The Pressure on Non-Native Servers

For several years, I worked for a famous Spanish tapas chain. In a massive shopping centre, I may add – not the type of place you’d go to stare into one another’s eyes over albondigas. It was simply seat. Eat.┬áRepeat. It was really hard work to maintain morale and keep up with the never-ending queue of tetchy tired people. One of the biggest gripes I had to put up with...

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The BBC Good Food Show Spring

  The BBC Good Food Show Spring was back for the weekend, with an impressive lineup of celebrity chefs to woo the masses into the Harrogate International Centre. Michel Roux Jr., Tom Kerridge and The Hairy Bikers all delivered cookery demonstrations during the day. Bake-Off master, Paul Hollywood took the Sunday stage. I popped my head in to see how he was getting on, in his last show of the...

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WIN: Geronimo Festival Tickets

If you’re a parent and you thought you’d never get to a festival again, well, you’d be wrong. OK, some of the adult fun (dancing, snacks, risk of losing control of bodily functions when your favourite artist┬ácomes on), is usurped by the kiddies (all of the above). However, it’s still fun to put on some wellies and be sure that you are well and truly tiring your tiddlers...

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Postcard From North Bay, Scarborough

Today was cold. Insanely cold. But alas, it’s Half Term. I have a son who turns into an angry, human pinball if he stays indoors longer than three minutes. I used to think Scarborough was tacky, until I got me some in-laws who live there and they showed me the good bits. The North Bay is a picturesque and quiet beach, offering space and calm in (buckets and) spades. It’s also home to...

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