Iris has written 155 posts for Whatever Gets You Through The Day

On goodbyes and getting published

Here’s one of the perks of being a wallflower: no one notices when you sneak out of the party. No reference to the book or film of the same name; this is experience talking, as I’ve been the wallflower all too often, all my life. Saying that, I didn’t choose this opening to elicit sympathy, … Continue reading

Pasta with spinach, bacon, and roasted cherry tomatoes

It’s funny how our taste in food changes as we move along in life. If I asked you to consider the past ten years, and name an ingredient you used to loathe and now love, I bet it would take you no time to find at least one answer. As a former fussy child, I … Continue reading

More cinnamon buns: a review of Nordic Bakery’s Marylebone cafe

By contrast with Fabrique, and its maiden cafe hidden away in Hoxton, Nordic Bakery was always in plain sight: the only thing I ever cared to look at in Soho’s Golden Square, with curious, eager eyes, like a cat waiting to be fed. If the million paths to the world’s most wonderful foods all cross … Continue reading

Pop-up review: Iraqi brunch at JUMA Kitchen

I’d travel anywhere for a good babka. Anywhere my Oyster card can take me, for a start. Perhaps even further – I’ll take any opportunity to go back to New York City, where I tried it for the first time (at Breads Bakery, no less). Eastern Europe and the Middle East, where different versions of … Continue reading

Love cinnamon buns? Fabrique Bakery has got you covered

Up until last year, Fabrique Bakery was a single location cafe in the backstreets of Hoxton, the only one the Scandinavian chain had opened outside of Sweden. Visiting it, and trying its much hyped cinnamon buns, used to require some serious willpower, unless you lived within easy reach of that particular corner of East London. … Continue reading

Cafe review: Rawligion, Fitzrovia

Not long ago, I thought vegan desserts were half-baked surrogates for what’s truly good in life. I made egg- and dairy-free cookies before, and was pleased with the result – but let’s face it, every time I think of cookies, it’s buttery dough and white chocolate chunks that spring to mind first. There was one … Continue reading

Notes London: a review of underwhelming coffee and glorious cake

Welcome to Dissonant Notes and Mixed Opinions: a serial in four parts, starring me and three branches of London’s independent coffee chain Notes. Episode 1 I order coffee at the Covent Garden cafe, and learn a whole new routine of grimaces. At the beginning, I’m thrilled I’m being served something I recognise as a macchiato: … Continue reading

To the commenter that (probably) voted Leave

I’m not shocked about Brexit. I wasn’t shocked in June, when the referendum results landed at our doorsteps like a steaming pile of shit. Over a month later, I still don’t feel any surprise. I grew up in Italy, where a lying, delusional buffoon by the name of Berlusconi has governed for twenty-odd years. I’ve … Continue reading

Lasagne, the food of love

My mum turned sixty-five on Monday. I’ll see her in Italy this Friday, and have been looking for a birthday present for weeks, with no luck whatsoever. It happens every year, without fail. Oh, and at Christmas, too. I can speak three languages fluently. I can make sushi from scratch. I can't, for the life of … Continue reading

Cookbook review: Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour

As far as cooking goes, Sabrina Ghayour‘s Persiana is the best thing that happened to me in the past year. I’d never say that lightly; least of all this month, after my landlord refurbished our kitchen, getting rid of the drab, tattered ’80s furniture we’ve been stuck with for years. Being able to run hot … Continue reading

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