Who stole my croissant

Style secrets of the French by Casilda Grigg

Is Spa Terminus the new Borough Market?

An Italian diplomat called Andrea tipped me off about this new food market underneath the railway arches in Bermondsey, south-east London. I met Andrea at a book launch and he told … Continue reading

June 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

A slice of heaven in Hammersmith

Mon dieu, I can hardly believe it! On an uninspiring stretch of King Street in Hammersmith, west London, opposite a gloomy Methodist church, a proper French pâtisserie has just opened. It’s … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Is this the best cheese shop in London?

My friend Alice is in love with a Frenchman who runs a Portobello Road cheese stall. ‘I’m very worried,’ she says, ‘that whenever I buy cheese from him in my … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Where the beautiful people dine in Paris

Is it the fabled Tour d’Argent where langoustines are served with kumquat purée? Is it Alain Senderens’s famous restaurant on Place de la Madeleine where roast duck comes with black figs … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

A lemon yogurt ice cream for the weekend

My French grandmother used to make this ice cream with lemon yogurts from Loseley, the deluxe yogurt brand of the Seventies. I’ve still got the recipe in an old scrapbook, … Continue reading

August 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

The perfect gazpacho

In high summer, when half of Paris decamp to the seaside, the pages of Madame Figaro and other French magazines are filled with recipes for gaspacho andalou. The French are soup-mad … Continue reading

August 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

What Frenchwomen bring back on the Eurostar

Eclairs, you’re thinking? But these aren’t any old éclairs. They’re from Picard, the gourmet French frozen food chain. If they could, the French in London would transport Picard lock, stock and barrel back to London. … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why are French girls slimmer than we are? A miracle juice to help you keep up

Do they run three miles before breakfast? Do they swim 30 lengths in the piscine municipale? Do they cycle for 40 minutes at their local gym? Et bien, non! There … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is now the moment to snap up some rosé?

I have blogged about Célian Ravel d’Estienne already, the impossibly cute French wine merchant intent on luring us away from the New World. I am simply longing to be a … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

The French haunts of East London with Daisy

Over the last few weeks, several of my friends have accused me of being brainwashed by the French women of Chelsea. You are stuck on page 64 of the A-Z, … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is this man the French wine industry’s secret weapon?

Over cappuccinos in my local café I learn many things from Célian Ravel d’Estienne. The first is that the Champagne glass known as a coupe was modeled on Madame de … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

How to make Eton Mess (with a little help from Fred)

Here’s a thing. There are so many French people in London that we now have some very niche concepts coming across the Channel. One is a pastry shop called Aux … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Is this the best croissant in London?

It’s not often that a ruggedly handsome man says bonjour from a Kensington café table just as you walk past at 9 o’clock in the morning but this is my … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · 5 Comments

Let’s do lunch: Manet with Elizabeth Pink

It’s 11 o’clock on a Thursday morning and a slideshow of Paris is unravelling before my eyes: lamp-lit visions of Montmartre, beady-eyed Lotharios at the opera, bored barmaids at the … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · 1 Comment