All posts tagged: hackney

Moretti Gran Tour, Hackney

The Moretti Gran Tour is unlike any other pop up dining experience I’ve been to recently, as it solely focuses on the best of Italian food and beer, from various regions around the country. The London part of the tour was held last week at Space Studios in Hackney. For some unknown reason, the event venue, street number and postcode gave three completely different locations in Hackney and after 40 minutes of walking and getting lost, I eventually found it – I’ve never wanted an ice cold beer more! Upon arrival I was given a cute ‘passport’ with details on Moretti beer and all of the vendors at the event – each vendor stamped your passport when you bought food from them, and if you completed the passport, you went away with a goody bag! Moretti is a lovely refreshing Italian beer, with a long history. Luigi Moretti’s ‘beer and ice factory’ was founded more than a century ago in Udine – the first bottle was sold in the summer of 1860.     Today Birra Morretti …

Violet Bakery – Cookbook Giveaway!

I was introduced to Claire Ptak’s Violet Bakery through a friend and visited it last the weekend – you can read all about it here. Here’s where it gets even better – I have a copy of The Violet Bakery Cookbook to give away (if you can pry it out of my fingers – it’s so beautiful!!) To be in with a chance of winning, enter in one of the following ways: Facebook: Like my Facebook page and Share the post on the FB page. Twitter: Follow me on Twitter and Re-tweet this post. I’ll pull all of the entries together across both channels and will pick someone at random. Competition ends a week from now, on Monday 27th April at 6pm GMT. UK residents only. To whet your appetite, here’s a Wild Blackberry Crumble Tart from the cookbook that I made recently (except with raspberries and blueberries): I was provided with the Violet Cakes Cookbook by Square Peg for competition purposes. I was not paid for this post and all views are my own. 

Cakes at Violet Bakery, Hackney

My lovely friend Ceri let me know about a bakery in Hackney, fairly close to where I live, that she thought I’d like. She works in publishing and they recently published the cookbook for it – ‘The Violet Bakery Cookbook‘. I was lucky enough to be given a copy, which I’ll be giving away as a competition prize on my social media channels early next week, so keep your eyes peeled! I was planning to meet my friend, Laura, for lunch today, so we thought we’d check out the bakery. It was a stunning day today, barely a cloud in the sky, so it was the perfect day to visit.     The Violet Bakery is situated on a side street (Wilton Way) parallel to the main road between Dalston Junction and Hackney Central overground stations. And you could easily miss it, with its neutral white walls and small entrance… if it wasn’t for the massive queue leading out of the door, and the groups of people dotted around it! This was clearly a popular …