Sunday, 19 June 2016

Dirty Bones - treat time!

“I moan with pleasure."Did you just have a foodgasm?" he asks, wiping ricotta from his lips.
"Where have you been all my life?" I ask the beautiful panini.”
― Stephanie Perkins,
Anna and the French Kiss

Up above the shops behnd Carnaby Street is the marvellous Kingly Court, the roof is down for Summer and people are flocking to eat alfresco. I love this little courtyard, there's food from round the world and desserts to die for.
I took a friend to Dirty Bones for a treat meal, especially seeing as my FWB card gets me £5 cocktails - what's not to love?
We started with the Key Lime Martini, not quite as delish as it looked!

 My starter was macaroni cheese balls, they might actually be my favourite thing on Earth, although they need to be severely rationed as I imagine the calories are out of this world.
Milk and cookies are my favourite, so this dessert was right up my alley, milk ice cream and a chocolate cookie - I didn't even share.

The service was brilliant, we sat in front of the big open windows, soaking up the atmosphere and had a few more drinks to finish off. The FWB card gives you 25% off food Sun- Thurs too so even the bill was a treat. A perfect date location, great for a casual catch up with friends and definitely one I'd return to.

Have you been? x


Saturday, 11 June 2016

A weekend in Sussex

“The beach is not a place to work; to read, write or to think.”
― Anne Morrow Lindbergh,
Gift from the Sea

I had a three day weekend, which is always a treat and high tailed it down to Brighton to do some eating and socialising in the damp 'Spring' weather.  I started with brunch at The New Club which was delish and then had to walk the length and bredth of Brighton to work it off!

 There were a few snack stops along the way too....

Something about the sea side makes me feel peaceful and relaxed - I should get there more often as a contrast to the manic West End of London.  I followed my Brighton trip with a day in the community garden with my Godchildren, who made me scoot around with them across the park - harder than it looks.

 This Oreo brownie was probably the highlight of my day - don't tell the kids!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Brunch addict - Cambridge Street Kitchen

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland 

My quest for the best eggs in London continues - this week I had a catch up in Pimlico at the Cambridge Street Kitchen, a kitsch diner attached to my favourite independent hotel brand The Artist Residence. The theme is quirky art, driftwood and mis matched chairs. I've stayed at the Brighton branch before, which was lovely but it's great to get a taste in London too.

Neon signs are my favourite thing, when I see one I get very over excited. I posed for quite some time in front of this one!
The menu had all my favourite things - pancakes, avocado, eggs - but sadly the kitchen did not! I ended up having my 3rd choice as apparently Pimlico had eaten them out of sausage, eggs and mushroom before I arrived.  So, I finally settled on Croque Madame, an unhealthy but delicious option.
You should definitely give it a try if you're in the area, I fully intend to try out that full breakfast sooner rather than later.


Friday, 27 May 2016

Afternoon tea at Villandry

“I am born hungry. Ravenous. I want to eat the world, and I can never be satiated.”
― Gary Shteyngart, Little Failure 

Another food post for you this week, I had a long awaited catch up with an old friend and we decided to treat ourselves to afternoon tea at Villandry. For £20 you get afternoon tea and a glass of champagne, who can argue with that?

We had great service and apart from some very loud patrons we had a lovely old time stuffing our faces, taking pics and talking nineteen to the dozen.

Fruit free scones are my favourite.  The dessert platter kind of defeated us to be honest - I was stuffed to the gills but had a good taste of everything. The brownie bite was delish but had nuts in which I don't enjoy, the meringue was messy and totally yummy.  If you fancy a bargain tea in a lovely environment then I thoroughly suggest you get booking. 
I practically rolled home and sadly got caught in a down poor!


Monday, 23 May 2016

Brunch at Riding House Cafe

“It's unsettling to meet people who don't eat apples.”
― Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories 

This Sunday was a scheduled treat day... I say that as though the rest of the week was super healthy which would be untrue. I did really well until Friday evening when I had cocktails and fish and chips followed by ice cream and biscuits on Saturday... but at least I went to the gym.
I had arranged a well over due catch up with a couple of friends and we thought it would be fun to try Riding House Cafe. It's on Great Titchfield Street (behind Oxford Circus so perfect for a mid shop stop off) and luckily we'd booked ahead as it was packed. 
We were seated at a really lovely corner table with lots of space and we set about scanning the menu.. I went for the racer smoothie - chocolate, banana and soy milk (I'm a sucker for chocolate milkshake) followed by pancakes with berries, cream and maple syrup - sounds healthy right?!

Our food came before the drinks which was weird, but as they were so busy we let them off. The decor is great and the food was really lovely. There's only 2 ladies toilets so I found myself queuing which was frustrating, but the venue was full of 'ladies who brunch' so I guess it was inevitable.
It's definitely worth a visit if you're in the area and I might check out the Sunday roast next time


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Stax Diner - Soho

“Just because I'm hungry doesn't mean I'm going to fall in love with a hamburger.”
― Ruth Harris

Last week my bestie and I had a date night in Soho. We went for chocolate cocktails at a bar near my office, which are delicious and deserve a post of their own.  After drinks we had planned to eat at Pizza Pilgrim but their queue was ridiculous so we hopped upstairs to Stax Diner for some fried chicken goodness. I've eaten there once before but only dessert, so this time we were ready to explore the savoury menu.

The irony of ordering a diet coke to go with my heart attack burger. I promise we shared the chips. I went for a buttermilk fried chicken burger with cheese, although I left half the bun and the coleslaw.

We managed to restrain ourselves from the excellent milkshake selection but decided to share a do-bro which is a deep fried brownie (shame emoji) with vanilla ice cream and butterscotch sauce- delish.  The brownie didn't last long enough to be pictured I'm afraid.
Kingly Court is such a cute little destination and I do spend a lot of time there these days. Get yourself down there and join in the fun


Saturday, 23 April 2016

Guilt free choc-crispy cakes

 “If you love peanut butter pie, you are either Dolly Parton or someone who loves her.”
― Kate Lebo,
A Commonplace Book of Pie

So with a day off work I decided to have a 'me' day. I had a nice lie in, protein zoats for breakfast, took a trip into town, spent way too much money on holiday 'essentials' and a few other extras.
When I got back I had eggs and avocado and then really fancied something sweet. So.... using Deliciously Ella's recipe as a base I came up with something guilt free, full of goodness and totally satisfying to my sweeeeeeeet tooth. 
I used 50g puffed brown rice rather than quinoa as per Ella's recipe but the end result was much the same.  I made 10 cakes and worked it out to 80kcals per portion.  I didn't use as much oil or butter as Ella so hers will be more calorific if you follow it exactly.

They're so easy to make - it literally took less than 10 mins, then stick them in the fridge/freezer until set... and enjoy! After you've licked the bowl, guilt free of course!
Don't forget to tag me on Insta if you make them