Jessie Ware is one of the most underrated British female artist of our time. Wildest Moments, Tough Love and Say You Love Me are her career highlights to date. Her new song 'Adore You' is on repeat on my Spotify - the first release since her last album in 2017. Let's all hope that this newbie is a clue that a new album is just around the corner.
Have you heard Jessie's hugely entertaining podcast 'Table Manners'? Alongside her gorgeous Mother, the pair invite a celebrity guest for lunch at Jessie's home where the trio chat as if nobody was listening. Favourite episodes so far are Stacey Dooley and Nigella Lawson.
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SITTING ON THE DOCK OF... EAST LONDON
My London discovery this month was the delightful Tobacco Dock. How I have not discovered this tranquil pocket of London until now, I do not know. My destination was the colourful Dokke for brunch.
Set in polly pocket sized dining room, Dokke looks out onto the water. Sitting there, you feel a million miles away from traffic and tourist-laden Tower Bridge.
If you're a straight down the line avocado toast or eggs Royale brunchie, keep on walking. Dokke's menu is somewhat experimental. Take 'BOR BOR' - Cambodiam rice porridge, sweet soy, chicken wings, 'Aebleskiver' - pancake balls, mocha-iced granita, banana and nutella or the 'Waffle' - charcoal, chicken, kimchi egg (!), watermelon, jalapeno - to name a few.
Always one to try something new, I went bold with the 'Volcano Egg' - charcoal egg souffle, sriracha, crispy kale, edamame and urfa chilli bread. We tried five of their whacky dishes and they were all delicious and memorable - in a good way. Dokke was a risk worth taking.
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BE BRAVE, ADOPT A RIESLING!
Riesling is so unpredictable - will it be absurdly dry or, tooth-rottingly sweet? Will it smell of petrol? Will it be so acidic that you're munching on Rennies for the rest of the night?
Due to the above, I usually avoid. However I know how good it can be so, I went on the hunt to find a balanced and well-textured bottle.
I found 'Stepp Riesling 'S'' in my beloved Marks & Spencer and it.is.sublime! German made, it's grown in soil with a high limestone content which also has lots of tiny fossil shells, resulting in high calcium content. It has a lovely dry, fine palate with amazing texture.
For £15 you can enjoy this in the comfort of your own home - what bliss.
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JUMP ON BOARD THIS TREND
I love a jumpsuit. Never have to worry about jeans falling down or which top to pair with your trousers. When you've got an adult onesie, these problems evaporate!
I haven't bought it yet, but I have fallen for this khaki green Anthropologie number. There's a danger of me looking like I work down a mine in it but, it's a risk I am willing to take. Comfort is key.
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MY LITTLE BLACK BOOK
This year, for the 20th consecutive year, I made a resolution to read more books. And, so far, it is an activity I have continuously failed to participate in. It's March and I have finally managed to pick up a book and so far, great success! Perhaps this is the book that will get me on the path to being a book worm.
Just the foreword of the late and great AA Gill's 'AA Gill is away' had me gripped. His stories are shockingly visual and they remind you how lucky we are to live in such a civilised country.
"My editor asked me what I wanted from journalism and I said the first thing that came into my head--I'd like to interview places. To treat a place as if it were a person, to go and listen to it, ask it questions, observe it the way you would interview a politician or a pop star," Gill writes.
Upon his return, readers are treated to an account of his vacations to places like famine-stricken Sudan, the pornography studios of California's San Fernando Valley, the dying Aral Sea or the seedy parts of Kaliningrad.
The result is one of the most fascinating, stylish and irreverent collections of travel writing.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed my February musings.
More next month,
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