W Hotel St Petersburg, Russia


The W's first and only Russian hotel is surprisingly not in flashy Moscow, but in chilled-out St. Petersburg.
September 11, 2015

W Hotel St Petersburg, Russia

The W's first and only Russian hotel is surprisingly not in flashy Moscow, but in chilled-out St. Petersburg.

O2 Lounge, Ritz-Carlton Moscow


 Every international luxury destination needs an elevated perch for its capital's elite to survey their city from. In Moscow, that happens to be the shiny new O2 Lounge - the rooftop bar of the Ritz-Carlton
September 08, 2015

O2 Lounge, Ritz-Carlton Moscow

 Every international luxury destination needs an elevated perch for its capital's elite to survey their city from. In Moscow, that...

Aristocratic Eats at Café Pushkin, Moscow


Party like it’s the 19th century - dine the Russian gentry way, as if the revolution never happened.
September 06, 2015

Aristocratic Eats at Café Pushkin, Moscow

Party like it’s the 19th century - dine the Russian gentry way, as if the revolution never happened.

Moscow, Russia: What to See in 24 Hours



Side-by-side in the new capital are two very different faces of Russia's turbulent history - namely, the shiny glamour of the nouveau-riche vs. the equally majestic remains of the first Soviet state.
September 04, 2015

Moscow, Russia: What to See in 24 Hours

Side-by-side in the new capital are two very different faces of Russia's turbulent history - namely, the shiny glamour of the no...

Feminism, forensics, and frocks: The Pinkertons

Drama: The Pinkertons

Rock on with your historically-accurate-frock on, that’s my motto. 
August 31, 2015

Feminism, forensics, and frocks: The Pinkertons

Rock on with your historically-accurate-frock on, that’s my motto. 

Arriving in Russia: Hotel National, Moscow


I arrived in Russia to a room with a view - facing Moscow's iconic Red Square and Kremlin.
August 28, 2015

Arriving in Russia: Hotel National, Moscow

I arrived in Russia to a room with a view - facing Moscow's iconic Red Square and Kremlin.

Russian Red


More than just a colour, in Russia the word for red - красный (krasni) - also means 'beautiful'.
August 26, 2015

Russian Red

More than just a colour, in Russia the word for red - красный (krasni)  - also means 'beautiful'.

The 200 Club - World's Greatest Tasting Menu


Two hundred courses in 24 hours - why not? I'm in Moscow right now so I'm in the mood for 'more is more'...
August 24, 2015

The 200 Club - World's Greatest Tasting Menu

Two hundred courses in 24 hours - why not? I'm in Moscow right now so I'm in the mood for  'more is more'... ...

Return to Ninth Ward (and the secret chocolate bacon burger)


For a minute let's stop pretending that 'social media freelancer' is the heaviest yoke to bear, and that we don't know that when bloggers say 'meeting' they really mean 'me eating'.
August 22, 2015

Return to Ninth Ward (and the secret chocolate bacon burger)

For a minute let's stop pretending that 'social media freelancer' is the heaviest yoke to bear, and that we don't kno...

Taking the Biscuit - My Thoughts on #BloggerBlackmail


'Cos the bakers gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake; and the bloggers gonna take, take, take, take, take...
August 17, 2015

Taking the Biscuit - My Thoughts on #BloggerBlackmail

'Cos the bakers gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake; and the bloggers gonna take, take, take, take, take...

Fresh to death: my shower confidential


If cleanliness is next to Godliness, then I'm the freaking Ayatollah of the temple that is my shower, preaching into the hose to my loyal audience of shampoo bottles all dutifully lined up as if rapt with attention. All hail the High Priestess of The Clean.
August 15, 2015

Fresh to death: my shower confidential

If cleanliness is next to Godliness, then I'm the freaking Ayatollah of the temple that is my shower, preaching into the hose to...

Giving a Spit


This isn't easy for me to talk about - I'm afraid there's no way to go about it without opening a can of worms for some, but I feel compelled to speak out in the hope that spreading awareness on this topic might just save someone's life.
August 04, 2015

Giving a Spit

This isn't easy for me to talk about - I'm afraid there's no way to go about it without opening a can of worms for som...