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Live to Eat. Don't Eat to Live.
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    Hello all! This is my very first blog post (you can find out more about me and why I set up this blog on my ‘about’ section). And I’m starting off with a post about our recent work visit to The Breakfast Club in Hoxton. We’d been talking about going somewhere for Pancake Day and The Breakfast Club was getting so much attention socially and in the local press that we just had to give it a go! I’d been to The Breakfast Club in Clapham many times before, but ironically enough, for dinner rather than breakfast! Three of us opted for the chocolate and peanut pancakes, while the other two went for the more traditional bacon and maple syrup. They were absolutely delicious – the chocolate was layered between the pancakes, with a peanut cream and brittle. It completely blew my wedding diet for a day, but it was worth it! They also had a clever promotion taking place, challenging people to eat 12 pancakes in 12 minutes (#bcpancakechallenge). If they failed, they donated …

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    During my recent hen do in Paris, my lovely hens arranged for us to go for breakfast at Angelina. Averting our eyes from the overwhelming delicatessen/patisserie counter, packed with brightly coloured macarons and cakes, we headed into the tea room. Originally founded in 1903, Angelina (as it says on its own website), has built a reputation as a place of sophistication and indulgence. It didn’t disappoint! I chose the traditional Angelina breakfast – at 30 Euros, it’s not a cheap breakfast, but it was so delicious that it was worth every penny! You’re given the choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate (I opted for the latter, and it was so incredible that I can still taste it, weeks later!), fruit juices, mini viennoiseries, bread with butter, Angelina honey, jam and chestnut cream, a fresh fruit salad, and eggs cooked however you would like them. I stupidly looked into whether you could buy Angelina hot chocolate in the UK, and it’s available online for just over £5.00 a bottle! Must suppress those cravings, for the sake …

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  • 02/21/15--11:00: Brunch at Caravan
  • I first went to Caravan in Kings Cross a couple of summers ago with friends, and loved it. But being a bit out of the way (it’s tucked away behind the station in the Granary Building), it’s not the most obvious place to think of going – but it’s always worth it. We took a long (2 hour) walk along Regents Canal from our flat in East London to Kings Cross, so we’d certainly worked up an appetite by the time we arrived! As always, it was incredibly busy (you can’t book a table for brunch at weekends) and there was a rather ridiculous one hour wait for a table. Luckily they told us we could also eat at the bar, where conveniently, two bar stools were sitting there with our names on them. Despite it being so busy, we were served quickly and the food arrived in a respectable amount of time. I had the baked eggs, tomato pepper ragout, greek yoghurt, sourdough toast and merguez sausage, while Tim had the barbeque baked beans, …

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    Yesterday morning I was invited for breakfast to mark the launch of Arla’s new Icelandic Skyr yogurt. The event was hosted at The Ham Yard Hotel, tucked away behind Piccadilly Circus, and is one of the hotels in the Firmdale Group. I’ve held PR events at many of their others, but this was my first visit to The Ham Yard. And it’s pretty incredible!     I confess to being a typical (gluttonous!) Brit when it comes to breakfast – I just love a good English brekkie at the weekend! On weekdays I tend to either go all out (when I’m being especially naughty, a bacon bap or a croissant) or nothing at all (which is more likely). So I was keen to hear what nutritionist Charlotte Stirling Reed and Arla would have to say.  Iceland seems to be becoming increasingly ‘en vogue’ of late – trips to Reykjavik appear to have become more popular (either that or they have some very good PR and Marketing people!) and the recent Sky Atlantic TV programme ‘Fortitude’ …

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    Earlier this week, I was invited to visit a brand new bubble tea shop in Shoreditch, quite literally a stone’s throw from my office. I’ve been known to go well out of my way for bubble tea and up until now, had been walking 15 minutes to Boxpark to get my fix. But luckily Chatime have come to my rescue! Tim joined me for this tea tasting session but as much as we both enjoy bubble tea, our experience of it had been mostly limited to fruit teas with tapioca – I was keen to learn more about what this new place had to offer. We were very lucky to have Allen Du from Chatime spent over half an hour with the two of us, talking us through the various types of teas available and putting some together for us to try.     There are five different types of tea to choose from (in three sizes) – Milk Tea, Fruit Tea, Fresh Tea, Mousse and Tea Latte. Each of these can be customised with …

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    Breakfast or brunch might just be my favourite meal of the day (provided it’s done right, of course, which usually means with plenty of meat and bread, in my case!) And there are lots of great spots to go for breakfast around where I live in East London. A while ago, I noticed a place called ‘Foxcroft & Ginger‘ in Whitechapel when I was passing on the bus, and had been meaning to give it a go. So when I was offered the chance to try out their breakfast last week, I was really looking forward to it.     You might not notice it during the day – it’s one of the many shops and restaurants on Mile End road. The reason I spotted it in the first place was because it was dark and the name was lit up in bright lights – it looked so cosy and inviting, but cool and a bit edgy at the same time. There’s also a Foxcroft & Ginger in Soho, which was the first to open …

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    This week’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ doesn’t refer to one visit in particular – it’s a local favourite of mine that I’ve been to many times. I’m selfishly also slightly reluctant to write about it, as it’s one of my favourite hidden gems. I remember when Time Out wrote about it last summer, and suddenly every weekend it was absolutely packed. But hey, I’ll be nice and share it with you all! The place I’m talking about is Counter Cafe in Hackney Wick. I went through a phase a year or so ago when I went on a mission to try out a new breakfast/brunch place in our area each weekend. Despite living in Bow for over 6 years, we hadn’t been to many places locally. Largely due to the fact that when we first moved in, there really wasn’t much nearby. But when the London Olympics took over Stratford, and Hackney started getting ‘cool’, lots more places opened up. One of these is Counter Cafe. It’s about a 10 minute walk from our flat and you would …

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  • 09/02/15--01:57: Breakfast at MUD, Tooting
  • Since moving to Tooting a few weeks ago, we’d noticed a queue outside a coffee shop at the weekend whenever we walked past. This place was clearly popular! Last Saturday we headed over to ‘Mud’ in the morning to see what all the fuss was about. Luckily we had just beaten the ‘brunch rush’ and managed to get a table for breakfast. We were served quickly, ordering a couple of iced mochas and fresh orange juices, and the waitress was very friendly. Actually, the place had a very friendly vibe in general. The fact that it was one of the hottest, nicest days of the year might have helped, but everyone was smiling and you could tell that lots of regulars were coming in, as they chatted away to the staff behind the counter. I heard one of the groups ask if they could sit ‘in the garden at the back’ – I’m not sure if this is a closely guarded secret, but I’m keen to check it out next time. I also loved the decor …

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    Recently I came across a cafe on Twitter called Cut The Mustard, which I realised was a short walk from our house in Tooting. It looked like the perfect breakfast spot, so one Saturday morning a few weeks ago, Tim and I went to try it out. Far away from the hustle and bustle of Tooting Broadway and Mitcham Road, Cut The Mustard is in a quiet residential area, where a few small shops and businesses are dotted along the road. It’s obviously a popular spot, and when we arrived the inside was pretty full, with young couples, friends and families. Luckily there were some tables outside, and it was just about warm enough to sit there, so we took a seat near to a big shelf of all kinds of breads and pastries. I loved the window display of the cafe – a treasure trove of foodie goodies, from food products to cookbooks and utensils. Cut The Mustard serves everything you could possibly want, including cooked breakfasts, pancakes, breads and pastries. As I’ve mentioned before …

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  • 11/27/15--03:39: Brunch at Brickwood, Tooting
  • I’m sure you all know by now that I bloody love a good brunch, and if that includes a bloody good Bloody Mary, even better! We’ve been trying out some of the cafes and restaurants near where we live, the latest of which was Brickwood in Tooting Market. We’d visited it a few weeks before when we were looking for a quick coffee (and a cheeky slice of cake, ssshhhh!) which was when we realised they do a pretty amazing brunch, and knew we’d have to return soon! It was pretty packed on the Sunday morning we visited, but the staff were still really attentive and we were served quickly. We ordered a couple of flat whites to kick start the day, along with a Bloody Mary each. We were both seriously impressed with the latter – it was one of the best I’ve had, largely due to the cute extras it came with – bacon, a quail egg and what I took to be a mini hash brown. It was only around £4.00 and …

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    During my recent hen do in Paris, my lovely hens arranged for us to go for breakfast at Angelina. Averting our eyes from the overwhelming delicatessen/patisserie counter, packed with brightly coloured macarons and cakes, we headed into the tea room. Originally founded in 1903, Angelina (as it says on its own website), has built a reputation as a place of sophistication and indulgence. It didn’t disappoint! I chose the traditional Angelina breakfast – at 30 Euros, it’s not a cheap breakfast, but it was so delicious that it was worth every penny! You’re given the choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate (I opted for the latter, and it was so incredible that I can still taste it, weeks later!), fruit juices, mini viennoiseries, bread with butter, Angelina honey, jam and chestnut cream, a fresh fruit salad, and eggs cooked however you would like them. I stupidly looked into whether you could buy Angelina hot chocolate in the UK, and it’s available online for just over £5.00 a bottle! Must suppress those cravings, for the sake …

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  • 02/21/15--11:00: Brunch at Caravan
  • I first went to Caravan in Kings Cross a couple of summers ago with friends, and loved it. But being a bit out of the way (it’s tucked away behind the station in the Granary Building), it’s not the most obvious place to think of going – but it’s always worth it. We took a long (2 hour) walk along Regents Canal from our flat in East London to Kings Cross, so we’d certainly worked up an appetite by the time we arrived! As always, it was incredibly busy (you can’t book a table for brunch at weekends) and there was a rather ridiculous one hour wait for a table. Luckily they told us we could also eat at the bar, where conveniently, two bar stools were sitting there with our names on them. Despite it being so busy, we were served quickly and the food arrived in a respectable amount of time. I had the baked eggs, tomato pepper ragout, greek yoghurt, sourdough toast and merguez sausage, while Tim had the barbeque baked beans, …

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    Last summer I visited a restaurant in Borough Market that has remained at the top of my ‘must return’ list (you can read my previous write-up here). But the months flew by and I realised I hadn’t been back yet when I was invited back to try out their new brunch menu. I literally couldn’t wait! The food and hospitality was superb during my last visit and I’m pleased to say that it was still equally great. I headed there for brunch on Sunday morning at 10am and by 1pm I eventually heaved myself up from the table, full of fantastic food. You know a brunch is pretty epic when it lasts for three hours! So you might be asking, what on earth did we eat for brunch to last that long? I think the question should be, what didn’t we eat?!  Antipasti Pulia Taralli & Olives Mix Frisella Platter Selection of Panzerotti & Rustici Pulia Croissant with Capocollo and Scamorza Pulia Salumi with Focaccia and Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Mains Spinach & Mozzarella Omelette Smoked …

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    During our visit to Edinburgh earlier this year, we were catching our flight back to London late morning, so we wanted to find somewhere close to our hotel for a spot of breakfast before we left this beautiful city. And we found a brilliant new restaurant called Badger & Co. It had only just opened up a week or so before, and with it being 8.30am and pouring with rain outside, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. I was completely in love with the decor! You might be wondering about the name, and the reason for the badger artwork adorning the walls. Well, it has a very cool reason indeed. The restaurant is located on Castle Street in the former home of Kenneth Grahame, the author of Wind in the Willows! The literary geek in me was having a whale of a time – Tim has experienced this on many occasions to his peril, such as the time I made him trek around Brooklyn for hours trying to find the former home of …

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