Month: September 2015

My thoughts on Jamie Oliver’s ‘Sugar Rush’

Did you watch Jamie Oliver’s ‘Sugar Rush’ last night? It certainly got the internet up in arms, and hopefully for the right reasons! Sugar seems to be the latest ‘no no’ food substance. At one stage fat was the devil, and even protein at one point, and the world is apparently unsure whether bananas are a miracle fruit or can give you cancer, the number of conflicting articles I’ve seen, it’s madness! There have been lots of documentaries and news stories recently about how bad sugar is for you, and how it can often be hidden. I’m not talking about lurking in the back of your pantry, but actually mixed in with processed foods that you would never expect to be so high in sugar. Now in some ways, this really shouldn’t be rocket science. We’ve known for centuries that sugar is bad for your teeth and can make you fat. But what I liked about Sugar Rush is that it went one step further, which is what I love about Jamie’s TV programmes like …

August 2015: A house, a kitten, and lots of blogging!

Hello all! As I’m posting quite a lot on the blog now, I thought it might be nice to do a little round-up of the things I’ve written about at the end of each month, collated in one post. So here’s my first one for August! And it has been a busy month! We exchanged, completed and moved into our very first house in Tooting, and at the weekend, we got our first kitten, Dexter (yes, named after the TV show serial killer!) A month of firsts, big expenditure and lots and lots of packing boxes (which Dexter seems to be having a lot of fun with!) I’ve still somehow managed to keep up with blogging, alongside my day job, so here’s what I wrote about on the blog this month! Restaurants/Pop-ups I visited… I visited a very cool Berlin Brunch pop-up in London. Read more here. I tucked into gourmet sandwiches, salads and puds at Aline in Mayfair (possibly the most I’ve ever eaten in one sitting!). Read more here. For Afternoon Tea Week, I tried …

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 …

Losing my Bánh Mì virginity at Keu, Shoreditch

This is a fairly short and snappy blog post about a lunch I had last week at Keu in Shoreditch. I’d walked past the restaurant many times and it always looked to be popular. I wasn’t exactly sure what food they served, except that I’d seen something about ‘Vietnamese Baguettes’ which sounded pretty damn incredible! As you may know, I’m a bit of a sandwich fiend, so it was about time I went in there to see what was going on! So for those of you who are also new to this, the infamous Vietnamese baguette is officially called a ‘Bánh mì’, which came about during the French colonisation of Vietnam in the mid-nineteenth century. Being a Bánh Mì virgin, I ordered the Keu Classic, as I thought this would be fairly safe. It was filled with spiced pork belly, ham terrine, chicken liver pate and kewpie mayonnaise, and as with all of their baguettes, it included their house daikon, coriander, cucumber, spring onions and fresh chilli. I was served very quickly even though the restaurant …