January Foodie Highlights

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I didn't do the whole clean eating, getting fit, dry January. I just carried on as normal and continued to eat and drink my way through London. January is depressing enough as it is, why deprive yourself of life's finest things?

These were my best foodie bits:

New Year's Day roast.
It's safe to say I started 2017 with the worst hangover of my life and had to endure the longest journey back to London from Swansea. Jano saved the day with this carby portion of deliciousness. Nothing can beat your mum's roast dinner.

Discovering The Grind's newest establishment.
The Clerkenwell Grind is well and truly an Instagrammers dream.

When you're feeling homesick, there is no cure quite like a bottle of Blodwen's Beer. Iechyd da.

The Saintly Six.
Dirty Martini making January better with their heavenly (and healthy) cocktails. Read about my visit here.

Brown & Green Cafe in Crystal Palace win at brunch and bubbles.

Welcome to the good life.
The Good Life Eatery near Sloane Square is the place to go if you're on a health kick - An avocado lovers dream.

Franco Manca.
When pizza is involved, it will always be Franco Manca. The spicy sausage is a winner.

Petersham Nurseries.
This is quite possibly the best place on earth. Read about my visit here.

Cake, cake, cake.
Blackbird Bakery do a flourless chocolate cake that will change your life. It's rich and dense and bloody lovely.

Discovering dairy free yogurt.
Vegans, rejoice! I've found an almond milk yogurt that is delicious. I am usually sceptical of products that claim to be dairy free but Nush yogurts are really scrummy.

Sunday roast game strong.
After a stressful stroll through Columbia Flower Market and getting leaf to the face about 100 times, a roast with a hefty portion of pig was what I needed. The Dragon, you da best.

January wasn't so bad after all.

Petersham Nurseries

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As much as I love London it's so nice to hop on a train and escape to somewhere with clean air.

This weekend I ventured to Richmond in search of deers and coffee, and made a pretty special discovery when I was there - Petersham Nurseries.

If you're fond of a cactus and wholesome, hearty food, there is nowhere better to go.

Nestled away amongst the trees with a green house vibe is the sweetest café ever. The sun was beaming in as we tucked into chicken pie and a sweet potato and chickpea stew. They have a seasonal menu that is produced with whatever is growing in the garden - this means ever-changing, fresh and delicious dishes all year around.

and of course there has to be dessert...no amount of savoury is complete without coffee and homemade cake.

When you're full up, it's then time to explore the nursery and shop and fall a little in love with everything.
This might just be my new favourite place.

The Saintly Six at Dirty Martini

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Some call it Dry January, I call it Dry Ginuary.

Apparently some people go a whole month without drinking alcohol...imagine.

For many I think it's the over indulging at Christmas and the New Years Resolutions - Try a vegan diet, get fitter, choose organic...Well Dirty Martini's newest cocktails will make you feel guilty no more.

They have created six low calorie elixirs to banish those Jan blues and I couldn't resist! As we're getting fitter, I will walk you through them.

We started with The Good Goer which was the gin one with fresh juice, egg white, organic agave nectar and a homemade tarragon syrup - this was my fave and went down waaaay too quickly.
Then on to the Ginger Elixir which was El Dia Blada Pisco with fresh lemon juice and organic bee pollen, it was deliciously sweet and how you wish all medicine could taste.

Then the lowest calorie of the bunch, The Rising Sun, which was Koko Kanu Coconut Rum, coconut water with a sprinkle of powered berry on top - just like a holiday in a glass.
The last one we tried was the La Lustre, Briottet Thé Vert Hibiscus liqueur with prosecco. If Parma Violets are your pick of the sweetie bag, you will love this one. It's also Vegan!


If you want to try The Saintly Six, they are only available in January, so be quick!
The best bit - they definitely contribute to your 5 a day...

When drinking cocktails is practically good for you, why the devil not?


December Foodie Highlights

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Anyone else struggling to do their jeans up?

I well and truly over indulged in December which has resulted in a tight pair of jeans and I haven't even attempted the pencil skirt yet...These were my best foodie bits:

because what is the festive season without Bratwurst and beer? 

Winter Wonderland

Gail's Bakery
After a morning of shopping, there is no better way to recover than with lunch, coffee and cake at Gail's in Chelsea.

Seriously Italian 
Tuesday is Farmers Market day in South Ken and these guys do the best pasta in the world. 

As if one visit wasn't enough... I went to Polpetto in Soho one week and returned to Polpo in Sloane Square the week after. Seriously delicious sharing plates and both restaurants are really cute and cwtchy.

Busaba Eathai
I met one of my Cardiff besties for dinner in Covent Garden. I'm dying to go back to Thailand but this is the closest it will be getting for now. We both went for the Chicken Pad Thai and it was bloody lovely.

Scoff & Banter
Delicious, hearty food that includes a cheese and broccoli pie. I will say no more. 

I go months without having a roast dinner and then have 3 in a week. That's what Christmas is about, right?
The Great Exhibition, East Dulwich

Scoff & Banter, Kensington

Flat Iron

I finally got to try Flat Iron! I had to wait 2 hours, but when it's a tenner for a steak and free popcorn and ice-cream, it's totally worth it. 

Christmas Dinnaaaaa
This was the first year that my mum didn't cook and I was a little skeptical. We went to the New Inn in Clydach and it was so delicious. I ate too much and had to nap, but I feel like it' not Christmas day unless you have a food coma.

Wright's Food Emporium 
I've been wanting to go to this place forever but have never got around to it. It's in Llanarthne and it's wonderful. I had the Welsh Rarebit toastie with leeks and sausage, as you do when you're back in Wales.

So like everyone else I am rolling into January in search of salad's and detox water... HELP?!

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