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25th Dec 2012

Why I Love Jesus: An Agnostic’s Christmas Sermon

Without wanting to offend, I’m a firm believer that agnosticism is the only logical ‘religious’ stand point to go for. As much as any belief in God requires a huge leap of faith, at the same time, so does to jump in the opposite direction. On the one hand, it may not point to any higher truth, but on [...]... read more


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10th Oct 2012

An Ode to Aleppo

Perhaps underwhelmed is the wrong word to describe my feelings on first arriving in Damascus five years ago. But it certainly wasn’t love at first sight. Stepping out of the airport and making my way to a nondescript hotel in centre of the new city, constant traffic gave me ample opportunity to take in the [...]... read more


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28th Aug 2012

Homeland – Converted to the Dark Side?

It might shock you to hear, but for the last three days I’ve been locked in a small, dark room, devoid of the sun’s light or warmth, the only food eaten a few small bowls of cereal and only allowed the occasional drink of water, held captive by subversive forces in solitary confinement. It’s been [...]... read more


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29th Mar 2012

Lebanon Revisited

Sugar Street review has been going for more than two months now and, while there is so much culture from the region making it to the shores of our green and pleasant land, we thought it time to head back out to the Middle East. It’s been three years since my last visit to Beirut [...]... read more


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29th Feb 2012

Dear Vegetarians

I’ve always been a staunch anti-vegetarian. In fact, I would go as far as to say that, until recently, I viewed myself as the Richard Dawkins of anti-vegetarianism. As a breed, I’ve generally found them to be preachy and zealous. It was also because so many that I’ve met have been deeply hypocritical. My first [...]... read more


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20th Feb 2012

Food Revolution…What Revolution?

Everyone keeps saying that the UK is in the midst of a food revolution. That means it must be true, right? We’re in an era when you can hardly turn on the television without seeing one of Jamie’s, Hugh’s, or (disappointingly) Gordon’s face adorning the box in all their technicoloured glory (or the light reflecting [...]... read more

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1st Feb 2012

When Does an Obsession Become Dangerous?

Perhaps a slightly irrelevant post but, as you may have seen from my previous musings, I’m somewhat of a Sir Rick Stein fan. I can’t help but smile when I turn on the television and there he is. He’s wearing customary pink Ralph Lauren polo shirt, quoting from some obscure book, such as Honey from [...]... read more

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19th Jan 2012

Our One Weekiversary

For it’s a jolly good website, for it’s a jolly good website, for it’s a jolly good website site, and so say some of you! (To be sung to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow) So, Sugar Street Review has now been online for a week, and I thought this would be [...]... read more

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14th Jan 2012

A to Z of Middle Eastern Food & Drink

Here is my alphabet of Middle Eastern food and drink. Most of them are pretty obvious, even for those who aren’t that well acquainted with the cuisine of the region, but this is only a beginner’s guide. I’ve limited myself to one reference per letter, so it’s not at all extensive (otherwise this could have [...]... read more

Rick Stein's Cornish Christmas

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12th Jan 2012

Dear Rick Stein

An open letter to TV cooks (especially Rick Stein – I love you): I love The Hairy Bikers. There is something incredibly comforting about their awful jokes and their northern joviality. It’s like watching an epicurean version of The Chuckle Brothers. However, they are also very good cooks, passionate advocates of local British food and [...]... read more