Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Birthday Brunch

“If it's not chocolate, it's not breakfast.”
― Laini Taylor,
Daughter of Smoke & Bone

My friend and I are on a mission to find the best brunch, or maybe it's just to eat as much brunch as possible.... Either way, this week's location was Berners Tavern, a swanky, upmarket restaurant attached to the London Edition Hotel. 

We made a 12 noon reservation (they serve brunch til 4pm - winning) and hoped for air con.
 We were seated at the back of the restaurant, a perfect place to people watch; a mixture of tourists, London ladies and hotel guests while we perused the menu and tried to decide whether we could class nutella pancakes as nutritious....Sadly the answer was no, so I decided to go for Moroccan eggs.
Sunday roast is also availble from 11.30 - imagine eating beef wellington that early haha.
Our food came so quickly I almost thought it was for a different table. The service really was great actually, I suppose that's what you get for the extra bucks!

The eggs were delicious and came with a healthy portion of sourdough too, to mop up those tomatoes. My friend ordered brioche french toast with maple and berries - I had serious food envy - is breakfast dessert allowed? I wondered... thinking about those pancakes....
Then, much to my surprise our lovely waiter arrived with a mini birthday cake for the birthday girl. I'd forgotten completely that when I made the booking I had referenced our joint birthday celebration.  When we told them it was both of us, they arrived with a second cake and glasses of champagne for us to celebrate with. What a lovely touch.

It was such a lovely gesture, we were quite touched! And here I am, writing them a glowing review so it was totally worth them making us feel special as I encourage you all to go there for your next celebration. I'm sure they'll look after you just as well.


Saturday, 23 July 2016

Early rise for Ethos breakfast

“To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.”
― W. Somerset Maugham 

The only thing I'm guaranteed to get up early for is food. After 20 whole days apart my best friend and I scheduled a pre work breakfast which sounded like such a good idea until my alarm went off.
But get up I did and it was totally worth it - we even had breakfast dessert (which should totally be a thing)
The beauty of Ethos is that everything is vegetarian. They also have vegan, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free options which makes dining healthily easy-peasy. This also translates to 'guilt free pancakes'.
The decor is gorgeous, light and airy and... leafy!
 I chose scrambled eggs on toast, with avocado& sweet potato crisp.  It was yummy and a great filling start to the day.
Now my pancake addiction knows no bounds but these maple and raspberry delights even class as healthy. I promise I shared them...
Get yourself over there they're open for lunch and dinner too and the choices look delish - I'll be back


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