Spring Foodie Highlights

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Tis' the season of convincing ourselves it's warm enough to sit outside. 

These are my best foodie bits from Spring: 

The Black Penny, Sloane Square 
Because all brunch should be had with a side of prosecco (and a fleece blanket.) This little haunt is situated right in the heart of Duke of York Square. It's the perfect place to sit in sunnies and spy on the perfectly groomed dogs and owners who walk past, the veggie breakfast is bloody brilliant too. 

Bread Street Kitchen, St Paul's
Just a casual Wednesday eating dinner IN A SPACE SHIP - This was probably the coolest dining experience I have ever done. We started by shaking up our own gin cocktails and then went on to eat stacks upon stacks of cold, hot and sweet treats like no other. Think sushi, arancini balls, mini burgers and all of the weeny desserts. Screw fine dining, I'm all about the spaceship life. 

Dusty Knuckle, Cardiff
I was reunited with my favourite pizza in Cardiff, made even better by Welsh beer and a Welsh Grand Slam win - it doesn't get better than that.

Two Anchors, Cardiff 
Chips done the Two Anchors way. This was consumed after about 95 gallons of beer and I recall every mouthful being an 'OHMYGODYES'. I also served up a couple of sea bream burgers thanks to Jon and Rosie who let me put on the apron and take food prep up to the next level. 

Mamalan, Clapham 
Whenever I have a cold, all I crave is some hot, noodley broth and Mamalan is my absolute favourite for that. It has become a firm fave on the neighborhood list and is dangerously close for someone who's loving Chinese food this much...

Bancone, Covent Garden 
I have raved about this place many a time and I will continue to do so until I find a better pasta joint. Bancone, you have my heart. 

Poptata, Boxpark Shoreditch 
Say hello to your new favourite chippie in London, Poptata. My advice to you is this: Go loaded or go home. I would HIGHLY recommend the Guaca Fries which are cheesy fries, smashed avocado, halloumi and mild spicy sauce (my name is written all over that one) and and the Chorifries which are with Chorizo, Goat Cheese and paprika. Fry love you Poptata. 

As you may be aware, I am obsessed with Tracklements condiments to accompany breakfast, and their new limited edition chorizo and chilli jam is an absolute corker. A little bit sweet with a subtle meaty, chilli kick. 

Kitchen Aid, Canary Wharf 
A house ain't a home without a KitchenAid. This year they are celebrating their 100th year and to mark the occasion they pulled off a fabulous immersive event to walk you through the history of their 100 wonderful years on this earth. Cheers to KA!


January & February Highlights

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A whirlwind start to the year that had me eating my way through London and Australia. I'll save the Aussie highlights for another post but in London news, these were my best bits: 

Dandelyan, Black Friars
Located in The Sea Containers and named number 1 in the world's 10 top bars, Dandelyan nails it at botanical bevvies and riverside views. Definitely one to add to your date/special occasion list. 

Wing Yip x Pippa Eats Supper Club 
I am going through an oriental phase at the moment and I'm obsessed with anything that is doused in soy sauce and requires chop sticks. To celebrate the year of the pig, Wing Yip and Pippa Middlehurst hosted a supper club to celebrate all things piggy. My absolute favourites of the evening were the dumplings and the twice cooked pork belly with bok choy, I can easily say it was the most delicious meal I had had in a long time. Mandarin hats off to Wing Yip and Pippa for a wonderful evening. 

Mamalan, Clapham 
Not to be confused with Matalan, this delicious little Beijing spot in Clapham might just be my new favourite place. You construct the bao buns yourself, so you can strategically place all of the salad in his and all of the pork in yours and then sip broth from little ladels. Literally my dream evening.

Breakfast Club, Clapham 
Eggs Benny on waffles, so wrong but so, so right. 

Byron Burgers, High Street Kensington
From Byron Bay to Byron Burgers. The original and much-loved B-Rex burger (Byron-osaurus Rex) has made a come back. Think beef patty, cheese, crispy bacon, a giant onion ring, jalapenos, pickles, BBQ sauce and mayo, all stacked perfectly between a squidgy bun. Bloody rawrsome if you ask me.


December Foodie Highlights

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Best month for food I say as nothing is off limits. Champagne with your bowl of Lindt balls for breakfast - Yep.  Pigs in blankets with a pint of Bailey's as a midnight snack - Yep. 

These were some of my best bits:

Temper, Covent Garden 
I found the most delicious little kebab things in all of Covent Garden. I don't eat lamb (because I'm Welsh) and not even I could resist this little parcel of deliciousness. Not Baad for a little Sunday spot.

Pastaio, Soho
A Pasta Christmas party is what I'm about, we had all of the olives, squidgy sourdough and bowls upon bowls of pasta. VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION: They do prosecco slushies. Cheers to that. 

The Ship, Wandsworth 
ohh Ship Sundays you will be the death of me. No better way to end the week than with a hearty lunch and 10 bottles of wine. Pork belly you can get in my belly. 

The Optimist, Swansea 
Swansea is well and truly putting itself on the breakfast map, thank god for that. The Optimist is one of my favourites - Why? they melt cheese into the scrambled eggs. 

Christmas Dinner, Homeee
The meal I most look forward to all year. Who even likes turkey? but when you're drunk, sitting with your favourite people, wearing a paper hat and discussing pigs in blankets, who cares?

Currently 12 hours into Veganuary and I can't stop thinking about bacon sandwiches, it's going to be a long month...

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