Well, this has been a big week. The 2016 Good Food Guide launched and has made quite a splash. This year’s edition looks beautiful with its classy cloth binding and includes lots of interesting features as well as its usual entertaining and insightful reviews. But then I would say that, wouldn’t I? I loved working on it and though I won’t spill the beans about exactly where I went and what I got up to, I can say I was thrilled to make some really exciting new discoveries, and I remain convinced that of all the restaurant guides available both in print and online, the GFG is the one that had its finger most firmly on the pulse of the UK dining scene.
A couple of weeks ago I got to write a GFG-based feature on some of south Wales’ best restaurants for Waitrose Weekend, and that’s now been published – you can see the cutting below. It was great fun pulling together some personal favourites for a bit of extra recognition. Do take a look – it might give you some ideas for a special treat or two.
While I’m on the subject of recently published articles, let me throw in a link to this piece on Amir a Nejad, the remarkable Swansea artist I mentioned in a previous post, who fled torture in Iran and survived the perilous journey to seek asylum in the UK. His tale is a reminder of the human stories behind the refugees Europe’s governments seem so keen to turn away at present. Let’s do all we can for them. Here’s a link to another article – not by me – which suggests some ways in which we can help.
In other news, yesterday I got a lift to London with the lovely Jane Simpson of Swansea’s Galerie Simpson so that I could interview Molly Parkin at her home. The interview will appear soon in Artists & Illustrators magazine, and I’m also writing a piece for the South Wales Evening Post about her upcoming Swansea exhibition.
Molly was a joy to meet, and opened the door resplendent in purple ruffles and one of her trademark home-made hats. Stepping into her flat is like stepping into one of her paintings: the floor is blue and the walls are brilliant pink and orange, and the garden is an artfully jungly, exotic oasis in which chairs, flowers and quirky curios making a couple of exquisite grottoes. At 83 she remains sharp witted and a great raconteur – I’m not sure I can print some of the saucy stories she told me!
I’ve just finished transcribing the interview and have a big day of writing ahead of me tomorrow, which is pretty well-timed because it’s also the day the kids back to school so I will have the house to myself for six hours. After a lovely summer it’s back to the old routine, and while I know the morning will be a bit of a trauma, I’m rather looking forward to it.