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Lunch at 35,00ft in Business Class with US Airways

I settle down for the flight from Manchester to Philadelphia with a singer from Memphis and a glass of sparking Italian wine. I’ve got Al Green on the headphones (the bishop isn’t actually travelling with me) and the Prosecco has just been poured by a welcoming stewardess from US Airways. We are still …

Pastry chef Sandra is a Birmingham star baker

Sometimes you have to take your hat off to a young chef’s drive, talent and creativity… Take a bow Sandra Sentjurin. The Birmingham-based pastry chef runs a burgeoning bakery business in her native Estonia, managing orders for handmade chocolates, cakes and desserts via the internet from her UK home. Sandra balances her business interests with the …

Dinner at The Hippodrome theatre, Birmingham

Dining at the theatre… it’s not the most inspiring prospect. The idea of a pre-show meal sounds like a great idea but then reality, poor produce and slapdash cooking usually intervenes. That special occasion night-out leaves a bad taste in the mouth; the smell of the greasepaint and the roar …

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, London

Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me… It sounds odd doesn’t it, celebrating your birthday on your own? Don’t believe it for a second. Flying solo for a knock-out lunch is one of life’s great pleasures. Nothing may rival the fun and conviviality of …

Birmingham’s best biriyani has left the building

So he’s gone. Guneet Singh Bindra, the self-effacing chef responsible for turning one of Birmingham’s very average Indian restaurant into one of the best has decamped for a new challenge. Guneet has left Asha’s in Birmingham for Manchester where he will head up the kitchen operation for an ambitious catering company. I am sorry to …