Bao Down and Worship Them?

A couple of weeks back, I was wondering where to take La Belle Japonaise for dinner. I had heard that Bao, a Taiwanese steamed bun stall, that used to have an outlet on Featherstone St. (before it was demolished to build the White Collar Factory), had now opened a restaurant in Soho. I had been…

Orrechiette Arturo

Some years ago, when I was having to use a cramped student kitchen in a 15th-Century cottage in Cambridge, I came up with this recipe. After moving to Brussels a couple of years later, I tweaked it somewhat, to reflect the range of ingredients available in the local Moroccan shops (the only places that stayed…

Tonic & Remedy

For the past eight or so years, my existence has been blighted by the construction of two massive tower blocks, Eagle House and 157 City Rd., located at the end of my very small, low-rise street. Whilst there is not space here to delve into the fetid world of property development and the dubious relations…

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The Haughty Culturalist is not a real person. He does not necessarily reflect the views of his human alter-ego, however he is willing to share his perspective, that of an exquisitely over-cultured (and under-employed) sybarite, with mere mortals, like you. The Haughty Culturalist is both an effete aesthete and a daytime T.V. critic. He covers…

The Towers of Afrasiab

“The spider has wove his web in the palace of the Caesars, and the owl hath sung her watch-song on the towers of Afrasiab.” Last week, I met with La Belle Japonaise to ascend the hothouse of corporate ego that is 20 Fenchurch Street. This building, better known as the Walkie-Talkie is perhaps the most…