All posts tagged: foodie

PS Lambis Giveaway and 50% Discount!

You may have seen my previous posts about PS Lambis, a London-based Cypriot company selling the most wonderful olive oil, honey and coffee. If you haven’t read these posts yet, please do, they’re some of my favourites and very close to my heart. As I explained in these posts, the company was set up by the Lambis family in memory of their father, Pambos.      And this week, to mark what would have been his birthday, PS Lambis are giving a whopping 50% off all of their products online. Visit the store here and use the code BRTHDAY15. I really can’t stress how high quality and delicious their products are, so it’s a fantastic offer. And even better, they have kindly given me one of each of their olive oil, honey and coffee products (worth over £40) to give away as a competition prize to one lucky winner! Here’s how to enter: Facebook: Like my Facebook page and Share this post. Twitter: Follow me on Twitter and Re-tweet this post. Instagram: Follow me on …

Dinner at The Antelope, Tooting

Last week we finally picked up the keys to our first house in London. It has been a few months of a lot of stress, but it has all been worth it in the end!  After picking up the keys, we thought we’d try out a local pub/restaurant for dinner. We don’t know Tooting very well yet, so it’s exciting to be able to explore a new area and find out what culinary treats it has in store. So far I’ve only been to Chicken Shop, which I wrote about previously here. We decided to try The Antelope, a 10 minute walk from our new house. We’d been in before for a quick drink and it seemed like your typical pub. We weren’t expecting that much from the food but we ended up being very surprised! The dining area of The Antelope is separate from the drinking sections of the pub, with lots of dark wood, quirky plates and candles. Again, we were expecting the menu to be quite basic (burgers and so on) but …

Lunch at Pizza East, Portobello Road

One of my favourite companies is the Soho House group. Their private members clubs are second to none – an evening on the roof terrace at Shoreditch House with its swimming pool and loungers is hard to beat. The group owns a number of restaurants including Chicken Shop, which I wrote about recently. Last week I was kindly invited to review Pizza East. I walk past the Shoreditch restaurant every day to get to work, and therefore rather naively believed (given the name), that this was the only one. I’ve since learned that they are also based in Notting Hill/Portobello Road, Kentish Town and also overseas in Chicago and Istanbul.  I was invited to the Portobello Road restaurant which I was particularly excited about, as I really don’t get to spend enough time in West London. After battling the Notting Hill crowds, the lovely restaurant, with its blue and white awning, felt like a little jewel amongst the hectic market.  The restaurant was pretty much full when we arrived just after midday, as we soon …

Özerlat Turkish Coffee – A Taste of Home

When I was a teenager in Cyprus, from the age of about 15 to 18, I used to waitress a few evenings a week after school and over the weekend. My first waitressing job was at a traditional Cypriot taverna which holds a lot of memories for me, called Vatouthkia. I must get round to writing a dedicated post about it soon. When you go out for a meal in Cyprus, no matter how hot it is, it always ends with a coffee! Either a simple nescafe (usually reserved for the tourists!) or ‘proper’ Greek coffee; sketo (without sugar) metrio (medium) or glyko (sweet). And one of my tasks at Vatouthkia was to make this coffee. Pretty daunting, when it has to be just right, and you’re serving it to the locals who know exactly how it should be done. And it isn’t just a case of putting some in a cup and adding hot water – it’s brewed in a small pot over heat, and stirred until just right. It’s strong but the flavour …

A Quick & Easy Guacamole Recipe!

The other day we were making chicken fajitas for dinner, and I thought I’d make guacamole. I’ve never been a huge fan of avocados, but I enjoy guacamole when it has the other ingredients mixed in. I first tried ‘proper’ guacamole during a work trip to LA, where the Mexican food is just incredible. We would always go to Rosa Mexicano in downtown LA, close to the convention centre, and the chef would make the guacamole right at your table!     Saveur Magazine said it was ‘the best guacamole’ they had ever had and  Martha Stewart said it was ‘the best guacamole in the world’. High praise indeed. And I have to agree! My guacamole recipe is simple, quick and easy, but tastes so good! I don’t include tomatoes in mine as I’m not a big fan of raw tomatoes. Ingredients 4 avocados 1 red chilli 1 clove of garlic or a spoonful of lazy garlic A dash of olive oil A dash of tabasco sauce A squeeze of lime Salt and pepper to …

#FoodieFriends – Hannah’s Thai Ice Cream Experience at Yumitub

My latest #FoodieFriends post is from the lovely Hannah Fish, who has written about her experience at YumiTub in Brixton – a very cool new Thai rolled ice cream company (yes, you read that right!) Over to you, Hannah 🙂 Just as I thought I had done the rounds of the culinary delights on offer in Brixton market, Pop arrived – just in time for the summer! This new events space (created from shipping containers) plays host to a number of local craft traders and has a range of culinary options to choose from. Amongst them is an ice cream maker with a twist. Formed in 2015, Yumitub is no traditional cone and flake affair. The process starts with ice cream in a liquid form (chocolate or vanilla) which is poured onto a cold plate – that resembles a crepe plate.     Traditional tools and a chopping motion are then used to move the ice cream around the plate and gradually this becomes a more solid mass of melted ice cream. Then comes the …

My Food Heaven at Champagne + Fromage

I’m a little bit worried you’re all going to get bored of me rabbiting on about cheese, but hey ho, here’s another cheese-tastic blog post! This time I’m writing about Champagne + Fromage. I first came across the restaurant on Twitter a few weeks ago, as they’ve opened a new branch in Greenwich, not too far from where I live.  But on Saturday I planned to meet my friend Laura for lunch, and we ended up at Brixton market. After sitting at a table at a tapas restaurant for about 15 minutes being completely ignored, then told there was basically nothing on the menu, we decided to try elsewhere. And low and behold, we stumbled across Champagne + Fromage, right in the heart of the market (it was like a cheesy, dreamy mirage!) I’d completely forgotten they had a place there.     I couldn’t grab a table quick enough after glancing at the menu board outside, and we were promptly served by a very friendly, helpful gentleman.  My heart honestly skipped a beat when I …