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A Sunday Lunch at Fire Stables, Wimbledon

This is a long overview blog post from late last Summer which I’m finally getting around to writing up. But it’s about a Sunday Roast, so maybe it’s actually more suitable as we’re now in Winter and chillier weekends when a good heart-warming roast dinner is just what you need. I say it’s about a Roast Dinner. It was technically a combo of roast and seafood. I’ll explain… We live in Tooting and while we often pop into the centre of Wimbledon for shopping or the cinema, we hadn’t explored the village before. That was until we visited Fire Stables. It’s about a 15-minute walk from the station into a very charming party of Wimbledon and looks out onto a quiet street – in the summer it quite literally opened out onto the street with folding back doors/windows and so that’s where we sat, soaking up the sunshine. It’s part of the Young’s network, but what I love about these pubs is that you would never know they’re part of a chain unless you really …

A New Year’s Resolution: 12 Plays in 12 Months

Ok ok, I know this blog is supposed to be about food. And travel (when food is involved). So you might be wondering why on earth I’m writing about theatre? I can assure you that Got To Be Gourmet isn’t going to turn into a lifestyle blog, but on this one occasion I really wanted to share something I’ve been doing this year to hopefully inspire some of you to take action in January. Because in January of this year, I set myself a New Year’s Resolution of going to see a play or musical every month for the rest of the year. Why? I know it’s not the most typical of New Year’s Resolutions. I could have gone on some diet (which would have lasted a month I’m sure!) given up chocolate, or something along those lines. It all came about when I went to see King Lear at the Old Vic at the start of the year, when my friend Ceri invited me along. It reminded me how happy going to the theatre …

Graham’s The Family Dairy ‘Milk Sommelier’ & Tasting Evening

I was recently invited to an event which got me excited from the moment I saw the subject in my inbox. I was being invited to a milk sommelier event. A MILK sommelier event! It sounded weird and wacky and it involved milk, and I loved it. It was being hosted by Graham’s The Family Dairy. Based in the heart of Scotland,  the dairy produces an award-winning, home-grown range of the highest quality food and drink, including milk, cheese, cream, butter, ice-cream, cottage cheese, quark, sour cream and yogurt. Established for more than 76 years, it remains a family-run company with a focus on farming, provenance, high quality produce and a quest to promote the best of Scotland’s larder throughout the country. And one of the many ways they’re doing this is by hiring their own very curiously titled ‘milk sommelier’, Douglas Wood. A former chemical engineer, Douglas is the owner of WoodWinters, an award-winning wine and spirits merchant with outlets in Bridge of Allan, Edinburgh and Inverness and supplier to hotels and restaurants across …

Experiencing the new Grub Crawl, Brixton

I’ve been on a fair few pub crawls in my life, the most memorable of which was the circle line challenge in London (a different drink in a different pub at each stop on the circle line). It was pretty heavy, starting at Aldgate and ending prematurely at Notting Hill due to the sheer amount of alcohol consumption. More of a semi circle challenge really! Recently I was invited to try out an awesome new concept – a grub crawl! How would this work? I hear you cry! The concept is actually quite simple – you have your starter in one restaurant, main in another and, you guessed it, dessert in another. This is the brainchild of the lovely Hannah (of That Adventurer) who wanted to share the culinary delights of her area, Brixton, with fellow foodies. Brixton has changed a lot since I lived there for a very short time when I first moved to London, around seven years ago. It’s become quite ‘trendy’ and the market is now host to so many incredible …

Lunch at Señor Ceviche, Soho

I’ve been to a few restaurants in Soho recently for lunch, that I didn’t feel I could really make big blog posts out of. They were fairly casual lunches and I didn’t have my good camera on me. But I thought it would be a shame not to share my thoughts on them at least – so the first of these short and snappy posts is about Señor Ceviche. I’d been hearing great things about it, so it couldn’t have been more perfect when the fabulous Lauren of The Lifestyle Diaries suggested we meet there. We’d been talking for months on social media but had never met in person. Our lunch at Señor Ceviche would change that! The restaurant is located in Soho’s Kingly Court, which I’ve been so impressed with recently, and have been visiting quite a bit. It’s a courtyard tucked away between Carnaby Street and Regent Street, and hosts many wonderful restaurants. I remember going there a few years ago and there was barely anything there – it has changed a lot! …

September 2015: A New Job, A Bit of Baking and Fab Events!

Unlike August, September was a much quieter month on the blogging front for me. I started working at a new company and so was without a laptop for a while between jobs. Which made blogging near impossible! It was a very strange feeling – for the past nine months I’ve been posting nearly every weekday, so I felt weirdly out of the loop. But I still managed to get some posts out, so here’s a round-up for September in case you missed anything! Restaurants I visited… I tried out my first Bánh mì at Keu in Shoreditch. Read more here. I had a truly great brekkie at MUD in Tooting. Read more here. Tim and I had a fabulous tasting menu experience at Charlotte’s Place in Ealing. Read more here. Kelly joined me for some epic sandwiches and milkshakes at Potbelly in Stratford. Read more here. Events I attended… I was kindly invited by Zomato to a jamón carving masterclass, which was great fun (and lots of ham tasting!) Read more here. I also met the …

August 2015: A house, a kitten, and lots of blogging!

Hello all! As I’m posting quite a lot on the blog now, I thought it might be nice to do a little round-up of the things I’ve written about at the end of each month, collated in one post. So here’s my first one for August! And it has been a busy month! We exchanged, completed and moved into our very first house in Tooting, and at the weekend, we got our first kitten, Dexter (yes, named after the TV show serial killer!) A month of firsts, big expenditure and lots and lots of packing boxes (which Dexter seems to be having a lot of fun with!) I’ve still somehow managed to keep up with blogging, alongside my day job, so here’s what I wrote about on the blog this month! Restaurants/Pop-ups I visited… I visited a very cool Berlin Brunch pop-up in London. Read more here. I tucked into gourmet sandwiches, salads and puds at Aline in Mayfair (possibly the most I’ve ever eaten in one sitting!). Read more here. For Afternoon Tea Week, I tried …