All posts tagged: shoreditch

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 …

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 …

Lunch at Sutton and Sons, Shoreditch

My latest foodie discovery at Boxpark in Shoreditch is Sutton and Sons, which I visited for lunch last week. In case you haven’t been to Boxpark, it’s a big pop up next to Shoreditch High Street station in East London, made up of a series of containers, housing all sorts of businesses from clothing brands to restaurants. So far I’ve visited and reviewed Falafelicious, Sushilicious, Chicken Box and Porkys.  You can’t beat good fish and chips and I’ve noticed it’s something I don’t eat as much of in London, compared to other places I’ve lived (The Magpie in Whitby takes some beating!) So it’s definitely time for a bit of a Fish & Chips revolution in the capital! Sutton and Sons are based in Stoke Newington, with a restaurant and takeaway, so the Boxpark site is like a ‘mini version.’ All of their fish is fresh and responsibly sourced, from their very own fishmonger business. I visited the Boxpark site with my colleague, Yasmin, during our lunch hour, and it was fairly quiet when we …

Throwback Thursday – Tramshed, Shoreditch

This week’s Throwback Thursday post is about Tramshed in Shoreditch. I first went a couple of years ago for New Years Eve with Tim. We wanted a nice dinner with good grub that wasn’t too fancy, and this ticked all the boxes! You may know of Tramshed because of its controversial/awesome art display in the centre of the restaurant by Damien Hirst, featuring a whole cow, with a chicken riding on the top, preserved in formaldehyde solution, known as ‘The Cock and Bull’. Not for the faint hearted, but an impressive feature.  But this art display really gets to the heart of what Tramshed does so well – chicken and steak! There are now quite a few places that specialise in certain meats like this, but back then, it was one of the first to go about it so boldly. And the name also comes from the fact that the venue did indeed used to be an electricity generating station for trams. For New Year’s Eve, we started with a smoked salmon dish and a pate …

Lunch at Porky’s, Shoreditch

I’m gradually working my way around Boxpark in Shoreditch, as it’s really close to where I work and perfect for meeting up with friends during my lunch break. You might have read my posts about Chicken Box, Sushilicious and Falafelicious so far. Last week I visited Porky’s with my friend Kelly. It’s right smack in the middle of Boxpark (under cover, which is a good job, as the heavens opened for the first time in weeks while we were there!) Porky’s is your typical American BBQ restaurant. It was first established in Camden by Joy and Simon Brigg who wanted to bring their love and experience of American Barbecue to North London. The now also have a branch on Bankside, as well as Camden and Shoreditch. The food is what you’d expect – chicken wings, burgers, pulled pork, ribs and so forth. It all looked incredibly yummy! In my mind, there’s nothing more indulgent and comforting in this kind of food. Kelly went for The Standard pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and I had The …

Chicken & Whisky at Bull In A China Shop

Chicken and Whisky are two of Tim’s favourite things, so when I heard about a new restaurant which specialised in those two very things, I couldn’t wait to take him there and see what he thought.  Bull In A China Shop opened recently in Shoreditch (just opposite Box Park) and describes itself as a Japanese Whisky House, which also serves food (breakfast, lunch and dinner).      Our visit was quite impromptu – we were going to a gig in Hackney after work and wanted to grab a bite to eat somewhere nearby, but we hadn’t booked anywhere. We thought we’d try Bull In A China Shop, which was open at that time although we were (unsurprisingly) the only people there at 6pm mid-week. It has a very rustic feel (so rustic, in fact, that one of the staff decided to dust around us. Perhaps wait until the customers have left to do the cleaning?!) and some great Japanese decor, while still fitting in with the Shoreditch style.      We both went for their …

Healthy Lunches With Huna Blends

I really would like to eat more healthily, especially at lunch time. I love my food and there’s nothing I like better than tucking into a good sandwich in my lunch hour. But I usually feel a bit bloated and sleepy afterwards, and I know I’m not doing myself any favours. But it’s hard to kick the habit! So when I learned about a new healthy food pop-up called Huna Blends opening just around the corner from my office in Shoreditch, I was keen to see what it had to offer. Huna Blends sells ‘Manna Bowl Meals’ and Power Shakes. Now I’m sure you can work out what the latter is, but perhaps not the former, as they’re the first company to bring them to the UK. The Manna Bowl meal is a cold-blend bowl served as a thick sorbet (a granita of non-dairy milk – hemp, coconut or almond) with a choice of two different crunchy toppings. ‘Crunch A’ consists of toasted buckwheat, crisped rice, mixed seeds, dried fruit and coconut. ‘Crunch B’ is …