She’s an award-winning editor, mama of three (and two pugs) and has transformed UK Glamour from a print-first to digital-first magazine – welcome Glamour Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief – Deborah Joseph to Table Talk. Hailing from Manchester and now residing in North West London, Deborah has not only shaped change in the world of magazines but also worked with various lifestyle start ups including, Peanut.
However, it was Deborah’s Glamour article, published online late last year, which made us stop in our tracks when she told us it’s time to consciously start dropping balls in order to live our best 70% life – a tale we all need to hear as mum’s juggling work, life and family. Freer, calmer and with more time for family, we took a moment to discover where Deborah makes a beeline for when it comes to feeding her brood in and around London…
1. I’d like a table for…
My family – my brother and his 2 young kids and my sister and her 5 month old baby. And my parents, if they’re down visiting from Manchester.
2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
I’m rarely early for anything. By the time I’ve dropped my 3 children off at school, rushed to get to the tube in time for my 9am train, the only coffee I’m having is one at my desk. I don’t work from the office on Fridays however, in which case I do try to meet someone for coffee at my local Gail’s Bakery.
3. Best brunch with kids?
Members Club Shoreditch House is fantastic for children on a Sunday as they have a photo booth, an arts and crafts area, a TV showing a kids’ movie, and table tennis. Oh, and loads of sweets. My children beg us to go there and are so occupied, My husband Adam and I, have time to read the Sunday papers, still one of my greatest joys in life.
4. Children’s menu must-visits…
My kids also love Wagamama and they have a great kids’ menu. My son is allergic to gluten and they are always so cautious to make sure he’s catered for properly, which makes me feel comfortable. Plus my children love doing the tofu challenge.
5. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
My school mum friends and I meet for dinner in Oka in Primrose Hill. It’s a small, intimate restaurant with a great vibe and has the best Sushi ever.
6. Hidden gem for treating tiny ones?
My youngest child is 4, my oldest is 8, so I’m out of the tiny years. Though, since they were babies, we’ve regularly taken them to Kenwood House in Hampstead for a Sunday morning dog walk and coffee break. We sit outside with my two Pug dogs and in the summer, we all have great ice cream which is a favourite, naturally.
7. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
Have a rucksack packed with drawing books, felt tips and arts and crafts by your front door or in your car at all times to take out with you. It means your children will be distracted long enough for you can have some breathing space and have an adult conversation when you get there.
8. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
Definitely takeaway – preferably Sushi or from our local Iranian restaurant Lavash, in Temple Fortune., NW11. My mum’s Iranian and this is the closest thing to her home cooking I can find.
9. My earliest food memory…
Having breakfast with my dad in our family kitchen when I was about 5. His best dish was – and is – a boiled egg. When I’d finished mine, he’d turn the shell upside down to look whole again and I’d smash it with a spoon. He does this same with my kids now and it’s cute to watch.
10. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you?
It would have to be my own childhood friends who I’ve known for 35 years. We all moved to London together from Manchester in our twenties, and most of us have married Mancunians and we’re all very close. Our kids are now close also. We never stop talking and laughing – they feel more like family.
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