All posts tagged: food

Staying at Hotel Del Teatre, Regencós, Spain

Over the summer some of our friends got married in Barcelona. We stayed at the Grand Hotel Central which was fabulous, centrally located just a few streets away from Las Ramblas. Despite being in the centre of the city, the rooms were a very generous size and there was a rooftop bar and swimming pool. We didn’t make use of the latter because it wasn’t actually very hot during our stay (it was September) but we certainly made good use of the former! The gin cocktail in a bag was a particular highlight (or Megan’s ‘tramp bag’ as my friends ‘affectionately’ called it!) After the wedding we planned to spend a couple of nights further up the coast towards the French border. This was quite a big deal because we would be DRIVING! Why was it a big deal? Well, I still don’t have a driving license and Tim only passed a couple of years ago. And most importantly, he’d never driven on the other side of the road before in a hire car! We …

Sutton & Sons – more than just ‘fish and chips’

You might recall I visited a fish and chip restaurant called Sutton & Sons at Boxpark in Shoreditch over the Summer. It didn’t blow me away. The food was great, but the venue just didn’t do it for me – it felt like a lot to pay (and a long time to wait) for a fish and chips takeaway experience. When I saw that they had a restaurant in Stoke Newington (where their fishmongers are based), I was keen to try it out to see how the experience would differ. And then a couple of weeks ago, I was invited to try out their brand new restaurant on Essex Road in Islington. On a Sunday lunchtime, Tim and I headed up there to see what it was all about. I can tell you right now, we were very impressed! And having grown up in Cyprus with beautiful fresh fish available all year round, we had high expectations. We were warmly greeted by Matthew Drummy, who talked us through the business. He’s been with Sutton and …

My Dream Hamper from Basco Fine Foods

I have found my ultimate hamper. It contains meat, cheese and wine. What more could you possibly want? I was recently introduced to Basco Fine Foods. Although based in the UK, the company was founded by Javier De La Hormaza in 2012, who spent over a year travelling around Spain, visiting hundreds of local producers and tasting their produce with a view to import the finest foods Spain has to offer to us Brits. And they’re based in Yorkshire, which makes me happy, being a Yorkshire girl myself! The range of products really is amazing. They kindly sent me their Spanish Food Hamper, containing the following: Montanegra Iberico Ham: widely recognised as the best Spanish ham due to the diet of grass and acorns that the black Iberian pigs are fed on which results in a tender, deep red and delicious ham, rich and nutty in flavour. Montanegra Iberico Chorizo: a premium chorizo sausage made from selected cuts from the Iberian pig blended carefully with garlic, salt and smoked paprika for an incredibly rich, yet soft sausage …

Some Seriously Good Salami, from Serious Pig!

You know me, I love good meat. And even better, meat with a story! I recently came across a company called Serious Pig. The name caught my eye, I liked the boldness of it. Serious Pig is the brainchild of friends George Rice and Johnny Bradshaw, who wanted a nicer snack to eat in the pub, rather than your typical crisps and pork scratchings. And so, their ‘posh pepperami’ was born. They’re now based in Peckham, not too far from me, in South London. I was sent both their Classic and Chilli & Paprika salamis, and they were both fantastic. I think I preferred the latter as it was a bit more unusual, but both were the perfect snack. Much nicer than a pepperami, I would like to point out, and more satisfying as a snack than some nuts or crisps. Let’s face it, if it’s meaty, it’s always going to be satisfying! (unless you’re a veggie, but then you’re probably not reading this post!…) Another thing I really like about the business is their …

Halloween Afternoon Tea at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, Shoreditch

You remember that online dating video that went viral, where a woman declared her love for cats? And then the mashup video, turning it into a song, which also proceeded to go viral? If you don’t, where have you been? Here it is in all its glory: I’m pretty sure it’s all staged, but it still makes me giggle all the same. “I just want to hug all of them, but I can’t hug every cat” resonates with me. I love them! You may have read on here that after nearly 7 years of living together, Tim and I finally got our first kitten this summer, as we bought a house that we felt would be suitable for a cat to live in (our previous tiny East London flat wouldn’t really have been fair) and we just adore him. I was there therefore very excited to be invited to a Halloween Afternoon Tea at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in Shoreditch. For those who don’t know about it, it’s London’s first ‘cat cafe’ and opened up …

The Sunday Lunch Experiment; The Castle, Tooting

The latest place Tim and I visited for our tour of local pubs and restaurants for Sunday Lunch was The Castle in Tooting, last weekend. This time we took my Mum, who was visiting for the weekend (and our first official ‘guest’ in our new home, which was exciting!) I was a little bit nervous – my Mum can do an epic sunday roast, and living in Yorkshire, I imagine she has a whole host of great Sunday Lunch venues on her doorstep. The Castle was recently revamped and it looks pretty impressive now. It’s a big pub with various sections, including an orangery and very cool outdoor section with little alcoves that you can book out, each one with a different theme. Here are some photos from their website: For Sunday Lunch, we all went for something different – I chose the lamb, Tim went for the poussin and Mum chose the beef. What I really liked about the menu was that every dish came with a Yorkshire Pudding, whether you ordered the beef …

A Hepburn Hen Do!

Last month was my bestie’s hen party (Ceri, who you may well have read about on here). She’s a big Audrey Hepburn fan so the other bridesmaids and I thought we’d make the daytime part a ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’ themed do! Now I’m obviously not going to document the whole event on here as it was Ceri’s day, but I thought I’d just share some of the food and drink we prepared, being a food blog and all! It was hosted at my house and was the first time I’d had more than a couple of people visiting at once, but thankfully we had enough room for everyone. Here are some of the things we had: Audrey Coconut & Buttercream Cupcakes: Ceri loves coconut so this had to be incorporated somewhere. I used this recipe from Good To Know and managed to get some edible Audrey Hepburn cake toppers from Etsy. Ingredients 120g butter, softened 160g caster sugar 2 large eggs, room temperature Zest of 1 lime 200g self raising flour 1 tsp baking powder …