Month: January 2016

An incredible holiday in St Lucia!

We just got back from a truly amazing holiday in St Lucia. You may have read my previous post about how I’d secretly booked the trip as a surprise for Tim’s 30th birthday. I booked it nearly a year ago and after all of that build up, I can’t believe it has now been and gone. But we have brilliant memories! The photo above was taken from our hotel room balcony which gives you an idea of how wonderful it was! We did so much and ate at so many  lovely places that I decided to break it down into a few different posts. I’ll be writing about our stay at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in Soufriere, the ‘tree to bar’ chocolate experience, dinner at Orlando’s, dinner at Dasheen, hiking the Gros Piton and our stay at The BodyHoliday in Castries. So keep your eyes peeled – I’ve got a lot of piccies to get through 🙂 A big thank you to Turquoise Holidays who I booked the holiday with (we used them for our …

Lunch at Dip & Flip, Tooting

When Tim and I saw that there was a Dip & Flip opening near us in Tooting, I was seriously excited! I’d been to similar restaurants during previous work trips to America and the concept is amazing – burgers and sandwiches dipped in gravy! There’s a full description of the difference between a ‘dip’, a ‘flip’ and a ‘dip and flip’ on their website here. Dip & Flip roast carefully sourced beef bones to a rich golden brown and then simmer them with organic vegetables and herbs. Roasting juices from the bottom of the pan are added to the broth along with a few other ‘little beefy secrets’. The restaurant is already located in Battersea and Wimbledon, and the new branch opened this weekend in Tooting, so we had to be one of the first to try it out! The restaurant is fairly casual and laid back in design, with cute wooden ‘school-style’ chairs and American-style art on the walls, with waiter service (all of the staff were really friendly and the place definitely had an opening weekend …

Brunch at Roux at The Landau

Tim and I have both been fans of the Roux family for a long time, having visited some of their restaurants (you can read my review of The Waterside here), and their cookbooks take up a substantial part of our bookcase! So when we were invited to brunch at Roux at The Landau, we knew it would be special! Roux at The Landau combines the talents of Albert and Michel Roux Jr, and Head Chef Oliver Boon. Situated inside The Langham, London, Roux at The Landau is a stunning circular shape, with large windows on one side bringing lots of light into the restaurant, which is where we were seated. We were greeted to the sound of a guitar player, playing gentle modern songs, which gave it a lovely ambience. As you can imagine, the service was impeccable, and within minutes we were served a glass of N.V Lenoble Brut, CuvĂ©e Roux champagne each. To start with, Tim ordered the Brandy Scented Lobster Bisque and I chose the Wild Game Terrine, Chestnut, Pear, Rosemary Brioche and Foie …

Dinner at Eco, Clapham Common

I’m sure you all know by now that I adore Italian cuisine, but I hadn’t actually visited any Italian restaurants nearer to where I live, now that I’m south of the river. A week or so ago, I was kindly invited to try out Eco in Clapham with Ceri – I’d driven past it a few times and it had always looked really cosy and inviting, with a big orange pizza oven in the middle. We kicked things off with some bread, olives and cocktails – I started on a Bloody Mary (using organic tomato and balsamic) and Ceri had a Gin Giardino (gin, elderflower syrup, apple and cucumber). Both were lovely, although the Gin cocktail had the edge for me, so I moved on to this one afterwards! They were a little too easy to drink!! The menu really made our mouths water. We were both in the mood for pasta, and it was nice to see quite a wide range of pasta dishes on offer – I’ve found in some Italian restaurants (especially …

Lunch at Suvlaki, Soho

I haven’t tried anywhere near enough Greek restaurants in London yet for my liking! This is the longest I’ve ever spent away from Cyprus now and I miss it a lot, especially the food, so it was definitely time for a trip to a local Greek food spot in Soho. I’d walked past Suvlaki a number of times and had seen them doing lots on social media, so I couldn’t wait to try them out. This week I took a couple of my colleagues who were fairly new to Greek food and didn’t really know what to expect. But by the end of the meal they were definitely impressed! Suvlaki is a small Greek restaurant in Soho that largely specialises in kebabs and skewers, and the menu is pretty straightforward. We decided to order a selection of both, including pork, chicken and wild boar sausage. I can’t say I ever had wild boar sausage in Cyprus, but I knew it would be tasty. We also ordered some chips and a Greek salad. All of the …

Lunch at Pig’s Ears, Richmond

I discovered Pig’s Ears in Richmond quite a few years ago. It’s right in the middle of Richmond, close to the river, and it’s in a downstairs cellar – you might not notice it if you’re just passing by, but it’s well worth the visit! Over Christmas Tim and I thought we’d take the parents there for lunch, as they love good craft beers and moules, both of which the restaurant is known for. Every other time I’d been, the place had been packed – the front ‘pub’ part (very cosy and candlelit) is usually full, with plenty of people in the restaurant at the back. I was surprised to find barely anyone in there on this visit, but it was lunchtime on Christmas Eve after all! We were seated down in the restaurant but felt a bit silly eating alone in a big open space, so we moved up to the pub area where a few other families were. I’d previously had some gorgeous pork crackling there as a bar snack, so when I saw …

We’re going to St Lucia!

A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. But a very exciting weight! About 8 months ago I booked a holiday for Tim’s Christmas present/30th birthday for us to go to St Lucia, and kept it as a surprise until Christmas day! I have no idea how I did it, the temptation to tell him on so many occasions was massive! We’re staying first at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat and then moving to the other side of the island staying at The Body Holiday. I literally can’t wait! 2016 is going to be a very exciting year of travel, with a whopping four weddings abroad – two in France (near Bergerac and the Loire Valley), one in Spain (Marbella) and one in Italy (Sorrento). They’re all very close friends and family, it’s going to be an amazing year! But we’re kick starting it with this trip to St Lucia and it’s our first time visiting, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments! CAN.NOT.WAIT!