Bensoir! It's me, Benjamin. I like to eat and drink. And cook. And write.

You may have read stuff I've written elsewhere, but here on my own blog as Ben Viveur I'm liberated from the editorial shackles of others, so pretty much anything goes.

BV is about enjoying real food and drink in the real world. I showcase recipes that taste awesome, but which can be created by mere mortals without the need for tons of specialist equipment and a doctorate in food science. And as a critic I tend to review relaxed establishments that you might visit on a whim without having to sell your first-born, rather than hugely expensive restaurants and style bars in the middle of nowhere with a velvet rope barrier, a stringent dress code and a six-month waiting list!

There's plenty of robust opinion, commentary on the world of food and drink, and lots of swearing, so look away now if you're easily offended. Otherwise, tuck your bib in, fill your glass and turbo-charge your tastebuds. We're going for a ride... Ben Appetit!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Today is the day...

... I become an husband!

With just a few hours to go, I'm in a state of resigned, disembodied, disbelieving calm, hoping that everything works out OK.

Some of you will be there, and I wish I could invite all my readers along - in addition to the fine Indian food coming our way, there'll be champers, wine, and Hobson's Twisted Spire on gravity, and of course Wedding Cake made by my very own Grandma!

But, more important than any food or drink is the fact that I'm getting married to the girl I love. The girl I cuddle up with at night. The girl for whom I cook pancetta risotto and full English breakfasts. The girl who keeps me company while I'm quaffing myself into a frenzy at a beer festival.

No doubt, I'll be back when we return from our honeymoon Romania and Hungary with tales of Ice hotels, Paprika cultivation, and the culinary delights of Transylvania.

Until then, I hope your days are as exciting and full of love as mine will be!


  1. It all sounds perfect! Best wishes and huge hugs to both of you.

  2. I know this is everything you ever wanted, and am so pleased for you. Congratulations and love to you both, Lucy xxx

  3. I'm just impressed that you're up til 4:00am writing a blog beforehand!

    All the very best to you and Uma and I look forward to seeing the photos of the Indian food, the beer, the cake ... oh, and the Wedding of course!!!

    Debs x


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