Recently I woke up on a Saturday morning and decided that I didn’t particularly want a coffee that day. While at work it’s easy to buy – and I am a coffee buyer rather than a coffee maker – but at home going to a coffee shop is never all that important. So I decided to not bother and didn’t think much of it.

And that’s when the headache started. The mother of ALL  headaches and worse than anything I had had before. It lasted the whole day. At first I didn’t know what had caused it: I’d slept well and woken refreshed. It was also tormenting me on Sunday – and that when I realised I was going through coffee withdrawal.

And that was it. I stopped drinking caffeine.

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I love how things I have been eating all my life become zeitgeist. Not only do I get to tell everyone that I have been eating that for years (!) but I love the resulting originality and innovation in recipes with that ingredient. Yes, I have been having turmeric since birth and love it, but it never occurred to me to have a turmeric latte until I saw it in a café.

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As a vegetarian, I always find it difficult finding food that I can eat. In some countries this is easy (Sri Lanka) and in others very difficult (I’m looking at you Japan). Generally Europe has a pretty decent selection of vegetarian food but I didn’t know how Vienna would fare. Would I be stuck with risotto and pasta (boooringggg) for the whole trip? Thankfully I wasn’t and some of the places we went to has some of the loveliest vegetarian food I’ve ever eaten.

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2016 has been a big year for me mainly because this is the year I Fell In Love With Coffee. I fell in love with the taste and smell and think I have drunk enough to know a good one from a bad one. But I can’t call myself an expert and know next to nothing about beans except they all seem to be named after their country of origin. Instead I know the places where I love the coffee I am served and in this post I bring 3 of my favourite coffee shops in London.

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