All posts tagged: breakfast

Breakfast at Badger & Co, Edinburgh

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 …

Christmas Brekkies with Brioche Pasquier

If you can’t get hold of Tim and I on a Saturday or Sunday around 10/11am, the likeliness is we’re out at one of our favourite local breakfast spots! Christmas is a time of eating a LOT of food, and breakfast should be no exception. So much emphasis is placed on Christmas dinner, but I love to start the day right. We usually have smoked salmon on some form of bread (toast, bagel, croissant), sometimes with scrambled egg, and a healthy amount of bucks fizz! Brioche Pasquier sent me some of their yummy products to try out, which got me thinking about Christmas breakfasts in France and around the world. Brioche Pasquier (in case you hadn’t guessed by the name!) is a French company, started in 1936 by Gabriel Pasquier in a small village bakery in Les Cerqueux, France. Fast forward to 2015 and over 4 million Brioche Pasquier products are enjoyed every day! A French breakfast is one of my favourite kinds, with so many delicious pastries, cheese and chocolate. When I used to travel …

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 …

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 …

Throwback Thursday: Counter Cafe, Hackney

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 …

Breakfast at Foxcroft & Ginger, Whitechapel

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 …

A Homemade Mexican Breakfast – Huevos Rancheros

One of the best things about the business trips to LA and San Francisco at my last job were the amazing breakfasts! As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, the Mexican food there is incredible, and nothing here in the UK that I’ve tried so far compares to it. My favourite breakfast was Huevos Rancheros – fried eggs served on corn tortillas, topped with a tomato and chilli sauce, often served with refried beans, mexican-style rice, and slices of avocado or guacamole. Last weekend, we had a go at making them at home, with a Food Network recipe. It was delicious, if a little indulgent for breakfast!     Ingredients One can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves, plus more for garnish 1/4 cup diced yellow onion 1 large clove garlic, peeled and smashed 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded if desired) 1/2 teaspoon salt 5 ounces cured chorizo, casings removed, diced Vegetable oil Four 6-inch corn tortillas, plus more for serving, optional One can refried beans, optional 4 large eggs 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced, for …

Healthy Alpine Snacking – Cuckoo Bircher Muesli

As you may have read in some of my previous posts, I don’t usually have the healthiest approach to breakfast – it’s typically nothing at all or something far too indulgent. So, recently, I’ve been trying other options to get into a better morning habit. I had tried out fruit and yoghurt, and next up on the list was muesli. In particular, Cuckoo Bircher Muesli. I’d never been particularly inclined to try muesli. My mum eats it quite a lot, with a bit of milk and fruit, but it always looks so incredibly dry to me, even though she loves it! But in the nature of trying new things, I thought I’d give it a go. And I was pleasantly surprised! Cuckoo Bircher Muesli was set up by two school friends, Anna Mackenzie and Lucy Wright, who first tried bircher muesli on a school trip to Switzerland. It obviously left a lasting impression because years later, after graduating from university and trying out some exciting flavour combinations, they have turned it into a successful business. …

An Icelandic Breakfast with Arla Skyr Yogurt

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’ …

Paris Hen – Brunch at Angelina

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 …