Month: October 2015

Send Me Down The Slopes With Crystal Ski!

One of the things I’d most like to be good at in this life is skiing. Tim is an amazing skier. So is his sister, especially after working some ski seasons. Most of my friends are, too. I’m very much the odd one out. As regular readers of the blog will know, I do love some of the finer things in life (who wouldn’t, right?!) and skiing is one of those luxury experiences that I haven’t yet embraced. We actually had ski slopes in Cyprus, believe it or not – the theory was that you could spend your morning skiing in the mountains and afternoon swimming in the sea, which technically was possible (although you might emerge from the water a little shrivelled. Less Aphrodite, more prune-like!) My school friends and I went on a few trips to the mountains to ski, just on the practice slope, which usually ended in much hilarity. They’ll probably kill me for posting this, but here’s a little glimpse into our skiing inability (circa 2008, so please excuse the …

A Spooky Ale for Halloween – Old Spirited Hen

You may have read in some of my previous posts that I love Halloween! This year it has come around so quickly that I haven’t done anywhere near as much as I would have liked to for it. But earlier in the week, I learned of a Limited Edition ale from Old Speckled Hen, aptly named ‘Old Spirited Hen’ – obviously I had to try it! Old Spirited Hen is a Toffee Apple flavoured ale; at first you experience the richness of the toffee, followed by the fruitiness of the apple and then kick of the liqueur. Presented in the iconic ale bottle, but with new orange and black hues, it fits the spooky theme! It’s really tasty, and the perfect beverage from today through to Bonfire Night. *Image from Metro.co.uk If you fancy giving it a go, it’s available at Tesco in-store and online for £1.79 for a 500ml bottle. Have a great Halloween everyone, don’t eat too many sweets! 😉 _____________ I was sent samples by Old Speckled Hen and Popcorn PR for review purposes, …

Experiencing the new Grub Crawl, Brixton

I’ve been on a fair few pub crawls in my life, the most memorable of which was the circle line challenge in London (a different drink in a different pub at each stop on the circle line). It was pretty heavy, starting at Aldgate and ending prematurely at Notting Hill due to the sheer amount of alcohol consumption. More of a semi circle challenge really! Recently I was invited to try out an awesome new concept – a grub crawl! How would this work? I hear you cry! The concept is actually quite simple – you have your starter in one restaurant, main in another and, you guessed it, dessert in another. This is the brainchild of the lovely Hannah (of That Adventurer) who wanted to share the culinary delights of her area, Brixton, with fellow foodies. Brixton has changed a lot since I lived there for a very short time when I first moved to London, around seven years ago. It’s become quite ‘trendy’ and the market is now host to so many incredible …

A Day At River Cottage With Foodies100

A couple of weeks ago, I had the exciting opportunity to visit River Cottage for the day, with over 50 other Foodies100 bloggers. I travelled down to Axminster after work the night before and stayed in a lovely little B&B called Kerrington House. I say little, my ‘room’ was enormous, more of an apartment really, with a separate living room and kitchen. I wished I was staying there for longer! In the morning I headed over to River Cottage and met all of the other bloggers in the top car park, where we learned we would be driven down to the farm by tractor! This was of course a fun experience, with everyone bumping and rocking around in the trailer, I just wondered if they also do this for the weddings they host at the venue! If anyone reading doesn’t know about River Cottage, let me give you a bit of background. It was originally established by celebrity chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, after his early smallholding experiences were documented in the Channel 4 River Cottage TV series, …

Superstar Korean BBQ, Tottenham Court Road

The lovely Lauren of Elle Bloggs kindly invited me to join her for dinner at Korean Superstar BBQ recently. It was in an area near Tottenham Court Road which I’d never been to before (St Giles) with quite a few restaurants and pubs. Useful to know now that I’m working just around the corner! I really didn’t know what to expect from a Korean BBQ, but was certainly intrigued! (I didn’t look up the menu beforehand as I like to be surprised!) The restaurant itself is hard to miss – it’s glass fronted all the way around with big hanging lights. We were seated at our table and found that the BBQ was actually in the middle of the table itself, inset into it. I’ve cooked food on hot stones in restaurants before but never quite like this. The waitress gave us some recommendations and we ended up ordering the following: To Drink Bok Bun Ja (raspberry wine) Raspberry Cocktail & Mango Cocktail To Eat Starters: Chilli Squid Yuk Hwae (beef tartare with pear and egg yolk) …

Autumn Loveliness & Sofa Supper Clubs with Higgidy Pies

Autumn is quite possibly my favourite season for many reasons. I think people often assume I’d prefer the summer as I grew up in the Cypriot sunshine. But summer in Cyprus is very different to summer in the UK. Everything started earlier in the day, finished earlier, and involved daily dips in the swimming pool or sea. Hot weather in the UK, especially in London, makes me feel stifled and claustrophobic. Being on a tube in rush hour, stuck under someone’s armpit (the woes of being fairly short!) isn’t my idea of fun. Autumn however, is a lot more calm and collected. It’s sometimes sunny, and isn’t as cold and winter. I love it! It’s the perfect weather for snuggling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book (although I rarely need an excuse to do this!) This Autumn, Higgidy, the Sussex based pie and quiche makers are launching the UK’s first series of Sofa Supper Clubs – a unique dining experience, inviting you into a homely, comfortable space, giving you the …

Lunch at Señor Ceviche, Soho

I’ve been to a few restaurants in Soho recently for lunch, that I didn’t feel I could really make big blog posts out of. They were fairly casual lunches and I didn’t have my good camera on me. But I thought it would be a shame not to share my thoughts on them at least – so the first of these short and snappy posts is about Señor Ceviche. I’d been hearing great things about it, so it couldn’t have been more perfect when the fabulous Lauren of The Lifestyle Diaries suggested we meet there. We’d been talking for months on social media but had never met in person. Our lunch at Señor Ceviche would change that! The restaurant is located in Soho’s Kingly Court, which I’ve been so impressed with recently, and have been visiting quite a bit. It’s a courtyard tucked away between Carnaby Street and Regent Street, and hosts many wonderful restaurants. I remember going there a few years ago and there was barely anything there – it has changed a lot! …

A Tom Kerridge Pop-Up at The Crabtree, Fulham

A few weeks ago, I won a competition to attend a Tom Kerridge pop-up event at The Crabtree in Fulham with Tim, and we couldn’t have been more than excited. We’re both Kerridge fans (his pronunciation of the word ‘lasagne’ is one of the best things ever and reminds me a lot of my Dad’s West Country accent!) and we were intrigued by how the event would work, as it wasn’t at one of his own venues. His Michelin star pub, The Hand and Flowers, has been on our ‘to visit’ list for ages but we sadly just haven’t got round to it. It was my first visit to The Crabtree and I loved it as soon as I walked in the door. Lots of cool greys and animals on the walls, combined with beautiful colourful flowers. We ordered some Greene King IPAs and took them outside to the back, where we found that the pub was situated right on the river, it was a beautiful spot. The Tom Kerridge ‘Hoppodrome’ event was being hosted …

Dinner at The Real Greek, St Martins Lane

Quite a few years ago (more than I would like to admit) I had lunch at The Real Greek with a friend. As you can guess from the name, it’s a Greek food restaurant with a number of locations across London. I was in my first job after graduating University and still regularly went back to Cyprus (as much as annual leave would allow!) but I was craving ‘home food’ and came across The Real Greek. But I was disappointed. I felt it was fairly expensive for rather small portions compared to what I was used to at home, and therefore didn’t go back again. However, I was kindly given the opportunity to visit The Real Greek on St Martins Lane in Covent Garden and definitely wanted to give it another try. The lovely Sophie of Sophie Loves Food (check out her blog, her amazing baking will give you serious sugar cravings!) joined me and we were seated in the candlelit window seat. I must apologise that the photos aren’t the best quality – despite being in …

Breakfast at Cut The Mustard, Tooting

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 …