from photos, its little sibling in Santorini must be equally stunning. Lucky for me, it just so happens that one of the people running this family business is my friend Roy Kalfopoulou. I met Roy years back in London and she’s one of the kindest, warmest and most generous people ever. She’s been around the hotel since day one and lately has been focusing on all press related actions, as well as everything regarding the hotel’s image and style. Not surprisingly, when I visited the hotel a couple summers ago, her hospitality was spot on, a perfect match for the hotel’s gorgeous serenity and impeccable service. The secret to their success? Read on…

Rocabella Hotel Mykonos

Rocabella Hotel Mykonos [READ MORE]

40ft Brewery

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40ft Brewery

First I met the Irish, Steve (founder of Root & Bone), then one of the Swedes, Andreas. They’re both photographers, working at the large Dalston studio where Mike often spends the better part of his day (and night). Both are funny, sweet and polite and, as I find out soon after, they’re also making their own beer. How awesome is that? Since I’d never met any beer makers before, I naturally wanted to know more. [READ MORE]

Nassia Matsa (FAQ FOOD)

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Nassia Matsa, Editor of FAQ FOOD & working full time at the advertising department of WIRED (on the side: production coordinator for the documentary platform The New British / drummer for EX-PRESIDENTS), from Athens, Greece, lives in Hackney

I met Nassia about a year ago through mutual friends. I was immediately taken in by her energy, social skills and enthusiasm about food. That first night we met ended very appropriately (and very late) with pizza at Voodoo Ray’s (one of Nassia’s favourites)- were we had our first of many conversations about ingredients and trends, food porn and London, favourite childhood food memories and new-found exciting dishes.

One of these conversations took place at her cool pad, a converted warehouse opposite The Dolphin. It started with strong, freshly brewed coffee and ended up with Nassia’s delicious ‘drunken’ risotto. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to start and end a conversation- can you? [READ MORE]

Adrienne Katz Kennedy

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Adrienne Katz Kennedy, PR & Special Events Manager at the School of Wok, from Cleveland, OH, lives in Kingston

I first met Adrienne back when I was doing an MA in Dance Anthropology; she was one of the first people I met and we instantly clicked. I thought she was cool, funny and interesting and after 8 years or so, I still do. Years later, we’ve found ourselves sharing similar interests once again: Adrienne has turned her passion for food into a career (I think she has the coolest job and I’m constantly proud of her for going after it) and I’ve turned my never-ceasing appetite and curiosity about food into a blog. Speaking of blogs, Adrienne’s Season and Sprout combines two of the things I mostly love about her: beautiful writing and delicious recipes. [READ MORE]

Agathe Cerezo from Champagne + Fromage

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Agathe Cerezo, Assistant Manager of Champagne+Fromage, from Metz, France, lives in Bethnal Green, London

As clearly indicated from last week’s posts, cheese is only one of my absolute favourite things to eat (baked camembert anyone? or a bite of an ever so fancy comté grilled cheese?). So when I discovered Champagne + Fromage in Brixton, about 6 months ago, it quickly became one of my go-to destinations both for shopping and for a relaxed night out: the cheese and charcuterie platters are a ‘best of’ of what’s in store and the small dishes they offer, such as the champagne/ pear crostini, are delicious and taste even better with a glass of champagne- or two. [READ MORE]

Manolis Zografakis

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Manolis Zografakis, entrepreneur (founder and managing director of Broke in London), from Athens, Greece, lives between Berlin and London.

I first found out about Broke in London a few years ago, through a friend and I was hooked almost instantly: I appreciated the website as an online community, a constant source of inspiration and a reminder that one can discover a London which is inspiring and interesting, without being wildly expensive. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Manolis, through mutual friends; he is very cool and loves to cook- so I could not wait to further discuss living in London on a budget, both in general and in regards to food. [READ MORE]