When I was in England a few months ago, I ate at some lovely restaurants. I love sharing wonderful places to eat. Some of them are in London, but others are in two other cities. To me, they’re worth a day’s travel. Here are some of the recommended restaurants around England we found:


McGuire’s Vintage Tea Room 

Stonehenge Walk Amesbury SP4 7DL

Phone: +44 7872 343527






LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! It hadn’t been open long. They had by china pattern! I’ve attached a picture of my crazy self with the coffee pot. Reasonably priced for the amount of food, coffee, and tea you get.

Reeve the Baker (a chain, but still great!)

9-11 Salisbury Street Amesbury SP4 7AW

Phone: 01980 622 135


Many a 2nd breakfast and lunch pasty were purchased here. I corrupted everyone when it came to the chicken curry pasty. Also learned the true sizes of sausage rolls. My MIL makes cocktail/bite-size ones. I was annoyed and it amused the staff. Also, got the Americans addicted to Clotted Cream.

Tandoori Nights (“our” local Indian place)

26 High Street Amesbury SP4 7DL

Phone: 01980 626260

2nd Phone: 01980 626126



Philip and I educated the rest of the American tourists on Indian food. I should have filmed it!


Sally Lunns

4 North Parade Passage Bath BA1 1NX

Phone: (01225) 461 634



Get there early! It fills up fast that and there’s usually a line of people waiting. The Bailey’s Hot Chocolate comes highly recommended by my husband.

*Literally a few doors down from Sally Lunns*

Tagine Zhor Restaurant

1a North Parade Bath BA1 1LF

Phone: 01225 466 437

Reservations: 01225 839 822


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You pretty much stepped out of Bath and into Morocco. I wish I had taken pictures of our food!

Recommended dishes: Moroccan mezze for 2 to share, Kofta Tagine, and the Traditional Moroccan Vegetable Cous Cous. I was defeated by my cous cous dish. I wanted to take it back to Amesbury with me. I didn’t want to leave it behind!


Il Castelletto

17 Bury Place London WC1A 2JB

Phone: 020 7405 2232



I whole-heartedly recommend the gnoochi. So light and fluffy, instead of dense balls of dough. I love this little restaurant!

The Little French Restaurant

18 Hogarth Place Earls Court London, SW5 0QY

Phone: 020 7370 0366

2nd Phone: 020 7244 6082


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Recommended dishes: Vichyssoise, Mushrooms ‘Stiltonnaise,’ Lamb Wellington, and Chocolate Mousse. Philip and I were having a laugh over the FRENCH restaurant’s choice of serving anything Wellington-style!!!

I loved all these restaurants and plan on revisiting them next trip.

(C) Cori Large 30 November 2016


Nutritional Anthropology

What is Nutritional Anthropology?

Nutritional anthropology is “fundamentally concerned with understanding the interrelationships of biological and social forces in shaping human food use and the nutritional status of individuals and populations” ~Pelto, Goodman, and Dufour (2012:1-2)

Nutritional Anthropologists study a people and their culture, and how food is not only nutritionally significant, but culturally significant as well. They also study how diet and nutrition affects the body and its development. Nutritional anthropologists at the university I attended have an on-going data collection program in Costa Rica, where they are working with the local government to see how Western diet influences have affected nutrition and body development.

I became interested in this career field while watching Alton Brown’s TV show “Good Eats.” At the time, I was ignorant of what this profession truly entailed. The portrayal on the show was more food historian, in my opinion, than anthropologist.

This past semester (Spring 2016) I had the opportunity to take a class in Nutritional Anthropology at a local University. I learned a lot in this class and it gave me some new perspectives to think on, i.e. food insecurity by way of our Food Diary assignment where we couldn’t spend more than $45.00 that week on food. I also learned that this was not a career path I was truly interested in, just fascinated by. Being a food historian and knows the background of what we eat is what speaks to me.

This was a fascinating subject and I’m glad I took this class. I have a Master’s degree in Library Science, and have no plans to go for another Master’s or Ph.D. I took this class purely for the fun of it (much to the chagrin of some of my classmates who HAD to take this class for their degrees).

I would like to encourage everyone to take advantage of classes that interest you, regardless of the degree/career potential. I have added the assigned reading list below and an Amazon link with other helpful books. It helps you grow as a person.

© Cori Large 11 May 2016

Nutritional Anthropology Books

Assigned Readings List:

Anderson, E. N. (1997).  Traditional Medical Values of Food.  In Food and Culture: A Reader.  Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik, (eds).  Pp. 80-91.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Barthes, Roland. (1961). Towards a Psychosociology of Contemporary Food Consumption. In Food andCulture: A Reader.  Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik, (eds).  Pp. 23-30.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Clark, Dylan. (2004). The Raw and the Rotten: Punk Cuisine. In Food and Culture: A Reader.  Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik, (eds).  Pp. 232-242.  New York, NY: Routledge.
De Garine, Igor. (2003). Anthropology of Food and Pluridisciplinarity in “Researching Food Habits:Methods and Problems,” MacBeth Helen and MacClancey Jeremy (eds.). Pp.15-28. New York, NY: Berghahn Books.

Himmelgreen, David A. and Crooks, Deborah L. (2005).  Nutritional Anthropology and Its Application to Nutritional Issues and Problems. In “Applied Anthropology: Domains of Application,” Kedia Satish and van Willigan John (eds.).  Pp.  149-188. Westport, CT, Praeger.

Himmelgreen DA, N. Romero Daza, E. Amador, and C. Pace. (2012) in press. Tourism, Economic Insecurity, and Nutritional Health in Rural Costa Rica: Using Syndemic Theory to Understand the Impact of the Globalizing Economy at the Local Level. Annals of Anthropological Practice

Hubert, Annie. (2003) Qualitative Research in the Anthropology of Food: A Comprehensive
Qualitative/Quantitative Approach in “Researching Food Habits: Methods and Problems,”
MacBeth Helen and MacClancey Jeremy (eds.). Pp. 41-54.  New York, NY:  Berghahn Books.

Krebs, John R.  (2009). The Gourmet Ape: Evolution and Human Food Preferences.  In The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 90(3), 7075-7115.

Mintz, Sydney W. (1979). Time, Sugar, and Sweetness. In Food and Culture: A Reader.  Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik, (eds).  Pp. 91-106.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Mintz, Sydney W. & Christine M. Du Bois. (2002). The Anthropology of Food and Eating. Annual Review Anthropology 31:99-119.

Swenson, Rebecca. (2009). Domestic Divo? Televised Treatments of Masculinity, Femininity, and Food.In Food and Culture: A Reader.  Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik, (eds).  Pp. 138-153. New York, NY: Routledge.

Turner, Bethany L., Maes, Kenneth, Sweeney, Jennifer, and Armelagos, George J. (2008).  Human evolution, diet and nutrition: Where the body meets the buffet. In Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives. Trevathan, et. al *eds).  Pp.55-71. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Weisberg-Shapiro, P. & C. M. Devine. (2015). “Because we missed the way that we eat at the middle ofthe day:” Dietary acculturation and food routines among Dominican Women. Appetite 95:293-302.



At one point in time, I contemplated getting a degree in Creative Writing. I’ve had the dream of being a writer since I was four years old, and now that I’m “grown up” I figured I’d look back and see what I would have had to put myself through for this degree.

It is assumed if you get a degree in creative writing that you will spend your days penning the Great American Novel or teaching (2). You are not necessarily boxed in with these two careers, there are other career options out there: advertising, technical writing, ghost writing, family history writer (3, 4). [Link number 5 has a list of 20 careers a Creative Writing major could pursue.] The beauty of this degree program is that you are not limited to any industry in particular.

So what does it take to be a Creative Writer?

Being self-driven and have the initiative to pursue projects on your own is a great start. It isn’t very often paid writing opportunities fall in your lap, especially if you are a freelance writer. Also, being prepared to do a lot of freelance work and sponsored posts you may not completely agree with in order to earn money, get experience, and build your resume. Having a blog, maintaining a posting schedule, and providing relevant content has worked in the favor of some.

Two websites give some realistic advice on what may be like pursuing a Creative Writing Career. “The writer has to stumble through a number of odd-jobs to figure out how much they…need [in terms of] stability vs. flexibility” (2). Stability vs. flexibility could vary from work load to income to paid work vs. personal projects. Link number4 is an answer thread where one of the commenters made a good point about what life may be like for Creative Writers. You have three options: support self via writing; writing is your side hustle while working a bill-paying job; or move where artists are government subsidized. Supporting yourself with your writing is a long and difficult path. Unfortunately, it’s not one most have the luxury of sitting around writing all day. Most creative writers live by option 2: they have an outside job that pays the bills, and writing become either a hobby or side hustle. The third option is one that I feel is radical and may not pay off in the long run. Not many countries subsidize artists. The link has more information on this though. So if this is a change you’re willing to make, please do your research before making a hasty decision.

2014 wage estimate: $28.30 per hour / $58,850 annual income

I did a quick informal interview with someone who pursued a creative writing degree. Here is what she had to say:

Michelle J. Interview:

  1. Why did you choose Creative Writing as a major?

I love writing and plan to eventually be a published author so I thought this would be a helpful and enjoyable BA.

  1. What was your intention with this degree?

To get a BA so I could get my Masters.

  1. Did you research career options and earning potential?

Eventually, but since it was a means to an end, not originally.

  1. Were either in the previous question a factor in your decision?

Yes, it was a BA I would enjoy while checking the bachelors box on the path to masters.

  1. Have you achieved, on any level, what you intended to achieve with this degree?


  1. Is there anything you’d like to say to someone considering getting a creative writing degree?

Do it because you love it, not for money, and maybe double major in something more marketable.

  1. Would you go back and pursue something else, knowing what you know now?

No, but I might focus more.

© Cori Large February 9, 2016


Blog Links

I started compiling links of blog posts that I wanted to save in case I wanted to reference them again. I thought I’d share them with you. Hopefully, you’ll find something interesting to read.

I wasn’t planning on sorting into categories, but I have done and they will vary by month.



Interesting Blog Posts-October 2015

I started compiling links of blog posts that I wanted to save in case I wanted to reference them again. I thought I’d share them with you. Hopefully, you’ll find something interesting to read.

FYI, this post just happen to be all planner related. I will sort into categories as I collect links.

Filofax—Union Jack edition

I sent this to my MIL because she and my FIL used Filos when they worked in Britain. She hinted at trying to find one for me…potential Christmas present?


Using a Planner with a Notebook

This post essentially gave me permission to do what I’ve been doing: Day-Timer Portable Malibu in Rose Gold + Mini Flex refillable notebook.


I bought a planner…now what do I do?

I follow this blog, and I love this post mainly for the title. There are a lot of new planner users who have the exact same thought after they purchase their first planners.


How to Balance Your Time Budget

This post reminded me of when I was in school with a 2 hour commute, and working a part time job. I would differentiate work, school, and travel all with different color highlighters.


How to Use a Planner: a guide for new users

This is a wonderful post for beginner planner users.


5 Easy Steps to Transform a Blank Page into a Planner Page

OMG! I love this post! It’s one of my favorite blog posts. To me, blank paper is the perfect planner insert. So much freedom!


Blogs I Follow & Why

I compiled a list of the 5 main blogs I follow and their respective YouTube channels. I get a lot of good information and inspiration from these bloggers/YouTubers. I hope you enjoy them as well.

  1. http://Twinmommycreations.blogspot.com

Ann Mikeal is a friend of mine, who has a growing business in spinning raw fiber into various yarn weights, dyeing raw fiber, tatting, dyeing yarn blanks, creating knitting and crocheting notions (stitch markers, polymer clay buttons), and reselling of specialty fibers (Angelina and Camel to name a few).

Her work is beautiful, and she does custom orders. Ann is an absolute doll to work with, and one of the sweetest people you will ever meet.

Check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Twin-Mommy-Creations-324030317639844/timeline/

Check out her ETSY shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwinMommyCreations

  1. giftieetcetera.com

I stumbled across this blog from one of the planner Facebook groups. Giftie has some great tips that I have incorporated into my own planner. Two of which are: running shopping lists in my planner and punching both sides of the notepaper for easier use.

Here’s a link to her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/345373425612939/

  1. http://philofaxy.blogspot.com

This website/blog is all about Filofax. Posts consist of interviews with Filofax users, new product releases, free-for-all question asking posts, and weekly roundups.

I really enjoy the weekly roundup posts from this blog. It shares links to many other planner blog posts.

Here’s the Facebook link for you to check out: https://www.facebook.com/Philofaxy?fref=ts

  1. strangecharmed.com

Alexis, aka Miss Trenchcoat, is a genius! She is such an inspiration. She quit her job and started her own business, working from home. (A dream of mine as well!)

Her blog posts are very informative, and her YouTube videos are also informative and enjoyable to watch.

Here’s a link to her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MissTrenchcoat

  1. http://www.carieharling.com/

Dispatches From the Frat House is a recent blog and YouTube find. Carie is very personable and her YouTube videos are fun to watch.

I’m currently working through all of them, and it makes me feel better to know that there’s another planner addict who switches around what planner make and model they use—sometimes on a month to month basis.

Here’s a link to her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/carielynn74

© Cori Large October 4, 2015

Spotlight: Nigella Lawson

Who: Nigella Lawson

Career/Occupation: chef, tv personality, judge on The Taste, food writer

Authored Books:

How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food by Nigella Lawson

How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking by Nigella Lawson

Nigella Bites by Nigella Lawson

Nigella Summer (formerly Forever Summer) by Nigella Lawson

Feast by Nigella Lawson

Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson

Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson

Kitchen by Nigella Lawson

Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson

Simply Nigella: Food to Nourish Body and Soul by Nigella Lawson (to be published Autumn 2015)

Nigella books

(Nigella’s books that I personally own.)


Nigella Bites

Nigella Bites Christmas Special

Forever Summer


Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen

Nigella Express

Nigella Kitchen


The Taste-USA
The Taste-UK




What do I like about this person?    

I like Nigella’s attitude of cooking for fun and comfort rather than perfection. She has no qualms about tasting and eating the food she cooking. She loves cooking, entertaining, and it comes through in her books and shows.


I watched an interview with her at one point, and she listed her top 5 ingredients: alcohol, unwaxed organic lemons, good kosher salt, garlic-infused oil, and olive oil-but not extra virgin olive oil.

Nigella Lawson, a biography by Gilly Smith

Spotlight: Alton Brown

I decided to do a new style of post. I’m calling it the Spotlight. I’ll be using to do share information about small businesses I’ve discovered and love, celebrities I respect, careers I’m interested in, and other subjects when they interest me.

Today’s post is the first spotlight, and it will be on Celebrity Food Network star and author, Alton Brown.

Who: Alton Brown


TV personality, celebrity chef, author…among other talents

Authored Books:

I’m Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking by Alton Brown

Alton Brown’s Gear for Your Kitchen by Alton Brown

I’m Just Here for the Food: Kitchen User’s Manual by Alton Brown

I’m Just Here for the Food: Cook’s Notes by Alton Brown

I’m Just Here for More Food: Food x Mixing + Heat = Baking by Alton Brown

Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run by Alton Brown

Good Eats: The Early Years by Alton Brown

Good Eats: The Middle Years by Alton Brown

Good Eats: The Later Years by Alton Brown

Alton books

(These are the three that I own.)


Bazilian, E. (2012). Alton Brown. Adweek, 53(28), 50.

Brown, A. (2014, January 21). He’s Traveling in First Class, but He’ll Still Look at Your Recipe. New York Times, p. B4(L). Retrieved from http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/ovic/NewsDetailsPage/NewsDetailsWindow?failOverType=&query=&prodId=&windowstate=normal&contentModules=&display-query=&mode=view&displayGroupName=News&dviSelectedPage=&limiter=&currPage=&disableHighlighting=&displayGroups=&sortBy=&zid=&search_within_results=&p=OVIC&action=e&catId=&activityType=&scanId=&documentId=GALE%7CA356091821&source=Bookmark&u=lincclin_pcc&jsid=8869edf5341e1dbb81488b326343bee6

Brown, A. (2014). Liven Up Leftovers. Men’s Health, 29(3), 96.

Colarusso, L. M. (2012). An Ode to ‘Good Eats’. Newsweek, 159(7), 59.

Friedlander, W. (2013). Nets’ Social Studies. Variety320(11), 26.

Holmes, E. (2013, December 11). With the Gift of 150 Bow Ties, TV Foodie Becomes Enthusiast. Wall Street Journal – Eastern Edition. p. D3.

Mowry, L. (2014). Hometown Hideaway. Atlanta53(11), 58.


Personal Website www.altonbrown.com

Food Network Chefs Page http://www.foodnetwork.com/chefs/alton-brown.html

Wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alton_Brown#Bibliography


Good Eats (1998-2012) (shown on Food Network Netflix)

Iron Chef America

Feasting on Asphalt (2007)

Feasting on Asphalt-Waves (2008) (episodes available on FoodNetwork.com)

Cutthroat Kitchen (2013) (shown on Food Network and Netflix)

The Alton Browncast (podcast) http://altonbrown.com/altonblog/the-alton-browncast-podcast/

AB/TV https://www.youtube.com/altonbrown

What I like about this person:

Alton never claims to be a professional chef. I like that he breaks cooking down scientifically (I spent a lot of after school time in my mom’s science lab) and never makes you feel like you wouldn’t be able to do what he’s doing in your own kitchen. His shows are quirky, fun to watch, and I always learn something from them.